Nate Covington

Nate Covington

I build websites that build businesses. 

Every month, my work is seen and used by hundreds of thousands of people.  I am available for hire with building new web sites, and managing existing sites, help with updates, consulting, new features, training, etc…  

I work with directly with business owners to build streamlined, effective web sites.  I also work with advertising agencies and marketing consultants on their clients' sites. 

The large majority of my projects are built using Wordpress, Drupal, and Joomla, although I also support Magento, OSCommerce, and almost any other open-source platform.  

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Experience

Covington Creations, LLC (CEO)
Builds and maintain web sites for small and medium businesses, mainly in the PA/NJ/MD area. Main focus is customizing open-source content management systems, frequently working with graphic designers, photographers, copy writers, and project managers to produce and implement cutting-edge web applications. Over 15 years of programming experience.

Mangos, Inc. (Internship in Account Management)
As an intern with Mangos, an award-winning full-service ad agency, I assisted account managers with competitive research, worked alongside creative directors, as well as various designers, writers, and managers. Worked within all three major departments – account management, creative, and production.

Education

Graduated from the Marketing Program at Shippensburg University with a BSBA.  During his final semester, was hired by the College of Business to redesign the school’s web site.  Coursework included a concentration in sociology, psychology, and art.

Technical Skills
Programming (HTML, CSS, PHP, etc)
Open-source Software
Graphic Design
Photography
Google AdWords

Software Toolkit
Mac and PC
Adobe Creative Suite 
Microsoft Office (including Access)
Slack, Asana, other collaboration tools

Beware! I received this SPAM solicitation in the mail a few weeks ago, they are trying to charge $288 per year to be listed on a "junk directory" (domainlistings dot directory)

Frequently Asked:
I often send out email that bounces back to me and sometimes it is critical that I get messages delivered as soon as I send it. Can you help with this?

Answer:
For many of my clients, you're seeing delays and issues with sending email because your website is on a "shared" hosting plan, which means that it's cheap, but compare it with renting a single apartment in a giant complex - your neighbors are affecting your email performance. 

Thursday, 06 April 2023 20:17

Decentralized Web & App Self-Hosting

The following video discusses several common ways of self hosting apps and websites on your own hardware.  This provides helpful cost saving information for business owners and non profits, which varies based on how much CPU and RAM are required vs. storage space (GB/TB).  For users that require more than roughly 10gb of storage space, moving your VPS out of the cloud and using a reverse proxy to self-host your apps (on premises) is an easy way to save money, while keeping 100% control of your apps and data.

Monday, 20 March 2023 17:42

Joomla 4 Upgrades

Does your Joomla site show this message in the /administrator dashboard?

Support ends on 17 August 2023 for Joomla 3.10. Migrate to Joomla 4 as soon as possible.

Thursday, 09 February 2023 16:11

Creating Content with AI

Did you know that AI can help enhance your website content, blog posts, google ads, and other marketing materials?  Jasper is the AI Content Generator that helps you and your team break through creative blocks to create amazing, original content 10X faster.

This article contains some great examples of how to use AI to write content for your business.  Since it's garbage in, garbage out, just like any other computer platform, it's important to deliver clear, concise prompts so that it actually delivers what you are looking for.  Similar to putting the correct keyword into a Google search -

Learn how to use ChatGPT to level up your paid search efforts without sacrificing strategy, authenticity or creativity.

I'm posting this as a precaution to avoid these types of spam emails!  If you're looking for someone to manage your website, or optimize it, we are available for hire.

The SEO spammers are getting pretty advanced lately, below is an email that made it through the Office 365 spam filter a few days ago. 

Frequently Asked:

We were on the phone with godaddy this week for support, and the tech recommended we implement their website security/protection service (see below). Wanted to get your thoughts on this? What are the chances of someone injecting malicious code into our site, and or redirecting url's, etc? And-perhaps you already have some sort of protection in place?

I received this message through my PayPal account and almost fell for it, figured I'd share and warn others. 

Below is the full message they sent - their strategy is to use the "money request" feature in PayPal to trick you into calling a fraudulant 888 toll free number so they can try to gain access to your PayPal account. 

Friday, 11 November 2022 20:42

Buyer's Guide: Transactional Email Services

When comparing transactional email providers, it's important to confirm whether or not the plan includes "activity history" so you can use that provider's dashboard to see each individual e-mail that your website sent.  This lets you determine if that lost password email, or the contact form notification email, was delivered properly. 

Having problems with receiving email from your website?  You most likely have a misconfigured web server.

Areas of Expertise

360-Degree Campaigns
Affiliate Marketing
Analytics & Data Reporting
Automation
Blogging

Brand Development
Brand Identity & Standards
Brand Messaging
Brand Positioning
Brand Strategy
Content Development
Content Management
Copywriting
Corporate Communications
Creative Direction
Differentiation
Digital Marketing
Employee Engagement
Executive / Stakeholder Communications
Graphic Design
Key Messaging
Integrated Marketing
Internal Communications
Public Relations Management
Public Relations Strategy
Social Media Marketing
SEO & Optimization
Storytelling
Strategic Planning
Visual Communication
Web Design + Development
Web Maintenance & Updates

UI/UX
Workflow Process Engineering

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Design & Development

Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla
New custom websites
Bespoke themes and extensions
Redesigns, upgrades, migrations

Web Design & Development


Optimization & SEO

Let us optimize and manage your overall online presence. We offer full service monthly SEO as well as one-time projects.  

Optimization Plans & Pricing


Maintenance, Patching

White glove monthly backups, security updates, maintenance and testing for your Wordpress, Drupal, or Joomla site.

Maintenance Plans & Pricing


Email Newsletter

Bring your web & marketing performance to the next level: monthly blog post roundup via email.  

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