Fonts In WordPress

Fonts In WordPress

Using Fonts in WordPress

Most websites have images. Some have videos. Others have database connections, feeds from other sites, shopping carts, and others item.

But it’s fair to say that EVERY websites has fonts. From the classic Times New Roman, to newly launched fonts like Shapiro, fonts are text stylings used to display written text on sites.

There are many ways to edit font types but today we’re going to talk about how you can add or change the fonts on your site.

Fonts in WordPress

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Fonts in WordPress are a great way to stylize your website. Changing the font can make a site look very corporate or newsy, or fun and light. Therefore fonts can make a site hard to read or amateurish, so choose wisely.

Most sites use primarily two fonts, one for headings, and one for body text. There are often other fonts used for beneath images, advertisements, and other special cases, but two is the base number needed.

Need some suggestions on font pairings for your site? Check out Font Pair to see fonts paired together and how they will look in WordPress.

Finding Fonts

There are hundreds of fonts in WordPress available online for free or at a very low cost.

Make Your Own Font!

A site called Font Squirrel will take a font you own, upload it to the application, and edit to your needs. Add tails to letters, increase the boldness,

Use the Fonts in WordPress

Once you’ve decided on which fonts will work on your site, it’s time to implement them. There are many ways including CSS, themes and plugins.

  • Themes Some themes already have a customizer in their options to set default heading and paragraph fonts. This makes selecting and changing them extremely easy, as you only have to edit in one place and it should universally change the pages.Of course if any changes were made inside a page they may still hold the values. I use the DIVI theme and changing fonts sitewide is very simple, and using a visual builder it’s quick to see a change in both font style and size will affect the site.
  • Plugins Like setting a font in WordPress in the theme customizer, plugins offer an easy way to change fonts sitewide. Most will interface directly with Google Fonts and other depositories to bring in the fonts and other styles.
  • CSS The most powerful, the fasted loading time, and maybe the most difficult way to adjust your fonts is through CSS. CSS is some instructions on how your WordPress and other site display text, images, page width, navigation and many other options on the site.

To set the fonts and other properties in CSS you will need the following
1- Downloaded font files, or in some cases have code from a depository (like Google Fonts) which can provide an “@import” instruction to pull the files needed in your CSS page/site.
2 – Access to edit the WordPress files to bring in the fonts through CSS. Sometimes this will be a custom CSS file. Other times it will be a specific file in the WP theme. Find out where to change on your page.
3- Sometimes changes to fonts can be made in the header.php file. Place the font import in the <HEAD></HEAD> portion of the HTML.
4- If you host the font files locally, the “@font-face” CSS command can be used.

See more ways and even get specific CSS and HTML code to add fonts in WordPress by visiting this article on


  • WP Beginner – How to Change MX Records For Your WordPress Site

MX Records are where your email is directed. Often times it is the same server as the web host, but more advanced sites use an ARecord host (website), and MX Record host (mail) at different locations. This article gives some great instructions on why, and how, you would change the server records.

  • WP Lift – How to Optimize Cumulative Layout Shift on WordPress

This one might be slightly advanced. If you’ve been using page scoring sites like GTMetrix or Page Insights lately, you’ve probably noticed one of the big items listed as a negative is Cumulative Layout Shift.

It’s when the code is loading and the site layout flashes as images, videos and other content fall into place on the site. It can be distracting, but there are ways around it. If the site loads quickly it may not be an issue, but if you’re concerned about this the page gives some great ideas on how to minimize the shift.

UPDATE : You can use legacy reporting from GTMetrix ( )F

  • Search Engine Journal – WordPress 5.6 Guidance on PHP 8 Compatibility

The most recent version of PHP (7.4) doesn’t reach it’s projected EOL (end of life) until Dec 2022, so if you’re running near the most recent version everything should be fine… for now. But if you like to live on the technical edge, PHP 8 is starting to roll out and WordPress 5.6 will be compatible in beta form, meaning running it on a production website is risky at best.

There are bound to be issues with the core, and almost certainly will be with themes, plugins and even custom code. So implement at your own risk.


