Up and Coming Businesswoman 2016


Today I was recognized by the Rochester Women’s Network as one of 5 Up and Coming Businesswomen for 2016. It’s an honor that I am truly grateful to receive. I wanted to share my thank you speech with you here, hoping that my experience may help or inspire you in your journey. Here it is… Three and a half years…

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How to Favorite WordPress Plugins


WordPress. Plugins. Favorites. Did you know that you can make your WordPress experience even better by favoriting plugins? If you use many free plugins, then favoriting them in the repository can save you time. A lot of time. There are a few ways you can add plugins to your site: Download them from the repository, then upload them to your site. Search…

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I Love You More than WordPress


I Love WordPress. But I Love You More. I have made such a wonderful group of friends through WordPress. It’s gotten so that when I’m reading Facebook or Twitter on my phone and laugh out loud, my husband assumes its one of my WordPress friends (you know who you are). I eat, breathe, sleep, work, read, and listen to all…

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WordCamp Pittsburgh


I’m really excited to be presenting at WordCamp Pittsburgh…their inaugural WordCamp, especially since I’ll be organizing Rochester’s first ever WordCamp in less than a month! My topic is “Hidden Features of WordPress.” Of course, these awesome features aren’t really hidden, it’s just that most people don’t know to look for them – or where they are. In this talk I introduce you…

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WordPress heart with heartbeat

WordPress: A Labor of Love


WordPress gives me all the feels, but at the end of the day, it’s still work — a labor of love. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~Confucius All due respect to Confucius, but loving what you do doesn’t make every day full of hearts, flowers, candy, and rainbows. …

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Meagan Hanes and Andrea Middleton

Meagan Hanes: What Being a Woman Web Designer Means to Me


I’m a woman web designer – what this means to me. Being a web designer/developer is, for me, one of the most interesting and fulfilling careers available today. I love helping clients understand and implement the technology combination they need to achieve their dreams, and often times help by asking interesting questions that benefit the client in abstract and concrete…

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The Importance of Doing WordPress Backups


It’s easy to get lazy about doing WordPress backups. WordPress backups are important. Fail to backup your site, and you will regret it. To quote Casablanca, “Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.”  Ok – maybe slightly dramatic, but still true. Backing up your website is easy to do, easy to “set and…

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WordPress Community

WordPress Community: How to Get Involved (and Why!)


The WordPress Community is Amazing One of the aspects of my work I love the most is the WordPress community. Great code is good, but great people are amazing…and it’s the people who make it all possible. My best friend’s husband introduced me to WordPress. He built a site for us for a non-profit we had started. Then he gave us…

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Attending WordCamp Toronto 2016 After Party

Attending WordCamp: What to Expect


Attending WordCamp? Here are some thoughts… Whether you’re attending WordCamp for the first time or your 100th, you’re bound to have fun, learn a lot, and widen your circle of WordPress friends. From my first WordCamp (Buffalo 2014) to my most recent (Toronto 2016), and from being an attendee, speaker, and organizer, I can tell you firsthand of the joys…

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