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AI. Am I Worried?

April 9, 2024

While AI has been a thing for many years, it's only recently began to impact my life. Now, website page builders can generate content for you. Photo editors can change an entire photo based on what you type into an input field. AI can write content, code, advertisements, blog posts, and pretty much just about anything. I was talking to one of my contractors the other day and he told me a story about how he had Chat GPT write him a rap about Lord of the Rings. The crazy thing was... it was good. I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't concerned about my career. I'm not concerned with AI creating better websites than me, but I am concerned that it will get to the point where AI generated websites will be so cheap t...

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Common Website Security Threats. Is Your Website Safe?

March 21, 2024

In today's interconnected world, where businesses rely heavily on their online presence to engage with customers and drive growth, the security of your website is paramount. Cyber threats continue to evolve, posing significant risks to the integrity and reliability of websites across various industries. From small business websites to large e-commerce platforms, every website is a potential target for malicious actors seeking to exp...

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Breaking News: Google’s Latest Algorithm Update and Its Impact on SEO

March 12, 2024

Google's algorithm updates constantly, often multiple times per year. These changes are typically aimed at improving the quality of search results and providing a better experience for users. Google doesn't always announce these updates or provide specific details about them, but they are often detected by SEO professionals and webmasters through fluctuations in search rankings and traffic. If yo...

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What is Responsive Web Design?

March 6, 2024

What is responsive web design? Let's start with a bit of history! Back in the early days of website development, us developers had to essentially create two sites; one that would look good on a computer and another for mobile devices. Things have changed quite a bit since then, introducing "responsive design." Now, usi...

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WordPress Hosting – What You Need to Know

February 27, 2024

Choosing where to host your website may seem like a simple decision. Most of the time, the price of shared or dedicated non-WordPress hosting is appealing in contrast to a fully WordPress Dedicated host. Unfortunately, when it comes to hosting, you get what you pay for. Let's explore the key differences between shared hosting, dedicated hosting, and dedicated WordPress Hosting, and which one is right for your WordPress Website....

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10 Essential Elements Every Website Should Incorporate

February 26, 2024

If you have a website or are thinking about getting one (which you should!) , ensuring your website encompasses all vital components is paramount. Whether you're crafting your digital debut or refining an existing online platform, these ten indispensable elements serve as the cornerstone of an impactful and user-centric web experience. Consistent B...

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The Benefits of Data Analytics

February 21, 2024

Picture this: you stumble upon a website that feels like a breeze to navigate. Every click feels instinctive, every scroll seamless, and before you know it, you're hooked! Ever wondered what sorcery goes behind crafting such captivating online experiences? Well, my friends, it's time to pull back the curtain and let you in on the secret sauce – data analytics. So, what exactly is this data analytics stuff? Think of it as your trusty sidekick, silent...

User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) Explained

February 13, 2024

What is UX and UI? If you have or are considering having a website, you've probably heard about User Experience(UX) and User Interface(UI). While often used interchangeably, these concepts represent different aspects that, when working together seamlessly, create a powerful and comfortable user journey. Let's explore the differences between UI and UX and why it's import...

Does Your Business Need Social Media?

February 12, 2024

Without a doubt, the answer is YES! A website is a virtual aspect of any business, serving as a central hub for information, products, or services. However, having a website alone is not enough to thrive in the competitive online landscape. To truly harness the power of the internet, social media engagement has emerged as a pivotal factor in driving traffic, building brand presence, and fosteri...

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Why We Have a Blog and Why You Should too

February 8, 2024

I mean... it's not like people are lining up to read a small-town freelancer's thoughts and opinions. I know many of my clients haven't even been on this page. So why do it? Well in addition to enjoying it and providing my clients with an insight into my brain and world, it's about search engine optimization. Search engine optimization(SEO) is a set of practices and techniques aimed at improving the visibility and ranking of a website in search engine results pages (SERPs). The primary goal of SEO is to increase organic (non-paid) traffic to a website from search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Essentially, it's making your website show up higher on Google's results. As an example, if you google "Freelan...

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WordPress Plugins: A Double-Edged Sword

January 10, 2024

In the vast and ever-evolving landscape of website development, WordPress stands out as a powerful and versatile platform. One of the key reasons behind its popularity is the extensive library of plugins that allow users to customize and enhance their websites. However, like any tool, these come with both benefits and drawbacks. In this blog post, we'll explore the advantages and challenges of using plugins on a WordPress site. Benefits of WordPress Plugins: Enhanced Functionality: Plugins offer a myriad of features and functionali...

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Is it Time for a Website Refresh? Knowing When to Refresh Your WordPress Site

December 4, 2023

An outdated or inefficient website can hinder your online presence and leave visitors unimpressed. Outdated code can also break when the language is updated or cause security holes. So, how do you know when it's time for a website refresh, particularly if you're running your site on WordPress? Let's explore the key indicators that signal the need for a refresh.

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Unlocking Digital Accessibility: The Crucial Role of ADA Compliance for Your Website

November 20, 2023

ADA compliance... Many people, including entities that have had a website for years have never even heard of this. That's a problem. In an era where the internet serves as the gateway to most information, services, and opportunities, ensuring that your website is accessible to everyone is not just a good practice, it's a legally necessary. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 to prohibit discrimination agains...

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Empowering Clients and Streamlining Development: The WordPress Advantage

November 18, 2023

In the realm of web development, WordPress has emerged not just as a developer's tool but as a game-changer for clients seeking autonomy and ease of use. In this post, I'll share why I choose WordPress as a developer, with a particular focus on how it empowers clients to manage and edit their websites independently. Additionally, we'll explore the role of plugins in handling complex functionalities, freeing up development time for mo...

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The Power of SEO: Unlocking the Potential of Your Website

November 16, 2023

In the vast landscape of the internet, where millions of websites are competing for attention, search engine optimization (SEO) is the unsung hero that can make or break your online presence. Let's explore what SEO is, why it's crucial to a website's success, and how it can elevate your digital presence. Understanding SEO:

A Beautiful Marriage of Skill: The Benefits of a Web Developer who Designs

November 13, 2023

Before I became a web developer I was a designer who specialized in logo design. It was my favorite job to get and I loved seeing my work on the side of buildings, on social media, or on websites. Thing is, there's a lot of good designers out there, and I found that many people were going to friends or acquaintances for these single, short-term jobs. Website development had always i...

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