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4 Jul

WPX WordPress Hosting We Will Send You $50!

To celebrate this 4th of July, we are offering a deal that no one else ever did.
***Offer Absolutely Ends July 13th 2017
We will pay you to try us out!
You sign up for any plan
We migrate your sites
You love us
We send you a short survey and $50
Yes, it is that simple.
If you test our services for at least 60 days (and the subsequent refund window), we will send you a short survey about our service to complete. Once your completed survey has been sent to us, we will immediately send $50 in cash to you. Please note that thorough completion of the survey is mandatory for the $50 payment.
If you decide to use it as credit to our services that sum will grow to $60.
No catch, no fine print.

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29 May

WooCommerce WordPress Speed

Website speed is important for a variety of reasons. Here are 4 key reasons:

  • A faster site will increase your conversions.
  • A faster site means Google will love you.
  • A faster site will provide a better experience for your customers and visitors, resulting in fewer bounces.
  • The speed of your site is part of your brand.
    ** Most important for emcommerce sites increased sales and consumer confidence.

We will run through some very specific actions you can take to speed up your website. We’ll also address the common reasons for slow websites, so you can work out which ones you need to deal with in order to improve your page speed.

Hosting

The quickest and easiest win you can have with page speed, is upgrading from a cheap shared hosting provider to a managed WordPress host. Cheap hosts are good for when you are starting out, but for ultimate performance you can’t match a managed WordPress host. Even our clients who have signed up with a dedicated server or a VPS (Virtual Private Server) struggle to match the performance of a managed host.

We switch hosting to WPX Hosting and noticed an immediate 54% speed improvement the day we moved. They have a smart way of managing WordPress sites. They have different ways of managing caching and serves images and other files at lightning speed. Prior to WPX Hosting, we were hosted on Godaddy and we had a CDN (Cloudflare) as well as a caching plugin installed. So a 54% speed improvement was pretty remarkable.
Read More about our ecommerce site here.
show me country speed test 12-24-2016

If you want to know if your host is an issue, here are 2 easy tools you can use.

If you want to know if your host is an issue, here are 2 easy tools you can use. Google PageSpeed Insights A really quick and dirty test is to enter your domain into Google PageSpeed Insights. If one of the issues raised is ‘Server response time’, then you can get a big win from hosting with a fast host.

The Pingdom Speed Test Tool will give you some quick information about the speed of your site. This doesn’t just relate to server speed, it will give you a lot of useful and actionable information. Here’s a rough, subjective guide of what is acceptable:

Under 1 second is excellent
Under 2 seconds is good
Anything around 5 seconds or more requires action
These times can be influenced by a lot of things, but as a guide if you are under the 2 second mark, you probably won’t experience a huge win by changing hosting.

Plugins

It’s not just speed. Your choice in plugins will be a common reason behind a lot of WordPress problems. Because plugins are written by different developers with varying skills, you need to be careful what you install and how many you install. As a general guide, we like to keep sites to under 20 plugins. A better rule of thumb is ‘less is best’. If you can have 0 then that’s fantastic, but probably unrealistic. We have arecommendation Remove any plugins you don’t need Remove any inactive or active plugins that you don’t need.
A really quick and dirty test is to enter your domain into Google PageSpeed Insights. If one of the issues raised is ‘Server response time’, then you can get a big win from hosting with a fast host.Know your plugins and keep them updated.

We will have more on plugins at a later time.

The Pingdom Speed Test Tool will give you some quick information about the speed of your site. This doesn’t just relate to server speed, it will give you a lot of useful and actionable information. Here’s a rough, subjective guide of what is acceptable:

*Under 1 second is excellent
*Under 2 seconds is good
*Anything around 5 seconds or more requires action
These times can be influenced by a lot of things, but as a guide if you are under the 2 second mark, you probably won’t experience a huge win by changing hosting.

