Website Woes

I have a new client. He runs a local business with a small staff. He hates his website. His story is one that I hear so very often…and it’s one that needs to be told.

He got taken. The “big” company that sold him the domain name and server space conned him into a hefty monthly fee in exchange for them “doing all the work”. If by “doing all the work” they meant copy/pasting his text into one of their templates/themes, then that’s true. He had to do all the writing. They provided some stock imagery and a theme.

So, I’m setting him up with a locally-owned company, setting his site up in WordPress, moving his content, and (once he’s ready) re-pointing his domain name to the new site. The hefty fee he’ll save means my work will pay for itself in about six months. Plus, he’ll have a site that he likes, that he can control, that he can update, and that he can change if needed.

So many people out there have ugly websites that they hate. I think they don’t make the change because they fear how daunting or expensive it will be. It should not be either of those things!

One more bonus: I also offer affordable writing service and maintenance plans. So, no matter the budget or desires to delegate, I can help.

Hate your site? Or worse, don’t have one? Then let’s chat. Shoot me an email!

 

Presentation for Austin WordPress Hands On

WordPress Websites: Show and Tell

What theme are you using, and why? Is it a custom theme or off the shelf”?

AustinChildfree.org | @AustinNoKidding
– Twenty Eleven 1.2

AustinCanes.com | @AustinCanes
– Weaver 2.2.4

  • Rely on the KISS principle / easy Administration
  • Easy to delegate to the future webmaster
  • Allow “anyone” to easily change the background, header, colors, etc.
  • Widget-friendly, allowing “anyone” to rearrange elements on the site

What plugins are you using, and why?

  • AdRotate by Arnan de Gans – used for sponsorship (AustinChildfree.org)
  • Events Manager – used for RSVPs (AustinCanes.com & AustinChildfree.org

General Faves

  • Twitter Tools by Crowd Favorite
    – Tweets the instant a blog post is published.• All In One SEO Pack by Michael Torbert – sets titles, descriptions, and keywords for search engines; blog titles can be clever or simple (instead of keyword rich)
  • Mobile Theme Switcher by Jeremy Arntz
    – sets which theme is displayed on types of mobile devices—particularly the iPad
  • Tumblr Widget by Gabriel Roth and WP Tumblr by the Greek WordPress Community
    – embed & incorporate your Tumblr feed into WordPress (instead of sending WordPress posts to Tumblr); great for “reblogs” & other Tumblr-specific sharing.

What’s one thing you might do differently if you were to build the site from scratch?

AustinChildfree.org

  • Eliminate the in-house “program” from scratch. Since it “broke” during neglected server upgrades over recent years, we should have put it out of its misery.
  • Looked for money for a graphic designer or an “intern”. The message is difficult to convey in the positive.

What’s a cool thing you want to show off?

  • “free for commercial use stock images” on flickr flickr > Search > Advanced Search or: flickr.com/search/advanced Type in terms at the top, choose other preferences, and click the 2nd/3rd CC boxes at the bottom. [Hat Tip to @SheilaS for this nugget!] EX: keywords “Bollywood Clay Pit” with all three checked results in one image of the band; “Bollywood Clay Pit” with only the first two checked results in all nine images uploaded to flickr from the event.

Presenting at Austin WordPress Hands On

WordPress Websites: Show and Tell

I’m flattered to have been asked to present at tonight’s WordPress Websites: Show and Tell.

While the group is currently full, there is a waiting list. So, if you want to see what a handful of us think are neat tricks and tips, sign up.

(And don’t worry if you don’t make this one. This is a popular program that comes around every so often. )

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