BEST WIDGETS and
WEBSITE APPLICATIONS
FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Adding features and capabilities to your website doesn't have to cost a lot. Further when you consider the lifecycle costs of websites, adding capabilities that are powered by external sources (widgets) that don't have to be coded into your website present a huge opportunity to reduce costs and increase the functionality of your website. We will also take a look at web development platforms. You probably know WordPress. The WordPress platform is the most popular website platform on the web but does that make it the right solution for your company? We will tackle this question and tell you why we don't recommend WordPress to our clients. So while we are looking for solutions that offer the best value, you should also understand that sometimes "FREE" has a cost.

Know Before Your Hosting Company If Your Website Is Down

hosting websites

I recommend this to my clients... it holds me accountable! This FREE website service will check to see if your website is up and running. If you get a little bit more clever, you can check to make sure your mail server is working too. It will check your site every 10 minites or so and can email or text you a notification if for some reason your site is down.

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Live Streaming Just Got Easier (and cheaper)

Live Video Video

I'm promoting this software right now because it is such a deal. If you act on it, you'll get lifetime access to a Live Streaming platform for a low one time cost ($59). The monthly cost is $30 or higher for the same package you'll get lifetime access to.

Live Streaming is the new webinar and the opportunity to get out in front of your business prospects with live streaming is phenomenal. Think about it... you are your own TV station. You bring live, actionable content to those who need it in real time like no other platform on the planet. But how do you do this with any degree of professionalism? Hint... NOT by pointing your phone camera at yourself and talking into it : ). But with this software, it couldn't be simpler.

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Free Software Sites

FREE SOFTWARE DISCOUNTED SOFTWARE

OK - I admit it! I'm addicted to free software. And while the amount of free software available on the web can take you down the road to complete distraction, it can also compromise the integrity of your computer system and tax your sanity. I tend to rely on free and discount software services to run the checks and make sure I'm getting reliable software. These website will introduce you to some of the most useful apps on the web and offer free and discounted prices. Some of the software programs I've downloaded from these sites have a permanent place on my harddrive and I use daily.

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Using Dropbox With a Small Hard Drive

Dropbox Cloud Drives

Whenever I have an idea, I Google it! This is incredibly useful for situations where you use cloud drive services like Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, Box and several others. Spoiler alert: It only works on a PC.

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Stopping Dropbox From Automatically Syncing New Folders

Dropbox

Get on the support forums and one of the most common complaints is the inability to stop a new folder added to your Dropbox from being automatically synced on the various devices where you have included your Dropbox. We found this to be very frustrating as well and Dropbox support was not help. We have Dropbox on our website servers. We definitely don't want to clutter up those servers with a lot of files that we'll never use there and more importantly we don't want the servers using up real time downloading and syncing files unnecessarily. Dropbox offers selective sync however when you add a new folder to your dropbox, you must so to each account where you've enabled selective sync to un-select the newly added folder. This is a pain in the butt! It's not how you want it to work. This simple workaround will accomplish the task...

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Best FREE Website CHAT Software

Web Chat Software

You've seen chat capability on other sites. You might have even used it. For the small local business, it's not hard to derive a benefit but often the cost of the chat software is more than the cost of the website. We'd like to change that. We scoured the web for the best free chat software. We evaluated based on ease of use, ease of installation and scaleability. We found ONE product that exceeded the others in every way.

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