I am SO thrilled to share this post with that includes answers to interview questions I gave to 13 exceptional Women of WordPress. I have some incredibly talented WordPress theme designers, brilliant WordPress developers, I have some that have developed their own WordPress courses and ebooks… all professional women entrepreneurs who are doing great things with WordPress.

I’m honestly quite honoured they took the time to answer my interview questions and really think their advice in invaluable for those just starting out with WordPress or have been using it for years.

Enjoy.

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Lindsay Humes – White Oak Creative

Lindsay Humes

 

Tell Me About Yourself
I’m a blog and web designer specializing in custom WordPress websites for creative entrepreneurs and bloggers. My business – White Oak Creative – also sells premade blog themes and has a bunch of different blogging and WordPress resources.

 

Why WordPress?
I love this question. WordPress is a content management system, i.e. it makes it easy for you to setup pages and posts. The thing I love about WordPress is that it is open-source, meaning that as a website owner you have unlimited possibilities and opportunities to customize your website depending on your brand and its needs. I don’t think that most people appreciate it until they are unable to do something on a different platform.

 

When NOT to use WordPress?
I don’t recommend WordPress for e-commerce sites that sell physical products. In my opinion, Shopify is hands down the best ecommerce platform. The difference between an online shop that sells physical products and a standard website is more significant than one would think.

 

What WordPress Plugins do you recommend for WordPress website owners?
My favorite plugins include: Vaultpress, Akismet, Reduce Bounce Rate, and YOAST SEO. I wrote a post on my Must-Have Plugins.

 

Any WordPress Plugins you want to give a “Shout Out” to?

Reduce Bounce Rate and Comment Reply are two of the more unknown plugins.

Reduce Bounce Rate tells Google every ten seconds when a user is on your page. Typically, Google just bases it off links. So if someone is on your site for 60 seconds, but doesn’t click a link, Google interprets that as 0 seconds.

Comment Reply Notification sends an email to readers once you respond to comments. I’ve found it very useful to foster discussion in my blog post comments.

 

What WordPress Hosting Would you Recommend?
For shared hosting (which meets the needs of 95% of bloggers and businesses), I recommend Bluehost. I use Bluehost and then Google Apps for Work (email). Bluehost support, service, and servers are hands down better than similar competitors.

 

Where can people Learn More About WordPress?
My blog is filled with WordPress specific tutorials; it’s more of a tech-oriented blogging blog. I’m also writing my first e-book, WordPress Simplified, that aims to help bloggers and creative entrepreneurs become better WordPress users. I try to update my resources page each month, too!

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Ashley Evans – NoseGraze

Ashley Evans

 

Tell Me About Yourself
I’m a web developer and all around WordPress addict! I have a blog and business at NoseGraze.com where I post blogging tips, coding tutorials, and WordPress advice.

 

Why WordPress?
WordPress is open source. That means everyone can see the code, modify the code, and add to it.

If you’re not a coder, you might think, “So what?” but you don’t have to be a coder to appreciate this.

Because other coders are able to see, modify, and add to the code, they can create plugins and themes for you! This is what makes WordPress so incredibly robust and customizable. You can literally create ANYTHING on WordPress. You’re only limited by either:

* Your own abilities, or

* What’s already been created, or

* How much you’re willing to pay for a custom solution

You’re never limited by access or permissions, which is a fantastic thing.

Open source code promotes a learning environment, which is fantastic if you’re at all interested in learning how websites work or how to customize your own.

 

When NOT to use WordPress?
If you absolutely despise DIY or get overwhelmed with too much freedom or options, then you might be happier on a more “built and ready for you” solution like Squarespace.

Squarespace is closed source, which means you can’t do anything you want with it and can’t execute custom server-level code. But it’s a very complete, “out of the box” solution that’s a good choice if you don’t want tons of options, flexibility, or freedom. Some people find that overwhelming or distracting.

 

What WordPress Plugins do you recommend for WordPress website owners?

Anti-spam: Akismet / Stop Spam Comments (great combo!)

Custom Fields / Customization: Advanced Custom Fields Pro

Managing Free Downloads: Download Monitor

Engagement: Comment Reply Notification

Form Building: Gravity Forms or Ninja Forms (the latter is working on an awesome revamp!)

