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April 22, 2020
5 Essential Tools for Working From Home

5 Essential Tools for Working From Home

Workplaces all across the country are expanding remote work programs to help their employees work while social distancing. With the rise of COVID-19, working from home has become the new normal.

But when you’re working with a virtual team, you’ll be facing a unique set of challenges. Productivity, communication, and collaboration can be difficult without the face to face interaction of a typical workplace. Finding and using the best technology can make all the difference.

Here are five essential tools you’ll need to start working from home.

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February 24, 2020
4 Tips for Successful Email Marketing

4 Tips for Successful Email Marketing

Social media might seem like top dog in today’s internet marketing sphere, but email continues to hold strong as one of the chief sources of digital communication.

Like online marketing in general, best practices for reaching customers via email have changed considerably in the last few years. The very tactics that drove website traffic and conversions just a few years ago risk turning away today’s discerning email recipients.

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January 27, 2020
What to Consider When Planning An eCommerce Store With WordPress

What to Consider When Planning An eCommerce Store With WordPress

The vast majority of Americans now shop online at least occasionally, with some turning to eCommerce for the majority of their shopping needs. This presents a huge opportunity for modern businesses, but also, a few notable risks.

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December 13, 2019
Digital Marketing Strategy: Website Resolutions for the New Year

Digital Marketing Strategy: Website Resolutions for the New Year

2019 has blazed by, and 2020 is already just around the corner. If you aren’t already, now is an excellent time to take a look back at what your business looked like this year. What were your benchmarks? Did you hit them? What ended up differently than you thought? What audience did you reach the most?

If you’re looking back on some of those benchmarks and coming up short, take it as an opportunity to figure out why and tighten up your game for next year. Here we’ll go over some ways you can do exactly that. Even if you crushed it in 2019, it can’t hurt to look through and see which of these digital marketing best practices could help you do even better next year.

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September 23, 2019
How to Improve Your Site Speed With a New WordPress Theme

How to Improve Your Site Speed With a New WordPress Theme

One of the essential elements of any website is speed. And one of the best ways to ensure a speedy website is to use a fast WordPress theme. Sites that load quickly engage users and rank higher on search engines, while slow sites (those that take more than three seconds to load) lose 40% of visitors. Here are some of the fastest, most lightweight WordPress themes for you to try.

GeneratePress

GeneratePress is one of the fastest WordPress themes available. The demo site loads in just over one second. It is a fully customizable, multi-purpose theme and can be used to build any website. 

GeneratePress is available in free and premium versions. At $49.95 with a 30-day money-back guarantee, the premium version is hard to beat. It is a robust theme with 15 modules that you can activate or deactivate individually, which allows you to minimize load on your site further. 

Key Features Include:

  • Schema Markup support to improve your search engine rankings and click-through-rates. 
  • An Importable ready-to-use demo site library to jumpstart your WordPress site.
  • A lightweight theme that loads quickly.
  • Full support of WordPress Theme Customizer, allowing you to make on-the-fly design changes without writing code.
  • Support for plugins like Elementor and Beaver Builder.
  • Translation readiness for multiple languages.
  • A fully responsive design that works on all devices. 
  • Advanced customization allowing you to disable features, build unique layouts, and create custom content. You can also customize every sidebar and footer for each page and post.

GeneratePress is rated one of WordPress.org’s top themes. It is easy-to-use, fast, responsive, and, at less than 1 MB zipped, indeed a lightweight theme. 

Astra 

Astra, designed by Brainstorm Force, is lightweight, fast, and user-friendly. How fast, you ask? Astra loads in less than half a second. Astra is also free. You can upgrade to Astra Pro Addon for an affordable $59 with a 14-day money-back guarantee. Astra Pro Addon extends customizations and adds features. There is also an Astra Agency package for $249 that offers pre-made websites and all associated plugins.

Key Features Include:

  • Works with BeaverBuilder, WPBakery, Elementor, Divi, and other page builders. 
  • User-friendly admin interface.
  • Elegant designs for all types of businesses. 
  • Predesigned, importable starter sites.
  • Easily customizable without writing code.  
  • SEO friendly
  • Easy integration with WooCommerce. 

If you need an elegant, fast, and customizable WordPress theme, Astra might be right for you. 

Elementor Hello

Elementor Hello is a lightweight starter theme for use with Elementor or Elementor Pro, the drag-and-drop page builder WordPress plugins. When used together, you can easily and quickly create beautiful websites. This theme is free.

Key Features Include:

  • Free
  • Lightweight. There are no extras like add-on modules or additional third-party scripts.
  • Extendable with hooks. 
  • Fast-loading.
  • Must be used with Elementor and Elementor Pro.

Elementor Hello is a great lightweight starter theme offering 100% compatibility with Elementor.

Schema

Schema, designed by MyThemeShop, is another fast-loading WordPress theme. It is responsive, fully customizable, and lightweight. Schema is a particularly apt choice for creating a blog. This theme is available for $59 with a 30-day money-back guarantee. There is no free version.

Key Features Include:

  • A responsive design that adapts to all screen sizes.
  • An ad management panel to help manage the ads on your website.
  • Translation-readiness.
  • Google font support. 
  • Support for related posts built-in without any additional plugins.
  • Support for rich snippets. If your post is a review, Google will show a star rating in your Search Engine result snippet.

Schema is a fast loading lightweight theme worth your attention, particularly if you are creating a blog. 

These are a few of the fastest, most lightweight WordPress themes out there. Are you curious about which theme is best for you? Do you have other questions about your WordPress site? Contact us. We can help.

 

August 14, 2019
7 Content Marketing Tools You Need to Try Now

7 Content Marketing Tools You Need to Try Now

While effective content marketing demands both a solid strategy and a talented team, credit must also go to the right tools. Content marketing technology is growing every year and can streamline productivity, increase efficiency, and boost lead generation. Here are 7 content marketing tools to add to your content marketing strategy today.   Read More

July 16, 2019
Website Maintenance 101: A DIY Guide to Maintaining Your WordPress Website

Website Maintenance 101: A DIY Guide to Maintaining Your WordPress Website

Now that your WordPress website is up and running, you have to maintain it. This means taking proactive, scheduled action to optimize and update your site. Too often, we wait for something to break before we perform maintenance tasks. At that point, we may have already lost a sale, inconvenienced customers, or otherwise hurt our business. However, if you follow these simple guidelines you will keep your site performing at its best and your business running smoothly. 

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June 13, 2019
How to Increase Your Website’s Security

How to Increase Your Website’s Security

Once your website is up and running, you have to maintain it. One key maintenance task is to manage website security. So, how do you best protect your site from hackers, viruses, and other malicious wrongdoing? It doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some simple ways you can keep your site healthy and secure. Read More

May 16, 2019
6 Important Reasons to Use WordPress for Your Website

6 Important Reasons to Use WordPress for Your Website

If you are about to build a website, you have a decision to make. On which platform do you build? There are many options. If you have done any research at all, WordPress has likely come up as an option. In fact, worldwide, WordPress is the most popular website building software. Here are six reasons why.

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April 18, 2019
7 Best Social Media Plugins for WordPress

7 Best Social Media Plugins for WordPress

Are you looking to add social media plugins to your WordPress website? If so, you might be overwhelmed by the plethora of choices. Here are some of the top plugins for you to choose from. These plugins will make it easier to share your content, build your following, and engage with customers and community. Read More