May 7, 2019Comments are off for this post.

How to reevaluate and improve site navigation

Updated May 2019.

Let’s be honest: Your site navigation hasn’t changed since before mobile happened. No one finds your content, and you really aren’t sure what to do about it. A fairly simple and critical review that can make impact is by reviewing and improving site navigation. Read more

April 30, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Copyright and protecting your content in WordPress

Updated April 2019.

Protecting one's images and text online is an important topic, and one I tackled at my Chicago Creative Expo WordPress talk in March.

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April 23, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Free stock images for your website

This comically bad stock photo is from a stunt to promote the movie Unfinished Business back in 2015. Photo via Adweek.

This comically bad stock photo is from a stunt to promote the movie Unfinished Business back in 2015. Photo via Adweek.

Updated April 2019.

Finding images for your blog posts is probably tougher than writing the actual post. And for free? Even worse. Here's a list of go-to resources for free stock photos for use on your site.

Unsplash: Typically free to use under Creative Commons (as most of these are). Even has a plugin to make it easier.

Pexels: Free for commercial and personal use. There's even a plugin to simplify adding images.

Burst: Provided by Shopify, these feel a bit more staid.

Styled Stock: More "feminine" images—meaning lots of white backgrounds, flatlay images, and bright colors.

Negative Space: Interesting range of imagery.

April 18, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Checklist for choosing a WordPress theme

Updated April 2019.

We're already lucky to have 30% of the world's websites powered by WordPress. And WordPress themes are big business, with many developers and companies launching new themes every day. But what do you look for? Here's a checklist for choosing a WordPress theme.

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January 20, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Why WordPress?

WordPress stickers & badges

WordPress stickers & badges (Photo credit: thatcanadiangirl)

Updated January 2019.

It seems ubiquitous that so many websites are on WordPress — 30% of the web, by last count. WordPress powers the UPS site, CNN, the NFL site, the Dow Jones site, and many, many more.

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April 27, 2018Comments are off for this post.

Big & small steps to improve your website accessibility

Website accessibility is a huge topic these days, and the sheer amount of information out there can be overwhelming.

Here, I've assembled some steps, big and small, to make your site more accessible incrementally. Read more

January 29, 2018Comments are off for this post.

UX and UI redesign of EDCNavigator.org career diversity site

EDCNavigator.org, or the Executive Diversity Career Navigator, is a subsite of ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives). It had been worked on by a few developers, but it didn't feel like a true diversity site to me. For one thing, where were all the people?!

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August 24, 2017Comments are off for this post.

Chrome and the “insecure” site

Google Service Announcement: Starting October 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users enter text in a form on an HTTP page and for all HTTP pages in Incognito mode.


You may have seen the above message in an email from your host. What does it mean for you? The Google browser, Chrome, will start showing the "Not Secure" message if you do not have a security certificate (SSL). You don't need to have an e-commerce site to be affected, it's for everyone, and getting an SSL certificate will help with your Google ranking. It begins October 1, 2017 with version 62 of Chrome.

I don't have to tell you, if your site is seen as insecure it can be detrimental to your business.

This can be a fairly simple fix, but I also make sure you don't lose speed in making the change, and your analytics will work correctly.

Just shoot me a message!

Here's an example:

April 26, 2017Comments are off for this post.

ChicagoWebSupport.com launches with levels of WordPress support and maintenance

WordPress support and maintenance is quite a bit of my ongoing business, whether it's "de-hacking" a compromised site or simply optimizing and protecting it. To be honest, WordPress maintenance is not the highest priority on some organizations' long list of to dos, and yet it's a popular target for hackers. So what's a website owner to do? Read more

March 5, 2016Comments are off for this post.

Upcoming WordPress talks in CA, IL, PA

I will be at a few WordPress talks this year, and I'm so proud of these organizations and their amazing conferences!  Read more

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