How Much Should You Charge to Build a Website?


One of the most popular blog posts I've written discusses how much to pay for a website, which focuses on the client side of web design and development. Lately, though, I've noticed a lot of search traffic for things like how much to charge for a website and what should i charge for web design, so I figured it was time to address that end of the spectrum as well. One of the first things you should know about rates for design and development is that they vary wildly. There is no magic formula, ...
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How to Create a Custom Functionality Plugin (And Why You Need One)


For those of you who haven't noticed, the latest version of the Nuts and Bolts Media website launched a little over a week ago. (If you're a subscriber reading this offsite, you should stop by and check it out!) Since all our service offerings have changed, I decided it was time for a new look as well. One of the worst parts of changing your site's design is maintaining the functionality of your old theme. If your old theme used shortcodes, for example, you'll probably want to include the ...
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Things You Should Know Before You Purchase the Genesis Framework


As regular readers know, I'm a huge fan of the Genesis framework; it's all I use to build websites, whether for myself or for clients. I believe Genesis provides the best foundation for any WordPress site, as I've outlined in a previous post. Last week I received an email from someone who purchased Genesis based on my recommendation and she was... angry. I have no way of knowing what her expectations were, but it's safe to say Genesis did not meet those expectations. She let me know that she ...
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MainWP vs. ManageWP: The Showdown


For the past 18 months or so, I've relied on ManageWP to help me keep up with maintenance for my clients' websites. (If you manage multiple WordPress sites and haven't started using a similar service, you are truly missing out!) What used to take an hour or more each day - updating themes and plugins, making backups, running malware scans, etc. - became a matter of a few clicks. Life has been awesome. Except I realized recently that I've paid ManageWP a LOT of money since I started using it. ...
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The Myth of the Zero-Cost Online Business


Stop me if you've heard this one before. I have a friend - I'll call her Maggie. When Maggie and I get together, the conversation inevitably turns to my online business. How are things going? Do you have plenty of clients? Do you still like working from home? People are always interested in my self-employment experience because it's so different from what many of them do for a living. Maggie has a particular interest in what I do because she'd like to start an online business herself one ...
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5 Reasons Why a “Simple” Website Isn’t So Simple


Want to know the best way to make a designer or developer run away screaming? Tell him or her, "I just need a simple website." When I see those words in a quote request, that's an automatic, "Sorry, but I don't think I'd be the best fit for your project." Why? Because "simple" projects are never, ever simple. And when potential clients assume their projects are worth less effort, they're telling me they don't value my work or their own businesses enough to expect better. Here are five ...
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Easy Tips to Improve Your Online Security


The time difference between building something and tearing it down can be an eye opener. Demolition crews can tumble buildings that took years of labor in a few minutes. A week of casual eating seems to reverse months of sweat in the gym. The disconnect also applies to online security. Our finances can quickly unravel with online security breaches. A hacked bank account can undo years of dedicated saving. Routine downloading may allow internet crooks to hack your website or even take over ...
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