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What is an SSL certificate, why do you need one, and how to add one to your website. By TheEssentialWebsite.com

How and Why to add an SSL Certificate to your Website

You may have heard the terms SSL Certificate or HTTPS. If you haven’t, you’ve probably seen a closed/locked padlock (green in Chrome and Firefox, gray in Safari) or an open/unlocked padlock (gray in all browsers). If you haven’t noticed these padlocks, look up above in your browser, in the address bar. If you see a… Read More

The Essential Website's Little Black Book of the Best Courses for Freelancers. Stop wasting time on courses that make promises but don't deliver. We've tried them all and here's what works. TheEssentialWebsite.com

Grab our Little Black Book of the Best Online Courses for Freelancers!

If you’re like us, you’ve spent a TON of time (and money!) on practically every shiny, promise-filled course out there trying to build your business, find the right clients, learn how to do things on your own, and then some. We had to weed through a lot of fluff out there to find courses that… Read More

How to control which images from your website show up on Facebook via TheEssentialWebsite.com

How to Control Which Images from Your Website Show up on Facebook

How many times have you shared a link from your website via a social sharing button at the bottom of a blog post or by pasting a URL into Facebook only to have a cut off, morphed image show up that does not accurately or aesthetically represent your website or business? Raise your hand if… Read More

Blog or Website - How to Choose and What's the Difference? Guess what - they're really the same, except for a few details. via www.theessentialwebsite.com

Do I need a Blog or Website? What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between a WordPress blog and a WordPress website (or any type of blog vs. website)? News flash! Nothing! At least as far as the structure goes. The differences, however, lie in the purpose of the site. A blog is actually a website behind the scenes. Cool huh? Which one you choose to… Read More

Keep your brain on track and focused on business. Here's how we do it! via The EssentialWebsite.com

How we keep our mind on business…Oooo squirrel!

Keep your brain on track and focused on business. If you work from home like we do, you know it’s hard to keep focused. Heck, it’s hard to focus when working from anywhere! Phone, family, lunch, pets, laundry, Facebook, online sales at Old Navy, ooooo squirrel! So, instead of getting lost in Creative Market (which… Read More

How to Save Time and Be More Productive with Virtual Meetings and Skype. Share screens, instant message and meet however long you'd like with Skype. Plus, it's FREE when meeting computer to computer. | www.theessentialwebsite.com

How to Save Time and Be Productive with Skype

When Skype first started, it was known as a way to talk to people anywhere in the world, computer to computer, for free! It was also a way to call landlines or mobile phones for a small fee by adding credit to your account. These days, Skype is used for so much more than calling… Read More

Get our top 10 pics to find the perfect images for your website. via TheEssentialWebsite.com

Our top 10 picks to find the perfect images for your website (and social media)

Your images are the eye candy of your website. They give your content interest, help explain what’s going on, make things more fun and best of all, give your website stay-worthiness. Too little or the wrong type is boring at best or run for the hills at worst. If the first impression people get is… Read More

Backing up your website is essential! Not, backing up is playing with fire. via TheEssentialWebsite.com

Why it’s ESSENTIAL to Back Up Your Website!

You’ve heard it before…and you’ll hear it again. Backing up your website is absolutely essential! Even though most of us understand why it’s so important, a lot of us are procrastinators or just not sure how/what to do when it comes to keeping regular backups. We totally get it. If you’ve ever had your computer… Read More

5 Ways Facebook Groups will boost your business

5 Ways Facebook Groups will Boost Your Business {and get free access to ours!}

Ok, it’s time. Time to get on board with the Facebook Group craze, that is! Oh, don’t get me wrong, we have been in the craze for a while now. In fact, we have been on a Facebook Group (and social media) rampage for the past few months. I talked about how I fell in… Read More

Jpg vs png - How they're different and why you should care. By TheEssentialWebsite.com

JPEG & PNG – What’s the difference and why you need to know

What’s the difference? The quickie definition of each is: PNG: (Pronounced ping) PNG is short for Portable Network Graphics, which are formatted files that have been compressed with no loss of quality to the image. This is called a “lossless” image compression. JPEG or JPG: (Pronounced jay-peg) JPG is short for Joint Photographic Experts Group… Read More