Today, Liberated Syndication, Inc. (LSYN), the Pittsburgh-based podcast hosting network, announced that it has closed its acquisition of pair Networks, Inc.
Write Your Online Business Plan Build Your Website Designing a professional website for your online business can be done without learning a single line of HTML. Decide which content management system will work best for your audience. Choose the theme for your website, lay out the website summary map, and prepare content for each page. Building the website for your online business is the final step before hanging your “open for business” sign online.
Write Your Online Business Plan Investment Launching an online business doesn’t require a large initial investment. You’ll need a domain and website hosting solution. For less than the cost of your monthly coffee habit, you can launch your website.
Write Your Online Business Plan Monetization There are several ways to make money from your online business. Before you “hang your shingle” decide how much you’d like to make from your new venture. You can achieve your ultimate goals offering multiple products, services, and ad revenue.
Write Your Online Business Plan S.W.O.T. Analysis S.W.O.T. Analysis helps you launch your business with a full understanding of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Armed with an understanding of the condition of your industry before analyzing the strengths of your business may uncover more services and products for you to offer. Acknowledging your weaknesses places you in a position to protect and improve your online business as it grows. Recognizing opportunities prepares you for a successful launch. Identifying internal and external threats equips you to respond before systemic inadequacies develop.
Write Your Online Business Plan Marketing Choosing what kind of website is best for your online business is your first marketing decision. After you’ve chosen what type of website to make you decide how your website will look. Choosing the website type and look is the last step in creating a plan to connect with your audience.
Write Your Online Business Plan Introduce Your Team Establishing a rapport with your website visitor aids in the development of trust. Trust is necessary for a website visitor to become a client. Sharing information about your company’s management team is an important step to building a connection with your audience.
Write Your Online Business Plan How is Your Solution Distinctive Your website offers a solution to your website visitors’ problems they’re unable to find anywhere else online. Website visitors will find you based on how you describe your solution to their need. Describing your solution is the first step to distinguishing yourself. Visitors want to know how your solution is different- from the website name you choose- to the services you make available.
Write Your Online Business Plan Industry Analysis Understanding your position in the industry you’re entering is important to set yourself up for success. Taking time to research each niche, nook, and cranny can be a way to discover more ways to meet your customers’ needs. A thorough analysis is an investment of your time to position yourself well in the industry.
What Makes Your Online Business Different Many successful online businesses are able to succeed doing something another website already does because they are able to communicate what makes them unique. Being able to share how your brand stands alone in your industry is imperative to attracting, and keeping attention online. Your website visitors want to know why your solution will work for them.
Write Your Online Business Plan Mission and Vision Statement Starting an online business is an exciting experience. You’re able to enter the marketplace in many instances for as little as the cost of a domain name. With such easy entrance, there is a great temptation to hang your virtual shingle without a solid plan. Writing a business plan for your online business better prepares you for success. The first part of every business plan is writing a great mission statement, an engaging vision statement, and a memorable tagline.
Supporting local businesses is essential for community growth and development. As a local business, you can’t expect all the locals to know your independent store exists or its exact location. That’s where local search engine optimization (local SEO) comes into play.
Not familiar with MySQL? You may want to also check out our blog article, MySQL Basics: How to Create a MySQL Database. Why Would I Need Users in MySQL? Creating users is like creating login accounts for your database. If you want to give people access to work on your database, your best course of action is to create an account for them to log in on their own. You can then delete their account if they no longer need access. You can also limit their access by giving their account specific permissions. As the administrator, you can edit their…
With a shared hosting account from pair Networks, you don’t need to follow complicated processes to launch and maintain your website. For some web hosting accounts, you need to use the command line to manage aspects of your site. If you’re not familiar with the command line interface, it looks something like this:
How to Get a Domain Name on Weebly Getting a domain name to use with Weebly may seem like it’s a great technical feat, but in reality, it’s super easy! pair Domains offers you the “Included With” option to use your domain with Weebly. All you have to do is go to pairDomains, input an available domain name, and follow the steps to purchase it. If you don’t already have an account, pair Domains will walk you through making one.
Did you celebrate Small Business Saturday by supporting your local entrepreneurs? Shopping at independent stores boosts your local economy and builds your community. You don’t have to limit your support to physical locations either. You can find local and independent businesses online too!
What Kinds of Websites Can Be Made with Weebly? You can build your new website inside of pair Domains. Using Weebly, you’re able to build your new nonprofit donation center, local restaurant menu, membership site, eCommerce site, or blog. For most website types, you’re able to use the built-in Weebly features. There are two hundred and ninety-three apps available for you to use to build your website when you need special functionality for your new website.