Fonts in WordPress

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What Technology Do I Need to Manage WordPress?

What Technology Do I Need to Manage WordPress?

What Do You Need To Manage WordPress?

WordPress lives entirely online. The wp-admin portion of a WP site allows the admin to manage everything from one spot.

On the admin you can create posts and pages, add media (images, videos, audio and documents), add/manage plugins, change the menus and maintain almost everything else in WordPress.

What Technology Do You Need To Manage Your WordPress Site?

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Software and Internet

The first things you’ll need to manage WordPress is some internet and software programs.

  • Internet Connection
    Of course you can’t manage a website without being connected to the internet, right? Your home/office connection, a shared connection at a cafe or restaurant, or even a hotspot will do as long as it’s secure and consistent.
  • VPN
    Speaking of connecting to the internet. Make sure you are running a VPN if working on a public connection. You may be sending passwords, documents, and other private data from the site to your device, best to have all of that encrypted.
  • Modern Web Browser
    Most WP sites are meant to work in the big four browsers, Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari. On mobile most use Chrome, Safari and Firefox. So long in to your website on one of those browsers and you should be fine.
  • Image Program or Service
    You may run into an issue where you will need to create or edit an image for your website. Photoshop if you can afford it, GIMP is great if you want many PS features for zero dollars, but there is a learning curve, and is a powerful online image creation platform.
  • FTP Programs
    This is easy if you’re looking for a program to work on your site files. Filezilla. Next!
  • Code Editor
    There may come a time where you have to get dirty and edit some code on the site in your wp-confg, htaccess, or robots.txt files and Notepad++, Brackets, Dreamweaver, or even the old reliable Notepad will do just the trick.

Hardware and Devices

Now you know what software you need to do the job. What do you need to run it?

  • PC
    PC is the broad definition, as in personal computer. Windows, Mac or Linux. Desktop or laptop. Expensive or cheap. It really doesn’t matter as long as you can 1) connect to the internet, and 2) do so in a modestly efficient manner.
  • Chromebooks
    Chromebooks are a great way to manage WordPress. They run a ton of programs and apps, are designed to work in an online environment, and are relatively cheap when compared to PCs.
  • Tablets/iPads
    For small jobs, tablets and iPads work well when managing WordPress. Just need to run some updates, or insert an image? Fire up the iPad. While you can type long content on a tablet, I don’t recommend it. Use something with an actual keyboard.
  • Smartphones
    I recommend using a smartphone to manage your site only in emergencies. Both Android and IOS can connect through browsers to your site, but it’s compressed, requires use of the hamburger menu, and not really friendly to editing lots of text.

Essentially you can manage WordPress with any internet connected computer. As long as it has a browser, can run the wp-admin part of the site, and has a screen with enough resolution to see what you’re doing, it should work. It’s all based on budget, what you have to do, and how comfortable you are doing it on that device.

How do you manage WordPress? Leave your thoughts below, or send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

What Technology Do You Need To Manage Your WordPress Site?

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Sending Emails from WordPress Sites

Sending Emails from WordPress Sites

Sending Emails from WordPress Sites

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Why doesn’t WordPress send emails without any configuration?

  • The easy answer is, it does… sometimes.
  • Some hosts and website work without any editing to the WordPress install or even the plugins to send emails from forms. It’ uses the PHP Mail function.
  • But some hosts don’t have that running or it is very ineffecting in sending email, so a plugin needs to be installed to send those emails

What is SMTP?

  • The default method of sending any emails is SMTP (simple mail transfer protocol).
  • It’s a way to send email from your website to your visitors through your email provider.
    • If you don’t have a dedicated domain email provider, you an also use Gmail, Outlook and other free email providers with a little configuration.
  • The basic information to send email through SMTP is
    • The server address : will be something like

    • The username. Often it will be the full email address to send FROM : ie –

    • The password for the account

    • The protocol to use and it’s accompanying port

      • 25 – basic, unencrypted SMTP port. This sends email from the site/app directly to the email server with no protection. It’s often restricted by many email servers and ISPs.
      • 465 : Another port that was used up until recently, but it’s not recommended any longer. It uses SSL ports but is actually now used for other types of internet traffic, and can be blocked or filtered by many ISPs and email providers.
      • 587 : The recommended port to send SMTP traffic. It uses TLS encryption which will ensure the email is submitted security.

