How to Start Doing Stand-up Comedy

Were you the “class clown” throughout most of your school years? Can you make people laugh? Have you ever wondered how those stand-up comics are able to make money doing something they love? While big-name comics are rare, almost anyone can start doing stand-up comedy!

First, watch the masters.

Check out Netflix and YouTube for some great stand-up comedy routines. Don’t neglect the old-timers; some comedy techniques that we use today were pioneered by comedians of yesteryear, and the older videos can show you comedy methods that you may not see in modern comedians.

Some comedians (especially in older times) used a gimmick, like a puppet or props. Some comedians tell jokes. Many comedians (especially these days) use stories to entertain. Comedy is all about communicating with your audience, and the surest sign that a comic will fail is that the comic is not authentic. Watching the masters is a good way to hone your craft, but if your routine is not authentic and funny to you, your audience won’t like it either.

Second, take a break.

Before working on your comedy routine, take a break from stand-up comedy. Joke theft is considered to be one of the most egregious sins a comic can commit, and this can happen inadvertently if you’ve just finished watching a stand-up special when you sit down to write.

Always have a notebook.

The best comedy comes from the authentic lives of the comic, so most comics will carry around a small notepad and pen wherever they go. When a friend says something hilarious, write it down. When a random thought makes you laugh in the line at the coffeeshop, make a note of it. All of this source material is essential for a comic.

Write a routine.

To start out your stand-up comedy career, write your first routine. Take the funny things you listed in your notebook and develop your routine around that. Pick one or two topics, and try to limit your routine to 10 minutes. Make sure that you have transitions between topics if you’re using more than one.

Find an amateur night or open mic.

If you have a comedy club in your area, chances are it has an amateur night. One night every week or every month is usually devoted to amateurs. If you don’t have a comedy club nearby, try an open mic. These settings can be less useful, because they’re often poetry or music and comedy is a harder sell, but if that’s the only option you have for performing in public, give it a try.

One important note about amateur nights and open mics: the venue hosting the event makes the rules. Check the website, call the club, or attend an event as a spectator before taking the stage. Comedy clubs tend to be exceptionally strict on time limits.

As you perform your routine, you’ll continually be honing and improving it based on the feedback you get from your audience. In time, you’ll develop multiple routines that – with practice – can become a regular part of a larger show. With a little practice and an awful lot of luck, you may one day get your very own HBO comedy special!

Tips for Making Your Own Letterpress

Whether it’s a wedding in your future or a cottage business making customized invitations and cards on Etsy, having your own letterpress can allow you to make beautiful custom designs easily and quickly. Perhaps the most difficult part of letterpressing is making your own letterpress! Even this obstacle can be overcome with a few simple tips.

Make one or buy one?

Buying a letterpress can be extremely difficult, as no companies currently manufacture them for home use. For this reason, finding a machine to purchase can be a challenge, and the small supply of presses is generally too expensive for a hobbyist. The good news is that you can make a letterpress at home using materials found from your local hardware store.

Homemade letter presses generally have a bed and a frame to rest atop the bed (usually made of wood). The frame holds the block in place, and the block is what contains the letters or drawing that will be pressed onto the paper. Above the paper is a piece called a platen, and most homemade models make this section of wood as well. Finally, most homemade presses use some way of pressing the platen down onto the block, perhaps with a press screw or a car jack. This is often the most costly part of building your own letterpress.

Choose an existing design

There are several free designs found on the Internet that provide complete instructions for building a letterpress. Additionally, groups and organizations that promote letterpressing may offer free designs for their own members. Once you select a pattern for your letterpress, it’s best to stick to the instructions.

Analyze your needs

A larger letterpress allows you to design larger documents and stationery, but it also takes up more storage space and can make it difficult to correctly place smaller documents like business cards or RSVP cards. For most home hobbyists, having multiple letterpresses isn’t feasible, so it’s wise to choose the largest size you plan to make. The larger the letterpress, the more inconsistent the ink coverage will be, especially for beginners.

Get started!

Once you’ve chosen the design and planned your construction, visit your local hardware store with your list and get started on building your own letterpress! You may find it helpful to print the list from your instructions and seek assistance at the hardware store, especially if you’re not familiar with some of the tools or supplies listed.

Time to print!

