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In this simulation, spending Bill Gates’ 100 billion is exhausting

If you had $100 billion that you had to spend, how would you even do it? A simulation by Neal Agarwal lets you squander the wealth of Bill Gates on things like movies, monster trucks, and the Mona Lisa. Try it out here, or spend Elon Musk’s fortune here. — Read the rest

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12 of the Best People Finder and Phone Number Lookup Websites

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Whether your goal is to reconnect with an old high school friend or look up a potential job candidate, online people searches have a variety of uses. Finding someone’s phone number, home or email address, arrest records, and family members are all something you can do via a people finder website. With a narrow focus on information about people, these sites stray from the likes of Google and Bing, which can yield more general results.

1. Peek You

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While most people finder websites focus on your name, location, age, etc., Peek You also includes the option to search by social media username. For example, search for “mustlovedogs1” on the site, and the results identify people who currently use or… Read more14810061.gif

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The Morning After: The Internet Archive imagines a grim future of the internet

Browsing the internet has gotten better in many ways. Richer design, more interactivity, embedded media, faster speeds for doing everything. But the internet is also worse in places: more attempts to illegally steal your personal information or legally track your footprints through the web. I click on one Pokémon plushie an Engadget colleague shared with me (guess who), and my embedded ads across sites are now mired in Pokémon detritus.

The Internet Archive has concocted a thought experiment to celebrate its 25th anniversary, imagining how the web might look another 25 years from now. Paste a site’s URL into the Wayforward Machine and you’ll see a version of that page covered in pop-ups. The messages include one reading “Classified content. The website you are trying to access features information that the owner(s) have opted to restrict to users that have not shared their personal information.”

Another, in Orwellian wording, says: “This site contains information that is currently classified as Thought Crime in your region.” The Internet Archive created a subsite that features a timeline of fictional changes, including a law allowing corporations to copyright facts, leading to Wikipedia moving to the Dark Web, which would be pretty incredible.

— Mat Smith

Watch the first trailer for ‘Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City’

The reboot hits movie theaters on November 24th.

Resident Evil movie reboot.

Sony Pictures has provided a taste of what’s in store with the first trailer. Writer and director Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) said earlier this year he was taking the franchise back to its horror roots, and well, the trailer backs up those comments. Expect lickers, zombie dogs and plenty of good old-fashioned zombies.

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YouTube’s accessibility upgrades include multiple audio tracks

Automatic captions are now available for streams of any size, too.

YouTube is expanding video accessibility for viewers with sight issues and those beyond the English-speaking world. It’s currently testing the option of adding multiple audio tracks to videos. While this will help international viewers — if you have the ability to add other language dubs — it should also enable descriptive audio for people with little-to-no vision. YouTube said the feature will land in the next few quarters.

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YouTube cancels its divisive Rewind annual highlight reel

It won’t be missed.

In more good news, YouTube has confirmed its annual Rewind video won’t be returning. Rewind debuted in 2010 but struggled in recent years. In particular, with Rewind 2018, many felt the video ignored major creators on the platform, like Pewdiepie, while elevating people who were famous outside of YouTube. Never forget that Will Smith, er, moment.

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Microsoft made a translucent controller for the Xbox’s 20th birthday

It will go on sale exactly 20 years after the release of the original Xbox.

The Morning After

Microsoft plans to celebrate the birthday of its first-ever home system by putting out a handful of translucent accessories, including the Xbox Series X/S controller you see here.

According to Microsoft, the translucent design is a reference to the see-through controllers it shipped with the original Xbox debug kit. I have all the time in the world for translucent gadgets, having already installed see-through cases for my Switch’s Joy-Cons. This is a good way to celebrate a console’s milestone.

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Tesla is moving its headquarters to Texas from California

In a state where it can’t directly sell its cars to locals.

Tesla isn’t just building a factory in Austin, Texas — it’s also moving its headquarters there, too.

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Panasonic’s new camera is another cube with a giant lens attached to it

It’s an S1H in a different shape.

The Morning After

In 2020, Panasonic announced the BGH1, its first-ever box-style camera. This was pretty much its GH5S rehoused in a body better suited for video production. Now, it’s time for an upgrade. Panasonic has announced the DC-BS1H. It’s the full-frame S1H in a new body.

