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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Best web design podcasts, Fall 2012

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These are my favorite audio podcasts about web design and development, both the technical and business sides. They also feature topics such as marketing and freelancing. My last post on the best web design podcasts was from June 2012, so it was time to update the list. I’ve listed them roughly in order of preference, […]

Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress by Susan Gunelius

The Complete Idiot's Guide to WordPress

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to WordPress by Susan Gunelius My rating: 3 of 5 stars An easily understood, very basic WordPress guide for beginning users. It’s focused on blogging rather than building traditional websites. The first half covers WordPress.com, and the rest covers WordPress.org. The Attracting an Audience section has valuable chapters on SEO, feeds, […]

Review: HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett

HTML and CSS Design and Build Websites

HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites by Jon Duckett My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the most visually pleasing web design book I’ve ever read. It’s logically organized and explains concepts well, using simple terms, code examples, and beautiful illustrations. I wish I had had it when I was first learning HTML […]

How to change the WordPress permalink structure to postname

WordPress permalink structure

I’ve been changing the permalink structure for WordPress sites to simply postname, and you can do the same! I’ll show you how to generate the redirects you need. In the past, I’ve configured WordPress to use the permalink structure Day and Name, which formats the URLs for posts as /%year%/%monthnum%/%day%/%postname%/. Although I knew that a […]

Review: Sams Teach Yourself HTML and CSS in 24 Hours by Julie C. Meloni

Sams Teach Yourself HTML and CSS in 24 Hours

Sams Teach Yourself HTML and CSS in 24 Hours by Julie C. Meloni My rating: 3 of 5 stars This is a decent introduction to HTML and CSS. Its main advantages over other books of this type are the full color examples and syntax-highlighted code snippets. The explanations and examples are simple and easily understood. […]

Review: WordPress All-in-One For Dummies

WordPress All-In-One for Dummies

WordPress All-in-One For Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Cory Miller, Kevin Palmer, Andrea Rennick, Michael Torbert My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the broadest, most comprehensive WordPress book I’ve read so far. It covers more than WordPress for Dummies (read my review), because it deals with everything from administration to design to development. I […]