MailChimp has been one of the fastest growing email marketing providers for years now. They’ve built an huge base of customers ranging from tiny personal accounts to some of the most prestigious enterprise brands in the world.[Read more…] about Mailchimp Website Builder Review: Pros, Cons, and Alternatives
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GoDaddy vs Weebly – they are two of the most well-known brands in the website builders industry. I’ve written a Weebly Review and GoDaddy Website Builder Review individually. But how do they compare directly to each other?[Read more…] about GoDaddy vs. Weebly Website Builder – 6 Key Differences
Porkbun is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar based out of Portland, Oregon. Porkbun sells domain names along with complementary products like SSL certificate and hosting products. Their primary pitch is making the domain registration process easy, enjoyable, and affordable.[Read more…] about Porkbun Review: Pros, Cons & Alternatives
Bluehost vs InMotion Hosting is a very common comparison for anyone shopping for a web hosting provider, especially for anyone planning on using WordPress as their website software. I’ve written an InMotion Hosting Review and a Bluehost Review.[Read more…] about Bluehost vs. InMotion Hosting Comparison
InMotion vs SiteGround Hosting is a very common comparison for anyone shopping for a web hosting provider, especially for anyone planning on using WordPress as their website software.[Read more…] about InMotion Hosting vs. SiteGround Comparison
Bluehost vs SiteGround is a very common comparison for anyone shopping for web hosting, especially for anyone planning on using WordPress as their website software. I’ve written a Bluehost Review and SiteGround Hosting Review individually, but this post compares them head to head.[Read more…] about Bluehost vs. SiteGround Hosting Comparison
When it comes to getting a website up, there’s never been an easier time. Weebly is one of the fastest growing and longest standing brands in the website building space. They were mentioned in the first edition of the 4-Hour Workweek. Ever since then, they’ve grown and continued to revise their software.[Read more…] about Weebly Review: Pros & Cons of Using Weebly For Your Website
If you are building an online store, Shopify and Etsy are two of the biggest brands that you’ll encounter. But a frequent question that I get is – Shopify or Etsy? What’s the difference and how do I choose what to start with?[Read more…] about Shopify vs. Etsy: How To Choose, Differences & Using Them Together
So you have a website and you are really anxious to get visitors to your site. You have three broad strategies to get some website traffic.
You can either –
- Tell your network about it (ie, word of mouth, social media) – aka “earned media”
- Try to be there when other people are asking about you (ie, search engine optimization) – aka “owned media”
- Just advertise your website to people who might be interested – aka “paid media”
It’s that last one that we’ll look at . Website advertising is by far the fastest and most scalable right away, but it’s hard to do right – even if you have the budget.
Here’s how to advertise a website online effectively in 5 steps.[Read more…] about How To Advertise Your Website Online Effectively in 5 Steps
Choosing the best web hosting plan for your specific project has always been a bit confusing. Plan features never line up. Terminology never matches. And pricing varies according to current discounts and plan length.
But that was before the latest trend in web hosting – WordPress-specific hosting plans.
Nearly every hosting company offers a “WordPress Hosting Plan” in some form.
Sometimes those plans are nothing more than a headline change.
Sometimes they are very well-priced for the extra services. And sometimes they are plainly upsells with dressed up “features.”
It’s maddening – because here’s the thing. WordPress software runs fine on typical web hosting.
You do not need “WordPress Hosting” to run WordPress software.
All you need is a Linux-based hosting account that supports PHP and mySQL – aka plain vanilla shared web hosting.
Both are run of the mill features on even shared server plans since the early 2000s. So what is the difference between WordPress Hosting plans and Web Hosting plans?
Well – sometimes a WordPress-specific plan is absolutely worth paying for. WordPress does have some needs & requirements that are not “generic” so some companies can offer seriously better service, support & performance for WordPress installs.[Read more…] about WordPress Hosting vs. Web Hosting Explained
GoDaddy vs. Shopify – they are two of the most well-known brands in the website/eCommerce platform industry, and I’ve written a GoDaddy Website Builder Review and Shopify Review respectively, but how do they compare directly to each other?[Read more…] about GoDaddy vs. Shopify for Ecommerce
Blogger is the grand old man of Internet publishing. In fact, they arguably started the whole “everyone should have a voice online” ideal. Evan Williams started the company way back in the 1990s.[Read more…] about Blogger Review: Pros & Cons of Using Blogger (aka Blogspot)
Squarespace is one of the most well-known brands in the website builder industry.[Read more…] about 12+ Great Squarespace Website Examples for Inspiration
GoDaddy is the big brand in the website services industry. From their Super Bowl ads to TV ads to online advertising, they are by far the most well-known choice for domains, hosting, website builders, and productivity products for small businesses.
GoDaddy Website Builder Review Takeaways
I have written about GoDaddy’s hosting product and compared their domains product, but I’ve never looked specifically at GoDaddy’s website builder product (aka “Websites + Marketing”) before this post.
