Website & Design

Google+ is going to play a huge role on how Google ranks websites in the future. The sooner you get active on it, the better off your business will be. Google+ already had Communities, Hangouts, and plenty of tools for small businesses to use to improve their brand engagement. Adding Google+ Comments to your WordPress site can be a difference maker also. These 3 plugins enable you to add Google+ Comments to WordPress:

google+ Comments

Google+ Comments: a very good implementation of Google+ Comments for WordPress. It makes your comment section tabbed, so you can have Facebook and Disqus enabled. [click to continue…]

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Kickstarter and Indiegogo are great sites for raising funds and supporting exciting products. They have their own rules and guidelines though. It is possible to create your own Kickstarter-type if you want to promote and raise funds for your ideas independently. Here are 5 ways to do just that:

crowd funding

Fundify: a WordPress theme that turns your site into a Kickstarter-type portal. It has an elegant design and 4+ custom widgets. It offers integration for PayPal Adaptive Payments.

appthemer

AppThemer Crowdfunding: don’t want to use the above theme? You could use this plugin and come up with your own theme to start a crowdfunding website. [click to continue…]

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WordPress is quite business friendly. Many corporations and small businesses rely on this content management system to manage their online portals. WordPress is more than just for blogs though. You can use it to create job boards, support portals, events directories, and Knowledge Base sites. Here are 5 themes you can use to build those types of sites fast:

quality control

Quality Control: a dynamic theme that turns your website into a ticketing system. This is important for businesses with multiple products to support. It allows users to create tickets, assign statuses, and set priorities. The theme offers Git and SVN integration. [click to continue…]

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Let’s be honest: we all would love our sites to load fast. If you have a lousy web host, that will be difficult to pull off. Even if you have a powerful web host, the amount of static content you store on it could reduce its performance. That’s where CDNs come into play. They serve your images and other static files, so your server can focus its resources on other tasks. Premium CDN plans are not cheap by any means. But here are 5 that small businesses can use to speed up their site without having to go broke:

maxcdn

MaxCDN: they have a very affordable starter plan that might raise a flag for some. The good news is their service is actually top notch and quite affordable. You do need to set up your site the right way to make sure it works hand in hand with this CDN service. [click to continue…]

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The Genesis Framework for WordPress is one of the best ones around. It is highly versatile and can handle small and large sites easily. You are going to need custom or premium child themes to give your Genesis-based website a makeover. Here are 5 places you can check to find premium child themes for Genesis:

Genesis

StudioPress: the folks behind Genesis have premium child themes for you to use to give your site a better look. Their prices are fairly affordable too.

ziggzagg

Zigzagpress: has a nice selection of child themes for Genesis, including multiple designs for artists, photographers, and small businesses.

quik

Themedy: these guys are behind some of the best looking child themes for Thesis 1/2 and Genesis. Their membership plans are priced reasonably. [click to continue…]

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