Security: Login Lockdown

 

Any WordPress Plugins you want to give a “Shout Out” to?
If you’re a designer who wants simple, unstyled sharing buttons that you can design (with your own custom CSS) to match your theme, then I suggest Naked Social Share. It’s a free plugin I built specifically for this purpose. I didn’t want heavily styled icons that didn’t match my blog design. I wanted buttons with NO styling so I could do that part myself!

I also have another free plugin called Expanding Archives if you want an archive widget much like the one on Blogger — where the months and years are collapsible.

 

What WordPress Hosting Would you Recommend?
I’m my own host! That’s the way I like it. 🙂 I have my own dedicated server that I’ve completely customized to be super optimized for WordPress. I love it!

Of course you have to have system administrator knowledge to pull something like this off.

Since I’m my own host, I can’t personally vouch for any others since I haven’t used t hem. But if I was to go with a hosting company, I’d pay a premium price for a good host. Budget hosts (Bluehost, Hostgator, Dreamhost, etc.) and shared hosts are not for me. You’re crammed onto a server with about 1,000 other people and you’re all pulling resources away from each other. Plus the servers are more generic and might not use the best set up for WordPress.

I’d suggest a host that 100% specializes in WordPress.

I like to reference the WordPress Hosting Performance Benchmarks. These are done regularly by ReviewSignal. They target well known hosts and push them to the limits with a WordPress installation. You can see how hosts like Bluehost and GoDaddy fail at these tests pretty miserably. The ones that come out on top are: Pagely, A Small Orange, Pantheon and a few others.

 

Where can people Learn More About WordPress?
I have a free e-course called Make WordPress Your Bitch. This course is for people who are getting started with WordPress and want to learn more about security, recommended plugins, and blogging efficiently.

If you’re interested in learning how to make your own WordPress theme from scratch, you can check out my advanced coding e-course.

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Lauren Gaige – Restored 316

Lauren Gaige

Tell Me About Yourself
My name is Lauren and I’m the owner and designer behind Restored 316 Designs where I design Feminine WordPress themes to help other women bosses create a beautiful online presence without breaking the bank!

When I first started this incredible business I literally had $10 to my name, so I know what it’s like to build a business from the ground up with a tight budget.

I don’t want the thought of having a beautiful website to cause someone to put a stop to their dreams.. so we do our very best to take the overwhelm out of that process and keep it cost effective! I’m incredibly passionate about helping other women achieve their dreams!

 

Why WordPress?
I’ve worked with lots of different Content Management Systems (or CMSs) and have always returned to WordPress for the each of use from both a developer standpoint, as well as the user standpoint. I’ve always strived to find the best platform for my clients first and foremost and WordPress is hands down one of the best out there!

 

When NOT to use WordPress?
The only reason I would say to NOT use WordPress is if you have a huge ecommerce based site. WooCommerce is wonderful but it’s a little challenging to manage a bunch of products, options, shipping, etc. So in this case I would always recommend Shopify!

 

What WordPress Plugins do you recommend for WordPress website owners?

Genesis Enews Extended – Newsletters are so important nowadays so I highly recommend this plugin if you’re using a Genesis child theme on your site!

Simple Social Icons – Gotta link readers to your social media!

Jetpack for WordPress.com – This plugins has a lot of things built into it which I love. I’d rather use 1 plugin for a few different things than 5 different plugins!

WooCommerce – As I mentioned, if you have an ecommerce site, WooCommerce is a great solution to add on to any WordPress site!

Instagram Feed – I love Instagram, so you gotta show off that feed on your site!

 

What WordPress Hosting Would you Recommend?
I would say Bluehost if you’re just starting out! It’s a really great inexpensive solution and a great way to get started.

If you’re more established and need a bit more in a hosting company, I highly recommend WPEngine which is who I use from my own site!

 

Where can people Learn More About WordPress?
I have tons of resources on my website to help learn new things about WordPress and I cover some intricate tutorials involving code which is always a little fun 😉 At least to me!

If you’re just starting out and are feeling very lost, I would recommend going to http://www.wp101.com and watch all the tutorials! That is such a fabulous resource for understanding all the basics of WordPress!

