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Spring is only 21 days away here on the East Coast, which can mean only one thing: wedding season approaches!

To get into the spirit, we thought we would browse some of our amazing Webs user sites and feature a few services that are devoted to making your wedding occasion a special one.

But first, let us remind you what makes any website a great website:

We surveyed the inside experts here at Webs – from the people who make our tools to those who help users make the most of them – and found that 64% of respondents have not purchased something from a website due to its design or its content.

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Example website

It’s Friday afternoon, which can certainly make you feel like dancing. Which is why we thought a great choice for today’s example site would be www.peterlovatt.com – the online home of Doctor Dance.

Peter Lovatt is a Dance Psychologist in England, where he is a Principle Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. Lovatt also runs the university’s Dance Psychology Lab, which sounds like a pretty great place to hang out. Perhaps not surprisingly, his website is also a great place to hang out, because it is well-branded, easy to navigate, and full of rich imagery.

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Webs Referral Program

Your website is amazing, and you love using Webs to make it even better. Whenever a friend or colleague asks you to recommend a website builder, you don’t hesitate to recommend Webs, because you know that our user-friendly website builder features will allow them to create a one-of-a-kind site.

Now we’ve made it even easier – and more rewarding – to refer your friends to Webs. Introducing the Webs Referral Program!

When you refer friends to Webs, not only will they get an easy-to-use website builder with powerful online marketing tools, they’ll also get something extra: An exclusive promo code for $25 that they can use toward an annual Webs Premium Package.

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Webs themes mosaic

Today we are delighted to announce a project that our design and product teams have been hard at work on for the last few months – a new collection of website themes! Today on the Webs theme browser you can search, browse, and filter over 450 new premium themes, many with several color variations available.

Limited time: Save 40% on a new Webs package with the code WEBSBLOG40 at checkout! Click here.

Why add hundreds of new themes?

You asked for it, you got it.
One of the bits of feedback we hear most often from users is that they want more design choices. Whether you run a small business like many Webs customers, or maintain a personal blog, you want your website to be one of a kind. We hear that, and want to do everything we can to support that objective. Just like our original website templates, these new themes are all highly customizable, allowing site owners to choose their own fonts, colors, background images, and more.

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Sometimes when small business owners first make the leap into buying a website, they can become their own worst enemy. They feel like they need to have an extensive website with robust navigation and overflowing image galleries before they can go live. And as anyone who has run a small business can tell you, this does take time to achieve. No matter how user-friendly your website builder, feeling the need to pull together a novel’s worth of copy and hundreds of photos can bring the process to a stand-still.

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When we talk about what makes a successful website, one of the themes we always come back to is fresh, up-to-date content. It keeps your visitors engaged, helps your site constantly improve, and signals to search engines that your site it active and should be ranked more highly.

But knowing you need to update your site regularly and actually making the time to sit down and do it are very different things.

Maybe you’re a procrastinator, or maybe you’re just incredibly busy running your small business. Either way, it’s easy to take the littlest excuse to put off a website refresh. But knowing how important freshness is, we wanted to make it just that much easier and more enjoyable when you log in to update your site’s content and copy.

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Hi everyone–this is Rochelle from the Webs marketing team.  Sarah is giving me guest blogging privileges today to tell you about a new product development I’m really excited about: our Webs SEO Booster.

For the uninitiated, SEO stands for search engine optimization and it refers to the practice of making your website available for search engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing to include in their results when someone submits a search. When you simply publish a site, these search engines will generally find it and include it in their massive index of content.  But you want to do more than get indexed–you want to make sure that the search engines associate your site with the terms that your customers and potential customers are typing into search engines, hoping to find a site or business like yours.

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Our Small Business Toolkit series continues today with a look at the most important tool in your arsenal: your website! If you missed our kickoff post, learn about online resources for small businesses here.

If you have found your way to this blog, you are most likely already aware of the importance of having a great small business website to market your business. If you’re not already aware of that, here are 5 reasons to create a website for your small business. If you’re not sold right now, please read that post and come right back here so we can all move on together.

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These days, there is no shortage of ways to make a website. When you make a small business website, professional portfolio, or personal blog, the sky is the limit when it comes to what it can look like. But whether you use a free website builder, a paid professional, or a popular content management system, most websites can still be broken down into the same basic parts.

What are they? Glad you asked.

1. The Background. Some pages will have a specified container for their content with a static background behind, and some will extend their design all the way out to the edges of the browser window:

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The Next Generation of Site Building is Here — SiteBuilder3

We are thrilled to unveil today our latest SiteBuilder! Over a full year of planning, designing, and development has resulted in our best builder yet.

The new builder provides you with a fresh take on how to create great, professional looking websites without technical or coding skills. If you know how to drag & drop elements you can build an amazing website in a few minutes.

We’ve revolutionized and re-vamped the Webs SiteBuilder to give you:

  • A BRAND NEW drag and drop interface – The new Webs interface is now as easy as drag and drop.  Grab modules from the dock, drop them into your page, and click on them to edit in real time.
  • New highly customizable templates – Dozens of brand new, professionally designed, very customizable themes. The new Theme Designer lets you customize backgrounds, colors, fonts, and more to make your theme your own.
  • More design options – A completely new header editor also lets you create a website that can easily match your brand.  We’ve also added an extensive selection of custom fonts, image frames, buttons, icons, and more!
  • More page layout options – New page layouts that support carousel slideshows, sidebars and more. No need to search how to add great imagery to your website, we have done the work for you.
  • Simple Social Media Integration – We’ve also made it easier to connect your visitors to your social profiles, add social widgets, and encourage sharing.

These are just a few of the dozens of new features in SiteBuilder3, and we’re just getting started!  Try it out and see why SiteBuilder3 really is the next generation of website creation.

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