Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tools of the Web Design Trade: What We Use to Make Your Site

Tools of the Web Design Trade: What We Use to Make Your Site

We’re frequently asked about what “insider” or “expert” tools we use when designing and creating websites and, although we’re flattered people would think we have some sort of underground software that only those who know the secret handshake can possess, our list of tools and software is actually pretty common.

Of course, we still find people who aren’t using these tools, so here is a list of some of the software, resources, and tools that we use daily to save time and money.

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Weekly 13 Link Roundup

13 Link Roundup

We share a lot of links on our Facebook and Twitter pages. So every week we comb through everything we share and post the 13 links that stand out to us. Why 13? Because it’s better than 12!

This week 3 big myths about B2B Marketing are shattered, WordPress gets some security updates, and we discover 7 ways to rescue business blogs from the blahs.

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Why Seasonal Businesses Should Use Social Media Year Round

Why Seasonal Businesses Should Use Social Media Year Round

On May 26th we took part in AAF Augusta’s State of Advertising panel discussion. We were invited to briefly discuss what social media is and who should use it. We presented a short overview of how social media fits into a balanced marketing plan and how research and leg work must be done before starting to make sure your audience uses social media and find which networks they belong to. During the questions portion of the discussion I was asked “Should a seasonal business use social media?” My first thought was, “Yes, and as soon as possible!” Here’s why.

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5 jQuery Plugins You Should Be Using

5 jQuery Plugins You Should Be Using

It’s no secret that we LOVE jQuery here at Powerserve! It’s power, simplicity, and ability to expand its core capabilities with plugins is second to none.

The ability to quickly and efficiently utilize plugins can be a massive time saver, but finding quality plugins that are tried and tested can take a while. To help save you time we’re sharing 5 jQuery plugins that we use on a daily basis. We’ve put these plugins through the ringer, so you can rest assured that these plugins are solid.

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2011 NACAC Fine Arts Scholarship Awarded to 3 High School Seniors

2011 NACAC Scholarship

This month, three Fine Arts scholarships were presented to outstanding North Augusta High School seniors by the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council. Normally the Arts Council awards a single $1,000 scholarship to a student who plans to major or minor in the arts; however, because of the nine outstanding entries that were received this year, an additional $1000 was approved by the NACAC Board.

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Monday Mail Question: Does It Matter Where I Purchase My Domain?

Monday Mail Question

Today we’re beginning a new series here on our blog. Every Monday we will take a question that was submitted to us and answer it in a post. If you have a question, please leave it in the comments, use the contact form, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Questions can be anything Internet related. Whether it be web page design, Photoshop use for web, or HTML questions, we’re here with answers.

Question: Does it Matter Where I Purchase My Domain?

There are two ways of looking at this question. The first is purely from a technology standpoint and the second is from a convenience and customer relations standpoint. Let’s look at technology first.

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Weekly 13 Link Roundup

13 Link Roundup

We share a lot of links on our Facebook and Twitter pages. So every week we comb through everything we share and post the 13 links that stand out to us. Why 13? Because it’s better than 12!

This week gowalla changes direction, we learn 7 biggest mistakes to avoid on our Facebook fan pages, and ways to write quality content fast!

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Weird Al – How A Blog Post Changed His New Album

Weird Al – How A Blog Post Changed His New Album

As Weird Al began to put the finishing touches on his new album, he knew he needed one more “big idea” to be the first single. Eventually he wrote and recorded a parody of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way titled Perform This Way, but upon hearing the track Lady Gaga revoked her permission to include the song on the album. Weird Al then took to the Internet to tell the story. He used his blog, YouTube, and Twitter, to spread the disappointing news to fans who took it viral and changed everything.

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High Quality Content is All About Passion!

High Quality Content Is All About Passion

It seems that every website and blog these days is saying the same thing: “To attract visitors you need to create high quality content.” But what is high quality content? Do you need to be a professional writer to create it? Do you need a journalism degree? Does it even need to be written words? We’ll dive into some specifics to answer these questions.

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Always Test Your Blog Post Ideas Before You Trash Them

Always Test Your Blog Post Ideas Before You Trash Them

Ever had an awesome idea for blog post, but when you began to write it you started questioning if the idea was good enough? I’m a firm believer that in brainstorming there are no bad ideas; however, not every idea is appropriate or worthy of a blog post. Some ideas should never make it out of the idea phase, but before you trash a draft or scratch through an idea, run it through the following tests to make sure you’re not throwing away what may be a perfect idea.

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