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Install & Configure Caching

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The last thing I want to talk about in this course on building a Professional Services website is caching. The reason why I left caching to the very end is because that's what you want to do when building your site. You should never have any caching happening on your site while you're working on

WordPress Security Basics

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Now that you know how to keep your Professional Services WordPress website updated, the next thing we are going to do is learn about WordPress security. Really, the most important thing to know about WordPress security is that there are two important tools and if you maintain those tools the chances of you getting hacked

How to Upgrade WordPress on a Site that has been Neglected

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We’ve covered WordPress Backup Basics and how to upgrade Plugins and themes but we haven’t talked about upgrading a WordPress site that hasn’t been updated regularly. Well, I have just such a WordPress site right here. This site is at WordPress 4.6.3. Let’s go to that site and then to WordPress Admin. Now, in this case,

How to Upgrade Agility 3.2

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We just finished upgrading Thesis to 2.2 so now let’s do an upgrade of the Agility Skin. Go to Thesis and Manage Skins. This site is ready for a skin update to 3.2. But you should always make sure you update inactive skins too. We’ve got Classic Response that we aren’t using but we still

How to Upgrade Thesis 2.2

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We’ve talked about how to upgrade WordPress plugins and next we’re going to go over how to upgrade Thesis 2. I’ve got an example of a Thesis 2 site that needs to be upgraded to 2.2. Just like we talked when upgrading plugins, you always want to make sure you have a current backup of

How to Upgrade WordPress Plugins

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The next thing in this Essential Website Administrative Tasks lesson we're going to talk about is upgrading plugins. Plugins are very simple to upgrade. I’m going to go through the process and upgrade some plugins on byobwebsite. Whenever I upgrade plugins and the website especially with big plugins like WishList Member, I do a backup.

WordPress Backup Basics

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Welcome to this 14th and final lesson in our Build a professional website using WordPress and Thesis 2.3. In this lesson we are going to talk about all the administrative things that are necessary in order to be a responsible website owner. There are a handful of things that you want to do but it's

Install & Configure iThemes Security Pro

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When we talked about WordPress Security basics one of the resources I talked about and recommended was iThemes Security Pro. iThemes Security Pro is a paid plugin but I have provided you with a download link for it here. There is your BackupBuddy download and there's your iTheme security download. You won’t get the next

Tour Google Search Console

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We are finishing this lesson on Integrating a Professional Services Website with Google by taking a tour of the Google Search Console. We just configured the console and so now it’s time to take a look at what you can do in the console. It looks like we have an error in our sitemap. Oh,

Create a Sitemap

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Next in this lesson on Integrating your business WordPress site with Google we are going to create a sitemap. We are going to do that over here in this Professional Services site we’re creating. First we need to install the Yoast SEO plugin. So let’s install it and activate it. I’m going to do a

Style the Phone Number Link

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Before we go on to our next subject, Configuring Google Analytics, I want to make a change to this link color up here. Now that we are looking at it on this page I see that I can’t read that link easily. We can make that change in Skin Design. Let’s come down to Typical

Control Which Widgets Display on Which Pages

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The next thing we are going to do in this lesson on Integrating a Professional Services website with Google is decide which widgets display on which pages. Currently all of the widgets display on all of the pages. We’ve got the “we love helping small business”, “contact us” and “categories”. Everything is showing up on

Configure Google Search Console

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Now that we have created a sitemap for our business WordPress website using Yoast SEO, we are going to go to the Google Search Console. We are going to do a google search here for the console. It’s this first one, so I’ll click on that. Since I’m already setup it takes me to the

Add Google Invisible Recaptcha Plugin

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Now that we have added a contact form to our Professional Services WordPress website we need to add some spam protection. The problem can be that anybody can come along and fill this out. In fact, spam bots can come along and fill these out and they do. So that’s why we need Google’s Invisible

Add a Contact Form Using Contact Form 7

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As part of creating a Professional Services Website you’ll want to have an easy way of potential clients contacting you on the site. For this we’re going to create a contact form. We’ll use it for a several pages on the site but not all pages. Come over here to plugins and Add New. My

Create a Google Account

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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to lesson 13 of our class in How to Build a Professional Website using WordPress and Thesis 2.3. In this lesson we will be focusing our attention on coordinating our business website with Google. That really starts off by having a Gmail account. It’s absolutely essential for a website owner