When it’s time to use your new letterpress, it’s a good idea to keep baby wipes and old T-shirts on hand for the inevitable cleanup. It’s also a good idea to cover your work area with a tarp or old sheet, and to wear a smock or old clothing. Even veteran printers often get extremely messy, and printing ink is sticky.

For a first printing project, make sure to have plenty of extra paper or cardstock. Letterpressing is an art form that requires a high level of craftsmanship in order to get it just right, so make sure to have plenty of extra materials on hand for your first few projects.

Letterpressing can be messy, challenging, and incredibly rewarding! When your perfect event is designed to your exacting specifications, it only makes sense to design the invitations and stationery to fit the wedding or party.

Best Video Games for Couples to Play Together

Sometimes the best way to beat boredom is with some video games. But being married to a “gamer” can be a challenge! Video games are so much fun and so addictive that sometimes a non-gamer spouse can feel left out when a gamer plays. But instead of feeling left out and alone, why not join your spouse or partner? Some video games are perfect for couples to play together!

Pick a Platform

The hardware can sometimes be the biggest obstacle to gaming with a group. Computer gaming can be amazingly fun, but playing multi-player with a partner can require some technical skill and hardware that not everyone has. If you’re in a long-distance relationship or are separated by business travel, multi-player gaming can be a great way to spend time together despite the distance. If you’re in the same home, you may want to set up a game that can be played privately with only two of you; this used to require setting up a private LAN, but if the home has a good wireless connection, it can be done pretty easily with modern games over Wi-Fi.
Console games are usually the best games to play multi-player, as you can sit on the couch next to one another while playing. Nintendo Wii has many games specifically designed for multi-player, and as their games are easy for non-gamers to play, it tends to level the playing field when playing with a hardcore gamer! PlayStation usually has a pretty good selection of multi-player games, and Xbox doesn’t always have a great selection of multi-player games, especially for a casual gamer.
Pick a Game Type

Ideally, you can both agree on a game style. Non-gamers will usually want to stay away from a first-person shooter (FPS), as those games can be more difficult to master. Role-playing games (RPGs) are a good option for most new gamers, and platformers can be a fun choice for the casual gamer but may bore some more advanced gamers.
Best Games

Fable 3 (Lionhead Games) is a great RPG for gamers who enjoy lots of options, a light-hearted feel, and a good storyline. Multiplayer games require the same set of characters for the entire game.
Diablo 3 (Blizzard Entertainment) is an RPG with a dark storyline, lots of loot, and a robust multiplayer experience. It’s available on computer, PS3, and Xbox, and the multiplayer experience is beautiful, allowing you to move characters in and out of the multiplayer mode while retaining their experience and skills.
For a fun distraction rather than a regular campaign, try Mario (Nintendo)! MarioKart is a great casual racing game, and Super Mario World and Super Mario Galaxy are both great games to play as a couple or as a family.
If you’re looking for a first-person shooter with lots of multiplayer options, try Gears of War 3 (Epic Games). This game is a hit with men and women, and there are many different multiplayer options, from co-op play to versus games or horde mode, to accommodate a quick game as well as a long chapter. Borderlands 2 (Gearbox) is another great multiplayer experience with a quirky, light-hearted storyline and a good mixture of RPG and FPS elements. Be forewarned that in Borderlands 2, the difficulty level will adjust to the level of the highest-ranked player, so it’s best not to play an advanced character with a new one.

Metal Scrapping for Beginners

Washers, dryers, computers, TVs, printers, VCRs, DVD players, air conditioners, refrigerators, and power tools all harbor a secret. Buried within them is metal. Even if it’s no longer working, you can find valuable treasure within and sell that treasure for cold, hard cash. This is the practice of metal scrapping, a fun and exciting hobby that allows grown-ups to go on a real live treasure hunt!

Safety first!

Because metal pieces can sometimes be sharp, it’s best to have a pair of cut-resistant gloves. You may find a dust mask, steel-toed boots, or a back brace to be useful. For beginners, it’s best to avoid refrigeration or air conditioning units, as they contain freon, a dangerous chemical requiring specialized disposal.

The scrapping workshop

It’s best to keep your work area clean and free of clutter. Small pieces of metal and plastic can easily become mixed in a cluttered workspace. Your workspace should have good ventilation, good lighting, and comfortable seating.

