Bluehost wants you to update the PHP version on your hosting account Did you get an email recently from Bluehost telling you it’s “Time to upgrade your PHP Software?” They have been in the process of upgrading their web servers (the computer your website files reside on) to only support the newest stable versions of PHP. Even though this is
Naming your website images appropriately is almost as important as selecting the right image to go with your content. Often when clients send me images to use on their website, they send me a bunch of files that look something like this: IMG_0863.jpg. This is bad practice on multiple levels. It’s not good for communication. It slows me down when
Calculating What a Website Costs I get emailed on a daily basis with people contacting me to find out what a new website will cost. I get a 1 or 2 sentence description of what they want, and in return they want a solid number that I will commit to. I wish it were that simple. Website Design Cost Calculator
Hire a WordPress expert Trying to find an answer to your WordPress problem by wading the Google search results, or browsing WordPress forums can be time consuming and frustrating. I may be able to solve your WordPress problem in minutes compared to the hours, days or you never figuring it out. If you are looking to hire an experienced web
An Elementor Pro security vulnerability was recently discovered. On May 7, 2020 the makers of Elementor released version 2.9.4 to address the security issue. If you are using Elementor Pro page builder for WordPress, its highly recommended that you review your site to see if it’s possibly effected. What websites are at risk? This vulnerability only effects websites that allow
Convert to WordPress You most likely found this page because you have already decided that you want to convert your website to WordPress. I’m not surprised. It’s the most popular content management system software used on the Internet. As of May 2020 over 63% of CMS websites are running on WordPress. 3 Reasons to Convert to WordPress It’s easy for
Working From Home – the new Normal? With the pandemic, so many people have been thrown into working from home. I’ve been working from home, full time as a web developer for 20 years. I have some tips to help you adjust to lessen stress levels. These tips don’t have to do with using technology to get your job done,
Checklist to Make a WordPress Site Secure This WordPress security checklist is meant to target a non technical user. By this I mean a small business owner, or individual running a WordPress website, not a technical checklist for a WordPress developer. There are a lot of things not on this list that should be, but without the technical knowledge, I
Uggg, You go to your website and see: Account Suspended Even worse, a customer contacts you to tell you there is a message on your website that your account has been suspended. There are many reasons why a website would be suspended. I’ll go over a few reasons and then give you some suggestions to get it fixed. Reasons why
Freelancers make great business partners As a freelancer, I partner with other professionals in the web development services industry to build websites. I provide technical support services like hosting, DNS and domain issues, on page SEO, website speed optimization, migrating websites, dealing with SSL issues too. Pretty much anything that has to do with the back end, technical side of
Just buying a secure certificate does not make your WordPress site redirect to https:. There are other changes that need to be made to force https.
Delegate GoDaddy Account to Me If you use GoDaddy for web hosting service, you can delegate access to your GoDaddy account when you hire me for website development services. Delegating account access is something unique to GoDaddy that other web hosting companies don’t offer. When you delegate access to your GoDaddy account you are sharing services that you define to
No Unscheduled Website Downtime I was recently hired to redesign a website. The client asked me “How long will the site be down?” This kind of amused me. I don’t bring this point up when discussing with a project with a client. Why? Because downtime is not an option when I work on your project. If it is technically unavoidable,
WordPress requires more ongoing website maintenance than simple HTML websites or many custom web applications. Updates are needed all the time within different areas of the application. WordPress updates can be broken down into different areas: Core WordPress code Plugin updates Theme updates Third party integration updates Server upgrades ( PHP 5.6 is dead ) Updating WordPress is easy right?
I’m going to get strait to the point here. YOU NEED to back up your website. I am stressing the “you” part and the “need” part. It’s not optional and it should be done by you. Do not assume it will be done by your web designer and not definitely not your web host. (unless you are specifically paying them
If your website is using Google Maps and was built before July 2018, you may be seeing an error on top of your map that says “This page can’t load Google Maps correctly.” It will also have a watermark on the map that says “For development purposes only.” I’m going to explain how to fix the error and how to
When you are hiring a freelance web developer to work with, understanding their website development process helps set expectations on both sides. I want every project to be a success by delivering what we agreed on in a realistic time frame. I have outlined the steps in my website development process here. Define the Scope The most important part in
PHP, like any other software, needs maintained, update and upgraded over time. Sometimes it’s a simple tweak, other times it’s a major task.
Outsourcing web development services is a great solution for small companies that need the technical expertise but don’t need to hire a dedicated web developer.
