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I need an affordable website”! Can you recommend someone? I’d love to...but what does “affordable” mean to you?

What exactly is an “affordable website”?

People post on are Facebook all the time asking for someone who can build them an “affordable website” or one that “won’t break the bank.” I always laugh at these posts and get quite irritated. Why? Because what the heck does affordable REALLY mean (to each, individual person)? It’s about as generic/vague of a question… Read More

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

Getting hacked doesn’t just happen to spammy looking websites or websites who use cheap products, it happens to EVERYONE. - TheEssentialWebsite.com

The Case of the nice people who got hacked in an unsuspecting way

Hackers work 24/7 non-stop trying to hack your website We’re not exaggerating here. They are covertly working to get into your website right this very second! Most of the time website owners have no idea what’s happening until one day their website quits working, or they notice odd things on their website, or they start… Read More

The right plugins will have your online business looking like the professional you. Get them in your hot little hands (or website) right now. - TheEssentialWebsite.com

Our Top WordPress Plugins for 2017

WordPress Plugins 101 Ah, plugins. Those mystical bits of coding that make magic happen in WordPress. At the mention of the word, most people’s eyes glaze over. And, if you’re not used to being hands-on with WordPress, they can be confusing and scary. If you want or need to get more control of your website… Read More

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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

What is a WordPress theme and do themes confuse you?

What is a WordPress theme and How do You Choose One?

If you’re looking to start a website, hire a web designer and/or learn about web design, then this post is for you. Today we’re going to talk about WordPress and WordPress themes. But first, let’s make sure we all know what WordPress even is. WordPress Back in the day, websites were (and still are sometimes)… Read More

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Perfecting the Perfect Website Color Palette

Color, it’s da bomb! When you’re building your new website, choosing the perfect color combination is one of the big-dog processes of the visual design (just like choosing the fonts and images), and getting it right is essential. Good news is, it’s one of the fun aspects of a new website design, too! Is your… Read More

For less than your Starbucks habit (or at least mine) you can protect your innocent website from hackers, malware and crappy web hosts. Our Golden Maintenance Package takes care of daily backups, advanced security monitoring, updates to plugins + more. You can't ignore this stuff - someone needs to do it and we can help. TheEssentialWebsite.com

What’s more important, my site or my Starbucks habit?

Unreal as it sounds…’tis the season for website crashes! We’ve had 5…yes 5 clients whose websites have crashed (some more than once!) in the last month! You’ve guessed it, they’re now letting us secure and maintain their website! Think you can’t afford to secure and maintain your website? Think again. Here’s the short version of… Read More

Knowledge is Power - Know Everything About your Website so you don't get screwed

Website 101: Know the basics about your own website {so you don’t get screwed}

This post was originally published on The Creative Solutions Project’s blog (by yours truly). This information is too important NOT to share, so we brought it over to The Essential Website. Enjoy…and please take a few moments to find out the basics about your own website. It will definitely save you time and stress later… Read More