How to Prepare Images for Your WordPress Site (it’s not hard!)

As browsers and internet connections speed up, images play a bigger part in websites — literally. Before you upload that juicy picture, though, take a few minutes to prepare your images. Size Matters Yes, it’s okay in 2017 to use images much larger than you could use effectively in 2010. That said, you still need […]

How to Easily use the WordPress Color Customizer for the Look You Want

Many WordPress themes today give you options about what colors to use. Some are presets — predefined colors or color combinations that you select by clicking a link. Others, though, let you choose the exact color you want. The tool that makes it possible is the color customizer. To see just what sort of color choices your theme […]

4 Easy Ways to Keep Visitors on Your Site

  Bob has a web-based business where he teaches beginners how to use WordPress. His site is jam-packed with useful information, tutorials, videos, and e-books. And Bob really knows his stuff! But his bounce rate on his homepage (that’s the number of people who hit the page and leave right away) is over 90%. That […]

How to Change WordPress Columns [Video Question #3]

This reader wanted to know, “how do I change from three columns to two in WordPress?” The answer is… well, watch the video to find out. (It’s only three minutes long.) Note: this is the 3rd in our “you ask, we answer in a video” series. Do you have a burning WordPress question? Send me […]

Website Design Trends for 2016

Website design trends change, just as fashions change in housing and clothing — remember bell bottoms and earth-tone shag carpets? Advances in technology drive some of the changing design trends, so we’ll talk about those first. Mobile Responsive If your site isn’t easy to use on a mobile device, Google now penalizes you in search […]

Should you Worry about Google’s new “Phantom” Update?

Have you been hearing about the Google Phantom update? Concerned that it’s going to be like Panda or Penguin and wipe out all your hard work? In May, 2015, webmasters began seeing some “phantom” changes in the way their pages ranked in search results. They started referring to this as Google’s phantom update. Some are […]

How to Create Stunning Images, even if you Can’t Draw a Straight Line

It’s hard work to create images to go with your blog posts and social media, especially if you’re not an artist or a designer. Unfortunately, it’s something you need to do. Study after study shows that articles and posts with images, and social media posts with images, get shared exponentially more than posts without images. […]

Modern Studio Pro Theme – Classy and Responsive

StudioPress has just published an attractive, new, minimal-ish, responsive WordPress theme, called Modern Studio Pro. While not minimalist, exactly, it’s lean and clean. Here’s how the designer describes the new theme: “Modern Studio draws eyes exactly where we want them — then doesn’t distract them. “For designers, highlighting imagery is the most important function a […]

3 Ways Custom WordPress Themes Waste Your Time and Money

I’ve been hearing a lot recently about custom WordPress themes and how great they are. I don’t use them, and I don’t recommend them to my clients, either. Here’s why. First, let’s define what I mean by a “custom” theme here, because different people mean different things. I’m talking about a scratch-built theme. That’s a […]

Google’s Gonna Getcha (if you Don’t Do This)

A while back I wrote an articled titled What is a Mobile Responsive WordPress Theme and Why Should You Use It? When I wrote it, about 30% of readers visited websites on mobile devices — tablets and smartphones. Today it’s more — lots more. According to Darren Rowse of ProBlogger, those numbers, at least for […]