What does a small business WordPress website need?

Catching up on e-mail

What does a small business website need? This was one of the many questions asked at the Small Business Tech Panel at the Warehaüs, a co-working space in Holland, Michigan in March 2013. Here’s an expanded version of the answer I gave. The items (in no particular order) are as follows: Effective content (text, images, video) Mobile-friendly design […]

Review: Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Web Application

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Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Web Application by 37 Signals My rating: 4 of 5 stars The book is written for those who create web applications, but as a web designer who creates WordPress websites, I found plenty of relevant advice about planning, project management, client relations, hiring, and productivity. […]

Exclude plugins from the Advanced Automatic Updates WordPress plugin

Advanced Automatic Updates settings

The Advanced Automatic Updates plugin is one of my favorite WordPress plugins, but it lacks a way to easily specify exclusions. I’ll show you how to to exclude plugins from being automatically updated by this plugin. The Advanced Automatic Updates plugin Advanced Automatic Updates gives you control over what can be updated with WordPress’ automatic updates: Core […]

Discontinuing the OptimWise Feedburner feed

I’ll be discontinuing the OptimWise Feedburner feed on February 24, 2014. In the unlikely event that you’re still subscribed to that feed (http://feeds.feedburner.com/optimwise) or receiving email via Feedburner (rather than MailChimp), please update your subscriptions. The current RSS feed is http://optimwise.com/feed/. If you’d rather subscribe by email, please sign up using the email newsletter signup […]

Where to find images for your website

Old-school photographer

Many clients ask where they can find images for their websites. Others don’t ask, and simply send images they found on Google Images. My experience is that many people aren’t familiar with copyright laws. You aren’t free to use every image you find on the Web. You may only use images to which you own […]

Review: Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

Manage Your Day-To-Day

Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book tells creatives (designers, writers, artists, etc.) how to better manage their time to give priority to creativity. It’s current and practical while still presenting timeless principles. It covers several […]

Creating a nonprofit WordPress site at GiveCamp Grand Rapids 2013

GiveCamp Grand Rapids 2013

Last month I volunteered to help create a WordPress site at GiveCamp Grand Rapids 2013. What’s a GiveCamp? From the GiveCamp Grand Rapids site, GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals – from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists – donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations. This […]

Best WordPress podcasts, fall 2013

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These are the best WordPress podcasts I’ve found. They have content for WordPress users (individuals or small businesses), designers, and developers. I prefer those that offer tips, recommendations, and tutorials over those that simply cover WordPress news. I listed them in order of preference. Check out WordPress Radio, which aggregates and streams WordPress podcasts. Also, […]