webinarally_sidebarOne of the most effective ways to gain new audiences for your business, or introduce people to offerings you have is by hosting a webinar.

There aren’t a whole lot of options for webinars

If you’ve ever looked into the tools available to host a webinar, they range from free (and unreliable) to majorly expensive and loaded with so many features you’ll never use them.

What that means is a clunky system that screams you didn’t pay for it,

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Today, I started a new series in my Stylish & Smart Newsletter called Reader Q&A. I’ll send video responses to readers’ questions about their design, technology, or marketing. I’m so excited to present our first episode.

In this first episode, I’ll answer Theresa Ceniccola‘s question about BackupBuddy – my favorite backup plugin for WordPress.

Take a look at the video.

Would you like your question answered in an upcoming episode?

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Owning a business takes courage. Even more so in 2015. All of the technology available has made the world shift online to not only buy and sell products, but to build relationships over bytes of data. It’s fascinating.

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d be spending my days with my husband, at home, working from our virtual offices, making connections and relationships with people all over the world. That’s what Entrepreneurship looks like for me in the 21st century.

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giftguideThe Holiday shopping season is upon us again. Each year, I get more and more overwhelmed with gift buying. Sometimes, I want to skip gifts altogether. (Who needs yet another trendy kitchen gadget?) But, the anti-Scrooge in me says to pause and give thoughtfully. Instead of grabbing deals left and right because they’re inexpensive and convenient, I try to put thought into what I gift and make sure the receiver will truly find it useful.

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Do you ever need to make a quick tweak to a photo before you add it to your site? You need to change the size, crop, or adjust coloring quickly and are stumped to find an easy solution? One of my favorite down & dirty image editing sites is PicMonkey.

Why you should edit photos before putting them on your website

Often, people use photos from their cameras for their websites.

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akismet-featuredOne of the most frequent questions we get from clients about their WordPress websites is How do I get rid of the Spam in my WordPress Comments? Many people think their only option is to turn off commenting on their posts. Some even make the mistake of accidentally approving a spam comment in their blog and before they know it, they’re getting hundreds of spam comments a day. They’ve been whitelisted as a spam-friendly site and become a major target for spam bots.

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There’s so much talk about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) going around, it’s impossible to keep up. Chances are, if you’re a busy entrepreneur or small business owner, you have no time to waste learning the SEO tricks of the moment. You just want to improve SEO so your site has better search results, right?

When I was learning SEO, there was one thing I learned to improve SEO that made it instantly click for me.

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I can now become a Google Search Master! This infographic from HackCollege, which I found on Mashable today, shows how only 25% of students today know how to use Google correctly. While reading this, I thought, “What happened?” I remember back in my day of technology education (now, this will makes some of you Millennials’ jaws drop, but will send some of you baby-boomers into rants about how you walked to school up-hill both ways) we learned how to use Boolean Search on Infoseek.

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I live and breathe WordPress every day in my work. I often take for granted that everyone who owns a website MUST know what it is and sometimes forget that not everyone is aware of the different types of websites out there. If you own a business, and therefore a website, I’m here to tell you that WordPress may be something you are missing out on and why it just might be the best option for managing your website.

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