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Web design, development, integrations and custom online builds for New Zealand businesses.
Web design, development, integrations and custom online builds for New Zealand businesses.

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Design choices. A Content Management System (CMS) like Wordpress can be a great way to publicise your home business, but they do have their ups and downs. We've listed our view on the pros and cons of CMS-usage for your website. http://www.castlenet.co.nz/?p=1168
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Website’s front page essentials to building successful sites.
http://www.castlenet.co.nz/?p=630   The front page of your website is the starting point for many users, which is why you need to make a great first impression. By learning what 10 things you should have on your front page will invite users to explore more of your website.
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Here’s why you should optimize for CTR and 11 ridiculously effective ways to boost your organic CTR. http://ow.ly/kdDV3066xln

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Pay attention to the trends and advancements within the world of SEO as we move into a new calendar year. http://ow.ly/57Q9306RP4v

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WordPress Tips, Best Practices & Resources
Launch your website today for FREE!
Get started ►►► http://gplnk.co/28SX6H1

Recommended Reading:

Are you looking for ways to increase your earning potential? You cannot go wrong by adding some WordPress skills to your repertoire. (http://gplnk.co/2hpDEZ2)

Isn't it time that your website was mobile friendly? If you want to be able to compete, you are going to need to get on board with the ways that people search the internet. (http://gplnk.us/2hnJZF4)

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Here is a list of tips for you to reference. If there is something specific you have questions about or want to have us cover, be sure to let us know!

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Getting Started
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► Setting up a Domain: http://gplnk.co/29LKYb8

Note: Make sure that the domain name you select isn't trademarked or copyrighted. e.g. You cannot use "WordPress" in your domain name.

► Selecting a Web Host: http://gplus.ly/2aDFfZo

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General
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► Make sure your timestamps are accurate to the time zone you are in! To change the timezone, go to Settings >> General.

► Change the default image sizes to better suit your needs by going to Settings >> Media in your WordPress admin panel.

► If you find yourself with a lot of unused images, consider going through them and cleaning house by deleting them.

► Disable pings/trackbacks under Settings >> Discussion; Uncheck the “Allow link notifications from other blogs” option.

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Themes
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► "Square" (http://gplnk.co/29LMIkJ) is a great free theme for business, agencies, personal, portfolio, photography, blogs, and magazines.

► "Virtue" (http://gplnk.co/29LMI4p) is another free theme that has a versatile design making it perfect for a business, online store, portfolio, or personal site.

► "Sydney" (http://gplnk.co/29LMKcj) is a free theme that brings lots of customization possibilities: Google Fonts, color/layout control, and more.

► More Free Themes: http://gplnk.co/29tvTem

► Should you upgrade to a premium WordPress theme or stick with the free one? Let's Explore: http://gplus.ly/2eFM3oX

► Recommended Premium Themes: http://gplnk.co/29Ad4WR

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SEO, Mobile & Usability
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► Setting up Permalinks (Video): http://gplnk.co/29KlD5k

► Remember to compress, optimize, and correctly size your images so they load fast, improve usability, and look great.

► Regularly audit your website to test how mobile-friendly your site is (http://gplnk.co/29LMXw8), check for broken links, etc.

► Regularly perform a design audit on your site (fonts, color scheme, amount of whitespace, etc) to ensure that it remains professional.

► Implement a sitemap to allow Google to properly crawl and index your site for search.

► Upping Your SEO Game on WordPress: http://gplnk.us/2h0vQxo

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Website Design, Content Creation & Marketing
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► Category Management (Video): http://gplnk.co/29KlY89

► Setting up Pages and Publishing Posts (Video): http://gplnk.co/29Km9jI

► Scheduling Posts (Video): http://gplus.ly/2aKsZGK

► Ensure that every page of your website makes a good landing page and has a clear purpose.

► Make sure your website content is easy to read. Increase your font sizes, especially for headings and important blocks of text.

► Remember that not every blank area of the screen needs to be filled. Use whitespace.

► Create textures and repeating backgrounds with this free background texture generator: http://gplnk.co/29LNE8Q

► If you want to control how much of a post displays on the homepage, use a jump break.

► Use Free, No-Attribution, Hi-RES Stock Photos for your WordPress website: http://gplnk.co/29LMr1t

► Here are 10 great sources to find free images: http://gplus.ly/2fh0GB2

► Regularly perform a content audit on your site to make sure it is still relevant and fits w/ your brand's message.

► Regularly add new content to your website. Don't neglect your site in favor of posting everything onto your social channels.

► 4 Ways to Increase Your Ecommerce Conversion Rates: http://gplus.ly/2fjR9cD

► 7 Ways to Increase Traffic to Your WordPress Site: http://gplus.ly/2erpvbE

► Are you ready to INCREASE Your Conversion Rates? Read this: http://gplnk.co/2eL3EyA

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FTP
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► When building your custom WordPress site, you may need to upload a theme or plugin via FTP. Here's how to do it: http://gplnk.co/29LL1E8

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Plugins & Widgets
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► Only download plugins from known resources.

► Before downloading a plugin, do a full backup of your website and database.

► If you like infinite scrolling (when posts just keep loading), install Jetpack and activate the infinite scrolling module.

► Recommended ecommerce plugins: http://gplnk.co/29LMWZ2

► Recommended business plugins: http://gplnk.co/29LN3nD

► The Top WordPress Plugins To Install For Security: http://gplnk.co/2eyFveg

► To uninstall a plugin:
1) Go to Plugins screen.
2) Find the Plugin you wish to deactivate/uninstall.
3) Click Deactivate.

► Working w/ Widgets (Video): http://gplnk.co/29KlrTv

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Security
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► Keep your WordPress environment updated.

► Only download plugins from known resources.

► Do NOT use 'Admin' as your administrator username.

► Strong passwords are vital to your website's security. Make it long, using a mix of numbers, symbols and capital letters.

► The Top WordPress Plugins To Install For Security: http://gplnk.co/2eyFveg

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Monetizing WordPress
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► Ideas to help you monetize your WordPress blog: http://gplnk.co/28Z4h0e

► Join Our WordPress Affiliate Program: http://gplnk.co/29LO9j4

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Extending WordPress
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► Download a WordPress app on your smartphone or tablet so you can blog and respond to comments on the go. Here are some recommended apps: http://gplnk.co/29hwSON

► Getting Started w/ WordPress MU: http://gplnk.co/2eC0tcr

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