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

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According to Dictionary.com 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 there is one … [Read more...]

What Happens When A Self-Employed Boss Is Sick?

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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 used to it over the years. I missed 6 weeks in a row of  my freshman year in high school, and … [Read more...]

My Short List of Where I Get Graphics and Illustrations

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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 subscribe to, and others are sites I visit when I need to just … [Read more...]

Why You Can’t Automate the Design Process

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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 guides based on the Genesis child theme layout. I replied with another question, "Do … [Read more...]

4 Things to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

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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. There are a couple different things you can do to … [Read more...]

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

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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 of a previous attack he had before he became my client, first … [Read more...]

How to Protect and Keep Your WordPress Site Safe

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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 chance your site is being … [Read more...]

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

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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 review 10 reasons why WordPress SEO is my favorite plugin, and how to … [Read more...]

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

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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 put it all together in a nice and neat little package like WordPress 101 has. … [Read more...]

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

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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 shelter for myself, and in order to do that I need to make money. And in order to create and design, I need to be able … [Read more...]