How Many Geeks Does it Take to Make a WordPress Website?

According to the definition for geek is far from the negative connotation used in day to day conversation. geek [geek]  Show IPA Slang. noun 1. a digital-technology expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often used disparagingly by others).   I embrace my geekiness or “enthusiasm” for all things digital, but […]

What Happens When A Self-Employed Boss Is Sick?

Getting sick is a part of life. A disappointing part of life, but none the less it’s unavoidable. Some of you are blessed with a Sampson type immune system while others ( me ) can just look at someone who is sick and catch what they are carrying. It’s rather unfair but I have gotten […]

My Short List of Where I Get Graphics and Illustrations

Leonardo da Vinci had the Mona Lisa, Monet had nature, and Andy Warhol had… well, I’ll keep this G-rated. Anyway, you get my drift. All artists need some inspiration and a little help with some graphics and illustrations. I pull in inspiration daily, and a lot of it comes straight to my inbox from blogs I […]

Why You Can’t Automate the Design Process

If you are a busy designer like me, you are always trying to find ways to be more efficient. I recently tweeted Rafal Tomal, lead designer at Copyblogger and asked him if he had a tool he used to create guides and grids for his designs. He explained he used a clean standard PSD template with […]

4 Things to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

I’ve been using my client experiences and questions as inspiration for my articles here on SteamFeed, and one question I have come across quite often is how do I speed up my WordPress site? With so many photoblogs these days and even more oversold shared hosting no wonder this question is coming up more and more often. […]

How to remove spam on a WordPress Site | A cautionary tale.

The day after I wrote my last article How to Protect and Keep Your WordPress Site Safe  a client contacted me after he Googled himself and saw that Google had placed the ominous text about his meta description “This site may be compromised”, but he had already changed his usernames and passwords in FTP and WP because […]

How to Protect and Keep Your WordPress Site Safe

There have always been hackers and spammers attacking vulnerable WordPress sites, but now there  is a new ongoing attack on WordPress sites and your site could be next. They are specifically targeting sites with the username “admin”. If your WordPress admin pages suddenly become sluggish, unreachable or you’re unable to log in there’s a good […]

10 Reasons to Use WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast and How to Set it Up

Over the past few years, a lot of  WordPress themes have evolved to include their very own SEO manager. It is great that theme builders take into account SEO, but NEVER I repeat NEVER use your Theme’s SEO manager. Instead, install my favorite SEO plugin WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast. In this article, I will […]

WordPress 101 – The Ultimate WordPress Training Video Plugin for You or Your Clients

WordPress is the #1 CMS ( content management system), and it is #1 for a reason. It is the most user-friendly, but even as a WordPress designer I’ll admit there is a learning curve involved. There are tons of tutorials both written and video that explain the ins and outs of WordPress, but nothing has […]

How to Shift From Hourly Rates To Flat Rates For Your Service

When people ask me if I  love what I do because I get to create and design, I say absolutely. But the bottom line is if I didn’t get paid for what I do, I probably wouldn’t be able to do it. It’s a basic physiological need to be able to provide food, water, and […]

Top 5 Author Box Plugins for WordPress Sites

Author box plugins for WordPress sites have become very popular over the past couple years. So popular in fact that a lot of premium themes include them in their framework for you to use. If you aren’t using a theme that includes this functionality already that is a-ok. Enter the Author Box plugin. The reason […]

How to Decide Which Membership Plugin Is Best For You

I often get asked my opinion by prospective clients on which plugin is best for membership sites, and every time I quickly respond, ” I don’t know”. This is because they are asking the wrong question. It is not which membership plugin is best. The question is what membership plugin is best for you. I did a […]

WordPress Themes: Which One Is Best For You?

As you may know, there is only one key component when having a WordPress website, and that is a theme. The only way WordPress will display to the user is if there is an activated theme. With so many different ways to rock a WordPress theme these days, the choices can be overwhelming. In this […]

How to Layout your WordPress Website Using my Proven Method for Client Conversion

I create hundreds of WordPress sites a year for clients, and while they all look dramatically different I do have a method to the madness. Each website is strategically set up to do one thing and one thing only…make money! Like snowflakes my clients services come in all shapes and sizes, but when you strip away the the fancy designs you are left with the bare bones of my proven method for client conversion.

Why you should upgrade to WordPress 3.5 ASAP

As you know WordPress 3.5 was released on Dec. 11th. Aside from all the main reasons you should always keep your WordPress version up to date, I want to share with you some drastic reasons on why you should make the updates ASAP. 1. The Media Manager / Gallery Abilities OMG. This is the moment […]

How to Create Different Widgets on Different Pages Using a Plugin

widget pluginIn a previous post My Favorite Things to Use with WordPress Part 2 at the top of my favorite’s list was the plugin Display Widgets. This plugin allows you to display different widgets on different pages, thus allowing you to have custom sidebars on your WordPress site. Today, I am going to show you how to use it.

My Favorite Things to use with WordPress Part 2

In my last post I discussed some of my favorite things to use with WordPress. After posting I realized I wanted to add a few more plugins to the list. A common misconception is that you should only have the bare bones minimum of plugins. This isn’t necessarily true. If the authors are keeping their plugins up to date then the more the merrier. The WordPress Codex actually has implemented a new warning if you are searching for a plugin. If the plugin is out of date it will let you know it hasn’t been updated in x amount of years. Look for plugins that have been recently updated, have good support, and are compatible with most recent versions of WordPress.

My Favorite Things to use with WordPress

You’ve seen the show. You’ve seen the hype, and you have certainly coveted missing being an audience member on the day Oprah tapes her “Favorite Things” show. Well with WordPress we can have favorite things all year round, and here are some of mine.

6 Types of Clients You May Not Want to Work With, and How to Deal with Them

More than likely we all come from humble beginnings as workers on the web. We were eager beavers as well we should have been, and took any client that came through our email inbox. Our eyes were definitely on the prize and had tunnel vision for the final payment or building our portfolio. Then, it […]

How to succeed with your WordPress company

In 2005 when I was 21 and attending The Art Institute for Graphic Design, my dad, who at the time was a successful internet marketer made me come over to his house so he could “show me my future.” He made me sit down at his desk and pulled up a WordPress site he had […]