Site size

A common reason for sites being slow is because of the size (in kilobytes) of all of the elements that make up the site, namely scripts and images. The Pingdom Speed test tool can tell you how big your site is. Our site was only 1.4 MB, which is OK. We’ve seen plenty of sites that are 4mb plus and that will have a massive impact on your download speed. Here are some rough, subjective guidelines around the size of the site:

Under 500kb is excellent
Under 1mb is good
1-3 mb is acceptable
3mb plus requires action
The culprit for a large site is often large images. Here are 2 ways to find if you have images that need to be optimized: The quick and dirty way is to use the Pingdom site speed test tool and after you run the test, click the drop down and choose ‘Sort by file size’. If you have images in here that are over 100kb then you can take action on those images.

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A better way is to use GT Metrix. Visit GT Metrix, enter your domain name and run the search. This will give you a bunch of important facts and specifically lists all of the images that need to be optimized. It even optimizes them for you which is a neat feature. You’ll have to download them and replace the ones on your site.

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Here are a few other tips for optimizing images inside WordPress:

Optimize all images before you load them into WordPress. As a general rule, I like all images to be well under 100kb. Simply right click on the image on your computer’s file manager and choose Properties. If the size is bigger than 100kb then it’s too big. Use an image editing program or a site like Tinypng.com You’d be amazed at how many speed issues are resolved by optimizing a few images.
Use the exact required size for images and don’t rely on your theme to resize them. For example, if your theme shows featured images at 120px wide, make sure you create them at exactly that size.
Squish existing images with a plugin called Smush It.
Use less images. You can use more CSS and less images to reduce the overall size of images. Alternatively, you can reduce the overall length of your pages which will also reduce the amount of images used.
Deliver your media files via a CDN. CDN’s like MaxCDN or Cloudflare can serve your images quicker.
Cache your images. If you aren’t using server caching or a managed WordPress host, you can cache your images with a plugin like W3 Total Cache. This improves the download speed, although I prefer having this handled by the hosting provider.
Reducing external scripts
A really common cause for slow WordPress sites, is the existence of too many external scripts. Having Facebook like buttons, your Klout score and offsite videos are examples that can have a big impact on the load time. Once you load from other sites, it limits your options in terms of how you can treat that script. Simply removing some of these features can have a big impact on your site speed. On our blog, we ran with a minimalist design that focuses on the content. We removed Facebook and Twitter share totals from the blog homepage. We don’t use any externally hosted Infusionsoft forms. We compromised by keeping Disqus and SwiftType, because they are exceptional plugins. For others, we decided we could live without the feature in favor of having the blog load quickly. Simply deciding that you can live without certain features is sometimes all it takes to get a significant boost in speed. Here is a list of some common external scripts:

Video scripts like Wistia or YouTube embed scripts.
External commenting plugins like Disqus or Google+ comments.
Social media buttons like Twitter follow buttons and Facebook like buttons.
Social sharing plugins for blog posts.
Live chat plugins.
Conversion plugins like pop-up scripts and opt in forms.
Analytics services like Google Analytics or Infusionsoft web tracking.
External font scripts like Typekit or Google Fonts.
Not to say you should always turn these off, it’s all a compromise you may really want some of these features but you can compromise on others. To work out which scripts are particularly big, you can use the same approach above with the Pingdom Site Speed Tool and filter by size. GT Metrix will also tell you how many external JavaScript files your site is loading. From there you might decide you can live without some of them, combine them or make them load later (more on this later).

15 May

IT Department

IT Support Department

Full Service Remote It Department.
Great for The Small to medium size Companies
PDI1 support Networks, Computer Hardware, Software, Microsoft Office 365 Business,email, configurations, setups Level One and Level two Security and much more.
Why PDI1?
1. Save on payroll
2. 30 Plus Years of experience
3. Available 365 days year
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4. Secure safe and confidential.
5. Increase productivity and security
6. Education for You and your employees
These Days Technology changes by the minute We at PDI1 it is our job to know the latest security, software, and hardware.
Our team is available remotely or on-site (call for availability) to ensure everything is running smoothly, taking you out of the middle and putting savings in your place.
Save money have your own IT Department with PDI1 & Company.
Security, broken or wrongly configure systems and troublesome hardware can be detrimental to your business! Let us worry about it for you.
Contact us now for your free first-time consultation.
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23 Apr

What is affiliate marketing

What is affiliate marketing?
So with the help of a talented designer I was able to develop a clear, step by step graphic showing how basic affiliate marketing works.

