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4 Key Website Performance Metrics and Why They Matter for Your School Website

When you’re running a school or nonprofit organization, it’s crucial to work out the balance between “nice-to-have” and “need-to-have.” Some things are “nice to have.” For example, a few less meetings so you can focus more time to get stuff done. Some things are “need to have.” A website –…

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What is a CDN and How Do I Use It on My Website?

We’ve written about caching – what it is and how to clear your cache. A related topic is the impact of a CDN on caching – let’s go over what a CDN is, why you might use it and how to connect it to your website. What is a CDN?…

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Does your WordPress website load in under 3 seconds?

Google favors websites that load in under 3 seconds, because that is a benchmark for a better user experience and website performance. It shouldn’t be hard to make your website load this fast, but many websites fail to meet this benchmark. We recently started working with a nonprofit whose WordPress…

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How To Increase Your School’s Email Open Rates in 2021

From relaying important updates to sharing fun events happening at your school, sending email newsletters is important for building community and engagement at your school, as well as serving as a marketing tool for retention and prospective families. You may be wondering if email marketing is even still worth it…

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5 best practices for your non-profit website

Overhauling a non-profit website, or going through a re-designing phase is no easy feat, and it can be difficult to know what to prioritize. Or, sometimes it’s difficult to know when your website is ready for a refresh, especially if you don’t know the criteria that make up a great…

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Google Core Web Vitals for your school website

Your website’s user-experience is critical to reaching your long term marketing goals. There are many elements that make up your school or non-profit website’s user experience: site speed, interactivity, responsiveness, etc.  In 2020, Google announced that “Core Web Vitals” would be used as ranking signals in 2021. What does this…

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4 reasons why WordPress is perfect for small school websites

At DesignTLC, we proudly use WordPress to design websites for our clients. There are plenty of other platforms available, like Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace, and Finalsite is a big name in school websites. WordPress is our favorite for four reasons:  Ease of Use Ownership Extendabilty Community  1. Affordability  It’s no…

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School website design trends to note for 2021

As we are hustling through the new year into the spring, school website designers are picking up more assignments for small schools to meet their deadlines to start marketing for recruitment. If you’re in a similar position and you’ve reached a creative rut, or you don’t know which elements of…

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Tips for building your school website sitemap

Editing a website or completing a site overhaul and starting from scratch is a long process that has multiple steps, including creating a sitemap for the website’s organization. If you’ve been tasked with building your school website sitemap, you may be wondering how to create one effectively. Here are a…

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Key school website terminology you should know

We’ve crafted a guide to help you understand some of the most important terms in the school website industry.

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Advantages of Dynamic Content on WordPress Sites

Creating a more professional WordPress website can be done through enhancing site design and plugging in advanced features. Web developers will suggest these options to you; however, have you thought about including some dynamic content into your WordPress site to boost the overall user experience?  What is dynamic content?  Dynamic…

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Lift your small school’s holiday spirits with these virtual ideas

The holidays are usually such an exciting part of the year, and COVID-19 will definitely impact this holiday season. With school communities trying to virtually engage away from each other, how are small schools supposed to foster a positive, optimistic culture for the holidays? If morale is low in your…

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