Nikole Gipps

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Nikole Gipps is the face behind the superhero character at That PHP Girl, a web development company that specializes in Wordpress, Premium Wordpress Themes, and PHP Programming. She posts non-tech small business tips over at her blog, Small Business Essentials. A California native with a degree from the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Ithaca, NY), she now lives in Oregon with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat, and the garden that she loves.
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WordPress 3.1 – What’s new?

In case you have never heard of Wordpress, it is the backend content management system (CMS) that runs sites such as CNN, the WSJ Magazine, and even these StartupNation Business Blogs. With the release of version 3.1, Wordpress is making a solid move from "blogging software" to a solid CMS. While there are many awesome...
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Yahoo’s MyBlogLog is Shutting Down

Today, Yahoo! sent announcements to all of its MyBlogLog account holders to announce the shutdown of MyBlog on May 24, 2011. This is not a surprise to anyone who caught Yahoo's announced plans to "sunset" some of their services such as Delicious and MyBlogLog back in December. The journey from the Yahoo! purchase of MyBlogLog...
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New Facebook Pages – First Impressions

If you are a business with a Facebook Page for your business, Facebook's news of changes to Facebook Pages might sound important to you, whether or not you know what it all means. I have been reviewing the changes this week and experimenting with them on my own Facebook Pages, and I have found that...
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Lifestreams and Vcards

In today's climate of social media marketing, business owners are encouraged to get word out about their company in as many formats as possible. According to Michelle Carroll of 1stop Marketing Solutions: "Companies are looking for new ways to sell their products and engage customers. Social media is an effective and low cost marketing strategy...
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Alltop: A Site About Everything

I recently received an email from Guy Kawasaki about Nononina's new venture, Alltop, and specifically the Alltop Business Section. Alltop is a collection of stories from all the top sites on the web in a single-page aggregation. The small business section includes links to sites like Escape from Cubicle Nation, Fast Company, Inc, and StartupNation....
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A New Site for Everything Productivity

Your personal productivity can have a huge impact on the success of your business. If you are an entrepreneur, your personal life and professional life probably jumble up into one big pile for you to sort through on a daily basis. That's why today I am recommending that you add LifeRemix to your feed reader....
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Sketchcasting

Sometimes an idea comes along that is so simple yet so brilliant, I can't help but talking about it. Today, that idea is sketchcasting.What is sketchcasting?Sketchcasting takes the concept of giving a presentation at the whiteboard and puts it into a simple video format so that you can easily share your ideas in a clear...
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Faxes for the Landline-less

This is a quick gem for today: I don't have a landline. (Yes, in our house, we have 3 Nextel cell phones, in 3 area codes, but not a single landline.) So when a client needs an invoice faxed or wants to fax a print project markup to me, I end up having to get...
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Be the “Best of the Best” Join the Carnival!

With all the advice I could possibly give you about your website, the one thing that is most overlooked is QUALITY CONTENT. If you make a bad product, you can't expect anyone to buy it. So why would you make a site full of unreadble, unrelevant, and unappealing content, and then expect anyone to read...
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How NOT to Promote Yourself Online

I had always thought CEOs were really busy people—at least too busy to be wasting their time on internet chat board. But apparently I was wrong! John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, proved himself to be the internet's most high-profiled troll recently. He anonymously posted to online chat boards, hyping up his own company and...
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Don’t Tell Us You’re an Expert, PROVE IT!

It seems like everyone is an expert now. So how do you stand out from the crowd? By proving your knowledge in key places on the web so that you can be seen by potential business contacts! What is an expert anyway? There was this great graphic a while back on the blog "Creating Passionate...
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Your New Website, in One Hour

A common problem we see here on StartupNation is bootstrapping entrepreneurs without the working capital to get their company website set up properly. Having a web presence is crucial for today's start-ups, but what do you do if you you don't have the money for a site or the knowledge to build your own? The...
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Welcome! and Online Contact Management with HighRise

Welcome to Web Technology for Entrepreneurs! The goal of this category is to bring entrepreneurs news of web applications and technology that they can start using today to help their businesses. I'll bring you the latest and greatest from the internet world, and break it down for you in terms of what you need to...