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About Tom DuHamel

Hi! My name is Tom DuHamel and I run I Heart Blank, LLC. I started my own business in 2011 but have been making websites since 2002. Before I Heart Blank, LLC I worked for a local radio station in Hackettstown selling advertising, doing voice-overs and helping local business create compelling advertising and marketing campaigns. When I started I Heart Blank, LLC my goal was to integrate the two things I was most experienced at; marketing and website design.
1 04, 2020

WordPress 5.4 “Adderley” Released

By |2020-04-01T14:38:19+00:00April 1st, 2020|I Heart Blank News, WWW News|Comments Off on WordPress 5.4 “Adderley” Released

Great news everyone!  Wordpress 5.4 "Adderley" was released yesterday!  The biggest change from the release notes seem to be about the block editor which, love it or hate it, is here to stay: Every major release adds more to the block editor. More ways to make posts and pages come alive with your best images. More ways to bring your visitors in, and keep them engaged, with the richness of embedded media from the web’s top services. More ways to make your vision real, and put blocks in the perfect place—even if a particular kind of block is new [...]

31 12, 2019

Happy Merry 2020 – Updating Copyrights & More!

By |2020-01-15T20:25:04+00:00December 31st, 2019|I Heart Blank News|Comments Off on Happy Merry 2020 – Updating Copyrights & More!

Hey All...a few things before we crash into 2020. First of all, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!  Mine was pretty great; thanks for asking.  Now, onto business. Copyrights I've successfully updated all websites with the "© 2020".  To double check, just go to your website and scroll to the bottom.  If you're not seeing it right away, make sure you clear your cache.  If you're still not seeing it, shoot me an email and I'll double check! PHP Updates While doing the I Heart Sites monthly updates, I also updated a large majority of your PHP versions to [...]

2 12, 2019

Hourly Price Increases In 2020

By |2019-12-17T00:50:28+00:00December 2nd, 2019|I Heart Blank News|Comments Off on Hourly Price Increases In 2020

This is a (somewhat) formal announcement of hourly price increases in 2020.  After much deliberation and sleepless nights I've decided what the rates will increase next year.  It's been about 4 years since the last price increase. At the start of 2020 I Heart Blank will incorporate the new hourly rates.  I Heart Blank will honor all rates for contracts signed before January 1, 2020.  Check out the details below: Premier Client Hourly Rate = $115.00 The Premier Client Rate is mostly for corporate accounts.  This rate is for on-going clients who need (mostly) continual and instant updates.  While [...]

13 11, 2019

WordPress 5.3 “Kirk” Released

By |2019-11-13T19:53:03+00:00November 13th, 2019|I Heart Blank News, WWW News|Comments Off on WordPress 5.3 “Kirk” Released

Great news everyone!  Wordpress 5.3 "Kirk" was released yesterday!  The biggest change from the release notes are the focus on making the 'block editor' better, which a lot of people have been asking for: 5.3 expands and refines the block editor with more intuitive interactions and improved accessibility. New features in the editor increase design freedoms, provide additional layout options and style variations to allow designers more control over the look of a site. This release also introduces the Twenty Twenty theme giving the user more design flexibility and integration with the block editor. Creating beautiful web pages and [...]

12 11, 2019

Marketing And Your Online Presence, Part 3

By |2019-10-23T21:06:43+00:00November 12th, 2019|Business, I Heart Blank News, Random Business News, WWW News|Comments Off on Marketing And Your Online Presence, Part 3

I gave a speech to the local Business Improvement District in Hackettstown titled, "Marketing and Your Online Presence."  I thought I'd share my talk in a few parts to everyone! Take a look at Part 1 and Part 2! Campaigns / Promotions Your advertising, marketing campaign and/or promotion is really the sales force of your business. Rather than hiring someone to go sell your business to people, you use a campaign to get the word out and attract people to your business. When coming up with a campaign for your business…remember that it’s for a set amount of time. [...]