Another great resource is the Building a Framework ebook by Abby from Just a Girl and her Blog where she talked about taking her blog to 6 figured in 2 years! A great resource if you’re looking to take your site to the next level!

 

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Nathalie Lussier – Ambition Ally

Nathalie Lussier

About Nathalie
Nathalie Lussier is an award-winning entrepreneur, international keynote speaker, and author who has been making web sites since she was 12 years old. She graduated with a degree in Software Engineering and a job offer from Wall Street, but she turned down this job to start her own business right out of college. Her bootstrapped startup (AmbitionAlly) has been featured in Entrepreneur and is inspiring a culture of intuitive small business marketing software across the globe.

Nathalie has been featured in Forbes, Inc., Fast Company, Success Magazine, Entrepreneur, Venture Beat, Mashable, Business Insider, Yahoo! Finance, and Under 30 CEO. She’s the host of the Off The Charts business podcast, and founder of the hit 30 Day List Building Challenge.

 

Why WordPress?
I believe that WordPress is one of the most robust, expandable, and stable platforms for building a website today. Not only is the code open source, but you’ve got an extremely active and talented community of developers, designers, and experts for WordPress.

 

When NOT to use WordPress?
I can’t imagine not recommending WordPress, if you start out with a different platform you’ll eventually end up wanting the flexibility that WordPress offers one day down the line.

 

What WordPress Plugins do you recommend for WordPress website owners?
I really recommend iThemes BackupBuddy and iThemes Security plugins, to keep your site backed up and safe.

 

Any WordPress Plugins you want to give a “Shout Out” to?
I recommend PopupAlly Pro for creating opt-ins of all kinds, including the polite popup. I also highly recommend checking out WebinarAlly if you want to host webinars but you want more control over the look and feel and you don’t want to pay exorbitant monthly or yearly fees.

Of course I’m very much biased since these are plugins my husband, team, and I developed for our clients and to make the web a more beautiful and polite place.

 

What WordPress Hosting Would you Recommend?
I highly recommend WPEngine, and I have a full review of why we switched here

 

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Kathie Wiehanne – Blu Chic

Kathie Wiehanne

 

Tell Me About Yourself
Hi, my name is Kathie. After 5 years of building WordPress websites for clients all over the world, I decided to take the leap and worked hand-in-hand with my husband to launch Bluchic in early 2012. I wanted to help fellow women business owners to have a chic website design at a cost-effective price. Simply purchase a Bluchic theme and make it your own. If you know a bit about coding, you can customize them even more. If not, they are ready to go as-is.

Looking back, I’m glad that I took the leap from doing client work to building a theme shop, as it allows me to spend more time with my husband and my eleven-month old baby.

 

Why WordPress?
I got started on WordPress in 2006 and have never looked back. Initially I used WordPress for blogging but quickly recognized that it has far more capabilities than just a blogging platform. It’s fairly easy to setup, requires a much shorter learning curve and has amazingly-huge community with ever-growing free plugins and themes.

 

What WordPress Plugins do you recommend for WordPress website owners?

Yoast SEO Plugin – it’s such an invaluable tool to optimize your website SEO. Although there are a few alternatives out there, but hands down Yoast SEO Plugin wins in most aspect that matters.

WP Super Cache – easy to configure, it helps to reduce your page loading time and improve your website performance.

BackWPup – it helps you to have a peace of mind by doing regular backup automatically for your site.

Sucuri – it continuously monitor your site for any odd behavior (such as someone attempting to login to your site but fail) and will send an email alert. That way you’ll be the first to know if there is any hack attempt.

 

Any WordPress Plugins you want to give a “Shout Out” to?
Say hello to these two plugins that we’ve launched this year and available exclusively for our paid customers:

1. Bluchic LaunchIt Plugin – This plugin allows you to setup coming soon page quickly and easily, so you can work on your website while visitors see the stylish coming-soon page.

2. Bluchic InstaView Plugin – This plugin llows you to display your latest Instagram images in full-width grid format using a custom widget.

 

What WordPress Hosting Would you Recommend?
For starter and budget-friendly hosting, I recommend Bluehost.

