What I learned writing a blog post in Gutenberg

Gutenberg is the new editor for WordPress that was released with WordPress version 5.0 in December 2018. It’s an entirely different editing experience and has been confusing and frustrating many people in the WordPress community. The plugin has been available for testing as a plugin since development on it began. This allowed WordPress users to …

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Are you ready for Gutenberg?

Are you Ready for Gutenberg?

If you have a WordPress site, and you’ve logged into the Dashboard anytime recently, you’ve probably seen the big banner talking about Gutenberg. But, if you’re like a lot of people I know, you probably didn’t pay a lot of attention to it. Do you know what it is? Is your website ready for it? …

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Are your pop-ups affecting your search ranking?

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As part of their continued effort to make mobile internet usage more user-friendly, Google changed their search algorithm to penalize pages that have “instrusive interstitials,” which refers to popups and popovers that cover the majority of the visible area. “They can frustrate users because they are unable to easily access the content that they were …

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How to choose the right Theme for your WordPress site

Choosing a theme for your WordPress site is a decision you should spend a little time with. While it is easy to change your theme without rebuilding your site, if you change your theme often, it can confuse visitors who may have gotten used to the banding and feel of your previous theme. So how …

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Spring Cleaning for your website

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It’s Spring. Spring is finally, officially here in the US – yay! And with it, all the rain. But that’s okay – because I have an activity that you can do whethers its rainy or not in your part of the world. I’m talking about Spring Cleaning for your Website. Really? Yes! Your website is …

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What are domains and hosting?

Website Domains All websites need two things to exist and be easily accessed – a domain & hosting. I often see people get these confused, or think they are the same thing. They’re not. The best analogy I’ve found for explaining it is to compare it to building a new house. To build a new …

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Work Sample: Pittsbugh Toy Lending Library

screenshot of Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library website

The Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library is a wonderful and unusual place. It’s a place where you can go with your kids to play on the many toys that they have available – everything from trains to animals to play houses to blocks, large and small, and balls and riding things and climbing things and even …

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What Conversation is Your Website Having?

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When you are networking or speaking to a potential customer in person, you have the opportunity to engage them in a conversation and tell them about your services. On the internet, your website needs to have the conversation with them. To effectively plan the content for your site, you need to think about that conversation …

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Holiday Greetings to you…

No matter what language is your native (or favorite), please accept my Christmas greetings. Gesëende Kersfees ~ Een Plesierige Kerfees ~ Rehus-Beal-Ledeats ~ Gezur Krislinjden ~ Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah ~ Feliz Navidad ~ Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand ~ Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun ~ Selamat Hari Natal ~ Zorionak eta Urte Berri …

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When is thinking big too big?

I recently had a discussion with the folks in my business group, BizBuilderCT, about goal setting and using vision boards. It occurs to me, though, that while setting goals is a good thing, both personally and professionally, without a clear plan on how to get there, goals can become nothing more than a distraction. Let …

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Where have all the manners gone?

I wonder sometimes where people’s manners have gone, because there are many times when they are evidently not present in a lot of people. For instance – I am in charge of scheduling for a workshop to be held next week. Dates were sent out months ago to the speaker volunteers, as well as a …

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3rd Annual Online VA Summit ROCKED!

Last Friday I attended the 3rd Annual Online VA Summit and I must say that it rocked. While I wasn’t able to attend all of the sessions (three at a time all throughout the day), the ones that I did make it to were great. Carrie Wilkerson (The Barefoot Executive) presented a great talk on …

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Speaking of letting go…

Every April, the International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) holds a VA Summit, which I attended for the first time this past April. After I got over my mommy concern about leaving my at the time 18 month old daughter alone with her father for four days, I had a blast. There were some fabulous speakers, …

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Letting go in order to succeed

I recently read that in order to grow – as a person, as a business, whatever – first, you have to let go. You have to let go of the things that are holding you back, whether it’s comfort, complacency, fear of failure, fear of the unknown, or just because you don’t know what to …

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