Entries by Suzi Wilson

Blogging to make your Website Sing

You know I tell my clients all the time how important blogging is to the health of their website, but when it comes to blogging on my own, I too fall short. Most people think… I write and share on my Facebook page “all the time!“. Why do I need to blog on my website, […]

Most popular and funniest videos of 2014

According to Google, videos are more engaging than blogs or articles. Online videos now account for 50% of all mobile traffic. Here are our favorites! Mutant Spider Dog 120,905,549 views First Kiss 96,070,482 views iPhone bend test 61,015,051 views Jean Claude Van Damme splits 76,866,269 views Worlds Toughest Job 22,329,502 views The Game Before the Game […]

Finding Free Images on Google Chrome

There are many ways to find free or inexpensive images for social media. Because so many of the services I use are Google based, like Gmail, Google+ and Google Analytics, I prefer to use a browser that is compatible with those services for most of my work to make the whole process easier. When you […]

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Mailchimp Snap: A Great New iPhone App

Now you can send a photo to the people who subscribe to your newsletter right from your iPhone! Mailchimp just built something new. It’s an iPhone app that lets you easily take a picture of new merchandise and email it to your customers. Mailchimp Snap App MailChimp Snap is a quick, effective way to share […]

eCommerce Payment Options

We deal with eCommerce almost everyday as a customer, but when it comes to selecting an eCommerce solution for your website it seems more complicated. Here are some of the most common payment options. A payment gateway is one of the first choices you will have to make. There are many payment gateway options, but not […]

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Halloween Makeup Inspiration

Halloween is just around the corner and I hope you’re thinking about some fun activities. This year I was considering dressing up for Halloween which I haven’t done in years. Below is a Pinterest Board of Halloween makeup to inspire you. [alpine-phototile-for-pinterest src=”board” uid=”gulfcoastwebnet” board=”halloween-makeup” imgl=”pinterest” pinit=”1″ dl=”1″ dlstyle=”medium” style=”gallery” row=”4″ grwidth=”800″ grheight=”2400″ size=”192″ num=”25″ […]

Creativity in Miniature

One of our goals here at Gulf Coast Web Net is to inspire your creativity. Today we’re featuring creativity in miniature. Recently I ran into an article about a man who creates art from nature, but in an entirely different way than you might expect. His name is Klaus Kemp and he creates images from […]

New VPS Server at GulfCoastWebNet

Gulf Coast Web Net has several servers at InMotion Hosting and these were just upgraded to VPS Server S-Class, which means now your website will run even faster and receive improved SEO scores from Google and other search engines. You can read more about the new S-Class roll out by InMotion Hosting below:   Here […]

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The Best Online Appointment Calendars

There are so many great online appointment calendars it is hard to narrow the best ones down. When you are looking for an online appointment calendar there are some key features you should not compromise on.   Acuity Scheduling Acuity Scheduling service has all the best features mentioned above and they offer some other features […]

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Pinterest Rich Pins

Pinterest Rich Pins are a recent addition to Pinterest. They make it easier for people to actually shop using Pinterest. So, if you are a business selling merchandise you owe it to yourself to invest some time into Pinterest. You could think of Rich pins as “Super Pins”. They add extra product information to your […]

SEO is Everything

SEO Misconceptions There are a lot of misconceptions about SEO. People new to the world of Websites often ask if I can improve their SEO. These people are still under the misconception that managing SEO is all in the hands of the Web Designer. It is true that the design of a website and the […]

Use of Lines in Design

Design effectively is more about subtlety than about bold strokes. Lines in design can play a critical role, drawing attention to the content; that is what you want to do anyway, right? There are many design tricks to make your design more interesting. Here are some to try. Underline PRO: An underlined headline separates the […]

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Using Media Grid WordPress Plugin

Media Grid WordPress Plugin was designed by LCWeb, a developer for Code Canyon. Media Grid comes with masonry layout, is designed to adapt each portfolio to any situation and is mobile optimized for responsive themes. This demonstration will explain how to set-up an installation where a selection of artists are displayed on a page using Media […]

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Managing your Website Membership

Managing website membership can seem a little daunting. There are a lot of people out there just waiting to take advantage of your inattention to your website and fill it with spam comments and invalid links. So, when you are a manager of a membership website you should be diligent; not just in the daily […]