Plastic paint buckets provide excellent storage for scrap material, although e-scrap (scrap from computers) is usually smaller and may need smaller bins. You’ll usually want one bin for copper, one for aluminum, one for ferrous materials, and one bin for motherboards or other computer equipment. If you’re specializing in e-scrap, get a complete list from your local scrap yard or recycling service to determine how best to sort it.

Identifying metals

The most common metals encountered in scrapping include copper, aluminum, stainless steel, and iron. Aluminum and stainless steel look similar in appearance – usually silver or chrome in color – but stainless steel can be picked up with a magnet. Copper is generally a dark gold color, although some aluminum may be painted with a copper color. New iron may look like stainless steel, but older iron tends to be dark brown of black, and it’s also picked up with a magnet. Scrappers may also encounter brass and even gold in their scrapping adventures!

Breaking down appliances and electronics

Because there are so many different types of appliances and electronics, it’s impossible to concisely explain how to break down everything. Video tutorials can be found on YouTube and other websites that help to identify the most efficient way to break down most appliances and electronics.

To the scrapyard!

Once you have your scrap metal, you can plan your first trip to the local scrapyard. Make a phone call to a few scrapyards, ask a few questions, and choose the yard that seems to be the friendliest. When you get to the scrapyard, the employees will help you load your scrap onto the scale for weighing. They’ll give you a weight ticket and send you to the payment window, where the yard will pay you according to their policies. Always bring a small toolkit and your safety gear to the yard with you! Sometimes the employees will point out a simple thing that could earn you more money, and you may need to remove a piece on the spot to get the maximum value.

Metal scrappers serve a valuable purpose in modern society. By removing precious metals from what other people see as garbage, they’re helping to keep heavy metals out of landfills. When these metals are stored in landfills, they leach into the water supply and can build to toxic levels, so metal scrappers help to protect the environment and aquatic ecosystems. Metal scrapping can be a fun way to bring in some extra cash, turning one man’s trash into your very own treasure!

How to Learn Glassblowing

Artistic expression can take many forms. In addition to painting and sculpting, art may be in the form of clothing, blankets, or decorative household items. One of the most beautiful and practical uses of art is in the form of glassblowing, which can be mastered by almost anyone with the right instruction. And after seeing an art exhibit of Dale Chihuly stuff, I knew that this is one cool hobby that I wanted to learn. Here’s what I’ve discovered so far…

Finding a School

Glassblowing requires the use of specialized tools. In addition to the glass, furnaces that can reach more than 2400 degrees Fahrenheit are required. A bench with a marver is needed, along with a blowpipe and punty. For more elaborate designs, paddles, shears, blocks, and many other tools are necessary. Since few people outside of the professional art world have access to these tools, the best way to learn glassblowing is to find a school or class nearby that offers a class.

People in some areas, like Tacoma, Washington, have an advantage. They can often find freestanding glassblowing centers that offer regular classes, and the market for glassblowing prices is competitive enough to keep prices low. In most parts of the country, classes in glassblowing may be available at a local art museum, art college, or community college.

Preparing for your Class

In most cases, you’ll want to wear closed-toe shoes and have long hair pulled back and out of the way. Most schools require that students provide their own eye protection, and some require that students provide or purchase their own aprons and gloves, although that may be included in the price of the course. You’ll probably want to bring a notebook or sketchbook to draw designs, and to avoid clothing with long, flowing sleeves or flammable synthetic materials.

If you’re not sure whether glassblowing is really for you, ask your school if they have any one-day workshops on the topic. Some schools have shorter sessions where you can work with a glassblowing expert to build a single piece; this allows you to experience glassblowing before making a major investment of time and money.

A Short Primer

While your instructor will probably go over glassblowing, knowing a bit before beginning will help you to feel more comfortable in the glass studio. Modern glassblowing involves three furnaces: the crucible or furnace, filled with melted glass; the glory hole, used to reheat pieces while working on them; and the annealer, used to slowly cool the glass to prevent cracking. The tip of the blowpipe is preheated and then used to pick up a blob of molten glass, which is rolled on a marver to cool the outer skin of the glass. Then you blow air into the pipe to create a bubble. Over time, the piece can be expanded, and larger pieces require far more time and energy. Once the piece is finished, the molten glass is transferred to a punty to create the opening.

Glassblowing is an ancient art that has created some of the most beautiful and lasting pieces of art in the world. With modern tools and techniques, glassblowing is a fun way for even a hobbyist to create beautiful, unique sculptures and pieces.

