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Stop Making Senseless Websites

Why You Should Listen to Me Hi, I’m Kronda and I make websites for a living. I’m married to a nurse and when I surf the web, sometimes I sound a lot like my wife, when we’re watching Grey’s Anatomy. She’s always yelling at the screen about everything they’re doing wrong–things like “Don’t ever shock…

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5 Things You Should Know Before Managing a WordPress Site

If you own a website, but don’t have a technical background, what you don’t know can get you into trouble result in a lot of wasted time and money. Here are the basics you should understand if you want to be informed about managing your WordPress site. 1. Understand the difference between hosted and self-hosted WordPress…

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7 Elements of an Effective Home Page

Today I’m reviewing a website home page, pointing out potential improvements and then rebuilding a more effective home page that addresses some of the pain points. The goal of this exercise is to give you an example that will help you craft a more effective home page for your own website. One that: Passes the…

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There are a LOT of themes and theme companies for WordPress

How to Choose A WordPress Theme

Choosing a theme is probably one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your website. Most of the time when people search for themes, they’re focused on how it looks. And while that’s important, you also want to think about what features you’ll need both in the short and the long term, as your…

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How I Learned to Run a Successful Web Business

Freelancing as a web professional can be an emotional and financial roller coaster, especially when you’re first starting out. Just about everyone: works too much charges too little says yes to everything ends up with one or more nightmare clients of the kind found on Clients from Hell. At some point, you either figure out…

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Domain registrar should be separate from your web host

Which Web Host Should You Choose? (Updated February 2016)

Note: Some of the links on this page and the sidebar are affiliate links. If you’re against kick-backs, you can always open up a new tab and go directly to any provider. #TheMoreYouKnow Choosing your web host is an important decision. It’s the foundation of everything that makes up your website. Without a domain name and…

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Can You Get a Good Website on a Small Budget?

Let’s say you are just starting out with a new business, or you’ve been running your business for a while, but know you need to get online, or improve your website. You might be offering music lessons, cleaning services, gardening, or maybe you’re a writer who wants a nice place to promote your work. You’re…

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Is This What Design Is? by Stephen Mitchell on Flickr

My Philosophy on Web Design

I often have trouble making people understand that I am primarily a web developer, not a designer (or even that there’s a difference). Perhaps it’s because my degree is officially titled Web Design and Interactive Media. One of the reasons I chose to attend the Art Institute of Portland is that, at a time when…

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Just like you need a ring for your keys, you should have a system for your passwords

3 Reasons You Need a Password Management System

1. Your passwords are not secure password password123 catsname companynamewithazeroinsteadofaone I have used these passwords. I know you’ve used these passwords. Since becoming a developer, I have also become the keeper of other people’s passwords. I see firsthand how terrible and insecure they are. These are important passwords. The ones that are protecting domain accounts,…

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Make sure your actually own all your digital assets!

Business Owners: Own Your Digital Assets

I was talking to a friend about helping with their business website and in the course of things, I asked who the current hosting provider was. “Oh, I’m not sure, [friend] set that up for me.” I’ll find out. It turned out that not only had someone else setup the hosting account, but it was…

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