Welcome to The JDS Blog

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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How to Add a New Post in WordPress

Creating a blog post in WordPress On your WordPress dashboard to go Posts >> then select Add New to start prepping your latest blog post. Here you will see all the different fields available. Let’s first start with setting up our blog post title and content. In the Add Title field you will enter your…

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Creating Quality Content for Your Blog

Blogging is a great way to generate traffic and leads for your websites, but what and how we blog is an important part of the puzzle. In our previous blog post, Benefits of Blogging for Your Business, we discussed the importance of blogging for your business/brand. An important part of the blogging process is creating…

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Shopify vs MailChimp: Email Marketing Comparison

Email marketing should be an important part of your business’s marketing strategy. Creating a solid list of email subscribers comes with so many benefits for your brand. With a growing list of subscribers you are creating a new way to directly connect with your shoppers (or visitors). Yes, social media strategies are just as important…

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Categories and Tags on WordPress: How to Use Them

Using Categories  Categories are used to organize your content by subject or type. It’s meant to keep it a bit more broad so that your audience can easily find the content that they are interested in. You do have the option to add as many categories that you’d like but we suggest keeping it under…

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10 Best Shopify Apps in 2021

Shopify comes with a lot of pre-built features that are perfect for any online shop. Features such as digital gift cards, creating coupon codes, and email marketing features — just to name a few. But sometimes some shops need a little extra and that’s where the Shopify App Store comes in. The Shopify App Stores…

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How to Manage Staff in Shopify

Adding staff members (or users) to your Shopify account is helpful when you have multiple people needing access to your Shopify account. When you add a new user you can select the level of permission that you want to grant them and you then can also easily deactivate their account when they no longer need…

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WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: Which one should you use?

What is WordPress? WordPress.org is a self-hosted CMS (Content Management System) that is used for creating any type of website. It’s an open-source software, which requires you to purchase a host and domain to get started. You do have full control over your content and the possibilities for design and functionality are endless. WordPress.com is…

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Why You Should Use WordPress for your Website

One of the first questions I get during an initial call with a client is what platform they should use for their website. About 95% of the time I feel that WordPress is the way to go. Unless you have an online shop/boutique — for those projects I tend to prefer recommending Shopify. You can…

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How to Create Collections in Shopify

In your Shopify shop, you want to make sure you keep your products organized so that shoppers can easily find the goodies they want to purchase. One of the easiest ways to organize your products is by creating Collections (you can think of it as a category page) in your shop. A collection is a…

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5 Lessons My Business Taught Me

One of my favorite memories from childhood was watching my Dad run his own business. He was an amazing carpenter that could make just about anything. He would spend his days in the shop building and going to people’s homes to install his masterpieces — then come home to work on bookkeeping, work on sketches,…

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How to Create a Discount Code in Shopify

Creating coupon codes for your customers is a great way to create incentives and increase your sales. Coupon codes can be shared via promotional emails sent to your email subscribers, via social media, or throughout other outlets where you can reach your current and potential customers. Things such as offering free shipping, 15% off, or…

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4 Tools for Productivity That We Use Everyday

As a small biz owner we have to wear many hats and it sometimes feels like there is never enough time to do all the things that we need to do for our business. I’m always looking for ways to make things flow easier and help with productivity — not only for myself but also…

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