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Learn about web design, development, optimization, hosting, search engine optimization and security to help your business get started and to keep your website running smoothly and looking it’s best.

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 [...]

2018-10-10T07:35:09+00:00By |Categories: Web Design|Tags: |

Migrating WordPress to PHP 7

WordPress is written in the PHP programming and scripting language. The developers of PHP have stopped releasing feature updates and bug fixes for PHP 5.6 and security updates will cease December 31, 2018. Some web hosts such as WP Engine have published articles on their blog and sent emails to their customers recommending they move away from PHP versions older than PHP 7. While PHP 5.6 will still be available and continue to function, it would be wise to move to PHP 7 sooner rather than later. PHP 7 brings new features and performance improvements that are mostly of [...]

HTTPS Alone Is Not Enough

Add another layer of website security by implementing HSTS You’ve probably been hearing HTTP and HTTPS being discussed a lot in relation to website security. Google has been encouraging website owners to convert their sites from HTTP to HTTPS to improve security for site owners and visitors. This effort has been escalating to the point where Google’s Chrome browser now shows a “not secure” message near the address bar to notify users when they are visiting a site that does not use HTTPS. This has had the positive effect of causing more site owners to make the switch. Yes, [...]

Moving from Adobe Business Catalyst to WordPress

What to Think About When Moving from ABC to WP Adobe has announced the end-of-life for Business Catalyst, a website host and web platform. As of March 26, 2021, Adobe will stop hosting all Business Catalyst sites. We’re already seeing a mass exodus of Business Catalyst partners and at least one of the largest web design companies is moving the bulk of its clients to WordPress. We’re also seeing the support structure of Business Catalyst being reduced as some of Adobe’s key people move on to greener pastures. Fortunately, Tell Your Tale has been focused on building WordPress websites [...]

2018-09-25T14:30:43+00:00By |Categories: Web Design|Tags: , |

Do you really own your data?

With the big push toward the cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) products, the need to retain control of your data becomes a concern. Being careful whom you trust with your data is vital for every business. What is Website Hosting? Websites need a place to exist where they can be easily accessed by visitors external to your organization. Web hosting refers to the servers, file and database storage of your website in a datacenter usually provided by a third-party vendor such as WP Engine. The exception might be when your website is an intranet site, which is [...]

2018-09-25T14:31:44+00:00By |Categories: Web Design|Tags: , |

Does My Website Need an SSL Certificate?

What is a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate? Techopedia defines an SSL Certificate as “a form of Web authentication used to validate website security and provide identity protection to website users.” When someone visits your website, the SSL process encrypts the communications between his/her browser and your website. SSL Certificates enable your website to use the HTTPS secure protocol, helping to ensure any information submitted on your website is encrypted. What is HTTPS? Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) enables encrypted communications between the site visitor and the web server. Having an SSL Certificate properly configured on your web server [...]

Five Tips for a Successful Business Website Launch

The day has arrived. After investing money, your time and energy on developing your business’ website launch day is fast approaching. Are you ready? Is everything in place? How can you make sure you have a successful launch for your new website? Here are some quick tips to help have a successful business website launch. First, make sure the team you're working with has launched other websites. This seems like a no-brainer, right? The truth is a lot of things must happen in the right order to make sure the launch goes smoothly. Web experience matters. A talented team focused [...]

Why WordPress Makes Sense for Business Websites

As web designers, we’re often asked which platform is best for building business websites. My answer is unequivocally, “it depends on your organization’s needs and goals.” I stand behind that because there are some instances where an organization would need one platform over another. However, the majority of businesses can and do use WordPress as the backbone of their website. This post explores five reasons why WordPress makes sense for business websites. Open source means you can find a plethora of web designers who can work on your website. This means you are not limited on your choice of [...]

Five Tips for a Successful Retail Website Launch

The day has arrived. After investing money, your time, energy and talent and that of your team on developing your business’ new website, launch day is here! If you're like most people, you’re comfortable with consuming information from the Internet, but putting a new website out there is not in your wheelhouse. Fear not. Here are some quick tips to help have a successful retail website launch. First, make sure the team you're working with has launched other websites. This seems like a no-brainer, right? The truth is a lot of things must happen in the right order to [...]

2018-09-26T13:22:22+00:00By |Categories: Web Design|Tags: , |

Friction: Friend or Foe?

Managing the friction between the water and the surfboard results in achieving the desired effect, which is to look cool while successfully riding the wave. The same concept applies in most areas of business. Sometimes less friction results in a better user experience, and other times, more friction produces better results.In relation to marketing, friction implemented the wrong way can prevent conversions through unclear messaging, ineffective printed or digital media and information gaps, or generally making the conversion process require too much effort. I’m going to share with you some examples of both and explain why it works in this [...]

2018-08-08T15:53:20+00:00By |Categories: Web Design|Tags: |
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