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Some places to create a logo yourself that you can really be proud to use

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Last week I was talking about an easy way to create yourself a “logo” just by using lettering in a particular interesting/unique/stylish/elegant/classy/handwritten/minimal font.  This is a really good way to create a basic visual identity if you’re not planning to go the whole route of getting a logo designed by a proper graphic designer – which of course, is the…

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Updates to Create Your Own Website Using WordPress in a Weekend

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It’s been nearly two years since Create Your Own Website Using WordPress in a Weekend came out and inevitably, there have been changes.  WordPress has developed and got better, and some plugins have been replaced by other, better ones – and there have been some other changes, too. So, it’s time for an update list!  I’ll go through the book…

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Some solutions to the horizontal image problem

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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 page or blog post.  The problem is that the majority of photographs are…

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How to add a MailChimp newsletter signup form to your WordPress website

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MailChimp isn’t the only email mailing list provider out there by any means, but it is the one that practically all the entrepreneurs I meet are using – probably because it’s free up until 2,000 subscribers.  So in this post I’ll tell you how you can easily start collecting subscribers for your MailChimp email list. First, obviously, you’ll need a…

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5 brilliant tools you can use to create visuals

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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 investing in) complicated design software – luckily there are dozens of excellent tools out there that let non-designers…

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15 easy ways to make your website work better for you (Part 3)

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This is the last post in the series but talks about possibly the most important things you can do – see 14 and 15 – to make your website better: write with your visitors in mind, avoiding dry lists of features, and be clear on what purpose, after all, you want your website to serve. 11. Include an FAQ page….

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15 easy ways to make your website work better for you (Part 2)

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In this second part of the series, we look at some more ways you can improve the look of your website and make it function better for you and your visitors. 6. Make use of images. These days nearly everyone has a fast internet connection and we can see this change reflected in the way websites are designed – the…

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15 easy ways to make your website work better for you (Part 1)

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This is the first part of a three-part series with some simple suggestions of how to make your website work better for you.  I’m often asked by readers to look over the websites they’ve just built to see that they are as good as they can be, and these are some of the most common suggestions I make. 1. Make…

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5 really useful WordPress tips

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Obviously in my line of work I get the chance to see many, many 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. “Posted by admin.” I see this really often and it bothers me a lot as it’s…

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How to prevent hacks on your website

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This is a guest post by the wonderful Claire Gallagher, in charge of everything to do with websites (and graphic design) at Alannah Moore Studio.  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. ——- As a site owner, it is important to protect your…

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How to use Pixlr to create a header for your site

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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 the system that allows you to crop and resize images once…

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How to choose a WordPress theme

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Choosing the right theme for your WordPress website is actually surprisingly difficult. There are so many themes out there and it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number you’ll have to sort through. Another complication is that since themes are made by different makers, there isn’t a standard way of describing what features they include. Don’t assume that…

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What is WordPress?

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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 what is it, and why might you choose it to create your website? WordPress is a free software that anyone can…

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