      What plugins can be used to send emails from WordPress

      • Easy WP SMTP Plugin – my default SMTP plugin. Easy to confiure, it’s free, and comes with many preconfigured hosts like Gmail, Yahoo! and Outlook. Sends a test email to any email you wish to make sure everything work.
      • Mail SMTP Gateway Plugin – Another great SMTP plugin. This one has many options and can be tough for inexpreienced users to configure the eadvanced options.
      • WP Email SMTP Plugin – Another free plugins that has all the usual options. Some of the most popular included settings are from email, from name, mailer, return path, host, port, authentication, encryption, username and password.

What are your experiences or questions about sending emails from your website? Leave them below, or send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Sending Emails from WordPress Sites

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Online Learning Opportunities

Online Learning Opportunities

Learning A New Skill In These Weird Times

This weird time has us looking to fill time that used to be spent going to movies, out to dinner, in longer in-person meetings or other recreational activities. 

So, with that free time, maybe it’s time to learn some new skills. 

On today’s BeBizzy Break Podcast we’re going to talk about some of the most popular online apps and websites. 

Learning A New Skill Online

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Online Course Websites

Coursera –

  • Huge selection ranging from business, health, computer science,

MIT Open Courseware –

  • Free courses from MIT professors and other educators
  • Business, energy, engineering, arts, math, science

EdX –

  • 2500 courses from 140 institutions
  • Computer science, language, engineering, humanities, business

Stanford, Yale, Berkley and many more highly regarded institutions also have online opportunities. Search and check them out.


Other General Learning


What are your favorite places for online learning? Send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Learning A New Skill Online

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Protecting Your WordPress Sites With Good Passwords

Protecting Your WordPress Sites With Good Passwords

WordPress Admin Security

The most obvious security issue with WordPress is your administrator account logon information. By locking that down you can protect your website content and install information. 

But there are other security measures you should implement if you really want your site to be secure. We’ll talk about those on this episode 113 of the BeBizzy Break Podcast.

Protecting Your WordPress Sites With Good Passwords

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Your WordPress Admin Account

There are several ways for a hacker to gain control of your website or server. I’m going to start with the most obvious, then give you some tips on protecting the rest of your site and social engineering opportunities

  • Admin Accounts

    • Admin Passwords – choose a good password. I assigned a tough, 16-characters admin password today which was promptly changed by the user to a weak password. The client didn’t want increased security on allowing weak passwords, so now an admin has an easy password, which would allow total access to the site and the data.
    • Delete unused accounts – I recently killed a few accounts on a site that haven’t technically been active in over five years. However, if that person had really wanted to cause an issue, it would have taken no time to change that password, log in to the site and start causing all kinds of damage. And technically, it wouldn’t have to be the person who “owned” that account, it could be hacked by virtually anyone, especially if they had email access (see below)

Other Website Security Concerns

So once you have a handle on the admin accounts in WordPress, now it’s time to take a quick audit of the other weak links

  • Your email password – This is 100% the most important password you will even use. Almost every password recovery, confirmation, and communication from other systems come through your email. If someone gets your email password, they can get almost anything else including your bank, your credit cards, your mobile phone records, Office accounts, business files… everything.

    Make your email password as secure as humanly possible, set up two-factor authentication (2FA) where possible, and guard this password with your life.

