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Responding To Website Hosting Problems

Even the best websites can experience issues, hosting problems and downtime. Software is not perfect, servers can break down, and bad guys can hit your site with malware or other malicious code. We recently shared some tips on fixing website issues here. Issues your website experiences can be the result of hosting problems. There are…

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Safely Adding a User to a Google My Business Listing

As mentioned in these quick tips for using Google My Business for SEO, having a Google My Business listing is important for your company’s online presence. Having this listing, properly configured, can increase your business’ chances of showing up in a Google search and in the top 3 featured businesses. At some point, you will…

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Quick & Easy Tips For Using Google My Business and Google Maps for SEO

Google My Business (GMB) and Google Maps are powerful marketing and SEO tools. Having a Google My Business listing increase your chances of showing up in a Google search and in the top 3 featured businesses in a search (called the Google Local 3-pack). It can be confusing and a bit frustrating to set up…

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The Increasing Importance of Quality Website Content

“Content is King” is a phrase coined by Steve Jobs in 1996 in reference to the future of the internet. This idea has been progressively evident as it relates to SEO and a website’s success. The value of website content has evolved even further within the last 5 years. Google’s RankBrain, a machine learning tool…

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Make Sure Your School Website Design is Mobile Friendly

Does your school website design make it easy for users to navigate on their smart phone or tablet?In the last decade, the world of website design has changed dramatically, mainly due to increased use of the smartphone. In 2018, 52.2% of all website traffic originated from a smartphone. No longer do designers have a large,…

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The robots.txt file, or what a bot can do on your website

As we mentioned in a previous blog post, each search engine on the web has its own robots, or bots, constantly crawling sites. These bots are not limited to Google and Bing and Yahoo. Any social media application (think Facebook or Pinterest) has its own crawling bots, as do aggregators such as msn or cnn.…

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I did a website refresh and now I get a 404 error. Help!

As wonderful as the design of your current website is, at some point you will want to do a website refresh. It is a good idea to periodically review your website and update the content and design. The information on your website should be up to date, including test and images. Website design, functionality and…

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What Is a Sitemap and Why Do You Need One?

A site map is the structure or list of pages on a website. Let’s learn more and understand what does a sitemap do? A Site Map Is a Plan A key part of the website strategic planning process is the development of the site map. A site map can simply be a list of pages…

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New Preschool and Child Care Center Website

Kid Works Creative Learning Centers in Cincinnati, Ohio discovered Design TLC through the GoDaddy Pro program. Our specialty is developing websites for preschools, school and enrichment programs, so we were happy they found us! We loved working with their team to develop a more user-friendly, informative and well-designed new website. “Relaxing” Process Our process for…

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WordPress Tags are Not The Same As Instagram Hashtags

Do you know the difference between a WordPress tag and hashtags used on social media? Not all tags are the same! Instagram Hashtags At Design TLC, we are fans of Instagram (follow our new-ish Instagram page here). Instagram has become a popular social media tool, and is widely used as a marketing tool. The popularity…

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How to Add Someone to Your Google Analytics Account

We help clients review and analyze their website information in Google Analytics. This free service connects your website to a wealth of data that Google collects about your website traffic, including number of visitors, where they come from, what content they use on your site and how long they spend there. You can also learn…

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What is a Website Audit?

We start with a website audit when someone comes to us looking for a new or “refreshed” website. Our website audit is a combination of assessments that help us evaluate a website for performance, user experience, SEO, messaging and design. This process guides the strategic direction and recommendations for improvements. We apply our findings to…

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What is Alt Text and Why Should You Use It?

Alt text (alternative text) is the description of an image in words “behind the scenes” in the HTML code of a website. Here is how alt text will appear in HTML as shown in Yoast’s article Image SEO Alt Tag and Title Tag Optimization: In WordPress, you can find the alt text in the image…

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How to Fix WordPress Problems

If your website is down or if you are having problems with your WordPress website, what do you do? Most likely, you contact your website developer and tell them you’re having a problem and ask them to troubleshoot and fix the problem. What does your website developer do after you contact them? Website Down Alerts…

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Why We Use Beaver Builder to Create WordPress Websites

We use Beaver Builder to create nice looking, creative and user-friendly websites for clients. In 2015, we kept hearing great things about this front end page builder. At the time, we built child themes using the popular, well-coded Genesis framework. This worked well for us, and we grew accustomed to the widgetized front page and…

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New Website Launch for the Friends of the Arlington Public Library

We are thrilled to share the new logo and website for the Friends of the Arlington Public Library. The Friends of the Arlington Public Library (FOAL) is a volunteer organization established to support the public library system in Arlington, Virginia. Their mission is to enable a strong, vibrant, engaged community using the libraries as a…

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Google Rich Snippets: Why Do I Need One, and How Do I Get One?

As the quantity of information on the web grows bigger and bigger each day, search engines are constantly updating and refining the way they identify and display that information. According to statcounter.com, Google performed 92% of all searches in February 2019, with the other 8% spread across the rest of the engines. In this post,…

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How To Edit WordPress in the New Gutenberg Editor

What is Gutenberg? If you haven’t logged into your website in a while and are preparing to write or edit in WordPress, you might notice some changes. Gutenberg is a take on a new editor for WordPress, which replaced the WordPress classic editor. It is named after Johannes Gutenberg, who invented a printing press over…

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Find Hidden Screen Options in Your WordPress Website Backend

WordPress is a powerful and versatile, open source content management system. Over 33% of all websites in the world are WordPress sites. For those who only use it to publish blog content, WordPress is easy to use. However, some confusing and “hidden” basic things, such as Screen Options, may take some getting used to when…

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What is the Difference Between Domain and Website Hosting?

The concept of “hosting” can be IS confusing. A client recently asked us if they should cancel their domain hosting account because we moved their website hosting to a different provider. The answer is no! You need both. Confusing? Yes! Here is a basic overview of DOMAIN HOSTING (also called “Registration/Registrar”) and WEBSITE HOSTING. You…

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