After almost two decades in web development, I’ve heard more than a few horror stories about website projects. I’ve talked to business owners who’ve come to me with website money pits that end up needing extensive fixes or, in some cases, a complete redo, all because it wasn’t done right the first time.

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Choosing a platform for your website can feel very overwhelming for a lot of small business owners, so in this blog post, I’m going to break down some of the different options available to you, and the questions you should be asking yourself.

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There are few things on a website that make a potential client wince more than looking at a business’s email address and seeing that it’s a Hotmail or a Gmail address. Whether or not it’s something you would personally be taken aback by, take my word for it that it often signals a lack of professionalism and refinement.

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We expect, no, we count on the websites we visit to be lightening fast. And nothing makes us more frustrated than being reminded of the dial up days. We live in a ‘give me my info quickly or I. Am. Out of here!’ age and it is in our best interests to make sure we meet the expectations of the people who visit our websites.

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Do you know what an SSL certificate is? No? Don’t worry. Yes? Awesome! You’re ahead of the game. Either way though, it’s something you need to make sure is in place on your website sooner rather than later, if you don’t already have one.

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Among the many websites I’ve reviewed over the years, I’ve seen more than a handful (okay, WAY more than a handful) that contain only contact forms on their contact page – with no email address or phone number provided. My only option was to plug my personal information into a form, send it into the webisphere, and twiddle my thumbs waiting for someone to respond.

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One of the great things about WordPress is that you can assign different user roles to the various different people who work on your website, with each role having different permissions of what they can and cannot do on your website.

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