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Tech Terms, WordPress

What is a WordPress Plugin and How to Install the Best Plugins

What does a website for a landscaper have in common with a website for someone selling lampshades online? Besides both being my clients, they are running WordPress as their CMS (Content Management System). However, the content on each site is COMPLETELY different! If WordPress had all the functionality that both websites needed plus functionality that every website might ever need, the code would be ENORMOUS. Instead, WordPress has solved this problem with plugins.

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Tech Tutorials, WordPress

Wix to WordPress: How to Customize a WordPress Theme

Now that I’ve shown you how to install a free WordPress theme, we need to customize it with the business logo, colors and fonts. It is super simple to customize a WordPress theme using the tools I will show you today. In this video tutorial, I will show you how to customize the free WordPress theme I installed in a previous video using your logo, fonts and brand colors.

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Work / Life Balance

Work Life Balance is a Myth When You Work From Home

I’m taking a break from geeking out with you in order to get real personal here. After 15 years of running a business from home, I’ve come to the conclusion that work life balance is a myth when you work from home. It just is. Choosing to do something for your business is ultimately choosing to not do something for your family. Whether it’s sitting down at the computer to get one last email typed when your kids really need to get to bed or trying to finish up that last project when you really need to get dinner going or whether it’s just feeling so exhausted at the end of the day due to the demands of your job that you just don’t have the patience to read for 10 minutes with your 7 year old, either your family or your business will suffer. There are practices that I do to make the “balance” more manageable, but every person is different and so will every solution. I’m here to offer some helpful tips on how to create a semblance of balance in hopes that you can find something that works for your family.

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Tech Tutorials, WordPress

Wix to WordPress: How to Install WordPress

After you’ve set up your hosting, you need to install WordPress. Installing WordPress takes less than 5 minutes if you are shown the exact steps to take. In this video tutorial, I will show you how to install WordPress in less than 5 minutes. I will also show you how to log into your new WordPress website and install a free WordPress theme. Please keep in mind that I have chosen a very simple theme to show you today. The process I take will not be the same for all themes, but you can make a complete website using the free WordPress theme I will show you.

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Tech Terms

What is a Domain Name and Why it Matters

Okay, I know this sounds BORING! But seriously, domain names are important for you to understand and I promise to make it as fun and exciting as a geeky topic such as domain names can possibly be. What is a domain name? Like the address you use to find someone’s home or a local business, a domain name is a unique address that sends a website user to the correct website. Let’s explore why this is important and how it works.

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Tech Tutorials, WordPress

Wix to WordPress: How to Setup WordPress Hosting

A friend of mine wanted to create a website. She started with WordPress and quickly bailed because she found it too confusing. She moved over to Wix and quickly got going on designing her website, but when she wanted to make some basic adjustments to the template, she ended up messing up some formatting. After a few hours, she finally gave up and called it “good enough”. Wix is great to a certain point, but I’ve found that most people need a more flexible system than Wix. Wordpress is perfect for growing businesses and can be just as easy to use as Wix with the right guide. In this video tutorial, I will show you how to set up WordPress hosting. You will need hosting for your new website since you cannot use Wix hosting. Don’t worry, it’s easy to do.

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Tech Articles, WordPress

Wix vs WordPress: WordPress is Easier Than You Think

There are so many options out there for how to create a website. Depending on your budget, your website goals and your business type, not every option will meet your needs. In this article, I want to compare Wix vs WordPress to see how they stack up in various areas. PLUS I will introduce a video tutorial series that will show you how WordPress is just as easy to use as Wix. Whether you are currently using Wix or are on the fence about choosing a CMS for your website, this article will get you going in the right direction!

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Tech Terms, WordPress

What is WordPress and Why You Need It

Imagine your website is like your body. Every person, no matter their age or how they look, has a skeleton that holds their body up. This skeleton is like WordPress for your website. What is WordPress? It’s the structure of the website, but it does not determine how your website looks. WordPress is called a content management system (CMS) because it manages your website content. Find out more about it and why you need to use it!

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Tech Tutorials, WordPress

How to Move a WordPress Website to a New Host

The time may come when the web hosting company you are with is no longer meeting your needs and you need to move your WordPress website. Most hosting companies will perform this move for you, but if you want to tackle this yourself, it’s a fairly straightforward process. In this video tutorial, I will show you how to make a backup copy of your WordPress website, how to install WordPress on the new server using Control Panel or CPanel, how to upload the backup copy to the new server and how to point your domain name to the new server. Sounds complicated, but I know you can do it.

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Tech Articles

VPS vs Shared Hosting

Every website needs a host.  It’s the place where all the website files are stored and served to the world wide web.  While there are many different types of hosting, the two most affordable options are shared hosting and a virtual private server.  Do you want your website host to be a motel or a condo? Choose carefully because your website’s reputation is hanging in the balance. In this article, I’ll give you the factors to consider.

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