HostNine 2012 Resource Round-Up

Happy belated 2012 from HostNine. For the last couple months of 2011, we’ve been collecting and posting a wide range of links on our various social media channels. We want to share helpful resources with our customers (and passers-by) to deepen their existing knowledge of important things like content creation, WordPress, web design best practices, SEO and more. We want to help you make your website (or someone else’s) the best it can be in the new year and beyond.

If you have some specific resources or topics you’d like to see featured in the HostNine blog, give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter or G+. We’re always happy to help!

WORDPRESS RESOURCES


This flexible, free and extremely popular (over 65 million downloads as of December 2011) content management system is the first choice for many Webmasters and bloggers. This list of links covers everything from security best practices to plug-ins and site optimization.

15-Step Checklist To Creating The Perfect WordPress Website

The Best WordPress Tutorials of 2011 on WPBeginner

The 14 Best WordPress Plugins For Social Media And SEO Optimized Sites For 2012 

10 Tips To Optimize Your WordPress Theme

Top WordPress Security Plugins for 2012 | Web Sigmas

11 Quick Tips: Securing Your WordPress Site | Wptuts+

WordPress Security: Seven Ways I Could Hack Into Your WordPress Site

SEO / DIGITAL MARKETING / BUSINESS RESOURCES
Make your site more visible. Learn SEO. Increase conversions. 

Grassroots SEO – Strategy, Process & Life Cycle

Five Questions to Streamline Your Keyword Research

How To Increase Conversions by 50% Overnight » SitePoint

Building Links & Driving Traffic with How To Posts

Sales Oriented Website Needs

5 Ways to Turn Social Customers Into Brand Ambassadors

CONTENT GENERATION RESOURCES
Sure, you can write, but can you write for the web? Learn more about idea generation, blogging best practices, copywriting, headline writing, and more.

How to Write Great Blog Content

A 5-Minute Guide to More Persuasive Copywriting

Ideas for Creative (& Efficient) Content Generation

Proven Headline Formulas | Steal These Formulas For Your Next Blog Post…

WEB DESIGN RESOURCES
No matter what your level of familiarity/unfamiliarity is with web design principles, it helps to understand the basics. Remember- it’s code, words and pictures, not rocket science!

Clear Indications That It’s Time To Redesign 

The State Of Web Design Trends 2012

Don’t Fear the Internet (A fantastic primer on HTML/CSS for non-designers)

Building  A Website In Progressive Steps (a series of screencasts that goes through the process of designing and building a website)