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Small Business Web Design Tools, Services And Resources

If you’re a small business owner who wants complete autonomy—to be able to build, maintain, and control your business website online, then you’re in the right spot! Here’s a helpful list of resources, tools, and recommendations to help you go further with your online business ventures. You’ll find where you can go to register your business’s domain name, set up your web hosting, some top email service providers, coding tools, web design platforms for you to build with, web browsers, ftp applications, graphics editors, web templates, stock graphics, icons, and web elements, and additional tools and services for you to look into. As I discover new resources, I’ll continue to add them here—so be sure to bookmark this page, and come back often! (more…)

3 Crucial Business Website Services, Part 2: Domain Names And Web Hosting

This is part two of our three-part tutorial on keeping your business’s website services separated—domain registration, web hosting, and email. In part one, you got an overview of why it’s important to keep your online business’s essential services independent of one another, and I gave you a handful of analogies to help explain what goes on in what I’ll call the web services market. (more…)

3 Crucial Business Website Services, Part 1: An Overview

When running a business website, there are three critical components that you’ll want complete control over: Your website’s domain name, your web hosting, and your website’s email. The longer you’re involved in running your own business’s website, and with web design in general, the more you realize just how important it is to keep these three services separated and isolated from one another. Experience has taught me that by keeping these three components separate, if a problem ever arises with one of them, the other two won’t be affected at all. (more…)

Business Owner’s Guide To Front-End And Back-End Web Design

As you no doubt know already, the world of web design is loaded with jargon and terminology, which can sometimes be tricky to follow. To make matters worse, some terms are so widely used, that they’re applied to many things…or they mean different things to different people. As a business owner, it’s important to understand even some basic web design concepts. This makes it easier to communicate with others, and hunt for solutions on our own. So in this tutorial, we’ll get some clarity on the jargonny, wacky world of web design! (more…)

The Best Code Editors For Online Business Owners

In a previous tutorial, Code Editors For Small Business Website Owners, we talked about what you’d need from a code editor as small business owner who wants to be able to control and manage your website yourself. We learned that while a simple text editor can do the job, going with a code editor, which as been purposely built to handle languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and others, gives you a lot of handy tools and features to help make your work go faster. We also learned what we didn’t need and also what we should avoid. If you missed it, be sure to check out that previous tutorial for more information before continuing here. (more…)

Code Editors For Small Business Website Owners

If you’re a small business owner who’s keen to really dig into web design and control your website yourself, then a key tool you’ll need is some kind of code editing application. Simply said, a code editor is a simple piece of software that allows you to write and edit code by hand. Even if you’re running a WordPress website, a solid code editor is a must-have tool for business owners who want to own and control their website themselves. (more…)

Top Web Hosting Companies For Small Business

In this tutorial, I want to recommend some specific web hosting companies that might be a good fit for you and your business. The idea is to narrow down your number of choices from a seemingly endless number of web hosting companies to sort through, to just a handful of the best. This will give you a great starting point. (more…)

The Best FTP Applications For Mac Users

We talked about some FTP fundamentals in a previous tutorial, like how FTP works, what you need to know about it, and so on. Here, I’d like to provide you with some recommendations for FTP applications that you may want to consider using in your business. There’s certainly no shortage of free and commercial-grade FTP applications available, but here we’ll zero in on just a handful. If you’re running a small business website, a free FTP application will be just fine. If you have more advanced needs, and want to ensure security and reliability, then going with a paid application is your best option. (more…)

The Best FTP Applications For Windows Users

In a previous tutorial, we talked about some of the fundamentals of FTP and why it’s important to know for your busienss—how FTP works, what you need to know about it, and so on. But what I wanted to do here was provide you with some recommendations for FTP applications that you may want to consider using. There’s certainly no shortage of free and commercial-grade FTP applications available. If you’re running a small business website, a free FTP application will be just fine. If you have more advanced needs, and want to ensure security and reliability, then going with a paid option is your best bet. (more…)

How To Use FTP To Connect To Your Small Business Website

When running a small business website, we often need to connect directly to our web server to access the files that are stored there. Maybe we want to edit some of the files that are a part of our website, upload new files to our web server, or perhaps back up some of our site files manually. The best way to connect to our web server and gain access to the files stored there is using something called FTP (File Transfer Protocol). (more…)