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. […]

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

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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Website Redesign: Centershot Gun Range

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Centershot Gun Range: centershotgunrange.com Centershot Gun Range is a new indoor shooting range in West Michigan. They wanted to redesign their website because their Flash-based site didn’t work on many mobile devices, and they wanted to add e-commerce functionality. I redesigned the site using HTML5, and used a mobile-friendly (responsive) design, so the site works well on […]

Best WordPress podcasts, summer 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 listed them from most to least favorite. I prefer those that offer tips, recommendations, and tutorials over those that simply cover WordPress news. None of the WP Candy podcasts are active any longer, […]

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.

Best business podcasts

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I’ve recently been writing about my favorite podcasts about the business of web design. Here are my favorite business podcasts that aren’t about web design, but do have great business content. I’ve listed these from most to least favorite. If you like these, you should read my other posts about podcasts. I’m always looking for […]