I also recommend SiteGround, as Bluchic is hosted by them. The customer service/support makes all the difference – they’re responsive with the support and helped to migrate our site seamlessly.

 

Where can people Learn More About WordPress?

  1. WPbeginner, they have free video library and comprehensive blog posts about WordPress.
  2. Another source is the free WordPress e-course by Bree, The Blog Stylist

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Fran Gulick – Freeborboleta

Fran Gulick

 

Tell Me About Yourself
Hi I’m Fran, Blogger + Web designer, I help bloggers + entrepreneurs craft beautiful and functional websites. Unabashed emoji user. Chocolate destroyer + book devourer.

Visit http://www.freeborboleta.com/

 

Why WordPress?
With WordPress there are no limits – anything and everything that you could possibly think to do with your blog or business, WordPress can handle it for you.

 

When NOT to use WordPress?
While I love WordPress, sometimes it’s just *too* much. I think if you’re deathly afraid of anything remotely technical or if you’re bad at keeping up with updates, a different platform might be better for you.

 

What WordPress Plugins do you recommend for WordPress website owners?
My number one advice in regards to plugins is, the less the better. That being said, there are some indispensable ones.

Spam Blocking Plugin: You NEED one otherwise you’d end up with hundreds, if not thousands, of spam comments. My recommendations are Akismet or AntiSpam Bee

Backup Plugin: Don’t put all your faith in your host backups (if they even keep them!) and make sure to have your own backup.

Limit Login Attempts: Whether you do this through the plugin by the same name or a more robust security plugin such as WordFence, limiting logins will hep tremendously when brute force attacks are happening.

 

What WordPress Hosting Would you Recommend?
In hosting, you get what you pay for. I’m currently in the process of moving to Flywheel, a managed WordPress optimized host. Other recommendations would be WPEngine or SiteGround.

 

Where can people Learn More About WordPress?
There are tuns of resources out there! Ashley from Nose Graze has a great FREE course that I recommend

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Bree – The Blog Stylist

Bree

 

Tell Me About Yourself
I’m a digital producer and writer. I started my blog, The Blog Stylist as a bit of fun five years ago, and it’s my creative outlet when I have a spare moment. I focus on what I love doing the most: providing a place where bloggers can find everything from feminine WordPress themes, a blogging tool or resource, an HTML cheat sheet (which has been one of those 2-second ideas that became hugely popular!) and a worldwide list of blogging conferences and events.

 

Why WordPress?
For the unlimited number of things you can do with it! It never ceases to amaze me that with a couple of plugins I be creating a website to run all kinds of businesses and creative platforms – and usually for free!

 

When NOT to use WordPress?
If you’re strictly blogging to share your thoughts with friends and family. Google’s Blogger platform is definitely the recommended option for this kind of scenario.

 

What WordPress Plugins do you recommend for WordPress website owners?
The usual… Akismet, Login Lockdown, backup and sharing plugins. If there’s only one plugin you take the time to use and learn about, make it a back-up plugin!

 

Any WordPress Plugins you want to give a “Shout Out” to?
Ninja Pop-ups has been instrumental in growing my e-mail marketing list in a short period of time, as has the free Simple WordPress Membership plugin which I use to manage my WordPress E-Course membership sign-ups (along with a premium add-on).

 

What WordPress Hosting Would you Recommend?
BlueHost without a shadow of a doubt! I have been with them for years, and recommend them to my readers without hesitation. They’re always available 24/7 for support should you need it, and I can confidently say I’m very happy with their service!

 

Where can people Learn More About WordPress?
My (currently FREE!) WordPress e-course has been live for four months now (and I’m proud to say a few thousand people have already signed up!).

It’s for beginners (though I include many more advanced options if you want to use them). It’s step-by-step, hold-your-hand, walk-you-through-it style which you can do at your own pace. I cover everything from choosing a blog or website name, registration and hosting set-up, through to back-up, security and performance issues, trouble-shooting and where to turn should you need additional help.

The feedback has been awesome, and it’s been so nice to connect with lovely bloggers and website owners.

 

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Allyssa Barnes – AllyssaBarnes.com

Allyssa Barnes

 

Tell Me About Yourself
I’m a New Jersey based web designer who works with and helps small business owners, bloggers, and website DIYers simplify web design and look amazing online. I run a community for website DIYers and I just launched a 100+ page ebook titled Web Appeal: 25 Ways to Beautify Your Site and Get Noticed.