Specifications include a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that can capture footage up to a 6K resolution. Panasonic claims the BS1H’s sensor features more than 14 stops of dynamic range and includes an optical low-pass filter along with dual native ISO, all aimed at reducing moiré and noise.

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The biggest news stories you might have missed


What kind of show was Marvel’s ‘What If…?’ meant to be?

Google turns its AI on traffic lights to reduce pollution

Disney may be developing a ‘WandaVision’ spin-off starring Kathryn Hahn

US Justice Department forms a cryptocurrency enforcement team

Source: https://www.engadget.com/the-morning-after-the-internet-archive-grim-future-of-the-internet-111546034.html?src=rss
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How to Increase Website Traffic

At this point even the squirrel in your backyard probably runs a blog reviewing local bird feeders. To compete with that, you’ll need a site with high-quality content, a decent understanding of Google keywords, and long-term commitment. There are plenty of steps you can take today that make a big difference to website traffic. The best results, though, come to webmasters who put in the work, experiment with their marketing, and engage with their audience. You’ve got this!

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Content Creation

  1. Write attention-grabbing headlines. If the headline doesn’t get people to click, the rest of your content doesn’t matter. Spend at least 5 or 10 minutes brainstorming possible headlines before picking one that’s clear, specific, and catchy (without over-promising). Some of the most effective approaches involve numbers, popular search keywords, directly addressing the reader, or answering a question.[1]
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    • For example, “11 Breakfasts To Cure Your Hangover” tells the reader exactly what to expect, addresses them directly, uses a popular search term, promises a solution to a problem, and includes a number.
    • You can use WordPress plugins or standalone tools to A/B test your headlines, running multiple versions to see how they perform. This is most useful once your site already has a fair amount of traffic, so you can gather data quickly.[2]
  2. Make your content authoritative. Stand out from lower-quality sites by creating content that relies on extensive research or expert knowledge. If you can, hire professional text or video editors to make your content more engaging and polished. These efforts will build your site’s reputation as an authoritative source, which helps you climb the search engine rankings.[3]
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  3. Include some evergreen topics. It’s tempting to only cover trending topics, but it’s tough for an up-and-coming site to compete over these. A good strategy is to hedge your bets with some content that can keep attracting a steady flow of visitors for months or years. For example, write a research report on your industry or an authoritative guide to getting into your hobby.[4]
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  4. Experiment with shareable formats. In the world of social media, shareable content is king—but that means different things on different platforms, and to different target audiences. Can you turn your content into infographics on LinkedIn? Memes on reddit? Until you try it, you won’t know what hits that viral sweet spot.[5]
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    • Use your longer content as a source of raw material. That half-hour video tutorial probably has a dozen useful clips that you can share as standalone pieces of advice.[6]
    • You don’t have to condense every post down to a paragraph. Write long-form content if that’s a better fit for your topic, then brainstorm ways to package that info into bite-sized samples or headlines that you can share on places like Twitter.
  5. Ask visitors to comment and engage with your site. Active participation keeps site visitors returning. This can be as simple as asking readers to comment with their feedback or suggest new topics for you to cover. To really build a base of visitors, dovetail these “calls to action” into other marketing efforts. For instance, ask readers to sign up for your mailing list or join your webinar.[7]
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    • Another option is to start a forum for your site’s community to gather together and discuss topics. Keep in mind that this requires at least one moderator.