Good Ways to Learn a Foreign Language in Your Spare Time

There are few things in this world that define a culture more completely than a language. A language is shared by and shaped by the people who speak it, and by understanding the language, you develop a more complex and nuanced understanding of world cultures.

But these days, we’re all busy, and learning a foreign language is something that few of us can find the time for. The good news is that you can learn a foreign language in your spare time, even if your free time is limited!

First, choose a language.

Choosing a foreign language can be difficult. For native English speakers, the easiest to learn are European languages. In most parts of the United States, Spanish is extremely useful as a second language. In many parts of Canada, French is the ideal second language.

Choosing an ancient language or a language not widely used will limit the availability of resources available to learn the language. For example, Swedish and Norwegian are not widely used outside of Sweden and Norway, so resources to help you learn those languages will be more difficult to obtain. Latin and Attic Greek can be useful in Biblical scholarship, but the resources available to learn those languages are generally geared toward college-level students and can be difficult for an autodidact to use.

Second, choose a primary resource.

One of the best free resources for learning popular modern languages is an app for the iOS and Android. Duolingo is also available as a web-based game. Not all languages are included with Duolingo, but its portability on various devices makes it a fun way to learn languages while sitting in a waiting room or picking the kids up from school.

If the language you want isn’t available on Duolingo, Rosetta Stone is another option that’s exceptionally easy to use. Rosetta Stone is a computer program and website that’s rather pricey, but is highly effective in helping to learn foreign languages. With adjustable settings, the program can be adjusted to allow children as young as seven to begin learning a foreign language.

If you need a classroom setting to learn most effectively, or if you can’t find your language on Duolingo or Rosetta Stone, consider taking a class at your local community college. For Vulgar Latin, Attic Greek, or Arabic, you may be able to find classes at local churches or mosques.

Find a friend!

The best way to cement learning a new language is to speak it often! Rosetta Stone offers students the ability to chat online with people all over the world, allowing students to hone their language skills while conversing with real people who speak that language.

Ideally, you’ll be able to find a friend who speaks the language you want to learn. You may want to ask around on social media or within your network to seek out a linguistic buddy. Meeting periodically for face-to-face interactions will help you learn to truly understand your new language.

Learning a second language can be incredibly rewarding, and it’s not as difficult as you might first assume. In most parts of the world, people are expected to know more than one language. A native English-speaker has an advantage when he or she is bilingual, as it’s a skill that few native English-speakers develop. But the true value of learning another language is not in its benefit as a resume-booster; learning another language teaches you about people, customs, and societies in other parts of the world.

Starting Your Own Podcast

Have you ever had someone tell you that you have a face for radio? Maybe becoming a radio personality was never your destiny, but almost anyone can build a podcast! With a few simple steps, you can start your own podcast, gain a loyal following, and broadcast your information to people all over the world. Or maybe you’re just like me and enjoy listening to podcasts and thought, ‘hey, I can do that!’ and you can! I’ve had that thought more than once and when I was browsing around a site called Audio Jumpstart, I realized that this could be a fun hobby that is super cheap once you get the equipment together. Here’s what I’ve learned so far…

Step One: Planning

The first step in building a podcast is planning. What is your topic? Pick a title, write a brief (under 400 words) description, and plan out your first few episodes. Plan the regular format for your podcast. Usually, it’s easier if you can do interviews on a podcast – the time goes much faster and it’s easier to fill the time. When you’re just starting out, you may not have a guest, so practice and rehearse your speech for time.

Podcasts are normally fairly conversational in tone, so you want to avoid being too formal with your speech. Decide how frequently you plan to podcast, and make sure to stick to that schedule.

Step Two: Recording

Recording a podcast can be easy or complicated, but there are a few tools you’ll need to get started with:

  • A good microphone
  • Audacity (a free program)
  • Call Recorder for Skype (if you’re doing interviews)

With these simple tools, you can begin recording your first podcast! Audacity is an audio editing program that allows you to edit and reformat your podcast, so you’ll want to save your podcast in mp3 format.

Step Three: Tag Your File

On the Properties section of your new podcast file, you need to add some information so that the podcast services know what it’s about. As a minimum, you’ll need to write the podcast title, your name, the episode number, and the artwork. This ensures that when your podcast is properly uploaded, the podcasting services like iTunes and Stitcher can provide those additional details when someone looks at or downloads your podcast.