 

Why WordPress?
People should choose WordPress because it is 100% customizable. Because it’s open source, anything you might want to do, you can do. The possibilities are endless! Plus, there’s an amazing community around it in addition to a ton of resources available.

 

When NOT to use WordPress?
I honestly think everyone and anyone can benefit from using WordPress, but I think if you’re looking for something simple that you can quickly update/customize yourself, you should take a look at your other options before deciding. WordPress is powerful and because of this there is a bit of a learning curve involved.

 

What WordPress Plugins do you recommend for WordPress website owners?
The #1 plugin I recommend is Gravity Forms. It has so many features and you can create just about any form imaginable.

 

Any WordPress Plugins you want to give a “Shout Out” to?
Advanced Custom Fields Pro has been a game changer for me! I love that I can create page templates that my clients can easily edit without touching any code.

 

What WordPress Hosting Would you Recommend?
I recommend A Small Orange. I’ve been a customer of theirs for 5 years and they’re great!

 

Where can people Learn More About WordPress?
I’m a big fan of WPBeginner. The blog has a ton of helpful tutorials that I’ve used countless times.

 

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Blogzilla Studio

 Molly Natalie(Natalie + Molly)

 

About Blogzilla Studio
We make simple and modern pre-made blog and wedding themes for the design conscious customer!

 

Why WordPress?
We love WordPress because it’s easy to learn and offers a lot more freedom when it comes to customizing and plugins.

 

Any WordPress Plugins you want to give a “Shout Out” to?
Our favorite gallery plugin is called distinctive post wall

smooth scroll up so your reader doesn’t get lost trying to get back to the top

login lockdown to stay safe

 

What WordPress Hosting Would you Recommend?
Blue Host! Hn our experience, they offer the best customer support by far.

 

 

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Kelly Brito – KellyBrito.com

Kelly Brito

Tell Me About Yourself
I’m a branding professional, specializing in branding creative entrepreneurs for the past 4 years. I offer brand design, strategy, and photography -through workbooks, workshops, and ready-to-use products (like WordPress themes, branding kits, etc).

My main website: KellyBrito.com

My themes shop: CreativeMarket.com/hellokellybrito

My new shop will be at: BrandingCreatives.com

 

Why WordPress?
It’s the most flexible platform I’ve worked with. It gives users full control on how the site should work, as well as what it should look like. The amount of features that we can add through plugins is unlimited. And one very important reason is the community: WordPress has a huge community, so it is always easy to find help and answer for our doubts.

 

When NOT to use WordPress?
When we want a really minimal design, have no knowledge of coding, and need simple features that we can easily find on other platforms (like slideshow, gallery, etc).

 

What WordPress Plugins do you recommend for WordPress website owners?
Editorial Calendar makes anyone’s life easier! Contact Form 7 is my favorite contact form plugin. Last, but not least, Mailchimp for WordPress – because, who can live without a good newsletter sign up form on the website these days? 🙂

 

What WordPress Hosting Would you Recommend?
Seriously, I don’t think I have a favorite one. I’ve tried most of the affordable ones, but still had problems (Godaddy, Bluehost, etc). I always heard great things about A Small Orange, though.

 

Where can people Learn More About WordPress?
I have been planning a WordPress course for beginners, but it is not ready yet. When it is, it will be available at the Branding Creatives website. 🙂

 

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Charm Fernandez – CharmFernandez.com
Charm Fernandez

Tell Me About Yourself
I help business owners develop their brand online, design, develop and use their websites to drive clients to their local or virtual businesses through sound traffic generation and optimization strategies.

I help online entrepreneurs build their online courses and membership sites for them to be able to focus on reaching more customers and make more revenue.

With my formal education in Information Systems Management and Web Development, being an AmbitionAlly Certified Partner and Ambassador and also being a MindBody Approved partner, I am able to bring a more cohesive approach in working with my clients.

For my full bio go to: www.charmfernandez.com. I am currently looking for female entrepreneurs who needs help building their site and/or membership sites by 2016! I am freeing up my team to help you get started! If you’re interested, email: operations@charmfernandez.com to inquire.

