My specialty is training. I have a gift for distilling complex information into easy-to-understand instructions for beginner and intermediate audiences. I can do some coding, but I don’t do heavy coding and trust me when I tell you I cannot do design. Happily, I know many professionals who can help you with every aspect of your blog, website, or various social media needs.
Need blog help? These are my recommendations. This list includes people I’ve worked with personally and I can recommend them without hesitation; it also includes people I have not worked with, but have been recommended to me by people I trust. If you choose to use someone listed here, please let them know I sent you. Thanks!
My Favorite Tools
- StudioPress Themes for WordPress. Lots of great themes and a fantastic help forum. I love all the options!
- iPage Hosting for blogs. It’s cheap, it’s reliable, and I use it myself.
- Shortstack. If you’re looking for a way to easily make apps for your Facebook fan page, I highly recommend Shortstack. They offer easy-to-use tutorials to get you started, and their customer service is nothing short of spectacular. Love this company. Love, love, love.
- Simply Amusing Designs. Karen Lewis and I have worked on several major projects together. At one point we hosted a weekly online radio show called Behind the Blog. These days Karen’s flourishing design company, Simply Amusing Designs, is busy with projects ranging from banners and buttons to complete branding packages. Tell her Melanie sent you!
- Aimee Giese. Aimee is one of the most creative people I’ve ever met. I met her waaaay back in 2007 or something and was all fan-girl and whatnot. Aimee is a designer, developer, graphic artist, photographer, and lover of live music (Bop Skizzum being a big favorite)
My Favorite Learning Resources
Coders / Tech Fixers
- DesignTechWeb is a company I’ve used to handle some redirects, simple graphic changes, etc. I’ve been incredibly pleased with the service and I highly recommend working with Amanda Byfield Albertson.
- Lisa Boyd has long been my go-to gal for any questions I have about coding, databases, migrations, and the like. She taught herself everything she knows, and she knows a lot. She offers hosting, can set up WordPress for you, and can even migrate your blog from another platform. She’s a WordPress junkie, loves Diet Coke and her motorcycle, and plays a mean game of softball. Best of all, though? She’s patient with your questions and clear with her directions. You’ll love working with her. I do.
- Daisy Olsen is one of the top WordPress magicians around. She hangs out in the Genesis forums answering questions and speaks regularly at WordCamps (local WordPress conferences). I have yet to find a coding question Daisy can’t answer. She’s the one coders ask when they can’t figure it out. She isn’t taking on clients at the moment because she’s working full time with the folks at Genesis, but I wanted you to be aware of her. I encourage you to check her website regularly if you need help. When she opens her queue, get in early.
MORE Blogging Resources (or what I like call Blogs About Blogging)
- Blogging with Amy. Amy is great. She picks up where I left off on BB101. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on who you ask), my consulting doesn’t leave me as much time as I’d like to do tutorials on BB101 any more. Amy has a TON of them and offers great advice. I suggest you check her out first.
- Mike Wallagher StartBloggingOnline.com - Mike is also great. He teaches beginners how to set up self-hosted WordPress blogs. His guide is known as one of the best. I’ve put together something similar too, see it here.
- Microblogger. This is a fairly new blog by my friend Jim, but it’s a really good resource. Jim is particularly focused on building a blog that makes money. What’s that? YOU’RE trying to build a blog that makes money? Check out Microblogger.
- WPBeginner. I find some of the tutorials here to be lacking a little in that they assume the reader knows more than they do, but it’s worth looking at just the same.
- WPMU.org. GREAT resource with extensive information on plugins, themes, development, and more.
- WebsiteSetup.org - Great introduction to web development.
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