Get more shares on Facebook

Shortstack is a company I use often in my task as a Webmaster. They have some great tips about how to get more shares on Facebook. They have produced this great infographic. My Favorite Share on Facebook idea “Ask yourself if your fans will find value in what you’re posting” Something I do that helps me stay […]

Sharing your Facebook Page with Friends

Somewhere in the flurry of Facebook changes lately a feature that used to be easy to do became almost impossible to figure out… How do you share your Facebook Page on your personal timeline?   I scoured the Facebook help section, I tried several different Google searches and online Forums. All the help out there was […]

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New Facebook Business Page

There has been a lot of hype about the new Business Facebook Page format being rolled out. I really like the new layout, but it is taking FOREVER for them to roll it out. I manage over 30 Business Facebook pages and only one of those has the new format as of today, May 11, […]

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Shooting Interiors

Looking Great Looking great is not just about the work you do, but about how you present it. The success of your business rides on your ability to look great. With this in mind I have presented some great tips for regular people (meaning non-professional photographers) who need to take photographs of the interior of […]

The Best Online Jigsaw Puzzles

If you are a puzzle geek, like me, you will love the challenge and flexibility of some of the free jigsaw puzzle games on the internet. When I was a kid we would pull out the puzzle box every New Years Eve and spend hours sorting, searching and turning. These tools make fun work of […]

Tagging your images for SEO

When people search the web they use words. They may look at images once they have typed in search terms, but they always start their search with words. So, if you are not adding or tagging your images with words you are missing out on an opportunity to reach your audience. There are many opportunities […]

Donate Buttons for Nonprofit Organizations

If you’re a nonprofit you know that every penny counts. Because of this many companies offer discounts for nonprofits. Facebook donate button for nonprofit Facebook recently unveiled a “Donate Now” button to make it easier for nonprofits to take contributions. It will appear beside Posts in your News Feed when shared by participating nonprofits and […]

Music making robot machine goes viral

In October 2011 Intell published a video of this amazing electronic music making robot using 36 ball hoppers, 2300 balls, 120 unique tones. It took only 90 days from concept to reality using off the shelf hardware. The first video here is a visual representation of the actual machine by AniMusic.com. The second video is […]

Life of a Web Designer

Life of a Web Designer can be challenging. Most of my clients are wonderful people who are easy to deal with and some are, still wonderful people, but more difficult to deal with. I thought this was a cute rendering of the process and challenges. Enjoy. From: Top Web Design Schools

The Best To Do List Ever

Sometimes keeping a to do list can be nearly as time consuming and frustrating as the tasks themselves. So, I wanted to share with you an application that I use to keep track of all the tasks required to maintain a few dozen websites plus new client tasks. It is from todoist.com. This tool allows […]

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Great Free Fonts and How to Install Them

Have you ever wondered where people get those cool looking free fonts? Or, maybe you just don’t even know how to install a font once you’ve found one. Here you go… www.DaFont.com has so many really cool and creative fonts. If you can’t remember the name later, no worries… Just come back to GulfCoastWebNet.com and look […]

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Newsletter Best Practices

People debate about the effectiveness of email Newsletters. My recommendation is… Why not? People opt in to your email list, so it isn’t like you are spamming people. People have asked that you send them one. You should however, use an email service that utilizes an opt out feature. Letting your customers know how often […]

Great Social Media Goals

Social media can drive significant business results. So many people jump into social media without understanding what they are doing or why they are doing it. The answer is not to just do what others are doing, but to do it with intention. Join and participate in Social Media because it will help you reach […]

The Internet doesn’t have ideas – People do

In the past 20 years the internet has evolved and affected our lives in ways we could not comprehend. And as always there are people that think it is a great medium with lots of promise and others that think it is ruining our lives. In the past few years, in particular, a number of […]

Share your Google Calendar

Did you know that you could create a simple and easy Google Calendar, make it public and show it on your website? It can become cumbersome to share your calendar with clients manually or to try to sync up over the phone. Google has a great solution: Publish your calendar on your website.  

