Web Design Blog

20+ Years of Experience

We pack all of our years of experience into our Web Design Blog. We’ve seen quite a bit over the years – both good and not-so-good. We write about a wide variety of things and hopefully you’ll find something of interest here. If you have a topic you’d like to see explored here, please let us know.

We welcome your comments and are always happy to discuss and questions or problems you may have. Thanks for reading!

Website Protection Tips

Website Protection Tips

What to do about website protection? The news has been reporting huge increases in cyber attacks in the last few weeks. Small business websites don’t have the resources to throw at online security and are particularly vulnerable to hackers. There are steps you can take to protect your website without spending a dime. Since we work primarily with Wordpress sites we’ll focus on Wordpress specific tips.

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Small Business Websites

Small Business Websites

Do you need a Small Business Website? Are you a small fish in a big pond? Anytime I hear that kind of reference I'm reminded of this quote from Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computers. The smallest company in the world can look as large as the largest company on the...

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What Is Local SEO?

What Is Local SEO?

What Is Local SEO If you run a small business you know how important marketing is to your business. It's even more critical with the  COVID-19 pandemic changing the business dynamic. Local SEO means using on-page and external methods to optimize a business for...

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How Do I Find Someone To Build My Website

How Do I Find Someone To Build My Website

We can eliminate all the confusion and headaches when you hire us to handle your web design and development. After all, we've been doing it for over 20 years. If you'd like to cut to the chase and get started on your website, go ahead and click the button and hire...

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Core Web Vitals

Core Web Vitals

Core Web Vitals - What Are They And How They Affect Your SERP Google has announced that core web vitals will henceforth be included in their search ranking, starting from May 2021. This update combines the existing UX-related signals such as mobile-friendliness,...

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Website News

Website News

Keeping Up In The Online World  Let's take a look at some recent website news and see what's new. WORDPRESS: We're big fans of WordPress and use it for 99% of our websites. W3Techs keeps track of statistics for the internet and they just announced that WordPress now...

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Website Hosting Update

Website Hosting Update

Evaluation Led To a Change Earlier this month we mentioned that we were evaluating our website hosting vendor and exploring our options. After a lot of deliberation we decided to make a change to new hosting. We have 30+ websites on our hosting plan so making a switch...

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Great Things In Business

Great Things In Business

Great Things In Business Are Never Done By One Person When your business is ready to create a new website or re-design an existing website, we can't think of a better team than ours,Team 218 Web Services. Web Design, SEO & Website Management 20+ Years of...

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The Way Things Work – The User Interface

The Way Things Work – The User Interface

User Friendly? Hmmmm Let's look at the way things work for a second. I was talking to a client recently who was trying to email a file for me to review. They were having trouble attaching the file to the email. So we engaged in a short phone conversation, resolved the...

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Weather The Storm

Weather The Storm

Iowa Small Business owners - Are you happy with your website? Can your prospective customers find you online? We're here to help you weather the storm. We'd be happy to answer your website and SEO questions at no charge. We want to help other Iowa Small Business...

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Get a Free Website For Your Nonprofit

Get a Free Website For Your Nonprofit

Yes We Said a Free Website For Your Nonprofit! What is a nonprofit? Here's what Wikipedia says. Now is that time of year again when you can get a free website.  Yes we said FREE. WE NEED YOUR HELP to find a nonprofit group to be the recipient of our web services....

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How’s Your Small Business?

How’s Your Small Business?

How's your business doing? If you're like most small businesses, you're hurting from the effects of COVID-19. Did you know there are some things you can do yourself when it comes to helping your online presence? First, make sure you're making the most of your social...

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What’s Google Up To?

What’s Google Up To?

We wanted to know "What's Google Up To?" - well actually we ALWAYS want to know that but even more so in the midst of this COVID crisis.. Google continually evaluates and updates their search algorithms. In fact they claim to update their algorithm several thousand...

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Iowa City Small Business Resource Program

Iowa City Small Business Resource Program

Iowa City Small Business Resource Program - The City of Iowa City recently made changes to its Economic Development CDBG programs in order to focus on small businesses – businesses with fewer than four employees. The City can provide those eligible up to $15,000 in...

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Website Launch – Top Notch Property Management

Website Launch – Top Notch Property Management

Top Notch Property Management Website Launch Top Notch Property Management's missions is to connect responsible tenants with clean, well-maintained properties in the Quad Cities area and to provide an efficient, friendly, and pleasant rental experience. They came to...

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Fanatical Customer Service

Fanatical Customer Service

Customer Service – Is It Still Out There? We promote Team 218 as having Fanatical Customer Service but what exactly does that mean? Here's what WikiPedia says. We approach customer service as a core component of our business. Simply put, we believe in taking care of...

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Google My Business | Number 1 Free Local SEO Tool

Google My Business | Number 1 Free Local SEO Tool

Google My Business | Key To Local SEO Visibility If you run a small business you know how important marketing is to your business. It's even more critical with the  COVID-19 pandemic changing the business dynamic. Is your business making the most of GMB? We're talking...

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