The New Yorker is Now Powered by WordPress!

The New Yorker online magazine is the latest in a long list of large, reputable companies to utilize the WordPress platform. WordPress currently powers over 22% of all the world’s websites, and many of them are companies you know. This change was documented in a recent New York Times article, where the Times reports: The new site, designed to be cleaner, with new typefaces, will be based on the WordPress publishing system. It is expected to be easier to navigate for mobile users — among the fastest-growing segments of the readership. WordPress isn’t just for “Mom & Pops” companies – the heavy hitters use it, too. Because WordPress is so simple to use, SEO and Mobile friendly, and easy to customize due to it’s open-source structure, many of the largest companies in the world have turned to it for their website and blogging needs. Here’s a short list of companies that are powered by WordPress: The New York Times CNN Forbes Reuters GM UPS eBay Sony Best Buy You can view a larger list on the WordPress.com website. So why should this matter to you? Because WordPress has become so popular, and is in use by so many large companies, it projects out as a stable and reliable resource for years to come. WordPress’ popularity means you can: Build your websites with a platform that will continue to grow and evolve for the foreseeable future Sell your clients on the WordPress platform by referencing the large companies that use it Easily find and network with others who are using the WordPress platform Find designers, developers, and other specialists to...

Student Spotlight – Kevin Collins, WordPress Web Designer

We are thrilled to introduce you to Kevin Collins, our featured Student Spotlight. Kevin’s journey is powerful and we’re honored he chose to share the details. He took an unusual path to becoming a WordPress Web Designer. Tell me a little about yourself in general – family, hobbies, etc. I’m a family man with 3 grown children. I love to fly vintage aircraft, travel, and keep up with politics and love learning new things. How long have you been involved in web design? I’ve been involved in web design for about 10 years. Tell us where you were before your training. My background is in software development and IT management. I worked my way up the corporate ladder from programmer to IT Manager. The corporate IT world was a challenge and I was very good at it. But I realized that I was missing out on life as it was all consuming. I finally bailed out and decided to “do my own thing”. I bailed out a little early due to health issues and didn’t really have much of a plan. So I took an inventory of all my skills and started utilizing them to create a new business. I did everything from onsite computer repair to custom software to building some pretty lame, but commercially successful, websites. I had dabbled in building web applications while in my corporate job to support some of our internal applications. I used a proprietary programming language so that knowledge didn’t really give me a ‘leg up’ like leaning php or asp would have. I had a decent understanding of html and that...

Live Class: July 16, 2014 – “Web Dev Tools Worth the Money”- Recording

Sometimes it is wiser to spend a bit of money to enhance your website. After all, it takes money to make money! This will not be a sales pitch, but instead we will introduce you to some of the tools and plugins that we pay for when building sites for clients. These include: – Forms to let you collect data, manage newsletters, make sales and more – Extensions for popular WordPress eCommerce plugins that will enhance your online store – Tools that can help someone with copy/paste coding knowledge, make their site more dynamic and user...

Configuring Sitewide Settings for Your WordPress Websites

One of the great features of WordPress is how simple it is to change settings on a sitewide basis. Gone are the days where you need to make these changes page-by-page. With WordPress, you can simply change settings in the WordPress Dashboard, and they will automatically be changed for your entire site. In the following video, we show you how to change basic settings in four key areas: General settings Reading settings Discussion settings Permalink settings Watch the video to see just how simple it is to configure these settings with WordPress: This video is from our WordPress Bootcamp training program. This training is brand new, and designed to make it as easy as possible for you to quickly get up to speed with WordPress. When you join you’ll gain access to our self-paced training courses, plus one-on one support and live classes on cutting edge topics in web design and development. You’ll not only learn how to design and develop websites with WordPress, but also how to find and work with clients, how to generate traffic to your websites, how to increase your leads, and a whole lot more. Click here to get all the details. Have you used WordPress to design sites? How has it helped you? Have any questions? Comment below to join in the...

Live Class: July 16, 2014 – “Web Dev Tools Worth the Money”

Join us on our next Live Online Training Class… “Web Dev Tools Worth the Money” Date/Time: July 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. CST. Host: David Laietta, Web Development Expert for LearnWebDevelopment.com Description: Sometimes it is wiser to spend a bit of money to enhance your website. After all, it takes money to make money! This will not be a sales pitch, but instead I will introduce you to some of the tools and plugins that I pay for when building site for clients. These include: – Forms to let you collect data, manage newsletters, make sales and more – Extensions for popular WordPress eCommerce plugins that will enhance your online store – Tools that can help someone with copy/paste coding knowledge, make their site more dynamic and user friendly Registration: “Successful Web Designer” members can register for free. Just click the “Live Classes” tab in your membership area. If you are not a member you can purchase a ticket to this live class here, or join the “The Successful Web Designer” membership. Membership includes access to weekly live classes, over 150 web design training courses and one-on-one expert support. If you have any questions, contact our support team. Do you have any questions about web development tools, your web design business, or The Successful Web Designer? Comment below to join the...

