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How Much for a Website?

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is how much does a website cost.  Cost has a lot of variables like:  number of pages functionality  experience level and knowledge of the web designer is the site being built with existing software available? is a developer writing the code from the ground up?  A …

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WordPress Plugins

How to choose and use There are over 54,000 FREE plugins in the WordPress.org repository. This is part of the vast WordPress ecosystem and one of the reasons WordPress is so popular. Plugins expand WordPress’s functionality by making WordPress sites capable of almost anything (except maybe cooking your dinner.) My cloth diaper client wanted a …

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Do You update your Website Software?

Ignoring those notifications to update your website software can cost you time, money and leads and business growth. John owns a CrossFit gym and gets a lot of leads from his website. One day he pulled up his website and instead of seeing it, he saw a spammy website selling grey market pharmaceutical products. John’s …

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What besides a hacker or software issue can bring a website down?

Sometimes, it’s plain ole operator error…. An old client called me to tell me her website was down. There was no telling how long it was down, as she just happened to notice it one day. I suggested that she make sure her hosting and domain accounts were paid in full. Then she said….”Oh, I …

Do You Back Up Your Website?

I was working on a WordPress website for a new client when their live non-WordPress site went down and couldn’t be restored. The best backup that they had was 5 years old. Even though their product line was vastly different, they had to use the old backup while I developed the new website. If they …

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Who Do You Call When Your Website Goes Down?

When Philip went to his website he saw a blank white screen. In the web design industry we affectionately call this the “white screen of death”. It’s one of the most common errors for WordPress. Phillip didn’t have anyone to call for help, and he was getting nowhere with customer no-service. So he had two …

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Webcare pays for itself

Client webcare horror stories I was referred to someone who thought their website had been hacked. When they went to their homepage it would only show the WordPress login screen. The site had never had webcare so the software hadn’t been updated in many years. And while there are almost 90,000 attacks per minute on …

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Website Accessibility Lawsuits Are on the Rise

Here’s What You Can Do to Ensure Your Site Meets Accessibility Standards and Is Safeguarded from an ADA Complaint Last year, over 2,300 website accessibility lawsuits were filed against U.S. businesses, according to a report by accessibility.com. That’s a 14% increase over the number of claims filed in 2020. Of those lawsuits, the majority were …

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Should your small business website be accessible?

A surprising amount of websites are now required to be accessible… Title III of the ADA says that places of public accommodation opens a new window (businesses that are open to the public) are legally required to be accessible. And on March 18, 2022 the Department of Justice issued an official ruling that websites can …

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Low Contrast Text

Low contrast text is the most commonly detected website Accessibilty issue. A certain level of contrast is required in order for visually impaired people to read it. This affects older people, those with color blindness or perceptual processing disorders, and even dyslexia for whom certain color pairs will help or hurt readability. Picking the right …