Make Your Website Part 13: Choosing a website template

Choosing the right theme for your website is essential to its success – meaning how well it succeeds for you in displaying your content, whatever it may be, and achieving the aim you have in creating the website – whether it’s to showcase your work,... read more

Make Your Website Part 12: Planning your website Part 2

Welcome back to the Make Your Website series.  If you need to catch up on the previous installments, click here. Last time we talked about researching other sites in your niche and coming up with a clear of idea of how you want to site to look, and a list of pages you... read more

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

Smarten up your website for the rentrée

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!  Here are some tips to... read more

Make Your Website Part 11: Planning your website Part 1

Welcome back to the Make Your Website series.  If you need to catch up on the previous installments, click here. Now that you’ve chosen which platform you’re going to go with, and got your domain registered and connected to your host or to your platform, you need to... read more

Make Your Website Part 6: Choosing your platform (Part 2)

Hello, and welcome back to the Make Your Website series. Last week I talked about my three favourite DIY website platforms – self-hosted WordPress, Squarespace and Weebly (you can catch up here if you missed it). This week I’m going to talk about some others,... read more

Make Your Website Part 5: Choosing your platform (Part 1)

Welcome back to the Make Your Website series. If you missed the previous installments, you can catch up here. Today we’re going to begin looking at the different platforms you can use to build your site. A platform is simply the “system” you are going to use to build... read more

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?

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

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

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

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... read more

How to prevent hacks on your website

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... read more

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?

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?

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?

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
How to really create your website using WordPress