Useful Information

Hosting your WordPress Website

Congratulations! You either just had a website developed for you (hopefully by us) or you are in the process of getting one.

During the development phase and right before launch we might ask you where you will have your website hosted. Most of our clients used to have GoDaddy host their WordPress website, and guess what? We moved about 85% of them to a company called Flywheel. Why? Because GoDaddy had so many hacks, so many of our clients would call us panicked and say my website got hacked, etc.. and we would spend a lot of time troubleshooting, calling GoDaddy, trying to find lines of codes or files that shouldn’t be there, etc… We’ve had enough and had to find a better solution for our clients and also for us. We want to create cool and good websites, we don’t want to spend our time fixing websites that have been hacked!  You need reliable hosting that is fast, secure and safe.

So what and who is Flywheel and why do we think all our WordPress clients should host their site with them:

  • Managed WordPress Hosting: all they do is WordPress. Companies that specialize in WordPress are called “Managed WordPress Hosting” companies and they tune their servers specifically to WordPress and maximize the speed and security.
  • Their website hosting is fast.
  • They do your WordPress upgrades automatically.
  • They provide a nice backup service. Even if your current host does that too, have you actually set it up and then tried to restore? Flywheel makes it very easy to restore to a previous version and will always have your back(up).
  • They are very responsive, they know about WordPress and they talk to you human to human.
  • We can be added as collaborators on your site, so we can easily help if there is a problem, no more pin number or conference call with you and GoDaddy because we are not the main account holders!

The price: $14/month and it includes a free SSL Certificate!

Here is a link to Flywheel: here (if you are a current client please use this link so we can be linked to your account and help you setup).

What about emails, domain names, etc…?

As far as domain name goes, you can really go anywhere, Network Solutions or even GoDaddy can be used.
You can use any service for your emails although we recommend Gmail GSuite for $5/month: see here.

It can seem annoying to have different providers for each item, but trust me, it’s way secure if one of them is down at least the others have no reasons to be affected!

 

 

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How to Build a WordPress Website in 10 Minutes

Whether you’re bored on a rainy afternoon, or the future of your company depends on you, making a website can seem like a large task. Yet, never fear, with these step-by-step instructions you’ll make a website in minutes! To prove to you this will, in fact, take you under 10 minutes I took the task of making my own website. Luckily for you, I documented the journey.

1. Use a site, such as godaddy.com, to register a domain and to begin your website. The domain is simply the address of your website. In order to create this, you will need to make a quick online account. Then select Web Hosting under the Hosting tab. Hosting, which comes hand-in-hand with the domain, is essential for your website because it reserves a spot to hold all the information on your site.

How to use Gmail for your 1and1 email

How to use gmail for your 1and1 email for free?

I have received so many thank you emails from people who used my tutorial to set up their Godaddy email on their Gmail account that I thought maybe some folks who are using 1and1 could also benefit from a similar tutorial! I know that 1and1 email platform is not better than GoDaddy, and we won’t blame them, it’s not their core business anyway.

So if you are using 1and1 for your emails, and want to be able to read and write your emails on Gmail instead, GOOD NEWS! You’ve come to the right place! You can set up your 1and1 email on your gmail account and use gmail for your 1and1 email to receive and reply by following a very quick and easy tutorial below.

How to use Gmail for your Godaddy email

How to use gmail for your Godaddy email for free?

I would say 7 out of 10 of our clients pay too much for hosting when they first come to us. If their website does not require to host so many files (talking about thousands and thousands of files) videos, pictures, etc… there is no reason for them to pay more than $10/month for their hosting! So we usually direct them to Godaddy because we like their customer service, we like their price, and frankly speaking, our job is not hosting, so overcharge our clients for products they could get on their own is not our policy…! Beware of webdesign companies offering you to host your website – why would you? All they really do is make you pay more for what providers like Godaddy provides them.

Anyway, since a lot of our clients are set up on Godaddy now, we had to find a better way for them to check, read and

Dribbble Invite Contest

Brand Revive has 2 Dribbble Invites that we will be giving away to two amazing graphic designers. In order to pick the best designers we are hosting our very own contest. To enter simply send an email to info@brandrevive.com containing your Dribbble username and one 800px by 600px jpg or png with a new version of our logo.

We are a creative branding firm located in Philadelphia so make sure your logo concepts are tight. Choose your own symbol and font that best represent a Branding firm and most importantly be creative! We will share our favorite designs on our site and announce the winners on March 1st!

Lastly make sure to include in your email a cover letter telling us why you want to join Dribbble and why you deserve to be a part of the community. We will only draft the most dedicated artists so if you don’t plan on posting frequently don’t even bother entering.

You have until the end of February to submit your entrees. I wish you all good luck!

Any questions please write in the comments below, and remember to follow us on Dribbble!

Throwback Web Design – Boy the web was ugly

Web Design trends change very often and with modern technology we can do a lot more with a website than we could have 10 years ago. You don’t know where you’re going without knowing where you’ve been. Today we are highlighting the way the web was in its infancy. Below are some screen shots of some of the most popular sites when they were babies. Just like no person is happy with the way they looked in their adolescence, these sites sure are ugly.

Check out these hideous layouts and let us know what you think!

Brand Revive gets a Live Chat and customer support tool: HeyBubble!

A couple months ago I found this company through my Facebook connections and tried it out on our website. The results were instant: on the very first day, 3 potential clients used the live chat to ask about our services. We were able to transform those leads into projects and everybody at Brand Revive was so excited about this new live chat feature.

5 cool things about HeyBubble:

  • Price: it’s Free!
  • It’s super easy to install and customize
  • It adds so much value to your site goers’ experience

12 Mac shortcuts to make your life easier

Last week on the phone with 3 different clients, I found myself explaining to them how to take a screen shot of what they wanted to show me.
All 3 of them were amazed that they now could take a screen shot of anything on their Mac. Keyboard shortcuts on Mac Operating System are not only time savers, they are also just cool. There are many mac shortcuts, but we selected the most helpful ones, and created a cheat sheet you can print out and keep it handy. (Don’t worry Baby Boomers, Brand Revive classes are coming soon!)

DROPBOX : How to maximize the use of Dropbox

Here at Brand Revive, we use DropBox everyday. We share folders with clients,  with our team, clients share folders with us, they sometimes mistakenly delete folders, and sometimes we have to “let the computer breath” as our Creative Director says, because our graphic designers are uploading amazing –yet big – designs to our DropBox.
From our experience, it takes a second for some of our clients who never used DropBox before, to understand the concept.
As we exchange with many small businesses around here, it would be selfish not to explain the value of DropBox, and share some of the amazing extra things you can do with DropBox.