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Where You Can Find Royalty Free Images For Your Business Website

Having trouble finding great photography for your business website? Stick around and I'll show you some great, free resources that you can use. As a business owner who's getting their business online, have you ever struggled with where to find free images and photography that you can use on your website? Well in this tutorial, I’ll show you where you can go to find great images that you can use, royalty free. (more…)

5 Reasons To Drop Dreamweaver And Use WordPress For Small Business

If you're a Dreamweaver user, then this could be just the post for you. No doubt you've heard of WordPress, but maybe the idea of learning a new piece of web design software isn't appealing to you at all -- and I totally understand that! After all, everything's working just fine in Dreamweaver, right? Maybe for now, but truthfully, at some point you'll hit it's limitations. And for online business owners and ecommerce website owners, that limit hits hard 'n fast! So in this post, I'll lay out my five reasons (plus a bonus reason) for ditching Dreamweaver and going with WordPress to build your online business. This one's a dozy, so let's get started! (more…)

How Ecommerce Works For Small Business: Shopping Carts, Payment Processors, Merchant Accounts, and More!

Being able to accept credit card payments is the crux of every online business, large or small. If you can't accept credit cards, you won't have much of an online business! But with so much technical jargon, it can all seem very complicated. What are the key components, and how do they fit together? If you're a small business owner who wants to get clarity on how ecommerce works, then you're in the right spot! In this post, I'll lay out all the pieces for you and show you how they fit together. And, you'll discover that it really isn't all that complicated at all. Ready? Then let's go! (more…)

Where To Get Help When You’re Stuck

A huge hurdle when learning how to build and run your business website yourself is that it can seem like a solitary endeavour. It might feel like you have no one to rely on and that you're in it alone. Truthfully, there are loads of resources available -- you just have to know where to look. In this post, I'll share my go-to websites and forums that I use whenever I get stuck. This is a juicy one, so let's dig in! (more…)

Small Business SEO Checklist: 3 Ways To Help Improve Your SEO

SEO may seem like complex subject, but it's actually fairly straightforward once you have a handle on it. While it may seem somewhat mystical or shrouded in the dark arts, you just need an understanding of basics. It's important too to know what you can safely ignore. In this post, I'll give you my top three methods for implementing a solid SEO strategy. I call this my Small Business SEO Checklist. I'd love to jump into it, so let's go! (more…)

SEO For Small Business Owners — An Introductory Crash Course

As a small business owner, creator, or self-marketer, I'm sure you've heard about the importance of SEO. But it seems like somewhat of a mystical art, doesn't it? After all, how come some websites consistently appear at the top of search engine rankings while others don't? And how can you get your website to start showing up in Google and other search engines, too? In this post, I'd like to give you a run-down on the basics of SEO for small business websites, and show how you can leverage it to get your business to start showing up in the search engines. Let's dive in! (more…)

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What Is SSL, And Do You Need It For Your Business Website?

Have you heard of SSL, or SSL certificates? Do you know if you need one for your website? Well if you're running an online business website, then you'll definitely need SSL. SSL might sound technical and intimidating, but it's not nearly as complex to set up and install on your website as you might think. In fact, it's one of the easiest aspects of getting your business website set up properly. And, it requires zero technical skill. By the end of this post, you’ll have a clear understanding of what SSL certificates are, why you need one for your site, and where to go to get one. And, you'll also know exactly what's involved in getting it all set up on your site. Let's take a look! (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…)