Website Tips

  • How to Set Up Website Hosting in 2 Easy Steps

    WordPress has long been a go-to in the world of website building, and for good reason. WordPress sites are functional, customizable and easy to navigate, and building one has become easier than ever thanks to themes like the ones offered by Bluchic.  You can read more about how to easily set up a WordPress site, here!

    But before you get to the fun part of choosing fonts, colors and pictures for you new website, you have to set up website hosting.

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    My favorite way to explain what hosting is is to compare it to a house. Your WordPress site needs somewhere to live on the internet, so hosting is basically your website’s house.

    There are a ton of options for hosting, and like anything else, there are pros and cons for each. I have personally used SiteGround for my site for the past few years, and I have zero complaints. It’s fast, the back end is easy to use (essential) and the customer service is *chef’s kiss*.

    To name a few others: Bluehost, GoDaddy and HostGator are all options that I’ve had experience with in the past, and while none are as good as SiteGround in my humble opinion, they’ll all get the job done.

    Setting up your hosting is extremely easy!

    Step One: Choose your plan. If you only have one website, the StartUp plan is all you need, but you can compare all plans here. You get special pricing as a new customer, so consider committing to a longer hosting duration to maximize your savings!

    Step Two: Claim/Connect your domain. If you already have a domain (ex: assaidbyed.com) then you can simply connect it to your new hosting account. If you do not, you’ll have the opportunity to search for available domains.

    If the domain you want is taken, SiteGround will give you a list of suggestions for similar domains. For small businesses, I recommend sticking with .com when available as .com domains are considered “Top Level Domains” and will benefit your site as far as SEO is concerned. If your first choice isn’t available, try tweaking the name instead of opting for a .net, .biz, .info, etc.

    Step 3: Choose your hosting period. This is what I was talking about earlier when I said I recommend taking full advantage of introductory pricing. When you first set up website hosting with SiteGround, you get better pricing than you ever will again! You have the option of one, two or three years and the longer period of time, the more you save.

    Your business’s website is one of the most important elements of your branding strategy, so take the time to do it right! Learn more about the next steps for creating a professional website here.

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  • How to Build a Website with WordPress for Your Small Business (The Easy Way)

    Now more than ever, it’s essential that any small business has a website. People are online + connected 24/7, and for them to find you, they need something to find. Your website is your digital storefront that is open all day, everyday, so not only do you need one, but it needs to:

    • Look professional: a bad looking website creates a bad impression. You want to be seen as the professional you are, and that starts with your website being visually appealing.
    • Be easy to navigate: Getting people to your site is the first step, but getting them to stay is just as important! Being easy to navigate is an essential.
    • Be responsive: Phone, tablet, desktop…your site needs to look great on any device!

    And an easy way to accomplish all of this? Build your site using WordPress! Yes, there are other website builders that I’ve used and love, but WordPress reigns supreme in terms of capabilities and possibilities, so it’s still one of my top go-tos for my clients, students and myself.

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    For someone who has never seen the back end of a WordPress site before, it can seem pretty intimidating to get started. There are a lot of moving parts and WordPress basically has a language all of it’s own, so it’s no wonder that a lot of first-time website builders seek out more drag and drop, visual builders instead. And while those are great, the functionality alone is worth learning how to build a website with WordPress – and I’m going to tell you how to do it, the easy way.

    WordPress is one of THE best options for small business websites. The functionality, customization options and ease of navigation make it a top choice for small business owners learning how to build a website, myself included. When I started my business I did WAY too much research on website builder options, and ended up landing on WordPress, and I’ve been on it ever since.

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    The first step in creating a WordPress site is to sign up for hosting on a third party site. There are thousands of choices for hosting companies, but the one I recommend to my clients and students (and the one I use personally) is SiteGround. I wrote a short post about how to do this, and you can check it out here!

    Once you have your hosting, you can easily install WordPress by following these instructions, and then it’s time for the fun part: building your site! There are a few different ways that you can do it:

    • Build it from scratch with code: I can’t speak for the whole class here, but I do know that my MySpace coding experience did NOTHING for me when it came time to build my website. Code quite literally is a foreign language, and when you don’t have months (or years) to learn, this isn’t always a great option.
    • Use a front-end builder plugin: Drag and drop lovers rejoice, WordPress DOES support a few plugins that allow you to drag and drop elements onto your webpage instead of coding. Plugins like Thrive Architect and Elementor are two that I have experience with, but there are other options, as well.
    • Use a theme: My personal favorite option, themes are most definitely the best option for people new to the website building game. It allows you to start with a pre-built website and then customize it to fit your brand and business. I love it because it gives you a huge jumpstart and a great starting point, which makes it a much quicker and easier process than starting from scratch.

