Category Archives: WordPress Websites
By Grace Fox
Technology isn’t exactly my bent. It’s no wonder, then, that it bends me out of shape when it doesn’t cooperate for me or when I don’t understand it.
Laura Christianson’s expertise is changing that. Thanks to Blogging Bistro, technology is losing its intimidation factor and becoming my friend.
When Laura and I began discussing plans for my new website, I knew what I wanted but not necessarily what I needed. She filled in those gaps for me. read more >
By Matt Neputin
As bloggers, we often want to do everything ourselves. Especially if we’re just starting out, the prospect of spending money on our projects is about as appealing as putting glass into our eyes.
So we try to do EVERYTHING ourselves. We install WordPress ourselves. We sign up to Twitter ourselves. We even install a website theme ourselves.
But then we come to the hard things – the things that require actual talent, such as customizing the theme we’ve paid for. read more >
Sixty-three percent of US adults go online using their mobile phones and 1 in 5 US adults do most of their online browsing using their mobile phone, according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center.
Mobile usage is growing by the day, so how can small business owners harness the power of mobile?
- Optimize your website for mobile devices
- Act on mobile marketing statistics
- Use responsive design
Read on to learn how you can make mobile marketing work for you. read more >
Creating hard-to-hack passwords for your online accounts is one of the most important things you can do. It’s also something most people fail to do. In this week’s roundup, you’ll find seven excellent resources to help you evaluate your passwords’ security and safely store your personal information online.
- There’s a cool tool that’ll show you how many seconds, minutes, hours, years, or millennia it will take a hacker to break in to your accounts.
- Another tool will show you whether your e-mail IP address has been blacklisted.
- A fun comic shows creative ways to create hard-to-hack passwords
- Plus, you’ll learn about two popular password management apps, and get a how-to video, to boot.
I want to hear about your favorite anti-hacking strategies, too, so be sure to leave a comment.
Grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or water) and get started! read more >
In today’s roundup of fascinating social media news from around the web, we’ll look at:
- 4 strategies Disney uses to create freakishly loyal customers
- How to be smart in a world of dumb bloggers (guaranteed to offend!)
- 6 flaws your non-profit’s mobile website should never have
- Should you reserve a Twitter account for your pre-born baby?
Click the “Read More” link to access the complete text of all four articles. read more >
By Judith Ingram
Two years ago my publisher released my first book—a nonfiction Christian devotional on forgiveness. In keeping with my contract, I established a website to advertise my book. However, I had no marketing strategy nor a clear idea of how I wanted to interact with readers.
My modest website sat in cyberspace virtually unnoticed, like a business card lost in a pile of advertisements cluttering the kitchen counter. read more >
By Jennifer Cote
I had to ask myself that question. I’d been creating my own websites for years. My husband and I had opened a small local café in 1985; by 2004, it seemed fitting to create a business website for it.
When I published a cookbook in 2006, I created another website to share recipes (and hopefully, attract an interested market). I learned enough HTML to create a decent, though limited, website. I could not easily construct a blog on my website, so I created a number of separate blogs, using free services such as Blogger, WordPress, Yahoo.
I wasn’t sure of my “brand,” so I tried to be everything. It was exhausting. read more >
This is a guest post by Celina Conner. If you would like to submit a guest article, please check out our guest post guidelines.
Apart from the navigation design, background theme and the like, did you know that your website’s design orientation also affects user experience?
Yes, that’s right. In this article, we will discuss how your site’s design orientation compliments or negatively affects viewers’ behavior.
Because there are limits to how “tall” websites call be, landscape orientation is preferred by some users. This is to make the text appear shorter when, in fact, it is composed with the same number of words. One disadvantage seen though is that users will be required to scroll horizontally. This is often seen as poor usability. read more >
In this week’s roundup of the most helpful blog posts from around the web, you’ll find links to 7 excellent tutorials about website security, search engine optimization (SEO), e-mail marketing, and website essentials. Click on each headline to access the full article.
- How to protect your computer and data in case disaster strikes
- 10 steps to a secure WordPress website
- A breakdown of all your website’s traffic sources
- How to use your domain name with Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail
- How to make your email open and click-through rates skyrocket
- How to speed up your WordPress site
- What you need to know to pair fonts well
- 12 must-have free fonts you should have in your collection