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Website Security Checklist – Is Your Website Secure?

Every day, websites are exposed to hackers, malware, and other security threats. It’s up to website and business owners to ensure their websites are secure in order to assure customers that their information is safe while visiting a website. If it’s been a minute since you did a website security health check, use this checklist […]

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Website Maintenance

Resolve To Maintain Your Website In 2021

Website maintenance is often an overlooked part of website ownership — especially for small businesses with a tight IT budget. But failing to maintain your site on a regular basis can lead to potentially serious problems for your business. If you’ve been lax about website maintenance, resolve to make 2021 the year you start keeping […]

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SSL Security for Ecommerce Web Development

SSL Certificates 101: The Best Choices For Your Online Security

In the first half of 2019 alone, data breaches exposed 4.1 billion records. Website owners know that SSL certificates for online security are critical to protecting business and customer data from attackers, but knowing what exactly you need can be confusing. Let’s take a look at SSL certificates, why you need them, and an overview […]

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Website Audit

Improve Website Performance & Conversions With A Site Audit

In our last post, we took a look at how analytics can provide information about site performance. However, knowing what is happening becomes even more valuable when you gain insight as to why it is happening. For example, analytics may show a high bounce rate, and an audit may reveal the problem is due to […]

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G-Suite Google Partner

Moving Your Business To The Cloud: Why You’ll Love Google

Expensive, unreliable desktop apps are officially a thing of the past. Modern businesses have fully embraced cloud-based solutions for email, data storage, analytics, and everyday productivity apps. And one company consistently stands apart by offering all of these technologies – and more – in one place: Google. We are enthusiastic believers in the power of […]

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Website Redesign for Utopia Solutions

Website Launch: Utopia Solutions

Utopia Solutions specializes in software test automation, performance testing, and software test outsourcing for companies across North America and Europe. Utopia had an existing website that performed well for them, but which no longer reflected their growth and their current branding. PixelPeople helped bring their site up-to-date with a front-end redesign that left their back-end […]

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Best Web Development Agency

How to Find the Right Web Development Agency for You

If you’re ready to launch a new website for your business, but aren’t sure where to start, one key consideration is whether to hire a web development agency. While it costs more to have a custom site created, the business outcome can be well worth the investment. But how can you tell which website development […]

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Website Maintenance

3 Essential Website Tasks You May Be Neglecting

Your website is the forefront of your business. Do you give it the attention it deserves? All websites require regular maintenance in three key areas to ensure they’re performing their best. Unfortunately, backend upkeep is not immediately obvious to your website visitors. As a result, it’s often ignored. We want to share the reasons why […]

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WordPress 5.0 and the Gutenberg Editor

A Major WordPress Update Is Coming – Is Your Website Ready?

December 6th is the latest targeted rollout date for WordPress 5.0, which includes the all-new Gutenberg editor. Gutenberg will provide radically new and different ways for WordPress website owners to edit and layout their page content–but it may create challenges for WordPress themes and plugins that are not ready for this major overhaul.   What is […]

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Website Optimization

5 Practical Suggestions to Strengthen Your Website & Data

Your website is an ongoing project. It’s not a task to check off, but instead a tool to regularly optimize. If your website is difficult to navigate, not secure, or not optimized for SEO, then you’re not putting your best foot forward. Endless competition exists online, so be sure you keep up with industry standards […]

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Digital Marketing

Why You Need a Professional “Off-Site, In-House Creative Team”

Who’s leading the strategy, creative direction, and technical execution of your company’s marketing efforts? If you’re the owner of a small- to medium-sized startup business, odds are, it’s you. But have you stopped to consider your qualifications for the job? And are you honestly devoting as much time as you should to this crucial aspect […]

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GDPR

Why You Should Care About GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as set by European law requires businesses to do more to protect individuals’ data. The law began on May 25, 2018 and has strong implications for business owners everywhere. U.S. businesses and businesses outside the EU must comply regardless of size, or face large penalties. We’re not legal experts, […]

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Best Website Platform

What to Consider When Selecting a Web Platform

You’ve decided to build a new website–congratulations! This is a big step toward growing your business and ensuring your customers have a positive experience with your brand. A decision that’s likely top-of-mind is what web platform to use. First, it’s important to outline your website’s primary use and goals. How visual will your site be? […]

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Wordpress Website Maintenance

Are You Maintaining Your Website – or Waiting for Disaster?

