Business

In the digital era, so much of your business is done online. We have created a huge library of articles that center around every digital aspect of running your business. From setting and achieving online goals to what goes on the about us page of your website, we have lots of great tips and tricks to help you make your business website work for you. Got a question? Just ask. We’re happy to answer your questions and give you direction.

Working

How much time is worth it to you?

I was talking to a potential client the recently about setting up an e-commerce site for her business. I was busy explaining how she would need to devote time to...
WordPress Web Design

Why use WordPress for your small business website?

There are a lot of options when it comes to websites for your business. WordPress? Joomla? Drupal? Wix? Weebly? SquareSpace?  Open source or something proprietary? How do you know which...
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The Best WordPress Plugins for Small Business Websites

Did you know there are currently 54,476 plugins in the WordPress Repository? That's a lot of options for expanding the functionality of your website. I thought I'd share a list...
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Can you use photos you find on Google on your website?

The short answer to this question is no. The longer answer to this question is maybe, but probably not. Let me clarify something that I think needs clarifying for a...
Competitor Analysis

Your competitors are not your customers

One of the first things we do when talking to a new client about their website is ask who their online competitors are. It's important to know who they are,...
Stock Photo

Stock photography on your website

Often we're asked by clients if they should use stock photography or if they should hire a professional photographer for photos for their website. The answer is, it depends. Understanding...
How much does a website cost?

How much does a website cost?

One of the first questions we typically get asked when talking to prospective new clients is, "How much does a website cost?" And there's a reason we get asked this....
Setting online goals

Setting & Achieving Online Goals

Have you set your New Year's Resolutions yet? And have you already failed? Resolutions are typically a way for you to set yourself up for failure. They are no different...
Back up your computer

What day of the week should you back up your computer?

That's a trick question. The answer is every day of the week. Or at least, every day of the week that you use your computer. I had a great vacation...
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Organize your website info for 2019

We make a lot of websites here at Sumy Designs. There are a lot of components involved in making a website, but one of the aspects is often accessing your...
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Creating a Survey on your website using Gravity Forms

Have you ever wanted to create a survey on your website? There are lots of ways to do it, but today I'm going to cover how to do it using...
Law Firm Websites

6 Essential Things Every Attorney’s Website Needs

We do quite a few law firm websites around here, and not just because I'm married to one. We've done websites for attorneys from New York to California, and there are...
Website Listing

Beware: Domain Listing Service

Every so often a client sends me a picture like this one, asking if they need to pay this invoice. The answer to this is NO.  What is this? Why...
Closing Down Website

What to do when you no longer need your website

There may come a time when, for a variety of reasons, you no longer need your website. The question is, what to do with it when you're done? I have...
Zapier

Automate your Business with Zapier

Have you heard of Zapier? It's one of my very favorite things. Zapier is an online automation tool that can connect your business applications and make your business run faster...
Services Page

Your Services Page Needs Work

We do a lot of websites for businesses that offer services, such as contractors, pool builders, and other small businesses. The majority of these companies have a page on their...
Appointment Scheduling with Calendly

Set Up Online Appointment Scheduling with Calendly

Tell me if this sounds familiar. Someone contacts you from your website and you want to talk to them on the phone. So you send an email and ask if...
Contact Us Page

Don’t neglect your contact page

One of the most important and often neglected pages of any website is the contact page. Think about it, this is likely the page where you are directing your traffic...
Affordable Web Design Services

How to find affordable web design services

If you ask ten different agencies for a quote for a new website, you'll get ten different prices. I've seen websites offering web design services for as low as $199...
Online Booking

It’s 2018. You need online booking.

The other day I was looking online at a potential client's website. They had contacted us about revamping the site and I was perusing along and noticed a big "Make...
Attorney Websites

Attorney Websites That Make an Impact

We have made a fair number of law firm websites over the years. After working with so many attorneys on websites, I have a lot of advice to give about...