client help

Below are a few useful tips and links for clients.

  • Host recommendation
    Basically, any host may go bad on you at some point, no matter what! That being said, our current favorites: CanvasHost or LunarPages. CanvasHost is on the west coast, uses wind-generated electricity, offers fairly personalized service, and seems to have very fast servers.
  • WordPress hosting
    If you want really fast WordPress-only hosting, we have two options.

    • Mediatemple.net has a WordPress Premium product that works quite well for most situations.
    • If do not need email, choose WPengine.com (downside is they do not do email). Choose the “Personal Plan” if you are a small business without much anticipated traffic.
  • E-commerce recommendation
    If you’re just doing a basic shop, yet need some design customization, Shopify.com has a great setup, and we can craft a template that works for you. Shopify also has some limited CMS/blogging functionality. (But if you need something more complex with custom features, WooCommerce is generally the way to go.)
  • How to clear your cache
    When previewing your site during development, sometimes you may need to clear your browser’s cache, which may contain old information.
    kb.iu.edu/data/ahic.html
  • Make a screen shot
    Sometimes, if you see something weird on your computer but we can’t see it here, it’s helpful to make a screen shot of the active window.
    In Windows, it’s pretty easy: Press the PRINT SCREEN key on the keyboard, and then go into Word or a graphics program and PASTE.
    graphicssoft.about.com/cs/general/ht/winscreenshot.htm
  • Search Engine Optimization: The Basics
    Have good content and lots of links TO your site from other sites.
    www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=35291
  • Security Scanning
    If you want the ultimate in security scanning, try Sucuri.net

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