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  • Member Since: December 2nd, 2010
  • Location: Toronto, ON
  • Website: maestrawebdesign.com
  • Job Title: Founder & Web Designer
  • Employer: Maestra Web Design
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Bio

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.

  • Created a topic, Neve is my new favourite theme, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Have used this on 5 sites and counting. It is so flexi…

    2 months ago

  • Created a topic, Search Console error, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Google Search console is giving the following error: R…

    4 months ago

  • Created a topic, Gallery image links not opening, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    The gallery images are set to open media files, but wh…

    8 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Insta feed not showing, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Thanks Chris. I had done all the other steps, but clearing the FEED THEM cache…

    11 months ago

  • Created a topic, Insta feed not showing, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    It's just showing the follow button, not the Instagram…

    11 months ago

  • Posted a reply to Gallery images not loading, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Nope that didn't work. :(

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Gallery images not loading, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Where/How do I reset to default settings?

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Gallery images not loading, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    There is a WP Bakery gallery below the dark blue top b…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Optimised mage are not showing, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    ok!

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Optimised mage are not showing, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Lazy load is off. It's loading for me now, but my experience is when I…

    1 year ago

  • Posted a reply to Optimised mage are not showing, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Same problem here. Optimized Gallery images don't load unless I am logged into the site:…

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Plugin broke April 2020, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Has been broken since WP5.3 came out, about 3-4 weeks.

    1 year ago

  • Created a topic, Works well, thank you!, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Provides a simple way of doing many different features…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Theme doesn’t work with WP BLOCKS?, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I set up some columns with images and they don't show.…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Clone or duplicate flipbox, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I see that I can export the styles but not where to in…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Image overlaps text on front end, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Must have been a conflict with my theme. I had to add some custom css…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Image overlaps text on front end, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Pw is test for this page. It looks correct while editi…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Not responsive, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    The image and text do not resize properly within a col…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Change button text on one page, other pages use default, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Nope, the old plugin crashed and I had to update. How can I download the…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Change button text on one page, other pages use default, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    YEs, but I can only set text for ALL buttons, correct? I can't set it…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Change button text on one page, other pages use default, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I want the button to say "PAST SHOWS" on this page, ra…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Accordion Not Formatting Text, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    The paragraphs from the Text editor disappear when you view the accordion or when you…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Paragraph tags being dropped, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    This topic is not resolved. Why is it marked resolved?

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to Paragraph tags being dropped, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Same problem here. The paragraphs do not show up when you view the accordion, they…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to IE not showing Media & Text Block side by side, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I found this - if you copy the 2nd suggested code into your custom css…

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to IE not showing Media & Text Block side by side, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    I have the same exact problem. Worse because the client noticed it before I did…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, Works as expected, on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Out of the box. Good job!

    2 years ago

  • Posted a reply to No navigation menu registered on your site., on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    There are no Locations listed in that spot under Appearances > Menu on this site.…

    2 years ago

  • Created a topic, No navigation menu registered on your site., on the site WordPress.org Forums:
    Get this error: Select Menu Select menu here where you…

    2 years ago

  • 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…

    3 years 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…

    3 years 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 years ago

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

    4 years 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…

    4 years 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…

    4 years 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.

    4 years 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…

    4 years 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…

    4 years 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.

    4 years 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…

    4 years 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…

    5 years 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…

    5 years 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-…

    5 years ago