[Edit]Technical SEO

  1. Research keywords in your topic area. If you want to tailor your content to attract visitors, it’s a huge help to find out what search terms they’re using. Try free services like Google Keyword Planner and Google Trends, and/or well-reviewed products like SEMrush, HyperSuggest, or Ahrefs. Use these tools to identify high-volume search terms that fit your website theme and your expertise.[8]
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    • Once you’ve found some options, Google them and check out the top results. If you think you can make content that’s more engaging, accurate, or comprehensive than them, you’ve found a great opportunity.
  2. Look for “long tail” searches. It’s not all about the highest search volume. Aim for a mix of popular terms and more specific “long tail” searches. These have less competition and attract more invested visitors.[9]
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    • If you’re selling products, prioritize high commercial intent keywords like “buy.”[10]
  3. Use keywords as signposts to relevant content. The purpose of keyword research is to identify popular topics that you can write about with authority. Make sure the keywords flow naturally within the text, or use them in headers that accurately describe your content. Avoid over-stuffing your site with popular keywords, especially irrelevant ones, since this can result in a very low search ranking.[11]
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    • Ignore the outdated advice to stuff keywords into the <meta> “keyword” tag; Google has not looked at that for years.[12] Do include keywords in the meta “description” tag, as part of an informative summary for readers.[13]
  4. Help search bots with tags and metadata. Website owners can use meta tags and other HTML features to help search engines make sense of their site. Go through this checklist of best practices, and follow them either by editing your HTML directly or by using the features of your website creation service:[14]
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    • Add a unique description tag to each page on your website. Make the description short enough to display in a Google search preview, include relevant keywords, and use natural-sounding language.
    • Organize your pages with other metadata as well: title tags, image file names, image “alt” descriptions, and link anchor text.
    • Use short, descriptive text whenever possible in these tags, as well as in URLs.
  5. Keep your site and each page well-organized. Organize your pages by topic, date posted, or some other logical system, and create a sitemap. Break larger pages down into sections with descriptive headers.[15]
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    • Headers are a great place to put relevant keywords, but use them only as needed to help readers find what they’re looking for.
  6. Maximize search engine function with structured markup. This web code helps search engines display your info. For instance, you can use this to make sure Google correctly lists your product names and prices, your opening hours, or even the right recipe names for your cooking blog.[16]
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    • If you’re feeling code-savvy, get started by copying the example code at https://developers.google.com/search/docs/guides/search-gallery, or by using the free Google Search Console service’s “Data Highlighter” feature. If this all sounds like gibberish to you, you can hire a web developer to set this up for you pretty quickly.

[Edit]Advertising and Social Media

  1. Make a social media plan for your site. At this point, social media marketing is its own career path, but you can get the ball rolling on your own if you can’t hire a professional. Research which social network is the most popular among your target audience, and start by building a fan base there. Post on a consistent schedule, and include posts that directly inform or entertain your audience, alongside posts that link to your site.[17]
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    • Social networks have their own culture, and users are quick to mock people who don’t follow the right etiquette. If you’re not already embedded in the network you’re using, do some extra research on the “do’s and don’t’s” of that platform. For example, many Reddit communities have strict marketing rules and dislike people who market without first participating in some discussions.[18]
  2. Give other creators a reason to link to your site. Offer to write guest blogs, propose a collaboration with another creator, or ask a well-known user of your product to post a review. Backlinks from opportunities like these are incredibly important for traffic—not only do they attract visitors directly, they also puts your site higher in Google rankings.[19]
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    • Go for quality over quantity: links from well-known sites with expert contributions are worth way more than links from tiny or low-quality sites.
    • If your website is pretty new, don’t be discouraged if people turn down your requests. Start by making connections with other creators, creating quality content, and linking to other people’s content that you find valuable. The best links will come after you build up some trust and respect.
    • Trading links with a professional contact or two is fine, but don’t go overboard or make deals with sites you’ve never heard of. If Google suspects you’re putting more effort into getting links than creating good content, your page ranking will suffer.[20]
  3. Post helpful content on forums and question-answering sites. If your website is based on your profession or hobby, join relevant communities on sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Reddit, or answer public questions on sites like Quora. Put in the time and effort to respond to questions and give helpful advice under your website name.[21]
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    • Stay connected with other blogs that relate to yours. Leave comments on their posts and interact with the communities. Don’t advertise your site directly, but allow people to find their way to it via links on your profile or signature.
  4. Attract visitors with free materials. Who doesn’t like a freebie? When done right, they attract new visitors to your site and leave them wanting to return. To make this more effective, combine it with social media posts announcing the giveaway (maybe with an added chance at winning something bigger if you engage with the post).[22] Here are a few ideas:
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    • Give away a free, short e-book.
    • Hold free online classes or seminars.
    • Give visitors a free entry into your contest or sweepstakes.
    • Let visitors download free software, or a free trial version of your product.
    • Offer free products to people who sign up to your email list, spend above a certain amount in your shop, etc.
  5. Pay for advertising on Google or Facebook. To get the most out of Google search ads (the links that appear next to search results), research affordable keyword searches that fit your site. If you’d rather promote your content directly in people’s feeds, look into Facebook, the other online advertising giant.[23]

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    • Of course, there’s a reason Don Draper gets the big bucks. You could spend years learning how to run effective advertising campaigns, and no quick guide can identify the best approach for your business. Use tools like Google Analytics to track your ad engagement, and keep experimenting!
    • If you run a local business, don’t forget about the real world. Look into advertising options at local newspapers, business brochures, magazines, and signboards.

