What’s new in WordPress 4.9

Welcome to WordPress 4.9 Yet again, WordPress has smoothed over the design workflow and created opportunities for more “safety” from coding errors. Security is a constant evolution for any web platform

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Leadership Summits & Corporate Retreats

We create meaningful opportunities for your team to think together and collaborate effectively. Our sessions build connection, inspire creativity, enable clarity and drive commitment. Your management/leadership team will achieve a

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How to Write a Google, Yelp, Facebook and Linkedin Review

The below examples are for a recent client, but can be applied to ANY client or vendor. Share the love. Give meaningful positive feedback. Especially when hardworking people work well

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How to Create a Hashtag

Why do you need a Hashtag? Hashtags enable businesses to help consumers find them through social media. Often times, people will search a hashtag on Google or on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram. Using

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Key to Successful Communication and Collaboration

Stumbled on this Linkedin Article written back on October 2, 2014. Still just as relevant as ever. Definitely some morsels of value here. MUCH good energy for successful collaborations!  When I

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Vaughan – Welcome to WordPress 4.7

Welcome to WordPress 4.7 Presenting Twenty Seventeen A brand new default theme brings your site to life with immersive featured images and video headers. Twenty Seventeen focuses on business sites and

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9 Hidden Features in the WordPress Media Library Only Power Users Know

Discovered amazing article written by Tom Ewer of wpmudev! Solid resources & tips here. READ BELOW! https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-media-library-hidden-features/ Published on September 12, 2015 HIGHLIGHTS Can use as FREE image compression tool Create central repository

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Guide to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Metrics for Return on investment + Return on Engagement. In the past 3-4 years, marketing has evolved exponentially beyond hits, visitors and referral traffic. (Note, if you don’t know what these

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Happy name – domains, social media handles & more!

I’m always looking for tools to help my start-up clients and entrepreneurs. I’m certainly not new to doing domain searches and looking up social media handles (i.e. going to Facebook to

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Guide to Backing up Google Apps, Mail, Drive, Calendars and Contact

Prevent loss of data after a hacker or purely to calm your only paranoid nerves. While the Google Drive desktop app does do some backup, Google Drive itself is vulnerable

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How to Update your DNS on WP Engine via cname or A Record

UPDATE YOUR DNS VIA CNAME OR A RECORD Thanks to WP Engine, we found this awesome page describing a very logical process to understand what you will need to do to

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Creating an ADA-compliant website

[quoteicon author=””]Special thanks to Nicole Nash, Web Designer at TechRepublic for a putting together a SOLID good summary and checklist!!! Reposting this amazing content as a resource for clients who

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Happy New Year officially!

2016 is off to a fantastic start. We are in the process of building a new platform to showcase our agency. Take a sneak peak here: http://www.broekman.agency We’ve been busy rebranding & repackaging

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ThinkStockPhotos.com and iStockPhotos.com – Getty Images

We use both ThinkStockPhotos.com AND iSTOCKPHOTO.COM for your Stock Photo needs ThinkStockPhotos.com is $299 for a one-month subscription. StockPhoto is $399 for a one-month subscription. You definitely have access to

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How to transfer domain from Register.com to GoDaddy.com

TRANSFER AWAY FROM REGISTER.COM For those that need help with transferring their website domain from Register.com to GoDaddy, here’s the link to a how-to page on GoDaddy.com…. conveniently copied here

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Paypal – DPRP is Disabled.

Let’s start from the beginning. DPRP stands for DirectPayment Recurring Payments. It’s a module that enables you to have multiple payments, subscriptions and recurring payments with your shopping cart forms when

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Google Apps for Work – yes, we love!

We’ve had solid good experience with Google Apps. We’ve been using Google Apps for BROEKMAN communications since they launched, and it’s really helped our team work faster and more efficiently. We think you’ll

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Custom book printing

Have a client in need of publishing a book? Choosing the self-publishing route? Or are you more in need of printing a hardcover high-end quality yearbook like catalog book? Either

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WordPress 4.2.1 core features

Welcome to WordPress 4.2.1 Thank you for updating! WordPress 4.2.1 helps you communicate and share, globally. Version 4.2.1 What’s New CreditsFreedoms Security Release Version 4.2.1 addressed a security issue. For more information,

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Dropbox adds commenting feature – a better way to get feedback!

