Photo of a scrub brush
Wed
11/18/2015
16:31
Provisio

How is your database? Do you have good systems in place to manage errors and duplicate entries, or is someone at your business still making corrections by hand? Manual database management can be messy and leave a lot of clutter behind.

If you have a successful business, you have to manage a lot of information. From lead generation, to client data, to inventory, every company has data it has to keep track of. Most business owners implement databases to keep all of their data together. But manual databases have their limitations.

Blueprint with ruler on top of it
Wed
11/04/2015
15:27
Provisio

You wouldn't ask a contractor to build your house without a blueprint from an architect. Doing so would run the risk of the walls falling in or the foundation crumbling. But far too many small business owners make the make this same mistake when it comes to their websites. They start building without a website blueprint to guide them.

Keyboard with ornate key sitting on top of it
Wed
10/21/2015
14:25
Provisio

Somewhere along the line, a web marketing person probably taught you the importance of keywords – target phrases that make sure search engines can find you and your web content. Here's the thing – the keyword is dead. Don't keep relying on this outdated SEO method. Get ahead using natural language.

Screen shot of website code
Wed
10/07/2015
14:00
Provisio

If your company is looking to update its online image and functionality, chances are you started your Internet search for a local web designer or web developer. But what's the difference? Are the two terms interchangeable? While design is important, a good web designer isn't enough to turn your adequate website into a multi-functional web portal for clients and staff. For that, you need a web developer.

Three smiley face cartoons
Mon
04/27/2015
16:22
Provisio

As promised, last week Google rolled out an update to their search engine which gives priority to websites that are mobile-friendly. I’ve read a number of blog posts about this and none mentioned that this applies only to mobile search results. In other words, if you’re doing your Google search on a desktop, you’re likely to see a different order of search results than if you were doing it on your mobile phone.

Heart bleeding graphic
Mon
04/21/2014
11:45
Provisio

Heartbleed is the name of a security flaw discovered in a widely-used encryption technology called OpenSSL.  This flaw exposes usernames and passwords that are supposed to be private and secure.  It is estimated that nearly 20% of secure web servers certified by trusted authorities use OpenSSL.

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer, a form of encryption that protects your private information when using the web.  This is what is used to protect you when you log in to your banking website, purchase things online, etc.  

Microsoft SkyDrive screen shot
Wed
01/02/2013
15:16
Provisio

Services like DropBox, Google Drive and SkyDrive have made working with cloud files a seamless experience – their apps integrate into the file explorer and allow you to work with files on your local drive which are synchronized with their cloud versions in nearly real-time.  You can access your files from any device and know that you always have the most up-to-date version.

Smiling man with smiling woman in background
Tue
10/30/2012
15:05
Provisio

The previous article emphasized the importance of loyalty, honesty, humility and friendliness over technical skills and certifications.  The point was not that the skills aren’t important or even essential for the position, but that the skills without the character is a recipe for future trouble, regardless of how impressive the credentials.  A skill can be learned; character is more foundational than that.