How to Update to WordPress 3.9 “Smith”

How to Update WordPress

04.17.14: Version 3.9 of WordPress, named “Smith” in honor of jazz organist Jimmy Smith, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. This release features a number of refinements that we hope you’ll love. Improved visual editing Edit images easily Drag and drop your images Gallery previews Do more with audio and video Live widget and header … [Read more...]

My New Favorite WordPress Theme

Avada Responsive WordPress Theme Preview

One of the things I look forward to when I have a little extra time is to play with themes that are not those chosen by clients for me to work on. I haven't posted a theme review in a while because I have to test and play before I post -- and time has been at a premium lately. But... I recently discovered a theme that prompted me to make the time to post about it. Primarily because I know so … [Read more...]

Whoo-Hoo! SEO *is* Dead!

Whoo-hoo! SEO *is* Dead!

Having been online from the start building successful Websites for almost 2 decades, the biggest PIA of the whole experience has been SEO. Many site owners resisted embracing the hard work of marketing their sites -- they had the "build it and they will come" mentality. Back in the day, Search Engine Optimization was something those of us who created plain ole HTML sites naturally considered … [Read more...]

Crafting Link Worthy Content

Crafting Link Worthy Content

One of the most asked questions sent my way is for me to explain in a "simple and clear" way what you need to do to get those coveted backlinks that certain search engines look at to determine rankings. Here you go -- simple and clear:  Craft Link Worthy Content! craft, craft·ing 1. To make by hand. 2. To make or construct (something) in a manner suggesting great care or ingenuity. It's … [Read more...]

WordPress Child Themes: Why You Need One

Why You Need a WordPress Child Theme

Did this ever happen to you? You tweak your site to get it just the way you want it - or you pay someone to do that for you. Then, WordPress updates and/or your theme updates and all those changes are lost. No need to ever have to go through that or worry about that again! Many who use WordPress may have heard of a child theme, but really don't know how having one -- or not having one -- … [Read more...]

Edison Would Have Loved the Internet (and WordPress!)

Thomas Edison would LOVE

Why does technology have to be so difficult? I guess that's subjective. To me, technology is a challenge -- yes, but not difficult. This gig has now been around for over two decades now. You are literally participating in evolving history here. Things won't stay the same and as a matter of fact the online business arena is still evolving at an exhilarating (frightening for some) rate. … [Read more...]