I am currently looking at setting up a blog for the area I specialise in. I am aware of wordpress.org but have been a bit daunted by the number of webhosts out there offering this and that. One particular issue is that I use macs and I was wondering whether bluehost is compatible with the mac, and whether there are any other extra steps I have to take when using a mac over windows. Would it be as simple as registering with a webhost then clicking one-step installation on a mac?
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A Website Designer and a Website Developer are technically 2 very different things. As far as job titles and job responsibilities go, a Website Designer would be responsible for the visual layout choices and aesthetic design of your website, whereas a Web Developer actually builds the website using various tools at their disposal. You might say it’s a little like the relationship between an architect and a general contractor. The architect lays down the design blueprint, and the contractor makes the design happen. But as far as most business owners are concerned, the terms are largely interchangeable. So, for the sake of clarity, we will be assuming that by saying, “I Need a Website Designer,” that you are a business owner, and you’re looking for someone to build or rebuild your company website. We’ll just pretend Website Designers do both jobs, and move on. 😊
Everyone knows how important reviews can be – we found that 75% of small business shoppers think it’s important to read them before visiting a business. But what if you are in an industry where your customers don’t always want to broadcast that they’ve visited you? While some clients might hesitate to put a review on Yelp about how helpful your services have been for them, they might be open to leaving a testimonial on your website.
The question is more important today than ever before, since it is believed that a site’s storage location directly influences its loading time, which in turn affects a business’s ability to attract and retain traffic to the site. To reduce loading time, SITE123 websites are stored on content distribution network (CDN) servers spread across the globe. A visitor will view your site in the fastest manner, when loaded from the closest possible location. Make a website with great performance.
Sampling of existing websites I designed and/or maintain: Backyard Beekeepers Association (a WordPress site I designed), Global Earth Repair Conference (a WordPress site I designed), Inland FoodWise Online – Newsletters and Action Alerts for the Inland Northwest Foodshed (Drupal 7 site built from scratch), Friends of the Trees Society (rebuilt ancient html site using Drupal 7), Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild (Drupal 7 site I’m rebuilding from a previous Drupal 6 site), my friend Gabe’s website Fungi Permastead (a WordPress site I designed), Spokane Community Gardens (a Drupal 7 site), Protect Mill Canyon Watershed (a WordPress site I built and maintain). I co-maintain an existing Joomla website for Crimson Sage Nursery and maintain this blog (utilizing a free WordPress account). I also work part time for WSU maintaining several websites of various projects of the WSU Mt. Vernon Extension office (Western Washington Tree Fruit & Alternative Fruits, Vegetable Research and Extension, Pacific Northwest Vegetable Extension Group, Vegetable Seed Pathology Program, Small Fruit Horticulture Research & Extension Program) and I do work on a pre-existing Drupal 7 website for WSU’s RosBREED program.
User reviews and comments are great, but shouldn’t you have the final say about what information about your company is presented to the public? Having a website for your company instantly creates an official presence on the internet so that you don’t have to depend on others speaking for you. And you can make it look exactly the way you want, with your own logo, colors, and fonts.
For decades, dry cleaning businesses were able to rely on neighborhood foot traffic to bring in business. But as new on-demand apps like Rinse and Cleanly start to gain ground online, it’s critical that your business also shows up in search engine results to compete. If a potential customer would generally prefer a local brick-and-mortar dry cleaner, but they find an on-demand service when they search online, you could lose their business for good.
SiteBuilder is still one of the simplest and most intuitive website design tools available online. Its platform is incredibly user-friendly, and comes with all of the tools you’ll need to get a dynamic small business website immediately live. SiteBuilder also includes basic ecommerce features and premium plans with a wide range of custom design tools.

Answer these questions honestly, and keep them on hand as you read through this post. They’ll help you pinpoint which option is best for you. There are three website design service types that we will cover: the do-it-yourself method, hiring a freelance website designer, or signing a contract with a web development and marketing agency. Each one has it’s own strengths. We’ll address them all, starting with the do-it-yourself approach.


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Wow, Really??!! last post was in March of this year? I was in a similar situation to Jon, however, I have a bit of tech knowledge, but not a lot. I am looking to start a business and am looking into website options before I start up. I come across t his site and see that there is a great article on web sites and small businesses. So from the outside, Admin comments a bit on this site in answer and support of a few comments, then someone posts about needing the services and mentions “not a lot of free cash” and the posts come to a screeching halt. I do understand that it is an older article, but the information is very relevant. THAT is why I am looking into site options before I make the leap. But to me, to come across this post and it be in the condition that it is, I feel that bMighty2 is not the place to go. Even if someone contacted John personally, I would think that bMighty2 would want to put a public image out there that they are willing to help, no matter what the situation is. I guess at least I hope to get a flame e-mail about my post, at least I will know that bMighty2 actually still checks its posts.


