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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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Lisa GhisolfChecklist for choosing a WordPress theme
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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:

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Lisa GhisolfChrome and the “insecure” site
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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?

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Lisa GhisolfChicagoWebSupport.com launches with levels of WordPress support and maintenance

How to reevaluate and improve site navigation

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.

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Lisa GhisolfHow to reevaluate and improve site navigation

Combatting the WordPress spam monster

WordPress spam has been worsening lately for everyone: It’s an easy in for hackers, especially on dormant sites or unmonitored sites. I’ve cleaned tens of thousands of spam comments out of clients’ sites before, and those comments not only show an a doorway for more spammers, but also bloat your site’s database and ultimately slow you down. Which Google doesn’t like. It’s a chain reaction.

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Lisa GhisolfCombatting the WordPress spam monster