I review Hammer, a WordPress construction theme, that I used for a quick client project. Hint: I was pretty impressed.
A review of my time testing the MediaTemple Studio WordPress managed hosting plan. Who this hosting is for, and who it is not for. Hint: It was not for me.
Putting Caldera Forms, Formworks, and Ingot To The Test Having come from a background of web marketing, it’s important to me to be able to engage users on a website, and ultimately, to convert them. So when I’m helping a client decide on web page copy or a Call To Action element, I always stress the need to test, test, test. Clients usually balk at that suggestion because: They think they know what their users want. (Hint: no one ever gets that right). They think it will either be too expensive or too technical to implement or too time-consuming to
I run two different types of businesses. I do freelance work, as is obvious from this site. Usually, I’m either consulting with clients or migrating old static sites to WordPress, or helping someone with their search engine optimization. I’m also a wedding officiant, which means I stand in front of couples, ask them if “they do”, say some hopefully inspiring words, and eventually pronounce them a legally wedded couple. Each of those businesses are pretty vastly different from one another, but the one thing they have in common is the contract. Every client, of whatever sort, needs to sign a
A little bit of luck goes a long way. A little less than two weeks ago, I woke up, and before I even had a chance to fully open both eyes, I saw that I had WON the big kahuna of prizes in the AWP 20K Giveaway. First, I did this. Then I acknowledged how happy I was. (And I’m extremely grateful to everyone involved, especially Ahmad Awais for all his efforts in organizing it). AWP is the Advanced WordPress Facebook group. In June, it reached 20,000 members so a huge giveaway contest was launched, that ended up with $100,000
This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive post on everything pertaining to moving a site from // to https://. Instead, this is more like the quick cheatsheet. This is basically the list of steps I use to move my small sites (all pages) from HTTP:// to https://. There may be bumps in the road or special circumstances (especially for larger sites) that I don’t cover here. But if you just want the quick summary, this should work for you. If you have more than one site, I recommend you start by moving the smallest, least popular site. This gives you
What? Another WordPress page builder post? I already wrote one of those, didn’t I? Yes, I did, but stay with me, because in 6 months, a lot can change. In WordPress Drag and Drop Page Builders Are Evolving, I compared six (6) drag and drop page builder plugins. During that comparison, Page Builder Sandwich* (PBS) caught my attention as a possible favorite, but I was hesitant. Since then, PBS has been completely rewritten and changed direction, but that’s a good thing. I’ve been keeping an eye on the progress, and although still in beta, I think now is a good
I just got married yesterday, and I have a new last name! Instead of waiting to update the logo, I figured I would just do it a little early, because in all the chaos that goes along with a wedding, that is exactly the kind of thing I would probably forget to do. So you may have already noticed the logo change a few days ago. I hope it doesn’t confuse anyone, but for now, this domain will still be donnafontenot.com, but my name and logo has changed to Donna Fontenot Cavalier. I also started a new personal blog at
You are a small business. You have a website or you are planning on creating one soon. You have a lot of questions but have no idea where to find the answers or who to ask. Who has the answers? Who can you trust? Who won’t just feed you a line of marketing B.S. and take your money? Get Trusted, Expert Help Nearly all businesses face this problem, but it’s the small businesses that struggle the most because the wrong decision can be a make-or-break decision. A long-time friend and colleague of mine, Kim Krause Berg, kept hearing the same
Today, Automattic caught the WordPress community by surprise, by announcing that they acquired WooCommerce. It’s actually a great move, for both Automattic and WooCommerce. Really, everyone wins. Obviously, WooCommerce gets their big payday, and the money will enable them to make an even better product. (And yes, there is room for improvement there). And of course, WordPress.com users will get ecommerce ability, and that’s really the point. WordPress.com needs to compete with the likes of Squarespace and Wix and the rest. Frankly, WordPress.com has fallen behind in its ability to attract users who want more than a simple blog. The