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What is the Cloud?
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You have heard of the terms The Cloud, Cloud Computing, Cloud Storage, Cloud Hosting, etc. It appears that the skies have become very busy. For some, the concept is confusing. Questions like "Is the data really in the air?", "Who manages the Cloud?", and "Is it safe to host my website or computer programs in the Cloud?" The Cloud is a marketing term. In truth, everything stored on the Cloud is actually stored in a computer, server, or device somewhere in the world. At the end of the connectio...

How to automate sales tax calculation in your shopping cart
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Collecting sales tax in your state for the items that must be charged sales tax is very important. Not doing so can have a huge negative impact on your business. This includes, but is not limited to, tax liability by you having to pay back all of the taxes you should have collected but did not. You may also have to pay a heavy penalty fee and interests to the government in addition to the payment. In a nutshell, you should be collecting sales tax if you ship a product within the state it is b...

2018 Outlook for Online Businesses
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No one has a crystal ball and can predict the future. Saying this, there are experts who spend countless hours reviewing past trends, current market conditions, new Internet users' habits and preferences, and upcoming events and changes that may affect how businesses will succeed on the web. Today, we are highlighting the 4 subjects discussed among our team and industry colleagues. =1= Website Security: This continues to ...

Best Password Practice
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We know that it has become incredibly difficult to keep track of so many passwords. Password for your site, hosting provider, email accounts, bank accounts, phone apps, online stores, ... It is not uncommon for one person to have 100 passwords. =1= Do not make them all the same password: Making all of them the same one is very dangerous. Do not do that any circumstances! Anyway, in many cases, the password requirements vary ...

Best Website Change
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If you have a small budget (perhaps under $1,000) to improve your website, you might think it is impossible to make a difference. This is not so. We work with businesses of all sizes from multi-million dollar-corporations, to small mom and pops and single-owner operations. Before you spend your budget on your website, ask your webmaster where it is best spent to render the best results. Explain what your business goals are and what you want your website to do for you. We always think about RO...

Online Marketing Plan
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"A goal without a plan is just a wish". Yes, this is the time of the year during which you review your company's progress and challenges during the previous year. Perhaps, you are ready to fully embrace the power of the Internet and make it work for you. By "making it work", we mean harnessing the online tools now available to all businesses (regardless of their size) and using them efficiently to increase your company's visibility and its revenues. For this year to be bet...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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For many, 2017 was an "interesting" year. Our office is located in Sonoma County, California, and this year was tough for many of our local clients due to the October fires. Saying this, we also saw much love, worldwide support for our community, and hope coming out of this disaster. We were happy that many of our clients grew their business like never before thanks to efficient online marketing. We welcome new start-up companies from various industries and designed websites for very cool and...

Year-end Website Checklist
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Each December, we recommend to our customers that they review their online presence and their website. Think of it as a website year-end check-list. The goal is for you to set aside a couple of hours every December to make sure your site and company are well represented online.

Print PDF year-end list here>>

Web-based Software Development
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Long gone are the software CDs being shipped to your customers' home or office. If you own a software you sell to your clients, it has to be available online for download and/or online use. That of course may mean re-coding your system into a web based system so that it is compatible for online usage. It may also mean having to re-adjust certain functions. There are many elements to consider such as website security and software copyrights protection. No matter the reasons why you are hesitant t...

What does API mean?
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API stands for Application Programming Interface. Most website owners will not need an API for their site but, at times, an API is required to add a specific function. API is a term widely used but, in most cases, it means a custom integration between your website and a third party software. For instance, you have an eCommerce site and it needs to integrate payment with your merchant account company. The bridge built between your site's checkout page and your merchant account requires an API....

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