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Website Hosting: Trust the Care of your Website With a Professional

There are many, many hosting options for your website and Seattle Design is one more. They run the gamut in cost, service levels, and customer service. It’s hard to know which to choose, and which features or services benefit you the most. When you know what we offer in comparison to all the others, though,…

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Stop wasting time using email and text to schedule

Tired of trying to wrangle 10 people to agree on a time and date for a conference call? Do you have a lengthy, but necessary, intake form that makes scheduling an appointment with your business a seemingly onerous task? Or maybe, you’re so busy scheduling appointments that you’re actually getting in your own way, unavailable…

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Want more business? Don’t sleep on your online reputation.

Your online reputation matters. It can make the difference between someone taking a chance on your business, or taking a pass. But, how do you know what your online reputation is? And, once you have an idea of your reputation online, is there anything you can do about it? To be clear – we’re talking…

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Why a Care Plan is Essential for the Success of a WordPress Website

Just like your phone and your computer’s operating system, your website requires maintenance. Every month it seems my phone and computer gets a major software update. Your WordPress website needs the same care and attention so it can be online all the time to showcase your products & services. The #1 reason for a Care Plan?…

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Why WordPress?

WordPress is open-source content management software and currently, powers over 32% of the top ten million visited websites and has 60% market share in the CMS market (websites where you can change the content yourself easily). If you added up all the websites built in Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, Shopify, Joomla, Drupal, and Google Website…

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Top 5 Common WordPress Security Fails

Few things make us cry digital tears more than a hacked website. WordPress security is not something many website owners think of but with over 32% of the internet using the technology it is the biggest target out there. Here are some common mistakes we find new clients to us have made. Not backing up…

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Many web hosts don’t do daily backups your WordPress by default

Every month I get a call from a client whose website has been hacked and they don’t have a backup. They thought their hosting company set up backups for them. You’d think this would be an industry standard practice but like WordPress software updates most of the time you are on your own. The solution…

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The bad guys want to hack your WordPress website. Fight back with these 7 essential tips!

Websites are hacked by autonomous machines these da… not by humans hacking individual sites. These machines search the internet for vulnerable websites day and night. I get calls every week from people whose websites got hacked and I have some very specific things for you to do if you own a WordPress website. 1. Backup…

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Is your website stale? Let’s spruce it up (and get your more customers!)

You have a website but the content hasn’t changed in several months… maybe even years. Google stops to care as much about your website when this happens so let’s change it! First of all, ask yourself why someone would come to your website and what end result you’d like from their visit. For most of…

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Building a website doesn't need to be scary

A lot of people have doubts about working with a web designer to build their company website. The worry too much will be asked of them or that they aren’t technical enough for the task. My question to them is “How well do you know your company, products, services, staff, and customers.” If you can…

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The importance of a website’s Call to Action

Every website needs to have one or more goal behaviors for their visitors. We use Call to Action (CTA) to give visitors a clear and easy path towards satisfying those goals. There are several ways to present a CTA to your visitor: buttons, banners, images, and forms.  The end result of these CTAs can be…

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Please research your competition before building your first website.

Competition research is the practice of discovering and documenting companies that providing the same services as you. Should you do competition research yourself? Depends on how much time you have on your hand versus money. Competition research is done by professionals who are much more efficient than you can be and more thorough as well.…

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$500 can save you $5,000 on your next website project. Let me show you how.

You wouldn’t build a house without a blueprint. So why do people insist on developing a website without first properly outlining what they are going to build? More importantly, they need to ask themselves why are they creating the website in the first place. Is it to attract organic SEO visitors? Are you handing potential…

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The importance of picking up the phone

Every week I hear the same thing. “The developer I’m working with just won’t return my phone calls/emails. It has been a week. I need to move on.”   What is it about our industry that allows this kind of behavior? How bad have we estimated projects or overextended our resources that we don’t even…

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33,000 websites are hacked every day

This map shows real time website hacking attempts. You can see a flurry of hacks coming from Eastern Europe and China. People often ask me why anyone would want to hack their website. Well… are three main reasons they want to breach your security. They want your website to send out spam. They want data…

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The Essential Child Theme

There is a disturbing trend I’ve been noticing when taking over websites from previous developers: No Child Theme. A child theme is essential because it allows you to make edits to the look and feel and functionality of the website without losing them on a theme update. Themes must be updated to keep them secure.…

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Instagram feed on your WordPress website

Do you have a business Instagram feed that you’d like to put on your website? Anyone that has products or services that a photo  will describe should be doing this!   To install this plugin download it here

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How much does it cost to build a website?

How much does it cost to build a website? This is the most common question I get during my client intake interviews and it is like asking a contractor how much does it cost to build a house. Some houses are one bedroom and others are 10,000 sq ft mansions and they are priced accordingly. Websites…

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