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Create Shareable Tweets with This Remarkably Easy Plugin

The most common question I hear from new bloggers is, “How do I get more traffic to my blog?” You’re writing great content with an important message to share. What are ways you can maximize your efforts and cause more people to visit your site? I’ll frequently share simple tools and techniques to increase your blog traffic. Better Click to Tweet plugin creates tweetable content How often does a beautifully phrased sentence strike you while reading an article or devotional on someone’s blog? You immediately think of someone who needs to hear those same words. The Better Click to Tweet plugin developed by Ben Meredith allows you to easily create tweetable content for your readers. The plugin adds a blue

Meet Me in the Middle | His Girls Gather

Before & After: His Girls Gather

Join me on a Lenten Journey with my friend Britta Lafont and the Meet Me in the Middle Project. The Meet Me in the Middle Project is a visual Lenten observation of the Gospel that began in 2015 on brittlafont.com. Our hope is to curate (collect and organize) BEFORE and AFTER pictures, with the goal of celebrating the work that happens between the pictures, and connect our observations with our understanding of the Christian life. You can read more about the intention behind the project here. Today’s Before & After story is a God-ordained invitation to join a small group of Christian bloggers who live in communities in North Texas and Louisiana. The group organizers planned a getaway and work day to encourage us on our blogging journey. I

Meet Me in the Middle Women at the Well

Before & After: Join Me at the Well

Join me on a Lenten Journey with my friend Britta Lafont and the Meet Me in the Middle Project. The Meet Me in the Middle Project is a visual Lenten observation of the Gospel that began in 2015 on brittlafont.com. Our hope is to curate (collect and organize) BEFORE and AFTER pictures, with the goal of celebrating the work that happens between the pictures, and connect our observations with our understanding of the Christian life. You can read more about the intention behind the project here. The beginnings of this Before & After story were caused by my last minute decision to attend a blogging conference just a few miles from my home. Even though the event was close enough to commute, I packed a suitcase hoping to be

Before & After: Renew, Refresh

Join me on a Lenten Journey with my friend Britta Lafont and the Meet Me in the Middle Project. The Meet Me in the Middle Project is a visual Lenten observation of the Gospel that began in 2015 on brittlafont.com. Our hope is to curate (collect and organize) BEFORE and AFTER pictures, with the goal of celebrating the work that happens between the pictures, and connect our observations with our understanding of the Christian life. You can read more about the intention behind the project here. This week’s highlight is from my new friend Beverly Dillow. I met her at the Declare Conference this past summer. She won a new theme from the great folks at PrettyDarnCute.com and reached out to me to help her customize her site to

Meet Me in the Middle Kathy Stephens

Before & After: New Website, New Friend

Join me on a Lenten Journey with my friend Britta Lafont and the Meet Me in the Middle Project. The Meet Me in the Middle Project is a visual Lenten observation of the Gospel that began in 2015 on brittlafont.com. Our hope is to curate (collect and organize) BEFORE and AFTER pictures, with the goal of celebrating the work that happens between the pictures, and connect our observations with our understanding of the Christian life. You can read more about the intention behind the project here. I’ll be sharing images of website and graphic design projects. The unseen middle between the Before & After pics is the relationship with which I am blessed during the time in between. As I seek to listen and understand the heart behind the

Themes and Plugins for Genesis Framework

I’m reading and researching to find the best resources for myself and other folks creating sites on the Genesis Framework. I’m sharing a couple of my latest discoveries. Enjoy this carefully curated list of Genesis Child Themes: Theme source list from Dhishna Chandnani Specialty Genesis Plugins: Add some additional features to your site with plugins from Chinmoy Paul

Case Study: Updated Functionality for Church Website

What do you do when the sermon player stops working and one of your faithful members needs to hear the sermons while in rehab? How to you add the weekly announcements to your site when the blog page has been excluded from the original design? These were the two questions that finally jump started the process to update the back end design of the Community Bible Church website. I had been on the committee back in 2013 when we hired a design firm to create a church website for us on the WordPress platform. Once the site was complete, I assumed the volunteer position of webmaster. I tried to remember to update the calendar and occasionally added pictures to some

Getting Started with Contact Form 7

The Importance of a Contact Page If you have any aspirations to generate income from your blog, then providing an email address and/or a contact form on your site is a must. If your primary goal is ministering to others, you will also want a way for your readers to respond to you in a personal way. A contact page shows credibility and allows other bloggers, businesses, and readers to connect with you in a user-friendly manner. Setting Up Contact Form 7 I recommend installing the plugin Contact Form 7. This is another instance where the best instructions are available from the developer. View the details here. The tutorial will walk you through adding the code of the default form

Understanding Site SEO Settings

SEO is an acronym which stands for Search Engine Optimization. The folks at HubSpot have a fun GIF which provides this definition, “It refers to strategies and techniques to help a website rank higher in search engine results. . . . the core goal of SEO today is to address the questions your audience is searching for.” Sometimes it is best to go straight to the experts for tutorials and guidance. I’m recommending that path for this post. The owner and writing staff at WPBeginner are a wealth of knowledge and detailed step-by-step instructions. They have been one of my favorite sources. Follow this link for a complete written and video tutorial that will walk you through setting up Yoast