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The Best Hosting for Your WordPress Website

March 12, 2019

When it comes to hosting, there is a veritable smorgasbord of options, and over the last decade, I’ve had the chance to try quite a few of them. Through trial and error, I’ve found favorites at every price point. I had a bit of a revelation this week: it turns out by recommending the same dang WordPress hosting I’ve been…

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Nailing the Intro Call

August 5, 2018

You and I are, very likely, in different businesses. Perhaps you are a health, life, or business coach. Maybe you are a lawyer, doctor, stylist, or home cook. Maybe you offer cleaning services, home organization, personal finance advice, or swim lessons. Doesn’t matter: you need clients. So you will very likely find yourself on the “Intro Call” (or whatever you…

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GDPR for WordPress Bloggers

June 11, 2018

I am not a lawyer. I’m offering advice here for the convenience of my clients and readers because this may affect you, but I do not and can not pretend to have a full and in-depth knowledge of this law or exactly how it will pertain to your particular website. Everything below is offered freely and is true to the…

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Four things to do before meeting your web designer

March 13, 2018

Have you just set up your initial meeting with a potential web designer (maybe meeeee?) and wondering what to do in the meantime? First of all, you definitely don’t need to do anything; an experienced web designer or developer will be ready to walk you through your first steps. But if your excitement won’t let you sit still until you make…

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The Five Types of Logos

August 9, 2017

So you want to create a logo? Whether you’re commissioning a designer or going it on your own, knowing what type of logo you’re after is a good first step. Here are the five types of logo, ordered by complexity, plus a few examples by yours truly: Wordmark Text, generally the name of the business in a stylized, unique font….

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Professional Photo Shoot for Your Website

June 26, 2017

Great photography can take an okay website to completely stunning, so if you have the time, inclination, and budget, you should definitely consider scheduling a professional photo shoot as part of your web design plan. Since most photographers don’t shoot exclusively for websites, though, you’ll want to have some clear instructions for him or her so that you get the…

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5 Tips to Not Lose Your Mind While Working from Home

March 28, 2017

This is not a post where I have all the answers. Everyone’s a little bit different, but after almost 5 years of working for myself, almost always from home, often in my pajamas, I’ve learned a few things that work for me. Know yourself and reconcile yourself to your habits I am not – never have been, and am increasingly convinced…

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How to Install WordPress Plugins, Not the Bad Ones

February 26, 2017

WordPress has a ton of benefits: flexibility in design, near unlimited functionality, accessibility to non-coders… I won’t bore you too much with my WordPress nerd-ery. But those benefits have made WordPress the most popular website platform on Earth, which is, in and of itself, the best perk of all. WordPress’s huge popularity means there are a TON of plugins to…

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Where to Find Great (and Legal) Images to Use on Your Website

January 30, 2017

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but maybe not thousands of dollars in copyright infringement penalties. Ok that was a terrible joke BUT I know that a lot of website owners struggle with where to find images. For many, their first instinct is to browse Google Image Search and grab the first relevant image you find. This is not a…

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A Way Forward After a Divisive Election

November 16, 2016

It may be strange to get a letter from your web developer about politics. Sorry. But I have struggled over the past week to find the words to express the feelings I have had from such a hate-filled and overwhelmingly negative campaign, and perhaps so have you. I am writing because I have been spending a lot of time considering how to support those around me in any way that I can, and my thoughts keep returning to my work. Design and development is not an inherently political profession, but that does not mean my work is without broader social impact…

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