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Materiell Selected as Leading D.C. Web Design and Development Agency in Clutch Research Leaders Matrix

Since our founding back in 2009, Materiell has been consistently recognized for our work on individual web design and development projects, as well as on the WordPress platform as a whole. We are pleased to announce that Materiell has also now been recognized as a top Washington, D.C. area web design and web development firm across all… Read more »

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Manning & Murray, P.C. – Law Firm Launches Complete Brand and Website Redesign in Collaboration with Materiell

Law firms and other enterprise businesses often present a special type of challenge for website developers due to the sheer amount of content their sites contain. As we have emphasized in the past, choosing an appropriate content management system with which to organize this content is crucial to designing a website that is both impactful and easy for visitors… Read more »

Materiell Attends WordCamp Orange County 2015, Engages the WordPress Community

WordPress is known as the world’s leading and most user-friendly multi-site content management system. Something even long-time WordPress end users may not know, however, is just how dedicated the WordPress social and development communities are when it comes to user engagement and continued technological innovation. As a platform that is entirely open source, WordPress relies on the participation of its… Read more »

Materiell Awarded Contract for Arlington Co. Public Schools Website Redesign & Development

As a web design and development firm with strong roots in Arlington, Virginia and the surrounding Washington, D.C. metro area, Materiell prides itself on the websites we create for local companies and organizations, including educational institutions. This is why we are pleased to announce that the Arlington Public School District (APS) has chosen Materiell to… Read more »

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CMS Advertising Becomes Materiell, Reaffirms Commitment to Superb Web Design & Development Services

Recent visitors to our website have most likely noted some key differences, not the least of which is our updated design. No less significant is our new name: Materiell. After more than half a decade developing and designing responsive WordPress websites for colleges, commercial, local government, and non-profit clients in the Washington, D.C. metro area and throughout… Read more »

WordPress Related Posts Without a Plugin

Finding a good “Related Posts” plugin can be hard. Many come with predefined styles or a rigid structure that makes them hard to integrate into your theme. Even worse, most of these plugins are extremely database intensive and some hosts, such as WP Engine, won’t even allow most “Related Post” plugins on their servers (for good… Read more »

CSS Frameworks Are a Great Tool for WordPress Developers

UPDATED 2/25/15 – Added information about use of Foundation mixins for styling WordPress components In August, ThemeShaper posted, “Why Bootstrap is a Bad Fit For WordPress Themes”. While I initially thought the author had issues with Bootstrap specifically, it appears the article was actually targeted towards all CSS frameworks, including Foundation. Some of the arguments… Read more »

Materiell named as a top WordPress Designer and Developer in Clutch Research’s latest national leader matrix.

As we’ve made mention of over the past few weeks, Materiell of Alexandria, Virginia has recently been awarded honors for our design and development work on individual client websites, including for American Press Institute and the International Institute of Global Resilience. These are powerful validations that acknowledge the innovative, holistic approach Materiell employs for all of our… Read more »