10 Tools To Help You Upgrade Your Website

Our last post was all about upgrading your website to book more clients in 2019. If you haven’t had the chance to read it, you can check it out here: 5 Ways To Upgrade Your Website To Book More Clients

Ready to start implementing but need some help? Here are 10 tools to help you upgrade your website:

1. Ivory Mix

There are a lot of options for stock pictures but our number 1 recommendation is IvoryMix.com. You can sign up for free stock photos or purchase collections from her shop. Her collections can be used to add more visual interest to your blog or create branded photos to share on social media. For example, here are 2 image templates we created using photos from our brand photography session. You can easily do something similar with the photos from Ivory Mix. 

Our other go-to resource for stock photos is Adobe Stock. For $29.99 a month you’ll get 10 standard assets. We use Adobe Stock for a variety of design projects because their collection of assets include stock photos and  design templates.

Want to keep things even simpler? Skip the subscription and head to Unsplash.com. You’ll probably be able to find whatever you need on this website and the best part is that all of these high resolution images are completely FREE. 

Ready to edit the gorgeous images you’ve found? Canva.com is a great option for people who aren’t ready to take the leap and learn Photoshop. The software even includes a variety of templates for social media so you don’t need to spend time guessing what size you need to use for your images. Here’s an image we created using the FB cover template, promoting our new free download. Canva even lets you re-size to different dimensions (for example, if you wanted to use a similar image as a Facebook post and create a pinnable image for Pinterest). You might have to tweak the design a little but it will still save you a lot of time rather than always having to start from scratch. 

5. Acuity Scheduling
Want to streamline your booking process? Use a calendar like Acuity to set your availability and allow potential clients to book straight from your website. You can even use this software to let clients book specific packages and provide any information you’ll need prior to providing services. For example, our client Janu Joyful Hypnoservices integrated her Acuity scheduler on her website so her clients can easily purchase and schedule their sessions. See her packages page here.

6. Buttonizer Pro
Another option for online booking is to use something like Buttonizer.pro to add floating buttons to all your website pages. You can filter when the buttons are shown (for example, having different buttons on mobile and desktop versions of your site) or set specific triggers (such as showing the button only after a specific amount of time spent on your site). We’ve used this to add call to actions on all our pages so prospects can easily contact us with their questions no matter which page they land on first.

7. Headline Analyzer
Ready to create more content but stuck on what to call it? We’ve totally been there, done that. CoSchedule’s headline analyzer is one of our go-to tools for creating better headlines. Just plug in your headline and you’ll get feedback on things such as word balance, keywords and sentiment. You’ll have to sign up to CoSchedule’s list to get your results but can unsubscribe whenever you want.

8. Trello
When you’re ready to create more content, Trello can be a great tool for organizing your ideas. You can create a list for each part of the process (from Post Idea to Post Published) and have a card for each blog post idea. The card will move from list to list depending on which part of the process you’re currently in. Here’s a helpful post on using Trello for your editorial calendar.  You can also create images and add those to the board so you’ll have everything you need to promote your posts in one place. 

9. ManageWP
If you can’t remember the last time you backed up your website, today’s as good a time as any to get started. ManageWP provides a free and low cost option for managing updates, backing up and securing your website.

10. Site Patrol
Ready to stop thinking about updates and backups? Let WP Site Patrol handle it all for you. David is our go to security expert and we highly recommend him for protecting your website.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of our favorite website resources, but using these to upgrade your website will help you get 2019 off to a strong start. Before you know it you’ll be booking more clients from your website! 

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