If you think about it, it’s incredible to consider how many websites are entirely black and white. It’s even more startling when you put that another way: when a site only uses white, grey and black, it has no colour at all.
This week marks my five-year freelance anniversary. The time has flown, and I’ve learnt a great deal over the years. I made lots of mistakes in the beginning, but these have helped me to refine many aspects of my freelance life over the years.
To mark this milestone, here are 20 pieces of practical advice I wish I’d taken (more) heed of when I started out.
Every website running WordPress, or just about any other CMS for that matter, should have some security and backup system in place. Whenever I log in to a new client’s WordPress site, these are the very first things that I check.
I am continually surprised by the number of client sites I access that have no security or backup system in place.
If you’re building your first website, or having it built for you, what should be making sure is in place?
If you run a website, it’s likely that you’ll come across the terms cache or caching at some point. If you have worked with a web designer or developer, they have probably asked you to “clear your browser cache” at some point.
So what exactly is a cache and how does it affect your website?
When I published my post on payment terms last week, I wasn’t expecting it to kick up such a storm. The topic seemed to particularly resonate with the copywriter community, where large numbers of freelancers are bound to extended payment terms with clients of all sizes.
It became apparent from the various Twitter threads that many freelancers are dealing with larger companies where there is no hope of such a short turnaround time. To make matters worse, many demand long payment terms and then fail to pay on time.
This post looks at some methods freelancers can use to manage late or non-payment.
“If my website host offers backups, why do I need a separate backup plugin?” This is a question I’m asked frequently.
I would always recommend setting up a separate backup plugin that regularly, and automatically, backs up your WordPress site to an off-server location.
I’ve talked about the importance of backups before but let’s have a quick look at some of the reasons you shouldn’t rely on your host’s backups.
I love seeing good typography on the web.
At it’s best, well-set type can make paragraphs read effortlessly, making an otherwise fairly typical design something unforgettable. At it’s worst, poor typography can make text difficult to read and create a clunky reading experience.
Find out what some of the most common web typography issues are and help to prevent them on your website.
One of the most confusing topics for website owners can be who to host their website with. There are so many companies available, offering a wide range of services at different price points. How do you know which service is most appropriate for your website?