WordPress

Content Traps in Drag and Drop WordPress Page Builders

Your choice of which drag and drop WordPress page builder to use can have dramatically negative consequences for your site—if not immediately (without your knowledge), then certainly in the long run. Here’s why: the most important asset on your website is your content. If you choose the wrong page builder, that most important asset can …

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Design Traps in Drag and Drop WordPress Page Builders

Building a WordPress website visually—using drag-and-drop tools—is a reality today. Over the last few years, the tools available have matured and gained a tremendous amount of traction in the market. People can now create and change any part of their website without any coding knowledge. As people obsessed with bringing a world-class experience to small …

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WordPress: From Homebrew to Turnkey (Part 2)

This post is part two of three in a series called “From Homebrew to Turnkey,” which covers WordPress’s climb up the value chain, and the trend of turnkey website packages that help people and businesses build platforms. If you haven’t read the first yet, go back and start there. Initially, this series was inspired by …

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WordPress: From Homebrew to Turnkey

One of our clients recently recommended that I listen to a podcast by a guy named Ray Edwards, a business expert with a huge online following. I listened to it while I was running at the gym, and am glad I did, because what he said will affect people involved in WordPress—you and me. In …

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ZDNet: “Unmanaged WordPress not usually worth the risk or trouble”

On December 14, Sucuri (a leader in WordPress security) showed that 11,000 domains were blacklisted by Google due to a malware campaign targeted at a vulnerable plugin called “Slider Revolution”. The vulnerability was publicly disclosed, and so attacks were (and continue to be) waged on sites with the outdated plugin. Not only were site owners clueless …

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The Principle of One-Time Gifts for Effective Nonprofit Websites

I was recently approached by a director at a successful local nonprofit that needed a great website—something far better than what they had already. Let’s call the director Phil. Phil started the conversation by sending me a few links sites that he liked. The sites were gorgeous and were obviously designed by agencies. In other …

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Who is WordPress NOT for?

I hate to suggest that WordPress isn’t a good choice for someone, because I love WordPress. I love the community, love what it stands for—love it all. But, no: downloading WordPress, finding a host and installing your own site is not a good idea for everyone. Evermore takes so much of the complexity out of …

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Do you need a custom WordPress site?

It’s common for small businesses to have a website budget under $3,000 or so. They either don’t have a site yet, or have the equivalent of a ‘96 Ford Taurus: running, but not necessarily making any lasting impressions. These small businesses want a better site, but don’t need a BMW or Mercedes. Rather, they need …

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Is WordPress Over the Hill?

Recently, Khuram Malik, a marketing strategist, wrote a blistering takedown of WordPress. He basically called it a relic, an unwieldy clunker, vulnerable to competition once people realized it sucked. Chris Lema, an authority in the WordPress community and someone whose blog I read each week, responded, defending WordPress. Both posts resonated with me. As in …

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Bears and WordPress Security

The other day, a friend learned that I worked in WordPress, the technology that powers Evermore. They said they loved WordPress except for that one time their site got hacked. She and her husband started a WordPress blog together shortly after they were married to share their lives with family and friends. Their site was …

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