Click here to view a larger version.

[Image provided courtesy of the Sugarrae affiliate marketing blog.]

THE Newbie Guide to Affiliate Marketing – Traffic and Trust Review

“To take this a step further, smart affiliates will only promote products that will be of benefit to their audience. In essence they act like a gatekeeper for good and bad products.”
I’ve said it before and I will say it again. Like my commercial brands, when it comes to my personal brand, no forty dollar commission is worth selling my reputation for. If I don’t actually believe in the product, you won’t find me recommending it. You won’t find my commercial sites highly rating a shitty product. I have always said:
My focus is about the users. If I have the users, I will find a way to monetize them.  Original artictical by Sugarrea.com  read more here

Now you have a little knowledge.

We have three great choices

1. PDI1 & Company
Ecommerce solutions, Technologies and Business services

2. Show Me Country (trademarked brand)
Great Growth potential! Online wholesale-retailers of Country western apparel, home decor, jewelry and much more

3. Hill Saddlery
Great Growth potential! Online wholesale-retailers of leather goods , parts, horse tack and more on pace to compete with industry giants like Tandy and Weaver leather companies.

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12 Feb
28 Dec

Experienced E-Commerce Expert

Experienced E-Commerce Expert

Paul At Pdi1 Company
About Paul

Experienced in Multi E-commerce platforms: Woocommerce, Shopify, Amazon, Ebay, Esty. Payment Gateways: Square, PayPal, Braintree and Authorize .net. Cyber Security, Scripting Code Html, CSS, PHP, Hardware, networks, POS, Branding, Business planning, Analysis , Sales, customer service and more. Specializing in E-commerce. 32 Years Well versed in anything that has to do with business and the internet.

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WordPress Search Is Over WPX Hosting Got It Right

Really Stop Looking! The Search Is Over.
WPX Hosting ™ Got It Right. Perfect SSD WordPress Hosting.

WordPress Hosting best bang for your buck and then some.

Wow you say that’s a bold statement. Well I will get right to it.
After four years countless hours and lots of dollars, We have been around the block with WordPress hosting companies. We run highly resource intensive woocommerce sites. Speed, performance and security is a must!

First search we compared BlueHost and Ipage. We went with Ipage at this point our ecom sites were growing. Willing to spend good money for the right WordPress hosting. While with Ipage they launched so called “New” WordPress environment plan. Not so much, Slow load times countless excuses, customer service response time was bit slow, problem resolution not the greatest.

Another Search was on again. After testing and research, we migrated all our WordPress sites to Godaddy’s Managed WordPress it was great loads time were faster security was good. Then Blam Three months’ later slowness started to creep in. Now more calls, emails, scripting changes and CDN. Nothing worked. In the meantime, loads times, had gotten progressively worse. Directly effecting conversation conversion(sales). Reason overloaded hard disk servers and outdated software.

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Finally, in Get it right stage needed for growth. The third search was on again. At this point we were looking to go into a dedicated server. Wow big Bucks’ While researching pricing and alternatives I remember reading a article about How to speed up woocommerce website one of their suggestions was hosting they listed WPX Hosting™ Formally known as Trafficplanet as a good choice for WordPress Hosting. That wouldn’t brake the bank unlike the alternative dedicated server hosting. Average monthly entry level dedicated hosting plans start from $150.00 to $250.00.

Note

We recommend at least basic knowledge of FTP, SQL, PHP and CSS before choosing a dedicated server. Reason You will pay IT Support hundreds more than just the monthly fee.

