Summer went fast, didn’t it? I wish I could tell you that I’ve been taking it easy, only getting out of the water to go write another chapter or two on the next big thing. Sadly that was not the case. All my chocolate bunnies melted, so I had to do work on the Farmer’s, err, farm. Luckily I tricked him into signing me up for another 10 columns, so my bunny diet can now be sustained by writing obscenities instead.
There are thousands of articles on the web listing steps you should follow in choosing a domain name for your blog or business website. Many of those articles focus on search engine optimization and industry niche names, but recent changes in search algorithms have rendered those procedures obsolete.
Your website is still the first (and sometimes only) impression you will make on viewers and potential customers, and choosing a domain name is the one of the most important decisions you’ll make in determining success.
If you’re still not already using WordPress for your company website or eCommerce solution, or if you’re still having trouble persuading your clients to “come to the dark side,” I’d like to share three (and a half) reasons why switching to WordPress is a must for any modern business owner.
These reasons also apply for anyone who is still using Drupal, Joomla or Magneto (yes, I went there)…
Reason #1: SEO is Dying, But WordPress is Social Media Driven
The saying “a picture tells a thousand words” was never so true as it is in blogging. Using images in your posts takes your blogging to another level. Images can be used functionally – to break-up long blocks of text, and they can also be used to improve your blog’s aesthetic – high res images complement your text with dramatic flair.
But just adding an image through the post editor is not going to give your blog any razzle dazzle. For that, you’re going to need a lightbox; and here are five reasons why.
1. WordPress Stock Image Formatting is Weak
When you launch a new website, you want something that looks great, is easy to set up, and doesn’t cost too much. While some free WordPress themes fit the bill, I usually recommend finding a reputable, supported premium theme. Caution: You should think twice before choosing some of the most alluring, beautiful, feature-packed themes out there. Let me show you what I mean.
I was recently reminded why I write WordPress Posts and Pages in the HTML editor tab and NOT the visual tab.
I have always been frustrated by the visual editor – mainly because it is not a true WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. I guess I’m just too accustomed to using something like Word and expect what I put in the editor to actually be what I get on the output.
You can find thousands of different themes for WordPress, both free and paid. Some people still want to give a stab at creating their own, but don’t know how. If that sounds like you, then check out the best free WordPress theme generator I’ve found. It’s called “Lubith.”
To check out Lubith for yourself, visit lubith.com, sign up, and click the “Start Here” button to start the in-browser editor.
The Lubith interface
WordPress is an outstanding tool for website development because it is highly configurable and can be developed to perform many tasks.
However, there is at least one thing that WordPress is not suited to accomplish – and it’s not a WordPress fault. Many people try to save a few dollars and manage their email marketing list using a WordPress plugin.
If you were visited by a magical WordPress Plugin Genie today, what three plugins would you wish for? I admit that I’d be hard-pressed to choose just three, but after giving this some thought, there are the three WordPress plugins I’d just like to snap my fingers and have access to…
#1: A WordPress Plugin to Replace Dropbox
So – I’ve been a bit “ranty” lately.
It started with a simple question: “Is There a Proliferation of Subversive Plugins on WordPress.org?” And if the 6Scan plugin mentioned in that post wasn’t enough, I then stumbled across CodeGuard – a “free” plugin available on WordPress.org that doesn’t actually offer any free functionality. You have to sign up for a paid plan in order to make any use of it.
Not a happy bunny.
However, the above has little to do with WordPress, per se.