 

Why WordPress?
WordPress because you’re just too busy to worry about complicated website management tools.

WordPress because you’re a one woman/man show.

WordPress because you want to go in, upload your content, get out!

WordPress because you want a whole lot of functionalities done in your website with usually just a click of a button! You want a never ending list of plugin varieties.

WordPress because you want a whole lot of community support from others who are using the same platform too!

WordPress because you also want some control over your site!

WordPress because you value your time and you want your time used to grow your business instead!

 

When NOT to use WordPress?
I do not recommend WordPress to a bigger companies These would be companies who are in an enterprise level. I’ve built websites with very dynamic contents and dashboards for huge companies with hundreds of thousands of employees and this isn’t the one for you if you are that. It’s better to look at hiring a full pledge developer who has a strong technical background.

 

What WordPress Plugins do you recommend for WordPress website owners?

1. SEO by Yoast! – Non-negotiable! – This is to help boost your pages to Search Engines.

2. PopupAlly – If you’re looking to get leads, then this is non-negotiable! I collect 62% of my organic leads from my popups. You can also save money by using PopupAlly as your Opt-in tool rather than paying bunch of money on other platforms that this can already do!

3. AccessAlly – if you have any plans on having an online course or membership program, this is the way to go!

4. Maintenance – Easy to setup coming soon or under maintenance page. If you are just building your site, you need this. It can also start building your list while you’re still in the process of building your site!

5. BackupBuddy – you need a backup of your most valuable online presence tool!

 

Any WordPress Plugins you want to give a “Shout Out” to?
I’ve written my top 5 above that I think business owners should have but these are worthy of Super Shout Out!

1. PopupAlly

2. WebinarAlly – In-expensive Webinar platform that is so easy to setup, easy to use and gets the job done!

 

What WordPress Hosting Would you Recommend?

1. WP Engine – If you have or if you would like to have huge traffic to your website, you need a very reliable host that will have your back!

WP Engine is the way to go

2. DreamHost – if you’re just starting and don’t expect a huge traffic, you can start with DreamHost’s shared hosting. If you are more of a developer who can handle your our server you should look at DreamHost’s VPS.

Either one you can find more info here

 

Where can people Learn More About WordPress?
If you aren’t technical at all or perhaps you have to edge to play with it but doesn’t have formal education or experience, best bet would be Youtube! It’s a lot easier trying to follow instructions that you can actually see, correct?

If you’re unsure what you must have on your website and how to put them on your WordPress site, I’ve put together an e-Magazine for you here

 

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Kelly Garrett – Ekcetera

Kelly Garrett

Tell Me About Yourself
I own a design & marketing company, Ekcetera.  We work with entrepreneurs and small business to support their marketing efforts through graphic & website design, and marketing strategy. We have a starter WordPress Website product that’s meant to take the guess-work out of working with WordPress.

 

Why WordPress?
WordPress is the most popular self-hosted platform. That means you have 100% control of all aspects of your website at all times. So many other popular platforms out there control the code and your site. ALL of the content is kept on their system so if they decide one day to shut down your website, they can. With WordPress, you can take your website with you wherever you want.

 

When NOT to use WordPress?
WordPress might not be the best option if you have 1 page you need to put up that just has some very very basic information. It might be better to just use plain HTML for 1 very simple page. Some ecommerce systems may also not be suited for WordPress. However, there are very few instances where WordPress isn’t an ideal solution.

 

What WordPress Plugins do you recommend for WordPress website owners?BackupBuddy – THE most important thing is to create a backup on a regular basis so you never lose your site. I’m constantly amazed at how many people don’t back up their sites.

Shortcodes Ultimate – Allows for some great styling that isn’t tied into the theme, so it’s upgrade proof.

 

Any WordPress Plugins you want to give a “Shout Out” to?

WebinarAlly – Nathalie Lussier’s newest plugin. Makes for a very easy, no fuss way to quickly host a webinar. I’m a Certified Partner of Nathalie’s so we’re trained to help with any of her products.

