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How To Create Your Best Website

One of the great things about a website as a marketing tool is that it is dynamic. A website can be frequently changed and updated, unlike printed materials. For example, if you print 1,000 brochures and then decide to change your pricing, the process and expense in editing and reprinting…

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WordPress Maintenance: What Is It and Why Do You Need It?

You have probably been told that your WordPress website needs “maintenance.” When I tell clients this, I explain what maintenance means, as it may not be obvious. There are at least 3 key elements of website maintenance that need to be performed regularly. Updates WordPress is software. Just like apps…

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How much does it cost to run a nonprofit website?

We recently started working with a local nonprofit organization and will be building their first WordPress website. We love showing our clients that a WordPress website can do almost anything you need it to! Because WordPress.org is open source software, developers around the world create software that extends the functionality…

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What is The Difference Between a Page and a Post on My WordPress Website?

WordPress is a wonderful platform for building websites – it is why we only build websites with WordPress at Design TLC, and why about ⅓ of all websites in the world use this open source software. When it was started as a blogging platform, WordPress only offered “Posts” as a…

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Creating mockup website images

I recently updated my website portfolio to add screenshots and links to new websites I have created for clients. I created a Photoshop template (click to download and use! yourself!) to make it easier to make a consistent and professional look and control the screenshot view. Since I had already started…

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SEO – Writing good content

I am pleased to welcome guest blogger Grant Price III. Grant is a WordPress Tutor and Consultant in the Washington DC area. He has been training individuals and corporations about the web and WordPress since 2012. For WordPress tutoring and training, visit WPtutoring.com. Today Grant is sharing some tips about…

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joinordie Original document from the public domain. This political cartoon, attributed to Benjamin Franklin, was used to encourage the American colonies to join the Albany Plan for Union. It was printed in the The Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754. Abbreviations: South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and New England.

Choosing a Membership Plugin and Setting Up Your Membership Site in WordPress

A membership website is one that has a set of specific users/members who have access to some or all of the website’s content when they are logged in. A membership site may be free for all or approved users/members; however, the more typical, commercial membership website requires payment to become…

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Breadcrumbs did not help Hansel and Gretel but they can help your Website

Breadcrumbs are  a secondary navigation format that reveals the user’s location in a website. The term actually comes from the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale …. you know the one with the scary, cannibalistic witch and yet another evil stepmother? In the story, Hansel and Gretel drop breadcrumbs while walking…

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Need A Membership Site? Join The Club. How to Choose a Membership Plugin

There are a ton of blog posts and tutorials about creating a membership site and choosing the right WordPress plugin. Chris Lema has covered this territory in depth, with a recent review of 30 different membership plugins. Marcus Couch is soon launching Membership Coach to advise WordPress users on generating revenue…

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Favorite Google Chrome Extensions for Web Developers

Yesterday I wrote about my favorite Basic Google Chrome Extensions. There are a number of extensions specifically helpful for web development. Here are the ones I use every day: ColorZilla This is a super easy way to grab a color from your screen and learn the hex code. WordPress Admin…

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Taking and Selecting Great Photos for Your Website

Today’s post is from guest blogger Lawrence Cheng, of Lawrence Cheng Photography. Lawrence is a professional photographer based in Arlington, VA who specializes in portraits and corporate photography. You’re probably aware that images do increase traffic to your website or social media feed. How much more traffic? Jeff Bullas, social…

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What’s the Beef? Taking a Bite Out of the Hamburger Debate

I have a keen interest in hamburgers. They are not my favorite food … I am talking about the small, 3-lined menu icon that has been the topic of debate in the web design community. The icon was designed by Norm Cox as part of the user interface for the…

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