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Does Your Idea Have Potential? 9 Ways to Start Researching Your Niche

use these 9 free tools to gauge whether or not your niche has potential. This will get you started doing research on your business or website idea.

3 Ways WordPress Helps Artists Like You Take Your Art Online and Sell It

WordPress allows you, as an artist, to create and manage a website for your art in ways you may not have considered before. And WordPress makes managing that site easy for you, even if you aren’t a professional web designer. Here are some options.

What makes a mobile friendly website? What is the difference between mobile friendly and responsive websites?

What Makes a Mobile-Friendly Website?

What makes a mobile-friendly website? Why should you have a mobile-friendly website? What is the difference between that and a responsive website?

Forget Bluehost: Why I love Namecheap for Domain Names and Web Hosting

Forget Bluehost: Why I love Namecheap for Web Hosting and Domain Names

I never understand why so many of my blogger and side hustler friends recommend Bluehost. back when I used them, I had nothing but problems with Bluehost, and I’ve heard others have to. I guess they must just pay better commissions than other web hosting and domain name companies. As for me, I love Namecheap! […]

What is a Child Theme and Why You May Need One

In WordPress, your theme controls how your website looks and acts. If you need to customize your theme, a Child Theme may be your best option. Here’s why.

Responsive Website vs Mobile App: Which One Does Your Side Hustle Need?

Responsive Website vs Mobile App: Which Does Your Side Hustle Need? If you’ve ever wondered if your side hustle needs a mobile app, you’re in luck. Let’s talk about the differences between a responsive website vs mobile app. Which one works better? Responsive Website vs Mobile App: User Friendliness? First of all, let’s look at which […]

What is Google Analytics and How Will It Help Your Website?

If you own a website, you should have Google Analytics installed on your website. What is Google Analytics? It is a free service from Google. It’s one of their tools for website owners and bloggers. Google Analytics helps you keep track of your website’s traffic and visitors. Having Analytics installed helps you see what is […]

Responsive Website Benefits

You have probably heard about responsive websites. But what are the responsive website benefits? Why should you bother to make your website responsive? Responsive Website Benefit 1: Your Site Will Work on Any Device First of all, your responsive website will work on any device your audience is using. Given the fact that most internet […]

5 Myths About Using WordPress

Since I’ve started to focus my website services down to installing and configuring WordPress, I’ve discovered just how many myths entrepreneurs have about using this platform. Let’s clear up some of these myths, shall we? Myth #1: WordPress is Just for Bloggers Nope! Although many bloggers use WordPress, the platform itself is not just for […]

What Are Responsive Websites?

When talking about website design, you may have heard the phrase “responsive websites”. What are responsive websites? Let’s look at what makes a website responsive. What are responsive websites? The most basic way to explain what responsive websites are is this. Responsive websites respond to different screen sizes. Using something called media queries, a responsive website […]

Avoiding Scams as a new website owner

Avoiding Scams as a New Website Owner

Scam artists irritate me. Nothing worse than someone trying to take advantage of another is there? It makes me sad to think that people fall for these scams and are hurt by them. Today I got an official looking letter in the mail. It looked like a bill. I was immediately reminded of a web […]

What is Usability and Why Does it Matter?

When I start working with a client in designing a website for them, my job goes beyond just designing a website. A large part of my job as a web designer is also educator.  I educate my clients on usability.  I reign in some of their ideas to keep the site as user-friendly as possible. What […]

How to write an ad disclosure for your website

Writing an Ad Disclosure for your Blog or Website

For several years now, the FTC here in the United States has required that bloggers and website owners (basically all content creators) disclose to their audiences when they are being paid for an endorsement on their site or via social media. Thus, we need to have an ad disclosure on our websites if we allow […]

How to figure out your target audience

How to Figure Out Who Your Audience is, and What They Need

I’m convinced that the secret to home business (or any business) success is to first and foremost, figure out who your audience is, and what they need. Why is this? Once you know who your target audience is, you can better tailor your content to that audience develop products and services that meet the needs […]

Work Smarter, not Harder. How to easily keep traffic coming to your website

How to Easily Keep Website Traffic Coming Your Way

There are only so many hours in a day. No work from home mom wants to spend the bulk of those hours chasing website traffic. For most of us, the problem isn’t laziness or not working harder. Work Smarter Not Harder Hard work wasn’t as much of an issue in my life until two of […]

5 Essential Tips to Using Type Effectively for Bloggers & WAHMs

As a designer, I have a passion for, and a love of Typography and Fonts. I have quite a font addiction, in fact. Using type is a passion of mine. Over the years, learning more and more about the effective use of fonts in design, I’ve learned to temper this enthusiasm to selecting and using […]

must read books for new bloggers and website owners

Must Read Books (and courses!) for New Bloggers & Website Owners

Susanne recently asked me, Do you know of any good books to read about blogging or writing up my website for our business? We are getting ready to take our furniture business online. I feel ask though I have so much to say but I don’t know how to say it. Thanks. There are two […]

Tips for Writing an Effective About Page

How to Write an About Page for your Website

As most bloggers and website owners know, the About page is the most frequently visited page on any website, besides your home page. Learning how to write an about page is crucial. Website owners must give extra special attention to your about pages, to help your visitors get to know you better and see how […]

Categories vs tags: What are they and how should you use them on your website?

