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Don’t Let This Happen To You!    Tips To Make Developing Your Website Fun Instead of Scary    April 17, 2013Wednesday, Apr...
Common Mistakes...    ✤    Assess Business/Personal needs before you hire someone    ✤    Make sure you choose hosting tha...
Assessing Your Needs    ✤    Budget? Let’s Get Realistic    ✤    Large sites: $25,000 - $50,000    ✤    Business Sites: $5...
Hosting Issues    ✤    Cruzio: Make sure you are on one of the newer servers; Got.net can’t         support WordPress    ✤...
Create SEO-Friendly Content    ✤    Are you concerned about SEO?    ✤    Yoast is your guy    ✤    Don’t wait until your s...
Set Things Up Right    ✤    You want your email to market your website.    ✤    Beware of “forwarding” emails.    ✤    Use...
Time or Money?    ✤    Are you patient?    ✤    Do you love learning about high-tech stuff?    ✤    Are you comfortable wi...
You Get What You Pay For    ✤    Premium Themes Are Better    ✤    Documentation    ✤    Forums    ✤    Learn how to Evalu...
Databases = Cool StuffWednesday, April 17, 13
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  1. 1. Don’t Let This Happen To You! Tips To Make Developing Your Website Fun Instead of Scary April 17, 2013Wednesday, April 17, 13
  2. 2. Common Mistakes... ✤ Assess Business/Personal needs before you hire someone ✤ Make sure you choose hosting that supports WordPress ✤ Create your SEO plan & content before you build your site ✤ Set things up right. Oops! 1/2 million emails! Who knew? ✤ Are you a DIY junkie or do you have more money than time? ✤ Buy a Premium Theme and Premium/supported Plugins ✤ Yes, you can do anything (almost) with WordPress, but...Wednesday, April 17, 13
  3. 3. Assessing Your Needs ✤ Budget? Let’s Get Realistic ✤ Large sites: $25,000 - $50,000 ✤ Business Sites: $5,000 - $10,000 ✤ Cheap Sites: $100 - $4,000 ✤ DIY WordPress Sites: 25 - 100 hours labor ✤ eCommerce: Whole other level of complexity 5 products or 500?Wednesday, April 17, 13
  4. 4. Hosting Issues ✤ Cruzio: Make sure you are on one of the newer servers; Got.net can’t support WordPress ✤ Don’t use GoDaddy (aka “Blow”-Daddy) Bloated Servers ✤ Don’t use Earthlink: Restore? We don’t do that... ✤ Use BlueHost or HostGator ✤ Customer Service Realities: Chatting with 5 people at once.Wednesday, April 17, 13
  5. 5. Create SEO-Friendly Content ✤ Are you concerned about SEO? ✤ Yoast is your guy ✤ Don’t wait until your site is built!! ✤ Why does it cost so much?Wednesday, April 17, 13
  6. 6. Set Things Up Right ✤ You want your email to market your website. ✤ Beware of “forwarding” emails. ✤ Use a Tech if you don’t know what you are doing.Wednesday, April 17, 13
  7. 7. Time or Money? ✤ Are you patient? ✤ Do you love learning about high-tech stuff? ✤ Are you comfortable with technology? ✤ The web is not the same as print... ✤ Vector vs the jaggies ✤ Buy some nice photos or hire a local photographerWednesday, April 17, 13
  8. 8. You Get What You Pay For ✤ Premium Themes Are Better ✤ Documentation ✤ Forums ✤ Learn how to Evaluate Plugins: Feed2Post (yikes) 1,400 posts laterWednesday, April 17, 13
  9. 9. Databases = Cool StuffWednesday, April 17, 13

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