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Day: November 21, 2016

6 Simple Steps To Launch Your Website

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There are many reasons for deciding to develop a website, some start a site simply to share parts or processes in their lives, others as an adjunct to an existing business, others still as a business itself. No matter what the reason, the process has become a relatively standard affair. What makes each different is the components that the developer chooses to use. What are the first steps towards bringing your website online in a professional manner?

Find Your Bullseye

You are developing a site about something. Too often individuals don’t have the proper focus on what their website will be about. Even businesses struggle to define the purpose of their website, and it becomes a less than useful tool that is bypassed by customers. Determine what the bullseye is for the audience you hope to reach, define your rings of importance out from the center. This will help you identify the target of your home page, then further define your tabs, then set your subject lines under your tabs. This is much like writing an outline for a book or paper. It provides for order as you build what you are going to build.

Platform

In this case, we are talking about the tool you will be using to build your site. Previously you would have to have someone write code or build your site for you. Presently, many of the host providers will also provide an online tool for you to use to develop your site. You can choose between Content Management Systems or Templated Website Builders.

Content Management Systems

This is an application that allows you to create and modify your online content. It is designed to eliminate low-level operations and procedures, to enable you to quickly build and change your content. These systems are highly adaptable and programmable, allowing a considerable amount of customization.

Templated Website Builders

These web builders are content managers as well; they are just designed to make the process easier for smaller, simpler sites. They further eliminate many of the processes of designing and building a site, focusing on using bigger simpler templates.

Find a Domain Name and Host

Choose your domain name carefully. A well-selected name can make a significant difference in the selection of your site. The psychology of name selection is impressive. Keeping it short, simple, memorable, and easy to type, have a significant impact on the use of your site. Most hosting services will help you with verifying the uniqueness of your selection. The hosting service will also provide you with the access to a server that will be hosting your data online, 24/7.

Tune it up

Once you have your site online, it is just a matter of tuning the site to your preferences, and updating it on a regular basis. Do what you can to keep it current and fresh, so followers and customers come back on a regular basis. The choices you made about the organization, layout, and systems can now help you as you make your updates.

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3 Unique Ways A Credit Card Can Enhance Your Life

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Believe it or not, the first credit card was introduced to the world in 1950 by The Diner’s Club, Inc. The card itself was able to be used in a variety of places, but it was long after that when American Express launched as a company in 1958 providing cards primarily for entertainment and travel, and the rest is, well, history.

Today, credit cards are used by approximately 7 out of 10 Americans. As of late, there have been reservations about credit cards, but the same can be said for anything. As long as you know how the system works, you learn to manage your cards, and you pay off your debt, credit cards can actually really enhance your life. Here are just 3 unique ways a credit card can make your life better:

It Helps You Keep Track of Your Spending

Many people in the finance world would tell you that credit cards are a vice that should be shredded and burned, and that might be true for some people who are unable to control themselves and their spending, but if you get a card and download an app on your phone, or even if you just receive paper statements in the mail, the card is keeping track of where you’re spending your money for you.

This means that when you budget, you know exactly what is being spent where without having to physically write anything down. Of course, having an app will help you see where you’re spending on the daily, which will most likely help curb your spending as you go, so it’s a good idea to download the app and start tracking today.

You Can Earn Cash Back For Your Dollars Spent

Again, if you manage your cards well, you’re basically getting a free short-term loan, but the perks don’t stop there. There are many cards available on the market that have amazing cash back bonus offers that pay you back while you spend. This means that when you use your card to buy something you need anyway and the spending isn’t unwarranted, you’ll make money on that purchase. For example, Discover card allows you to get cashback that can be applied to amazon orders, but each card offers something unique so you can choose the card that best caters to your preference.

Some Cards Will Refund Your Purchase if the Company Won’t

Of the thousands of perks available out there by various credit card companies, one that is pretty cool is offered through American Express. Basically, if you buy something and decide to return it, but the company won’t take it back, American Express will eat the cost within a 90 day period of when you bought the item. The unique benefits go on, but we’ll stop it here.

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