Increase Your Income By Managing Your WordPress Website Projects

Project management is an often overlooked aspect of web design, but it’s a vital element to building and running a successful web design business. There’s nothing more frustrating than quoting a project, discovering it’s much more involved than anticipated, and realizing that your quote was way too low. Effective project management can literally mean the difference between earning good money and earning minimum wage. Or worse. Developing processes is key, and we’ve found there are five elements that are vital to any successful project: 1. Scope of Project. Creating a scope of project document is vital to determining what will be required for a successful project. This document will allow you to map everything out that the project requires, and will also help you avoid missing anything. All of this will allow you to create an accurate estimate of the time and resources necessary, which in turn will help you bill accurately. We recommend breaking projects down into Phases, Modules, and Tasks. The beginning of a scope document might look like this: Phase 1: Build website Module 1: Set up domain and hosting Task 1: Keyword research (1 hour) Task 2: Select and purchase domain (30 minutes) Task 3: Set up a hosting account (30 minutes) You’ll find it’s much easier to estimate the time a project will require if you break it down into its constituent tasks. Once you’ve determined the total time required for a project, you’ll also want to create a Project Timeline. This timeline will be included in the Proposal you share with your client. 2. Pricing. Knowing your pricing will assure that you never...

Setting Up a Google Analytics Account for Your WordPress Site

Google Analytics is a must-have if you’re serious about generating targeted traffic to your websites. It’s free, and it offers comprehensive and detailed reporting on all aspects of your website traffic. In this video, we show you how simple it is to set up a Google Analytics account, and get the tracking code you’ll need to start tracking traffic on your WordPress websites: We show you how to add your Google Analytics tracking code to your WordPress websites in our training, and in addition, we cover everything you need to know to build and run a successful web design business. This includes not only WordPress training, but also how to find and work with clients, how to manage projects, how to drive traffic to your clients’ sites, and a whole lot more. We have over 150 courses available in our Training Library, and we believe this is the most comprehensive web design training program on the market today. When you become a member you’ll gain access to all of the courses, plus one-on one support and live classes on cutting edge topics in web design and development. Click here to see all the details. Have you used Google Analytics on your WordPress sites? How has it helped you? Have any questions? Comment below to join in the...

Enter to Win Free Plastic Business Cards

And the winner is… Natalie Eastman Much like there are the right tools for web design and development there are also the right tools for making the right first impression. What you are able to charge clients for your services doesn’t necessarily correlate to your skills in general… But more so to how the prospective client feels you will solve their problem. They want the best! If you’re interested in making that first impression it starts with your image. Our friends over at Plasticprinters.com have a unique tool that will help you put forth this image with no additional effort on your part. With their line of premium clear and frosted business cards freelancers like you have been not only able to win more clients, but also increase their prices as their perceived expertise has risen. How To Enter If you’d like to win a set of these cards for yourself entering is simple! Just leave a comment below stating how our site has helped you to become a better web designer! One lucky reader will receive a free set of 500 of their clear business cards. These include full design, color printing, and shipping to anywhere in the US. (International shipping is extra). Visit their sample gallery to view samples of business cards they have printed. A winner will be chosen on Saturday, July 12th! Good...

Live Class: July 2, 2014 – “How to Add eCommerce to Your Websites”

Join us on our next Live Online Training Class… “How to Add eCommerce to Your Websites” Date/Time: July 2, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. CST. Host: Sam Hamdy, WordPress Expert for LearnWebDevelopment.com Description: In this class we’ll show you how to add eCommerce to your websites. We’ll cover the following topics: – Installing and configuring WooCommerce – Creating a PayPal account – Configuring PayPal settings in WooCommerce – Understanding WooCommerce product options – Adding products – Setting up a Shop page Registration: “Successful Web Designer” members can register for free. Just click the “Live Classes” tab in your membership area. If you are not a member you can purchase a ticket to this live class here, or join the “The Successful Web Designer” membership. Membership includes access to weekly live classes, over 150 web design training courses and one-on-one expert support. If you have any questions, contact our support team. Do you have any questions about the Profit Formula, your web design business, or The Successful Web Designer? Comment below to join the...
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