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Our curated resource library will help you learn more about WordPress, Shopify or Squarespace as well as the features they have to help your business evolve. If you are hoping to learn more about tips for website management, content creation or productivity, this is the place for you!

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Making the Switch from Etsy to Shopify

I’ve wanted to write this post for a while but felt it might be controversial. Let me start by saying that Etsy is an excellent platform for people to discover small businesses. When I started in 2012, I offered my website design services on Etsy as a way for others to discover my work, and…

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The Importance of Website Policies for Your Website

Let’s start this post with a BIG disclaimer: I am NOT a legal professional (clearly). The information I’m sharing in this article is based on research I’ve done, but please do additional research and contact a legal professional if needed. Now we can jump into this important topic: Website Policies. One thing I do know…

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Five Productive Tasks to Tackle During a Slow Season

We’ve all been there and have dealt with the dreaded slow season. This is incredibly stressful during your first few years of business when you are still learning the trends and understanding the flow of things. But the reality is that it happens to all businesses. In the early years of my business, I started…

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The Ultimate Comparison of Email Marketing Platforms: MailerLite, MailChimp, and Flodesk

Ease of Use When it comes to email marketing, having an easy-to-use platform is essential. All three platforms offer easy-to-use interfaces that make it easy to create and send emails, as well as manage your contacts. MailerLite’s drag-and-drop editor is very user-friendly, allowing you to create professional-looking emails without coding experience. So let’s jump into…

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Why You Should Use Shopify for Your E-commerce Website

One of the first questions I get during a discovery call with a potential client is what platform they should use for their new (or current) online boutique or e-commerce. Our go-to recommendation for most e-commerce is Shopify, a platform exclusively built with shops in mind. For websites that don’t require an e-commerce feature, our…

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Five Things Every Website Should Have

As a web designer and developer, I understand the importance of tailoring each website to meet the specific needs of a business. However, there are a few essential features that every website should have. These features not only enhance the user experience but also help you grow your brand. Today we are sharing the top…

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Quarterly Website Audit Checklist

When I first started working on the redesign for the JDS website, I realized that a lot of the service offerings and information on our website were a bit outdated. Even though I tell clients all the time about the importance of keeping things up to date on their website – I realized I was…

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Create a Link in Bio Page Using Linkpop

Let’s start with the basics – what is a “Link in Bio” page? The name “Link in Bio” comes from the phrase that is always used within a caption on social media. For example “See the full post on the blog. Link in bio.” Before you would have to update the link in your bio…

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Benefits of Blogging for Your Business

When working with clients and their website projects I always like to bring up the topic about blogging. Blogging for your business comes with tons of benefits that tend to be overlooked. The initial reaction I get from clients is “I don’t have time to blog” – and I get that. I will say that…

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Five Ways to Repurpose Your Blog Content

One of the hardest things as a small business owner (besides taxes!) is creating content that offers plenty of value for your audience for a number of different platforms. And let’s be honest – creating content always takes time. Many of us wear plenty of hats when it comes to running a business so it’s…

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How to Add a New Blog Post in Shopify

For every website — whether it’s a service based business or an online shop, I always recommend including a blog within the website to help with search engine optimization. Now I know — who has time for all that?! Let’s be honest, I went YEARS without blogging. I always had plenty of excuses lined up…

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How to Add New Users in WordPress

Add a New User on your WordPress website On your WordPress dashboard go to Users >> and then select All Users >> here we can see who is currently set up as a user on your website. Select the Add New button >> on this page we will create the new users. Start by entering…

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