WordPress hacks are annoying

Build Sites that are Safer than WordPress

Another day, WordPress hack…at least that’s what it feels like.

Early September, 2015 saw another widespread WordPress hack – this one topping over 6,000 WordPress installations per day at one point. This particular hack loaded malware onto site visitors’ computers.

Not fun.

So why are so many developers continually sticking with WordPress for simple web design?

Lots of developers have become comfortable with WordPress, but still get frustrated every time something like this happens. It’s hard to break old habits, but by now it must be quite frustrating staying on top of what feels like daily updates to Themes, Plug-Ins, Add-ons, and the WordPress system itself. There’s got to be a better way, right?

Better than WordPress?

Many SiteSwan resellers have confidently labeled SiteSwan “better than WordPress” for simple, informational, lead-generating websites for small businesses. We’re flattered. But we must admit, this was our goal from Day 1. If you’re trying to build a truly scalable web design business with the focus on SMB websites, you have to use a platform that is secure, simple, and designed for a super large client base. The model of building lots of beautiful websites for small businesses, and charging them a modest monthly fee is the key to success.

Sure, this blog you’re reading right now was built on WordPress but we’re not shying away from that fact. WordPress is great for what it is – a Blog that lets you stylize to your heart’s content – or a complex site that you can save yourself days of development time on by using open-source programming. But what makes WordPress so great is what also makes it weak. Open Source…this is what made the hackers’ job easier for their most recent widespread strike.

Small business websites deserve a reliable platform that does not require constant security and stability updates. Explore your options, developers!

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World's Best Web Designer

Embracing Changes in Web Design

Web design has been around since the 1990’s. It’s seen tremendous evolution over those years. At the same time, web design agencies have evolved as well.

Many web design agencies have a niche that they stick to. From Day 1, they consistently go after the same types of clients, with the same types of budgets, offering the same types of services. Sure, maybe they switch up technology from time to time, but it’s always with the same end goal.

Lots of businesses suffer from finding their niche and then sticking with it because that’s all they know. Or at least, all they think they know. One of the worst reasons not to change: “we’ve always done it this way.” That’s a recipe for hard times.

Lots of web designers are being forced to think about other potential clientele because of the change taking place within their core client base. Lots of the mid-size businesses have invested thousands upon thousands in web design, and they’re putting their web design budgets on hold for a while. It’s very difficult for medium-sized businesses to continue to invest in their online presence. It’s also a very highly-competitive space. Seems like every day a new web design firm is popping up claiming to be the best in town.

As web designers are hearing “no” from their potential clients, they’re often finding themselves saying “no” as well – to smaller businesses with smaller budgets. Most designers think it’s impossible to be profitable selling a site for less than $1,000 up front…but SiteSwan is proving that theory incorrect. Homepages designed in less than 1 minute. Complete websites finished in less than an hour. Speed, efficiency, and simplicity.

Give a typical small business owner exactly what they need: a beautiful responsive site that’s easy to edit, and that performs well in search results. Done. Introduce websites to the 55% of small businesses that don’t think they can afford one. Help them grow, and you’ll have a relationship for life. Low up-front fees, modest monthly fees, and the confidence that there’s residual revenue coming in every month.

It’s time for web design firms to reach beyond their niche. Grow outside of their comfort zone. Evolve, like almost every successful business has at some point or another. Find those small businesses, sell them websites, and watch them grow. And watch the profits grow too.

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Photo Editor

New Feature: Aviary Photo Editor

SiteSwan just added the powerful Aviary image editor to our website builder so you can conveniently edit, crop, resize and enhance photos for all of your sites. Simply upload a photo and click “edit” to discover a wide selection of options to make your photos stand out and look professional.





Choose from three preset enhancement options to improve photos with one tap. Hi-Def intelligently sharpens and defines; Illuminate fixes poor lighting issues; and Color Fix performs amazing color correction.



Effects for photosEffects

Quickly achieve professional results with a curated collection of over 100 of Aviary’s best photo effects, designed to easily enhance and stylize everyday photography.



frames stickersFrames & Stickers

Have fun and add stunning graphics, word art, embellishments, frames and more, all made by Aviary’s top-notch design team.




crop resize rotateCrop, Resize, & Rotate

Quickly reframe, resize and rotate photos with intuitive tools and preset slideshow cropping customized specifically for SiteSwan websites.

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