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We often hear questions from Webs users about how they can make their small business websites more effective, attractive, and professional. And that’s good news because it shows that those people have taken the first step toward success: recognizing that there is a difference between putting up a website, and having a professional online presence.

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It’s easy to start a small business website – just think of a domain, find a hosting service with a builder (like Webs!), and hit publish. But what sets a successful website apart is the execution. The devil is in the details, as they say, and you’d be surprised how many people forget them. So to help you make sure that your website is doing your small business justice, we’ve created an infographic based on insights from the experts right here at Webs.

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For today’s post on web design tips and trends, we’re bringing out the big guns. Meet Justin, Mikael, and Rebecca — Webs’ intrepid team of UI/Product Designers.

What do you think is the biggest trend in web design right now?

MikaelFlat design is getting a lot of attention right now. That is, putting colors and images right up against each other without drop shadows, bevels, and gradients. Think Window 8 and Microsoft’s new look. While flat design can be really nice, it’s important to use it appropriately – as with any other design trend. Do not just follow a trend, but do what makes your website look best and communicate the message — and your brand – better.

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Time for another great website example from a Webs user! Feels like it’s been awhile since our last example site review, so let’s dive right in.

Today we’re going to take a look at the website of El Faro Restaurant in Summit, Illinois. The first thing you’ll learn about El Faro form their website is that this is the home of the Giant Burritos (we’re sold already!). The second thing you’ll notice is that they are open 24 hours, which is great because the middle of the night is the perfect time for a giant burrito.

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One of the great things about featuring Webs user example sites as long as we have been is that we get to see how they change over time. Once such example comes to us today from Kim & Ellory’s Kitchen, a personal chef and catering service run by a husband and wife team.

We first featured Kim and Ellory’s site in June, 2011. At that time, their company’s website looked like this:

Since then, as their business has evolved, so has the style of their website. Here is their website today:

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We recently talked about how to make your small business website a success in 2013 in our 10 Steps To a Successful Business Website post.

What? You haven’t created a website for your small business yet? You’re not alone. By now, almost every small business owner is aware of the importance of having a website, but many haven’t taken the plunge yet because they feel overwhelmed by the process. One of the best ways to combat this is to break it down into small steps and collect everything you’ll need before you tackle your new site.

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Anything you do for the first time can seem daunting. Especially when it’s outside your comfort zone. But, contrary to some popular myths out there, it doesn’t have to be that way when it comes to creating your website!

At Webs, we’ve been helping people get their personal, group, and small business websites off the ground for a long time now, and we’ve noticed some recurring themes when it comes to people’s objections and misconceptions about website building. In order to help get you over the hump and on the path to your new website, we’re addressing the top 10 below:

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The release of SiteBuilder3, website building tool, earlier this month has been very popular with the existing Webs users. The flexibility with which it allows small business owners to create a professional web presence has been unmatched. Webs users have also expressed positive feedback in regards to how SiteBuilder3 is helping them transform existing sites with easy drag and drop features. The latest update is allowing small business owners taken their current sites to the next level.

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Every week we choose an amazing website created by a Webs user that utilizes a suite of available Webs features. This week we would like to showcase several highly customized websites from various categories (business, community, and personal) to inspire you and show you what is possible with Webs:

  1. SherWorkStudios is a portal dedicated to collaboration and the creation of multimedia:

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