Why do all your product links go to Upwork?
Upwork.com is the freelance marketplace where I post my projects, contract with clients, and do the paperwork. It also provides documented messaging, video, and chat so we can stay in touch. I no longer contract for work outside of the Upwork platform.Contact me through Upwork.com
Which hosting company should I use?
This site is built on Godaddy’s Managed WordPress package. (Disclaimer: I am an independent designer. I am not affiliated with GoDaddy or WordPress except as an enthusiastic user.)
Whichever host you use, be sure they have responsive tech support. I recommend that you test that out by calling their help line to see that their WordPress hosting plan meets the current WordPress requirements.
Can you fix the website my brother-in-law built?
Probably not. But I can migrate your current (or maybe even long-gone) pages to a shiny new WordPress site so you can make eye contact with your brother-in-law again at Thanksgiving.
Can I sell products directly on my website?
I don’t build WooCommerce integrations, but there’s a nifty plugin you can use to add it to WordPress, and your hosting support can walk you through it.
If you sell on Amazon.com and certain other online stores, I can install direct links to your books and other products. I can also create buttons to your Universal Book Links, or to your music on BandCamp and elsewhere.
What if I need to scale up to a bigger package?
Your business is growing, and your website needs to grow with it. Use the contact form on the homepage to let me know what you need.
I install the most recent stable version of WordPress. As of February 2022, I will use version 5.9 with the responsive Twenty Twenty-Two theme.
Your web host may offer earlier versions, but I highly recommend this new version as the basis for your new site. The WordPress core development team is making foundational changes to the software with this release, including full site editing and global styles. These innovations will change the structure and functionality of WordPress themes. By using this most recent release, I’ll be preparing you for the full 6.0 rollout later in 2022.
Custom themes and code
Most sites don’t need elaborate paid themes. WordPress comes with a baked-in Customizer that allows the designer to choose colors, header and footer options, and how layout and images are handled.
Any third-party software you add brings with it the potential to break your site in future WordPress core updates unless the software creator is doing frequent updates, too. That’s why I don’t usually add custom code, and you should be very skeptical, too.
A cautionary note about plugins: use only as many as you really need. I prefer using plugins with a long track record, good ratings, and a U.S.-based tech team.
I recommend these free third-party plugins and install them on your WordPress site:
- WP Maintenance Mode
- Site Kit by Google – Analytics, Search Console, AdSense, Speed
- WPForms Lite
On request, I can install the free version of one of these third-party calendar plugins at no additional charge: