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How to Prepare Killer Content for Your Website

For most small businesses, a website is the single most important part of their marketing strategy. All roads lead to Rome, and all links lead to… The internet. Which is where your website will be. And while some may incorrectly claim otherwise, the content of a website is by far the most important part. Besides being the only thing search engines care … Read More

Finding the Right Website Design Company in Minnesota

By Brian Johnson You’ve filed your articles of incorporation, your marketing plan is written, and your new business is ready to roll. There’s only one thing missing: the website. If you’re like most of our clients, your website is the very last thing you take care of for your new business. It’s important of course – critical even – and … Read More

Solutions to Common WordPress Problems

I’ve learned a lot of tricks over the years about WordPress, and I’ve found that many of the same issues come up over and over again. I figured I would explain how to solve these issues all in one place. This list is ongoing and I will add to it as more issues come up! Only the Home Page Comes … Read More

SSH / FTP Connection Basics + Tips & Tricks

I want to present a quick jumpstart to connecting with and using FTP and SSH, which are both very useful tools. Let’s jump right in and start with FTP. Getting Started with FTP FTP is slow if you’re dealing with lots of files, but it gets the job done and is very reliable. I typically use Dreamweaver for my FTP … Read More

Top 10 WordPress Content Sources

Changing out WordPress content is usually pretty simple, but every once and a while it’s easy to get stuck. I’ve found myself asking, “how do I change this text in WordPress” dozens of times. I have assembled a list of places to check, in order from most likely to least likely that should help you to change anything on your … Read More

Removing a WordPress Website Hack & Malware

Chalkboard with words "You Have Been Hacked"

I’ve dealt with quite a few WordPress website hacks and infections, especially lately. While there are virtually unlimited numbers of ways your site can be compromised, I am going to focus on some likely ones and the methods I’ve used to fix 95% of the sites I’ve seen hacked. These methods all assume that you still have WordPress admin dashboard … Read More

A Practical Guide to DNS Basics + Tips & Tricks

DNS is something that sounds incredibly complicated and takes quite a bit of messing around with to actually learn and get a decent grasp of. So I decided to make a guide that tells you exactly what you need to know to work with your own website or, as a web developer, to work on client websites. I’m going to … Read More

What to Do if Your WordPress Website Goes Down

Your WordPress website just went down! It crashed you have no idea what to do. Never fear! This is the process I use with my clients to determine what actions to take. Note: before doing any of this, go to downforeveryoneorjustme.com and determine whether your site is actually down for everyone, or just you. I find that more often than not, … Read More