Bring back your Website Lustre

Bring back the lustre of your image and let us style a website for you that makes you shine. Your online presence is a touch point with customers and potential customers on the web. Everywhere your business is represented online is part of your online presence, whether you have full control of it or not. An […]

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Great Christmas Window Displays

A Great Window display is one of the best ways to pull people into your shop. Many shop owners believe that they should allow people to see inside the shop from the windows. However, if you are lucky enough to have a window display area you should be using it to lure people into your […]

Free icons

This icon set includes 44 beautiful and fun icons and comes courtesy of Elegant Themes. The soft and bright style of these icons is sure to add some color to your website. The package includes PNG images in three sizes, as well as the original PSD files for each icon so that designers can easily […]

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How to choose an Avatar image

Before the Avatar Movie… There were avatar images. An “Avatar” is an image that represents you online. The traditional Avatar system used on most Internet forums is a small square-shaped area close to the user’s forum post, where the Avatar is placed in order for other users to easily identify who has written the post without having […]

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Apps for People who love to Read

People who love to read don’t have to be left out of the online world. There are some really wonderful app’s built specifically with the reader in mind. Here are some of the apps for people who love to read: The Daily News Digg gives you access to RSS subscriptions where you can read popular […]

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Small Business Website Essentials

If you are a small business owner and you have a website or are thinking about getting one we have a list of website essentials that will help your website do what you want it to do, generate leads and make a sale. Contact Information It is critical that your contact information be front and […]

Manage multiple email accounts with Gmail

My favorite email client is Gmail. You can funnel multiple email addresses through it and keep all your emails in one place for easy access, prioritize your inbox automatically, reply to using multiple addresses and use canned responses quickly and easily. Gmail Labels Labels are like folders. You can apply one label or multiple labels […]

Great Product Photography

Recently I had the opportunity to open an Etsy shop for my client, Mercader Antiques. Selling online with Etsy is easy and FUN! Fun is a big thing to me, so when I find something that is not only fun but profitable I have to jump on it. I have many clients who sell online so I wanted […]

SEO Factors search engines love

Keywords are simply words or phrases you think people might use to search for your products or services. When you first start your online identity giving some thought to how people might search for your website will be very beneficial because you want to use these words on your pages and posts (or articles). Once […]

Boost your blogs SEO on Google

What is SEO? Search Engine Optimization is about improving your page ranking with search engines, whether it is a website or social media. And it isn’t as hard as it sounds. Just being yourself while being aware of how others perceive you will take you most of the way there. Learning a few tricks to […]

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Finding Facebook and Blog Free Images

We all know that blog and facebook posts that contain compelling images get more attention than others and most people know there are sever implications of using an image someone else owns. But downloading images from a Google search is so easy, ” and who would know if you used it anyway”. Recovering your Facebook […]

What is foursquare and how can it help your business

So, what is foursquare anyway? Your business cannot succeed without happy, loyal customers who support your business and spread the word about it. As a small business owner, you can take advantage of Foursquare for free marketing, especially to reach a younger or more tech savvy audience. It is very easy to use and works […]

Add your Business to Google Maps

If you are a business you should be on Google Maps. People use Google Maps for so many reasons. They use it from their smart phones, from their computers and it is another method to get your name out and improve the SEO rankings. The free service that is commonly known as “Google Maps” is […]

Ratings and Reviews can be crucial to your success

Ratings and Reviews can be the second most important feature on your website! The good news is that most reviews posted on your website are positive. And Social Media is crucial because customers believe their friends reviews over almost anyone else. If you have an eCommerce website ratings and reviews should be part of the […]

Ken Jennings Jeopardy Champion Reflects on Technology

If you don’t know Ken Jennings I’ll give you a little hint. Ken Jennings won a record $2,522,700 at Jeopardy. He also writes a weekly news quiz for Slate, a weekly column for Condé Nast Traveler, debunks myths for Woot.com, creates a trivia puzzle for Parade magazine and a myriad of other interesting things. Jennings’ run, which started on June 2, 2003 set game show […]

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Do you need a multi-use website?

If you have ever said: Then you probably need a multi-use website. A multi-use website allows you to essentially apply different “skins” or “themes”, apply different functionality, access a different (or the same) user community and much more. It generally creates sub-domains on against your existing domain. Sub-Domains The best way to describe a sub-domain is […]

Children learn the language of code using Scratch from MIT

[hr] Mitch Resnick Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, explores how new technologies can engage people in creative learning experiences. Mitch spoke at a TED conference in November 2012 about his project SCRATCH from MIT. Scratch from MIT Children can not […]

Twitter Fiction Festival – What is your Twitter Story?