Step Four: Upload Your Podcast

Podcast experts recommend that you host your podcast on a server outside of your own website’s server. The reason is that podcasts can take up a lot of bandwidth and space, and they can sometimes cause your primary website to run slowly. Libsyn is a fantastic media hosting service that offers a flat fee for media hosting with plans starting as low as $5.

Step Five: Syndication

Once your podcast is on the server, it’s accessible by anyone who’s looking for it. But syndicating it to a podcast feed like iTunes or Stitcher allows people with those services to play it quickly, conveniently, and easily. If you’re using Libsyn, the site has tutorials in their knowledge base to help you easily syndicate your podcast feed to iTunes. Additional step-by-step instructions can be found through iTunes or Stitcher. The server and podcast app can change the exact steps, so check the tutorials for the latest info.

Podcasting can be a great way to build an audience and to build credibility. While expert podcasters may spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to build their podcast, you can start podcasting today with a very low initial investment and then upgrade later, when your audience is large enough to support your expenses.

Best Ways to Learn Programming Languages

Coding a computer program or website can be a valuable skill, and those who master it can parlay their interest into a career. But for the hobbyist, computer coding is a fun and exciting adventure! Coding is a lot like building a puzzle, and building a computer program or website from code is a great way to really understand how computers work. How can a beginner learn programming languages?

First, pick your language.

Just as the earth is filled with hundreds of different languages, someone learning to code can choose from dozens of different languages. If your goal is to create websites, beginners will want to start with HTML and CSS, then move on to PHP or Java. If your goal is to create games, beginners will want to start with Python and then move to Java. If you want to program robots or create computer programs, C or C++ is a great place to begin your study.

Use great resources.

The Internet is a beautiful place for aspiring coders, and there are dozens of sites with useful information and training about how to begin coding. For a “newbie”, it can be overwhelming! A newbie needs a course that’s easy to follow, presents information in a logical order, and is geared toward those learning the basics. The best free site for learning HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, Python, Ruby, and PHP is The site contains tutorials, step-by-step lessons, and even a social feature to help motivate and encourage coding students. Khan Academy provides lessons in Javascript, and the wide use of make Khan Academy for teaching other subjects makes it a great way to teach homeschool students or to add programming to a classroom.

Learning C or C++ can be a bit more challenging, as the language has fewer free online resources to help. Websites like provides a relatively user-friendly series of lessons, although they are a bit vanilla and may be difficult for someone with very little understanding of programming logic.

Consider resources that aren’t free

While free resources are great on the pocketbook, learning the language effectively is far more profitable in the long run. Many local community colleges or technical schools have computer science programs, and it may be worthwhile to take a class or audit a course. Some people learn more effectively in a classroom setting, so if you think you may need some personal attention, try a local college class.

Schedule your learning time

Schedule a little time every day to learn or practice your coding. Coding relies on the use of logic and mathematics that few adults use on a regular basis, and learning to code is an exercise of the brain. Like any other organ, beginning exercise can be challenging, so devote yourself to practicing your coding on a regular, consistent basis.

Learning to code can be a great hobby that can bring great rewards to those who master it, but mastering the skill can take many hours of practice. The more you practice, the better you will become!

How to Design a WordPress Theme

Almost one in every four websites on the Internet is powered by WordPress. WordPress is a free content management system that allows even non-technical people to quickly and easily build beautiful websites, and it’s used by major corporations and small businesses alike. But to make your WordPress site truly unique, you can design your own customized WordPress theme. I was recently checking out some sites that I like – Book Butchers and Active Weekender to name a few – and I realized that while I like those ones, I wanted something a little more minimalist and me. That’s when I decided that it was time to start learning to make my own theme (I think this will be an ongoing project for me).

Before You Begin

In order to design a new WordPress theme, you’ll need to have some basic knowledge of coding first. WordPress themes generally use HTML, CSS, and PHP. Once you have a basic understanding of the languages, you’ll want to check out WordPress’s own guidelines for building a theme, found in their Codex. After all these basics are out of the way, it’s time to get creative!

Most web designers begin by making a mockup of the webpage – a graphic representation of the design. This is usually an image or a graphic file and can be created with GIMP, Adobe Publisher, or even MS Paint. If you want a different style for your homepage (different headers, different slideshow, etc.), you’ll need to do two separate mockups.


