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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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

December 19, 2014Comments are off for this post.

Cart66, Gravity Forms & Zapier integration to ease complicated WordPress online ordering

One of the joys - and sometimes pains - of WordPress is API integration. And e-commerce. WordPress online ordering has grown and become very intuitive - but sometimes the client wants more than what just one plugin does. Read more

September 26, 2014Comments are off for this post.

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. Read more

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