  • Password Managers – Now that I’ve made it clear your email is THE weakest link, a good password manager like LastPass is essential is managing strong, unique passwords for all of your pages. And most modern browsers allow easy use to auto-fill or provide easy copy/paste of passwords into your web apps and pages.
  • Server login – Having access to a WordPress site is good, but getting direct access to a server WHM or Cpanel is even better. You could point the site at a different location, change up some of the settings, or even just delete everything. Lock that down with a good password.
  • Registrar – Hijacking domain name isn’t new, but it is relatively easy with access to the registrar. From here DNS records can be changed, contact emails can be changed, and domains can even be cancelled/deleted. Turn on 2FA and set a good password.
  • Other technical sources for the site – Make sure logins to your CDN, WooCommerce account, plugin sources and more are all protected with great passwords and 2FA.

Passwords will usually scrub off the casual hacker, but to ensure your site’s security to those with a little more skill you may have to take some additional measures. Set good passwords, utilize 2FA when possible, and change the passwords on a regular basis. 

Update on WordPress 5.4 which was released on March 31, 2020. Some issues emerging on the editor going full screen, and favicons disappearing or affecting load time. So at this time I would advise you not to update until an incremental update is released to address some of these concerns.

Have horror stories or tips on securing your WordPress or other website? Send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Protecting Your WordPress Sites With Good Passwords

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Conduct Meetings with UberConference

Conduct Meetings with UberConference

Online Conferencing Use Had Recently Exploded

With so many kids and adults stuck at home for school and work online conferencing has gone to the next level. Now instead of just a few team members logging in and the rest joining in a conference room, 10, 20, and even more people are logging on to Zoom, Go-To-Meeting, Google Hangouts and other conferencing systems.

On today’s BeBizzy Break Podcast I’ll give you my recommendation for a video and audio conferencing system, UberConference.

Conduct Meetings with UberConference

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UberConference has two pricing levels, $15/month (billed annually), and the best price ever, FREE. 

The primary differences between the two pricing structures are the number of attendees on each tier (up to 10 on free, up to 100 on Pro), and the use of a PIN (required on free, not on Pro). There are other small differences like a custom local phone number for pro, length of the calls, and more, but essentially the free system works like the pro in most cases.


The feature list, even for the free plan, is impressive

  • Audio or Video conferencing. You can even mix the two.
  • Mobile apps for those using iPads, phones or Chromebooks.
  • Schedule as many calls as you need
  • Dial out to calls, or additional resources if needed
  • Free call recording
  • Screen share, and the ability to hand off to other users
  • Chat
  • Participant mute
  • … and more!

I use Uberconference for my calls when I can’t use, or don’t want to use Go-To-Meeting. It’s a very full-featured, cost-effective system that can be started immediately, is easy to set up, and can be used long after this work-from-home is over.

Have experience in UberConference or another favorite conferencing app? Send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Conduct Meetings with UberConference

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Adding Notifications to Your WordPress Site

Adding Notifications to Your WordPress Site

Adding Notifications 

Sometimes you need to get specific information out to your customers like operation times, newsletter signups, new product lines, or even business sale or closing messages.

There are many ways to do this, and also many things to consider when you’ve decided to move forward. On today’s Episode 111 of the BeBizzy Break Podcast we talk about Adding Notifications to your WordPress Website.

Adding Notifications to Your WordPress Site

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What To Consider Before Adding A Notification

On the surface, adding a notification to a website sounds simple. I need to tell people something, add a popup…

But given there’s so many ways to do this, and so many options, it’s important to consider a few things before you move forward.

  • How often should I present the message – most of these options have ways to limiting how often a user sees the message. The most popular are once per user session, once per day, once per week, or simply… once. How often would be managed by what the message is, the importance of the message, and the duration.
  • Should I open on all pages, or limit viewing – Does your message need to be seen by every visitor to the page, or it important only to blog viewers, or contact us visitors?
  • How intrusive should it be – Will a standard popup get the job done, or can you just have a footer notification. Or is it so important that it needs to be full-page?
  • Require User Interaction – Does the visitor need to interact with it with a Call-To-Action (CTA), or will a simple accept or close button work?
  • How long should you leave it up – In the case of the COVID outbreak, the office closures will be mostly dictated by the government, but if it’s seasonal hours, or specific instructions, make sure you have someone who knows to remove it.