So, you built your website. Now what? A site that simply exists on the internet isn’t enough. Hitting “publish” won’t be your last step. How will your audience find your site? Do they even know it exists? You have to let people know your site is live and make it easy for them to find. If you want your site to be successful, you have more work to do. Here’s what to do after creating a website:
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Certificates are quickly becoming necessary to make Google Chrome happy. Without an SSL Cert, your site may suffer when it comes to search rankings and web traffic. And, with a new update in October 2017, Google Chrome will actively try to turn traffic away from your HTTP site. Even if you’re not collecting information from people, they may not make it to your site without first reading a warning message from Google. Without an SSL Certificate, Google Chrome will tell viewers your site isn’t secure and make them think twice before continuing to your website.
Melea Strimple is the Chief Operating Officer of pair Networks. She started with pair 17 years ago, after serving as the COO of a regional Internet service provider. Her career at pair has been focused on strengthening our support services and improving the customer experience. She enjoys problem-solving and helping others reach their goals, whether it be helping fellow staff or clients of pair Networks.
Beth Krodel is a founding partner of Insight Designs Web Solutions based in Boulder, Colorado. Now in their 19th year, Insight Designs has created more than 650 websites and apps for more than 500 clients on six continents. Insight Designs’ emphasis has always been on helping clients find the most effective ways to communicate with and engage their audiences. They pride themselves on developing sites, applications, and interfaces that are sophisticated and elegant, yet intuitive and easy-to-use. Insight Designers are problem solvers, idea people, and love leading the way for their clients. IN HER OWN WORDS “As the co-owner of…
Rene Morozowich is a freelance WordPress developer in the Pittsburgh area. She helps entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits create, update and maintain engaging websites. When asked one of her favorite aspects of her work Rene said, “I love the technical details.” IN HER OWN WORDS “Something that guides me as a woman in business is remembering that it’s about people. Helping others succeed, doing great work and being someone people can count on and cultivating relationships with others — that’s what it’s all about. I’m thankful for the friends I’ve made on my journey — especially the other…
You signed up for your pair Domains account after purchasing the best domain for your brand. Now you need a website. Don’t waste time being overwhelmed by the cost of hiring a designer. You can also save yourself the time required to learn coding. Access to Weebly, an easy to use drag-and-drop website builder, is Included with the purchase of your domain name. What is a Website Builder? A website builder is a user-friendly tool created to build a website using drag-and-drop technology. Drag-and-drop technology is built on a graphical interface. The interface relies on “dragging” what you need from…
Starting a blog is often extremely beneficial for businesses, online stores, and anyone trying to share information or engage with people online. In fact, companies with regularly updated blogs receive 97% more links to their sites and marketers who prioritize blogging are 13x more likely to see a positive return on their investment into the blog. So, even if you’re not selling anything or developing a detailed marketing strategy, you and your website can still benefit from having an active blog with quality content.
What is FileZilla? FileZilla is an FTP/SFTP client. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, while SFTP is the more secure version of FTP. FileZilla is capable of using both FTP and SFTP, so you can have that extra security if you desire it. FTP/SFTP is used to transfer files from one machine to another. It is a common way to take your local files and copy them to your server. FTP/SFTP clients, like FileZilla, make the process easy by giving you an easy-to-use interface. No complex commands needed here. Most of the time, you can drag-and-drop files and folders in…
What is SSH? SSH (Secure Shell) is a terminal program that allows you to securely connect to another machine – in this case, your server. This connection gives you the ability to manage your server from your local computer. SSH is a tool that gives you extra functionality that is not always included in your control center. While SSH may appear daunting at first, it is a necessity for getting the most out of your hosting account. Using SSH So you want to learn how to SSH? Great! First, we have to set you up with a way to use…
What is Shared Hosting? Shared hosting is an inexpensive hosting option directed at beginners and modest websites. Is shared hosting right for you? How do you find a quality shared hosting package? We’ll walk you through the basics in this blog. How Does Shared Hosting Work? Our first step to assessing whether shared hosting works for you is to explain how it works. It’s called shared hosting because there are many shared accounts on one physical server. The server may be shared, but that’s the only shared thing. Only you can access and manage your account and site(s). You can…
How VPS Works A VPS (“Virtual Private Server”) is a physical server that is divided and sold as multiple virtual machines.Each virtual server has its own operating system and server software, allowing each division to operate like its own server. Every virtual server has its own provisioned resources, meaning that it is guaranteed a certain amount of RAM and processing power. It’s important to keep in mind that a section is still part of a bigger server that holds the hardware that is used. Each virtual server is programmed to think it only has its provisioned resources, and so cannot…