[Edit]Tips

  • A huge number of site visits today happen on smartphones, so the mobile experience on your site is very important if you want to keep traffic numbers high. Make a responsive website that adapts the CSS to the visitor’s device. (If you’re using a website-building service, double-check that it does this for you, or at least offers an option to create a mobile-friendly alternative layout.)[24]
  • You can hire people to create content for you, but it’s usually best to write it yourself: who better than you knows your own business, hobby, or club? If your team isn’t writing-savvy, you can hire an editor to help you come up with a writing plan and polish the quality of your work.
  • Don’t forget about your old content! If a post is still worthwhile, link back to it whenever the topic comes up in a new post. This helps new users find interesting articles from your backlog, and keeps people on your site for longer.

[Edit]Warnings

  • Don’t get caught up with website generators and internet tricks that claim to fool search engines or deliver instant website traffic. These rarely work and at best only give you short-lived results, before the search engine catches on and drops your ranking down to oblivion.
  • Most websites have some pages that aren’t helpful as search results—for instance, the pages used for shop checkout. Block these from showing up in search engines using your website creation service’s tools, or by adding “<meta name=”robots” content=”noindex”>” to your page’s HTML.[25] More advanced users can write instructions in a robots.txt file.[26]

[Edit]Related wikiHows

[Edit]References

[Edit]Quick Summary

  1. https://act-on.com/blog/how-to-write-headlines-that-get-shared-and-drive-traffic/
  2. https://growwithless.com/ab-testing-headlines/
  3. https://websitesetup.org/increase-website-traffic/
  4. https://websitesetup.org/increase-website-traffic/
  5. https://www.quicksprout.com/types-of-content-that-will-drive-more-traffic/
  6. https://websitesetup.org/increase-website-traffic/
  7. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/280701
  8. https://raidboxes.io/en/blog/online-marketing/keyword-recherche-seo/
  9. https://searchengineland.com/back-to-basics-what-does-long-tail-keyword-really-mean-311910
  10. https://backlinko.com/commercial-intent
  11. https://www.business2community.com/brandviews/presto-media/how-to-effectively-use-keywords-in-your-blog-posts-to-rank-on-google-02243845
  12. https://developers.google.com/search/blog/2009/09/google-does-not-use-keywords-meta-tag
  13. https://developers.google.com/search/docs/advanced/crawling/special-tags
  14. https://developers.google.com/search/docs/beginner/seo-starter-guide
  15. https://developers.google.com/search/docs/beginner/seo-starter-guide
  16. https://developers.google.com/search/docs/guides/intro-structured-data
  17. https://www.business2community.com/small-business/15-excellent-beginners-guides-to-social-media-marketing-for-small-businesses-01254481
  18. https://www.shivarweb.com/2644/how-to-advertise-your-website-online/
  19. https://static.googleusercontent.com/media/guidelines.raterhub.com/en//searchqualityevaluatorguidelines.pdf
  20. https://developers.google.com/search/docs/advanced/guidelines/link-schemes
  21. https://websitesetup.org/increase-website-traffic/
  22. https://websitesetup.org/increase-website-traffic/
  23. https://www.shivarweb.com/2644/how-to-advertise-your-website-online/
  24. https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianrashid/2017/06/13/5-essential-reasons-and-benefits-why-you-should-be-using-a-responsive-website-design-now/?sh=133df2b817c9
  25. https://developers.google.com/search/docs/advanced/crawling/block-indexing
  26. https://developers.google.com/search/docs/advanced/robots/create-robots-txt

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5 Websites Every PC Gamer Should Bookmark

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Sure, there are lots of PC game stores online. But there’s more to PC gaming than buying games—unless you’re playing the metagame of accumulating games in Steam sales and never playing them. Here are five sites every PC gamer should know about that go beyond title shopping.

