I’ve seen several “digital marketers” lately trying to do the talk-to-the-camera personal sales-video approach and felt they weren’t aware of how the camera angle affected their sales pitch. I’ll cover the 3 camera angles in personal sales videos: EYE-level TOP-level (looking down) LOW-level (looking up)
Generally-speaking, Linode is better than Vultr. And Vultr is better than Digital Ocean. I’ve used Linode in 3 continents over 10 years. Used Vultr in 2 continents for only a few years. I haven’t done exact fair-comparison testing but through just firing up servers for clients using the same stack and “feeling it” (however you… Read more VPS REVIEW – Digital Ocean vs Linode vs Vultr
I think it’s a silly question and often misinterpreted by newbies/non-coders for all the wrong reasons. If you even had to ask this question, I would say WordPress is more than secure enough you! But first off, what IS “security” anyways?
I saw somebody today on a FB group asking: “How do I make a web design proposal? Should I list my skillsets? Or sell the solution? Or make a custom proposal for each customer?” It’s not that hard, do this:
I get asked about these 3 popular free WordPress themes just about every week. They are pretty solid options. They’re basically really clean, lightweight, and the free version is functional enough for most folks. Pay a little more and you get access to all their functionality. Let’s go over my quick comparison between Astra, OceanWP,… Read more Astra vs OceanWP vs Generatepress – Best FREE WordPress Theme Review
What is critical CSS? How does it work and when should you use it? Even better…when should critical CSS not be used? Here goes another cut-the-crap WordPress performance guide by yours truly.
A2 and SG are comparable, more or less. Generally, SG a little stronger but then has annoying CPU usage issues. A2 got better pricing. I used to prefer SG but now probably prefer A2 out of the two. If you want a better deal, just go with WebHostFace.
Every now and then, you get some client that wants you to do to more, but pays you less. The worst part is when you start doubting your own rates and your own value. Makes me sad to hear entrepreneurs think this way. You are a skilled contractor. They’re not only paying you for your… Read more How to Negotiate Web-Design Prices (for designers)
Yes, it sucks. I can’t believe they get away with selling it as a “premium” service. It’s the same crappy GoDaddy shared hosting service with a cleaner/simpler UI and more expensive resource limits (imitating higher-end hosting services). Don’t believe me? Let’s go over the issues…
Cloudflare’s Argo feature claims: Speed up average network latency by 35%. Decrease connection errors by 27%. Let’s see how much of a difference that even makes!
What’s a content delivery network and why do you need (or don’t need) it? I’ll cover the basics of what it is, how it’s used, and how it may benefit or impede your website. I also explain the difference of traditional CDN’s which were made for speed and the confusing Cloudflare service which is a… Read more What’s a CDN? (Content Delivery Network) And do you need it?
It’s 2018 and I’m still surprised to see how many people are relying on this outdated tactic of generating income. I still have clients today with heavy ad networks being punished yet again by the latest Google algorithm. Many of them have lost either 30-60% of traffic or the same amount in ad revenue. I feel bad… Read more Stop Trying to Monetize off Google Ads
Three ways to optimize/compress your images to improve WordPress load time: Open up Photoshop, export to Save-for-web, JPEG 50%. Save your image in the highest quality possible, go to ShortPixel’s online compress tool, and simply upload there. Download an image compression plugin that does it automatically from WordPress. I like ShortPixel but there are many… Read more How to Optimize/Compress Your Website Images
Don’t get lost in 285123213 revisions before going live! STOP DOING THAT! Websites are living beings. You don’t need to get it perfect on the first try. Every revision only needs to be better than the next. Then once the revision is up, you collect more data and more ideas of what to change. The… Read more Website Design Workflow Tips – Avoid Endless Revisions
Marketing, advertising, and branding…all explained in actionable ways! I saw an awful explanation the other day about these 3 and figured I could do some public service by clarifying them further. Don’t worry, I went to school and worked in marketing for a while. You can trust me. 🙂
Who are you to trust an absolute stranger on the internet about making money?! I’ll tell you why you can trust me: I’ve actually built some successful products/services over the years. I don’t want your money. I don’t have any gimmicks, only truth. (Which I admit, in and of itself does sound like a gimmick.)… Read more Ignore Tai Lopez and other MAKE-MONEY Scams
I’ll give a quick rundown on these 2 managed panel hosting services and how they compare for developer-grade clients. Speed, features, pricing, ease-of-use. What I like and dislike about both. We’ll go over all that.
Don’t waste your time. I thought they might be interesting considering all the expert advice they give on forums and marketing hype they have on their website. Slow to answer a sales email – seriously? I guess they don’t want my money. Bad reviews – read online and you’ll see plenty of complaints. Slow service… Read more UNIXy Varnish review for NGINX or LiteSpeed Web Servers
How long should your blog posts be? This question amuses me to no end. Who are you writing for? For yourself or for readers? Or for Google SEO? Or to make money? This question is for people with a lack of drive. Here’s a different perspective…
Should you have GZIP compression enabled? What does it do? Why is it recommended? And are there any drawbacks? GZIP is magical for me. You should definitely enable it if you want faster page loads. It’s a no-brainer and easy to enable. (I also go over the wrong way to do it!)
Simple tip for anybody still running Apache servers…switch to MPM Event! What is MPM Event and how does it improve your server performance without any drawbacks? I switched to MPM Event, I loved it. And you should do it too! We’ll cover some minor basics of MPM’s and why MPM Event is the best.