Updated Design Keeps Your Brand Relevant — The tech world is constantly innovating, and you need to stay in the game when it comes to design trends and best practices. For example, here’s how Google and Facebook, two of the world’s most popular websites, looked when they first launched. Imagine how successful they would have been if they never updated their look and feel. Yeah, it’s not a pretty picture.

Hello - I require a modern and well-designed landing page for a health product. The main product is in a small bottle ...main product is in a small bottle so the site would kind of be designed around that and use images of people and the bottle to sell it. I'm looking for a really creative designer with a strong skill set to bring it to life! Thanks


Im a small business owner thats wanting to join the online presence. But as said in the other posts, it is scary for me. Im good at what i do but know nothing about making a website. The business is still in the start up stages so not alot of free cash to pay a designer. Ive looked into squarespace and it looked impressive. But want to make sure i use a sitebuilder that will make my site actually searchable. Any direction and advice would be grealy appreciated.
You can learn some of these over time, but as a blogger, what do you want to spend your time doing, writing articles, or writing code? Most writers don’t want to write code, they want to write articles. Let a web developer and web expert handle those things so you can focus on delivering great articles and great content to your blog members and visitors.
Thanks for taking the time to read my profile! Until recently I worked for GoDaddy in their special Hosting Division. I wasn't a great salesman, but was able to learn alot and help alot of people. Now I'm an Upwork WordPress Expert member (Top 10%) and a CSS Experts Group member (Top 10%). I'm always building or fixing websites, but I also am very well versed in other things like WHM / cPanel server management, SSL, responsive email, configuring forms / special plugins, DNS, and more. I have some of the best qualifications and a service record which can't be beat, let's get started!
I recently started to create a blog through wordpress. I admit, It is intimating..I am not tech savvy. I wanted to eventually monetize my blog once I have several articles published. My wife recently started a small organic coffee brand(online retail) and wondering if we need a website if we are building a blog. Could we just essentially sell off the blog or would it be wiser to separate the product within its own website and include the link within the blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
A Website Designer and a Website Developer are technically 2 very different things. As far as job titles and job responsibilities go, a Website Designer would be responsible for the visual layout choices and aesthetic design of your website, whereas a Web Developer actually builds the website using various tools at their disposal. You might say it’s a little like the relationship between an architect and a general contractor. The architect lays down the design blueprint, and the contractor makes the design happen. But as far as most business owners are concerned, the terms are largely interchangeable. So, for the sake of clarity, we will be assuming that by saying, “I Need a Website Designer,” that you are a business owner, and you’re looking for someone to build or rebuild your company website. We’ll just pretend Website Designers do both jobs, and move on. 😊

Consider Your Fonts — Papyrus may look cute on your kid’s 5th birthday party invite, but it doesn’t look great on your website. Luckily, most website builders themes will only use fonts that designers have already vetted for readability and looks. One important tip: Sans-serif fonts — the ones without the extra little flourishes — are generally easier to read on the web.
You may not sell merchandise on-line, but do you sell something special that people are looking for? Do you ever have a customer say "I came here because you sell ________." For example, a store that sells a line of products or brands that are highly sought after by a faithful following, (e.g. Dept. 56, Boyd's Bears, Hallmark Cards, Red Wing Shoes, certain lines of animal products, clothing and accessories, tools) is going to have potential customers that search the Internet to find out who sells those brands in their local area. Will you be on the search results? Will your competitor be?
Hi Joseph, Thanks for your comment, I think your business idea sounds great and is definitely something you could set up with a website builder! You've got lots of options, depending on your technical ability and budget. Wix has a range of blank templates where you can start from scratch and build your own design, while still keeping the ease of use and customization tools that come with the builder. You can see Wix's blank templates here. For more information on Wix, read our in-depth Wix Review to see if it could be right for you. If you fancy a more hands-on and technical challenge, check out Squarespace's Developer Platform which lets you create a fully custom site - you can either choose a template or build it totally from scratch. You can read our Squarespace Review to find out more on this website builder. The last one I'll recommend having a look at is WordPress - it's known for it's flexibility and if you can code then it really is a blank page for you to make your own! Read our WordPress Review for a better idea of what you can do with this popular platform. I hope that's helped, do let us know how you get on with the pet portrait painting business! Thanks for reading, Lucy
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