My experience with GoDaddy’s website builder began back when I first started my web design business years and years ago. I didn’t actually use GoDaddy’s website builder for my projects until I came across it when a client of mine was using it and needed a few tasks done.
Since then, new competition has popped up from Wix, Squarespace, Weebly, Gator Website Builder, WordPress.com and other website builders. And GoDaddy has upgraded the website creation product I originally used. They’ve streamlined it to make it supposedly the “easiest way to get online.”
So for a personal project of mine, I decided to try it out again and see who the product would really be a good fit for – and not just compared to other hosted website builders.[Read more…] about GoDaddy Website Builder Review w/ Pros, Cons & Alternatives
Tailor Brands is a suite of branding & design tools powered by machine learning for non-technical users founded in 2014.[Read more…] about Tailor Brands Review: Pros, Cons & Alternatives
WordPress Hosting is a web hosting product that is pre-configured to host a WordPress powered website efficiently. There is no industry-standard definition for “WordPress Hosting” so the exact product will vary by host. WordPress Hosting is usually used for the 3 “S’s” – to simplify, to secure, and to speed up a WordPress install compared to a WordPress install on a typical Linux server.[Read more…] about What is WordPress Hosting?
There are tons of free options for graphic design on the web. I love using everything from Fiverr to Canva to Stencil to NameCheap to Tailor Brands. But when it comes to website or blog logo design – or really anything related to graphic design that makes your blog stand out – you’ll need expertise (or an algorithm).[Read more…] about 99designs Review: Using 99designs For Blog Logo Design
I recently had a reader question sent via email –
[Read more…] about How To Try WordPress For Free Before Purchasing Hosting for Your Website
Is there a way to try out WordPress for free before signing up to a hosting site? Maybe a ‘try before you buy’ arrangement, or something which you can download and try out on a laptop? Am just worried about signing up and then finding WordPress isn’t for me.
Web Hosting and Domain Registration are two elements of running a website. But it’s important to understand the difference and use cases.[Read more…] about Web Hosting vs. Domain Registration Explained
So you’ve got some marketing skills, and you’re wondering how to start a digital marketing agency.
But there’s just one problem…
How do you start a digital marketing agency with no experience?
There have never been more opportunities to strike off on your own in the digital marketing space than there today. But how do you actually do it? Where do you start, and how do you scale?[Read more…] about How to Start a Digital Marketing Agency with No Experience
There are a lot of options for running an online store – Shopify is an all-in-one eCommerce solution that I’ve used to run several online stores & consult with clients since 2009. Here’s my Shopify review – with 11+ Shopify pros and cons for your online store.[Read more…] about Shopify Review: Pros & Cons of Using Shopify For eCommerce
There are seemingly thousands of different ways to build a website now. Wix is one of the best-known brands in the website builder world.[Read more…] about Wix Review: 11+ Pros & Cons of Using Wix For Websites
So you’re considering using Weebly as your website builder, and you’re looking for Weebly website examples for inspiration and confirmation that you’re making the right choice. Read my Weebly Review here.[Read more…] about 11+ Weebly Website Examples for Inspiration
A2 Hosting is an independent web hosting company founded in 2003. They are based in Ann Arbor Michigan but serve hosting markets globally. A2 Hosting positions themselves as a high performance, speed-focused hosting company with excellent support.[Read more…] about A2 Hosting Pros & Cons for Hosting
WP Engine is a Managed WordPress Hosting provider based in Austin, TX. They were one of the (if not the) first companies to provide managed hosting services specifically for WordPress.[Read more…] about WP Engine Review: 9+ Pros & Cons of WP Engine WordPress Hosting
When it comes to having an online portfolio of work — whether for designs, papers, case studies, or your work history — a well-designed portfolio goes a long way in leaving a lasting impression.
But what does a good portfolio look like?
I’ve gathered 9+ useful online portfolio examples for students, teachers, and professionals to serve as inspiration for your portfolio website. But before we go too far, let’s talk best practices:[Read more…] about Useful Online Portfolio Examples for Students, Teachers, and Professionals
So you’re considering Google Sites as your website builder, and you’re looking for Google Sites website examples for inspiration and confirmation that you’re making the right choice.[Read more…] about 8+ Google Sites Examples for Inspiration
iPage Hosting is an established hosting company targeting the entry-level and budget-conscious end of the market. They’re one of Endurance International’s (a large hosting brand holding company) brands, along with Bluehost and HostGator.[Read more…] about iPage Hosting Review: Pros & Cons of Using iPage
HostGator is one of the most well-known brands in the hosting world. They are one of the two flagship brands of Endurance International, the world’s largest web services corporation.[Read more…] about HostGator Review: 11+ Pros & Cons
Bluehost is one of the most established and well-known hosting brands on the internet. It’s a brand owned by the Endurance corporation.[Read more…] about Bluehost Review: 9+ Pros & Cons of Using Bluehost Hosting