For every new WordPress website I am hired to build, I quote addressing WordPress security issues as part of the website development quote. When I start a new project, the first thing I do after installing WordPress is fully secure it. I do this before installing a WordPress theme or installing any plugins. Is WordPress Secure “Out Of The Box”?
Maintain your site now, so it’s not a problem later. Face it, no one likes doing maintenance. Whether it be your car, house, or your website. Like it or not, it needs done though. If you ignore it long enough, it can create significant headaches and expenses. Website maintenance seems to be easy to ignore since it’s not as visible
Understanding the connection between domain names and web hosting is hard to grasp. This can complicate transferring a website to a new host.
CMS in the field of website development stands for content management system. A CMS website is a type of web application that enables you to manage the content that displays on your website (aka content management system) . Content is stored in a database (often MySQL database) separate from code. Password protected tools are coded to enable users to add,
Website Security – Passwords Website security can be addressed on multiple levels. Web hosting accounts, website code, passwords…. Passwords are meant to provide a layer of protection in gaining access to a resource. This is a simple concept, and easy to implement. Many people are lax with utilizing this simple layer of protection on their site and though in all
Some PHP statistics and brief history. In 1994 Rasmus Lerdorf wrote logic to track his online resume which he called PHP Tools. In 1995 he released the source code for these tools to the public to use and improve it. The next year Rasmus added new logic to that started to show some features that we see in today’s version of PHP.
How much does website development cost? People contact me daily wanting to know: How much does it cost to build a website? Often the email has 1-2 – maybe 3 sentences describing the project, but no mention of their budget or timeline to complete. I reply back asking questions to try to get specific details of the job so I
When creating a website for your business, where do you start? Most of my clients are small businesses needing web development services ranging from simple startup websites for creating a new web site, to proprietary web applications to help run and grow their business. I do work with other types of clients like individuals and B2B support for web design and
Google Analytics Data Retention Settings I’ve had multiple clients contact due to the email sent by Google. “[Important Reminder] Review your data retention settings before they take effect on May 25, 2018” Google is asking you to review your settings for how long you want to retain data in your account that has been collected through Google Analytics. As noted
It’s Time To Do Something – a Full Overhaul or just Website Revamp? If you are a business owner, you know how important it is to promote a positive image about your company. Keeping your customers informed about your current services and products along with new offerings helps your business grow. Keeping your website current requires an occasional website revamp
Now Offering Website Development Packages I had not promoted website development packages in the past because most of the work I do is custom web development where every project has a unique set of requirements. Bundling all of the possible options into a package is complicated. I have been speaking to more small business owners lately though that are looking
Questions to Answer for Planning a Successful Website I often get “website quote requests” that include a sentence or two description of the project. Then I’m asked can I build it, and how much will it cost? Can I build it? Probably. I have built hundreds of websites with different kinds of unique programming functionality. These projects span over many
The Difference Between Custom Websites and Website Themes Within any industry, there is a lot of terminologies used. If you are not familiar, grasping what is being discussed can be overwhelming. This applies to the field of website development too. When potential clients contact me to build a new website, they need to understand how custom website design differs from
Several people have contacted me recently for help because GoDaddy has been moving websites to a new server. There can be side effects to migrating a website. GoDaddy does not seem to be addressing these issues, and are leaving it to their customer to deal with. Whether or not GoDaddy has clearly communicated what they are doing and the steps
Web Browser Not Secure Warnings Simply put, not secure browser warnings a user sees when they visit your website is bad for business. I get it, it can be frustrating with the “rules” on the Internet change so often. It’s hard to keep up. Being a website owner, you have a responsibility to your users to make sure your website
Google released a new “Google For Jobs” initiative recently that enables you to add structured data about your job listings to your web pages. By adding this web code, your job listing will then show up in the Google Search results pages when users are searching for jobs related to the positions you have available. Your job listing shows prominently
WordPress version 4.8 is considered a major functional release. Should you upgrade on release day?
A career as a freelancer has a lot of great benefits. A downside though is being isolated from other developers and not getting to “chat around the water cooler”. I’m sharing online productivity tools that I use to help my freelance business be successful. If you have anything to add, let me know.
How to clear your browser cache While building websites, I often tell my clients to clear their browser cache (“CASH”) as changes are made during the development process. Often the response, is “How do I do that?”. I will explain here. What is a browser cache? A cache is a “container” or temporary location on your local computer that your
Finding a trustworthy web developer to hire. Read a long time client’s recommendation for web development services that I have been providing to him for over a decade.