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If your business has a website, you face a monumental challenge. When a new customer visits your site, you have less than a minute to convince that customer to stay. Fifty-five percent of those visitors will leave less than 15 seconds after arriving. This puts the burden on your business to convince those customers to stick around.

“With attention spans seeming to get shorter every year, site design has to be more compelling than ever,” says Tomas Gorny, CEO of business communications provider Nextiva. “If you aren’t designing your websites to captivate potential customers, your competition probably is.”

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For your small business, your website plays an important role in establishing credibility and enticing people to become consumers. It is a primary method of verification among the public, and people don’t take website appearance lightly. If you’re an established business, your website is expected to reflect your level of professionalism and legitimacy. In fact, according to the Vistaprint Digital Impact Report on Online Identity,

“45% of people are unlikely to buy from a business with a poorly designed website.”

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For small businesses, websites play an integral part in building brand image, awareness and credibility in the marketplace. Crafting a thoughtfully-designed website demonstrates to your audience that you care about your business image as well as conveys a level of integrity that is consistent with a reputable brand. There are certain best practices for small business websites and we’ve gathered them here for your convenience.

Use these six tips as a checklist when you’re building your new website or modifying an existing site.

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Small businesses strive to define themselves in a marketplace filled with competitors. Having a credible website and stellar products and services are the pillars for any business, but in order to succeed, high rankings in search engine queries are essential. But with millions of search results available, how does a small business rise to the top? We’ll tell you: creating content with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in mind. Optimizing your content, through your website and other distribution channels, enhances your business’s position in search results. When you develop content in this way, it drives customer action and increases revenue.

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Any words you read will evoke an emotion. A news article chronicling a devastating event will make you feel a certain way, while a humorous story will elicit an entirely different response. Or maybe you’re reading an opinion piece you vehemently disagree with.

Whatever the subject matter, the genre and tone of the writing will determine a reader’s emotional engagement with the text. But did you know that font has just as much of an impact on reader emotions? Let’s take a look at how to leverage fonts as you design your website.

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There’s something very powerful about the human face. It’s relatable, trustworthy, and familiar. Even if you’ve never seen a particular face before, there’s something comforting about it that draws you in. Well, this concept holds true when looking at modern web design. If you want to engage users and establish a sense of trust and familiarity, then you’ll want to find ways to incorporate human faces into your website design.

4 Reasons to Use Faces in Web Design 

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2015 Recap for 2016

We are only one day away from 2016, which means that we have become a bit nostalgic about the last year of content we have created for you.

In a digital world, tips, tricks, and tools are often being changed, updated, or have disappeared. However, we think the following articles we’ve written about web design, digital marketing, SEO, branding, and your small business growth this year will be helpful in preparing you for a happy and successful 2016.

So to get ready for the year ahead, dive in, and reflect on what we’ve learned from 2015:

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You know just how important websites are to your small business. But did you know that a third of small business owners maintain their websites themselves?

When creating your own website it is important to stay away from costly websites mistakes outlined in the infographic from MyCase below.

  • 41% of small business owners who plan to improve their websites, say design and aesthetics are the top choices of action.
  • 25% of business owners say the cost of maintaining the site is a big hurdle.
  • 60% do not have mobile websites or know if their websites are mobile-capable.
  • 26% of small business sites cannot be found in online searches.

Luckily, you are least likely to commit these unforgivable mistakes with sophisticated DIY website builders like Webs. Webs offers many themes for pleasing aesthetics, a budget-friendly plan structure, a mobile website option, and a local listings tool available to be found in hundreds of directories online including Google and Yelp.

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You may be starting to think about updating your website for the holidays and the New Year…

But before you get started, do you know the factors of web design to help you build your best small business website?

WeddingWire did you a favor and created a great do’s and don’ts infographic list to check (and check it twice) as you look to improve your small business website this season.

Our top three favorite do’s and don’ts are:

Do’s:

  1. Do use easy-to-read and simple colors and fonts
  2. Do create navigation bar and bucket your content by theme
  3. Do add your business reviews to your website homepage

Don’ts:

  1. Don’t make it hard for visitors to find what they are looking for or they will leave within 10 seconds
  2. Don’t underestimate the power of strong SEO
  3. Don’t forget to test what your website looks like on mobile

For the full list, take a look at the infographic below, and tell us your favorites in the comments!

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We’ve talked about how web design is essential to building a better small business website, but the power behind web design is fueled by what you want your user to experience.

Allow us to introduce you to User Experience (UX) design.

UX combines usability (the extent to which a product can be used to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use) and the user’s emotions and perceptions to drive the success of a site.

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