1 11, 2019

Marketing And Your Online Presence, Part 2

By |2019-10-23T21:07:59+00:00November 1st, 2019|Business, Random Business News|Comments Off on Marketing And Your Online Presence, Part 2

I gave a speech to the local Business Improvement District in Hackettstown titled, "Marketing and Your Online Presence."  I thought I'd share my talk in a few parts to everyone!  Take a look at Part 1 and stand by for Part 3! Pictures (Aesthetic) Sometimes I’ll show a client a ‘demo’ of what their site will look like. I can follow that template to a ’T’ and then at the end, the client says, “It doesn’t look like the demo.” I usually reply with, “You gave me pictures off your iPhone.” High quality pictures can enhance website like no [...]

23 10, 2019

Marketing And Your Online Presence, Part 1

By |2019-10-23T21:07:30+00:00October 23rd, 2019|Business, I Heart Blank News, Random Business News, WWW News|Comments Off on Marketing And Your Online Presence, Part 1

I gave a speech to the local Business Improvement District in Hackettstown titled, "Marketing and Your Online Presence."  I thought I'd share my talk in a few parts to everyone!  Take a look and stand by for Part 2! Introduction With most things in life, everything comes down to either time or money. You can spend either your time bringing your marketing plan to life or pay someone to do it. Dedicating the time to spend on your marketing plan is one of the hardest things you can do as a business owner. Most people, including me, want to [...]

26 06, 2019

[INFOGRAPH] Talk To Your Customers

By |2019-06-26T16:46:24+00:00June 26th, 2019|Business, Infographics|Comments Off on [INFOGRAPH] Talk To Your Customers

In today's Infograph, dialogtech (via Daily Infographic) wants to remind you how important it is to actually talk to your customers.  It's the age old idea that it's far more cost effective to retain a customer than it is to find a new one.  You may not always be in the mood, but talking to your customers is important.  Check out the stats below.

4 01, 2019

WordPress Gutenberg Editor: What You Need To Know And What You Can Do About It

By |2019-01-04T23:00:59+00:00January 4th, 2019|I Heart Blank News, WWW News|Comments Off on WordPress Gutenberg Editor: What You Need To Know And What You Can Do About It

I've had a few people ask me about the new Gutenberg Editor in Wordpress 5.0.  Some people, including me, are a little skeptical and some people are diving right in.  Change can sometimes be hard, so I thought I'd put together some explanation of what's going on as well as some troubleshooting solutions to the new Gutenberg Editor. What is the deal with Gutenberg?! (in your best Seinfeld voice) Wordpress introduced the “Gutenberg” editor on the last release Wordpress 5.0 'Bebo'.  You can read my post about it (a quick overview) or check out the new features on Wordpress' Blog (a [...]

2 01, 2019

Happy Merry 2019 – Updating Copyrights!

By |2019-01-02T20:05:33+00:00January 2nd, 2019|I Heart Blank News|Comments Off on Happy Merry 2019 – Updating Copyrights!

The upcoming week or so brings a bit of work for I Heart Blank.  It's time for both monthly updates and yearly updates.  I will be updating all I Heart Blank websites with a proper "© 2019" footer.  With over 100 sites to update, it's gonna take a few days.  If after the next week, I somehow missed your site, please email me and I'll get it fixed right away.

7 12, 2018

WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” Released

By |2018-12-07T16:17:06+00:00December 7th, 2018|WWW News|Comments Off on WordPress 5.0 “Bebo” Released

Great news everyone!  Wordpress 5.0 "Bebo" was released yesterday!  The biggest change this is bringing to WordPress is the new editor!  In the past, I would describe the WordPress WYSIWYG editor as basically MS Word '97 (probably the last time I used MS Word.) The new 'block editor' is is going to make creating content in Wordpress way easier.  Although there are plenty of plugins that have a 'visual composer', this block editor will be similar to how some of the 'other' website builders work (eg - Squarespace, wix, etc.).  Here's a quick video: Here's a blurb from WordPress's [...]

25 10, 2018

[INFOGRAPH] SEO Tips For Small Businesses

By |2018-10-22T16:13:37+00:00October 25th, 2018|Business, Infographics|Comments Off on [INFOGRAPH] SEO Tips For Small Businesses

As per usual, Daily Infographic has a great infographic titled "55 SEO Tips For Small Business Owners."  It seems like more and more small businesses ask about SEO for their business.  While I Heart Blank can do a lot of this work for you, I think it's important to know why we do it.  Hopefully this infograph helps.  Check it out below.