Ways to Display Notifications

There are many ways to display notifications to website visitors. The most popular include : 

  • Notification Bars – These are usually stuck to the footer of a website and will stay there until acknowledged with a click to close. Uses include notification of privacy policy, a change in store/office hours, and moderately important messages. One of the more popular plugins is WPFront Notification Bar
  • Popups – You’ve seen popups for years. They are on almost every website you visit trying to get you to subscribe to newsletter, acknowledge privacy policies, and in the case of COVID-19 showing hours or other information. Use this method carefully when you determine how often it needs to be displayed, how large it is displayed, and what information is requested. There are hundreds of popup builder plugins available, find the one that fits your needs.
  • Edit Your WordPress page – If you want something a bit more permanent or embedded in your website you can just add it on your home age in a row or module. This takes a bit more work, but can be a little bit less intrusive to visitors but still be seen. 

Adding a notification to your website can be as easy as just saying you want one and picking a way to do it. But, by putting a little thought into it before you implement you can find a better, more effective way of projecting your message. 

What are your favorite ways of displaying notifications to website visitors? Send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Adding Notifications to Your WordPress Site

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Best Methods for Sharing Files

Best Methods for Sharing Files

How Can I Share Files With Clients and Co-Workers?

Sharing files in an office environment is often easy. There’s often different email rules set up for internal sharing, an easy to use shared server environment, and company-provided usb thumbdrives.

But what if you need to share files with a customer, or now that you’re working from home and not inside that hardened corporate firewall? We’re talking today about some of the things you can use to share files without being on that safe company system (including VPN’s into the system)

Best Methods for Sharing Files

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Ways to Share Files

There are dozens, maybe hundreds, of ways to share files with co-workers and clients. Remember that you still have to get passwords to the end user, so sending that in the same email could be a security issue. Here’s just a few ways to share files:

  • Thumbdrives – Keep in mind there are some issues regarding thumbdrive safety so make sure the drive is yours and you have formatted it prior to transferring files. Also, some computers are locked down to getting files from thumbdrives.
  • Password Protecting – Microsoft Office and other files allow you to password protect the files prior to saving or sending. In Office click on File – Info – Protect Document –  Encrypt with Password
  • Zip & Protect – Similar to password protecting. Just add to a compression folder and add a password.
  • Google Drive – Save files to your Google Drive, and from there you can share the folder out via email or a shared link.
  • SendSafely – Two-factor authentication, expiration controls, even an Outlook plugin with “dropzones” for teams. Free and various levels of subscriptions.
  • DropBox or Sync -File sharing sending links or allowing a login. I use Sync which allows you to see when the file is downloaded and also to encrypt and password protect them better than Dropbox.

These have different levels of cost and security, but all will work. Some require direct access like a thumbdrive, and some are easier to hack than others. Some are easy to set up, and some might require some working with clients and co-workers setting up and sharing.

The important thing to remember is if you really need something to be secure, make sure you can control the source, encrypt end-to-end, and see who views/edits the file. Budgets, financial data, secure company data and items like that need more security than an birthday announcement. Think in advance and be safe!

What are your favorite ways to share files? Send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Best Methods for Sharing Files

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Getting Inspiration For Your Website Redesign

Getting Inspiration For Your Website Redesign

Where Do You Start On A Redesign

One of the critical parts of website research is what you do, and maybe more importantly, what you do NOT like on how a website looks and works. Often clients refer to competitors when they point out these likes and dislikes, which is OK, but can force these clients into a corner.

But I would encourage you to look outside your competitors, and even your business classification for inspiration. Find a look that is user friendly, modern and gets your business and culture across to your clients.

Getting Inspiration For Your Website Redesign

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Sites To Inspire

Apart from just surfing the web looking for inspiration there are places dedicated to inspire design. Here we’re going to list five sites that can provide some layouts, functions and tones for your potential redesign.

Again, it’s important to look past the content and to see the design, the layout and even some of the plugins that can be implemented into your site when it’s time to discuss a redesign or initial launch. This can save DOZENS of hours of redesigning and tweaking layouts in the long run. Don’t forget to look at and discuss fonts, heading and text sizes, colors, image sizes, social media feeds, calendars and anything else you think you need.

