Nine Favorite Resources for Great WordPress Themes (Some FREE!)

Nine Favorite Resources for Great WordPress Themes (Some FREE!)
If you are going to build or update a WordPress site, then you are probably aware that the key to a great site is choosing a great theme. Also referred to as templates, themes provide the front-end look and functionality of your web site. There are countless themes available, but please note that all themes are definitely not equal. A bad theme choice will bring nothing but headaches and your site will never be what you had hoped for. If you are not that familiar with themes, how to find them and choosing a good one, then maybe I can be of some help. I have reviewed hundreds of themes over the last...
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2014 Best Platforms for Building A Web Site (starting with Free!)

2014 Best Platforms for Building A Web Site (starting with Free!)
How to Wade Through the Countless Options for Building A Web Site If you want to build a web site there’s no shortage of options, going from absolutely free to custom platforms costing thousands of dollars. With so many choices available you could easy pick what seems to be a great offering, only to have it quickly become a huge regret. So let me help you narrow down all the clutter into a short list of good choices. There are Basically Three Categories for Building a Web Site Most platforms and options fall into one of these three: Free, Self-hosting and Paid Partners. Following are my 2014...
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How To Build Your Home On the Web

How To Build Your Home On the Web
Every Organization Needs A Home Page The home page is what your domain points to. The front door of your very own web site. It is the entry to your web home, where you entertain visitors and where your guests get to know all about you. Your Home Page Needs A Doorbell A call to action that will quickly engage the visitor. Maybe it’s a video to watch, an event to attend or newsletter to sign-up for. I love for a home page to have a rotator that offers a different feature (call-to-action) every 4 to 6 seconds. Every Heard the Saying, “Home is where the heart is”? Well it is so true. If you really...
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Should You Backup Your WordPress Site?

Should You Backup Your WordPress Site?
Should You Backup Your WordPress Site? ABSOLUTELY! All free self-hosted web sites should have a back-up plan and ever more so when it comes to WordPress. Because WordPress is such a popular open source platform, there are many wonderful plug-ins, widgets and templates that we get to play with. In addition to all these fun toys, I love WordPress because it stays so current. As the web evolves, WordPress evolves right along with it. The continual evolution of WordPress drives the same in all the plug-ins, widgets and templates that we appreciate so much. What that means is we are continually having to do...
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Which is better? Free WordPress.com or Self-Hosted WordPress?

Which is better? Free WordPress.com or Self-Hosted WordPress?
Most of us were first introduced to WordPress because a friend said, “Just go to wordpress.com and you can have a FREE blog!“. We go, it’s free, quick to set-up, got to love it right? But you soon realize that there are some limitations. You find a cool template or plug-in only to discover that you cant use them on WordPress.com. In asking “Why?” you learn that WordPress can also be “Self-hosted” which means you purchase web space (as low as a few dollars a month) and load the WordPress software (free), which will allow you total control over your web site. The...
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Create A FREE & Stunning Web Site Now!

Create A FREE & Stunning Web Site Now!
Easy to customize. No coding. Google friendly. You have just read the selling points for WIX (http://wix.com) the latest DIY (do-it-yourself) web site builder that I have stumbled across in recent days. Is it true? Can a web site actually be both ‘FREE’ and ‘Stunning’ at the same time? Well I was not sure before now, but today I think there is hope. WIX reminds me a lot of one of my favorite web site builders called Clover. Now I am not saying it’s as good as Clover because WIX does not offer the hand holding that Clover provides, but if you want a cool and easy to use DIY...
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First Steps to a Successful Web Presence

First Steps to a Successful Web Presence
Building a successful web presence may be easier than you think. All it takes is a little time and attention to have an effective presence on the web that will present your organization, define your community, reach the unreached and touch lives! Here are the first three steps to getting started online: 1. Claim Your Web Real Estate Do a search of your church or organization’s name on the web and see what appears in search results. Wherever your name appears, try to go in and claim the profile. Top places include google maps, yellowpages, citysearch, yahoo, etc.  Read more here: Free Real Estate...
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Web Site Skins, Themes & Templates

Web Site Skins, Themes & Templates
There are thousands of ways to skin a web site. Find that “just right” look for yours. The top layer of your web site, what the visitor sees, is the “skin” of the site. Also referred to as “themes” or “templates”, skins are designed to be interchangeable. The idea is, if you get tired of one, you can take it off and put on another. The fact is you will probably have to do some tweaking but you are not having to build a whole new web site. This is why WordPress is such a great option for building a web site. WordPress has a theme gallery of over 1400 FREE...
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How to Claim Your Domain Name

How to Claim Your Domain Name
One of the first steps to building your organization’s web presence is to claim your domain name. The biggest challenge you will likely face is finding one that is available. This is especially true for churches (firstbaptist.com, org or net, are long gone!). The easiest way to see if a domain is available is to search for it. If you type the desired domain into your browser and a web site opens, then the name has been claimed by another organization. If your church has a more common name like “Bethel” you may have to get real creative to come up with an available domain. Today there...
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8 Web Platforms That Strike a Chord

8 Web Platforms That Strike a Chord
My son plays guitar and I build web sites. Learning either begins with the same question, “Where do I start?” Well I  can’t help you with the guitar but maybe I can get you started with a web site. Here is a short list of platforms, anyone of which could be a right fit for starters. I am including a variety because everything from budget to personnel impacts the decision of how a web site will be designed, built and maintained. The first seven suggestions I have personally used or reviewed. I am less familiar with the last three but they seem promising. Please keep in mind that there...
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