Web design can seem very confusing, especially when there's so much being dumped on you -- Google Analytics, SEO, shopping carts, should you start a blog, social media, payment gateways, and about a hundred other issues -- it's easy to get overwhelmed. So in this post, what I've done is clearly laid out a sequential set of steps to help you get started in web design, and get your online venture live on the web. So by the end of this tutorial, you’ll have a clear set of actions that you can take to get your business online and earning revenue. Let's jump into it! (more…)
Last updated on August 13th, 2018. Posted in WordPress.
Automatically backing up your WordPress website! Obviously, it's very important to periodically back up your site. You can manually back up your website (which is very good to know), but automating your backups has some big advantages. For instance, you won't have to remember to set time aside to pull a site back up over and over. And, you'll have the peace of mind knowing that back ups are being pulled on a regular schedule for you. This is all very much "set it and forget it." Want to see how to set this up for your website? Then let's get started! (more…)
Last updated on July 23rd, 2018. Posted in WordPress.
WordPress pages vs posts are easy to confuse. If you're having trouble understanding when you might use one versus another, or if you'd like to learn more about how they work, then you're in the right spot! In today's post, we'll discuss the differences between pages and posts in WordPress, where you might use one versus the other, and how you can use them to properly set your website up. Let's take a look! (more…)
Last updated on June 19th, 2018. Posted in WordPress.
Did you know that WordPress comes in two flavours, WordPress.com and WordPress.org? As you might guess, it's very easy to confuse the two...and it can be hard for new users to know which version of WordPress they should use. In this video, we'll dispel the confusion and get a clear understanding of the differences between these two flavours of WordPress. Let's check 'em out! (more…)
FTP is a very common method for connecting directly to your website. Think of it as opening up a two-way street between your computer and your live site. This is perfect for publishing updates, troubleshooting problems, and so on. With WP Engine, we'll be using a more secure version of FTP, called SFTP. And in this tutorial, I'd love to show you how it all works, so let's take a look! (more…)
WP Engine comes with some powerful commands and features to help us run our sites efficiently, and troubleshoot any problems that may come up. In this tutorial, let's take a look at some of the big features. If you're already using WP Engine, this video will give you a great sense of some of the powerful tools you now have at your disposal. Or, if you're not using them for hosting yet, let this video demonstrate some of the great features that you'll get if you decide to use 'em. Either way, come see what WP Engine has in store! (more…)
When you go to make changes or run updates on your website, there's always the risk of things not working as expected...or in the worst case, you inadvertently blow your site up! Well if you're using WP Engine as your web host (smart choice!), then your site comes with something called a staging server. Staging servers make it very easy to make site changes and updates, test new layouts and plugins, and so on. In this post, I'll further explain the concept, and then show you exactly to set one up and use it for your site. Finally, I'll also show you how to secure your staging server to keep it locked up and safe from public access. Sound like a plan? Then let's do it! (more…)
Last updated on June 17th, 2018. Posted in WordPress.
If you'd like to take advantage of RSS, learn more about it, and how you can use it with your WordPress website, then you're in the right spot. In this video, you'll learn about the various RSS feeds that you can tap into, and how you can control what content appears in your feeds. Sound good? Then let's get rollin'! (more…)
If you're not sure if WordPress is a good fit for you and your business, then you're in the right spot. There are some big reasons why it's so popular. In this video, we'll run through seven of the biggest reasons why WordPress is the best web design platform for your online business. Ready? Then let's get started! (more…)
Last updated on June 16th, 2018. Posted in WordPress.
Did you know that there are no less than three different ways to install and run WordPress? When you're first getting started with WordPress, it can seem a bit overwhelming because it is a bit of a different animal than what you might be used to working with. So in today's video, we'll address these three different ways to run WordPress and find the one that's best for you. Let's get going! (more…)