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DIYer’s guide to migrating a site

There are times when you want to move your website to a new hosting provider. On the surface, you would think it’s pretty simple. However, there are a few things you need to make sure you do, in a particular order, to ensure the process is as painless as possible. Here are the 5 steps […]

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What to do if your SEO is suffering

If you’re running or managing a business, you’ve likely heard about “SEO,” but what does it mean? What do I do if my SEO is bad? How would you even know? SEO — search engine optimization — is the process of getting internet traffic from organic (that means free, editorial, or natural) search results on […]

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Coding
Speeding Up your Website

How to speed up your website – Part I: Uncovering performance issues

Fast websites are often taken for granted, but performance is incredibly important. Bloated websites may seem fast on broadband, but not everyone is on super-fast wi-fi. User who try to access bloated websites on slow wi-fi connections or over mobile networks may get frustrated with you. That could tarnish your brand and actually send customers […]

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CodingTips & Advice

Questions for the team: What the heck is SSL? Do I really need it?

SSL stands for a Secure Socket Layer. Whenever you go on a site that has the lock next to the https://, that means it has been secured with a secured socket layer (SSL). Translation: it is a certificate that a third party has put onto a website that certifies that the data that you enter […]

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Coding

What’s Markdown good for?

Many of the articles you find online that speak about using Markdown are mostly explaining the “What” and the “How”. But what about the “Why”? Answer: Tons of reasons. Let’s go over just a few! Ubiquitous support So yeah, weird to have the first point be “well, everyone is using it”. But it’s probably the […]

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BusinessTips & Advice

5 Questions to Ask When Deciding Between a Freelancer or an Agency to Build your Website

When it comes to hiring someone to build your website, cost is one of the biggest factors that clients face. Everyone has their own idea about how much they think web design and development should cost. Unfortunately, most people don’t understand why the cost is typically higher than they expect it to be for a […]

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Coding

Sass techniques I’ve used while working at a digital agency – Part 1: lighten() and darken()

Sass is wonderful. Simple as that. Of all the tools I’ve come across as a web developer, none come close to the high amount usage that Sass gets in my workflow.  Love for this preprocessor has grown so much over the years that it has helped influence the future standardization of CSS4. The idea that we are bringing parts of CSS up to the […]

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BusinessTips & Advice
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5 Reasons to Hire a Digital Agency to Augment your Team

Some companies may be hesitant to hire an outside agency because they are very skilled at what they do in-house and don’t see the need,  and/or  benefit. But – what if you could maximize your ROI by getting more done in less time? This is what augmenting your technology needs can do for you when […]

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BusinessDesignTips & Advice
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7 “Must-have” Features of an Ecommerce Website

Whether you have an eCommerce store already, or are looking to create one, most companies have the end goals in mind of increasing overall sales, and satisfying your customers’ needs and expectations. Customers will have certain expectations of your online store, and if you don’t meet those expectations, this will led to higher abandoned cart […]

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CodingTips & Advice
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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Write Off WordPress

WordPress is more than a blog — it’s a powerful CMS in the right hands With WordPress owning almost 60% of the market share, it’s still shocking when people seem to turn their nose up when we mention we develop on this platform. Instead of acting apologetic, we should be saying “Hell yeah, we develop […]

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How we made a user-friendly school picker

One of the things I love about working in technology is building refined and intuitive tools that make things easier for people. Most of the time these arise from dealing with challenges. The school picker challenge One of the challenges we ran into was letting users (who were coaches for a program) pick the school […]

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BusinessDesignTips & Advice

What can a Professional Web Designer/Developer do that I can’t?

This is a common question among business owners who are trying to cut costs by designing their websites themselves. With the growing amount of online tutorials, software, and platforms like Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly, it is becoming more commonplace for businesses to try build their own websites instead of hiring an outside company.  While those free platforms can […]

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