WordPress Website Design

WordPress website design code isn’t necessary when using themes and plugins for your WordPress project.

The process of getting a WordPress website launch is really pretty easy.   In this article we will go over the typical steps to getting a WordPress website design up and running for your site.  There is a installation wizard that will get the site installed and running on most hosting plans.  There are also hundreds or professionally designed themes that you can easily implement onto your site to get your up and going in no time.   As always, please comment down below if you have any questions and we’ll do our best to help  you out.

How to Setup a WordPress Website Design?

There are a few ways that a beginner can setup a WordPress website and have a professional look and design.  The quickest and easiest way will be to start with a “Theme” for your website.  The design process is really simple by using a theme as you can download it directly from the internet, then install it to your WordPress website.  Using themes with WordPress is really easy, and you can do it by getting a Free WordPress Theme, or you can Buy a WordPress Theme.  The best thing about it, is that there are a lot of great Free WordPress themes out there.

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 How do I Customize a WordPress Theme?

Many, not all, but many options in a WordPress theme will be easily customized by pointing and clicking your mouse.   It is really that easy.  But some more advanced customization for your WordPress website design will require some basic or advanced website design or programming knowledge.  So, your best best will be to find a theme that works really well for you before you start to work with it.  For example, if you want multiple languages, like I did for a recent project, I found a theme that already had language support built into it.  I’ll admit it was a bit tricky at first to figure out the language components of it, but once I did figure it out, the design and creation of the pages went smoothly.

WordPress Plugins

A great feature of WordPress that will simplify the design process, is the use of the plugin.  For example, at its core, WordPress is a tool that is a Blog, or a website software for writing content and structuring it.  But WordPress can also be extended far beyond the normal uses of the software by installing plugins.  And I’ll be bold to say, that many things that you want to do with WordPress will have a plugin already built for it.  In one of my recent projects I used a table plugin that allowed me to easily create content and images in a 2X2 format, and a 2X4 format.  This was great as I didn’t want to do each page by hand or using HTML or CSS directly.

Beyond design customization with plugins you can also implement forums, shopping carts, and more with plugins.  You can find many great plugins on the WordPress website.

Professional WordPress Design

For some people they want the best, or they aren’t going to have the patience or energy to design their own site.  And that is fine…so for these people you will want to hire a professional wordpress designer.  There are a few ways to do this and there are three websites that I suggest.

  1. Craigslist.com to hire a solo contract specialist.  This is a little more challenging as you won’t be able to see reviews or previous work.
  2. Upwork.com & Fiverr.com – both of these sites are portals for hiring a professional website designer.  You can post a project and many people will respond to you and let you know if they can handle your project.    You can read read reviews of their work and also easily see some online samples.  This is a buyer beware service, so be sure to do your due diligence before hiring a professional as the work is not certified by either Upwork or Fiverr.

How to Design a Website?

Designing a website is similar to building a new house or planning for anything that is going to take some time.  When you start to think about planning to build a house, you first need to think about a budget or generally what you want in a house.  This will entail thinking about how many people will live in the house, what the rooms are going to be used for, or how many bedrooms do you need?  Once you think about what type of house you need, you’ll need to think about where you want to build the house, or where are you planning to purchase some land.  Next you’ll want to think about the budget and just how much money do you have to spend on this real estate?  These first three steps in planning to build a home are similar to planning to design a website.  You’ll need to know what is the overall plan of the website, what is the website going to be used for, and how much money will you have to budget for a WordPress website design?  Many people overlook these initial steps, and they are so important to the overall planning of the website.

A popular electronics store in Los Angeles, CA had many locations and was a multi million dollar business.  This was a big business to many people, yet they had a very poor online strategy to begin with.  Once they put up their first website, eventually as they dragged their feet, it was a real poor attempt at a website.  They didn’t seem to have a very good plan, they didn’t have any online eCommerce, and you could not purchase items online.  So, basically they didn’t have a plan, or their plan was that the internet wasn’t important.  But this lack of a plan, led them to decide 1) The budget was very low 2.) Customers were not going to be able to order online 3) Generally they had a few pages that they wanted to put like store locations, etc.

So, in the fashion of this electronics store I mention, you too will need to think first about what is the purpose of this website, and what is it going to be used for.  Once you have some basic ideas, the next best step is the list out the requirements of the website design.  What is required and will you need to ensure that your website can do.  Do you need a contact form page, online ordering, member accounts, recurring billing, etc. (All of these can be done by WordPress…YAY!)

A Budget and A Plan

Once you have your budget and your plan you can start to think about WordPress and the features that it offers.  As we mentioned above your path for doing this will be to visit the Plugins and Themes pages to find themes and plugins that will accomplish all of the requirements that you’ve already decided on.

