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19 Apr

How to Buy a Pre-Owned Domain Name
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If you’ve ever looked into buying or renting a house, you know that location is often the top priority. You want a place that your friends can find, not one that’s in the middle of nowhere. A website without a domain name is similar to that. It’s kind of like having a home in the middle of nowhere. Nobody will be able to find it. This is why it's important to get a domain name for your website, and why a domain name is also commonly called a web address. It's...

Content Distribution Networks: How CDNs Improve Site Performance
16 Apr

Content Distribution Networks: How CDNs Improve Site Performance
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Do you know about the journey that website content takes to get to your computer? First, you type in a website address. That’s considered a “request” for content. Then, the request is sent to a server that stores the website content. That computer “serves” the content to you, fulfilling your request. It’s interesting how the internet works! In this article, we’ll discuss something called a CDN. That stands for Content Distribution Network. As the name indicates, a CDN is a network of servers created for the strategic and efficient distribution of content. CDNs are...

Two Great WordPress Themes: Newspaper and Newsmag
22 Mar

Two Great WordPress Themes: Newspaper and Newsmag
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Finding the perfect theme for your WordPress website can be difficult. You have to choose a theme that: looks beautiful, doesn’t have bugs, is completely secure, and gets frequent updates. Finding a theme that ticks all four of those boxes isn’t easy. But, today’s your lucky day, because we’ve found two high-quality WordPress themes that have all those bases covered and more. One is called Newspaper, and the other is Newsmag. Both themes are made by a company called tagDiv. In this article, we’ll review these themes and show you why...

Things you need to do before launching your website
22 Jan

21 Things to Do Before Launching Your Website
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Preparing to launch a website is an exciting time for many people. It’s a time to think about what needs to be reworked and focus on style changes and potential design implementations. This can be a bit daunting if you haven’t made a list to properly keep track of all the tasks. We’ve put together a list of  21 things to do before you launch your website to help you make sure that you didn’t miss anything. Designing Your Website The design of your site is one of the biggest considerations...

Selecting colors for your business website
15 Jan

How to Select Colors for Your Business Website
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Among business owners trying to choose their own website colors, there's a common thought: Ugh, I'm not a designer! I tried, but I created a psychedelic nightmare! Can't I just use the colors in my logo? As hard as the task may seem, selecting a website color scheme is important, and unless you have a design department, the job will be yours to tackle. What you need to know is, it isn't hard at all. If you pay close attention to your brand identity and your target audience, think about the psychological effects of color, consider...

Tips on How to Make Your Website Faster
2 Jan

Tips on How to Make Your Website Faster
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Users value speed when looking at your website. These days, nobody has the time to wait for media such as pictures and video to load. This means that if your website is not performing as well as your competitors’, then you could be losing customers and valuable traffic. Google also favors speedy websites. If you are dealing with speed issues, then you are probably also dealing with popularity issues in the search results as well, which will only lead to even less traffic over time. Why Does Website Speed Matter? You might...