SiteGround: fast, secure WordPress hosting

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SiteGround is an excellent WordPress-optimized shared host. They’re fast, secure, and reliable, yet inexpensive. They’re the host I most frequently recommend to small business and nonprofit clients.  From firsthand experience, I’ve found their plans to be superior to similar hosting plans from GoDaddy, Bluehost, DreamHost, Hostmonster, HostGator, iPage, and small local hosting companies. For clients with larger and/or […]

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 […]

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, […]

Review: WordPress Web Design for Dummies 2nd Edition

WordPress Web Design for Dummies 2nd edition

WordPress Web Design for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson My rating: 4 of 5 stars An updated version of the worthwhile 1st edition on designing and building WordPress-based sites. It covers installation, administration, basic theme development, and plugin use. It features colorful code snippets and screenshots. Most examples use the Twenty Thirteen theme. I liked Chapter […]

WordPress for Small Business Websites Panel at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2013

WordPress for Small Business Websites Panel at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2013

I led a WordPress for Small Business Websites Q&A panel at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2013. We discussed goals, strategy, content, analytics, speed and performance, social media, SEO, and generally making sites effective. Below is a video of the panel discussion, followed by paraphrased versions of the questions asked by the audience. I’m so thankful for […]

Amazon S3 & BackupBuddy: guide to WordPress backups


Here’s a guide to using the BackupBuddy plugin (affiliate link) to back up a WordPress site to Amazon S3. The video only shows how to do the Amazon S3 initial configuration and user configuration, and adding Amazon S3 as a remote destination in BackupBuddy. The text below the video provides more details about configuring BackupBuddy […]