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Website vs Mobile App: What Should Be Your Focus?

Website vs Mobile App: Where should you spend your money? Laptop sitting on a table with graph paper also.

It’s impossible to miss news that mobile devices are taking over traditional computers in both sales and usage. Everywhere you look there’s news about smartphone and mobile apps rapidly on the rise. The rise isn’t just on mobile apps though, which is why the question remains, website vs mobile app? It’s easy to see the…

Landing Page Search Optimization: Should You Bother?

Landing page search optimization. Should you bother?

Last week I read a thoughtful article about landing pages. It was about the need to stop picking the landing page details apart thinking they matter. Button color? It probably doesn’t matter if it’s orange or green as long as it stands out. Nope, it’s not always about aesthetics, but it is always about standing…

17 Things Your Small Business Website Needs, 11 It Might

17 Things Your Small Business Website Needs, 11 It Might

Every small business website needs a purpose. These small business website needs will help you understand what you need to focus on for a successful business website. With the right items, the website can meet business goals and contribute to the success of your business.

Are Microsites Worth Your Time?

My designer says he needs to create microsites for me. Are microsites worth my time?

I’ve received a lot of questions about microsites. There are many companies who believe microsites are great for SEO (search engine optimization). these companies put focus (and their client’s money) on them. There is some confusion around what a microsite, landing page, or local page is, though. Because there is confusion with most users between microsites, landing pages,…

4 Ways To Tell Website Visitors To Subscribe

4 ways to tell website visitors to subscribe

Growing your email list is important to your business growth online. I briefly covered 8 great tips to grow your email list. Now it’s time to cover in more detail how you can scream out at your visitors without actually screaming at them :) When someone visits your website they’re often focused on whatever it is they’re…

Keep Customer Data Secure, Your Top Priority

Your top priority should be to keep customer data secure.

Your top priority when doing business online is to keep customer data secure. That doesn’t mean only if you’re in eCommerce and accepting payments, that means everybody. It seems that every few months there’s another large company in the news for having customer data stolen from their computers. While it’s not always known how the…

The One Resource You Need For Free Stock Photos

One place to find all free stock photos.

There are so many places you can turn to online for free stock photos. For every free image website, there are 100 posts and lists of those image services. That’s a bit overwhelming right? Each time I see one of those lists I get a bit of anxiety because I know it’s too much information.…

Learn Why Your Business Needs a Responsive Website

Responsive Website: One part of a great customer experience. The background consists of a beautiful flower growing like a business.

Consumers are using mobile devices now more than ever. Smartphones are used in every step of consumer’s journey. That means your business needs a responsive website that will meet the demands of consumers and not put obstacles in their path.

Reflecting on WordCamp Sacramento

Reflecting on WordCamp Sacramento

Early last month I became aware of a great event happening in my backyard which I had previously not known about. Through chance, I had a conversation with the good people at Beaver Builder and saw them talking about WordCamp Sacramento happening the next day. It had already been sold out so I was sort…

Does Unlimited Website Hosting Storage Really Mean Unlimited?

Server Racks: Does Unlimited Website Hosting Storage Really Mean Unlimited?

Many of the big players in website hosting claim to offer unlimited website hosting storage for most of their shared hosting accounts. Those are the cheapest hosting accounts, usually ranging from about $2 per month to $9 per month. Fortunately for most people running a personal website or a small business website, you’ll never have…

GoDaddy vs Bluehost

GoDaddy vs BlueHost

At the risk of getting into a heated “discussion” about what website host is best, I’m going to write this anyway. I want to figure out what’s best in the battle of GoDaddy vs Bluehost (this is an affiliate link). I realize GoDaddy and Bluehost aren’t the only two options, but they’re the two I’ve been…

Moving To a Fully Secure Website

Moving To a Fully Secure Website

This post is a bit outside the realm of WordPress and the WordPress difficulty level I usually write at. I still decided I wanted to write about the topic and document my process though. This would be helpful for those that have purchased a secure certificate, have it working for portions of their website but…

Free vs Premium WordPress Themes

Free vs Premium Wordpress Themes: this guide will help you choose

There are so many WordPress themes out there to choose from. Some are free, some come with a one time cost, and others come with a yearly cost. After my little story below, I’ll go over the pluses and minuses of free vs premium WordPress themes. Four years ago it was really hard to get…

My Major WordPress Update Process

Wordpress

WordPress 4.2 was recently released so I wanted to take this opportunity to share the WordPress update process I use. Here’s a short summary of what the changes include: My WordPress Update Process This isn’t comprehensive instructions on how to upgrade and all the steps before I take to do it. I go over it broadly…

Livefyre vs Disqus: Which One Should You Use?

Livefyre vs Disqus, which comment plugin is the best?

There are options for comment systems on your WordPress website. I will compare two of the biggest in this Livefyre vs Disqus comparison and make a recommendation for which has proven the best. You’ll also find a good plugin that you can use to easily make comments faster in WordPress.

How To Do Mobile Wrong

Don't do mobile wrong

I recently wrote about why you need a mobile-friendly website. That leaves the doors wide open to different ways of doing a mobile friendly website, many of them wrong. When I talk about doing mobile wrong, that doesn’t mean they are wrong, but in most cases don’t create the right type of experience for visitors…

11 Reasons You Need a Mobile Friendly Website

Your visitors are mobile. You need a mobile friendly website.

I’ve noticed a trend lately and it seems to be echoed all over the Internet. Mobile traffic accounts for most traffic to my websites, I estimate it at about 60% or more. Catering to mobile users first is the best way to start. Responsive web design is a great path for thinking mobile first and having…

Make Yourself Accessible With A Contact Form

Person on an iPhone

Visitors to your website should be able to contact you easily and without thought, a contact form is the best solution. You went to the trouble to create a website to bring traffic your way, you also want visitors to be able to contact you if they want. You could take the easy way out and put…

Font Awesome And the Cool Eye

New Font Awesome Icons in v4.2

When I walked through setting up my blog on my Udemy course I set up the cool little-estimated reading time you see just above this text. You’ll notice that there’s now a cool eye right before the estimated reading time text. That wasn’t there before! You can use these instructions to use Font Awesome icons on any part of…