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YouTube will start showing video chapters in search results

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YouTube has an impossibly large video library, and the company knows that navigating it is easier said than done. To that end, the company is introducing a few new features to improve the search experience. Probably the most significant new tool is chapter view right from the search results page. YouTube has offered the ability for users to break longer videos into separate chapters so that viewers can quickly find specific information, but they were only visible when you clicked through. 

Now, chapters will appear alongside the search results, with a time-stamped image thumbnail for each section. This should give viewers more insight into the content inside each video, and you’ll be able to tap or click right into a specific chapter if you find exactly the info you’re looking for. We’re not yet sure if this feature is coming to mobile, desktop or both, but we asked YouTube and will update this if we find out more.

Another new feature we do know is coming to mobile are the little snippets of videos that automatically play when you mouse over them on the desktop. YouTube says it’ll roll out “a version” of these previews on mobile, though it’s not clear exactly what gesture will be used to get the snippet to play.

Finally, some of Google’s auto-translate tools are coming to YouTube search results to make them useful to more people. Specifically, the company is starting to include automatically translated video titles, descriptions and captions to search. These results will show when there isn’t enough related content in a user’s local language to be useful. YouTube is first adding these translations to English-language videos, and right now it’s only being tested on mobile devices in India and Indonesia; the company says it’ll “consider” expanding to more locations based on user feedback. 

Source: https://www.engadget.com/you-tube-search-updates-video-chapters-150005802.html?src=rss
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Website reads any other website out loud to you

Soheil Yasrebi’s perfectly simple per.quest reads any web page to you, assuming that you’re OK with a rapid robot lady voice and the website is simple enough for it to accurately detect the part that should be read. Which is, if we are being honest with ourselves, not many of them!

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/08/13/site-reads-any-website-out-loud-to-you.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=site-reads-any-website-out-loud-to-you
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The 5 Best Website Builders

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Whether you need a professional website for your business, a personal blog, or a visual portfolio, a website builder can make the creation experience loads easier. The website builder you choose will mainly come down to what you need out of your website.

Some drag-and-drop builders make website building as easy as making a PowerPoint presentation or more complicated open-source builders that require more learning on your part.

Building a website may seem like such a huge task because, well, it is. But with a good website builder by your side, it’s actually pretty easy—you’ll have a professional-looking website in no time.

What to Look for in a Website Builder

With so many different website builders out there, how do you narrow down your search? Here’s everything you need to consider when choosing the website builder that’s right for you.

  • What’s the Purpose of Your Site?: Why do you need to build a website? Are you creating a blog where you’ll regularly post content? Are you creating a professional website for your business? Will you need to sell your products on your website? The purpose of your website is essential because it’ll determine what features you need out of a website builder. If you need to sell products, you should probably go with a website builder like Shopify that specializes in eCommerce. If you need a professional website promoting your business or a personal blog, your options are a bit wider, and, ultimately, your choice will come down to how easy the website builder is to use and how much control you want over your site.
  • Ease of Use: Consider how easy you want the website building process to be. How much time and effort can you devote to mastering the learning curve of a website builder? Would you rather not learn too much and have a simple drag-and-drop builder instead? The latter will make it easy to create your website, but you might not have a lot of flexibility in choosing exactly how you want it to look and function. On the other hand, an open-source website builder comes with a massive learning curve but gives you total flexibility and control over your site.
  • How Big Will Your Website Be?: Think about how large your website will be at launch, but also consider how much it might grow in the future. Will a few simple landing pages to promote your business suffice for the foreseeable future? Will you need a lot of space for multiple blog posts that go up every week? Are you going to be selling a massive inventory on your site daily? Once you have an idea of how much space you’ll need, make sure the website builder you choose can support it.
  • Data Ownership and Control: How much control do you want to have over your website? More control and data ownership often come with more required learning. For example, an open-source website builder like WordPress.org—along with your host of choice—will give you almost complete control over your website. And although there are template plug-ins you can use with WordPress.org to make your building experience easier, you’ll have to learn a lot more about how your website functions (and possibly even learn the basics of JavaScript and CSS). With other website builders like Squarespace or Weebly, your website is built and hosted by the same company.
  • Pricing and Plans: For the most part, website builders are fairly similar when it comes to plans and pricing. You’ll frequently see a starter plan, a premium plan, and a plan that falls somewhere in the middle. Because your website is an asset that can make a world of difference in your business, blog, or portfolio, you really shouldn’t decide on your website builder primarily based on price. That said, once you decide on a website builder that you love (for reasons like ease of use and available features), check out what exactly you get with each plan tier and figure out whether you need something higher than a starter plan; they are often worth the cost.
  • Be Sure About Your Decision: You’ll want to make sure you research your options thoroughly before committing to a website builder. It’s often a pain to move a website to a different company; if you want to move in the future, you might end up having to completely rebuild your website from scratch and move your domain. Choosing a website builder is a huge decision, so make sure you do your research well and sleep on your decision for a few days to make sure it’s the right choice.

