Free images for websites from Google

Great news website owners! I’ve discovered a quick and easy method to get free images for websites using Google. Nearly every client asks me about the best online source for images, and most of them are looking for low-cost (actually, free) photos. I know you can put this information to use right away and that it will be extremely helpful. What’s better than free? (more…)

What is the cost for custom WordPress website or blog?

the cost for custom wordpress website doesn't need to break the piggy bankMaybe you’ve done your homework and know that WordPress is a world-class content management system that currently powers around 18% of all site on the web. Or maybe a friend of colleague has recommended WordPress for your website. Whether your budget is micro or mega, ultimately you want to know the cost for a custom WordPress website.

If you have been getting quotes or doing your research online, you have probably noticed that WordPress website prices are all over the place. There are some reasons for this, like: (more…)

How your goals and market shape your website design

In effective, quality web design, there is no empirical “right way” to plan your design, layout, and content. There are best practices, but that does not mean that one way is right for all.

The best websites start with good planning, and that should be based on what type of business or organization you have, what your goals are for your website, and who your audience is. The best photographer site will look and function nothing like a site selling tools or a site that’s primary purpose is to present research and information.

The first step I take with a client is to learn about their business and their target market(s). We explore: (more…)

Matt Cutts video on Penguin 2.0

Matt Cutts of Google recently posted a video discussing Penguin 2.0. Some of the key changes he mentioned include:

  • It is coming during Summer 2013
  • He called this update “deeper” and says it will have more impact than Penguin has so far related to “link spamming.”
  • It continues cracking down again on paid links. They need to be nofollowed and identified as paid links rather than trying to pass for natural or editorial links.
  • Google is trying to detect hacked websites and communicate better with webmasters and add information to Google Webmasters to help site owners understand the nature of the hack.
  • They are working to do a better job of identifying sites that are a true “authority” in their space. (more…)

WordPress Training – How to use a “page” for your home page

This video explains how to set a “page” as your home page, allowing your WordPress site to look like a “regular” website that then includes your blog as a section.

As a client you gain access to additional training videos on more advanced features used in maintaining your WordPress powered website or blog. If you are interested in a custom website or WordPress blog theme, please contact me about your project.

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WordPress Training – Using the Featured Content Gallery Plugin

This video shows you how to use the popular Featured Content Gallery plugin on your WordPress powered website or blog.

As a client you gain access to additional training videos on more advanced features used in maintaining your WordPress powered website or blog. If you are interested in a custom website or WordPress blog theme, please contact me about your project.

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WordPress Basics – Setting Up Akismet for Spam Protection

This video shows you how to activate Akismet in WordPress. Akismet is an excellent plugin to help you deal with comment spam on your blog or WordPress powered website.

As a client you gain access to additional training videos on more advanced features used in maintaining your WordPress powered website or blog. If you are interested in a custom website or WordPress blog theme, please contact me about your project.

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WordPress Basics – Setting Up The Sociable Plugin

This video teaches you how to set up the Sociable Plugin in WordPress. This plugins helps your site visitors easily share your content with their friends and colleagues in their social network on Digg, Facebook, and more.

As a client you gain access to additional training videos on more advanced features used in maintaining your WordPress powered website or blog. If you are interested in a custom website or WordPress blog theme, please contact me about your project.

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WordPress Basics – How To Install Plugins Using The WordPress Dashboard

This video shows you how to install plugins using the WordPress Dashboard. It also explains some important factors to consider when adding plugins.

As a client you gain access to additional training videos on more advanced features used in maintaining your WordPress powered website or blog. If you are interested in a custom website or WordPress blog theme, please contact me about your project.

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WordPress Basics – The All In One SEO Pack Plugin

This video explains how to set up the All In One SEO Pack Plugin and how it can be used to automate important SEO elements for your site, or how to take full control of your title tags, meta description and meta keyword tags in WordPress.

As a client you gain access to additional training videos on more advanced features used in maintaining your WordPress powered website or blog. If you are interested in a custom website or WordPress blog theme, please contact me about your project.

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WordPress Basics – Using Widgets

This video explains what widgets are and how to use them in WordPress.

As a client you gain access to additional training videos on more advanced features used in maintaining your WordPress powered website or blog. If you are interested in a custom website or WordPress blog theme, please contact me about your project.

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Matt Cutts of Google talks about SEO at WordCamp San Francisco 2009

Matt Cutts joined Google as a software engineer in January 2000 and is currently the head of Google’s Webspam team. He spoke at WordCamp San Francisco 2009 this summer and explained why WordPress is such an incredible platform for a website or blog in regards to the search engines. He also gave some excellent advise that is easy for any blogger or site content manager to follow.