Author Archives: Joel D Canfield

WordPress: Special Hosting Needed?

No secret that we’re big fans of self-hosted WordPress. Get a good hosting package, install your own copy of WordPress (it’s free, after all) and you’re blogging away, with a solid website built around that blog.

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The only reason to build a website is to change someone

The title is a quote from Seth Godin, who follows it with this gem: “If you can’t tell me the change and you can’t tell me the someone, then you’re wasting your time.” That’s why I created the Interactive Quick … Continue reading

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Easy to Remember Unbreakable Passwords

The core of your online security is your password. You can’t control what kind of security that online company uses, but you can control your password. Most passwords are either far too easy to guess (using automated hacking tools) or … Continue reading

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Why You Should Use Professional Web Hosting for Your Author Website

Authors, artists of all kinds, are always looking to save a buck. I understand the feeling; I’ve been there myself far to often. Your author or artist website is a place where I’d hate to see you skimp. I’ve been … Continue reading

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How to Install WordPress

A chap on Linked In asked for my advice on how to install WordPress. I wrote out a quick email and thought I’d include it here. This is our process, but it’s off the top of my head, so if … Continue reading

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Over in Publishing Land: My 10th Book, “You Don’t Want a Job” Launches Friday July 27th

Though I pay the bills as a WordPress web developer I can’t stop myself writing like mad. My 10th book, You Don’t Want a Job: Why Self-Employment Reduces Your Risks & Increases Your Rewards, supports that claim with reasoning based … Continue reading

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Ready Set Go Instant Blogging: $300

It’s not a sale, it’s an experiment. How would you like to have a ready-to-use no-brainer zero-hassle blog and website? What if it included hosting for a year including babysitting all the WordPress security updates, your own domain name, and … Continue reading

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Website Planning Questionnaire: How Has It Helped?

I hope you find these 18 posts about designing your website helpful. I’d love your comments. Which item had the biggest effect on how you think about your website? Which one applied least to your situation?

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What comments or suggestions do visitors make about your current website?

Insight from your prospects and clients about what they like and don’t like should play a role in your website design decisions. This means you have to know what they’re thinking.

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What do you dislike about your current website?

If we’re designing a website to replace your current site, knowing which elements bother you most gives us even more insight into your needs and thinking than the elements you still like.

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