Doing it the Right Way


Mar 2015

Why we recommend WordPress-specific hosts

When we work with a new client, we frequently recommend investing in premium WordPress-specific hosting (well, we always recommend it for brand new sites that don’t have hosting, and usually recommend it for existing sites on budget hosts). Hosting is one of those things that most people think about once, when they first get it, and then don’t consider much in the future unless something is obviously wrong....

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Jan 2015

Get in the habit of using LastPass

I love LastPass. If you’re not familiar with it (or one of its also-great competitors), the main thing it helps with is using good passwords without using the same password over and over (so you’re less likely to fall victim to hacking), without having to remember a whole bunch of complex passwords. I try and convince everyone I know to use LastPass, whether they’re clients or friends—I...

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Aug 2014

A Comparison of Online Scheduling Tools

Have you ever exchanged more than five emails with the sole purpose of trying to nail down a meeting time that works for both people? Me too. Super ugh. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are a handful a swarm of services that take the back-and-forth (and the pain!) out of the process by moving the discussion out of email and into...

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Apr 2014

Five minutes to a more secure WordPress site

There are many great plugins and guides to improve your WordPress site’s security, but if you don’t have the time to dig into those, there are a few things you can do in just a few minutes that will help. Keep WordPress and plugins up-to-date If you’re using managed WordPress hosting or a good backup solution, this is trivial in most cases. If you’re not,...

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Apr 2013

Five Tips for Codeable Web Design

If you’re a print designer and find yourself suddenly designing for the web, or you’re a new web designer (or even an experienced web designer) who just has a few gaps in your knowledge, this post is for you. Whether you’re outsourcing your code or doing it yourself, there are a few things you can do from the get-go that will save you lots of...

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Mar 2013

How to make your blog posts show up perfectly on Facebook

Have you ever wondered, “How do I get Facebook to use a different photo when someone shares my website?” Or, “How can I make Facebook show something other than the first line of my blog post?” Maybe, “Where on earth does Facebook get the pictures it shows next to my posts?!” Or simply, “How do I get Facebook to show what I want?” You’re not...

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Sep 2012

How to switch web hosts, fast

Lately I’ve been working with several clients who are looking forward to big media days—national coverage on TV shows and websites who share their respective target audiences. Knowing these opportunities are coming, they’ve asked me to make their sites as solid as possible in case the coverage turns into real click-throughs. There are many things that can be done to help in this situation, but...

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Aug 2012

How to add web fonts to the WordPress editor

More and more, I’m using Google Web Fonts (and other web fonts) in custom themes I build. Many times, it’s straightforward (“headings are always Arvo!”) but some clients want a little more control over what font is used within their posts. I thought I’d document the process so other folks can do the same thing. Things to note about this method This is what I...

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