MAKE YOUR WEBSITE

Make Your Website Part 8:
Choosing a hosting company (web host) for your WordPress website

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Welcome back to the Make Your Website series.  If you missed the other parts, you can catch up here.  Today we’re going to talk about how to choose a hosting company, which you’ll need to do if you’re going to take the self-hosted WordPress route to building your website. It’s essential that the hosting company you choose is reliable because…

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Make Your Website Part 7:
Choosing your platform when you’re selling online

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Hello and welcome to the latest instalment of the Make Your Website series. This week we’re going to look at the different platforms you could use if you’re planning to sell online.  You have the following options: 1. A platform with a built-in e-commerce facility. Wix and Weebly (two of the most popular, and best, all-in-one DIY website platforms –…

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Readers’ Q&A

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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 answer it if I think it will be useful to other…

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Make Your Website Part 4:
Some things to know when you’re registering a domain name

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  This is the fourth part of the Make Your Website series.  Last week we talked about how to choose a good domain name.  (If you missed that instalment, you can read it here.) So, you’ve decided on your domain name, and checked it’s available.  Now you need to register it. Where to register your domain name You may find…

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Make Your Website Part 2:
What kind of website do you want to create, and what purpose will it serve?

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Welcome to the second installment of the Make Your Website series. If you missed the first installment, in which I talked about why you would want to build your own website, you can catch up with it here. This week I want to talk about getting clear on the kind of website you are going to create, together with the…

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Make Your Website Part 1:
Why make your own website, or how not to get into web design

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Welcome to the first installment of my new Make Your Website series.  Since I write about how to make your own website and advise people daily, I’ve decided to create a detailed series on my blog, not just dealing with topics that happen to inspire me in a random order, but in a sequential pattern that will, hopefully, actually be…

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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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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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