 

What WordPress Hosting Would you Recommend?
My go-to host is HostGator. But you don’t need the WordPress package – basic is fine if you don’t have tons of traffic yet. I’ve been with them for years and have lots of clients on them. They’re reliable and have good support.

WPEngine is good, but don’t spend the money if you aren’t having massive amounts of traffic or issues with your current host.

 

Where can people Learn More About WordPress?
There’s so much info out there online, it’s hard to pick. I have a few videos on YouTube that may be helpful. Otherwise, just a good ‘ol Google search on exactly what you’re looking for will usually turn up the right answer.

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Julie Waterhouse – JulieWaterhouse.com

Julie Waterhouse

Tell Me About Yourself
I’m a WordPress web developer, and AmbitionAlly Certified Partner. I have 25 years of experience working in the information technology field, and I’ve consulted for both corporate clients and small businesses.

I’m a strong believer that you need a website that promotes your business goals. Your website should encourage people to engage further with you, turning visitors into prospects, and prospects into customers. To that end, I work with clients to create strategic website blueprints, before diving into site building.

You can find me at JulieWaterhouse.com

 

Why WordPress?
Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress as the platform for their website. It powers 23% of the Internet. That’s a reflection of the fact that WordPress is flexible, robust, and easy to use. It allows website owners to manage the day-to-day running of their sites even if they are not technically-inclined. It’s also backed by a huge and active community of users and developers, so if you want to do something on your site, it’s likely that there’s already a plugin that meets your needs.

 

When NOT to use WordPress?
If you don’t have the time, skills, funds to hire out, or simply don’t want the hassle of continuous maintenance and upkeep, then WordPress may not be the best platform for you. For example, if you have a small site with fairly static content, a plain HTML website may be better. Or, if you are just starting out, and want an eCommerce site that you don’t have to manage, then a fully hosted solution may be better for you.

 

What WordPress Plugins do you recommend for WordPress website owners?
My must-have plugin list includes Wordfence, BackupBuddy, Yoast SEO, EWWW Image Optimizer, Pretty Link Lite, and Email Address Encoder.

 

Any WordPress Plugins you want to give a “Shout Out” to?
You have to try Nathalie Lussier’s PopupAlly and WebinarAlly!

 

What WordPress Hosting Would you Recommend?
I use and love Siteground

 

Where can people Learn More About WordPress?
I provide one-on-one WordPress coaching sessions, where you can ask me anything WordPress-related for an hour. We’ll go hands-on and actually get things done on your site during the session.

 

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14 thoughts on “Answers from the Women of WordPress – includes tips for plugins, hosts and resources

  1. Thanks so much for the inclusion!

    Posted on November 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm
    1. Of course Bree!

      Posted on November 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm
  2. Love this collection of WordPress women and why they recommend WordPress. Looks like I need to go check out the “ally plugins! Everyone seems to love them. 🙂

    Posted on November 17, 2015 at 2:07 pm
    1. Yah, looks like it has some fans!

      Posted on November 20, 2015 at 4:49 pm
  3. So many amazing women on this list! I’m thrilled to be part of it. 🙂 I really enjoyed reading through everyone’s answers!

    Posted on November 17, 2015 at 2:43 pm
    1. Some smart ladies up in here! 🙂

      Posted on November 20, 2015 at 4:53 pm
  4. Love this title and so honored to be included with this group!

    Posted on November 17, 2015 at 4:01 pm
    1. Hear us roar. haha

      Posted on November 20, 2015 at 4:53 pm
  5. Likewise, honored to be part of the group. Thanks so much for putting this together, Mel!

    Posted on November 18, 2015 at 7:16 am
    1. So great to have you Kelly!

      Posted on November 20, 2015 at 4:54 pm
  6. Oh, I got to know some fantastic designs through this post! It’s fabulous to read what they think of and how they use WordPress. And I’m thrilled to be in this post (THANKS!) ♥

    Posted on November 25, 2015 at 6:22 am
  7. Such a fun look

    Posted on November 26, 2015 at 9:57 pm
  8. Absolutely adore every single look.

    Posted on November 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm
  9. Wow Mel… so inspiring to see you bring this group of ladies together. It’s amazing to see people in similar industries working together like this. I love it and I love your site!

    Posted on January 5, 2016 at 12:26 pm