About Phyllis Garland

I am a geek in love with all things techie, marketing, social media, and Apple. You know, that stuff that probably gives you a headache just thinking about. I get it, and it’s okay if you don’t, because that just means I can totally help you out.

WordPress Security is Serious Business

Hackers…they are out there looking for a way to inject malware and viruses into any WordPress website/blog that is not locked down and secured.

SECURITY – Make sure the computers you use are free of spyware, malware, and virus infections. No amount of security in WordPress or on your web server will make the slightest […]

By |July 12th, 2013|Hot Tips, Website Security|0 Comments

You can find me at the Happiness Bar | WordCamp 2013 San Francisco | July 26-27

Hello Friends!

I have some exciting news to share! The organizers of WordCamp 2013 San Francisco have added additional seats for the two-day conference. If you haven’t purchased your ticket, you can log onto http://2013.sf.wordcamp.org/tickets/ to purchase a ticket.

I will be there on Friday and Saturday where you will find me at the “Happiness Bar”. […]

BackupBuddy 4.0 Launch Webinar

In this video, Benjamin “The Professor” Bradley covers all of the new features and enhancements in BackupBuddy 4.0.

The new features and enhancements in BackupBuddy 4.0 include the following:

Individual File View & Restore Capabilities
Backup Profiles
Built-in Page Tours and Tutorials
Backup Status Details
Server Info Page Updates
You’ll also get a few BackupBuddy “power user” tips for maximizing these […]

How Do I Update My WordPress Website to the Latest Version of WordPress?

WordPress has recently released its latest update: WordPress 3.5.2 version. This is a security release for all previous versions and I strongly encourage you to update your WordPress website today. Many hackers exploit holes that have been identified in older versions of WordPress, so keeping your install up to date is another easy way […]

What is a Plugin? What is a Widget?

I seem to get asked this question a lot…what is the difference between a plugin and a widget? 


A WORDPRESS PLUGIN is a program, or a set of one or more functions, written in the PHP scripting language, that adds a specific set of features or services to the WordPress weblog, which can be seamlessly integrated […]

By |June 11th, 2013|Hot Tips, Plugins, Widgets|0 Comments

What is WordPress and Why Should I Care?

I have to confess—I’m in love. It’s a mad-crazy kind of love. No, I’m not shouting it from the rooftops or jumping over couches, but I’m not ashamed to say it. I’m in love, and the object of my affections is WordPress. As a web designer, I can’t say enough about how great WordPress […]

Onyx Hair Salon

Onyx Hair Salon in Burlingame, CA
Project: New WordPress Website

Theme:  Whitelight by WooThemes

Plugins used:

All In One SEO by Michael Torbert
BAW Gravatar Google image by Juliobox,
Custom Forms by Taylor Lovett as seen on the “Careers” web page
Follow Button for FeedBurner by TheAdityaJain
Google Analyticator by Video User Manuals
Google Feedburner
Google XML Sitemaps v3 for qTranslate by Archebold
Google […]

By |October 7th, 2012|Phyllis' Portfolio, Plugins, Themes|0 Comments

Lyon Learning Center in San Carlos, CA

Clarise Lyon, the owner and founder of Lyon Learning came to me because she was unhappy with her old website. She wanted a website that was bright and fun that reflected the joys and adventures one can find in her tutoring center.

Project: Web re-design

Additional Services: e-Newsletter & Video

Theme:  U-Design by Theme Forest themes

Pages: 15 […]

By |October 6th, 2012|Phyllis' Portfolio, Plugins, Themes|0 Comments

Alina Baugh, LMFT

Project: Re-Design

Click here to see the before and after pictures

Pages:  14 + Blog

Additional Services Include: Logo Design, Video, Copy writing, E-Book Designs, MailChimp Opt-in forms

Click here to view the website online


[quote]I had the opportunity to get to know Phyllis through WEBA organization and quickly learned that she is a very knowledgeable business advisor and […]

By |October 6th, 2012|Phyllis' Portfolio, Plugins, Themes|0 Comments

Cedar Mortgage in San Jose, CA

Cedar Mortgage in San Jose, CA
Project: PSD to WordPress

Theme: Canvas by WooThemes – 12 pages and blog including a working contact form with captcha.

