Online Printing & Product Services

Online Printing & Product Services

If you are looking to create business cards, flyers, postcards, tri-folds, more, I've listed a few of the services I have used.  For branding/swag type items or if you are an artist looking to sell your designs on different products I've listed a few services for your review.  Most of the different service providers have templates you can download so you can start the layout process pretty easily.

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Software & Tools for Managing your Content

Software & Tools for Managing your Content

There are a lot of options when it comes to managing your graphic and photo edits.  I personally embrace the Adobe Creative Cloud service.  I wasn't sure if I'd like it when it first came out but I've grown accustomed to always having the latest versions and truly being able to explore all their products.  They have a lot of packages so you might want to consider them when you are exploring options.  Below you will find a list of the types of resources that I get asked about most often.

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Stock Resources

Stock Resources

It's always a good ideal to protect yourself when using images you didn't create. The following a few website I've run across that have good options.  You'll have to check the terms on each and setup accounts.  Here's a nice article on copyright and using images, "The Ultimate Student Guide to Images".

Some stock vector websites:

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DIY - Building Your Own Website

DIY - Building Your Own Website

There are a lot of tools available to build your own website.  Perhaps not all created equal but it really will depend on your own needs and skill set. Some things you will want to take into consideration are what components will you need? Does your site need to be portable?  Do you need full control of all aspects of your website?

When talking about website component needs the fewer of these items that are required the easier it will be for you to create a website for your business.  If any of these items are important to your website be sure and confirm that the DIY service you are considering accommodates the components you need.

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The Basics in Hosting

The Basics in Hosting

Most businesses will need a hosting service to launch their website.  You are not tied to the place where you have registered your domain name. A hosting service is paying for server space to load your website files.  After your files are loaded then you would tell the domain name where to look by updating the DNS information where your domain name is registered.

And I've probably lost you from boredom already!  Basically, hosting is one of the most important things in making sure your site is up and running.  I've used quite a few shared hosting providers over the years and they range in price and quality a great deal.  In shopping shared hosting services, you should consider the user interface, support, performance and pricing. 

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Domain Names, urls, www.yourname.com

Domain Names, urls, www.yourname.com

Buying your domain name seems pretty simple on the surface, but there a few things you should keep in mind when shopping.  While there are no limits to the number of domain names you can purchase and forward to your hosted website, you should have a primary domain name that you tie your analytics and marketing.

There are many domain extensions (.com, .net, .hosting) to pick from, if possible the .com is usually something you'll want to own.  With the many new extensions available or waiting to be released, you can pick up some unique options, such as www.karmicvisions.graphics. Here's a good link for a listing of the different top level domains.

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Is My Site Broken or Hacked?!

Is My Site Broken or Hacked?!

As a rule of thumb it's safe to say that if you did not make any changes on your website, your webmaster hasn't and your hosting company hasn't then someone has hacked your site.  Websites don't usually just stop working for no reason.

Some of the most common flags to the issue are:

  • Nothing showing up
  • There are ads for sexual performance drugs on your website, or
  • You've gotten an email from their hosting provider saying you are sending out spam.
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