Questions or Comments?

If you have any questions, comments, or need some brief direction please don’t hesitate to comment down below to contact us.   Hopefully we can use your comments to expand this page and further help other people.

Be your bosses best friend, trusted sidekick, and confidant

The key to getting ahead at your workplace, is kind of the same as find a new best friend.  These two relationship activities are very similar, and if you employ a lot of the same techniques that you use when building a new friendship, you may see positive results when applied in your professional career.  Let’s discuss how it works…

We all know that personally, we like to hang out with people who have the same beliefs, attitudes, and interests as we do.  As kids we tend to be attracted to friends who like the same simple activities as us.  For example, if I liked soccer my parents would setup play dates with other kids who want to go to the park and play soccer.  It also makes sense that if my friend wants to always do art, and I want to play soccer, we probably won’t want to play too much.  It is really this simple of a concept.

In the professional career, and in personal life, people tend to show others the interests that they have in their personal life.  You boss may do this in a number of different ways, and you will need to pay attention to learn about them and their interests.  First off listen to what they say.  If every day at lunch your boss talks about professional tennis, and you have nothing to share, it might help your professional career to learn a little about pro tennis, the players, the matches, etc.  With this new shared interest or common bond, you will become personally closer to what your boss is interested in, and therefore he will start to think of you more on a personal level as someone with similar interests.  This is a powerful bond that can be created and ultimately lead to you moving up the ladder more quickly at work.

Here are a few tips on how to learn about what your bosses are interested in:

  1. Listen to what they say.  Share your interest in the same activity, or spend time learning about the activity.
  2. When they call you into their office for discussion, take note of the personal items on the shelves and desks.  The pictures will tell you about their vacations, they may have photos of bike riding, events with their kids.  This is a way that you can start to learn about what their interests are and share in those interests.
  3. DON’T be FAKE.  If you have no interest in a topic at all, don’t fake it.  But what you may want to do, is keep your interest level high so that you can start to find out a common topic or activity that you both have interest in.  This way you can rely on a topic that you both like, and it will have a real approach for you when applied or discussed.
  4.  Swallow your tongue on occasion.   This saying means that if you don’t have something nice to say, you may be better off not saying anything at all.  If your boss went to University of California, and you hate that school.  It is not in the best interest of your career if you spend a lot of time telling him/her that his school is the worst?  Hoping this is plainly obvious to you, but if not, please write it down and ponder this idea until it does make sense.  You boss will not want to have you around if you consistently argue or present different opinions to his.

So How to handle difficult discussions?

If you absolutely hate your bosses alma matter, don’t share it around the office…simply don’t do it.  You will want to kindly address the issue by saying, “I agree it is a good school”.  Or “…no denying that they have a good football team”.  Inside you may want to trash talk or put down the school, but just DON’T DO IT!

As always comment down below, and share your opinion about what you think about this article, and also what you feel about shared common interests to move up the corporate ladder at the office.

How to avoid the toxic business associate

Oooooooooh…life’s drama can be a distraction of epic proportions to those of us who want to get ahead in life.  Most of us have come across a person full of drama in either the workplace, a dating relationship, or a family member.  This type of drama can be manifested in many ways, but the end result is often the same in that we can waste hours trying to figure things out or understand why something happened a certain way.

In my experience, those people who cause drama can do it for a number of reasons and sometimes it is due to a behavior cause that can be associated to being bipolar, narcissistic, selfish, borderline personality disorder, or many other forms of personality disorders.  This website, and this article aren’t really concerned with the different types, but more so how to deal with those types of individuals when you come into contact with them.  However, if you want to learn more about how these types of personality disorders and how they can affect your professional life, click here.

Instead of the diagnoses, we can focus on how to steer clear of these individuals and do it in a professional and “non-sticky” way.  What the heck is “non-sticky” you may ask?  Well it is kinda like getting stuck into a cobweb of sorts.  Many of these personality challenged individuals will try to get us to get wrapped up in their cobweb, and stuck to the issue that they are confronting us with.  Let me give you an example.

Let’s say that you are working on a project with a person who is both toxic and may have a personality disorder such as narcissism.  As a quick refresher, a narcissist is a person who is self absorbed among many other bad traits.   Well this self absorbed person may try to put you in your place and make you feel that they’ve done all the important work, and you are just a tag along to all the great accomplishments that they’ve added.  They will of course want to take all of the credit and along the way, make you feel like a detractor from the project.  They may also go ahead and let other associates or coworkers know that they had to carry you through the project and that you were lucky to get matched up with them so that they could save you from a certain firing for lack of competency.  We’ll don’t dismiss this story, because I dealt with a coworker who was very similar to what I’ve described.

