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Use content to attract repeat visitors

Use content to attract repeat visitors

Content is one of the most important aspects of a website. Unfortunately, in the excitement of creating a website it is easy to divert attention to design and layout decisions instead. Your website needs to balance it’s different needs to be effective and make an impact on your target audience. During the design phase, the appearance and layout of the website are critical. They help to achieve the ideal user interface and create a comfortable user experience. Your content, however, is responsible for captivating your target audience and making them want to come back. Good content is a common driver of repeat visitors so it pays to invest some time and effort on your website’s content marketing strategy.

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Designing websites for people not device

Designing websites for people, not devices

Web design has evolved greatly over the years. No longer do you have to only worry about users viewing on stationary desktop computers. In a mobile-first world you have to consider tablets, phones and other mobile devices that are emerging. It is easy to get distracted and design for these devices instead of designing websites for people. Never forget the purpose of your web design and its focal point – the user.

You need to consider your users first to ensure that your website is successful. They are the ones interacting with your website. They are the ones you need to make an impression on. Their experience will influence their action and you want them to take specific actions. Positive actions are usually preceded by positive experiences. What experience does your website provide?

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5 tips for securing WordPress websites

5 Tips for securing WordPress websites

One of the most popular content management systems (CMS) used in web design is WordPress. The open source CMS has a lot of things going for it.  WordPress is free, easy to install, easy to use and it can be customized through themes and plugins. Unfortunately, popularity comes with a price. WordPress possesses a market share that makes it an ideal target for those seeking to distribute malware or gain access to your website. Vulnerabilities in web server software and outdated plugins or themes are common points of entry for attackers. Securing WordPress websites can save you and your clients a lot of headache in the future. Here are 5 tips to help boost your WordPress installation’s security.

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Is a content management system right for me?

Is a content management system right for me?

When developing your business website there are many things that you need to consider. Who is your target audience? What are your goals for the website? How will your website be used and updated? The answers to these questions will help determine the best type of website for your company. A content management system (CMS) is a  popular option for getting businesses online fast.  Some popular content managements systems are WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. They are relatively easy to set up and do not require knowledge of code to install. A CMS is also relatively easy to update and maintain allowing users to focus on content rather than design. On the other hand, some businesses may feel restricted by the limitations of a particular content management system. There are many factors to consider when deciding if a CMS is the ideal choice for your business.

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Fix Broken Links

Fix broken links on your website for better SEO

SEOWhen you create a website it usually contains a lot of your own content and internal navigation links. All of these are under your control so you are aware of any changes. You may also want to include links to external resources or websites that would be useful to your audience. These external links however are beyond your control. Over time they may lead to content that has moved or websites that have been abandoned. These broken links are a problem because they lead your visitors to pages that do not exist and present an error page instead of expected relevant content. Additionally, the number of broken links on your website may be a factor which search engines use in determining how to rate your website. It is  in the best interest of all parties to fix broken links on your website.

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Build Trust

Build trust with your website

Ensuring that your business is credible and has integrity can be as important as other revenue generating activities. Build trust to attract loyal customers.

Mobile-friendly SEO

Designing mobile-friendly websites for usability & SEO

One of the keys to modern web design is allowing websites to be viewed on multiple devices at different screen sizes with content and layout adjusting naturally to the size of the screen it is displayed on. This seamless adaptation can be achieved by responsive web design. The layout of the website can be manipulated depending on the size of the viewport on which it is displayed. This makes the website easier to use but also has many benefits for search engine optimization (SEO).

Match email addresses to business functions

Improve communication and workflow with effective email addresses

If you already have a website or are thinking of creating one remember that an additional benefit of your website is that it allows you to departmentalize your email addresses. This can help reduce the stress of email overload and allow you to prioritize certain email addresses more than others.