Better WordPress - Lee Drozak, Web Strategies and WordPress Design

Themes and Plugins You’ll Find in My Toolkit

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Things in your toolkit, WordPress themes and plugins.

Have you decided on WordPress for your website but have become overwhelmed by the amount of themes and plugins available? The beauty of WordPress are the amount of developers who have created themes and plugin, some free and some not. Themes are a great way to get started on the design and plugins help you add much needed functionality especially if you're a non-designer. But choosing the correct combination is often times stressful when you're not in the trenches everyday. And you need to decide if free can work or should you invest in premium. My process, like many other...

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5 Myths about Using WordPress For Your Website

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5 Myths About Using WordPress For Your Website

You've heard that WordPress is popular but you don't get what all the hype is about? Some of the bigger sites like New York Observer, New York Post, TED, Thought Catalog, Williams, USA Today, CNN, Fortune.com, TIME.com, National Post, Spotify, TechCrunch, CBS Local, NBC, and more all use WordPress. If it's good enough to power those site then it should be good enough to power yours too, right? If you ask the pro-supporters they can give you tons of reasons why this number of WordPress powered sites is on the rise. But ask the not-so-tech-savvy folks, you'll get the complete...

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The Next Step For Your Live Site is Website Maintenance

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Next steps for a healthy website is website maintenance.

You've spent weeks, or maybe months to get the perfect website and then let it loose into the wilds of the interwebs. Now, what do you do? Sit back and wait for the traffic to come and the sales to generate? Wouldn't that be nice if you could set and forget your WordPress website? The reality of having a WordPress website is it continues to need love and attention after you make it live to your audience. And there are two parts to website maintenance: health and growth. Let's keep going as we talk about the health of your WordPress...

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WordPress Terms: Pages or Posts, What’s The Difference?

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what's the difference?

When I began using and designing my websites using WordPress, the first thing I had to nail down was the terminology and how all the moving parts worked together and made a functioning website. For me, pages and posts where an easy concept to grasp and I believe it will be for you to once you know the small differences. Some think there isn't much difference between a page and a post or what to use when. Add to that, custom post types which add functionality like portfolios, calendars, events and so much more. But from a usability standpoint, there...

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Hackproof Your WordPress Website: 3 Steps To Make It Happen

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hack proof your WordPress website.

Malicious hackers are always looking for ways into your WordPress site by exploiting vulnerabilities. Having your website hacked is a concern for all WordPress users and online business owners. Keep reading to see what you can do to help hackproof your WordPress website and steps you can take if you get hacked. A few years ago we moved to this big ole farmhouse on lots of acres of land. We knew there would take some work to get the house and the property tip-top top shape. Security wasn't our biggest concern at first since I had a big beautiful chocolate...

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Inherited Website: Insider Tips Revealed To Taking Back Control

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have you Inherited a website.

It's always a great day when I partner with new clients and make WordPress sites great again. Getting an inherited website usually means that the last partnership did not work with the client. And so to start the relationship right we need to set expectations, so neither of us feels like we're the last to the party and all the fun has happened. Inheriting a WordPress website can be stressful and put some pressure on me to make sure you feel like a kid in a candy store with the decision you've made to work with me. I remember when...

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3 Critical Mistake You Could Be Making With Your Website

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critical website mistakes you could be making.

Providing technical services to my clients has given me a great look into the not-so-tech-savvy way things work. Lucky for me, technology has always come easy. I’m able to find ways to explain it to my clients, so they understand at a minimum, the basics of keeping your website up and running, which is a win for everyone! There are three website mistakes that I see people do (or not do) that could be the difference between having a functioning site or constantly having unprepared issues. To avoid website shutdown or the white screen of death (eek!) try these three...

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101 Easy Steps To Launch Your WordPress Website

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101 easy steps to launch your website.

Did I really say 101 steps to launch your WordPress website? You betcha I did. It's more than 101 but what's a few more boxes to tick. There are a lot of steps when putting together a safe, secure and effective WordPress website. Capsicum Mediaworks, LLP put together a handy infographic to walk you through everything from set-up to maintenance to SEO for your WordPress website. Even if your outsourcing several pieces of the design and development process, you need to have a guideline of what must (and should) be done. When you get ready to launch your WordPress website there's a whole...

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WordPress Parent Child Themes, In Plain English

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WordPress parent child themes in plain English.

Recently I was working on a site remodel for a coaching client who had lost all the customization to her site after an update. She couldn't understand what had happened and why things looked so different. If her developer had taken advantage of the parent-child themes relationship this would have been a completely different scenario. This problem could have been easily avoided if her original developer had used a child theme instead of making changes to the out of the box theme. The child theme would have preserved all of the custom coding that she paid for. When I talked...

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Building Websites The Amish Way

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what the amish taught me about building websites.

Who would have thought a move to Amish country taught me some lessons abut building websites. A little backstory first. In the last five years, I’ve moved four times. The first move was to get away from the hustle-bustle of the big city. The second, we got an offer on our acreage and 100-year-old farmhouse. The third was due to transfer that the Hubs got which moved us to our “ideal” area. Turns out our ideal city didn’t gel with our idea of our forever home. This last move presented itself as an opportunity to once and for all move...

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Online Payment: Shopping Carts, Gateways and Merchant Accounts, Oh My!

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Online Payment: Shopping Carts, Gateways and Merchant Accounts, Oh My!.

4 Crucial Points You Need to Understand Before Choosing  the Right Online Payment System E-Commerce is big business. Whether you're a small solo shop with a couple of ebooks or full on with tons of products, online stores are the way to go. No matter the size, there’s one thing all online shops need – an online payment system. And, not all are created equal. The Hubs is not a shopper, or, at least, he wasn’t. He hates getting in the car, fighting traffic, spending all that time in crowded stores and then having to take me for a meal,...

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