The New Year

Happy 2019 to all!  Aren’t you excited to start some new projects?  Or focus on some new websites?  A new year is a great way to focus on things you would like to accomplish.  But first stop is to do a quick review of your 2018 accomplishments and what to focus on to improve.

2018 - Review Your Business
2018 – Review Your Business

Think about it like you are already preparing yourself for a new annual performance review.  To make your 2019 even more successful, you should think deeply about the following:

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Black Friday and New Holiday Potentials

Black Friday was very popular this year, especially on the internet.  A CNBC article shares that online sales have increased by 18% this year, and customers have already spent about $110.6 billion.  Ironically, most of the increase has shown fewer people in stores.  Buyers are using their phones more frequently, especially for holiday purchases.  (Read more details at another CNBC article.)

Adobe - These holidays are the new black friday
Adobe – These Holidays are the New Black Friday

As a website owner and seller, have your sales increased this year?  Have you thought about what has worked for you this year?  And what you should integrate for next year?  Additionally, you should consider other holiday timeframes that are not just affiliated with all the December goings-on.  Adobe shares a great article, “These Holidays are the New Black (Friday).”  Their thoughts probe us to consider more holidays than Black Friday.  They discuss multiple other times that online sales have increased.  Specifically, in the United States, Labor Day online spending reached over $2 billion this year.

Depending on the items you sell, you may have openings in lots of other special days.

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WordPress – BIG Change in 5.0 Version

Many companies and people use WordPress to create their websites.  With many, many different themes to select, one can truly create something unique with their site.  WordPress has just launched its newest version, 5.0, also called Bebo (previously known as their Project Gutenberg) with a big update.

2018-12-12-Introducing WordPress 5.0

We have been playing around with the Bebo version during their preparation.  (Feel free to check out a fun site where we experimented with Bebo by using their Gutenberg app: Foof The Cat.)  The biggest change is the new focus on blocks throughout your blog, which you can also use throughout your site.  It was great to see how WordPress have responded to feedback during the build time and have added many needs.

Watch their overall video for the broad scope of the change:

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Is Your Site Mobile Ready?

You know from our past posts that Google is now focused on mobile phone access for all websites.  Did you know that you can easily test your site?  Google offers something new to find out whether or not your site loads quickly on a cell phone.

Google Test Your Mobile Website Speed and Performance

Google has launched this online spot to test out your site – Test Your Mobile Speed.

Once you enter your site, you will then receive three responses:

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What is Gutenberg for WordPress?

Gutenberg by WordPressWordPress recently announced that it has created a simple way to edit and add content on your site called Gutenberg. From WordPress: “We call the new editor Gutenberg. The entire editing experience has been rebuilt for media-rich pages and posts. Experience the flexibility that Blocks will bring, whether you are building your first site, or write code for a living.”

Gutenberg is currently offered as an application.  Coming soon, it will be included with all updates when WordPress moves to the 5.0 version, which is planned to be released by the end of 2018.

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