Building a new website to respond to COVID-19? Check out these free templates.

COVID-19 requires a new normal. For many small businesses, it’s critical to set up an online presence as soon as possible. We’ve created a few website templates you can use to quickly get online — and extend that presence everywhere that matters. If you already have a website, preview these …

Create digital gift cards to generate revenue online

With cities around the nation enforcing some form of a stay-at-home order, there’s little to no foot traffic coming into many brick-and-mortar stores. To combat reduced traffic, many local businesses are turning towards digital gift cards as a way to generate revenue online. Many point-of-sale (POS) platforms offer a gift …

Need to feel a little more in control? Securing your WordPress site can help.

A lot is out of our control at the moment. Spending a little time now to secure your WordPress site may help you feel more in control. And we all could use a little more of that. Related: GoDaddy guide to WordPress security Security best practices Businesses are relying even …

People lose half an hour a week to poor acoustics

According to new research by market researchers IPSOS and EPOS, 95 percent of audio end-users and decision makers experience problems relating to sound that affect their concentration or efficiency at work. Common complaints include being disturbed by loud colleagues (50 percent), overall noise levels in working environments (48 percent) and …

Two thirds of SMEs confident of prospects after restructuring

Nearly two thirds (62 percent) of UK small business owners remain confident about their business prospects despite the coronavirus crisis, according to a study from Bionic. The government’s response to the pandemic has forced many SMEs, particularly in the retail, hospitality and leisure space, to close their doors to customers. …

Set up online appointments and use video conferencing instead of face-to-face meetings

As we’re increasingly encouraged to practice social distancing, and more cities and states around the country mandate that only essential businesses remain open, it’s necessary for businesses to find new ways to interact with and serve their clients. By replacing in-person consultations with a video chat, teachers, personal trainers, and …

Reach out to customers through email during COVID-19

As a business owner, you know exactly how essential strong customer relationships are. They’re what turn visitors into regulars, single classes into memberships, and appointments into referrals. In the face of COVID-19, you might be feeling isolated from your customers, unsure of how to maintain vital connections. But social distancing …

Survive and Thrive Growth Summit LIVE Debuts – 20+ speakers 5+ hours

We are living in very challenging times. Our families and communities are all affected. In particular small business owners are impacted and hurting. The Survive and Thrive Growth Summit, is an online experience meant to inspire entrepreneurs and small business owners during these tough times of uncertainty. The line up …

Update online reviews to increase trust in your business

This article was originally published on March 26, 2020, and was updated on April 1, 2020.  Having an accurate, up-to-date online presence has always been important for earning and maintaining your customers’ trust. Given the instability COVID-19 has introduced to the market, upholding the promises made to your customers by …

How to build the perfect website for your community event

Hey, howdy, hi, and welcome! My name is Allie Nimmons. I’m an overall WordPress and WordCamp enthusiast. I own a small WordPress maintenance business, work for a WordPress plugin company. I also speak at WordCamps through the GoDaddy Pro Ambassador program. Related: WordCamps and the WordPress community I got my …

A lack of clarity is “shutting down construction”, say builders

Members of the National Federation of Builders (NFB) have expressed concerns that the lack of clarity from the Government is causing the construction industry to close down. As well as reducing productivity to ensure on site social distancing, reduced access to materials and public opinion has made it extremely difficult …

Using coupons and promotions to help customers dealing with COVID-19

This article was originally published on March 26, 2020, and was updated on April 1, 2020. As the country hunkers down in the face of COVID-19, small businesses everywhere are looking for ways to stay open and ease the burden for their customers. If you’re on the Websites + Marketing …

Most workers not productive while working from home, report claims

No more than 15 percent of healthy workers confined to their homes will work productively, argues new research from right leaning think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs. Government restrictions on social interaction designed to slow the spread of coronavirus have led to a rapid increase in the number of …

#Paytoday Coalition Infuses $900 Billion For Struggling Small Business Owners

Small business owners are experiencing unparalleled losses as the U.S. implements a variety of measures to combat the Coronavirus. 90% of small business owners report major challenges already and that figure is up from 60% just two weeks ago. And 37% of small business owners have less than one month …

Add a blog to show your customers how your business is navigating COVID-19

This article was originally published on March 25, 2020, and was updated on April 1, 2020. COVID-19 is pulling no punches. Decreased foot traffic, mandates prohibiting large gatherings, and increased digital engagement are changing the game for entrepreneurs everywhere. With Shelter-In-Place procedures starting to be widely enacted, businesses must adapt …

5 free live chat plugins for WordPress and tips for using them

Live chat plays a tremendous role in conducting proper customer service and support on websites. However, it’s even more important now in the midst of COVID-19. As people are struggling to figure out how to continue to do business during this crisis while also juggling new family situations, it’s vital …