Best Overall: Squarespace

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For most people who have little or no coding experience, Squarespace is going to be your best bet. It’s great for small businesses that want to expand their online footprint or anyone wanting a clean, organized space for their blog. If you have another site idea in mind besides a business site or a blog, Squarespace is still a great option as long as you’re willing to learn the inner workings of the site builder.

Squarespace is a drag-and-drop website builder, meaning that you can drag elements onto the page and drop them wherever you want. For example, if you want a photo on the left side of the screen and text on the right side, you can drag those elements onto the page and put them exactly where you want them. There are a few specific location limitations you’ll have to work with, but generally speaking, you can use the drag and drop feature to customize each section.

There’s a small learning curve, but the website building process here is pretty easy overall. Additionally, the interface’s minimalistic and clean appearance can be a little tough to get used to initially. But once you do have the hang of it, you’ll love how simple and uncluttered everything is. We also love that Squarespace’s templates are fully responsive, which means that the site you create will automatically adjust itself to look the best on different devices like smartphones and tablets.

One of the greatest things about the Squarespace website builder is that everything you see in the editor is exactly what you’d see on your website. A lot of website builders have a frontend and a backend that differ in appearance. With Squarespace, you don’t have to worry about coordinating anything; what you see is what you get.

Squarespace has four different pricing plans. The Personal plan is the most affordable at $16 per month, followed by the Business plan at $26 per month, the eCommerce Basic plan at $30 per month, and the eCommerce Advanced plan at $46 per month. If you pay annually for any of the plans, you’ll get roughly a 25% discount.

Best for eCommerce: Shopify

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If you have a business and want to sell products online via eCommerce, Shopify is your best option. Shopify has awesome themes to choose from, both free and paid, and its editor is easy to get the hang of despite a small learning curve. You have to switch between the frontend for visual changes and the backend for changes with your products and how they’re displayed, but overall the editor is easy to learn.

But overall, Shopify has an intuitive interface that’s easy to navigate and an editor laid out intuitively. Shopify’s designs also translate well to mobile devices, so you won’t have to worry about ensuring things are displayed correctly on different devices.

Shopify’s Basic plan is a great choice for most people; it’s $29 per month and charges a 2% transaction fee unless you use Shopify payments to collect money. Then, there’s the Shopify plan for $79 per month and a 1% transaction fee for non-Shopify payments and the Advanced Shopify plan for $299 per month and only a 0.5% transaction fee for non-Shopify payments.

Shopify also has a Shopify Plus plan that’s more niche and mainly for large-scale businesses. There’s no set pricing for this plan; instead, businesses contact Shopify for a custom quote. Then, there’s also Shopify Lite for $9 per month and a 2% transaction fee for non-Shopify payments; the Lite plan lets you add eCommerce to a Facebook page or an existing website.

Best Open-Source: WordPress.org, hosted with Bluehost

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WordPress.org is easily one of the best website building programs out there, but it’s open-source and requires a huge learning curve if you don’t have any previous coding or website building experience. It gives you great flexibility to customize your site and make it exactly what you want, choosing from thousands of plugins and hundreds of themes to make your vision come alive.

If you haven’t ever built a website before, don’t have any coding experience, and don’t see yourself as much of a researcher, WordPress.org probably isn’t right for you. You’ll have to do a ton of research to learn the WordPress system and the inner workings of the theme you choose. On the flip side, you can have the peace of mind that WordPress is future-proof, used by a large percentage of the world’s websites, and not going anywhere any time soon.

