How to Set Up a Website Hosting Account

WordPress Tutorial #2 Before you can build a website, you need to host it somewhere. Most new sites use a shared hosting account, which is the least expensive way to start. (Click here to see a discussion of the different types of hosting.) Setting up a shared hosting account is generally straightforward. Here are your step-by-step […]

How to Fix the Dreaded Connection Not Private Error on Your Website

If you see the dreaded connection not private error on your website, don’t panic. Chances are it’s something very simple and easy to fix.

What Kind of WordPress Hosting is Best?

When you decide to start an online business or blog, you run smack up against hosting. What’s the best kind of WordPress hosting for your site? How much bandwidth, CPU space, etc., do you need? What sorts of services will help you the most? If you’re brand new to the WordPress platform, you may need […]

Help! This New Theme Messed Up My Site and Now I Want to Cry

A funny thing can happen when you change your WordPress theme. . . No, it doesn’t make you laugh, it’s more likely to make you cry. It’s funny weird, not funny ha-ha. Your sidebars, header, and/or footer get all messed up. Stuff is in all sorts of places it doesn’t belong. It’s pretty weird when […]

Beware of Domain Name Registration Scams

Some companies will stop at nothing to separate you from your hard-earned money. A couple of days ago I received a piece of mail from IDNS (Internet Domain Name Services). Because I’ve been around the block a few times when it comes to domain name registration and renewal, I recognized it immediately as an attempt […]

How to Impress Site Visitors (and Search Engines) in 3 Easy Steps

Siteground has been rolling out some behind-the-scenes improvements that will really help you attract and keep visitors. They come in the form of a humble plugin, called SG Optimizer. It’s free, and available for download from the WordPress repository. Note that you must be hosting on Siteground for it to work!! Don’t have a Siteground […]

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 Crush Hackers Harder with this Security Plugin

Part II of how to install and set up the All in One WP Security & Firewall plugin. Part I (beginner/basic instructions) is here – you should review it before moving on to this tutorial. Intermediate Settings If you have the expertise, there’s lots more you can do. I’ll go through the next set of security […]

How to Easily Crush Hackers with the All in One WP Security & Firewall Plugin

When setting up a WordPress site, pay attention to security. The All in One WP Security & Firewall plugin is an excellent choice. The last thing you want to see is a message from Google warning visitors that your site might harm them. That’s what happens, though, if your site becomes infected with malware. Even […]

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 […]