Business Tools

How to Setup an Email Forwarder

September 9, 2011

For every site that you setup, you’re going to want an email address specific to that domain.  If you continue to use a personal or non-specific email address you risk confusing your site visitors and possibly sending them away.   When you host your account at HostGator, the process of setting up an email forwarder […]

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Installing a WordPress Theme

September 9, 2011

I’ve already talked about the wonders of WordPress and now we’re getting into the meat of the system.  A theme is a set of rules and files that tells WordPress how your site should look.  There are literally thousands of themes out there, all of which look and feel different.  You could have a different […]

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Changing Name Servers (DNS) at GoDaddy

August 5, 2011

Name Servers are a somewhat technical part of setting up a new website on your new hosting account.  Basically, when someone types in www.yourname.com their computer needs to know where the website is hosted.  That’s where name servers come in.  At this point you should have already setup a new hosting account and purchased a […]

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Invoicing for Freelancers

July 14, 2011

I’m not a very good invoicer.  Or at least I wasn’t a very good invoicer.  Until I found Freshbooks. Freshbooks is an online service that lets you do a whole bunch of handy things if you’re a freelancer.  It can track time, organize projects and expenses and, most importantly, create amazing looking invoices for your clients. […]

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Auto Post Your Blog to Twitter and Facebook

June 29, 2011

A lot of people have been asking how I’m updating my twitter stream every time I post something new on the blog.   Well, the short answer is I use a great social media tool called HootSuite which handles the posting automatically.  But to explain how the process works, lets go over a few of […]

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How to Setup a Hosting Account

June 27, 2011

A hosting account is a server where your website “lives” on the internet.  If you don’t have a hosting account, you can’t have a website, email, file storage or a bunch of other things that come with having your own server on the internet. There are some options out there to host websites for free, […]

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How to Pick a WordPress Theme

June 27, 2011

WordPress themes are the underlying building blocks of any website that you’re building on top of the WordPress platform.  A theme is what gives your site the “look and feel” that you’re hoping for.  Basically, a theme interprets all of your site information and displays it in a consistent manner. Blog vs. CMS Theme WordPress […]

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What is a Domain Name?

June 24, 2011

I want to start this series off with the most basic aspect of creating your online presence, your Domain Name. A Domain Name is the fancy term for a web address.  My website is www.ScottThink.com and “scottthink.com” is the domain name.  In the old days of computers and the internet, you had to remember ugly, […]

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How to Get a Domain Name

June 23, 2011

One of the first steps to getting your business setup online is to purchase a domain name.  You do this using a service called a Domain Registrar.  There are numerous registrars out there, but my preferred company is GoDaddy.  You may be familiar with GoDaddy from their racy Superbowl commercials or their relentless online advertising […]

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How to Pick a Great Domain Name

June 22, 2011

[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/62871344@N03/5721040814/[/flickr] Your Domain Name, or your website address, is going to be with you for a long time, so make an effort to pick a good name from the beginning.  The biggest thing you need to remember is that your domain name needs to be memorable. It’s not as important that it contain […]

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