Website Builder Blog

If your website is not viewable on all browsers, you could be missing prospects and not even know it. With a number of browsers now available on a wide array of devices, including mobile devices, it has become increasingly important to ensure that your website is viewable on every available browser. Yet, many web designers continue to make the mistake of only checking the browser they use most commonly and forget that when a user pulls up their site on a different browser, they could have an entirely different experience. If the site is slow to load or simply does not load properly, the visitor could lose patience and exit the site. This is an opportunity lost that you might never be able to achieve again. Why Sites Appear Differently on Different Types of Browsers One of the reasons that a site might not be viewed in the same way on every browser is the fact that not all browsers behave in the same manner. Based on how the site is coded, that site could actually appear differently in each… Read more

As a website designer, if you are searching for a job or trying to establish a new business, a portfolio can be a great way to do so. In the event that you do not have a portfolio of samples, you might wonder whether creating websites for fictional companies is a good way to increase your portfolio. The key to keep in mind here is that if you create samples for fictitious companies, there is a chance that you could be found out. If a potential client should happen to do a bit of research and discover that the companies you have purported to have designed a website for do not actually exist, not only might you lose the client, but it could affect your reputation. Should you lack experience with paid clients, consider offering your services to friends and families and using those as a basis for building your portfolio of samples. This can give you a solid basis for building and establishing your portfolio without doing something that could permanently damage your business. When prepared correctly, a digital… Read more

For many, the prospect of building a website is intimidating. There is no doubt that building a website when you have no previous experience in doing so can be a challenge. For this reason, some individuals who are new to website building may draw out the process and build their website over a long period of time. Individuals who are busy and have a number of other responsibilities may also find themselves in a situation in which it takes a long time to complete their website. There are advantages and disadvantages to both approaches. Building a website over a long period of time, as opposed to building it in a single sitting, can make the process appear less challenging. If you are new to the idea of website building, you may also find that this approach gives you the ability to learn as you go. By the same token, if you have a jam-packed schedule and feel as though you could not possibly build a website all at once, you may feel as though building it over a long period… Read more

When running a website, it’s easy to accept links from many sources. In the past, this was a wise move as Google and the leading search engines would value your content highly if you had hundreds of links from random, and even irrelevant, sources. Things have changed, greatly. If you have links from spam sites or irrelevant ones, you are going to fall in the search engine rankings, and if you know anything about Panda updates, you know this is true. Fortunately, with a little leg work, you can find the culprit and get rid of the links. Before getting started, you should know what links point to your site. With Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools, you can see what links point to your site. Then, you can create an Excel sheet and organize your data. You will want to check back at these two sites in a few weeks so you can ensure that the links were removed. Once you know where you stand, you can start with the Google Disavow Tool. With this simple tool, you can… Read more

Building a website can oftentimes be a challenging endeavor for individuals with no previous experience in web design. Website building tools have made it easier to build a website in just a matter of minutes, even if you do not have any experience in coding or HTML, but you still need to be willing to take the plunge and get started. Let's explore a metaphor that might help put things into perspective, shall we? Be Willing to Experiment In this regard, building a website is not unlike placing an order from a Chinese takeout menu. Sure, there are bound to be items on a Chinese food menu that you aren't familiar with, but if you only stick with what is familiar (the Shrimp Fried Rice), you could miss out on something you would really love. For this reason, it is important that you are not afraid to research and try new things. The same also holds true of building a website. When you first get started, you will likely run across features that are not familiar to you. If you… Read more