5 Easy Steps to Make Your Own Kick-Ass Website

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A few years back, the thought of making a website filled me with fear.  The thought of making, updating and maintaining customers websites filled me with even more fear.  I spent countless hours researching, watching videos, talking with web developers and designers in online communities. And it did get easier…but boy, did I spend a lot of time pulling at my hair, stressing, fretting and diving deeper and deeper into the internet wilderness through article after article of research. So I’m here today to save you the time, the hair pulling and the stressing…I’ve rounded up my best resources for … Read More

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a WordPress Theme for Your Website

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a WordPress Theme for Your Website

If I had a penny for every time someone asks, “which theme should I use for my WordPress website?”  I’d be reasonably rich by now, it’s safe to say. You might already know that I’m Team WordPress and you can find my reasons here. And chances are, if you’ve landed here it’s because you’ve already picked your domain and hosting (or check out web hosting 101 if you haven’t). So the next pain point on your list will probably be which theme to choose.  I know.  I’ve been there.  There are hundreds of themes.  And hundreds of equally naff posts … Read More

Two simple tools that streamlined our business workflow

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Separately to Hurricane Jane Creative, and various other projects that occupy our time, my husband and I run two IT businesses. As with all businesses, things move fast; with appointments changing, customer details needing to be saved, financial records and so on – we both need constant access to the same information and diaries at the same time, wherever we are, without having to be on the phone to each other every two minutes to share that information. Enter stage left:  Dropbox & Google Calendar. You’ve probably heard of one, if not both of these – you’ll have most certainly … Read More

10 challenges you face when making a website

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Whether you’re about to embark on your first website, or whether you need to update and revamp and existing one, making a website can be a daunting task. Here’s a breakdown of the most common daunting aspects of making your own website: You’ll quickly realise that quotes under £500/$600 don’t get you much for your money – the sales pitch that goes with the quote might be great, but you need to really look at what the web designer will be handing over to you. If you’re a service based website expect to pay a minimum of £1000/$1200 for around … Read More

Going digital with your taxes and why it will save you a serious headache

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The T word.  It’s enough to make any business owner recoil, especially if you’re a creative, and numbers are not your thing. If you’re anything like me, you want someone to do it all for you – to work out your monthly profit, talk to your bank, send your invoices…send thank you emails…the whole shebang. Well I’ve found my knight in shining armour, and it’s arrived in the shape of digital accounting software, Freeagent. Here are five of my favourite features: FreeAgent automatically calculates your Self-Assessment liability as your work on a day to day basis.  When it’s time to … Read More

The F word: Using fonts for your creative projects

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What the font?  What even is a font anyway, and what’s a typeface? “In typography, a typeface (also known as font family) is a set of one or more fonts each composed of glyphs that share common design features. Each font of a typeface has a specific weight, style, condensation, width, slant, italicization, ornamentation, and designer or foundry (and formerly size, in metal fonts).” Thanks, Wikipedia.  Most people use the terms font and typeface interchangeably…and I’ll be using the term font for this article. Understanding font licences As with stock photos and stock images, use of fonts is subject to … Read More

The best free online graphic design tools for making social media graphics

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Let’s face it, we’re either not all pro graphic designers, don’t have the patience to learn how to use Illustrator, or don’t have the dough to pay for Adobe Creative Cloud.  Or maybe all three.  But consistent branding doesn’t have to be a distant dream – there are a handful of great online graphic design tools out there that will help you to achieve beautiful, cohesive social media graphics, as well as graphics for your emails, blog and website too. Here’s a quick round up of 7 of the best free online graphic design tools available.  Desygner Desygner allows you … Read More

12 reasons why your website matters

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First impressions count. We hear “don’t judge a book by its’ cover” all the time, but it’s human nature – we all do it.  These days, everything is online, and with more and more smart phone users, everyone wants everything at their fingertips, so if you don’t have a great looking website, your potential customers will move on to the next one. Here’s why your website is important: Having a website makes you seem more trust worthy to potential customers.  It’s also a good home for any testimonials you’ve gathered, to inform any potential customers why working with you will … Read More

Why scheduling your social media content will up your game PLUS a free template

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We’ve all been there; it’s Friday night, you’re out with friends/family, maybe you’re curled up on the sofa in your PJs with a good book, maybe you’re only just getting ready to go out – but whatever it is, it’s late, and you haven’t posted on social media today.  Crap. It’s not that you forgot, it’s that you’re just feeling uninspired today and haven’t known what to write about, or you didn’t edit any images to share, or you didn’t find any good content to shout about.  Whatever it is, you didn’t do it. (Sh)It happens. And here’s why it … Read More