Categories vs Tags: What are They and How Should You Use Them?

When planning out your website, you’ll need to think about organizing your content. You may even wonder about categories vs tags. WordPress and other platforms use categories and tags to help organize content. Categories and Tags can be confusing and be intimidating for many new website owners. I can help you understand what categories and tags actually are. And […]

Why your website needs a start here page

How a Start Here Page Helps Your Readers

Adding a start here page to my website was one of the big changes I made to my website as I rebranded it last year. The start here helped my readers (especially first-time visitors) orient themselves with what I had available on my website and blog, and see how it would help them. Why You […]

If Wordpress is free, why am I paying you?

If WordPress is a Free Program, Why am I Paying You?

Confused about the expenses associated with having a WordPress website? You’re not alone. One question I received twice now is something along these lines: If WordPress (or Zen Cart, OS Commerce, Joomla, Squarespace, Drupal…) is a free program, why am I paying you? Let’s talk about it. What’s Included in the FREE Part? The part […]

In any Design Project, Content Comes first. If you don't create content first, how will you know how to design for it?

Why Content Comes First

One of the big changes I’ve made in how I do websites and other design projects for clients is to request all of the content for the project up front. Let’s talk about why. Designers Design Content The most obvious one is the very definition of web design. When designing for the web, or designing […]

6 Tips for Selecting a Domain Name

6 Tips for Selecting a Domain Name

One of the first things you’ll need to purchase before setting up your own website is a domain name. What is a domain name? A domain name is the address of your website. For example, the domain name for this address is ThoughtsandDesigns.com. The most common domains, or TLDs (Top Level Domains) end with .com, […]

My Process for Building Your Website

So, you want a website?   I’ve already written in other parts of my blog about how to find the purpose of your website improve your existing website and market your website. (you can read those posts by clicking on the links above). But what steps do I take to build your website after you […]

8 Tips to get started marketing your website

8 Tips on Getting Started Marketing Your Website

The topic of marketing your website is, in and of itself, a broad topic. I almost hesitate to talk about marketing your website, except that I get asked about it so often. Usually the topic comes up around the time I give someone the bad news that a website isn’t marketing, but rather a website needs […]

12 Tips to Improve Your Website

12 Tips to Improve Your Website

A website is not something you just build, then leave sitting there, unattended, for the rest of it’s existence. In fact, in order to improve your website, and build our business, it’s important to continually strive to make improvements to your user’s experience at your website. This website of mine, Thoughts and Designs, has been […]

What Are Keywords and why are they important

What are Keywords and Why are they Important?

In creating content for your website, or research website marketing techniques, you may have come across the term “keywords”. In terms of websites, what exactly are keywords? The best way to describe it is this: if you were looking for the information you have on your website, but you didn’t know about your company, you […]

How to get your own shopping cart website

How to Get Your Own Shopping Cart Website

There are lots of different kinds of websites out there. Most of them provide free content in some way. Others can be used to directly sell to your customers and clients. Most of the time, we refer to these kinds of websites as shopping cart websites ecommerce websites storefront websites Regardless of the exact name, […]

Figuring out the purpose of your website

Figuring Out the Purpose of Your Website

In ten years of designing websites for different clients, I’ve come to realize that the biggest decider in the success or failure of a web based business (or using a website for a traditional business), is found in a potential client’s answer to the simple question, “What do you expect this website to do for […]

What is a CMS (Content Management System) and why should you use one for your website?

What is a CMS, and Why Should You Use One for Your Website?

You many have heard people talking about how important it is to have a content management system, or CMS if you have a website. Content Management Systems can go by different names. Sometimes these kinds of websites are referred to as dynamic websites, or by the exact name of a content management system in use (such […]

Why Websites Aren't Marketing Tools

I’m Sorry To Tell You This, But Websites Aren’t Marketing Tools

One of the more frustrating experiences I ever had as a web designer early on was having a client who felt I had “scammed” him because his website was not on the front page of Google two days after I created it. After banging my head against the wall for a good hour, I realized […]

How to make money on your blog or website

How to Make Money on a Blog or Website

Just recently again I found myself in a discussion with a friend about how a WAHM can make money on a website. There are two basic approaches to making money on a website, which I’ll refer to as directly and indirectly. How to Make Money on a Website Directly When I’m talking about how to […]

How to improve your website's SEO on a tight budget

So, How Do I Improve My Search Engine Ranking on a Budget?

Every single month, ya’ll. Every single month one of my web design clients forwards me an email from some company promising to make them rank on top of Google, for a pretty hefty price. My response is always the same: “Google said in their most recent hangout on the topic that they want to see […]

What kind of webhosting do you really need?

What is Web Hosting and What Kind Do You Really Need?

When it comes to establishing your online side hustle, there are several things you’ll need to start off. For right now, I’m going to focus on Web Hosting. Specifically just what is web hosting? What kind of website do you need? There are two basic things you’ll need to buy when starting a website. The […]