What can WordPress do for you?

Seattle WordPress DesignerHere are some of the cool things WordPress can do for you:  e-commerce • business directory • membership directory • Event calendar • audio & video • images galleries • image sliders • newsletter integration • interactive maps • mobile-friendly • newsletter integration • mobile compatible • integrate social media pages • search engine  optimization • i-frames • searchable tables.

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A WordPress Site that’s Highly Customizable and Affordable!

WordPress Site that is Customizable and AffordableA fully customized website that includes the sweat of a graphic designer can cost thousands. However, now you can get a highly-customizable site for $500. And the site will be built with the famous WOO Canvas blank canvas theme.

This means the construction of the site is rock solid and the layout/design options are endless. Plus the theme company is well-established so you can count on future theme updates that will keep up with future WordPress updates.

How is this even possible? Well, the entire process has been simplified and streamlined. First you identify up to eleven major areas of a template design that you want modified. You can just go with the existing template or change the color scheme, fonts and layout.

We do all the hard stuff, which includes installing WordPress, as well as the theme and the plugins. We also customize your layout and design. Next, we add your header, menu, widgets, footer and home page content. Then we provide training so you can add content, photos, videos and a lot more. After the training we offer support, just in case you get stuck.

Endless options! If you later decide you want to change your paragraph font type, color or size… you can do that yourself with a few mouse-clicks. You will be able to make dozens of other layout/design changes on your own. If you want a complex layout or design modification that requires custom coding, WOO Canvas can handle it, and unlike most themes, that custom coding won’t be over-written when your theme is updated.

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WORDPRESS SECRETS – Simple is Better

Seattle WordPress DesignerWordPress is pretty darned impressive in its capabilities, but just because WordPress can do practically anything doesn’t mean you have to go there. Because there are downsides to doing too much. It is so easy to go overboard with a complicated design and tons of impressive plugins (28,000 + and growing). You might think more is better, but actually this couldn’t be further from the truth. Here are five reasons to keep your WordPress site simple:

  1. Page load time. The last thing you need is to lose prospective customers because your website loads too slowly. Complex design elements generally translate into lots of graphics on your site, which slows down the page load time. Custom coding associated with design elements can also slow page load. But the biggest culprits to a slow website are usually specific plugins or too many plugins. Continue Reading →

Make your website Mobile-Friendly and get more business

Seattle WordPress | Mobile-Friendly WordPress sitesHave you ever viewed a website on your mobile device that clearly wasn’t meant to be viewed on a smartphone? OK, that was a rhetorical question, and the answer is most likely ‘yes’. Most of the banks and major online retailers have done an impressive job creating a user-friendly mobile view, but that’s not the case for most small businesses.

Care to see what I mean? Check out your own WordPress site on your smartphone. Is the text big enough to read without pinching and moving the page around with your fingers? Do you have to scroll left and right to view the whole page? Does the functionality of your site work on your smartphone… can you easily fill in the contact form, view a slider, or an image gallery? That’s how clunky my own site was on smartphones until I added a cool mobile plugin. Continue Reading →

How to safely update WordPress

Seattle WordPress | WordPress securityWebsite security threats are growing by the day.  If you’re like me, you’ve probably known someone whose site has become infected with a virus, spyware, or maliciously  hacked.  The best way to protect your site is to stay current with updates for your theme, plugins, and WordPress… plus have a full backup copy of your site.  However, proceed carefully.

The safest way to update your WordPress site is to do it through your control panel, not through the dashboard.  The exact process varies among hosting providers, however, if it’s not intuitive through your control panel call your hosting provider for instructions.  Following are the exact steps that are used for Bluehost.  I’m using Bluehost as an example because so many of you use Bluehost.

1)  WordPress.org recommends that you do a full-backup of your site first.  This can be done with a backup product like Continue Reading →