How to Properly Maintain Your WordPress Site or Blog

maintain wordpress siteCountless websites run on the WordPress CMS platform – and with good reason. However, properly maintaining your WordPress site or blog is more important than you may realize. And it’s not just about adding new posts or content.

WordPress consistently updates its CMS platform. Staying up-to-date with these latest releases can ensure your site is working properly along with providing additional security protection.

If you self-manage your WordPress site of blog, then definitely pay attention to the info within this post.

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LinkedIn Connection Request Etiquette

linkedin connection puzzleDear people of LinkedIn, kindly read the following…

For the many on LinkedIn who claim to be “professionals”, it’s rather startling how few are able to act with any professionalism. That is, when it comes to utilizing best practices when sending out a LinkedIn connection request!


First and foremost, I do not profess to be some LinkedIn power user. I don’t have 500+ connections (I prefer quality over quantity). Nor am I a LinkedIn expert for acquiring leads etc. There are countless articles and books written on the topic. So knock yourselves out on those.

Plenty of “how-tos” on crafting the perfect LI profile etc etc..

Despite all the good LI info out there, it boggles my mind how may people fail to put these basic best practices into action. It’s a puzzle and the pieces just don’t fit. With that in mind, this post is part connection request etiquette and part ranting.

Perhaps actually implementing some of these best practices will reduce the likelihood of your LI connection requests from hitting the “Ignore” rather than the “Accept” button.
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FAQs – Common Design Studio Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs - frequently asked questionsIf you’ve never worked with a designer before, you likely have questions. Folks are generally unfamiliar with the actual design process – what to expect and how it unfolds.

They may not realize their responsibility when working with a creative professional.

If that’s the case, you’ll likely find the following information quite useful. The list below covers some very common  FAQs – frequently asked questions.
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Business Referrals are Great – But You Still Need a Website

business referrals Business referrals are great. In fact, referrals can be one of the biggest compliments you can give. And for many small business owners, it’s their main source of revenue.

But even if referrals or “word-of-mouth” marketing are your main staple for sales or new business acquisition, it’s still in your best interest to have a website.

In today’s digital landscape, there are several reasons why this is so important. So let’s explore a couple of these relevant factors…

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Three Helpful Tips to be Ready for Market and Fair Season

market and fair vendor booth with cute mason jarsAre you a vendor or artist who is busy preparing for the craft, fair and market season? If so, make sure you’re putting your best foot forward with these helpful tips.

Implementing some of these tactics could assist in generating more sales before, during and after the season ends.

Spring has sprung…
The arrival of Spring generally rings off the beginning of market and fair season. Often Earth Day has the first outdoor public facing events. Art festivals and seasonal farmer’s markets soon follow suit.

As vendors are busily preparing their goods for shows, all too often any supporting marketing materials such as something as basic as business cards and ensuring their website is updated (NOT just your Facebook page) falls to the wayside – and this should NOT be the case!

The “I’m too right-brained to think of biz stuff” has to go!
Artists are notorious for using this excuse and I’ve heard this more times than I can count! I get it, you have other things on your mind. However, we’re talking business 101 here. So you need to lose that mentality and get on the ball. Remember folks, this is YOUR business – so if anything you should be even more on top of matters.

Hopefully these tips will help guide you in the right direction moving forward…

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