We know working with multiple people can be difficult. With conversations scattered across email threads and chat windows, feedback can get lost and it can take forever to get everyone

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WordPress Site Hacked – What do I Do?

Yes, it happens. For starters, you don't cry and you certainly don't ignore it. Don't get angry. Hire a professional to help you recover fast!

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WordPress Maintenance and Security

WORDPRESS MAINTENANCE & UPGRADES For over 10 years, we’ve been developing, managing, updating and moderating WordPress-based websites. One thing we’ve learned along the way, similar to ANY website and ANY

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Linkedin – How to edit your profile

Editing Your Profile Courtesy of LINKEDIN: How do I edit my profile? Last Reviewed: 12/10/2014 You can go to your profile and move your cursor over any section and click

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Tech tools for any start-up

Fantastic list of tools compiled by GrowthNerd!! :) Seriously Good stuff!!! Couldn't have compiled a better list!

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WordPress maintenance

WORDPRESS MAINTENANCE & UPGRADES For over 10 years, we’ve been developing, managing, updating and moderating WordPress-based websites. One thing we’ve learned along the way, similar to ANY website and ANY

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How to insert images into WordPress Pages and Posts

When creating or editing a WordPress page or post, you can easily embed many different types of media at any time using the WordPress "Add Media" tool.

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How to fix WordPress website not updating right away

First, big shout out to WPbeginner.com for always having fantastic answers to core WordPress issues. This one is coming up more and more for my clients. Thought it helpful to

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OS X: Keyboard shortcuts

I love my Mac world. Literally copied/pasted from Apple’s site for all the INCREDIBLY USEFUL keyboard shortcuts to do things on your Mac by pressing a combination of keys on your

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Web Safe Fonts

BIG SHOUT OUT TO CSSFONTSTACK.com for putting this together! What are Web Safe Fonts? Web safe fonts are fonts that are pre-installed by many operating systems. While not all systems

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Why is my site slow?

Why is my site slow? Courtesy of GoDaddy! http://support.godaddy.com/help/article/7324/why-is-my-site-slow Date Submitted: 8/7/14 Your site can feel slow for two reasons. It can take a long time to generate a given

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WordPress 4.0 in a nutshell

Welcome to WordPress 4.0 Thank you for updating! WordPress 4.0 brings you a smoother writing and management experience. Version 4.0 What’s NewCreditsFreedoms Manage your media with style Explore your uploads in

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Heatmaps – tracking what visitors click on your website

Tracking visitors with Google Analytics or Statcounter is one thing, but really understanding what catches their eye and what they click on? COME ON, you totally want to know. WELL

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WCAG 2.0 Checklist

Special thanks again to WebAIM for developing this WCAG 2.0 Checklist for HTML documents http://webaim.org/standards/wcag/checklist NOTE: The following is NOT the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. It is, however, a simple checklist

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Website Checklist for Section 508 Compliancy

Special thanks to WEBAIM.org for publishing the first real extensive easy to navigate list of compliancy with simple Pass/Fail explanations. GREAT JOB! Original found here: http://webaim.org/standards/508/checklist Part 1: HTML The following standards

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Website: How-to

How your site works Your website is made up of a group of files and directories, much like the Documents folder on your home computer. In this case, though, everyone

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New domains available

Hundreds of new domain extensions have now become available to the general public! Go to web.broekmancomm.com to buy your domain!! This gives brands, companies, individuals and organizations ability to own

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pakua

I am truly grateful for discovering the Pa Kua community. Pa Kua is a traditional Chinese philosophy, an internal-focused martial art similar to Tai Chi Chuan and Hsing I Chuan. Pa

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how to share a google drive document

How to share With Google Drive, you can share files — like documents, images, and PDFs — without having to email them as attachments. Sharing is as easy as indicating

