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How much should a website cost?

How much should a website cost, in terms of time and/or money? For that matter, how much does a car cost? There’s no simple answer. The total cost of a website will vary based on the features and services needed – and who is providing them. Someone inexperienced will charge less, someone more experienced will charge more and someone targeting an affluent clientele will charge as much as they can get away with.

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Found: lost smartphone!

This is a follow-up to my post from a couple of weeks ago, What I learned after I lost my smartphone. You may want to read that first if you haven’t already.

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What I learned after I lost my smartphone

Update: my phone was returned! Read about my takeaways here.

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How to use duplicate content safely across multiple websites with WordPress or Drupal

What is duplicate content?

Google says:

Duplicate content generally refers to substantive blocks of content within or across domains that either completely match other content or are appreciably similar. Mostly, this is not deceptive in origin. Examples of non-malicious duplicate content could include:

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How to make your website mobile friendly

Why you need a mobile-friendly website
On April 21, Google updated their search algorithm. They started pushing mobile-friendly websites up in the rankings. And they started penalizing sites that did not adapt to mobile devices. This much is clear: being mobile friendly is a critical aspect of online businesses now.

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Why is website design so important?

Try a simple test - think of something you need more information on, search for it in Google and click on a link that looks like it will have the answers for you. On that website, how long does it take you to find the information you’re looking for?  Is it quick and easy or is it difficult?  Is it obvious how to navigate the site and move from section to section?

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What is Drupal?

My immediate answer is this: Drupal is one of the best things that has happened to businesses. Ever. Of course, there’s more to it than that, but I’m sure that you’ll come to the same conclusion after you get to know Drupal.

Drupal can be described simply as: open-source software, a web development platform, a content management framework, a web application framework, and free.

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Testing a new website BEFORE changing DNS

Many developers have found themselves in this position before - you're building a website for a client who is switching to a new host.  The idea is the install the new site on the new server, than change the nameservers in DNS and VOILA!  In 12-48 hours most people in the world will be directed to the new site when they try browsing to it.

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How to make a secure password you won't forget

Passwords are important - they are all that stand between someone finding out your personal information and creating major problems for you.  You need a great password, not just a good one.  It's got to be tough to crack but easy for you to remember.  Check out this password:
Dbc.2ahtt

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