What You Need to Know about the Gutenberg Editor

Cynthia Bartz • August 7, 2018

On August 2nd, 2018, WordPress released a new plugin called the Gutenberg Editor. You make have seen the large notification in your dashboard, giving you the option to try it out. In this article I am going to tell you what the Gutenberg Editor is, if you can use it, and what it means for… Read More

If you are running PHP 5.5 or older for your WordPress website, you have probably received an error saying: You are running an outdated version of PHP. And, if you are reading this article it is probably because you are tired of seeing this ridiculously large error message in WordPress, but don’t know what to… Read More

Websites are hard. Seriously. I don’t understand why the internet touts websites as being straightforward and uncomplicated, because it’s simply not true. If you are a small or tiny business owner, you probably understand the importance of having a website for your business. People need to find you. And they are looking on the internet…. Read More

Here is the Real Reason You Hate WordPress

Don't hate Wordpress!
Cynthia Bartz • February 9, 2017

I talk to so many of you who have considered WordPress and abandoned it out of frustration. What should be an amicable relationship between you and your website has turned into a burning, fiery hatred of WordPress. So, if you have ever said ‘I hate WordPress,’ this article is for you. Why You Think You… Read More

Business cards are an essential part of any business. And even though we don’t know what to do with the massive stack of business cards we collect, we all know that we need them to get the word out about our business. We need something tangible to leave a prospect with so they know how… Read More

Mini Update: WordPress 4.7.1 – What You Need to Know

wordpress 4.6 release - what you need to know
Cynthia Bartz • January 11, 2017

On January 11, 2017, WordPress 4.7.1 was released, which is considered a maintenance release for version 4.7. In this article I will give you a plain language breakdown on what is in this update. I will also be answering the question: “Should I update WordPress?” About WordPress 4.7.1 WordPress 4.7.1 is a maintenance and security… Read More

Top 5 Blog Posts from 2016

Cynthia Bartz • January 10, 2017

2016 is gone. As we move settle into 2017, I wanted to take a look back at last year. I have rounded up my top 5 blog posts from 2016 to share with you. Top 5 Blog Posts How to Quickly Change Menu Labels in WordPress This article will show you how to change menu… Read More

Should I Approve All Pingbacks? Keeping Spam Out.

Cynthia Bartz • January 3, 2017

In the previous article I talked about defining what pingbacks are in WordPress. In this article I will cover what to look for when determining if a pingback is spam or something worth approving. What’s the Difference Between Spam, Trash and Approve? Spam Pingback Spam pingbacks are not doomed. If you mark a comment as… Read More

What is a Pingback? Is it Bad?

Cynthia Bartz • December 27, 2016

If you have been blogging on WordPress for any length of time, you have probably seen a pingback on your admin dashboard. And if you are any thing like me you asked: what the heck is a pingback? And what should I do with it? In this article I will explain what a pingback is… Read More

4 Hidden Pages Every Website Should Have

Cynthia Bartz • December 15, 2016

If you have a business website, you should have hidden pages on it. Your website should be a central home of your business. Even if it is simple, your website can be a powerful tool that goes way beyond the standard home-about-services-contact pages. What is a Hidden Page? There are several definitions of a “hidden… Read More

WordPress 4.7 Release: What You Need to Know

wordpress 4.6 release - what you need to know
Cynthia Bartz • December 6, 2016

On December 6th WordPress released WordPress 4.7. In this article I will breakdown some of the new features you can expect to find in the new release, as well as answer the question “Should I Update WordPress?” As with many of WordPress’s releases, the changes between 4.6 and 4.7 are small. But that doesn’t mean… Read More

Your Old Website Isn’t Gone – Here’s How to Find It

Cynthia Bartz • November 29, 2016

If you’ve been in business for a while, then you probably have been through a couple of major website changes. Sometimes, in the process of changing our websites, we forget the critically important step of documenting, archiving, and keeping old content so we can refer back to it later. Then that moment hits and you… Read More

Your website is a constantly changing, growing, beautiful beast. Over the course of a year you might change your home page, add a new service, delete an old landing page, and update your contact information. As your business evolves, so does your website. Every once in a while I am struck with a moment of… Read More

As I’ve talked about in the last few posts, using consistent color in your branding is very important. And, in order to use consistent colors, you need to know a little bit about how to communicate information about your brand colors to designers, printers, etc. In this article I explain the difference between CMYK, RGB,… Read More

How to Find Your Brand Colors – The Easy Way

Cynthia Bartz • October 25, 2016

Your brand colors make it really easy for prospects to pick your business out of a sea of competitors. Having strong, consistent brand colors is critically important, especially for small businesses who frequently have many competitors. This article shows you how to identify the brand colors you already have. If you have a logo or… Read More

You are building a brand for your business, even if you don’t know it. And the sooner you understand the role branding has to play in your business, the sooner you can control it and use it to your advantage. There are three key elements to every brand: Logo, Font Choices and Branding Colors. If… Read More

Encouragement: To the Business Owner Who is Leveling Up

encouragement: for the small business owner leveling up
Cynthia Bartz • October 11, 2016

Leveling up your business is all about doing business in a way unique to you. In order for your business to be your business, you can only do business the way you do business. And if you run your business the exact same way someone else runs theirs, then it’s not really your business. Creating… Read More

9 Photo Resources that are Actually Awesome (and Cheap)

Cynthia Bartz • September 27, 2016

At some point you will need to use stock photography, whether it’s photos for your blog posts, a photo for an ad, or cranking up the wow-factor on your sales collateral. If you own a small business you need a list of photo resources in order to find the perfect picture every time. If you want… Read More

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