"Let Your Little Website Shine" Part 4

Written by Lynne Schlumpf

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10 Tips for a Better Website

Written by Merle

There are just some things that need to be included in every website. If you integrate these tips into your site your visitors will "thank you" for it later:

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6) Make It Sticky: Include interactive features if possible, such as live news feeds. Check out http://www.moreover.com for tons of news feed topics you can paste into your site for free. Use chat rooms, discussion boards, etc. You want to create a sense of community where people will want to return.

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