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How to use Twitter for your business

Repost of Twitter’s Lindsay Logan (@wingersf), Small Business Team Tuesday, June 3, 2014 There is some fantastic content here. Instead of “wasting time” recreating content, I know that time is

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Best 2014 WordPress plugins for SEO/Search Engine Optimization

Best 2014 Wordpress plugins for SEO/Search Engine Optimization

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Configuring DNS for your GoDaddy email in cPanel

Big shout out to GoDaddy customer support for constantly empowering clients like me to effectively do our jobs! After migrating a domain from another Godaddy account, unbeknowst to me we inherited

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Guide to Non-Profit Marketing in 2015

I run a boutique marketing agency with a presence in Los Angeles and Newport Beach serving non-profit clientele throughout the US, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. I’m passionate about

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Blast Email / Email Blast / Email Marketing campaigns

BROEKMAN communications has been at the forefront for developing custom tailored blast email programs.  In addition to working on marketing automation campaigns with aWeber, Salesforce and other platforms, we’ve been

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How to change your YouTube channel art

2018 – Updates. This page has the latest artwork templates, channel art outlines, image size and file guidelines and it is separated by computer, android device and iphone/ipad. 😉 https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2972003?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

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Highlights of WordPress 3.9 updates

Welcome to WordPress 3.9 Thank you for updating! WordPress 3.9 has lots of refinements we think you’ll love. Version 3.9 What’s NewCreditsFreedoms A smoother media editing experience Improved visual editing The updated

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How to let consultants manage your Facebook advertising account

Found an amazing post on Jon Loomer’s page from last summer which did a thorough job on explaining the technical steps in adding an admin. YouTube video step by step:

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How to set-up Linkedin Company page

Company Pages – Frequently Asked Questions Straight from Linkedin’s amazing help section we’ve found that many clients ask us how to set up their company pages. While yes we do

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GoDaddy new Linux web hosting with cpanel

We recently set up a few new accounts with GoDaddy and have had an overall really positive experience with the revamping of all WEB HOSTING packages. We understand how some

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PRESS RELEASE: Storyopolis Art signs legendary rock artist Marc Lacourciere

Storyopolis Art signs legendary rock artist Marc Lacourciere Classic Rock Band Collection includes Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Foreigner, Kid Rock & ZZ Top

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How to write a recommendation on Linkedin

We’ve all been asked to write a Linkedin recommendation before OR we’ve asked someone else to help us out and ENDORSE us. As sales, marketing, PR and business development people,

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WordPress 3.8 updates

Version 3.8 of WordPress, named “Parker” in honor of Charlie Parker, bebop innovator, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. We hope you’ll think this is the most beautiful update

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Google's 200 Website Ranking Factors

This unofficial Google SEO checklist definitely accounts for MUCH of the work SEO companies do for onsite and offsite SEO work! Please check out this infographic as it gives you

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How to embed slideshare slideshow on wordpress website

SlideShare offers users the ability to upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios. Embedding a Slideshow To embed a slideshow from SlideShare, please follow

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How to rock social media in 30 minutes a day

Fantastic infographic on HOW TO ROCK SOCIAL MEDIA with real thought & strategy shared with permission from the fabulous team at Pardot http://www.pardot.com/infographic/rock-social-media-30-minutes-day-infographic/ LARGER Original posted here: Download this infographic.

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Adwords for nonprofits through Google Ad Grants

 AD GRANTS Google Ad Grants is the nonprofit edition of AdWords, Google’s online advertising tool. Google Ad Grants empowers nonprofit organizations, through $10,000 per month in in-kind AdWords™ advertising, to promote

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72 fascinating social media marketing facts and statistics

To learn more about Real Estate publicity- click here! Our findings: 1. Facebook No one can deny that 1.15 billion active Facebook users with a 21 percent increase in usage

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social media infographics

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT + MODERATION.  Brand Management & Online Marketing  Online PR & Publicity  Social Media Campaign Development  Networking & Moderation  Community Engagement Marketing

