Below is something we consider a little golden egg of knowledge. Every link was hand-selected as a resource we found for a client in need, or through one of our favorite design and development blogs. As long as we’re helping others to grow their business, this list will be growing, too. So check back any time you have questions, need some direction, or want to learn new tips for GREAT web design and development. It’s all here. Enjoy!
Registering a domain, choosing your web host, and our recommended providers
First things first: Every website needs a domain and a host. Your domain, or the URL of your website (www.example.com) is like the address of a house. You might already have an address, but you still need somewhere to actually store everything that will go in your house… somewhere to hold its foundation. Hence, your hosting.
- GoDaddy Domains: 25% off your first purchase! New Customers only!
- GoDaddy Hosting: SPECIAL OFFER! Save 50%* on New Web Hosting Plans from GoDaddy! *The hosting plan Type is up to you, but Deluxe is what we most often recommend to our clients. The Term is entirely up to you and your personal preference, but of course, the more you buy upfront, the cheaper it is each month. For the Operating System, we recommend Linux!
- WP Engine Hosting – Try it free for 60 days *The $29/month Personal plan is usually enough for our clients’ sites. WP Engine is the best option for hosting WordPress websites and keeping them fast and secure.
“…a huge list of resources which I’ve found useful or believe will be useful for others, from users creating their very first WordPress blog to developers digging further into WordPress to get more form it, and everyone in between.”
Maintenance and SEO
Upgrading WordPress; Backing-up Your Site; Recommended Plugins; Security Tips; Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for WordPress; Social Media.
- How to Create Custom Menu Structures in WordPress
- The Complete Guide to WordPress Editing – Part 1
- The Complete Guide to WordPress Editing – Part 2
- Best Ways to Secure WordPress (10 ways)
- 4 Ways to Fully Backup Your WordPress Website
- Tips to Get Started with StumbleUpon
- How to Install and Set Up WordPress SEO Plugin by Yoast
- SEO: What Are NoFollow and DoFollow Links?
- The 6 Basic Components Of A Strong SEO Strategy For Online Retailers
- Expert Google SEO Tips & Advice
- Image Alt Text Vs Image Title Tags- Which Is Important For SEO?
- 3 Ways to Use Social Media to Improve Your Search Rankings
- How Content Creators Benefit From The New SEO
- Ranking on Image Search
- 5 Reasons Your SEO Strategy is Not Working
- Google’s own Denis Labelle gives 13 tips / tools
- Advanced Keyword Strategy For Your Blog (Very Thorough, GREAT List!)
- Proven: Twitter DOES affect Google rankings
- Social Bookarking SEO Tutorial
- Why Content Marketing is the New SEO
- The Beginner’s Guide to WordPress SEO by Yoast: Final Tweaking
Some of our favorite places to find the content your website needs. Stock photography, videos, themes, and more.
The sites we visit most for free and premium Stock Photography:
- iStock Photo Although most images on this site are not free, iStock photo offers the best selection of stock photography on the web. Save time searching through thousands of other websites (or Google images!) for the perfect photo; Chances are iStockphoto.com has what you need at a very affordable price.
- EveryStockPhoto Free photography available
- FreeRange Stock Free
- Creative Commons / CC Search Free
Having a website is just the beginning. Below are some tips on how to market your site and get more traffic (check out the Maintenance and SEO section above… SEO can definitely be a form of marketing).
- 6 Methods to Monetize a WordPress Site Selling online, advertising, subscriptions & memberships plus 3 more ways, all described.
Tips and Resources on blogging and writing effective content with your WordPress blog.
- Why Every Small Business Needs a WordPress Blog for Their Social Media Strategy
- Free eBook: WordPress Blogging Guide It is, as it sounds, a guide for becoming a kick-ass blogger with WordPress. It consists of nearly fifty pages and six thousand words of content, in three sections: 1) Blogging Essentials, 2) Monetization, and 3) Social & Analytics
- 7 Quick Tips for Writing Great Headlines for Your WordPress Blog An article we frequently return to ourselves each time we write a post.
Beyond the Basics: Tips and techniques for Intermediate or “Power Users” of WordPress, including code snippets, theme customizations, and new developments.
There are a couple of blogs we regularly follow to stay sharp in WordPress. We could never keep up with a list of useful links from them here, so definitely check them out (subscribe to them!), and start to round up your own favorites. Our personal favorites include:
- ManageWP Blog
- WordPress.tv – Video Tutorials GALORE
- Make WordPress.org – The home for official resources to help people develop for WordPress.
- WPMU.org Blog – The blog of our favorite WordPress theme and plugin creators.
Worth a read.
- Our themes don’t have sliders…because sliders suck.
- Alternatives to Using a Slider for Better Home Page Conversions
IN THE WORKS: Other topics we often discuss with clients, including our Terms & Agreement and our Creative Process.
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