There are two different versions of WordPress: WordPress.org and WordPress.com. It’s important to point out the distinction between the two because many people make the mistake of signing up for WordPress.com when what they really want is WordPress.org. WordPress.com is a hosting service that gives you up to 3GB of space for free and provides a simple blogging platform, but it comes with some severe limitations. Two of the biggest include not being able to sell ads on a WordPress.com website and not being able to download plugins unless you pay $25 per month (billed annually) for a Business plan or $45 per month (billed annually) for an eCommerce plan.

WordPress.org, on the other hand, is open-source software that’s completely free for everyone; you just have to pay for your domain and hosting service. With WordPress.org and a web host, you’ll have full control over your website, from data to design. Bluehost is one of the most popular choices because they have a great reputation and an easy 1-click integration with WordPress.

Bluehost always has great introductory discounts, and you’ll benefit most if you commit for a long period of time, up to three years. The most basic plan that would work for most people comes out to $8.99 per month (billed for three years’ worth), regularly discounted to $2.95 per month (billed for three years’ worth). There are a ton of other website hosts out there, so if you go with WordPress.org as your site builder, make sure you research your hosting options as well.

Best for Beginners: Weebly

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Weebly is the best website builder for anyone who’s intimidated by creating a website from scratch. It’s an easy drag-and-drop builder that lets you see exactly what your site will look like in the editor; you don’t have to worry about coordinating the backend and the frontend. And you won’t have to edit any code whatsoever if you don’t want to.

There are only about 40 designs to choose from, which is less than some of these other builders, but most themes are attractive, clean, and easy to use. You won’t be able to customize things a whole lot, but if your biggest desire in a website builder is for it to be straightforward, Weebly hits that spot on.

There’s a free plan available, but if you want a professional-looking website, it’s worth investing in one of Weebly’s paid plans; the free plan displays ads on your site, only offers 500MB of storage, and you aren’t able to use a custom domain name. The Personal plan costs $9 per month. It’s pretty much the same as the free plan, except you can connect a custom domain.

If you can swing it, the Professional plan will work best for most people at $16 per month; this plan removes ads from your site and gives you unlimited storage. Then, there’s the Performance plan at $29 per month, which is best for eCommerce sites. All plans are discounted about $3-4 per month if you pay annually.

Best for Mobile Sites: Wix

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With so many website visitors coming from mobile devices, making sure your website is specifically optimized for those devices is a must. Although all of the other options on this list have fully responsive mobile options, Wix comes out on top. Wix automatically formats your site for mobile devices and then lets you customize it further if you’re not happy with the way it looks. Wix will even let you add a Mobile Action Bar that pops up on mobile devices so your visitors can easily email or call you with a simple tap.

Wix has over 800 website templates to choose from, and they’re all categorized into different types of sites, like blogs, photography, or business. The main gripe with Wix is that you can’t easily switch templates if you change your mind halfway through building your site; if you want to change to a new template, you’ll have to copy your website’s content over manually. Wix is best for business websites; although it does personal or blogging websites well, Squarespace might be a better option for you if that’s the type of site you’re looking to create.

Wix offers a free plan, but similar to Weebly’s free plan, it comes with ads, and you can’t attach a custom domain name. To add a custom domain, remove Wix ads, and have 3GB of storage, you’ll need to pay $14 per month for the Combo plan. For most people, the Combo plan will work perfectly. The next two highest plans add more storage and additional apps or features that aren’t necessary but could be nice depending on your specific website needs; the Unlimited plan costs $18 per month, and the Pro plan costs $23 per month.

Wix also offers business and eCommerce plans as well. The Business Basic plan is $23 per month, and the Business Unlimited plan is $27 per month. If you go with Wix for an eCommerce site, it’s well worth it to spend an extra $4 per month and go for the Business Unlimited plan for all the additional features it gets you, like offering subscriptions, getting USPS discounts, and more. All plans from Wix are priced based on paying upfront annually.

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How to Turn Off the “Sign in with Google” Prompt on Websites

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Certain websites show a “Sign in with Google” prompt to help you quickly sign in to that website. If you’re sick of this prompt, there’s a way to disable it from your Google account’s settings menu. Here’s how.

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