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The Best Free WordPress Plugins for Your Website

It’s a little bittersweet that there are so many different WordPress plugins available to us. On one hand, it’s great that there is a variety of options out there; if one plugin doesn’t work out you can just find another. But on the other hand, it can be time consuming and frustrating to search, install, activate, test and deactivate what seems like an endless amount of plugins. Even with their plugin description and 5-star rating system, it’s sometimes difficult to know if a WordPress plugin will be fully functional with your website. Then there’s the question of which plugins do you really need? Yes, there is a plugin for everything but if you literally use a plugin for everything you run the risk of slowing down your website and possibly a headache from dealing with miscellaneous issues that arise from conflicting plugins. So what are some of the best plugins to use when getting started in WordPress? Use this list to discover the best free WordPress plugins for your website.

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Gym Class 4 You – Web Design

Did you love PE as a kid? Some of my fondest childhood memories were made when playing games like flag football, Red Rover, or simply running around having fun with other kids. When Shawnna Penn asked me to design a website for her business, I had instant nostalgia! Shawnna is the owner and lead specialist of Gym Class 4 You, an organization that provides fitness programs and recreational sports for special needs children. These sports programs are designed to meet the individual needs of each participant, and help promote high self-esteem, healthy self-image, and motor skill development.

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Read This BEFORE Hiring A Web Designer

When you’re inspired by a new business idea, it can be tempting to jump in full-speed ahead. Many entrepreneurs automatically assume one of the first things they need for their business is a website…and ASAP! While an online presence is imperative for your business, it’s not necessarily the first thing that needs to be checked off of your to-do list. You can have an absolutely ah-mazing website but still not achieve the success you dream of for your business. Why is that? Because it takes more than just a nice looking website to build and grow your business. Here are 6 things you should consider before hiring a web designer:

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Designer Thoughts: Get A Design Degree or Teach Yourself?

This month I’m starting a new series titled “Designer Thoughts”. The purpose of the series is to cover topics that directly affect freelance designers and get the conversation going about them. Every designer has a different experience, so it’s always nice to hear other’s ideas and perspectives.  One topic that seems common among designers is the importance of a getting a graphic design degree. Do you need to get a degree to be a graphic designer or can you be just as successful if you teach yourself?

 

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The Good, The Bad and the Reality of Being Your Own Boss

When I first started my design business I honestly had no clue what I was doing. Don’t get me wrong — I had gone to school for the skills I needed to qualify as a graphic designer. I just had no idea what it actually meant to work for myself and run a business. When I thought about being my own boss, all I could image were the perks. Yet when I started running my business, I began to see the costs of being the boss. Ultimately, experience has taught me there are three sides to being self-employed:  the good perks, the bad costs and ultimately real life.