How to communicate holiday hours on your website

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Give yourself the best chance to actually have a holiday! With the Christmas holidays rapidly approaching, we are all well and truly ready for some R&R – but it can be tough when you are a small business owner in the 24/7 digital world. While we can’t just get our annual leave signed off and walk out the door like the “other half” – by setting expectations of your website visitors, you can hopefully … Read More

How to write terms and conditions for your business in 5 easy steps

Having good Ts & Cs for your business is super important and can save business owners a lot of money in the long run. You need to cover your butt so people you do business with understand what’s expected of them and can’t go back on their word. Kiwis love DIY so here are 5 simple steps breaking down how to write terms and conditions for your business: Step 1: Write a list of … Read More

How to update Woocommerce Shipping Zones

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If you have a WordPress site with a Woocommerce online store, then you will have come across this Woocommerce Shipping Zones notification when updating to version 2.6 (or you will very soon if you haven’t updated for a while!): Woocommerce Shipping Zones is a huge upgrade to the Shipping options offered as part of the core plugin, which is awesome! What do the updates mean? We were previously limited to the following shipping options … Read More

Why you should be writing a business blog

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If you are on the fence (or even slightly confused) about why you should be writing a business blog, I hope that the below will convince you to take the plunge and make a start. Writing a business blog help drive traffic to your website Every time you add a new blog post to your website, you benefit from the following: Fresh content on your website Search engines loves websites that are updated and … Read More

Business email with Gmail

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I work with a lot of clients who love the flexibility and portability of Gmail email – but obviously don’t love having the unprofessional looking xxx@gmail.com address on their business communications. In this situation, Google Apps for Work is a great solution, giving you business email with Gmail – but there are some steps that you need to ensure that you take in order for your wonderful business email with Gmail to work seamlessly with your website or the likes of Mailchimp (otherwise they will get relegated to junk folders, or not get delivered at all…).

Top Tips for a DIY WordPress website

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For many small businesses, especially start-ups, if you are relatively technically savvy, the DIY route is often the most logical step to creating your website – as time is generally more abundant than funds. For those of you taking this route, I would like to share 5 top tips to get you off on the right foot with a DIY WordPress website: 1. Use a premium/paid theme I know, paying for things when there … Read More

Give your website a makeover without rebuilding it

What is a theme? If you think of your website as a house: Your Content Management System (CMS) e.g. WordPress is the foundations and outer shell of your house. The theme is like the floor layout and interior design. Your content is like your personal belongings. We can do some minor re-decorating (colours, fonts, etc) without needing to change your theme, but if you would like to do some major renovations to the layout … Read More

Make the most of great testimonials

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Are testimonials a helpful reassurance for potential clients, or are they self-serving bragging? I get asked this a lot when helping clients with websites. Well, it depends on what they say – and how you use them. I hope that this article will help you to make the most of great testimonials. Everyone knows that a business is only going to publish a good testimonial on their website. Therefore, it becomes very much about … Read More

Top 10 tips for your About page

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People like to do business with people. For a small business getting your About page right can help you build a level of trust and assurance with your visitors (potential customers) – and portray to them exactly whom they will be dealing with. If you are feeling a bit shy, or unsure how much you want to put yourself out there – here are some of my top tips:   1. Write your About … Read More

How to… watermark images using PicMonkey

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When clients have photos of their unique work on their websites, I highly recommend that these images are (subtly) watermarked. The reason for this is two-fold: Marketing – ensure anyone who sees this image elsewhere knows who the artist is. Protection – help prevent others using your images without your permission. This article shows you how to watermark images using PicMonkey, which is both freely available, and easy to use.   Part One – … Read More

How to… set up a Dropbox account and share files

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Why use Dropbox? Dropbox is a great resource to store and share files. I love using it when working on websites with clients to gain access to images and graphics, as they do not get compressed as they do sometimes with email.   This tutorial shows you how to set up a Dropbox account and share files (with screenshots).   Dropbox folders or files can be shared with individuals or groups to form a … Read More

How to… add a new admin to your Facebook page

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I am often asked to assist with the set-up of my client’s Facebook pages. In order to do this, they need to add a new admin to your Facebook page. So here are some easy to follow instructions for you… There are 5 different access levels for your business Facebook page. Only the Administrator/s can change the level of someone’s access. The access that these roles have are outlined below: If you wish to … Read More