The True Cost of WordPress Maintenance

The True Cost of WordPress Maintenance

When working with WordPress Website clients, I always try to include a Maintenance package in our signed contract. Many of the clients are all for it and see how it can help. Some clients don’t see any need for it. And sometimes, clients feel they can do it themselves (which is a great option in my opinion if they are willing to take the time and gain the knowledge to do so!). Here is a decent article by EfficientWP explaining these 3...

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Gutenberg – WordPress 5.0

Gutenberg – WordPress 5.0

Well, it’s finally happening.  WordPress 5.0 will be a very big update and it’s being released 12/6/2108. This is a great article by WordFence that explains what I’ve been trying to tell my clients for months now: WordPress 5.0: How and When to Update You can use a classic editor for a few years if you do not want to use the new editing features.  The new editor will have a learning curve for end users, but it should offer...

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What WordPress Plugin Needs Does my Website Have?

What WordPress Plugin Needs Does my Website Have?

This is an interesting question.  Of course, based on your website and the purpose of your website, your WordPress plugin needs may change / be different.  We do, however; feel there are some plugins everyone should consider.  There are usually free versions of said plugins if you are just starting out.  But if you want / need even greater features, you might want to pay for the plugin. Paid or Unpaid Plugins strongly recommended by CITS: Forms...

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Choosing a good WordPress Host

Choosing a good WordPress Host

Collective IT Solutions has worked with numerous WordPress website Hosts, for quite a few years even.  We admit, there are many good hosts out there and you may select yours for various reasons.  But if you are new to WordPress, looking to save some money or just want a good WordPress Host that takes care of a lot for you; we strongly recommend www.siteground.com.  They are inexpensive and offer a lot of features for you that other hosts do not...

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Is it Time to Update Your Website Design?

Is it Time to Update Your Website Design?

While reading through some recent articles, I found an excellent “Is it time to update my design” Checklist published by Zift Solutions, “How Often Should You Update or Rebuild Your Website?” If you can answer “Yes” to any of the following questions, it might be time to contact an established company such as Collective IT Solutions to discuss a website redesign: Has it been over 3 years since you last updated...

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Add Social Media

Add Social Media

If you are using WordPress, there are many easy and decent plugins to help aid you with social media posts.  Some of them are free if you are willing to do a bit more work to “share socially” and some of them cost a little to a lot of money to add easy social sharing to your website. There are many reasons to use social media – but the top 2 reasons CITS can think of are: You will have links back to your website from various...

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