Well how should we handle it:

  1. Strike first –  Don’t wait to make your case.  If you find that you are having challenges with an individual don’t try to tough it out for an extended period of time.  Make sure that you let your boss know early on that the working relationship with the toxic person has some slight challenges.  You have to be strategic early on, because you don’t want to come off as a complainer but you want to very subtly let your boss know that something is amiss with this relationship.  BUT, is is essential that your first comment to your boss is very subtle, and it is more of a pointer that you can refer back to as a placemarker for notifying them early on that this is potential bad seed you have been matched up with.
  2. Document and keep your work papers separate when possible.  You may be hung out to dry, and used a scape goat by these types of individuals.  Now, in my experience, they can be very trick in their self absorbed and selfish ways.  So, assuming that your work is good and professional and better than the work your partner may be completing, it’s expected that they may try to take credit for this work.  So, I suggest that you clear document what you are working on separately, and that you keep this information backed up on your personal computer.
  3. Know where you stand in the chain of command.  If you are peers with the toxic person, then you want to very politely stand your ground as they will surely try to demean and take control of you and the project.  You will need to once again be strategic and understanding that this person may only have selfish aspirations and they will want all of the credit for their self.
  4. Let your boss know that you find this relationship challenging in advance.  Along the same point as early.  Don’t want until the relationship is totally soured and ruined before you inform your bosses or business associates.  This is because you may just be the second person who is reporting a major problem.  Even though your work product may be perfect, and it may be the only thing that is done correctly between you and toxic person, it may not be portrayed that you are adding any value.
  5. Damage control – If the wheels come off the bus, and you find that you need to completely defend yourself in the aftermath of a toxic business relationship rely on the steps above.  You’ll be able to go back to your boss and say “remember when I told you”, or “here are my work papers”.  These reference points that you set early on should help to give you the support that you need to make it through this situation.

Drama in Business and Personal Relationships

Drama, drama, drama.  In high school knew this couple who would fight everywhere they went.  It was a perfect storm of two people who were both drama filled and who were comfortable throwing down wherever and whenever they felt like it.  They spent so much time arguing and fighting and instigating each other, it was just tiring to watch.  I think they got a kick out of it, and it is just who they are and how they are internally wired.  Let me say this…to be in a business relationship with either of these people would be a nightmare.

The goal of this article is to help you find ways to get these drama filled people away from you in a quick and simple way.  You’ll find that if you get closely aligned with these people you will be dragged down and slowed down.  Another example, of a drama filled person, is a person I played a sport with growing up.  This guy literally created a fight with the other team in every game we played.  And decades later, I heard this guy went to jail for a short time.  When I heard of his troubles as an adult…as a drama filed adult.  I said to myself…”yep, it makes sense he’d get into this kind of trouble.”  So take my advice and follow the tips below to steer clear of drama filled people.

Top 5 ways to avoid drama filled individuals:

Don’t reach out to them – A lot of us make the mistake of thinking that they cannot be as bad or as toxic as we may think they are.  This is a bad mistake and one that can cost you a lot of wasted time an energy.  Accept that a toxic and drama filled person is just that…a person that you should avoid.

Never assume they will change – In general a drama filled person is most likely not this way only during your interactions with them.  And most likely they aren’t just starting to be this way.  Instead you should assume that they have been this way for a very long time, and what you are experiencing will likely continue for quite a long time to come.

You aren’t their therapist – Some people operate under the fallacy that this is a one off situation, or that they can manage the drama and it won’t be that bad.  This is often far from the truth.  If you find that you have to stop and talk in your own mind about the situation and how unbelievable it was, or this person was, this is a red flag.  You’ll want to make sure that you steer clear of this individual at all costs.

Politely recuse yourself – If you find yourself attached in a business relationship with a drama filled person, do whatever you can to get out of it.  At all costs, you’ll want to get out of it because it will drag you down emotionally and financially.  It will be a distraction from you moving forwarding and growing.  In most situations, you’ll want to get out of the association in a very polite and kind way.  You certainly don’t want to create any enemies, especially with a person who is very comfortable creating drama.  If they are comfortable disrupting and creating drama in their own lives, they certainly won’t have any problem with adding drama to your life.

You don’t have to be extra nice – The nicer that you are to this person, they may think that you are on their side and they may actively seek you out.  You don’t want to give off the vibe that you are their new friend and confidant.  Trust me…you don’t want them to think that you are part of their team…right? So, do the right and easy thing and steer clear of the drama.

