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Update Your Copyright!

December 31, 2018
It's that time of year again; time to update the copyright in the footer of your website. While the legality of a simple copyright notice may be far from iron clad, it sends a signal that you're keeping on top of your website.
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Help! My Google Maps is broken.

November 2, 2018
] What's the Plan In this post, I will walk you through setting up a Google developer account, including billing, and getting a Google Maps API Key for your website.  Once you have this setup, you can plug the key into your website and get Google maps up and running again, if it is not […]
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Fun Facts: Intro to Google Analytics

September 14, 2018
In this post we'll take a look at a fantastic (and free) tool provided by Google to track the metrics of how your website is performing. How much traffic are you seeing? How long do visitors stay, what pages are they viewing?
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A Few Simple Steps To Improve Website Security

July 24, 2018
As a website owner, one of the things that you dread hearing are the words, “Your site’s been hacked”.  We all know that we should make cybersecurity a priority, but most small business websites feel that they’re not much of a target, since they don’t have high traffic, and don’t store sensitive financial information on […]
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What is a Content Delivery Network?

June 28, 2017
Content Delivery Networks In this day and age we have little patience for slow loading websites.  You may look back with great nostalgia to the times when pages took minutes to load, but I assure you that you would be in the minority.  At present, we generally want to see pages load in 3 seconds […]
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Should I Encrypt My Website, and How?

April 28, 2017
I remember a simpler time in history when I could just take my trash out to a can outside, and not have to worry about somebody combing through it for sensitive information which they could use to steal my identity and wreak havoc in my life.  Now I have to go through the extra effort […]
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Landing Pages: Why Use Them, & How To Make Them More Effective

January 24, 2017
If you’ve been around the world of online marketing for any length of time, undoubtedly you’ve heard the term “landing page” bounce around quite a bit.  This can be a little confusing, since technically a landing page just to refers to whatever page on a site that you ‘land’ on after clicking a link.  It […]
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The Call to Action: A Good Salesman

December 30, 2016
A website is an investment for any business or organization.  As a business owner, you can put quite a bit of time and resources into building a website that looks great, loads quickly, and yet be underwhelmed by the results.  As a web designer, I often see a critical setup skipped early in the planning […]
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Planning and Preparing Content For Your Website

November 8, 2016
Doug is a fictitious small business owner who's business has been building widgets since the 1970’s.  Several years ago Doug had a website built by his nephew, who was in high school at the time.  The site is now pretty outdated, and Doug occasionally gets a comment about how he really should think about updating […]
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Using A Blog Teaser

August 30, 2016
There's nothing more frustrating than spending hours creating an awesome piece of content for your website only to have it seen by your Mom, and her quilting group...and no one else.  We've all had the experience of getting no return on investment for the time we've spent developing content.  It's enough to make you want […]
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Beware the Domain Slamming Scam

August 24, 2016
If you own a website, and you don’t know what I mean by “Domain Slamming” please read the following post. Domain registration is a critical part of owning a website. Your domain is your address on the World Wide Web, or at least it is for people. Anyone running a business understands the importance of […]
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Multi-User Networks

August 5, 2016
When is a website not a website?  ishe answer is when it’s two websites, or three, or more.  There are occasions when an organization may want multiple sites; not autonomous from one another, yet independent.  For those of us in the WordPress community, we’re familiar with WPMU, or WordPress Multi-User networks.  A single WordPress installation […]
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