Why Businesses Shouldn’t Use Free Email Providers

By Tom Nguyen / March 29, 2023 /

Email is an essential communication tool for businesses. I’ve been involved in web design for small businesses more than 20 years, and I’ve seen clients over the years using free email addresses from Gmail, Yahoo, or even AOL. While these services are free, they come with drawbacks that can have serious consequences for your business.…

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How To Set Up a Self-Signed SSL Certificate on MAMP Pro on a MacBook Pro

By Tom Nguyen / November 4, 2022 /

This article was originally posted on October 29, 2019. Pretty much all of our clients’ websites use https, and I create local versions of their sites if they are on a WordPress Maintenance Plan. It took me years to figure out how to do this, but since I did, I’d like to spread the joy…

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Some Local Business Directory Signup Pages

By Tom Nguyen / October 11, 2022 /

This article was originally posted on May 31, 2015. Local citation or local directory websites are places where you can set up a profile that has your business name, address, and contact information at the very least. Customers or clients of your business can leave you a review on these websites as well. If you…

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How to Pass Payment Transaction Fees to the Customer

By Tom Nguyen / July 25, 2022 /

This article was originally posted on June 13, 2016. Stripe and PayPal they take their fees off the top when processing payments. In the US, these are fees for Stripe and PayPal in the US: Stripe Processing Fee: 2.9% + $.30 per transaction PayPal Processing Fee: 3.49% + $.49 per transaction That’s only $3.20 (using…

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Some Time Saving .htaccess Redirect Directives

By Tom Nguyen / January 18, 2022 /

When providing SEO services, we often redirect pages that no longer exist to working pages. We also redirect pages who’s URLs have changed. A basic redirect directive is a 301 redirect. This will redirect https://yourwebsite.com/page-name/ to https://yourwebsite.com/another-page/. It was also redirect https://yourwebsite.com/page-name/yo to https://yourwebsite.com/another-page/yo. How to Redirect an Entire Website to a New URL If…

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How to Scrape Info from Google SERPs with Screaming Frog

By Tom Nguyen / December 4, 2021 /

This article was originally posted on January 16, 2020. To do this, you need to have an understanding of a little bit of XPath and Google search queries. You also need to know how to use the Screaming Frog SEO tool. I first learned about doing this from Rory Truesdale’s blog post on Search Engine…

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Create a Pie Shape from Ellipse Tool in Adobe Illustrator

How to Create a Pie Shape Out of an Ellipse in Illustrator

By Tom Nguyen / May 18, 2021 /

I couldn’t find the Adobe tutorial that showed me how to create a pie shape in Illustrator, and I spent several minutes trying to figure out how to do it again, so that is why I created this tutorial. If you’re searching for an easy way to make a pie shape out of an ellipse,…

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Emmet Wrap With Abbreviation Cheatsheet

By Tom Nguyen / April 4, 2021 /

This article was originally posted on May 6, 2020. I learned about Emmet from Brad Hussey. I took his course on building WordPress themes with Bootstrap. In the course, he used Coda 2, an Apple web development code editor, and Emmet, a tookit designed to improve your HTML & CSS workflow. Coda 2 has an…

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How to Add Custom CSS to Wufoo Forms

By Tom Nguyen / March 25, 2021 /

Wufoo forms speed up the form creation and editing process, and by using their forms theme maker, you can style Wufoo forms to look like they are part of your website. If a you can’t style a Wufoo form exactly the way that you want by using their forms theme maker (i.e. a font isn’t available in the theme maker), you can apply a stylesheet that is hosted on your website’s server or a Dropbox folder. Read this post to find out how.

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How I Reinstated My Suspended Google My Business Listing

By Tom Nguyen / December 2, 2020 /

This article was orginally posted on November 24, 2020 If Google gives your business a hard Google My Business (GMB for short) suspension, they will remove your business from their listings. This includes any listings with an address that usually show on top of Google’s organic results and Google Maps. For lots of small businesses,…

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