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50 tips to help you create your DIY website

50 tips to help you create your DIY website

Here are some tips to help you with your DIY website. 1. Make sure you’re clear on the goals for your website before you begin. 2. Make sure the platform you choose fits with your abilities. 3. Make sure your platform will work with your long term goals. 4.... read more
What makes a good website?

What makes a good website?

This is an extract from my new book Create Your Own Website The Easy Way.  What makes a good website? You most likely visit dozens of websites a day and know instinctively which ones you like and which you don’t like. But it’s now time to get a little bit more... read more
Why add a blog to your website?

Why add a blog to your website?

Supposing you have a business website set up – or you’re in the middle of building one. Have you thought about adding a blog to your website?  You probably have, and may have rejected the idea.  People I talk to are often loathe to start a blog,... read more
10 quick ways to smarten up your website

10 quick ways to smarten up your website

If you’re in France, the beginning of September – the “rentrée” – is kind of like a mini New Year.  A time to start afresh and attack the next few months of work with renewed vigour. Take the opportunity to smarten up your website for last quarter of the... read more
Readers’ Q&A

Readers’ Q&A

Hi, and welcome to the first of my “Readers’ Q&A” occasional series.  (We’re putting the Make Your Website series aside for this week for a little bit of variation.) If you’d like to have your question answered here, just send it to me via this form and I will... read more
Wix – the easy way to get yourself a great website?

Wix – the easy way to get yourself a great website?

The other day I had a session with a very, very nice, enterprising and inspired lady for whom I designed a WordPress website back in 2009.  Of course, that site badly needs updating as six years is a very long time in the world of the web.  In fact, it needs a... read more
Some solutions to the horizontal image problem

Some solutions to the horizontal image problem

Many websites these days are designed with a large, rectangular image at the top of the home page, whether it’s a permanent header image or a rotating slider.  Lots of websites also require a horizontal format header or featured image to display at the top of each... read more
5 brilliant tools you can use to create visuals

5 brilliant tools you can use to create visuals

When you’re creating a website you’ll need to create visuals, whether it’s just cropping and resizing images to display in a slider on your home page, or creating infographics that people will want to share.  No need to worry about learning (or... read more
5 really useful WordPress tips

5 really useful WordPress tips

Obviously in my line of work I get the chance to see many different self-built websites and discuss them with their owners.  The following are some of the most common minor tweaks I find myself suggesting to people.  (They apply only to WordPress sites.) 1.... read more
How to prevent hacks on your website

How to prevent hacks on your website

This is a guest post by the wonderful Claire Gallagher of Claire Creative, an internet strategist and a friend and colleague of mine.  Hacks do happen occasionally, and I asked her to write this short low-down on what you can do to keep yourself out of trouble.... read more
How to use Pixlr to create a header for your site

How to use Pixlr to create a header for your site

Everyone who is building their own website is going to need an image editor of some kind in order to crop and resize images that they then upload to their website.  If you’re using WordPress, you will have seen that there is a kind of basic image editor inside... read more
Should I use WordPress to create my website?

Should I use WordPress to create my website?

WordPress is the most-used system for creating websites available today, and it’s a great way to get a really professional looking website up and running. But while I love WordPress and enjoy teaching other people how to use it, I am not a blind advocate for... read more
What is WordPress?

What is WordPress?

If you’re on the point of building your own website, you’ve certainly heard about WordPress, and perhaps you’ve even decided already, without knowing too much about it, that WordPress is definitely for you.  Everyone’s talking about it – but... read more
Can anyone make their own website?

Can anyone make their own website?

You may think I am shooting myself in the foot, seeing as my whole “raison d’etre” (business-wise, at least) stems from the idea that people can build their own websites. But actually, I don’t think it makes sense for everyone to build their... read more

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