What's Up, Go-Getters?!?

I'm Nate Houstman, web designer, blogger, entrepreneur, freelancer, and advocate for anyone wanting to succeed on their own terms. Xiphos Web Marketing is my main business, but I've written down plenty of ideas and put them here.

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New Pricing For OceanWP Theme

By Nate Houstman | March 5, 2018

I hadn’t checked out the OceanWP theme for a few months because I was busy with my tutorial series on Astra. OceanWP changed the pricing of its premium extensions bundle. $39 for a single site license, $79 for 3 sites, and $129 for unlimited sites. This is similar to the pricing of the Elementor page … Read more

Gutenberg: Making WordPress Easier For All

By Nate Houstman | January 3, 2018

Project Gutenberg is the landmark effort to make page design easier in WordPress websites. It’s meant for users who are new to the platform, or website creation in general, and is part of WordPress’ ongoing quest to “democratize the web.” Professional web designers, agencies, and software developers who are invested in WordPress debate whether it … Read more

Be A Consultant: 3 Videos To Help You Start

By Nate Houstman | December 28, 2017

Here is another set of YouTube videos by the experts. I typed “consulting business marketing” and watched the top three results. I feel consulting is an important business to be in, because any paid profession can market itself as consulting. Marketing gurus and life coaches are obvious examples, but earlier this year I wondered whether … Read more

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OceanWP Part 2- A Worthwhile Package of Upgrades

By Nate Houstman | November 5, 2017

As promised, here is Part 2 of my review of OceanWP, a feature-rich and affordable WordPress theme. In Part 1, I told you about the free version, which was already packed with design options. Now, I present the paid upgrades. The Core Extensions Bundle costs $79.00 for a 1-year license, and includes add-ons that can … Read more

OceanWP Part 1- The Free, Do-Anything Theme For WordPress

By Nate Houstman | September 15, 2017

OceanWP is a no-cost WordPress theme with a huge range of design options, plus paid upgrades available for even more power. Using it, one can make a beautiful custom website without programming or coding. It’s one of a new breed of “blank canvas” themes intended to work with “page builder” plug-ins. In this article, I … Read more

Book Review: "Badass Your Brand" by Pia Silva, a Guide for Entrepreneurs

By Nate Houstman | June 12, 2017

Badass Your Brand: The Impatient Entrepreneur’s Guide For Turning Expertise Into Profit, by Pia Silva, is a how-to book directed at small businesses and freelancers. Specifically, these businesses sell services and want to secure clients without networking and pitching proposals that never work out. The case studies feature Silva herself, plus business owners in her circle including … Read more

Deadbeat Super Affiliate: 10 Free Website Traffic Sources

By Nate Houstman | May 18, 2017

Curating other people’s content is an easy way to fill up your own blog. Just be sure to give credit to the original source. Here, the host of YouTube channel Deadbeat Super Affiliate shares 10 free website traffic sources. His particular aim is affiliate marketing, but you can still benefit if your website has a … Read more

The Best WordPress Themes and Builders for Multiple Websites

By Nate Houstman | April 28, 2017

As an entrepreneur, why do you need multiple websites? Because you shouldn’t keep all your eggs in one basket. There’s a movement in the economy towards diversifying your income streams. It’s wise to have multiple gigs in case one or more of your ventures don’t pan out. You should have a website to market each … Read more

Review: WP E Signature by ApproveMe

By Nate Houstman | June 17, 2016

WP E Signature, by ApproveMe, is a high-end, paid WordPress plug-in that allows users to create personalized, legally binding contracts that can be signed electronically with a computer mouse or touch screen. It’s the first application of its kind that I’m aware of, and can be either an excellent time-saver, or a costly burden. The … Read more

Website Checklist Part 3

By Nate Houstman | May 6, 2016

I’ve listed the features and qualities a professional website should have in 2016. Here, I wrap it up. Contact Option: There needs to be contact information on your site- this isn’t optional. The whole point of the Internet is communication, and if your site does what you want it to, your customers will want to … Read more