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Here you’ll find all sorts of super useful information for making the most out of your web hosting experience
as well as countless tips and tricks for small business owners, freelancers, digital professionals and online entrepreneurs.

Hello Bar: An Alternative To Annoying Popups On Your Website
15 Nov

Hello Bar: An Alternative to Annoying Website Pop-ups
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Many websites use pop-ups to display important messages and offers, but research shows that most users don’t like pop-ups. Thankfully, they aren’t the only way to communicate with your visitors.  A more laid-back and less intrusive option you can use in place of pop-ups is hello bar, also known as sticky bar. If you feel pop-ups may ruin the experience of using your website but you still want a method of displaying offers, announcements, and CTAs, then a hello bar is an effective alternative you can try. Pros and Cons of Using a...

Heatmaps: What They Are, How They Work & Why You Should Use Them
12 Nov

Heatmaps: What They Are and Why You Should Use Them
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Do you know exactly which parts of your website are favored by your visitors?  Wouldn’t it be great to know why your visitors click one call to action button on your website and not another? Or to know how much of your blog articles they read? That’s the power of heatmaps!  In this article, we’ll explain what a heatmap is, how they work, and why you should use them. We’ll also give you some tools you can use to create heatmaps and start making great website designs and eCommerce decisions. Let’s get started...

Why visitors leave your website
8 Nov

Why Visitors Leave Your Website
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In measuring website performance, there's a metric called bounce rate. It reflects how many visitors navigate away from the site after viewing only one page. Your site's bounce rate can be a very reliable indicator of whether your visitors' first impression is a good one or a bad one. If your bounce rate is high, you're going to need to make some changes to your site. This article will explain the most common reasons that visitors leave a website prematurely. Corresponding with each reason, we've also provided some actionable advice about how you...

Important Website Metrics To Track
5 Nov

9 Important Website Metrics You Should Track
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Every website owner wants to maximize their site’s performance, but it’s not always obvious which performance factors best reflect how a site is doing. If this topic is of interest to you, you've either created a new website and want to start measuring its success, or you've already got a site and want to keep track of its performance. To do that, first, you need to understand what kind of metrics will best tell you how well your website is performing.  In this article, we’ll explore nine useful website metrics. 1. Number of Visitors Before...

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4 Nov

Infographic: Five Ways to Avoid Plugin Crashes on Your WordPress Website
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If WordPress is your CMS of choice, then you are likely using plugins. For WordPress, simplicity is the absolute priority, while plugins allow you to add all the extra functionality you might need. However, sometimes things go sideways, and a bad plugin or a plugin left without updates can cause serious problems. In this infographic, we outline the five essential ways to make sure a plugin doesn't crash your website. Remember to keep track of your plugins and always do your due diligence before installing a new one. Click on the image...

How to Drive Traffic to Your Online Store Using Social Media
1 Nov

How to Drive Traffic to Your Online Store Using Social Media
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In the brick and mortar world, they call it foot traffic. It's a proven path to increased sales, and most of a retailer's marketing efforts are applied to maintaining consistently high traffic. The undeniable link between high traffic and high sales that exists in physical stores applies to online businesses too. An eCommerce company that engages with customers using social media will get more traffic, and in turn, more sales. In this article, we'll go over seven factors that are critical in attracting more traffic to your online store through the use...