Web Design, Programming, and Business

Aaron B. Day

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This website is an ongoing blog from a professional web designer and an owner of the Boise web design business Thrive Web Designs. On this site, I share how I approach web design, programming, and building online solutions that work for our clients. I also share our secret sauce for how we run our business and personal investing tips.

Make sure you check out my resources page. I keep this page updated as I find new resources, many of them free. Also, check out my shop page for splendidly geeky t-shirts. I’ve even designed a few of them!

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Increase Your Sales with Google Reviews

Google Reviews

One of the most effective strategies to boost your sales is through Google Reviews. A free service from Google, it’s easy to set up but improves local search ranking, promotes trust, and ultimately increases sales. How Google Reviews Help Your Business Increase credibility and trust: With shopping on an online store, buyers gain trust through the ratings and reviews from other shoppers...

How To Make Your WordPress Website Load Faster

You’ve built the perfect WordPress site but you’re noticing that it takes a while to load. Even worse, Google has noticed and you’re losing search engine traffic because of it. Here’s a few tricks I’ve learned to get top scores on Google PageSpeed Insights, Google’s tool to measure site performance. With all the images and JavaScript required to make a website these days, it can cause your...

How to set up a SIMPLE IRA for your small business

Stacks of Coins

First off, congratulations! It’s a huge step to offer a retirement plan for your employees and it’s a great addition to your compensation package. This tells your workers that you care about their future and that you want them to succeed. You know that if you take care of your team, they’ll take care of you! What is a SIMPLE IRA? The SIMPLE IRA, short for Savings Incentive Match Plan for...

Graphic Design Tools for Developers

Graphic Designers

If designing a compelling user interface isn’t in your wheelhouse but actually building that UI is, this article is for you! I’ve listed some resources here that would be useful to graphic designers and web designers too.  What image editor should I use? You’re not a designer so you don’t need Photoshop, Illustrator, or Sketch. These are all fine applications but are a bit overkill if all you...

Should you repost your blog articles?

So you’ve spent hours upon hours researching and writing the perfect article for your website blog. Now that you’ve spent all that time, you’d like to repost that content to another website or to social media. With little additional effort, you can reach new audiences but if you’re not careful, you could actually lose traffic to your website!  So let’s go over the benefits and then how to repost...

9 Best CRM solutions for 2020

Man drawing out CRM with illustrations.

This is a repost of the article I wrote on our Thrive Web Designs blog earlier this week. What is CRM software? CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management and it’s software, usually an online service, that allows you to manage your customer contacts so you can easily categorize them, email them, and market to them. It’s a great way to mass-communicate with your customers, promote your...

Redesign: A Whole New Look…

And refocus on where I am now! The old website was centered on my client work and the business. Since I joined with Josh at Thrive Web Designs (joint owners), it’s time to reclaim aaronbday.com into one of my personal passions: sharing my knowledge and promoting the web design space. You can read more about me on my About page but you’ll notice that I don’t even include this...

Invest in Quality Product Photography

Amazon Product Photography is provided by Thrive Product Studio, a company specializing in helping e-sellers sell more product with top-notch product photos. Quality product images are vital to online sales. In fact, without good photography, you’re lessening your chances of selling more products. Whether you’re selling online on Amazon, eBay or your own E-commerce store, nothing will boost your...

Hot Pepper Sauce

This is my second batch and this time I’ve written down the recipe. It’s really spicy but has a terrific flavor so is great for super hot wings but also terrific for adding kick to a salsa or to eggs. 1c Rooster Spur hot pepper (you can use other peppers as well but these have a great flavor to go with the heat – you can find seeds at reimerseeds.com/rooster-spur-hot-peppers...

WordPress Automatic Updates: False Sense of Security

WordPress 3.7 ushered in automatic updates. We all sighed with relief and the satiating knowledge that our WordPress sites were forevermore safe and secure.  Beer tabs cracked, colleagues slapped each other on the back, and a new world of internet security was ushered in. If only this daydream was true! The WordPress automatic updates do promote better security, but they’re only incremental...

Web Design, Programming, and Business

Meet Aaron Day

Professionally building websites since 2002, I've worked at Microsoft, multiple agencies, and a few web design businesses of my own. I've been an owner of Thrive Web Designs since 2015. I've taught classes, run design groups and even ran a benefit auction for 4 years in my free time. I love sharing and giving back to the web/creative community. Read more...

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