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Is your school website back to school ready?

Summer is over. School is underway. Your school website is an important marketing tool for prospective families, and is also an important communication tool for your enrolled families. It’s not too late to be sure your website is ready for new and returning families to ensure they have a positive…

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Why Use WordPress?

We proudly use WordPress to build websites. Sometimes people ask, “Why use WordPress?” After all, there are several other options for creating websites. Hosting companies like GoDaddy offer their own website builder software. SquareSpace, Wix and Weebly provide an opportunity for “DIY” business owners to create a decent website without…

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Backlinks: How to see who is linking to your website

… and why you should care A very important factor in improving a website’s rank in search engines is backlinks. The more quality websites that link to your website, the better your chances of ranking higher in Google searches. Checking Links To Your Website There are many free tools that…

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What You Need to Know About Website Redirects

Do you know how to redirect a webpage or what that means? Just as you need to notify the post office to forward your mail when you move to a new address, the same needs to be done when you change your any url/permalink on your website. The url/permalink is…

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Schedule Your Website Cleanups Like Martha

Martha Stewart, the Queen of Housekeeping has a recommended schedule for house cleaning and maintenance. We often describe a website as being like a house when we talk about the relationship between website files, domains and hosting. In this case, we are going to recommend scheduling website cleanups similar to…

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How Can You Optimize Your Content for Voice Search?

With voice search quickly becoming a part of everyday life, it is increasingly important to optimize your website to meet its unique demands. Many statistics showcase the “voice search revolution.” Some studies estimate that by 2020, 50% of searches will be performed by voice and 30% won’t even use a…

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Counting Visits To Your Website

If you have a website, you may wonder how to count visits on your website to learn how many people are visiting your site. There are a few reasons why you would want to know this, and a couple of ways to learn about your website traffic. Why Check Your…

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Make Your WordPress Website Better With Categories & Tags

You’ve researched your keywords and written quality content, but without the right taxonomies, you are missing an important step that could make a big difference in your ability to reach your audience. For WordPress, these default taxonomies are called “categories” and “tags”, and they are vital keys to getting the…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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