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maestraweb

  • Member Since: December 2nd, 2010
  • Toronto, ON
  • www.maestrawebdesign.com
  • Founder & Web Designer at Maestra Web Design
  • @maestraweb on WordPress.org
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Bio/Description

I’m Mary Bella, the “Maestra” of Maestra Web Design, and I specialize in WordPress websites for singers, instrumental musicians and arts organizations. That’s my “niche” but I’m always open to other projects – I’ve created and maintained websites for choirs, orchestras, photographers, agents, authors, visual artists as well as community groups and charitable organizations.

Interests

Zumba, yoga, hiking, mini-schnauzers, opera, classical music, jazz, singing, ukulele, choirs, conducting

WordPress Origin Story

Back when I started designing websites in 1999 (yes, that’s right, some of you weren’t born yet) my clients were always asking to be able to update their own sites. They would try to do it with html editors (usually crappy free ones) and often break their site. Well, of course I could come to the rescue and fix it, and get paid, but ultimately I prefer to create sites rather than fixing broken ones. In 2007 one of my clients asked for a blog, and once I got going in WordPress, I was hooked. I’ve designed 50+ self-hosted WordPress sites and donated a few to organizations in my community. WordPress is so user friendly, it’s a great tool for small to midsize companies or individuals. There are so many great plugins and online resources, and affordable, adaptable, responsive themes.

  • Posted a reply to Mobile Menu won’t stick, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Got it - strange the plugin didn't say it needed updated, but deleting and reinstalling…

    4 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Mobile Menu won’t stick, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks - it works on desktop when I reduce the browser width, but it still…

    4 months ago

  • Created a topic, Mobile Menu won’t stick, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Was working before, but recently the menu disappears w…

    4 months ago

  • Posted a reply to titles won’t show in Edge, Chrome or IE 11, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thank you!

    5 months ago

  • Created a topic, titles won’t show in Edge or IE 11, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Have used this plugin many times with no problem. This…

    5 months ago

  • Created a topic, remove quotation marks from “More” text, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Can't see a way to remove the quotes from around the l…

    8 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Category Archive show post content like blog page?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks so much, Display Posts is exactly what I needed.

    10 months ago

  • Created a topic, Category Archive show post content like blog page?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Please see http://www.alaincoulombe.com/site/news/ The…

    10 months ago

  • Created a topic, Insert “Read more” link, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Is there a way to insert a "Read more" link after ever…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to <span class=\"resolved\" aria-label=\"Resolved\" title=\"Topic is resolved.\"></span>[Very Simple Event List] Events displaying by post date instead of event date, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Looks like the recent update fixed both issues! YAY! Thanks.

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to <span class=\"resolved\" aria-label=\"Resolved\" title=\"Topic is resolved.\"></span>[Very Simple Event List] Events displaying by post date instead of event date, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Still having trouble with events order – working around it by putting the posting date…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, [Slider] Works well, very flexible, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Have had no trouble with it so far, even just using th…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to [Resolved] [Very Simple Event List] Events displaying by post date instead of event date, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks for your reply Guido, Sorry I was off for holidays. The site is now…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, [Very Simple Event List] Events displaying by post date instead of event date, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Dev site link is http://66.147.244.84/~ilovemim/news-…

    1 year ago