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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

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 [...]

    How to Choose the Right Images for Your Website

    Contrary to popular internet “statistics”, there is no research to back up that humans process visuals 60,000 times faster than text (and here’s a fun blog post that exposes this), but there is a legit body of research that points to the fact that visual cues help us to better retrieve and remember information.

    “The research outcomes on visual learning make complete sense when you consider that our brain is [...]

    How to Solve the Problems with Your DIY Website

    They all told you that you needed a website. If you had one, you could show off your business, explain what you do, and hopefully, attract more clients. You thought it would be easy. After all, content management systems like WordPress and website builders like Wix should make the process more doable, right?

    That brings up a question for many people who have made their own do-it-yourself website: Why isn’t my website doing what it’s [...]

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