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What does it mean to whitelabel your wordpress website?

Jennifer Lancaster at I Want That CRM
I believe this means to sell it on to clients so that they can use it under your brand (not the actual builder). e.g. WebPresences develop sites for website designers.
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What are the best sources to learn web coding (in a short time)?

I ask this question as I want to design a website for my start-up and I have two months time to... read more

Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Atif,I would recommend, Codecademy (http://codecademy.com), Code (http://code.org) and Team Treehouse (https://teamtreehouse.com/). Team Treehouse isn't free but they do offer a 7-day free trial and I've heard good things from others that have used it. But full disclosure, I haven't used that service myself. I hope that is helpful.
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How much should I pay someone to develop a website using Squarespace Shift?

I am wanting to develop a templated web site using Squarespace Shift. Can anyone suggest what would... read more

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Yee Trinh Co-founder at SavvySME
Steve OsborneOwner at Smarthinking
Hi YeeBecause SquareSpace is a self-managed, or DIY platform, I'm guessing your plan is to be very "hands-on" in the site building process. You probably want the ability to change designs and page layouts on the fly, and see alternatives before making a final decision. If your intention is the opposite – to have it all done for you – there are other development/platform choices better suited for your needs.So, assuming the former, I suggest you manage the process by engaging someone at an hourly rate, rather than a flat fee. And you do your work face-to-face, at the same location. That way, you can see what is required to bring your ideas for the site to life. You will learn as you go, better equipping you to build or adapt the site in the future.Your investment may be relatively considerable up-front – say 10-20hrs @ $50/hr – but quickly taper off as you become adept with the tools.Think of it as an investment in your own professional development. Hope this helps.
Annette Dockerty GAICDMarketing Director at Elcom
Hi Yee,It depends on how many pages, how much content, testing, tweaking etc you need. I don't think you need a developer in the back end sense, more a front end dev/designer as the platform is there you just need someone with a good sense of design to build out the pages and make your content look great. Do you have a brief? is the content ready? If you can give me a sense of scope I can give you a rough estimate of hours as a starting point to working out a budget.
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Has anyone with basic technical skills built their own website?

Hi everyone! Has anyone with basic technical skills built their own website? I was thinking of... read more

CAROL JONESOwner at Interface Pty Ltd
Greetings Paul from rural Australia,My partner and I have developed several websites on our own. With no technical skills others than those learned during the development of each site.The first site we built was in 2006 using Microsoft Front Page.But now we use Wordpress. And our current site uses a Genesis Framework Theme called Metro Pro.We opted out of using a third party to develop the site because of two factors.The high cost.And the lack of control you have for changing what they call 'trivia' when someone else is building your site.Our online business is our sole source of income. And we're very fussy about how it looks. And what it says. About us. To our customers. Hence we're control freaks!There are so many tutorials online about how to develop a site. Especially if you're using the Genesis Framework. And we were able to do it ourselves because of the forums. And tutorials about every subject we wanted to know something about.As someone who's been through this more than once, I've learned to be more disciplined about how I approach a new site.The first thing I do is buy a 96 Page Exercise Book from the newsagent. And write down the steps to every change I make. Tedious? Absolutely. But in a week you won't remember what you've done. And if you want to change it again, the notes are better than starting from scratch all over again.I filled half a 96 page book with instructions on how to do things for our new site. And it's dog eared from use.Second.Wordpress is easy to use. But. It's NOT a secure platform. And is easily hacked.But there are steps you can take to make sure it's safer.When choosing your username, never use admin. Every hacker can enter your site with the word admin. And never use a combination of your url or site name. Hackers can figure that out, too. Make sure your username is totally unrelated to your site. And complicated.Ditto for your password. I have a 15 digit password with letters, numbers and symbols. I don't remember it. But it's in a safe place and if I ever need to use it, I can copy and paste it in.This is the link to our site. http://www.interfaceaustralia.com/wordpress/I hope this helps you.Best wishes,~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤ Purveyor of The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies 350,000 customers. In 29 countries.
Hi,I'd go back to these questions, what's the purpose of getting a website ?Is it simply because a business must have a website ?Will the website make money for the business (ecommerce) ?Is the website is the business ?How important is the website for the business at this stage ?Those questions, I normally ask when people want to get website from us.If it's simply the idea is "business must have a website", I'd suggest go for DIY website likeWIX, or some sort and use their template. Looks good and save time and money.And later in the future, we can always upgrade to another solution.If it is part of marketing strategy, would be good to put SEO or many marketing strategy in to consideration to drive traffic into the website and convert them into customers.However, some of our clients, they upgraded their websites because the like to be more efficient in some of their business process. In this case, they don't really need SEO.If you really want to know how to build a website and have plenty of time, there are lots of online tutorial. My favorite is www.w3schools.com, and I am sure there are many others on the net. Bear in mind that, all website platforms, wordpress / squarespace / bigcommerce / shopify / wix, etc...the idea behind it, is all the same.Up to this stage, anyone can promote/claim different or new technologies / server languages (.net/php/ruby/phyton/etc), but in terms of website, everything will come back to html/css and javascript.So HTML / CSS / Javascript is the core foundation of a website. Master it.If the website is a very important part of the business then I'd suggest leave it to the expert, that is local (have 1300 number of mobile phone or you can meet them in person), and reliable for long term, and we as business owner can focus on the business.That's what I do with my business too, things that I can afford to escalate to experts, I'd escalate.Hope that helps,Aditya WardhanaWeb Design Melbourne
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How to Hire a Good Web Designer

