Sharing Some TLC

How To Share Large Files and Images

With cloud services like Google Drive and Dropbox, sharing files can be very easy. You can create folders in these storage platforms, and upload files and images and share the folders with others. We ask our clients to use Google Drive, which is our preferred platform for sharing website content…

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Website Terminology: Learn How To Speak The Language

As website professionals, we have our own “lingo,” or website terminology, which can sometimes be confusing for our clients and people who don’t make websites for a living. We realize that when we speak in our language, sometimes it may not make sense, and a key to a successful website…

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What is GDPR Compliace and How Does It Affect Me?

You have probably been bombarded lately with GDPR Compliance emails asking you to review updated terms and conditions and privacy policies for websites and newsletters to which you are subscribed. We have, too! This is due to the upcoming implementation of the EU’s “GDPR” (General Data Protection Regulation) on May…

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How To Use the Yoast Meta Box to Make Your Website Stand Out in a Google Search

Using the Meta Box Snippet Editor in the Yoast SEO Plugin for WordPress, you can impact the three key elements of your Search Result: Title, Slug and Meta Description. If you want your website result to stand out, these three things should be well written to make users want to click through to your site.

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It's all about the "S": Google and its HTTPS Policy

Head S Up if you are not using https! Google has a policy regarding HTTPS on websites that you should know about. As a primary internet browser, dictates some best practices for website owners and developers. In the recent past, for example, Google started “requiring” websites to be mobile responsive…

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An Effective Website Planning, Design and Development Process

Building an effective new website, like many things, cannot be done in a bubble and takes time and collaboration to be successful. We recently completed a website project that went very smoothly because the process was so well planned and organized and because the client participated in the process enthusiastically….

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Revealing WordPress Hosting Review: It’s Your Lucky Day!

Recently I wrote about website speed and performance for WordPress websites. I found that the quality of hosting plays a big role in the performance of a website, and how fast it loads. As I mentioned in my previous post, testing tools can be inconsistent and different tools have different benchmarks and…

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Down the Rabbit Hole: How to Tame the Site Speed Challenge

About a month ago, I suggested a client have an SEO analysis done of their site. The site gets a fair amount of traffic, and it had been a while since it had been checked for performance. If, like me, you have mostly small, local clients, you may not often…

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What is my Local Host File and How (and Why) Do I Edit It?

I am working on a big blog post about what I have learned over the past 3 weeks about website speed and performance. In the meantime, I wanted to share this quick tip. In my testing process I had a few versions of my site on different web hosts. I…

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Quick Fix: Object Cache Error

Sometimes a WordPress error looks really scary. A client recently contacted me when she saw this after logging in to her site via wp-admin. I have also seen this on the front end of some websites in recent weeks as well. Notice: Indirect modification of overload element of WP_HOOK has…

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Get over your fear! SVGs are not SCARY Vector Graphics

If you’re like me, there is never enough time to learn ALL the things you want to. I keep hearing about how amazing SVGs are, but have been scared to learn how to create them and work with them. Even more intimidating…. Adding animation! Why SVG? You might first wonder…

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How To Use Pods For Simple, More Effective Custom Post Types

Pods  is a plugin for WordPress that creates Custom Post Types and custom fields. According to the website, “The Pods Framework allows an ordinary user or developer to easily create and extend custom post types, content types, taxonomies, users, media, or comments — helping you keep your content organized and…

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3 Practical Ways To Have Good UX AND “Cool” Design

I have recently been debating the conflict between creative, unique and “cool” website design and a good, effective user experience. As Steve Krug says in his book, Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, “The Farmer and the Cowhand Can Be Friends” (shout out to my…

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A Little (Smushed) Bird Told Me: Regenerate Thumbnails Saves The Day

Have you ever had images “suddenly” look distorted on your WordPress website? The other day, I changed my theme to edit an image size in my functions.php file, as well as the corresponding style.css properties. When I did that, the images I was targeting were successfully cropped to the correct…

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Case Study: A Unique Way To Collect Donations on Your WordPress Website

I am excited to announce that I recently formed a joint venture called Nice Work, LLC with Evelyn Powers of Design Powers (a future blog post about that is coming!). Evelyn and I have kept our own successful businesses, but have also partnered to expand the scope of what we can offer…

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Does your website or branding communicate your value proposition?

I am excited to share a post from Guest Blogger Jennifer Mulchandani of Arlington Strategy. Jennifer is a champion of small business and a community advocate. She is a veteran in advancing agendas, motivating stakeholders, and driving sales with high-impact strategic marketing and communications. Jennifer’s holistic approach to marketing includes…

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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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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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It’s Not as Hard as You Might Think! Anyone Can Become a 9-to-5 Escape Artist

It is April 1st! No April Fools jokes here. My (almost) 30 consecutive days of blogging (I’ve missed a few) is ending, but my blogging career is just beginning. I have several posts in the works, and will also be guest editor on the GenesisWP.guide next week, so you haven’t…

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