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Vine promotions

I recently embraced the use of VINE for marketing promotions, PR and business development. I’m the type of guy that can always find a way to make something practical, but

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Law Firm Marketing

Specializing in Marketing for Attorneys, Law Firms & Legal Industry Professionals BRANDING & IDENTITY CAMPAIGNS Establishing strong a brand image is an important factor in “winning” the online branding unofficial

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SpeakPipe voice message app for support, sales and customer service

Voice messaging tool for your website, blog or podcast With SpeakPipe you can receive voice messages from your website visitors, podcast listeners or blog readers without any phone calls. Installing

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Website Development with WordPress

BROEKMAN communications has a 15-year track record of developing websites with branding, marketing, business development, social media, SEO and PR front-and-center! Our core offering now is website development using WordPress. From helping translate your vision & acting as your art director/creative director, BROEKMAN communications builds amazing high-end websites as YOUR dedicated programmer. Did you know that 17% of all sites online now use WORDPRESS?

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Elevating organizational culture with effective communication

BROEKMAN communications is now officially a partner with Organic Communication. Organic Communication coaches are experts in Organizational Development, Leadership Training & Executive Coaching. We work with executives, managers and teams who are

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WordPress 3.6 – amazing new features!

WordPress 3.6 REVISIONS, Media Player and really nice default TWENTY THIRTEEN theme! Colorful New Theme Introducing Twenty Thirteen The new default theme puts focus on your content with a colorful,

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How to create QR Codes

QR codes (or Quick Response codes) are those awesome bar code looking boxes you have been seeing everywhere from posters, magazine ads, theatrical billboards and juice boxes (yes, I have

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AWeber – Email Newsletters and Campaigns with Marketing Automation

Email Newsletters – Create and send professional email newsletters in a matter of minutes. Sign up now at  http://broekmancomm.aweber.com Email Templates Blog to Email Performance Tracking Facebook & Twitter Integration Publish

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How to use Pinterest

Pinterest helps people collect and organize the things they love. You create boards showcasing things that you like. Each board tells a unique story about what we care about. People

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PayPal & Bill Me Later – Make payments later

PayPal now offers an easy way to let your customers know they have 6 months to pay with Bill Me Later To learn more click the banner to visit PayPal’s

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My WordPress Theme isn’t working, what should I do?

If you have purchased a theme and are having trouble installing it, the following steps may help you to solve this issue: Read any help documentation provided by the author

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twitter branding guidelines

Twitter’s policy is “designed” to help you use their logo and trademarks without having to worry about negotiating with us or talking to our lawyers.   Follow @broekman    

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guide to launching twitter ads @broekman

Follow @broekman Guide to launching Twitter Ads With experience in utilizing Google Pay-Per-Click and Facebook Ads to drive foot traffic and sales, we can definitely leverage and exploit how to

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How to set-up GoDaddy email on your iPhone or iPad

SCREEN BY SCREEN WRITTEN STEPS:[pluslist] 1. Go to Settings. 2. On the Settings screen, tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars. 3. Tap Add Account. 4. Tap Other. 5. Tap Add Mail Account. 6. Enter your Name, FULL email Address, Password, and a short Description for your email. Tap Next. 7. If

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Linkedin – key tool to business development

As one of the honored TOP 1% viewed Linkedin Profiles for 2012, a wonderful marketing campaign deployed by LinkedIn as part of the 200 million member mark, I can honestly

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Themeforest – favorite source for WordPress Themes

At Themeforest you can buy HTML website templates as well as themes for popular content management system (CMS) products like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal with prices ranging from just $5 up

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LinkedIn Company pages – Benefits, Adding or Removing Administrators

A Company Page allows you to learn more about a company you are interested in. For a business, it’s the opportunity to: Tell your company’s story Highlight your products and

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Advertising to Moms in Los Angeles

  I’ve been working with Jen Levenson of Jen’s List and Linda Perry of Peachhead for a LONG time. I discovered how to market to mom’s groups while promoting Storyopolis’

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How to use Statcounter

StatCounter Installation with WordPress. StatCounter is a free web traffic analysis service, which provides summary stats on all your traffic and a detailed analysis of your last 500 page views.

