Supercharge Your Site with Jetpack

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Supercharge Your Site with Jetpack: The 5 Features You Should Be Using The Jetpack plugin for your WordPress site is a must-have if you’re interested in getting the most out of your site. You can do anything from publish new posts on social media to optimizing your images by serving them from’s servers. Let’s take a look at five of the most popular features you should be using. 1. Photon Photon is Jetpack’s image caching module. In essence, any images that are inserted into posts or pages on your site are automatically uploaded and served from’s servers instead […]

When You’re Up, You’re Up

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We probably all remember the grand old Duke of York, who had 10,000 men. It must’ve been quite a sight as he marched them up the hill. You certainly wouldn’t miss that. When it comes to your website, it’s quite a different situation. Remember that saying about whether anyone hears the tree that falls in the forest. If your website suddenly stops being available to visitors, does anyone become aware of that very quickly? Has that happened to you already? It’s quite a worry. People who would like to buy from you cannot access your website. How can you avoid […]

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

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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: and 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 […]