Things to Do Before You Launch a WordPress Website

Exhaustive List of Things to Double Check Before You Launch Your WordPress Website

  • Get rid of Admin username.
  • Delete the Default sample page and post (Hello Word).
  • Remove Hello Dolly Plugin.
  • Activate Akismet or install another spam filter.
  • Go to Settings / General and change the Site Title and Tagline.
  • Turn off email notifications and user registration.
  • Turn off the privacy filter so the site will be crawled by the search engines. (This is found under the Reading section).
  • Set the permalink structure to post type.
  • Make sure each page has a custom meta title and description.
  • Make sure each image is optimized (and that you have a right to use it).
  • Add Google Analytics tracking code.
  • Create a sitemap. (I use the Google XML Sitemap plugin).
  • Verify the site with Google webmaster Tools and submit your sitemap.
  • Set up social media profiles and link to those from the site.
  • Add a social media sharing plugin so your readers can share your posts.
  • If you have built the site on a temporary url make sure that all of the links have been updated.  You can use the Velvet Blues plugin for this.  Be sure to check the widgets, as those links don’t always automatically update.  Also check your footer or any other places you may have hard coded in the temporary urls.
  • Set up 301 redirects if you are redoing a site in which the permalink structure will change (ie to
  • Do a cross browser check to make sure your site looks awesome everywhere.
  • Look at your site on a phone and tablet.
  • Review calls to action on pages – does each page have a purpose?
  • Set up an email platform service (I use MailChimp).  Create a template and set a campaign to automatically email your new blog posts to your subscribers.
  • Add the email sign up code to the website.
  • Make sure you have a lovely About page.
  • Test all email addresses that you have on the site – including forms.
  • Make sure there is a regular scheduled back up of the website.
  • Download a copy of the site and save it in DropBox or on a zip drive.
  • Create an editorial calendar for the next month (or more) of blog posts.
Google Apps for Work – Worth the money!

Google Apps for Work – Worth the money!

google-apps-cloudBeing a small business owner myself, I can’t help but be amazed at all the cool services that Google offers to the public – for free! However, there is one service that isn’t free but IS well worth the price, and that’s Google Apps for Work.

Google Apps is a collection of Google applications focused on productivity, collaboration and communication at reduced costs. These customizable applications are completely cloud-based under a unique domain name. Users can connect remotely and share information quickly in the cloud, thus increasing your organization’s productivity.

Be a Connected Nonprofit

Be a Connected Nonprofit

Become a Connected Nonprofit with Salesforce for Nonprofits


Imagine a unified view of every interaction clients, supporters, members, funders, volunteers and affiliates have with your organization.

Salesforce for Nonprofits is the set of end-to-end solutions any nonprofit needs to become a connected nonprofit. Built for the social and mobile era, Salesforce for Nonprofits will connect your entire nonprofit— your partners, supporters, employees, and programs— so you can, deliver better programs and services, engage and strengthen your community, communicate more effectively, and raise more resources.

Download: Salesforce for Nonprofits Overview

Through the Power of Us program, the Salesforce Foundation makes Salesforce products available to nonprofits at a deep discount.

Need a color theme?

Need a color theme?

Adobe-COlor-CC_3Create color schemes with the color wheel or browse thousands of color combinations from the Kuler community.  This is a great tool to help select a color theme for any design project. Adobe Kuler is now Adobe Color CC.

Click here to access.