Why do I need a Backup of my Website?

Should I backup my website?

Your new website is live!  You are going in making blog posts, updating and moving site content, and OOPS!   You have accidentally erased a file or changed something you can’t figure out how to change back.  No worries, you have a copy of your site files, right? Website backups are an essential part of owning and maintaining a website. It is the site owner’s responsibility to keep a recent backup of your site files in case the unforeseen happens and restoration is required.  Having a copy of your site files on your own computer can be very useful in case […]

What is Branding and Why Is It Important?

What is Business Branding?

Building an effective brand is one of the most critical investments you could ever make in your business or organization. Great brands thrive. Horrible brands die. Even if you have a fantastic service or product, you can find yourself struggling to stay alive because your brand doesn’t resonate or connect with your audience. Today I want to talk about the essence of branding and why it’s important for you to invest in it. What is Branding? Some of us imagine a fiery hot iron rod with a unique symbol being burned onto the backside of a cow. This type of […]

Top 5 WordPress beginner tips

ClickHOST WordPress Sticker

So you are new to WordPress? WordPress is a very flexible and powerful system, and it can be very overwhelming for beginners. Where to start? Well, there are many great WordPress video and tutorial websites, for example: wp101.com and wpbeginner.com. We’ve also compiled this list of top WordPress beginner resources. The WordPress community is very open and people love to help. Make sure you join a local Meetup and attend your local WordCamp. There are also many wonderful Facebook, and Google+ community pages. After many years of working with and supporting WordPress we’ve come up with the following 5 top […]

How to Schedule a Google Hangout in 3 Easy Steps

Start a Hangout

At the coffee house, after school, at the gym, in the lobby.  It’s what people do…They hang-out!  They socialize, exchange information and build relationships.  But, how do you do that when your friend lives in another city?  Or, your client is in another state?  Or, your co-worker works in another country?  You Hang-out! Google+ offers a great way to connect with family, friends, and colleagues with Google Hangouts.  Hangouts let up to 9 people video-converse at once and opens up the viewing for as many people as you want.  Additionally, you can save the chat onto YouTube for viewing anytime. […]

An Often Overlooked Value When Choosing a Hosting Provider


I’ll come right out and say it: I’m a web hosting junkie. I’ve tried over 20 hosting providers in my lifetime and I don’t see that number getting any smaller as newer services become available every single year. I do this partly because I enjoy experimenting with new providers and services to see what they’re up to and to see if they can provide a much more fluid and simple experience for not only some of my projects but for some of my clients. I also do this because I’m insanely curious about hosting and I just want to know […]

SEO Bootcamp for Small Business Owners


by Mickey Mellen of GreenMellen Media The world of search engine optimization (SEO) can be a tricky one to figure out. With Google often changing the rules and with contradicting advice available all over the internet, it can be difficult to know what road to follow. With that in mind, I’m teaming up with SEO consultant Jenny Munn for a full-day workshop on Thursday, May 2nd to help small businesses cut through the clutter and get found on Google. Jenny’s approach is solid, safe and straightforward, and I’ll be teaching on some of the technical pieces that you can put […]

Three Must-Do Tips for a More Secure WordPress Site

Secure WordPress websites

Is your WordPress site being targeted by brute force attack? Have all the events of this past week got you wondering, “What in the world is going on?”  Trouble seems to have been delivered in the combo-pack, and it leaves us wondering how prepared we really are for pending disasters. In the midst of it all, nearly a hundred thousand WordPress sites came under brute force attacks beginning April 11.  While it first seemed to be just a blip, within 24 hours, it was obvious that a full-scale attack of unsuspecting websites had fallen prey to a botnet.  Through internet-connected […]

Three Tips to Faster Blog Writing

Faster blog writing

On your mark. Get set…. BLOG! You know that your site will have more traffic and search better if you have fresh, exciting content that changes frequently, but honestly, who has the time to devote to this task while still trying to run a business?  Ah, guilt! This reminds me of exercise.  I despise exercise.  It just seems like a huge waste of time and energy that could be spent on something much more productive.  If I’m going to have sore muscles, there had better be a great lawn or some furniture moved or something tangible to show for it. […]

Many Flavors of WordPress Backup. Which is your favorite?

WordPress backup options

When it comes to a backup for your WordPress website, there are as many options are there are flavors of Popsicles, but choosing the right one is like standing in front of the freezer section, and wondering which one will taste best.  VaultPress, XCloner, DropMySite, Better WP Security, BackWPup, BackupBuddy… There are so many choices. Do you commit to the expensive one, hoping that it is worth the price?  Do you start with the cheaper one, hoping after you commit to the economical choice that you will love it?  And every day, more and more options are available. Just when you think that you have made a single choice, you wonder if […]