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What Your Small Business Needs to Know About Facebook’s Latest Changes

Facebook has seemingly gone out of its way lately to anger its users. With the privacy debacles, the “selected curation”, and the constant changes, it’s no wonder their stocks took a hit and individuals have left the platform.

However, even with recent, sizeable stock loses, Facebook is still a billion dollar company and more importantly, they want to stay a billion dollar company.… Continue Reading


How Does Consistency Make Your Branding More Effective?

Successful brands know how to create a clear, consistent brand message. When you see your favorite soft drink brand, for example, you know it immediately by the marketing materials used to promote it. Everything from logo, colors, and imagery used, to content, ad copy, and online marketing has a certain look and feel that you recognize instantly and effortlessly.… Continue Reading


Why you should care about the speed of your website.

I’ll cut right to the chase. The two big reasons you want your website to be fast are:

#1, Because Google likes it and #2, because your visitors also like it.

Now, let’s take a little closer look at both of these. 

Google is the Tom Cruise of search engines … it feels the need for speed.

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How Your Website Design Affects the Value of Your Business

It’s pretty hard to come up with convincing arguments against having a website for your business. Not too long ago, business owners could still get away with saying it wasn’t necessary, although we all knew this was a sign they were behind the times. Nowadays, having a website is downright essential for the success of your business, and not having one is asking for failure.… Continue Reading


What I Learned About Web Browsing Using a 2008 Laptop

I recently had the misfortune of the graphics card going out in my Mac Pro. I limped along through the work week after that with my 2008 MacBook Pro while I waited for the new card to come in. I hadn’t used the MacBook for work purposes for quite sometime. By today’s standards, it’s slow, but it works.… Continue Reading


5 Solid Tips For Providing Feedback To A Web Designer

A General Overview on How a Web Designer Should Work

Generally, at the beginning of the project you will go over the primary and any secondary goals for your site. The web designer will discuss how to accomplish those goals from a functionality perspective. I’ve written other articles on determining your target audience and making sure there are clear goals, if you want to get deeper into that.… Continue Reading