Twitter Fiction Festival Began Yesterday Yesterday The Twitter Fiction Festival (#TwitterFiction) began and will last 5 days. The goal is to write a story in 140 characters or less. It sounds like fun and I’m going to participate, even though it seems like a ploy to get more people to use Twitter. I have always […]

Excellence in Every Action

Excellence is a talent or quality which is unusually good and so surpasses ordinary standards. Excellence does not come naturally. How many times do we do JUST what is necessary to accomplish the task? We give ourselves a dozens reasons to make it acceptable. See if you recognize some of them. [unordered_list style=”red-x”] No one really cares […]

Google is Mapping Our Galaxy

Things are changing The internet, after a decade of exploring device interaction with the iPad and iPhone, changing our idea of reality by electronically altering images with tools like Photoshop and finally going back to the organic imagery of photography with creative shots of everyday objects; the internet is finally giving you the opportunity to explore the […]

, Style your Product Images for Pinterest

If you’re online you most likely know about Pinterest®. Currently Pinterest® is free for everyone and is one of the best ways to get your products noticed. The catch is you need to make your product image interesting. What you Need I have been working with a client to get his online eCommerce store humming and […]

Facebook Saved my Life

That is a huge statement, but it is true. Mashable just surpassed 1 million Facebook fans and so they are sharing their fans stories about how Facebook changed their lives. Is Facebook a Relationship Killer? There are a lot of statistics banging around about the time people spend on Facebook and how it effects their […]

PrivacyFix a New Chrome Extension for Facebook Privacy

People fall, generally, into the continuum of two extremes when it comes to their private lives. Those who have given up keeping their private lives private Those who vehemently defend their private information Because the people that fall into the extreme’s of the continuum will never read this post, this information is for those who still want […]

Bloggers Block?

One of my clients biggest hangups is their blog. It can be intimidating. You sit there and look at a blank page and don’t know what to write. It is funny because most people LOVE to talk about themselves and their business so you would think it would come naturally. But it doesn’t. Here are […]

On our Radar – Yahoo: Real Change or Toilet Paper

Well, Don’t ask me why Yahoo is on my radar… I guess it is because it may be on yours. I stumbled upon an announcement by the new CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, that I found worth watching. I don’t personally use Yahoo much; I’m more of a Google fan (which is a bit conflicting since […]

Measuring Friendship in Social Media – more than a click

When I saw Delta Airlines say they would give $1 to Breast Cancer Awareness (up to $50,000) for every “Like” on their page I was dismayed. Building a Social Network of loyal fans is no different than making friends in the real world. Sure, some shallow friends can be bribed into being your friend, but […]

Square + iPad = SquareUp an Elegant iPad Solution

Today I witnessed the iPad + Square (SquareUp) cash register for the second time and it struck me as such an elegant solution. You attach a little square card reader adapter to the iPad and put the iPad in a stand that flips from the cashier to the customer. The customer accepts the amount, add […]

, iPhone 5

My family is heavily into the iPhone, kind of like people who love their Chevy or their Ford. It is an irrational love, that somehow identifies them. For example; one of the reasons I knew my husband and I was compatible was that we both owned iPhones. Funny… Anyway, to the point of this article… […]

Live Video Broadcasting? Why Not?

Live video is a great way to engage your audience. Users watch more than 300 million videos every month. Here are some live video services that can work for you. Justin.tv is an easy way to create live video and show anyone in the world what’s happening right now. Using only a laptop, you can […]

Document Signature Solutions

If you require a signature from a client on documents you know how difficult it can be to come up with a solution for obtaining and storing the documentation. Here are some online solutions that are super affordable and can be customized to your situation. RightSignature allows you to send your documents for signature online. […]

A Little Content Can Go a Long Way

Your website can be so much more than just a BUSINESS CARD. You wouldn’t own just one pair of shoes, so why own just one website! The fact is that owning multiple sites can boost the page rank of your site. It provides you some natural linking, which improves page rank and gives you another […]

Everyday Objects make Great Web Elements

[gn_dropcap style=”1″ size=”3″]W[/gn_dropcap]e’re all familiar with the use of VECTOR images on web pages to help you navigate the site, but there is a new, and wonderfully creative way to provide navigation with photo’s. Photo’s in every aspect of web design is on the rise and it provides professionals and amateurs alike with new opportunities. Web […]

Is your Site Mobile Friendly?

If you have a Gulfcoast WebNet site the answer is YES! Mobile friendly websites benefit your customer, and in turn your business. These sites produce an average 75% higher rate of engagement (revenue, page views, etc.) per visit for mobile users. Mobile web use is exploding. By 2015, more Americans will access the web via […]