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Business Website Mistakes: Chamber Tech Lunch

Are you making mistakes with your small business website? Business websites exist to sell, directly or indirectly. Small businesses often lose sight of that, and make mistakes with the content, design, marketing, and technical aspects of their sites. Learn how to fix these mistakes so your site delivers business results. I gave this presentation, Website […]

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Find outdated WordPress plugins with No Longer in Directory plugin

The No Longer in Directory plugin is an excellent tool for maintaining the plugins in your WordPress site. It performs two checks: Has the plugin been removed from the WordPress.org plugin directory? If the plugin is in the directory, is it outdated (not been updated in over two years)? The plugin will check the plugins on your site […]

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Website Mistakes Small Businesses Make, and How to Fix Them: WordCamp Grand Rapids 2014

I gave this presentation, Website Mistakes Small Businesses Make, and How to Fix Them, at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2014. I’ve seen many small businesses make website mistakes that hurt their results. My presentation was about how to fix these mistakes so your site delivers business results. Below are the video, slides, and detailed notes. Not optimizing to sell How […]

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Website mistakes small businesses make

"What website mistakes do small businesses make?" This was one of the many questions asked at the Small Business Tech Panel at the Warehaüs, a coworking space in Holland, Michigan in March 2014. Here's an expanded version of the answer I gave. The items (in no particular order) are as follows: Not optimized for sales Not mobile-friendly Not optimized […]

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How to Speed up Your WordPress Site (WordPress Performance Optimization)

We talked about WordPress Performance Optimization at the April 2014 meetup of WordPress Grand Rapids, a group I help organize. Since the meetup, I've spoken with a few clients and prospects whose WordPress sites were loading slowly, so I thought it'd be helpful to post here too. The speed of websites has become more important than ever. I talked about it […]

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What does a small business WordPress website need?

"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 coworking space in Holland, Michigan in March 2014. 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 […]

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Imsanity Plugin Automatically Resizes, Compresses Images in WordPress

Imsanity is my favorite plugin for resizing and compressing images that are uploaded to WordPress. It's better to resize and compress on your computer prior to uploading, but many people don't know how, or simply won't do it. So, I install Imsanity to do the job for them. What Can Imsanity Do? Resize JPG, PNG, GIF. […]

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Amazon S3 & BackupBuddy: guide to WordPress backups

Here's a guide to using the BackupBuddy plugin 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 in general. […]

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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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Wordfence Security Plugin: WordPress Firewall & Anti-Malware

I've been impressed by the Wordfence Security plugin after running it on several sites for a few months. Here are some of my favorite features of this plugin: Scans core files, themes and plugins against WordPress.org repository versions to check their integrity. Lets you see how files have changed, and optionally repair changed files. Scans […]

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Increase WordPress security with CloudFlare; block hackers & spammers

Since we started using the CloudFlare (free plan) on a few sites a few months ago, it's greatly reduced comment spam and contact form spam. According to our CloudFlare dashboard, it's also blocked many botnet zombies and other threats, reducing the risk of sites being hacked. It also serves as a CDN (content delivery network), but sites […]

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Automatic free WordPress backups: BackWPup plugin

BackWPup is a free WordPress plugin that automatically backs up your WordPress database and files. You can back up to your web server, or send your backups offsite (highly recommended). I back my sites up to SugarSync, but you can also back up to Dropbox, Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Rackspace Cloud, and other services. […]

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