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SSL Certificates: Things You Should Know

As of March 12, 2019, there were nearly 1.7 billion websites and 44,730 were hacked on that date, according to Internet Live Stats. Like most statistics, there is usually more to the numbers below the surface. At first glance, we see many sites were hacked, but still a small number relative to the total number of websites. It’s been estimated that approximately 75 percent of “websites” are parked domains or something similar. This means that the approximate true number of websites is 418,101,494, which makes that 44,730 number much more of a concern. Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) was developed [...]

2019-03-14T18:19:20-05:00By |Categories: Web Design|

Search Engines Provide Aggregated Results

It’s March 12, 2019 and the 30th birthday of the World Wide Web. Ten years later, Google was founded. Search engines have become an integral part of our daily lives by helping us find answers to nearly any question we can think of. We even have fun with search engines by asking Alexa “what’s your favorite color?” or “are you a spy?” Search engines are continuously evolving in the feature sets they offer, but their purpose of helping searchers find key information has not changed. A feature recently introduced that’s becoming more prevalent at an exponential pace is aggregated [...]

2019-03-14T18:13:47-05:00By |Categories: Web Design|

Is WordPress Safe as a Website Platform?

Is WordPress safe to use as a website platform? It's a question we hear quite often. The answer is YES. Like most things in life, you need to know how to properly set up a WordPress website and you need to maintain the software that runs your website. Let’s dig into this discussion a bit more to explain. Just last week I was speaking with a client who had been told by its outsourced IT provider that using an open source platform like WordPress is bad because it can be hacked. The IT person's recommendation was instead to use [...]

2019-03-26T09:29:24-05:00By |Categories: Tell Your Tale, Web Design|Tags: |

Importance of Website Maintenance to Protect Against Hacks

Most businesses have a website to promote their products/services and attract new leads. Many organizations also have dedicated time and resources to updating the content (text, graphics, downloadable files) on their websites too. What’s astonishing is the lack of attention spent on the back-end security and functionality of websites on an ongoing basis. With so many professionals launching websites and forgetting the importance of the technical website maintenance, it’s no wonder so many websites get hacked. Let’s explore the causes of website hacks, the risks to small and medium businesses and the steps you can take to avert these [...]

2019-03-26T09:30:57-05:00By |Categories: Web Design|Tags: , |

Local SEO – Part Three

Tools of the Trade In part one of this series, we discussed how local SEO strategy can affect small businesses. In part two, we highlighted a single industry and explained how local SEO helps the business and consumers as well. If you’re still not convinced how important local SEO is, consider the following statistics. 78 percent of local mobile searches result in offline purchases. (HubSpot) 18 percent of local mobile searches lead to a sale within one day. (Google) 50 percent of local mobile searchers are looking for business information like a local address. (Go-Globe) 50 percent of consumers [...]

Your Website Should be Your Best Employee

Is Your Website Working for You? If you treat your website as this mystical way to reach consumers in some altered reality, you’re missing a huge opportunity to attract loyal customers to your business. The truth is: websites should be treated like employees. You certainly pay, train and provide a workspace and reimbursements for your employees. You should do the same with your website. Stick with me. Paying with Content Instead of paying your website a monetary salary, you pay it with new content. Whether it is a blog, a learning guide, a whitepaper or other example of content, [...]

2019-03-26T09:32:29-05:00By |Categories: Web Design|

Is Your Website 2019 Ready?

Why in the world would you start a project like revamping your website in calendar Q4 of 2018? Because you want to start calendar 2019 off on the right foot. Do you still have time to launch your new website before January 1? Absolutely, but you need to get started. “How can that be?” you might be thinking. “Can you really get a site up that fast?” Again, the answer is yes. Website engagements used to be months of coding and getting it just right before you launched because updating sites was cumbersome. That line of thinking is outdated [...]

2019-03-26T09:33:13-05:00By |Categories: Web Design|Tags: |

Local SEO – Part Two

Part one of this series introduced Local SEO. This post is going to focus on one trade to show what a searcher experiences and highlight some areas you might want to work on for your business. “Plumbers near me” While located in Houston’s 77018 zip code, on a desktop, a search for “plumbers near me” resulted in the screen capture below. This appeared at the very top of the search results, in fact, above the search results. Take note of the “Sponsored” label in the top right corner, which indicates these three search results are paid ads. These are [...]

2019-03-26T09:33:52-05:00By |Categories: Web Design|Tags: , |

Local SEO – Part One

According to Google, nearly 1/3rd of all mobile searches are related to location (as of 2016 data). Most local search terms tend to be along the lines of “restaurants near me” or “restaurants in the Heights” for example, indicating most likely the searcher is planning where to eat soon or has an immediate need. Sending the right signals to clients, prospects and search engines is crucial to connecting with people at the right time. These statistics from Google make it clear that local SEO should be taken seriously. 50 percent of consumers who conducted a local search on their [...]

2019-03-26T09:34:39-05:00By |Categories: Web Design|Tags: |