9 12, 2016

Small Business Blogging Best Practices


Small Business Blogging sounds like an easy task on its face, but many businesses fail to maintain a blog for simple reasons: insufficient content, poor linking, less-than-stellar writing, and other little pitfalls. Take a look at a few best practices for making sure your small business blog doesn’t go the way of the dinosaur. Keep Up With Regular, Fresh Content The number one most important thing you can do to ensure the success of your small business blog is to regularly post new and engaging content. Whether this is every day, twice a week, once a week, twice monthly or on some other schedule really depends on your industry and audience, but the important thing is to keep your content pool from stagnating with updates at (ideally predictable) recurring increments. And yes, this means that reposts of old content are [...]

Small Business Blogging Best Practices2016-12-09T12:18:56+00:00
9 12, 2016

WordPress SEO And It’s Benefits


Believe it or not, WordPress is one of the world’s most popular content management systems. Really, it should come as no surprise; WordPress offers a full, flexible suite of tools to users of all skill levels, making it easy to publish, update, move and delete content as needed. What few people realize, however, is how truly beneficial WordPress can be for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Content publishing and analysis made easy One of the simplest ways to improve WordPress SEO results on a given site is to simply publish a significant stream of keyword-rich content on a regular basis. The last thing you need when working to amp up your blog’s volume is a system that’s going to make you jump through hoops for every post. With WordPress SEO’s intuitive user interface and full range of formatting and publishing options, [...]

WordPress SEO And It’s Benefits2016-12-09T11:33:37+00:00
22 11, 2016

How to Use AMP with WooCommerce


AMP with WooCommerce The AMP Project isn't super clear about what constitutes as “news” when it says that news is the first type of content supported. But articles, recipes, reviews, and video are the content types offered as examples of what they consider "news". For most eCommerce sites, the important content type outside of landing pages will be articles. But let’s be clear on what constitutes an article. The AMP framework relies on structured data outlined by the Schema.org  standard to define what type of content is on a page. Schema.org defines an article as: “An article, such as a news article or piece of an investigative report. Newspapers and magazines have articles of many different types and this is intended to cover them all.” By this definition, most eCommerce sites wouldn't normally offer articles. But consider the types of [...]

How to Use AMP with WooCommerce2016-11-22T13:06:49+00:00
7 10, 2016

What is AMP and Why Should You Care?


AMP ( Accelerated Mobile Pages ) Accelerated Mobile Pages is a way to build web pages for static content that render fast. AMP in action consists of three different parts: AMP HTML is HTML with some restrictions for  performance and building rich content beyond basic HTML. The AMP JS library ensures the fast rendering of AMP HTML pages. The Google AMP Cache can be used to serve cached AMP HTML pages.   AMP is a Google-backed project designed as an open standard for publishers who want to have pages load quickly on mobile devices. In Feb. 2016, Google officially integrated AMP listings into its mobile search results. Pages making use of AMP get special places in the search results and/or with a special “AMP” designation. This made the SEO World go nuts. Quickly plugins began to appear in the WordPress Directory and even an [...]

What is AMP and Why Should You Care?2016-11-22T09:30:20+00:00
15 09, 2016

Simple Responsive WordPress Design


A Simple Design can help your visitors focus on the message and not feel overwhelmed. We all remember the hideous flash banners and the effects that followed your mouse and other visual assaults from the 90's and early 2000s web design. That's why I choose to go simple and make sure that whomever and on whatever device come across the website for Drain-Smart.com would be directly pointed to: What is it? How Can I Get One? They agree with me that this is exactly what we accomplished. See for yourself at http://www.drain-smart.com and if you get one tell them how much you liked my design!

