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Your First Website: Are you ready to dive in?

April 29, 2021 / 20 Comments
Person diving into pool, an analogy for diving into your first website

Are you excited about creating your first website? You should be! With all the great website building tools out there, you may be tempted to jump in with both feet. Please don’t. Take the time to make some important decisions first, so you don’t get in over your head. Be specific about things like: Who […]

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Do your plugins make your website shine?

March 25, 2021 / 13 Comments
Janet Barclay doing a plugin audit for a client

One of the best things about WordPress is its flexibility. Thanks to thousands of plugins, you can add just about any function to your website that you can imagine, without needing to write custom code. With so many possibilities, it’s easy to get caught up in shiny object syndrome, but don’t let that happen! Before […]

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What’s with all the plugin updates?

February 25, 2021 / 16 Comments
WordPress plugin updates broke my website

Remember when you logged into your WordPress site to make a quick change and a bunch of plugin updates were available? You didn’t have time to deal with them, so you just did what you logged in for and went on your merry way. The next time you logged in there were even more. So […]

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Are those big photos slowing down your website?

January 28, 2021 / 13 Comments
Image optimization will speed up that slow website

Did you know that 40% of people abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load? Just like Jerry Seinfeld and his friends at the Chinese restaurant, if they can’t get what they want when they want it, they’re going to take their business elsewhere. You know what else? Page speed is one […]

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Break Time: 2020 Reading Challenge

November 15, 2020 / 22 Comments
2020 reading

If you follow me on Goodreads, you’ve probably seen at least a few of my book reviews, and you may even know that I’m several books ahead of schedule on my 2020 Reading Challenge. I’ve been reading so much that even with a few weeks to go, I’ve already completed Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2020 Reading […]

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Showcase your Media Mentions to Establish your Credibility

November 5, 2020 / 22 Comments
media page

Media coverage is an excellent way to get your name in front of potential clients without investing in expensive advertising. Having your business mentioned on the air, in print, or online can drive traffic to your website. This is great, of course, but it usually dies off shortly afterwards. Fortunately, you can get more out of […]

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Tie your website together with an FAQ page

October 8, 2020 / 13 Comments
Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ page

Next in my series about the key pages of your website, we’ll be looking at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. Read on to learn why it’s important, find out what you should include, and see some great examples. Why you need an FAQ Page Including an FAQ page on your website benefits both you […]

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Create a portfolio page that shows the impact of your work

September 17, 2020 / 10 Comments
portfolio page

In my last post, I explained how testimonials and reviews on your website tell potential clients how great you are at what you do. How about taking it a step further and showing them the results of using your services or products on a portfolio page? The way you go about it will depend on […]

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Attract new clients with a powerful testimonials page

August 13, 2020 / 22 Comments
testimonials page

Displaying testimonials and reviews on your website reassures visitors that your business is the real deal, making them more likely to reach out to you. I’ve already suggested strategically placing testimonials on your home, services, and products pages, but what placing them on their own dedicated page? It certainly can’t hurt, especially if you’ve received many […]

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