Google introduced both a Gmail app and a stock email app (for non-Gmail accounts). While several third-party companies still include standalone email applications, Gmail now works with any kind of third-party email account that supports IMAP, so you can manage all your emails in one place. It’s practically like having your cake and eating it too.
To add a non-Gmail account to the Gmail app, first, tap the hamburger menu or swipe from the left side of the screen in Gmail, opening the menu.
From here, tap your name/email address, which will open the drop-down to change, add, and manage accounts. Tap the “Add account” button.
The next screen will give you a list of options: Google, Outlook, Hotmail, Live, Yahoo, Exchange, and Other. Just select the one that best suits what you’re trying to add—the process should be essentially the same across the board (unless you’re setting up a corporate email address with precise settings, of course).
In our test scenario, this opens a Microsoft login window, but the idea is going to be the same across all accounts: sign in.
The next screen will likely require you to grant Gmail access to your account, then ask you to confirm the sync frequency. In our example, push services aren’t available, so it’ll just sync email on a regular schedule.
From there, just confirm your name and that’s it—you’re ready to roll!
If you have many email accounts across various services, the benefit to manage them all in one app is great. And when that app is Gmail, it’s even better—Google’s strategy to email is arguably the best, so having the option to consolidate some of its nicer features into other services is constantly welcome.
If a website redesign is in your future or you’re thinking about revamping your current website, this checklist will help pull together all of the important information to maximize your budget and have a website that is optimized to meet your goals.
Decide Between a Full Website Redesign or Website Update and Optimization
REASONS FOR A REDESIGN
Reasons to Optimize
Determine your Timeframe and Budget
What is your Timeframe? What is your Budget?
Your timeframe and budget may dictate between a complete redesign and a optimization.
Identify Benchmarks from your Current Website
Determine what is working on your current website: What do you like? What do you want to stay the same?
● Determine what is not working on your current website: Where are the problem areas? Have you gotten any negative feedback?
● Look at your analytics tools to get a baseline of the following statistics: Visits, Time on Site, Bounce Rate, Most Visited Pages, & Page Views.
Use the Free Analytics Tool: Google Analytics
● Keywords: Which keywords are you currently getting impressions for?
Use this Free Keywords Tool: Google Webmaster Tools
● Form submissions: How many form submissions are you currently receiving?
Now that you know a little bit about what you need and what you want, get to work on the content of your website.
❏ Have you developed your personas? Establish details about your target
audience and personas to ensure your marketing efforts hit your target by
completing this Persona Toolkit.
Gather Your Company Branding
❏ Do you have your logo handy?
❏ Are you confident with your branding/style guidelines?
Build Website Navigation
● Review all the pages of your website and determine:
Are there any pages you’d like to add?
Are there any pages you’d like to remove?
Which pages are good, but could use some updating?
❏ Complete a URL mapping worksheet
❏ Complete a website navigation worksheet
● Target Keywords
Do some keyword research and list which keywords or phrases you want to focus on.
● What is your Unique Selling Proposition (USP)?
Your USP is what sets you apart from everyone else. Write it down!
This is the first thing people see when coming to your website. It should include:
❏ The need/pain that the visitor has
❏ Why you’re uniquely qualified to solve their problem
❏ How you can solve their problem
❏ What action they should take next
● Do you have things that can show trustworthiness and authority?
❏ Customer reviews
❏ Case studies
Callouts & User Experience
● What action would you like the user to take?
❏ Call your Office
❏ Fill out out a contact form
❏ Sign up for an account
These will be your calls-to-action. There may be 2-4 things that are called out or promoted throughout the site. Each page should have a specific purpose and specific action that you want to the user to take.
Tools & Assets & Inbound Marketing Strategy
These strategies will draw people to your website:
● Have you defined which subjects you are the expert? Y/N
● Will you have a blog? Y/N
● Will you have a newsletter signup? Y/N
● Will you have a social media strategy? Y/N
● Will you create marketing offers and lead magnets? Y/N
Determine the Goals for your Website
● As part of your sales and marketing goals, establish some specific goals for your website. Examples are: Number of Leads, Products Sold, Website Sales, Website Traffic, Form Submissions, Lead Conversions,
Determine the Technical Details
What is the login/access to your current website domain?
Where is your current site hosted?
Where will your new site be hosted?
This may be based on: the content management system, the development company, your budget, among other details.
❏ Have you switched your website from HTTP to HTTPS?
Google Chrome is rolling out updates for all websites that aren’t HTTPS to mark the page as “Not Secure”.
● Content Management System
❏ Have you received training for your content management system?
A content management system is how you’ll make updates to your website and manage your digital content. A few examples are: Hubspot, WordPress, or eCMS.
Ideas For Your New or Optimized Website
Now that you have a good understanding of what content your website needs to have, it’s time to start the design. Think about design and layout, color scheme, photography vs. graphics, messaging, and event different tools and marketing assets different websites have. Here are a few guidelines for determining what your site will look like:
● Find 3-5 examples of website you like:
a. Some from your industry
b. Some outside of your industry
c. It could be the whole site or parts
● Find 3-5 examples of website you don’t like:
a. This helps your Web Designer know what to stay away from unless there
is a compelling reason not to
● Look at your competitor’s websites:
a. They may be doing some things well
b. See what they aren’t doing as well at and how your website can do better
● Find marketing assets you like:
a. Tools or resources that your visitors want and would provide info for
b. Brainstorm a wishlist of potential ideas and prioritize from there
Website redesign conveys a great deal of technical intrepidity. You need to be on top of evolving trends, and revamp your website in a way that will transpose into weighable outcomes for your business.