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How to use Statcounter

StatCounter’s mission is to help our members easily understand their visitors, so they can make good decisions to become more successful online. Fast, Responsive, Quick loading Service StatCounter was born

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Seeking impact, Jewish funders convene in L.A.

Reposted from JewishJournal.com on March 19, 2013. Article by Jonah Lowenfeld Seeking impact, Jewish funders convene in L.A. BY JONAH LOWENFELD “Philanthropy is what you’ll be remembered for,” Jewish Funders Network (JFN)

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Branding / Marketing Coach?

Want to hire a marketing consultant, but feel you can't afford it? Ready to rebrand, but first want someone to soundboard your ideas? HIRE BROEKMAN FOR A 1-2 HOUR COACHING CONSULTATION? Broekman will make everything accessible and attainable. Having offered 100s of past clients business development, branding, publicity, marketing, PR, advertising, social media and IT advice, BROEKMAN has a wealth of knowledge to share including best practices, industry benchmarks, what's working, and pure gut instinct tailored for you.

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Domains, Hosting, DNS, email oh my!

  When staging your website for launch… GoDaddy – Working with Preview DNS Date Submitted: 10-29-2012 Preview DNS lets you test your website prior to launch to ensure it displays

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Search Engine Optimization

SEO is real strength of ours. We have a proven track record with SEO basics as part of our Wordpress Website Development projects. We follow many benchmark best practices. We deploy plugins to strengthen site content, communicate better with bots, yield better search engine results and get 1st page ranking quickly. We offer a number of ways to do "after market" SEO programs. Core focus is to yield some natural great 'organic search' strength!

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Non-profits can apply for NO MONTHLY FEE (FREE) PayPal Payments Pro account

Still have transaction fees for processing credit card transactions for donations, fundraisers, membership, events and school registration fees, but saving $360.00 a year is amazing start to integrating online payments

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Jotform Integration plug-in

WORDPRESS USERS…. Ever find your EMBED CODE disappears the next time you are in VISUAL MODE and you have to keep copying/pasting over & over again in TEXT? Yep, me

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Vimeo the basics

Vimeo Basics Vimeo is where your videos belong. We put your videos first and give you the best ways to share, discover, and be inspired.Upload your videos Vimeo makes it easy

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How to use JotForm?

JotForm is the first web based WYSIWYG form builder. Its intuitive drag and drop user interface makes formbuilding a breeze. Using JotForm, you can create forms, integrate them to your site and receive responses by email.

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PR & publicity

Over 15 years experience with studios, entertainment companies, film festival, consumer products, corporations, non-profits, start-ups, entrepreneurs and executives starting their freelance operations. We stand as strong PR agency because of

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PR & Publicity

Over 15 years experience with studios, entertainment companies, film festival, consumer products, corporations, non-profits, start-ups, millionaires, entrepreneurs and executives starting their freelance operations. We stand as strong PR agency because

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Jewish Wisdom and Wellness Conference – A Week of Learning

After collaboration and development for more than TWO YEARS,BROEKMAN communications recently launched a new branding initiative and website for Hebrew Union College’s Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health and Cedars-Sinai

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Jewish Community Grants

Chances are that your non-profit or community organization have a real fighting chance at applying for and being awarded grant money to help a) UNDERWRITE your new website or “online

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WordPress 3.5.1 updates are cool!

In addition to constant on-going inprovements on security and user interface, the new WordPress 3.5.1 updates are just cool adding more ease of use and making this more MAC like

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Rollback to WordPress 3.4 or 3.5

I am 100% for updating to the latest version of WordPress as it’s optimal for security, however, sometimes, it is necessary to go back to an earlier WordPress version. This

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Godaddy – checking your email

Please find below instructions to add your new GoDaddy email account to your Microsoft Outlook as well your cell! For starters, you always have a back up to checking you

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Flickr – How to download images

FLICKR TUTORIAL – How to download images from Flickr? I use Flickr to share my photo shoots. This enables several people to view albums of photos online as well as to

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