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What is the most effective website management process?

What is the most effective website management process?

An effective build process is what sets real website development apart from drag-and-drop website builders. The most effective website build process involves, at a very basic level, something like the process shown in the graphic below. Imagine you want to make a non-trivial design change, but you don’t want your customers to know about the change until it’s complete and tested. It would be...

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How much does a website cost?

How much does a website cost?

There are no quick and easy responses to this question if you're focused on quality, especially if you view your website as an investment. Questions to ask include: Where are you going to host it? What do you want on the website? How many pages of static content and dynamic content do you have? Do you need e-commerce features? Who will maintain your site? How do you want to integrate social...

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Why You REALLY Can’t Afford to Ignore Website Accessibility Anymore

Why You REALLY Can’t Afford to Ignore Website Accessibility Anymore

"I never in my wildest dreams thought a website would have to have accommodations," Anthony said. "My builder knew about ADA compliance for my physical location. My web developer did not." Businesses 'sitting ducks' for lawsuits because websites aren't ADA compliant: Woman sues 175 business owners over websites It's time to invest in website accessibility. Not doing so will eventually cost you...

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Is Your Website an Expense or a Revenue Generator? (Part 3)

Is Your Website an Expense or a Revenue Generator? (Part 3)

In part 1 of this series, I covered the reasons why website development can seem so expensive. In part 2, I showed you a website design project that went wrong, where it went wrong, and how it was ultimately salvaged and made profitable. Now, in this final post, let's go back in time to the beginning of the project and reset things with both the caterer and the first designer partnering to take...

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Is Your Website an Expense or a Revenue Generator? (Part 2)

Is Your Website an Expense or a Revenue Generator? (Part 2)

In part one, I talked about why web designers charge what they do for seemingly "simple" websites. That notion of "simple" probably comes from the idea that if I can type text and drag and drop images into a Word document, then how hard could building a website be? Trust me. I've been building websites for over 22 years now. It's not at all like Word, so it's harder to build a website than even...

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Is Your Website an Expense or a Revenue Generator? (Part 1)

Is Your Website an Expense or a Revenue Generator? (Part 1)

You may have wondered: Why do web designers charge so much for a "simple" website? You may have also believed that a website is an expense to be minimized, not an investment to be maximized. I get it. I've heard this sentiment dozens of times. It usually goes something like this. "I sent out my request for proposal to see how much I'd be charged to have someone else do it for me. Looks like I...

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How to Update Your WordPress Site Without Breaking It

How to Update Your WordPress Site Without Breaking It

How to Manually Update WordPress Create a staging site. Update one plugin on the staging site. Test the site for problems. If there are no problems, repeat steps 2-3 individually for the rest of the plugins. If there are problems, stop, troubleshoot, and fix if possible. Repeat steps 1-4 for the theme and again for the WordPress core software. Make notes of what went wrong from the above steps....

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How to Get Started with the WooCommerce Custom Thank You Page Plugin

How to Get Started with the WooCommerce Custom Thank You Page Plugin

Have you ever wondered when the best time to get a customer to buy from your eCommerce site again? How about when they have just completed a purchase? They have already found your products worthy of their attention—and their credit card—so the moment after purchase is a great time to upsell, cross-sell, or capture a new sale of the same item. You could also use the order confirmation/thank you...

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