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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.

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What goes into your typical website project? [infographic]

When you hire a professional web design agency to create a new website for your business, you may be uncertain as to what goes into creating that website. Obviously there’s a visual component (the design) but what else can you expect during the process in order to ensure a successful project? We created a simple infographic that shows what typically happens from start to finish as well who you work with during each phase and the [...]

Must Have Features for Your Personal Training Website

If you own a consulting business where your knowledge about how to help people improve their fitness or health is your greatest asset, chances are your website will be your second-greatest asset. A well-designed website will offer your clients and potential clients many different ways to connect and engage, while enhancing your professional image, saving you time and increasing your profitability. I quite often design websites for clients whose business falls into a category like [...]

5 Reasons You Want a Pro to Write Your Website Copy

If you’re on the fence about whether to hire a copywriter to write the copy for your website because you think you’re a pretty good writer, this is for you: hire a professional to write it for you. Obviously I don’t know if you are a great writer, but I’d encourage you to work with a copywriter even if you are. There are a lot of reasons that keep spinning around in your head for [...]

How do you know what your small business website needs?

Whether you’re just starting out and need a brand new website for your small business, or you already have a site up (but it doesn’t seem to be doing anything for your business), you could benefit from determining what your website actually needs. Just having a site is not enough. Remember, a website is a tool in your overall marketing. Also, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all, must-have list for every small business site. However, this three step [...]

Top 10 Reasons Why Your DIY Website Sucks (and How to Fix That)

There are a dizzying array of do-it-yourself website options out there these days and a variety of reasons for their appeal. The problem though, is that many of the DIY websites that are built tend to suck, and here are the top reasons why.

1. Poor Code

Programmers aren’t the only ones who find poor code problematic. Although the visitors to your website don’t actually see the code (unless something is really wrong), they will often [...]

Top 5 Tips to Get the Most From Your WordPress Website

If you’ve got a WordPress website, you’re probably aware of all the added functionality available with plugins and how easy it can be to update your website content, or post a blog. What you may not be aware of, are some simple things you can do with your site to get the most out of the content management system (CMS). 

#1 Secure Your Site

Because of it’s popularity, WordPress is a target for hackers. This is [...]

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