#WPWednesday – WordPress 5.4 

WordPress 5.4 scheduled for launch 3/31/2020 with several “block editor” improvements. Not sure an update during these turbulent times is a good idea, but the updates include :  

  • Several “block editor” improvements
  • Social Icons block – allows easy insertion of social media profiles (FB, TW, IG)
  • Buttons block – allow adding more than one button per line
  • Better background color options for blocks
  • Drag & drop an image to the Featured Image section. Great for social sharing and blog images.
  • Select text in a block and change its color instead of changing the entire block
  • Fixed mobile toolbar on mobile

As always, run backups and take other precautions before you run the update. Good luck!

What are your favorite ways to be inspired on a website redesign? Leave them below, or send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Getting Inspiration For Your Website Redesign

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What Sounds Can Make You More Productive?

What Sounds Can Make You More Productive?

Using Noise to Be More Productive

We are all used to a certain amount of noise while we work. In a quiet office it can be the sound of keyboard, maybe a phone ringing, or even the HVAC system running. 

But in a noisy office space it can be office equipment, people talking, phones ringing constantly, or just a constant level of ambient noise. 

We’re going to talk today about a few ways you can recreate, or maybe minimize, these noises in a home environment to remain productive.

Silence, Music, Podcasts and Apps To Be Productive At Home

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Noise or Silence?

Think about your office or where you work. What does it sound like? Constant? Sudden bursts or noise? Street noise? 

Now think about your home working environment. TV’s? Kids? Kitchen gear? Yard work? Usually it’s very different than your office. So how can you make sure you can still work without interruptions or a complete overload of the senses?

On today’s BeBizzy Break Podcast we’re going to talk about a few ways to remain productive outside your normal work space.


Some offices are pretty quite. Or everyone may wear headphones. I work in silence a good part of the day, but it can actually be distracting to some. 

If you need some silence, noise cancelling headphones or earbuds can be invaluable if you are working from home to cut the outside noise. As promised, here’s the link to my JBL 650 BTNC, but just about any noise cancelling headphones will help.

Music & Podcasts

Here’s how I use music and podcasts. If I’m getting general work done and don’t need 100% focus, I listen to podcast. This is a good portion of my day, and I can still work while listening to people talk. FYI, I listen to podcast at 1.2x speed. It allows you to get through podcasts quicker without completely sounding strange.

Now if I need to completely focus on a task? My choice is music. I’ve been a DJ for nearly 30 years and am used to listening to music and not focusing on it. The extra noise is invaluable to calming my mind and getting me in the state of mind to work.

Find what works for you and use silence, music and podcasts in whatever combination works to help you get work done.

Apps & Websites

There are websites and apps dedicated to productivity that you can use. Most are free, some have a premium version with more options. Try these five apps and see if they help.

  • Coffitivity – This website provides some ambient noise in the form of coffee shops, cafeterias, and outside areas.
  • Noisly – App where you can select some environmental sounds like wind, waves, storms, trains and more. 
  • Noises Online – Similar to Noisly, Noises Online lets you select and combine environmental sounds to enhance your concentration or productivity. This also has white, pink and brown noise generators
  • Brain.FM – This one has three silos of activity – relax, sleep, or productive. Each silo has music and other sounds designed to help you achieve you desired affect.
  • Lofi Hip Hop – This one is amazingly popular. In fact and the time of recording there were nearly 50k users listening to the very low-key hip hop sounds on YouTube. Great, non-typical music designed to keep you moving. 

Noise and sound can do a lot. I was training to manipulate customers in a nightclub at a very early age in my DJ career. Need to sell drinks? Change it up. Need to keep a fight from starting? Slow it down. 

The tools listed above might be the best way to keep you concentrated and productive while working outside your normal business environment. 

What are your favorite ways to stay productive with music, sound and silence? Leave them below, or send them to me @BeBizzy on Twitter!

Silence, Music, Podcasts and Apps To Be Productive At Home

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