What does a small business WordPress website need?

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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. […]

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 […]

Learn SEO basics with these videos & guides

What is SEO and how does it work Bluehost video

My clients often ask me how they can improve their SEO (search engine optimization) to rank higher. If their budget allows for it, I partner with an SEO expert, because a successful SEO or SEM (search engine marketing) campaign requires specialized expertise. If such a campaign isn’t in their budget, as is often the case […]

Secure, memorable passwords

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Disclaimer: I’m not a security expert. The advice in this post is based on recommendations from security researchers and consultants. I use two methods for creating passwords: Use software to create and store passwords. My favorite is LastPass. Use a scheme to create and remember passwords myself (without software). The rest of this article tells […]

Information Technology Careers (presentation slides)

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I had the privilege of speaking to students of Covenant Christian High School for their Career Day 2013. First, Drew Looyenga spoke about IT support and software development. Next, I gave the presentation below. How could I improve this presentation for next time? Tell me in the comments.

How I made my adjustable height standing desk

Adjustable height desk standing

I’ve been using an adjustable height standing desk (AKA stand-up desk) since October 2012, and I love it. I feel more energetic, and it helps me maintain better posture. I’ve been sitting only 0-5 working hours per week, and standing the remaining time. I started hearing about standing desks a couple years ago. I remember […]