Ahhh, they keep making WordPress themes more and more complicated! Which one should you choose and which one is the best?!!! What features do you need and what marketing gimmicks should you avoid?
There are actually easy ways to tell which themes are good and why. Continue reading How to Choose a Good WordPress Theme
I can’t believe I’ve put up with months of the annoying Microsoft Windows update restarting, failing, and recovering my windows installation. An endless cycle that kept harassing me for an upgrade.
I’ve run into numerous error messages like these below:
- 0xC1900101 0x30018 the installation failed in the FIRST_BOOT phase with an error during SYSPREP operation
- Please provide the support representative with this error code: 0xc1900107
- Windows could not configure one or more system components. To install windows, restart the computer and then restart the installation.
I tried various solutions that all failed to work: Continue reading SIMPLE FIX – Windows 10 Creators Fall Update 1709 Failed to Install Error Code 0xC1900101 0xc1900107 0xc1900208 0x30018
Having a strong brand is the only way to make money over the longterm, IMO.
Having a brand allows you to sell anything you want at any price you want. Those without a brand are gonna be selling the same generic crap as everyone else and racing to the bottom with discount pricing.
The worst part of all is that not having a brand still becomes your brand! People will know you as the “cheap brand” and you’ll never be able to raise your prices because the moment you do, they’ll switch to either another cheap brand or an already-established premium brand.
Just my 2 cents as a long-time professional in design, marketing, branding. Logo design is really tough when you first start out because you want so badly to design something people like.
And people will say they like this and that but in reality, they only like a new logo if it looks familiar to other logos they know (kind of like choosing who to talk to at a party where you don’t know anyone). As time passes and your brand gets stronger and more distinct, people will much more appreciate/recognize a distinct logo that doesn’t look like anything else.
So with that said…I recommend that you go totally distinct (even a little ugly) is fine. It’s always much better in the long run. Many of the biggest brands out there are not the sexiest logo but boy are they distinct. And many of the most cluttered undistinguished brands out there all have the same “trendy/sexy” look. (Think Shopify woman’s shopping sites with the same black & white minimalist vibe with the clean san-serif thin font logos.)
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Having quality content and at least 2 dozen articles is a good start. 50 is much better. And then if you’re in a broad category, do social media so it can go viral. If you’re in a niche, do SEO and target search engine traffic.
My advice for bloggers trying to establish their own “voice”:
One of the best ways I’ve developed my own voice is to forget about grammar. Just talk out loud, and write down your words exactly the way you talk. Forget about that punctuation crap. You don’t need it. As long as people understand you and can hear a voice speaking to them when they read your writing, that’s all that matters. You’re trying to SPEAK to your readers, not write them an essay.
This isn’t to say I think you should ignore grammar. In fact, that’s easy once you’ve found your voice but perhaps tricky for new bloggers who are so busy trying to structure proper sentences and aren’t aware that they don’t write the same way they speak. Your natural speech is so full of personality. Put that down on paper and then come back around later and take care of grammar afterwards.
What managed VPS does is give you a pre-tuned hosting environment that fits most sites out there (with varying levels of aggressive caching enabled). If you’re coming from shared hosting, any VPS will be a noticeable performance gain to you. But where managed VPS can be a turn-off is the price. You might pay upwards of $30-500/month for a server that you could have leased yourself for a quarter of that.
Think of it this way, $80/managed gets you either: 6-core server unmanaged VPS and you have to set everything up yourself, or 2-core VPS with everything pre-configured. Most techies will choose the 1st option and set-up the server themselves or hire a cheap sys admin somewhere around the world to provision it for them.
The route of going unmanaged is indeed much cheaper and potentially offers superior service/functionality in the long run since you have full control (but also full responsibility) of everything. Being that you don’t plan to learn any bit of server management, it’s not a bad idea to always have a programmer and sys admin you can hire from time to time to manage this for you. You’ll only need them a couple times a year and you save more money paying them only when needed rather than to pay a managed VPS company a ton of money upfront.
However, some folks really do prefer the convenience. It’s like choosing to build your ow PC vs buying a Dell/Apple and it comes with warranty.