The first thing you need to code is the stylesheet – the core of every WordPress theme. Make sure that you use WordPress’s guidelines for the stylesheet header, and code with current CSS. Almost every theme will use a functions PHP file, so that’ll be the next big file to code.

The next relatively easy pages to code are 404.php (the page that shows up when a visitor hits a 404 error), image.php (which tells your theme how to process and display images), and attachment.php (which tells your theme how to process and display attachments). After that, the index.php, front-page.php, and home.php will provide the actual designs for those pages. The single.php, single-{post-type}.php, and archive.php pages will come next.

Finally, you’ll want to finished out the coding with comments.php, page.php, category.php, tag.php, taxonomy.php, author.php, date.php, and search.php files. The right-to-left stylesheet (rtl.css) can be generated automatically for you using a WordPress tool found on their website.


If you’ve been designing for WordPress before, you may already have a dummy installation of WordPress on your local computer. If not, you’ll need to first download Xampp (free download) to set up your local host. Then, add WordPress and any existing plug-ins or extensions to your Xampp. Once this is done, you’ll have a basic hosting environment that allows you to test your theme locally.

When your theme is complete, you’ll want to compress all the files into a .zip format, then install the theme through your WordPress installer just as you would with any other theme. Experimenting with your new theme on a localhost allows you to pinpoint errors and troubleshoot your code before adding it to your website or to the WordPress community directory.

Designing WordPress themes can be a fun and easy way to build a customized website for yourself or your friends. It’s also good karma; if you release it to the public, you’re giving something back to the WordPress community. Finally, it can be marketable! A good WordPress theme designer can be a valuable asset to any modern web design team.

Tips for Teaching Yourself Web Design

Designing your own website can be a way to share your passion with the world, but it can also be a marketable skill. The advantage to learning web design is that you don’t need an expensive degree or many years of training. All the tools you need to learn web design are available for free online!

The basics
With a large website-building company, different tasks will be divided and assigned to different team members. A graphics designer will create a logo and design pictures, images, and color schemes. A web designer will create a mockup of the site, paying attention to formatting, placement, and aesthetics. A programmer will then create the site using web programming languages.

For a solopreneur or a hobbyist, these functions will usually be undertaken by a single individual. If there’s a little money in the budget, a logo design may be outsourced to a freelancer on a site like Fiverr or Odesk. Colors can be taken from the logo to use on the site. For most people, the biggest challenge will be using programming languages.

All those acronyms!
Scanning the resume of a web designer can be confusing, as it is often written almost entirely in acronyms! These acronyms are usually names of specific programming languages or platforms. Some of the most common that a new web designer will encounter are:

  • HTML: Hypertext Markup Language. This is the most basic language of the Internet. It changes and updates over time, and most current websites use HTML5 or XHTML.
  • CSS: Cascading Style Sheets. This is used to define styles and formatting for a website.
  • PHP: Now stands for Hypertext Preprocessor. PHP is a language that communicates with a database to send or retrieve information. It’s essential when designing with a CMS.
  • JavaScript: JavaScript is the most common programming language in the world. It’s used to create dynamic changes to HTML.
  • CMS: Content Management System. This is a pre-designed system that allows easy updates. CMS is designed to be easy to install and use, and there are a variety of free and commercial CMS platforms that can be altered and updated in many ways. These include WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Ruby on Rails, and many other platforms.

Learn in the right order
If you’re brand new to web design, the most important language to learn is HTML. Once you’ve mastered HTML, you can move on to CSS, PHP, and JavaScript, in that order.

Working with a CMS allows you to create a website before you’ve fully mastered these programming languages. You can find free CMS platforms, templates, themes, and plugins on the Internet. Learning your programming languages allows you to customize a CMS to meet your unique requirements, but if you’re the type of person who wants to get started immediately, a CMS can help to reduce your learning curve.

Getting help
One of the first things a web designer learns is that everyone needs tech support sometimes! If you’re using a CMS, you can generally find help on forums associated with that CMS. You may find tech support tips in a wiki that was designed for the CMS or for the themes or plugins you’re using. Difficulty with your web server can usually be handled through email or live chat.

With modern programming languages, an abundance of free education on the Internet, and user-friendly CMS platforms, even a novice can create a beautiful website in a short amount of time. Web design can be a useful skill, but it can also be a fun hobby!