Simple Responsive WordPress Design2016-11-22T11:19:46+00:00
22 07, 2016

10 Reasons WordPress Beats SquareSpace for your website.


You Have Full Ownership and Control of Your Website With WordPress you buy web-hosting and you install WordPress and Customize it from there. All of that content is yours. That Hosting is Yours. With SquareSpace your renting the software and the hosting. Its the website equivalent to a Facebook Page. Customize and Add as many of your images and content as you want but at the end of the day your Facebook page is Facebook's and with SquareSpace you page with them is theirs too. No Limits To How Large A Website You Can Have With WordPress. SquareSpace like most "Big Box" website builders. You have limits to size and type of website you operate. The more your website has the more you pay. Full Control of SEO WordPress is a great platform to make sure your website is indexed [...]

10 Reasons WordPress Beats SquareSpace for your website.2016-11-22T11:22:16+00:00
29 11, 2015

Top 10 Reasons I Recommend WooCommerce for WordPress Ecommerce


Top 10 Reasons I Recommend WooCommerce. IT'S FREE: Giving you the control to sell anything. Beautifully For Free. MADE FOR WORDPRESS: WooCommerce is built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress. Sell Anything. Anywhere: Physical, Digital, Membership and More can be sold with WooCommerce. Payment Gateways Covered: WooCommerce comes bundled with PayPal , BACS, and cash on delivery for accepting payments. Ship It. Wherever You Like. Or Not : When you set up your shop you can choose to offer free shipping or flat-rate shipping. Taxes? You Control it All : Control which tax class shipping gets, or leave it so shipping tax is calculated on the cart items themselves. Taxes can also be calculated based on customers' shipping address, billing address or your shop's base address. Geo-Location : Use your store's address or uses Geo-Location to detect your customer's address for [...]

Top 10 Reasons I Recommend WooCommerce for WordPress Ecommerce2016-11-22T13:10:24+00:00
30 10, 2015

Why Google Apps is the best for business email.


First, I'm not saying you Have to use Google Apps but this blog post is dedicated to pointing out how terrible it looks for you're business to have a business email that is hosted at a "local" email provider. Are you a teen in the 1990's chatting on AIM, MSN, Lycos or Yahoo messenger? If not you probably know it's not very professional to send business emails to potential customers or partners with something like: Iloveboys2menforever19@hotmail.com. But do you know what people think when they see SeriousSmallBusiness@aol.com ? It says "I don't have the resources or knowledge to have a custom email address." Email is in many cases the first impression a potential client or business partner has of you. People make judgements on your emails without even recognizing that they have even made an decision about who you and [...]

Why Google Apps is the best for business email.2016-11-22T13:51:42+00:00
23 10, 2015

WordPress Migration to a New Host


WordPress Migration How I do it... First step to WordPress Migration is to install and activate UpdraftPlus on your existing install of WordPress, of course. If you don’t remember how to do that, then go here.(http://updraftplus.com/download/) Next you install the fresh copy of WP on the new host, you can use any random user login details to set it up Put up a short message telling visitors your site is on it's way. I ALWAYS use SeedProd's Ultimate Coming Soon Page Plugin for this it's handy to have on the site when doing routine updates too. (https://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-coming-soon-page/) You can use the free Updraft Plus backup plugin to migrate a site from one live host to another, as long as the URL/domain is not changing and downtime is not an issue. But I like the Paid Migrator for making a clone [...]

WordPress Migration to a New Host2016-11-22T13:56:50+00:00
6 10, 2015

Connecting Google Drive to UpDraftplus


I love UpDraft Plus for being a complete way to make WordPress Back-Ups right from your Dashboard. It super fast and convenient. Below is a detailed explanation to make it work. I'm a heavy Google Apps user and I generally recommend it to my clients. You have email and collaboration tools that make projects and business communication so easy. My clients can upload images and copy. I can make spreadsheets or URls for 301 redirects and much more. I will write a future blog post highlighting why Google Apps is my favorite solution for Kemble Cloud and for my clients. But below is an "Every-man"(or women's) description of how to integrate these two awesome services. If you want to save time (and money) you can also contact me I would be more than happy to implement this solution for you. [...]

Connecting Google Drive to UpDraftplus2016-11-22T14:03:13+00:00
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