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5 Tips for Improving Web Design

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I love what you said about writing authentically; it's something I always try to do by listening to what the business owners says to me on the phone. Often there is a real mismatch between what the web copy says and what the business owner thinks and how he or she operates.
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The Importance of Optimising a Website for Multi-Device Viewing

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6 Steps to Create a Successful Small Business Website

If you are considering setting up a new small business website or looking to improve an existing... read more

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Great article, thank you.
Dj HodgsonMarketing & Communications Manager, BDM at David Henderson Online
Awesome. Thanks for all that feedback Ivana, once again. Great article.
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6 Forgotten Components that Small Business Websites Need

Most people, when redesigning or building a website, give lots of thought to color scheme, images... read more

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Phil JoelDirector at SavvySME
Thank you for sharing this article Abi. Really informative and helpful. I agree that 3rd party recommendations is so important as it builds trust.
Abi WatererOwner at Yola
Thanks Ling, glad you found the article useful. It's great that you're working on getting a mobile site, I'm sure you will reap the rewards once it's live!
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Can someone recommend good web designers and web developers in Sydney?

Hi I'm at a bit of a loss as to where to start with regards to finding a web developer in Sydney.... read more

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Yee Trinh Co-founder at SavvySME
Get in touch with Bryce at http://donedigital.com.au/ ... even if he can't help you, he'll be able to recommend someone.
Abi WatererOwner at Yola
Hi Yi Have you considered creating a website yourself? If you require a simple website, then it could be a good low cost option. If you require a more complex website, with advanced functionality then it may be best to hire a web designer. The company who I work for (Yola) is a website builder that let's you create a site without any technical skills, I thought I would put it out there as an alternative to hiring a web designer. Cheers
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Things you need to know when starting an e-commerce website

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Maria Bellissimo-MagrinOwner at Belgrin
Great Selina, we're happy to help! We've seen so many vague articles on the net about starting out in e-commerce, so we wanted to be able to share our knowledge.
Selina ShaplandOwner at Selina Shapland
This is exactly the type of information I need. Thank you.
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Website woes: html to wordpress, what could go wrong?

With Content Management Systems becoming all the rage for managing a website (and quite rightly... read more

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Charly Leetham CEO & Founder at Ask Charly Leetham
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Micha WottonHead of Development at SavvySME
Some good caveats for business owners here, Charly, thanks. Are there other CMS platforms you use besides Wordpress?
Great post! Very useful. Only thing I would change is that you should start with the last point - be strategic! * If your site works just fine for you now, don't change it. * If you are changing it, then list everything you want to change and prioritise the most important points BEFORE you start the implementation. Thanks especially for the info on the redirection plug-in - need to check that one out!
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The importance of a great website for a new business

There are many reasons why having the perfect website for your business is so critically... read more

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Ananda Raj PandeyCTO at SavvySME
Great article, :)
Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
Great article! Well thought out and shows depth of experience in creating websites that not only look good, but functional and effective. Thanks for sharing Daniel. Looking fwd to your next one.
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Webfonts can spice up your website

Before I begin, let's start with a quick refresh on websafe fonts and why you want to use them.... read more

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Charly Leetham CEO & Founder at Ask Charly Leetham
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Steven FreemanOwner at Evolved Sound
Good article, however have you bench marked a page speed load test of having the user download a font library versus using the standard regular fonts?
Phil KhorFounder at SavvySME
What a great article Charly! I have a secret obsession with fonts, probably because it's the first thing that draws me to the content (or not) and brings the writing to life ! Thanks for sharing.
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7 costly mistakes to avoid when designing a new website

Every week thousands of new websites are uploaded on the internet, but only a few of them become... read more

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Thank you Jacquie.
Jacquie BakerOwner at Sureshot
Great article thanks Ivana.
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[infographic] Responsive web design: hot tips to getting it right

With more than 2.1 billion mobile broadband subscribers as potential customers, making sure your... read more

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Wendy HuangFull Time Blogger and YouTuber at A Custom Blog in 4 Minutes
Makes it totally easy to understand thank you :)!
Ananda Raj PandeyCTO at SavvySME
Great article Suzie
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Can I use the same ABN to register multiple websites?

i have one abn but want to create multiple websites will different range of products, from IT... read more

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You can have multiple websites so long as if it is a '.com.au' domain, you must be able to show a link between what your company does and the domain you are requesting.   For full details see http://www.auda.org.au/policies/auda-2012-04/  
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Importance of Professional Web Design

A professionally designed website is so important to your online business...Why? A professional web... read more

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Does Your Website Appear where People are Looking?

Do you sell direct to business? Sensis e-Business Report (2012) mentions that 82% of all SMEs look... read more

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Why is a Theme Important in Business Websites? Why Do I Need a Framework?

If you have discovered the joys of WordPress for SME websites, then you'll already know about... read more

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