Using the APPLES method to determine server needs

“What type of hosting do I need?”

To answer this question, many service providers run the gamut, offering everything from WYSIWYG site builders, to basic shared hosting, to even WordPress-specific hosting. In most cases, these are probably all that the average person needs, even to get a medium-size web presence going.

But what if you, or your clients, need more than what the average hosting environment can provide?

This is where a method we call APPLES can come into play — and, no, I’m not talking about the fruit you find at your local grocery store (or the device you could be reading this on).

APPLES is a handy acronym, with each letter representing a question that can help you determine if you need a server and, possibly more important, if you’re going to need some help with managing that server:

  • Admin experience level
  • Purpose of the server
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Getting WordPress accessibility right every time

In this day and age, it’s imperative web professionals like designers and developers ensure the websites they create are accessible.

For the uninitiated, this basically means doing everything within your power to ensure the broadest spectrum of global internet users can enjoy whatever your client’s website has to offer.

Many of us have the luck and privilege of never needing to consider the accessibility of the websites we browse. We just fire up our laptops or smartphones, head to Google, and plug in our search. But you would be amazed at the vast array of hurdles that thousands of people all around the world have to overcome to surf the web.

Most notably:

  • Disabilities
  • Poor health
  • Old age
  • Poverty
  • A lack of access to a fast internet connection

This is why you, as a website manager for your own site or clients, should take it upon yourself to combat issues … Read more