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How much Does a Website Cost Part 2: Why Wix, Squarespace and “Weebly Aren’t Actually “Free”

Free website builders such as Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace have become widely used platforms in the past few years. They offer ease of use, free templates, and drag-and-drop customization. Many of these website owners are surprised to find that the “free” websites they have created come with hidden costs.

“Nothing in life is free” according to the old adage about value and money, and it still rings true today. Free website builders lure in small business owners, entrepreneurs, and freelancers by the simple fact that it’s free and easy to use. Despite the fact that these website builders advertise this, there are still hidden costs and fine print that come with creating that “free” website. After creating an account with any free website builder platform, you’ll eventually stumble upon pricing plans and upgrades that you didn’t even know existed. That is, until your website needs something that the free version doesn’t offer.

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Should I Pay For 10 Years’ Worth of Web Hosting?

What Is Hosting?

Web hosting provides the storage space for a website or webpage on a server on the internet. It is a service where organizations and individuals to run a website or web page onto the Internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed in the Internet. Servers are special computers that host and store websites. When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address in their browser. The domain is the website address. Their computer will then connect to your server and your website will be delivered to them through the browser they use. The browser is the window that is used to display the website.  Common browsers include Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Or Internet Explorer.

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SEO Guide For Beginners

The Ultimate SEO Guide For Beginners

Welcome to the ultimate SEO Guide For Beginners! You are probably curious about what SEO stands for. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or a web page in search engines via the “natural” or un-paid search results also known as “organic”. There are non-organic forms of SEO, which is paid or PPC (Pay-per-click) advertising. SEO is essential for any business – the higher you rank on search engine results, the more frequently a site appears in search results. In turn, this will lead to more visitors to your website.

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The Difference Between Web Design and Web Development

Web design and web development. You may have heard the term “web design” more than “web development”. Yet, what is the difference between the two? What qualifications does one need to be a designer vs a developer? In a nutshell, web design refers to both the aesthetic part of a website and its usability.

Web designers are responsible for creating the layout, colors, images, and typography of the website.  Web developers (also called front end developers!) are responsible for using coding language to make the websites function. They build the backbone of websites and are computer programmers proficient in programming languages such as HTML, JavaScript, jQuery, and CSS. Building websites are similar to architects designing buildings. The architect is like the web designer – they lay out the look and basic functionality. The web developer is like the construction company – they create the prototype and uses coding to bring the website to life. However, knowing the basic differences between web design and development can make a difference in understanding how your website functions.

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White Hat Vs Black Hat SEO: What’s The Difference?

In short, SEO is a race to the top result on page 1 of Google. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of a website or web page in search engines. There are different routes that can be taken to get to the top of search results. Like any industry, there are a few “dirty tricks” that some marketers try to use to get websites to rank high. This is known as “Black Hat” SEO, which attempts to manipulate search engine results. In contrast, “White Hat” SEO follows the proper guidelines that search engines require.

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Graphic Design Trends for 2019

2018 was a whirlwind of a year for everyone- news, entertainment, and the internet.  In the business world, we saw massive changes on Google Business  , reputation management recoveries, and the rise in “DIY Experts” In the Chinese zodiac, 2019 is the year of the pig. A new year means new trends movements in the areas of graphic design and marketing overall. It’s important to keep up with industry trends. This is your time to grow, stay up-to-date, earn respect and recognition, and take advantage of opportunities. In graphic design and web design, trends change every year. It’s your job as a business owner is to keep up. A font or logo style from last year can already look dated. Looking forward, watch these graphic and web design trends for 2019.

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The Power of Social Media for Customer Service

Did you know that over 56% of consumers would rather send an instant message than call customer service?  Utilizing Facebook Messenger as a customer support channel is beneficial for both the consumer and the producer.  It allows customers to go about their day freely, rather than being placed on hold for an hour or longer.   Using Facebook Messenger as a support channel is also convenient and efficient for business owners.  Messenger allows you to create automated yet personalized responses.  Facebook Messenger even allows you to configure a response time.  This allows company pages to respond in a prompt time frame.

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday End of the Year Sale – 50% Off Websites

GET 50% OFF WEBSITES

From now until the end of the year, Faceless Technologies is offering 50% OFF websites for Black Friday. This is our annual Black Friday END OF THE YEAR SALE on ALL website projects – from landing pages to full eCommerce sites. This is our END OF THE YEAR sale – so this deal is good for Black Friday through Cyber Monday to Christmas and New Year’s. Read more

Are You Keeping Up with Your Google Business Page?

In 2018, we cannot stress the importance of using Google for your business. According to Alexa’s top 500 websites on the web, Google is the #1 top ranked site on a global level. Google is the #1 most visited website in the United States and Gmail is the most popular email provider in the world.  Having your business appear on Google is enough to boost your websites SEO, and overall search and visibility. Organic search is the primary source of website traffic. Google owns about 75% of the overall search market.

This year, Google has gone through a few changes in their platform for business owners. The search engine giant is already planning on getting rid of Google Plus by August 2019. Google has also made massive changes with Google My Business for business owners.

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Wix Is for Kids, WordPress Is for Professionals

In the past few years, DIY website builder sites have really taken off. Websites such as Wix, Weebly and Squarespace offer free templates, your own website and easy to use technology. For startups and new businesses, the lure of low-cost, low-risk and easy-to-manage web builder software is irresistible. One of the biggest mistakes that a startup can make is attempting to take the easy route when building their website. In fact, building a company website with a website builder platform such as Wix can prove to be detrimental. At Faceless, we’ve witnessed how these cheap website builders can be a faulty platform, create website issues, cost money, and harm your company image.

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