Despite the inconvenience, most people understand the need to regularly maintain their computers and other connected devices. Operating systems gets regular updates and patches; Anitvirus & firewall apps download new virus definitions and methods for defending against new types of threats. Your website is no different–the core platform needs regular updates, as do any other […]

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Internet Privacy Rules

What the “New” Internet Privacy Ruling Means to You

The more things change, the more they stay the same… You’ve probably been hearing a lot about internet privacy laws lately. The topic has been a matter of debate for awhile now, with the legislative pendulum swinging back and forth–but with no real change as the result. During the Obama era, laws were passed that would […]

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Website SSL Security

2017 Is Your Deadline For Adding SSL

SSL is the secure protocol used to protect sensitive information on the web. You know you’re protected when you see the green-colored lock in the address bar, followed by HTTPS (instead of simply HTTP). In the past, SSL was seen as a requirement only for ecommerce transactions and forms that handle sensitive information. But more […]

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Google Partner - Google Apps For Work

Your Partner for All-Things-Google

PixelPeople strives to be the only resource you need for design, development, and marketing needs of all kinds. But let’s face it–we all have to know our strengths, and where to draw the line. We can help you be found in online searches, but we’re not going to build our own search engine. We can […]

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SSL Security for Ecommerce Web Development

Free SSL Security – Too Good To Be True?

SSL security is what provides the “s” in HTTPS, and the little green padlock in your address bar, signaling that you’re on an encrypted connection and it’s safe to provide sensitive information. Many services now offer free or “flexible” SSL services for your website. Is it too good to be true? Well, yes and no…it […]

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Web Development Standards

Does Your “Simple” Website Stack Up To These Modern Standards?

I’ve spent much of my career working with small businesses and startups, and I’ve lost many bids to the “fast,” “cheap,” and “simple” website solutions that are offered online–projects that don’t even require human interaction from the vendor side, because there’s no real thought or customization to them. They’re geared more towards keeping you on a […]

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WordPress Website Securtiy

WordPress Security Made Easy

WordPress now powers more than 25% of all websites on the internet–and that can be seen as a positive or a negative by people who aren’t familiar with the platform. Glass-half-full people see the massive community of developers who extend and protect the platform as a major benefit. Glass-half-empty people focus on how its proliferation makes it […]

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Preparing Your Website for HTTP/2

Preparing Your Website for HTTP/2

HTTP is the protocol that delivers website files & resources to your browser, to display a web page. It was first released in 1991, and had its last major update in 1999–which is to say we’re long overdue for an upgrade. Compared to the 90’s, today’s web pages require way more data and more individual resources; […]

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Google Mobile Friendly Test

If Your Website Is In The Majority, You’re Losing Mobile Visitors

You know the importance of responsive design and the mobile web. You’re never far from your smartphone, and more often than not, you’re using it to search the web–whether you’re at home or on the go. You’re in the majority of users, trending to the future: 2015 was the first year that Google reported that more […]

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Boost Website Performance with Google PageSpeed Insights

3 Tips To Boost Website Performance

It’s no secret–people don’t like to wait. So websites with longer/slower load times are more likely to lose impatient visitors; they’ll move on to your faster-loading competitor’s site in a heartbeat. And believe it or not, your website’s response time may also affect your search engine rankings, with slower sites sinking below faster ones. Both of […]

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PixelPeople Web Design, Branding, and Digital Marketing Services

Introducing PixelPeople – A New Digital Agency

PixelPeople, a new digital agency in Naperville, Illinois, launched this month, to serve fast-growing businesses and new startups throughout the Chicago area and across the country. The agency specializes in web design and development, helping new brands to establish a professional online presence. PixelPeople was founded by Steve Lovisa, who brings to the business his […]

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