Plugins: All In One Seo, Contact Form With Captcha, Download Manager for PPT and online forms, Google Feedburner, Moo Gravatar Box, Websimon Tables

Additional Services: Currently developing sister website American Pacific Mortgage

Graphic […]

By |October 5th, 2012|Phyllis' Portfolio, Plugins, Themes|0 Comments

Working Behind the Scenes with Babs Harband

Theme:  U-Design by ThemeForest Themes

Pages: 14 + Photo Gallery
Plugins used:

All In One SEO byMichael Torbert
Google Analyticator byVideo User Manuals
Google XML Sitemaps v3 for qTranslate by Archebold
Social Media Widget by Brian Freytag
TweetMeMe Button by TweetMeME
WordPress Firewall 2 by Matthew Pavkov

 Click here to view the website online

Click here to view the before and after images.

By |October 4th, 2012|Phyllis' Portfolio, Plugins, Themes|0 Comments

3 Reasons Why Your Business Needs a Blog

Why do I need to blog? Not only are you establishing a relationship with your readers and prospective clients, you are positioning yourself as a leader or expert in your industry! 

Turn your knowledge and purpose into expertise status
Web users are not looking for your website, they are looking for answers to a problem they […]

35 Security Plugins to Make Your WordPress Bulletproof

I am always looking for  ways to keep my WordPress website free of hackers and spammers.  Of course, it’s important to keep a backup copy of your website as well.  I ran across this  a very informative, resource filled web site and blog post by Daniels Mekšs @ 1stwebdesigner.com. Take the time to  read the blog post, bulletproof your […]

What Is a WordPress Plugin?

A WordPress Plugin (also known as a widget) is a program, or a set of one or more functions, written in the PHP scripting language, that adds a specific set of features or services to the WordPress weblog.  Plugins can be seamlessly integrated with the weblog using access points and methods provided by the […]

Web Marketing Using Video

It is well known that people are more likely to buy from a site where there is a short video presentation of the business owner. This is a simple way for the visitors to connect and experience a trust for the website and business.

Just recently, I did an analysis of how my clients found […]

Article Submission Resources

How Can Article Directories Help my Site?
Anyone with a website knows that the key to success lies in the amount of traffic it gets. To get more traffic your site needs to appear high up in the search results, with all of the major search engines. You can always build a great site and […]

Why Every Company Needs Email Marketing

It’s a known fact that we do business with people we know, trust and like and with frequent email campaigns, you can keep your business top-of-mind with subscribers and drive them to your website or company blog, ultimately increasing the chances of a sale.

Here are several choices for Email Marketing.

MailChimp.com {FREE for the first […]

By |November 1st, 2011|Email, Email Marketing, Hot Tips|0 Comments

How to Select a Web Host

Once you’ve registered your domain name, it’s time to choose a web host. A web host is a business that rents out the server space on which you store all of your website’s files.  Look for a web host that’s backed by a reliable corporation with a good reputation for customer service . For […]

By |October 27th, 2011|Clean Web Design, Domain Name, Email, Hosting, Hot Tips|0 Comments

How to Register a Domain Name

The first step to register your domain name through a domain name registrar. Once you’ve registered and paid for a domain name, you own it, which means you have the exclusive right to use that domain name for a specified period of time and renew it once that term expires. Domain name registration is […]

The Benefits of Clean Web Design

The Benefits of Clean Web Design
Clean websites have become very popular thanks to all of their special benefits.

A clean and minimalistic look signals professionalism and this is why people prefer the simple styles over the merry-go-round themes. Today web designers have tools to build interactive playgrounds and shopping centers without much effort. The true […]

By |October 18th, 2011|Clean Web Design, Hot Tips, Website Design, WordPress|0 Comments