There are many advantages to working with a professional website designer. A good professional website designer should propose a wide variety of services scalable to your needs. If you want your business to reach new heights, contact us for the professional website redesign.
The most meaningful changes we saw in 2018 were the final implementation of Google’s mobile-first indexing and the quality of page speed.
What will happen in 2019?
Here are the topmost golden nuggets to hold in mind for 2019:
YES, your website needs HTTPS .
“But my website doesn’t have any forms and it doesn’t collect information from users.”It does not matter what kind of information is being collected. HTTPS protects more than just form data! HTTPS keeps the headers, URLs, and contents of all transferred pages confidential.
“There’s nothing sensitive on my site anyway.”Just because your website is hosted safely in your account doesn’t mean it won’t travel through boxes and cables controlled by who knows how many corporate and state owned entities. Do you really want someone injecting images, scripts, or ad content onto your page so that it looks like you put them there? Or changing the words on your pages? Or using your website to attack other sites? HTTPS prevents all of it. It guarantees content integrity and the ability to detect tampering. If we encrypt only secret content, then we automatically paint a target on those transmissions. Keep which of your transmissions contain secrets secret by encrypting everything.
“The site is HTTP, but our forms are submitted over HTTPS.”This is as bad as not using any HTTPS at all! All the attacker has to do is change the link or form action to a URL on his/her own server. There’s no way to detect this because it happens over the wire with plain HTTP. Encrypt the WHOLE site and redirect HTTP to HTTPS.
“I can’t afford a certificate.”They’re free.
“HTTPS is difficult to set up and maintain.”It just works if Caddy is your web server. Yes, including certificate renewals. No thought required. For everyone else, HTTPS can still be automated by using a Let’s Encrypt client of your choice.
“Attackers can still impersonate my site, even if I use HTTPS.”As long as your private key stays private, browsers will show warnings if attackers present a mismatched or invalid TLS certificate. And if the attacker does not use HTTPS at all, browsers should mark the impostor page as insecure. To this end, HTTPS guarantees authenticity.
“It works over HTTP just fine.”Until browsers start flagging HTTP pages as insecure. Effective July 2018, Google’s Chrome browser marks non-HTTPS sites as ‘not secure’.
“HTTPS impacts SEO.”You’re right—HTTPS improves it! Switching site URLs improperly may impact your search rankings, but HTTPS actually improves them. Just do the switch properly according to the search engine you’re optimizing for, and everything will be fine.
— HOW TO GET ON HTTPS —The easiest way is through Let’s Encrypt and the Caddy web server, which enables HTTPS for all your sites automatically. There are plenty of other ways to get your site on HTTPS without much trouble.
Many times a situation comes when we need to insert a code in our post or page and we want to highlight that particular piece of code as it contains some useful information. In these kind of situations we need a syntax highlighter plugin, which can help us in this matter.
Syntax highlighter plugins help you to customize the codes which you want to add in your post. Syntax highlighter plugins have the feature to highlight the specific code so that it does not look messy with the other text in the post.
In this article we are telling about best syntax highlighter plugins to display code snippets properly in your article or blog post. You can use these plugins in your next website or blog. Continue reading “10 Best Syntax Highlighter WordPress Plugins”
WordPress has the distinct honor of being a highly configurable Content Management … (CMS), which was originally designed to address the needs of bloggers but eventually evolved into a platform that accommodates plugins and design widgets – adding not only aesthetic value, but also functionality.
There are a lot of premium WP Themes available on the Web designers’ market, including what ThemeForest offers, and it can be extremly difficult to pinpoint the optimum one – especially when people’s needs and business demands are constantly evolving. In addition, technology continues to develop, creating additional themes which better respond to changing user needs.
Here are my 3 TOP picks for the best premium WordPress themes for 2017, categorized and tagged according to their specific and relative fields and yours for grabs! This latest collection of the best WordPress themes will be updated to include some exciting new additions or if I come across some other awesome theme I think belongs to this list.
With over 75 million of websites under its hood and over 55 percent CMS market share, WordPress continues to become the leading content management system on the web this year. The previous year has been great for WordPress users. In 2016, there were 26 successful official WordPress releases and also introduced several astonishing WordPress web trends, such as one-page themes, hamburger menus, etc to give a seamless experience to their end users.
WordPress is getting better and better with every passing year and we still expecting a lot more to come from WordPress in 2017 in terms of new features, improvements, updates and other built-in capabilities. In fact, the co-founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg, released his word of speech to give you a glimpse of what we will explore new in WordPress this year.
Matt has clearly stated that the WordPress community is expected to work on the areas where you will get seamless user experience and also bring improvements in core WordPress. There are many other predictions about WordPress that are likely to luster in 2017.
Content marketing is an important aspect of almost all new-age marketing campaigns. With the help of digital content, companies & organizations have been promoting their businesses across the globe and making lots of money.
In fact, content marketing is a process of developing & distributing relevant content consistently to attract the targeted audience and generate leads. Whether you operate a small business or handle big brands, you need to have a proper content marketing strategy.
WordPress is perhaps the best CMS when it comes to the creation and distribution of contents all over the World Wide Web. Content marketing experts use this platform to implement their marketing strategy primarily because of the availability of various Plugins (for content marketing).
Here is a collection of 10 best WordPress plugins that can help you to perform the various tasks of content marketing easily and boost your site’s productivity. Let’s have a look. Continue reading “10 Best WordPress Plugins”