How to set up a virtual conference website with WordPress

This post was originally published on May 1, 2015, and was updated on March 30, 2020. COVID-19 has created a business environment unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Employees across dozens of industries are working from home while customers are also staying inside, requesting delivery, and adapting to the new, virtual world. …

8 ways to generate revenue if your business doors are shut

Most brick-and-mortar businesses can only operate and generate revenue if their doors are open. Customers must travel to the business and come inside to make a purchase. But this model isn’t great when unforeseen circumstances require a business to shut its doors and prevent customers from coming inside. We are …

Home working initiative to tackle worldwide pandemic response

  The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) collaboration are to throw their weight behind an emergency initiative by Leesman, building a global pan-industry response group to the threat posed to the real estate and facilities management industries by Covid-19 and addressing the …

All-in-one online marketing solutions to help you grow your business

The GetResponse platform contains a suite of email marketing and online campaign management tools designed to help you grow your sales, maximize ROI, and succeed in online marketing. From unlimited broadcasting and top deliverability to 5-star customer service and over 50 easy yet powerful features – we’ve got you covered. …

Employees struggle to adapt to new workplace technology

New research by Hays Talent Solutions claims workplace technology has had a significant impact on businesses and organisations when it comes to development, automation and growth; continuing to shake up the modern workplace and workforce in 2020. Paving the way for the change, younger workers are arguably redefining what workers …

New task force to reduce health burden of COVID-19

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has announced that it is setting up a task force to reduce the enormous health burden from COVID-19 and other respiratory infections. Its goal is to define the critical role buildings, organisations and communities play in prevention and preparedness, resilience and recovery. The task …

All-in-one online marketing solutions to help you grow your business

The GetResponse platform contains a suite of email marketing and online campaign management tools designed to help you grow your sales, maximize ROI, and succeed in online marketing. From unlimited broadcasting and top deliverability to 5-star customer service and over 50 easy yet powerful features – we’ve got you covered. …

7 Plugins for Adding Structured Data to Your WordPress Website

Structured data (sometimes called “Schema” or “microdata”) has emerged as an important part of SEO strategy. Search engines are making use of this information to enhance listings and provide users with more immediate answers. Even if you’re not 100% sure what structured data is, you’ve undoubtedly run across it in …

How to protect your business from phishing scams

Fishing can be an exceptionally relaxing way to spend a sunny autumn afternoon. That is, unless you’re the fish. The more contemporary concept of phishing scams thrusts everyone, from ordinary web surfers to marketers to high-level eCommerce executives, on the opposite end of the fishing pole. What are phishing scams? Put …

3 questions entrepreneurs must ask before starting a niche business

There are 20 trends that will help shape the next decade of small business, according to the Intuit 2020 Report. The research in this report, led by Emergent Research in partnership with Intuit, suggests that the climate is right for starting a niche business. Niche markets will reign in in the …

Domains: The foundation to internet security, speed and reliability

Domains are the cornerstone of the internet. They provide easy navigation to websites you want to visit. Without them, only the most technical users would continue to leverage the power available to us. As the world’s largest registrar, it’s GoDaddy’s responsibility to keep your domains secure, fast and reliable. During …

Demotivated workers would be driven by higher pay and more flexibility

Almost a third (31 percent) of UK professionals state that their expectations are ‘not being met at all’ by their current employer, whilst a further 24 percent state that their needs are only just ‘moderately’ being met. The findings, which come from research undertaken by recruiter Robert Walters and job …

Podcast – Be a Social Media Celebrity to Promote Your Home Biz

Listen to Episode At Blog Talk Radio Interview with Click Funnels Executive Dave Woodward DAVE WOODWARD, CHIEF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER FOR CLICK FUNNELS We’ve gone from TV to Twitter and in today’s marketplace, that can be confusing for home-based business owners. For others, it can be a dream come true. …

RICS and IFMA launch Procurement of Facilities Management statement to address “race to the bottom”

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has today launched its first professional statement to ‘reduce risk, increase transparency and further trust’ in procurement in facilities management. The RICS Procurement of facility management, RICS professional statement, UK 1st edition, was worked on in collaboration with IMFA, and also the Chartered …

Government launches challenge to shape future transportation strategies

The UK government has begun work on its Future of Mobility Grand Challenge. First announced in May, the government believes the initiative has the potential to make the UK a world leader in strategies for moving people and goods. The announcement includes two calls for evidence, the first focused on improving first …

Employers must take better action to avoid sick building syndrome

Sick building syndrome is a collective term to describe when occupants of a specific building suffer from a related illness. Problems can either be localised to a specific room or more widespread throughout a building. The symptoms can manifest as headaches, blocked or runny noses, skin irritations, sore eyes or …

Renewable energy should make up half of all supply by 2030

The share of renewables in global power should more than double by 2030 as part of a ‘decade of action’ to advance global energy transformation, achieve sustainable development goals and a pathway to climate safety, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable electricity should supply 57 per cent …