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How to Choose Your Domain Name

Choosing the right domain name is a critical factor when it comes to the success of your new website project. There is a lot riding on your name and you’re going to be stuck with it for a while so you need to make sure you pick the right one. Before jumping in and grabbing your

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Blogger’s Gift Guide – 19 Great Ideas for the Online Entrepreneur

Ever wonder what you need to get for the blogger in your life? Here are a bunch of ideas that can give you some inspiration with the holiday season at hand.

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WordPress Security – Adding Additional Protection to Your Login Page

I recently found myself right in the crosshairs of a brute force attack on a couple of my WordPress sites by someone who was adamantly trying to login. I wasn’t really all that worried – I’ve made sure to follow my own advice regarding security.

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How do I work on redesigning my site without disrupting my live site?

When it comes to do-it-yourself web design you have to set yourself up for success. You don't want to break your website by making changes live.

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Foundation 5 with JQuery Masonry in WordPress

Foundation 5 is by far my favorite framework to build sites. I've built my business site with it, and I've built several client sites with it since I learned about it a while back.

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The Best Four Reasons You Need to Have Long Tail Pro in Your Toolbox

Long Tail Pro and its upgraded version, Long Tail Platinum, are both fantastic tools for keyword research, and I use it all the time.

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Modifying the Genesis Framework to Customize the Header & Navigation

I've spent a lot of time trying to find a good solution for creating a custom header section for Genesis themes. So now that I've found a solution, I figured I need to make note of it to make sure that when I need to reference it again in the future I've got it somewhere handy.

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Why Would I Need to Keep My Registration Info Private? Questions & Answers

I recently had a question come my way regarding why you would want to opt to spend the extra money on a private domain name registration instead of just registering the domain name.

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10 WordPress Plugins For Every New Website

What WordPress plugins do you need on every new site? There is a plugin for just about any need you can think of. There are tons and tons of plugins that serve the same or similar functions, and as of this post there are 33,909 total plugins on the WordPress.org site.  Making your way through all

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How to edit your hosts file on Mac OS X

Ever needed to make a quick change to your hosts file so you can work on your development site without worrying about it being live for the world to see? Here's how you do it.

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How to Secure Your WordPress Website

Picture this - you go to your blog one day to login and crank out your next epic post and you're hit with a warning that your site may have been hacked and to proceed with caution.

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Five Cool Ways to Use Your Branded Domain Email

One of the great things about hosting your own branded platform is you get to use custom email addresses for your domain name.  But, if you’re like me, you may not have put a lot of thought in to it, and you just set up your name, or an “[email protected]” address, but not much else.

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Free Stuff Fridays – Kick Off Edition

It’s time for the kick-off edition of Free Stuff Fridays! Free Stuff Fridays is a collection of resources I find that can help you with your business, your website, or both.  It could be anything – a new plugin for WordPress, a new tool, an ebook – or any combination of those kinds of things. Let

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The Best Way to Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress site

There is a huge problem with WordPress and I’m betting that you know exactly what I’m talking about. To start your WordPress website you have to line up all kinds of stuff: your domain name, you have to choose a hosting service, get WordPress installed and set up, know what plugins you need, pick a theme –

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Royalty Free Podsafe Stock Music – Eight Sources

If you’re going to podcast, you need to do it right and have quality music that you can use without any strings attached. You can’t just go grab a segment of a Foo Fighters song that you love to use for your bumper music, unless you enjoy getting in lots of legal trouble. Of course,

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Ten Design Resources For Your Next Web Project

I’m always on the lookout for great resources. It can be a struggle to find just the right piece for the website you’re building.  As a web designer, developer, or website owner, it’s crucial to always have your toolbox full of the right tools. These are the ones that I go to early and often.

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14 Signs of a Well-Designed Website

How do you know if your website is well-designed?  Does it look good? Does it convert? Does it drive sales? Is it fast? Does it fill up your sales funnel?  These are all important questions because, without clear answers, you could be spinning your wheels and not even know why. Design is more than graphics,

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Life Stages Of Your Website – What You Need And When You Need It

The one thing all websites have in common is that they never stay the same. You either grow and adapt, or you stagnate and wither. At each stage of the development of your platform you run in to unique needs that are pretty much the same across board. Beginners usually have the same issues, as do

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Eleven Go-To Apps To Maximize Productivity

If you’ve ever felt like you need something just a little bit more from the tools you work with, then I’ve got some good stuff for you. I’ve been working on refining my approach to being productive and efficient for a long time now, and admittedly, it’s always a work in progress. I’ve figured out

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Why Is My Site So Slow? Seven Places to Look

Do you know why your website is slow? A slow loading, and poor performing website could be seriously undermining your efforts to launch a successful online business, and it can actually be a bigger problem than you may think. One of the greatest things about content management systems like WordPress and Drupal is that they make

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