Does Your Website Need a Facelift?


It’s starting to seem like the Internet has been around since the beginning of time. I can hardly imagine a time without using the Web to help me get through my everyday life. I found myself unexpectedly without my iPhone last week, and let’s just say,I was lost. Access to the Web has become easier, and because of that, we spend even more time on the Internet each day.

Since we’ve agreed that the Internet has been around for what feels like forever, maybe it’s time to evaluate how your own website is aging as well. Here’s a few questions to ask yourself to make sure you still have a dynamic and useful website:

Do I have any coding or scripting errors?

This one is pretty basic, but it’s a good idea to browse your site from the front end and see if you see any glaring errors. If you primarily update your site from the back end, you may not notice any coding or scripting errors.

Do other people in my industry have better websites?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; it’s important to check out other websites that are similar in scope and content to yours. While I am by no means advising you to rip off your competition, knowing what they are doing may give you some ideas of what you could do better on your own website.

Is my site mobile friendly?

When the Internet was first invented, mobile sites weren’t even a thought in a developer’s head. But now, it’s pretty important to make your website mobile friendly, or even develop a mobile-friendly platform, such as instead of just

Do I have any outdated information?

Sometimes information on websites doesn’t seem like it needs to be updated, such as homepage info, hours, or even a menu. But even the smallest changes can become obvious when a user logs onto your site. Make sure that you are double checking all of your information from the perspective of someone who just casually stumbles upon your site.

If you don’t feel like you have the time to check for all of these things yourself, consider hiring someone to revamp your site. If you don’t want an entire site overhaul, it shouldn’t be too pricey to have someone correct any errors that you might have. Otherwise, it’s important to glance over your own site occasionally and make sure that everything looks good!

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Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.

How Do You Access the Web?


There are so many different kinds of devices that can be used to access the Internet. Thinking back to all of the different kinds of computers that have existed and how much they have evolved and changed in the past few decades is, quite frankly, mind blowing.

So how do you access the Web on a daily basis? Let’s talk internet-accessing devices and some reasons you might choose to use one kind of device over another.


There are many different makes and models of smartphones to choose from on the market. Some of the most popular smartphones are the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy models, including the S3, S4, and Note. Nearly every cell phone manufacturer offers several different types of smartphones. Many use these phones for casual web-surfing, one of the reasons why businesses need to have mobile websites.


Tablets are of course similar to smartphones, just on a larger scale. Tablets can be much more versatile when it comes to business applications. They have a bigger display and typically offer more accessories than a smartphone. Apple’s iPad offers a Bluetooth keyboard and even wireless printing capabilities. Some other popular tablet choices include the Google Nexus 4 and the Kindle Fire/Kindle Fire HD.


Laptops have made big strides since they first became available. What once closely resembled a portable brick is now a sleek and light machine that can do everything that a desktop computer can. Laptop offerings like the Google Chrome book by Samsung take it one step further – a stripped bare machine that the user can configure however they want.


Desktop computers have also come a long way since the days of slow PCs and Macs with the flying toaster screen saver. Some current choices include all-in-one computers that no longer need a tower. Many offer touch screens as well. The Windows 8 OS has integrated a touch screen layout along with the more traditional look of Windows. Some of the newer models come with gigantic screens – some 27” or bigger – ideal for an office setting with users who need to run several applications at a time.

I’ll admit that in my household, we have 2 smartphones, 1 tablet, 3 laptops, all for 2 users. What kind of technology do you use on a regular basis?

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Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.

It’s Not a Virus – 5 Easy Ways to Make Your PC Run Faster


There are few things more frustrating than a slow computer. The problems can get compounded when you don’t know what the problem is. Believe it or not, there are some very simple solutions to your slow computer issue that you can take care of yourself. Even if you’re happy with your computer’s performance, you can still speed it up by using these five methods.

Make Your PC Run Faster

5. Close All Unused Applications

You have more applications running in the background of your computer than you may realize. You know that scheduling software that you downloaded two weeks ago and never used? It starts itself up and runs in the background, and it’s dragging your computer’s performance down.

The best way to fix this problem is to search your computer for the listing of startup applications. Once you find it, then you just cancel the ones that you don’t need. If you’re unsure of whether or not to cancel a particular application, then leave it alone. Better to play it safe than risk cancelling something your computer needs, and there are other ways to ensure your computer runs faster.

4. Clear Out Your Histories

Each time that you download something from the Internet, visit a website or share a document, it gets stored in your computer’s temporary cache files. After a while, all of this stored information slows your computer down, because your computer goes back and checks this information each time you do anything. The fastest way to get rid of this information and speed up your computer is to go into your Internet browser and delete your browsing history.

3. Get a Faster Internet Connection

A solid, fast Internet connection can be the difference between night and day. In some cases, there’s nothing wrong with your computer at all. Your Internet speed is slowed by your Internet connection. Fix that problem instantly by getting a faster connection and watch how much better your Internet experience will be.

2. Disable Your Web Browser Add-Ons

It may be a lot of fun to dress up your Internet browser in a pirate skin, but that little add-on is slowing down your Internet connection. There’s a section in your browser maintenance that allows you to shut down the add-ons you aren’t using. If you go through that list and cancel the add-ons you don’t need, then you’re sure to speed up your computer.

1. Make Sure Your Machine is Updated

Your computer may be running slow because you haven’t downloaded the latest updates to your operating system. Go into your operating system control panel and turn on the automatic updates. When your computer asks you if you want to run updates now, then you click “OK.” Once your computer is running on updated software, it should process more quickly and efficiently.

Your computer runs slow for a lot of reasons, but you have the ability to handle almost every one of them. When you notice that your computer is slowing down, take the time to run some simple tests and see how easy it can be to get your computer up to speed. What other valuable techniques have you found for making your PC run faster?

Morgan Sims is a writer and recent graduate of the University of South Florida who loves all things tech and social media. When she’s not trying out new gadgets and tweeting she spends most of her time with her dog, cooking and staying active