    In this post, we’re going to be talking about how to build a website using a COMBO of my two favorite options…using a theme and a front-end builder plugin.

    If I had to guess, I’ve had about six different themes in the last five years. What can I say, commitment issues, ya know? 😉 But the last few themes I’ve purchased (and loved) have all been from Bluchic Themes. Bluchic builds gorgeous, responsive themes for business owners of both product and service based businesses.

    There is an entire gallery of theme options offering live previews so you can interact with them prior to committing. Trust me, you’ll want to look through all of them because they’re all amazing. And if there’s a theme that is almost perfect except for one or two things, no worries because these are fully customizable. Change the colors, pictures, fonts – whatever your heart desires until it perfectly fits you and your business!

    And if you’re worried about setting your theme up, don’t be! Because after you’ve chosen your perfect (or almost perfect) theme, Bluchic provides you with extensive documentation to set up your website to look just like the demo site. Every. single, detail. has a write up and/or a video fully explaining how to set everything up so that it is both beautiful and functional.

    The theme that I have on my website currently is the ChicBoss theme

    The ChicBoss theme is modern, sleek, responsive, easy to navigate and BEAUTIFUL, making it my favorite theme yet. And one of my favorite things about it is that you can use Elementor to easily making drag and drop edits. I had the entire theme set up and ready to go in only a few hours. You can check out the ChicBoss theme, here!

    So if you’re getting ready to build a website for the first time, if you are switching over to WordPress from another platform or simply giving your existing WordPress site a facelift, consider checking out BlueChic themes. Your only regret will be not doing it sooner!

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  • What Should I Post on my Business Website? + Kickass Content Cheatsheet

    I talk a lot about the importance of having a website for your business, and it’s not just because I am a total website geek…it’s because it really is important.

    I don’t know about you, but one of the first things I do when I hear about a new business is look it up online. I want to know what the business is all about, what other people think about it, who owns it, etc. I basically want to know all I can possibly know about it before I even make the first contact with that business. The reasoning behind this is simple enough: we all like as little risk as possible.

    It’s true. Generally, people don’t like surprises and they want to be “in the know” when it comes to just about everything. If I’m going to try out a new restaurant, I want to see their menu and read what other people have to say about it before I go there. So if I look up that restaurant name online and nothing comes up, that’s an issue for me. It may even stop me from going there, which sounds super dramatic, but it’s true! I want to know what to expect from that business beforehand so that I am less likely to be disappointed. 

    Creating your business website is simple enough (I give a step-by-step tutorial in my post Starting a Blog on Your Lunch Break: The No BS Guide.) but figuring out what to post on said website is the hard part…or so you thought 🙂 In this post, I’m going to give you a jumpstart to creating kick-ass content for your business website and explain all the things you need to include to make sure you’re getting the most out of it.

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  • Why Your Business Needs a Website (even if it’s just your side gig)

    Ahhhh, the wonderful world of side-hustling. I’ve said this many times, but I’ll say it again because it’s true (and relevant)…I have what I like to call “entrepreneurial ADD.” I LOVE doing a bunch of different things all at once, and I feel like going insane if I’m doing the same thing for too long. I’ve started several side businesses that have been pretty successful in a short amount of time, and probably could have been REALLY successful if I stuck with them for longer…but hey, I’m a rolling stone.

    The trick to making side businesses successful? Treat them like a business.

    I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes…and that’s fine. But it’s the simple truth.

    There’s a big difference between a hobby and a business, but that’s not to say you can’t take your hobby and turn it INTO a business. You just need to start by treating it as such…a business, that is. Can I say business one more time? You get it.
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  • Starting a Blog on Your Lunch Break: The No BS Guide

    A more appropriate title for this would be “creating a website on your lunch break,” because that is what I’m teaching you to do! Most people who hear the word “blog” automatically think of a website, and this post was originally marketed to people wanting to blog – but the instructions are good for setting up ANY website, blog or not 🙂

    But really, I actually am going to talk about starting a blog/creating a website on your lunch break…literally. Because that’s exactly what I did. Yes, it’s that quick and easy to get started!

    Let me start by saying, I had never done ANY website work before I started my website. I’m not an extremely techy person (although I did dabble in some coding back in my MySpace days) and I really didn’t know exactly where I wanted to go with it – but hey, why not.

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