The Turning Point

Before we pulled the trigger and went with the dedicated server I decided to try out WPX Hosting™  why not they offered free migration with in 24 hours, fast speed, top notch security, 30-day Risk free trial, free SSD and PHP 7 all things important to us almost to good to be true. So we did I went with the Business Plan. They migrated just one E-com website. WOW my load times were 100% faster right from the start. That was in early 2016. Note the E-com website below has a huge 7.4 MB landing page. Load time is phenomenal for this size page. Most WordPress websites have 1.5 MB or less landing pages.
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6-1/2 months later that same E-com website is running the same if not better! Pingdom Speed Test results The customer service is great the response time is super quick and they know what they are doing. Since then We have migrated three more websites. Just two days ago I move this very website WPX Hosting was offering Free MaxCDN for Life… Huge Savings!

The Search Is Over We give WPX Hosting™ Our Stamp of approval

24/7 Live Chat Support: World’s Fastest & Easiest Managed WordPress Hosting Service. Free Site Transfers, Free SSD, PHP 7 Enabled + Enterprise Level DDOS Protection, 512MB per website on Elite (for each of the maximum 35 websites) and much more.
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4 Nov
12 Jan

PayPal For Ecommerce Payment Gateway

PayPal For Ecommerce Payment Gateway

As we all know that finding the right merchant service is always a bit challenging, now add the fact that you are trying to start a online store to reach more customers. The huge question is once web store is built all your great products are ready for sale how are you going to get paid (also Process the order once paid for)? Paypal Might be a good solution.
We specialize in ecommerce sites and have designed many. Here is what we found PayPal
1. Protects the buyer as well as the seller.
2. Payment Gateways are secure.
3. Offers many different ways to get paid.
4. May be used for shipping.
The list goes on.

If you use WordPress or any other we highly recommend Angelleye a leading Certified PayPal Developer.
For more information on Angelleye please visit their website www.angelleye.com
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We also recommend doing your homework on rates per sale.

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1 Oct

What is a Business Consultant and How do they help

What is a Business Consultant and How do they help.

Business consultants provide management consulting to help organizations improve performance and efficiency. These professionals analyze businesses and create solutions while also helping companies meet their goals. Business owners should consider hiring business consultants when they need help or perspective on their chosen path or need a catalyst for change in their companies.

What does a consultant do? Some Examples below
There are a number of reasons why business owners should consider hiring consultants:

consult

  • Expertise in a specific market
  • Identify problems
  • Supplement the existing
  • Get the ball rolling on change
  • Provide objectivity
  • Teach and train employees
  • Do the “dirty work,” like eliminating non producing programs
  • Revive an organization
  • Create a new business

– See more at: Business Daily News

The first step for any business consultant is the discovery phase, where the goal is to learn the client’s business. A good business consultant takes the time to learn as much as possible about the business, from the owner and employees. This can include touring the facility, meeting with the board of directors and employees, analyzing the finances and reading all company materials. During this process, the business consultant will uncover the details of a company’s mission and what operations are in place.

Once an in-depth understanding has been developed, a business consultant has entered the evaluation phase, where the goal is to identify where change is needed. This includes identifying the company’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as current and foreseeable problems. These can include problems already seen by ownership and management, and new problems seen thanks to the business consultant’s objectivity. A business consultant should also identify opportunities to grow business, increase profits, and boost efficiency. [Related: SWOT Analysis: Examples, Templates & Definition]

In addition to identifying these problems and opportunities, a business consultant should also develop solutions to problems and plans on capitalizing on opportunities. Perhaps a company has a particularly strong sales department but weak marketing department; this is an opportunity for the company to increase marketing resources and capitalize on the sales staff. During this phase, it’s important for the consultant and the company’s employees to maintain open and clear communications.

Constructive criticism
It’s important for an owner to take the business consultant’s advice at this stage as constructive criticism, and not as a criticism to how the owner has been doing things. The business consultant brings objectivity and a fresh viewpoint, whereas the owner is personally close to the business. The owner should certainly have feedback and provide opinions to the business consultant, who should take the owner’s reflections and revise plans as necessary.

Once the owner and the consultant agree on a plan, the consultant should enter the third phase of consulting, which is the restructuring phase, or the implementation of the plan. In this phase, the consultant is to build on assets and eliminate liabilities, as well as monitoring progress on the plan and adjusting as needed.

