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What WordPress Theme Is That? Here's How to Check

Do you ever wonder "What WordPress theme is that?" Here are several ways to figure out which WordPress theme a website uses.

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OptimWise.com 2016 Redesign

We had fun redesigning our site for 2016! We had a few goals for the redesign: Raise our image as a professional web agency Generate more quality leads Better explain our competitive advantage Increase email newsletter subscriptions Promote our SEO services We had aspects we wanted to add to the site, but we wanted to keep it as simple […]

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3 Ways To Make Your WordPress Website Mobile-Friendly

You know your WordPress website needs to be mobile-friendly. What if yours isn't? Let's look at 3 ways to make your existing WordPress website mobile-friendly: Use a plugin to create a mobile theme Modify your current theme Get a new theme Note: If you're not convinced that your site needs to be mobile-friendly, consider that Americans spend more time on […]

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Avoid WordPress Theme Lock-In

Once in a while, clients say, "We found this great theme on Themeforest that does everything we want. It has a portfolio, 4 different sliders, SEO settings, and more!" What they don't know is they're in danger of theme lock-in. Theme lock-in, AKA the theme lock-in effect, is being stuck with a theme because the theme controls […]

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Review: WordPress All-In-One for Dummies 2nd Edition

WordPress All-In-One for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson My rating: 3 of 5 stars A broadly informative WordPress book, covering installation, administration, publishing, SEO and social media, design, development, and Network/Multisite. Because it covers so many topics, it doesn't get very deep into any of them. You'll want to read more focused WordPress books (or websites) for […]

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Review: 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 […]

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Review: Smashing WordPress 2nd Edition

Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog by Thord Daniel Hedengren My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book is mostly a how-to guide for creating WordPress themes and plugins, and generally bending WordPress to your will. The book is laid out well, with colored blocks of code interspersed with the text describing it. It could have […]

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Why Update WordPress, Plugins, & Themes?

Learn why it's important to update WordPress core, plugins, and themes, and how to safely update.

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Review: WordPress for Dummies 5th Edition by Lisa Sabin-Wilson

WordPress for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book is best suited for WordPress users, but there are a few chapters for developers. Designers and developers are better served by WordPress Web Design for Dummies and WordPress All-In-One for Dummies. I’m a web designer who creates WordPress sites for small […]

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Website redesign: OptimWise.com (2013)

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, so I decided […]

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Best WordPress podcasts, Fall 2012

These are my favorite audio podcasts about WordPress. The last time I posted this list was May 2012, so it needed an update. Sadly, many of the WPCandy podcasts have podfaded since my last list, but I'm glad that a couple new groups have launched WordPress podcasts. I’ve listed these from most to least favorite. […]

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Review: WordPress Web Design for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson

WordPress Web Design for Dummies by Lisa Sabin-Wilson My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is one of the best on WordPress I’ve read, because it covers the work I do with WordPress: administration, tweaking themes, and finding and using plugins. It shows how to create several types of sites with WordPress, and explains […]

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