Google Webmaster Tools is a free service that provides website owners with a trove of valuable (and actionable) data about their sites. The service compliments the data obtained through Google Analytics. Together the two services are an indispensable resource for anyone who runs a website. In this tutorial explains the benefits of Google Webmaster Tools, […]
If you’re looking for a WordPress security plugin, Better WP Security should be at the top of your list. The plugin is a veritable Swiss Army knife for fixing WordPress security issues. Unfortunately the huge array of settings make the plugin a bit overwhelming for most casual WordPress users. This tutorial walks you through the […]
Beyond Simple Contact Forms: Collecting Data with Gravity Forms WordPress is a great web publishing system, but when it comes to collecting user data through a web-based form you’ll need to turn to a plugin to extend the core WP system. If you just need a simple contact form there are many good options to […]
VaultPress is a hosted WordPress backup service. For a monthly fee, VaultPress ensures that your entire WordPress site is backed up and secure. In this lesson I demonstrate how VaultPress works.
BackupBuddy is an all-in-one WordPress backup and site migration tool. In this lesson I put the plugin through its paces and show you how it works.
These days, any number of disasters can take down your website: from hackers, to hardware failures, to self-inflicted damage. This lesson guides you through the process of creating your own WordPress disaster plan. Even if you think you’re prepared, there are any number of things that can go wrong with backups. If you’re using WordPress in support of your business activities you can’t afford to take a chance.
Once your website is up and running, it’s critical that you keep WordPress current. WordPress updates include both bug fixes and important security updates. Fortunately, WordPress includes a built-in upgrade system. In this lesson I walk you through the upgrade process.
An events calendar is a great way to keep your customers up-to-date on your public appearances, sales, and special events. In this lesson I show you how to setup a calendar using the All-In-One Events Calendar plugin.
The best way to find out what your customers are thinking is to ask them. It’s easy to create a web survey to get immediate feedback from your visitors. In this video I show you how to add a survey to your website using Google Docs.
There’s no reason to limit yourself to text when you can easily publish audio and video on your WordPress website. In this lesson I show you how to add media to your site in a way that works well on mobile devices as well as PCs.
One of the best ways to draw attention to your site is to encourage your visitors to share your content with their friends on social networks. In this lesson I show you how to setup share buttons that let your visitors share your content with their followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.
The old days of the simple “hit counter” are over. These days business owners have access to a treasure trove of actionable web usage data. In this lesson I show you how to setup Google Analytics to monitor your website’s traffic and more.