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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Web design podcasts that occasionally discuss web design business

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Last week I wrote about my favorite podcasts about the business of web design. There are a lot of web design podcasts that aren’t specifically about the business of web design, but that occasionally discuss web design business topics. I’ve included my favorites below, ranked according to frequency of business content. If you like these, […]

Best web design business podcasts

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These are my favorite podcasts about the business of web design. They frequently cover topics including marketing, pricing, project management, productivity, client relations, entrepreneurship, freelancing, proposals, and contracts and other legal issues. If you like these, you should read my other posts about podcasts. I’m always looking for more, so please add your favorites in […]

Review: The Wealthy Freelancer by Steve Slaunwhite

The Wealthy Freelancer 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle

The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle by Steve Slaunwhite My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is definitely the best book on freelancing I’ve read so far! Many freelancers assume that they must choose between a high income and the freedom of freelancing, so they settle for an […]

Website redesign: OptimWise.com (2013)

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OptimWise LLC: optimwise.com For my 2013 redesign of OptimWise.com, my primary goal was to better showcase my portfolio. Secondary goals included refining information about the business, making it easier for people to contact me, and making the blog more visually appealing. My Portfolio page has been one of my most visited pages since I added it, […]

Website design: SCN Encourager

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SCN Encourager: scnencourager.com The School Communicators Network (SCN) provides resources for, and facilitates discussion among, school communications professionals. SCN Managing Editor Tom Page needed a blog to promote membership in The School Communicators Network website, a paid membership site which I helped create. To engage readers, The Encourager blog features short daily posts for school […]