Educate + Explore

After doing what we do for a couple decades now, we've amassed quite a bit of knowledge when it comes to design, marketing, and doing better business. The purpose of the JVM blog is to share this knowledge with small business owners and entrepreneurs. If you have a request for a particular topic or would like to be a guest author, please get in contact.

Latest Posts

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. Read on to learn some quick and basic tips for speeding up your WordPress website.

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.

However, judging by the diversity of designs we see out [...]

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. The real problem is that there’s nothing technically wrong with the laptop, but I can’t easily upgrade [...]

How to Provide Feedback To A Web Designer

First, the TL;DR version …

So you’ve hired a professional designer for your new website. Maybe this is your first time doing so, or maybe you’ve experienced a few issues in the past when working with designers and that’s why you’re here. I’ve been delivering handcrafted websites for over 20 years now, and these are my top 5 tips on how to provide excellent feedback to your designer so that your project is successful.

  • Don’t [...]

  • Why we’re using https and why you should too.

    As a web development company, it’s our job to stay up on best practices and new technologies. For the past 9 months, we’ve been closely tracking the way the winds have been blowing when it comes to securing a website. Below, we explain what https means, why it’s important, and why your website needs to have it.

    What is https?

    HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. When you access a website via a [...]

    3 Questions Every Professional Service Provider Must Answer

    Every professional service provider is unique. They offer different services, have different credentials and different target markets. They have more or less experience, and their reputations can vary dramatically. But, all service providers face a few of the same basic challenges. You can gain new clients and build your service business by knowing the answers to these three important questions and acting on your answers.

    1. Why do customers choose you?

    You might hope customers [...]

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