Finding a consultant
Finding the right business consultant may be the most difficult part for the owner or management. The consultant should have a passion for their work, a drive for excellence, and an eye for organization and detail. It’s important to find a consultant with expertise in your industry or with the kind of problems that your business faces. When hiring a consultant, make sure they have solid referrals and offer these skills.

Anyone can call themselves a consultant, but it takes a combination of many skills to make for a good business consultant. It’s also important to make sure that they have any necessary certification, depending on your industry. You should vet the consultant through their website and materials. Look for professional images and well-documented information about their services. It’s a good idea to request examples of past successes and to speak to those businesses.

Business consultants are not necessarily cheap. But the feedback and planning they provide can help increase business and boost profits in the long run, while also helping ensure future success by eliminating problems and identifying opportunities.

For more Information Contact US

1 Oct

What is a Business Consultant and How do they help

What is a Business Consultant and How do they help.

Business consultants provide management consulting to help organizations improve performance and efficiency. These professionals analyze businesses and create solutions while also helping companies meet their goals. Business owners should consider hiring business consultants when they need help or perspective on their chosen path or need a catalyst for change in their companies.

What does a consultant do? Some Examples below
There are a number of reasons why business owners should consider hiring consultants:

consult

  • Expertise in a specific market
  • Identify problems
  • Supplement the existing
  • Get the ball rolling on change
  • Provide objectivity
  • Teach and train employees
  • Do the “dirty work,” like eliminating non producing programs
  • Revive an organization
  • Create a new business

– See more at: Business Daily News

The first step for any business consultant is the discovery phase, where the goal is to learn the client’s business. A good business consultant takes the time to learn as much as possible about the business, from the owner and employees. This can include touring the facility, meeting with the board of directors and employees, analyzing the finances and reading all company materials. During this process, the business consultant will uncover the details of a company’s mission and what operations are in place.

Once an in-depth understanding has been developed, a business consultant has entered the evaluation phase, where the goal is to identify where change is needed. This includes identifying the company’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as current and foreseeable problems. These can include problems already seen by ownership and management, and new problems seen thanks to the business consultant’s objectivity. A business consultant should also identify opportunities to grow business, increase profits, and boost efficiency. [Related: SWOT Analysis: Examples, Templates & Definition]

In addition to identifying these problems and opportunities, a business consultant should also develop solutions to problems and plans on capitalizing on opportunities. Perhaps a company has a particularly strong sales department but weak marketing department; this is an opportunity for the company to increase marketing resources and capitalize on the sales staff. During this phase, it’s important for the consultant and the company’s employees to maintain open and clear communications.

Constructive criticism
It’s important for an owner to take the business consultant’s advice at this stage as constructive criticism, and not as a criticism to how the owner has been doing things. The business consultant brings objectivity and a fresh viewpoint, whereas the owner is personally close to the business. The owner should certainly have feedback and provide opinions to the business consultant, who should take the owner’s reflections and revise plans as necessary.

Once the owner and the consultant agree on a plan, the consultant should enter the third phase of consulting, which is the restructuring phase, or the implementation of the plan. In this phase, the consultant is to build on assets and eliminate liabilities, as well as monitoring progress on the plan and adjusting as needed.

Finding a consultant
Finding the right business consultant may be the most difficult part for the owner or management. The consultant should have a passion for their work, a drive for excellence, and an eye for organization and detail. It’s important to find a consultant with expertise in your industry or with the kind of problems that your business faces. When hiring a consultant, make sure they have solid referrals and offer these skills.

Anyone can call themselves a consultant, but it takes a combination of many skills to make for a good business consultant. It’s also important to make sure that they have any necessary certification, depending on your industry. You should vet the consultant through their website and materials. Look for professional images and well-documented information about their services. It’s a good idea to request examples of past successes and to speak to those businesses.

Business consultants are not necessarily cheap. But the feedback and planning they provide can help increase business and boost profits in the long run, while also helping ensure future success by eliminating problems and identifying opportunities.

For more Information Contact US

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