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How to Know if Your Website is Optimized for Mobile Devices

By Noah Britton | June 30, 2022

Did you know that, as of 2020, mobile internet usage surpassed internet usage on a desktop? In fact, in 2020, over 55% of website traffic is mobile-based. Here’s another fun fact about mobile-based internet usage: users who search for businesses via mobile search are highly motivated to make a purchase. Sounds great, right? It is good news for small business […]

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10 Best Questions to Ask When Hiring a Web Developer in 2022

By Noah Britton | June 15, 2022

When you are ready to hire someone to develop your new website, it can be hard to know what questions to ask. You want to ensure you’re hiring someone with the right background, training, and expertise but maybe you’re not quite sure what that entails. Additionally, you want to make sure you’re not hiring someone whose skill set isn’t a […]

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Front-End vs. Back-End Website Development Explained

By Noah Britton | September 29, 2021

Pre-packaged website sites like SquareSpace and Wix can make website development seem like a drag-and-drop affair. The reality is that there’s a lot that goes into ensuring websites deliver the best user experience possible. The best websites have designs and programming that are touched by both a back-end and front-end developer. For those not in website development, the difference between […]

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How Much Does a WordPress Website Cost?

By Noah Britton | May 28, 2021

So how much does it really cost to build a WordPress website? This is the most asked question we get from potential clients. For a pretty straightforward answer, you can check out our pricing page for what it could cost for Thrive Design to build your new business website. That does not explain, however, what goes into the cost of […]

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How much does an ecommerce website cost

How Much Does an eCommerce Website Cost?

By Noah Britton | May 11, 2021

Whether you are launching a new product, a new brand, or just taking your brick-and-mortar store online, an online store is a critical part of your digital success. eCommerce website design can incorporate many different features, take place on many different platforms, and may involve switching web hosts. All of this can make it difficult to budget for creating your […]

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5 tips to improve Google PageSpeed Insights score

5 Tips to Improve Your Google PageSpeed Insights Score

By Noah Britton | April 28, 2021

What’s the first thing you notice about a website? It’s not the company logo, the header image, or even the main call to action. It’s how fast the page loads. (Speed matters.) Users don’t want to wait long to get the information they’re seeking. However, after clicking through 900,000 ads, researchers from Google discovered that the average mobile post-click landing […]

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WordPress vs. Drupal: Which CMS is the Best?

WordPress vs. Drupal: Which CMS is the Best?

By Noah Britton | March 16, 2021

WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) on the Internet. At the last count, it powered a full 40% of the websites currently online. There are a lot of reasons for the popularity of WordPress but it is not the only CMS available to small business owners looking for a web solution. Another popular option available to you […]

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How to Choose the Right Web Designer

By Noah Britton | November 19, 2020

Trust me when I say I know how weird it is that I, a web designer, am writing a blog about how to find the right web designer. It seems like a conflict of interest when, logically, I’m going to want the answer to be “Thrive Design is the right web designer for you.” However, after being in the web […]

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How Long Does it Take to Build a WordPress Website?

By Noah Britton | August 27, 2020

Your website is a crucial tool for your business. You want to build the best-looking, easiest to navigate website possible in order to attract users and keep them engaged. WordPress websites are our favorite tool to build websites because it’s so easy to customize and update.  Our clients who have never gone through a redesign process often have lots of […]

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How long does it take for website to show up on Google

How Long Does it Take for a Website to Show Up on Google?

By Noah Britton | August 14, 2020

Many marketing pros and small business owners dread facing the Google algorithm, the Internet monster that places websites in its organic search results. If your web designer just finished your new website, and you’re wondering how long it takes for a website to show up on Google, follow these pro tips to turn the monster into a supportive friend. Making […]

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The 6 Best CSS Frameworks for 2020

By Noah Britton | August 7, 2020

In business, more than money, your best assets are time and efficiency. And the best way to improve both with your web development and search optimization is by using a CSS platform. Why CSS is important. What is CSS? CSS means Cascading Style Sheets. To simplify, CSS is a web design tool that speeds up how fast your site loads […]

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How to Move Your Website to a New Host

By Noah Britton | July 25, 2020

Moving your website to a new host is like moving your family into a new house. Make sure you understand your options before you start your move to make the process as stress-free and efficient as possible (or leave it to the experts at Thrive Design). The moving process. Decide on Your Movers. Sometimes you might have to move because […]

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