Well these are a few brief suggestions for helping you to navigate avoiding drama filled people in your professional life, and even personally.  You will want to do this especially as it can effect you negatively and drain you in so many ways.  The goal here is not to learn about all of the different types of personalities that can be difficult, it is more a matter of how can we navigate and stay clear of people who may slow us down and bring us down.  Steer clear to be a more successful and wealthy person.

Best Credit Cards 2017 – No Annual Fee

These are the Best Travel Rewards Credit Cards of 2017 – With NO ANNUAL FEE

When you get a no annual fee credit card, you typically can get the same offers as those more premium credit cards that have a small annual fee attached.  But the difference here, is that when you get those cards without an annual fee, typically the rewards will be less than the annual pay card.  And there is some simple math that we can do here to find out which card is better for us…the paid card…or the no-annual fee card.  I typically like to go for the no annual fee card, because I like to hang onto my money as far into the future as I can…and I don’t like parting with it any sooner than I have to.  That is the frugal nature that I have in me…:)

But I think that the best thing to do really…is to do an analysis of what card is better for me.  And don’t worry, the analysis really isn’t too hard to do, and I can walk you through it right here on this website!  So here we go…

Should I get a no annual fee card or a credit card with an annual fee?  The way to tell is to simply divide the cost of the annual fee payment by the percentage rate that you will get back from the card.  So, for example if you will get 3% rewards from the card, and the cost of the card is $300 dollars, we can easily calculate the breakeven for this card based on the cost and the rewards.  If you eyes are starting to glaze over…or you feel like passing out…DON’T!  300/.03 = $10,000.  See you made it through.  So if you spend at least $10,000 over the year you will earn $300 in rewards from the card.   For every dollar you spend over the $10,000, this is where the rewards will start to benefit you.

Now, the cost of the premium card is not only reflected in the amount of the rewards, there are also some extra benefits that you can obtain by having the premium cards.  We will go into this more on the Annual Fee cards page.  But for 2017, we feel that there are great options for best credit cards of the year.  And without further ado…here we go :).

BEST No-Annual Fee Credit Cards of 2017

  1. Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card – No Annual Fee(First year fee waived)
    The the Capital One Venture card you will earn 2% on all of the purchases that you make!  This card is the card I use as much as I can, and every day almost.  I love the Capital One Venture card.  Now the first year the fee is zero or $0, and for subsequent years the fee is $59 dollars.  So, this card is kind of a hybrid card.  If at the very least, you might want to give this card at try for 300ish days.  During that time, you’ll take advantage of the great introductory bonus of 40,000 miles, plus you’ll get the 2% rewards for all of your purchase.  Overall, this card represents a great deal for the first year.  If you end up deciding to keep this card for more than 1 year, remember to do our simple math calculation to determine if you spend enough each year to make it worth your while to have a card in your pocket with an annual fee.
  2. Bank of America Travel Rewards Card – No Annual Fee
    This BOFA travel rewards card in 2017 will pay you 1.5% for all of the purchases that you make.  BUT!!! and I mean BUT!!!  There are extra benefits and rewards that can be boosted if you have other accounts with Bank of America.  If you have extra accounts with Bank of America, you can boost up with Preferred Rewards.  The preferred rewards are a tiered system and they are based on the total combined balances of the funds that you have in account.  This gets a little technical, so to make sure you are getting the right info…check out their website.  And with the maximum benefit, it looks like you can get 2.25% rewards back but having combined total balances with BOFA of $100,000.  Now this definitely isn’t everybody but if you fall into this category you can get some great benefits by having both a combined balance and also saving on the annual fee.  It’s a big boost just for using the bank and also having a great rewards card to go with it.  This card is truely a great card after you take into account the fact that there is no annual fee, and if you have any other balances with the bank in other types of accounts, you can really boost up the rewards that you are able to earn.  It’s something to think about, if you can work this card into your wallet.This card also gives you a great introductory offer in the form of 20,000 bonus miles when you spend $1,000 in the first 90 days.
  3. Amazon Rewards Visa Card
    You will save 5% when you use the Amazon card for purchases on Amazon.com.  If you are a big Amazon purchaser like I am, I love them, then this may be the right card for you.  You will also save 2% back at restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores.  For all other purchases you will save 1%.  This rewards card stands out for purchases done with Amazon.   My suggestion for using this card, if you like to have a few different cards in your wallet, is to get this card and save it inside of the Amazon.com online system.  This can be your preferred card for all of your Amazon purchases because after all, you can’t really beat 5% off of your purchases(except this is also matched with the Target Card).