Interview with Trail 9

Interview with Trail 9

This week, we have an interview with our very own Mike Michalak, owner and lead developer of Trail 9! We want our readers to know more about the company, what we do best, and how we came to be. Let's get started!


How would you say that Trail 9 stands out in the web design field?

Affordable MailChimp Email Automation

Affordable MailChimp Email Automation

MailChimp isn't exceptionally user-friendly if you haven't all of its tools before. So, today, I'm providing you with a step-by-step process of launching your first email marketing campaign using MailChimp's Automation feature. You too can work your marketing magic without crushing your wallet!

Beware the WordPress Licensing Fees!

Beware the WordPress Licensing Fees!

On the surface, WordPress seems like a great website and eCommerce platform that's both quick and cheap to set up. Unfortunately, unless you need only a very basic website with minimal functionality, WordPress can quickly end up hurting your wallet. Many WordPress functionalities include licensing fees, and these can add up fast.

Trail 9 Asks: Tudor Cleaning and Restoration

Trail 9 Asks: Tudor Cleaning and Restoration

For this post, we visited James Tudor at Tudor Cleaning and Restoration Services. (Trail 9 redesigned and developed Tudor's current website.) Tudor Services has provided five-star cleaning and restoration for both homes and offices for the past 29 years. In addition, they offer their services throughout seven different Northwest Indiana counties!

How Trail 9 is Different

How Trail 9 is Different

Throughout previous posts, we've talked about the quality of our web design services and products at Trail 9. But, we haven't gotten much into how we differ from other web design companies and what they offer.

A Cheap Website Or A Valuable Website?

A Cheap Website Or A Valuable Website?

Over the last year and a half, I've observed a lot of the local development scene and what other development companies are currently offering their clients. Throughout my observations, I've noted to myself where some companies excel, and where others... could use improvement.

Is your Website's Code Safe??

Is your Website's Code Safe??

Is your website's code safe, or has it been tampered with in some way? How would you even know if your website's code has been altered? Well, keep reading, because we're about to tell you!

Approximately 60% - 70% of the websites we come across do not use a code repository or version control system.  Wait... a code what or a version what?!

Get Found on Google Images

Get Found on Google Images

Have you ever wondered how those lucky website owners got their images on the Google Images search results? Well, you're about to find out and get the tips to do it yourself!

WordPress Repair

WordPress Repair

Are you having trouble with your WordPress website? Trail 9 is here to help!

Millions of people today use WordPress for their websites; WordPress is the most popular open-source CMS (content management system) in use. Over the last few months, we've received a surge of requests for WordPress help from all sorts of WordPress website owners-- nonprofit organizations and private businesses alike.

CivicPlus Is Killing Your SEO

CivicPlus Is Killing Your SEO

CivicPlus, an all-in-one municipal website service, has been busy applying for municipal website bids all over the country. They tend to win projects pretty regularly, as their pricing is often tempting, but a serious flaw in their services is their lack of satisfactory SEO for their website projects.

For this article, I decided to review about thirty websites that were built with CivicPlus and see how they were functioning. The aspects I noticed most were the websites' difficult navigation and lack of important SEO elements.