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Breaking up is hard to do. Whether it's a romantic relationship or one with your web hosting service, one of the hardest things is knowing when it's time to call it quits.

Is it time to break up with your hosting service?

By Janet Barclay | July 29, 2021 |

Using a web hosting service is a lot like being in a relationship. Things usually start out great. You might have bad days sometimes, but if the issues aren’t too serious, you can work them out, and if all goes well, you’ll be happy together for a very long time. But when the bad days start to outnumber the good, it saps your energy and prevents you from living your best life. As Neil Sedaka said, “breaking up is hard to do,” so you hang in there anyway. One of the hardest things is knowing when it’s time to call…

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How important is email to your business?


As a professional, you probably rely heavily on email to communicate with clients, prospects, colleagues, suppliers, and many others. It’s therefore essential to have a professional email address and a reliable email hosting service. This article includes tips to help you with both decisions. Choosing Your Email Address The Internet has made it easy to…

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Website Hosting: Are you giving your site a good Home Sweet Home?

Website Hosting Home Sweet Home

In the excitement of planning the content and design for your website, it might be easy to think choosing a hosting service is a minor decision. It’s not. Your hosting service is your website’s home! When you chose your home, you probably considered things like security, whether everything was kept in good working order, and…

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Your First Website: Are you ready to dive in?

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?

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?

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?

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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Showcase your Media Mentions to Establish your Credibility

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

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

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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