Should you consider blogging on other platforms? A friend asked me about Medium (cool blogging/publishing platform) and whether I would ever write on it. I’ve been on their site before and found lots of great content published there. I like the clean minimalistic look. They do have ads but your impression of it is that… Read more Is it worth blogging on 3rd-party platforms? (Medium, Tumblr, etc)
Is it worth your time to establish yourself in a busy niche? Have you ever had a good business idea but realized it was a heavily-saturated industry? How will you get attention? Is it even possible? And even if you did go through all that work, is there any money in the pie for you?… Read more Can you compete in a busy niche?
You should uninstall the Jetpack plugin for WordPress immediately! Why?! Because it sucks and hated by much of the community: Slows down your website—EVEN WITH ALL MODULES OFF. You don’t need many of its features. Feels like adware, keeps pitching their services. I don’t trust it. (More explained in this guide.) Read on to learn… Read more Get Rid of Jetpack Plugin – Why and How
Why do we want a lightweight theme? Besides getting rid of unnecessary visual clutter, they help your website load super fast which is especially important in today’s ADD society and especially important in today’s rising mobile-browsing trend. Fortunately, this trend has forced all themes today to be written with cleaner and lighter code. NOTE: I’ve… Read more The FASTEST Lightweight WordPress Themes Review – UPDATED 2018
How many sign-ups should you expect for your membership program? Memberships are all the rage lately. It used to be a complicated ordeal to create one but now there’s a hundred plugins/services out there catering to this latest money-making trend. The problem is that many people are spending thousands of dollars to create their membership… Read more Expected conversion rate for membership sign-ups?
Converting to HTTPS/SSL is one of the scariest tasks out there. It feels like SUCH a big project with a billion little details. Feels like you need to hire a programmer or server expert or someone to make all the edits on your website, webserver, and Google accounts. Here are some simple steps to manually… Read more How to Move Your WordPress Site from HTTP to HTTPS
Looking to find a quality translator? Maybe you have a business or website that needs to serve people in multiple languages, or maybe you want to add other languages for useability and SEO purposes. Or maybe even video subtitles…whatever the case may be…here’s how I recommend you to do it. ***NOTE: I’ve got several years… Read more How to Find a (Good) Translator
Running Apache behind an NGINX proxy was a good idea like in 2012. …but not anymore. I think we can just pick one and move on. Back in the days, Apache was faster at handling dynamic content (and also had htaccess compatibility) and NGINX (paired with Varnish) was way faster at handling static content. It… Read more Apache vs NGINX Comparison – use either but NOT BOTH!
You should avoid dropdown menus if you want conversions! Stop doing that sh*t. Cut it out. I’ve long read the many debates on dropdown menus for both desktop megamenus as well as mobile hamburger-menus. They go on and on about the pros and cons of each but only from the vantage-point of the designer rather… Read more Avoid Dropdown Menus (Bad Web Design UI)
I cover different WordPress migration plugins, their pros and cons. Features, reliability, cost, ease-of-use. Enjoy!
About 98% of the shared hosting services out there suck! The bigger and more well-known the company, the more likely it is to suck. It’s slow, it’s insecure, it’s missing features you need, the tech support doesn’t understand your problem (or even your English), or the server keeps going down. Why is shared webhosting always… Read more Why Shared Hosting Sucks
I’ve made lists sharing my favorite plugins but never made a list of bad plugins. These are probably equally important to know as they’re known to cause many issues with sites, causing poor performance or conflicting with other plugins. I include the most popular “bad” ones below.
My unofficial guide to speeding up WordPress with SWIFT Performance cache plugin! (Updated January 4, 2018) The SWIFT Performance cache plugin was something I was really excited about because it made such a difference on my sites. I was previously cycling between 3 or 4 different cache plugins throughout various sites but can now replace… Read more Swift Performance WordPress Cache Plugin – UNOFFICIAL GUIDE
Can you really trust a small webhost to have better PERFORMANCE, RELIABILITY, SUPPORT, and SECURITY…compared to the big webhosting companies? I think many people (more now than ever) are getting fed up with their current webhosting situation. The days are almost over when all the shared hosting giants like GoDaddy, BlueHost, 1and1, DreamHost, HostGator could… Read more Should You Trust a Small Webhosting Company?
Yeaup, it’s still the best. And I keep getting asked everyday by clients, “Why?…why do you like ShortPixel so much?”
So much has been said about this incredibly popular WordPress plugin that just about everyone should have heard about it by now. But why is it so popular and what exactly makes MemberPress the best membership plugin for WordPress right now? Here are my top 10 reasons why MemberPress is the best WordPress membership plugin…
I’m sick of hearing people talk about time management and books and talks on time management. It really isn’t that hard. Most of you are not Fortune 500 CEO’s or running multiple booming empires. You’re probably a [somewhat] average Joe or Susie, doing the same shit as everyone else…got a job, family, friends…and a side… Read more Time Management Rule – Do the Important Shit First!
A quick rundown of the asset organizer plugins I’ve tried for WordPress. I’ve had a ton of sites that were loading slow because of unnecessary plugins loading on certain pages. Normally, this wouldn’t matter so much as you can always cache the page but in these instances, the pages weren’t cacheable. I wanted to prevent… Read more Plugin Script/Asset Organizer Review