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      Simple Laravel CRUD with Resource Controllers


      Creating, reading, updating, and deleting resources is used in pretty much every application. Laravel helps make the process easy using resource controllers. Resource Controllers can make life much easier and takes advantage of some cool Laravel routing techniques. Today, we’ll go through the steps necessary to get a fully functioning CRUD application using resource controllers.

      For this tutorial, we will go through the process of having an admin panel to create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) a resource. Let’s use sharks as our example. We will also make use of Eloquent ORM.

      This tutorial will walk us through:

      • Setting up the database and models
      • Creating the resource controller and its routes
      • Creating the necessary views
      • Explaining each method in a resource controller

      To get started, we will need the controller, the routes, and the view files.

      You can view and clone a repo of all the code covered in this tutorial on GitHub

      Getting our Database Ready

      Shark Migration

      We need to set up a quick database so we can do all of our CRUD functionality. In the command line in the root directory of our Laravel application, let’s create a migration.

      • php artisan migrate:make create_sharks_table --table=sharks --create

      This will create our shark migration in app/database/migrations. Open up that file and let’s add name, email, and shark_level fields.

      app/database/migrations/####_##_##_######_create_sharks_table.php

      <?php
      
      use IlluminateDatabaseSchemaBlueprint;
      use IlluminateDatabaseMigrationsMigration;
      
      class CreatesharksTable extends Migration {
      
          /**
              * Run the migrations.
              *
              * @return void
              */
          public function up()
          {
              Schema::create('sharks', function(Blueprint $table)
              {
                  $table->increments('id');
      
                  $table->string('name', 255);
                  $table->string('email', 255);
                  $table->integer('shark_level');
      
                  $table->timestamps();
              });
          }
      
          /**
              * Reverse the migrations.
              *
              * @return void
              */
          public function down()
          {
              Schema::drop('sharks');
          }
      
      }
      

      Now from the command line again, let’s run this migration. Make sure your database settings are good in app/config/database.php and then run:

      php artisan migrate Our database now has a sharks table to house all of the sharks we CRUD (create, read, update, and delete). Read more about migrations at the Laravel docs.

      Eloquent Model for the sharks

      Now that we have our database, let’s create a simple Eloquent model so that we can access the sharks in our database easily. You can read about Eloquent ORM and see how you can use it in your own applications.

      In the app/models folder, let’s create a shark.php model.

      app/models/shark.php

      
      <?php
      
          class shark extends Eloquent
          {
      
          }
      

      That’s it! Eloquent can handle the rest. By default, this model will link to our sharks table and and we can access it later in our controllers.

      Creating the Controller

      From the official Laravel docs, on resource controllers, you can generate a resource controller using the artisan tool.

      Let’s go ahead and do that. This is the easy part. From the command line in the root directory of your Laravel project, type:

      php artisan controller:make sharkController This will create our resource controller with all the methods we need.

      app/controllers/sharkController.php

      <?php
      
      class sharkController extends BaseController {
      
          /**
              * Display a listing of the resource.
              *
              * @return Response
              */
          public function index()
          {
              //
          }
      
          /**
              * Show the form for creating a new resource.
              *
              * @return Response
              */
          public function create()
          {
              //
          }
      
          /**
              * Store a newly created resource in storage.
              *
              * @return Response
              */
          public function store()
          {
              //
          }
      
          /**
              * Display the specified resource.
              *
              * @param  int  $id
              * @return Response
              */
          public function show($id)
          {
              //
          }
      
          /**
              * Show the form for editing the specified resource.
              *
              * @param  int  $id
              * @return Response
              */
          public function edit($id)
          {
              //
          }
      
          /**
              * Update the specified resource in storage.
              *
              * @param  int  $id
              * @return Response
              */
          public function update($id)
          {
              //
          }
      
          /**
              * Remove the specified resource from storage.
              *
              * @param  int  $id
              * @return Response
              */
          public function destroy($id)
          {
              //
          }
      
      }
      

      Setting Up the Routes

      Now that we have generated our controller, let’s make sure our application has the routes necessary to use it. This is the other easy part (they actually might all be easy parts). In your routes.php file, add this line:

      app/routes.php

      <?php
      
          Route::resource('sharks', 'sharkController');
      

      This will automatically assign many actions to that resource controller. Now if you, go to your browser and view your application at example.com/sharks, it will correspond to the proper method in your sharkController.

      Actions Handled By the Controller

      HTTP Verb Path (URL) Action (Method) Route Name
      GET /sharks index sharks.index
      GET /sharks/create create sharks.create
      POST /sharks store sharks.store
      GET /sharks/{id} show sharks.show
      GET /sharks/{id}/edit edit sharks.edit
      PUT/PATCH /sharks/{id} update sharks.update
      DELETE /sharks/{id} destroy sharks.destroy

      Tip: From the command line, you can run php artisan routes to see all the routes associated with your application.

      The Views

      Since only four of our routes are GET routes, we only need four views. In our app/views folder, let’s make those views now.

      app
      └───views
          └───sharks
              │    index.blade.php
              │    create.blade.php
              │    show.blade.php
              │    edit.blade.php
      

      Making It All Work Together

      Now we have our migrations, database, and models, our controller and routes, and our views. Let’s make all these things work together to build our application. We are going to go through the methods created in the resource controller one by one and make it all work.

      Showing All Resources sharks.index

      Description URL Controller Function View File
      Default page for showing all the sharks. GET example.com/sharks index() app/views/sharks/index.blade.php

      Controller Function index()

      In this function, we will get all the sharks and pass them to the view.

      app/controllers/sharkController.php

      
      <?php
      
      ...
      
          /**
              * Display a listing of the resource.
              *
              * @return Response
              */
          public function index()
          {
              // get all the sharks
              $sharks = shark::all();
      
              // load the view and pass the sharks
              return View::make('sharks.index')
                  ->with('sharks', $sharks);
          }
      ...
      

      The View app/views/sharks/index.blade.php

      Now let’s create our view to loop over the sharks and display them in a table. We like using Twitter Bootstrap for our sites, so the table will use those classes.

      app/views/sharks/index.blade.php

      
      <!DOCTYPE html>
      <html>
      <head>
          <title>Shark App</title>
          <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.0.0/css/bootstrap.min.css">
      </head>
      <body>
      <div class="container">
      
      <nav class="navbar navbar-inverse">
          <div class="navbar-header">
              <a class="navbar-brand" href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks') }}">shark Alert</a>
          </div>
          <ul class="nav navbar-nav">
              <li><a href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks') }}">View All sharks</a></li>
              <li><a href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks/create') }}">Create a shark</a>
          </ul>
      </nav>
      
      <h1>All the sharks</h1>
      
      <!-- will be used to show any messages -->
      @if (Session::has('message'))
          <div class="alert alert-info">{{ Session::get('message') }}</div>
      @endif
      
      <table class="table table-striped table-bordered">
          <thead>
              <tr>
                  <td>ID</td>
                  <td>Name</td>
                  <td>Email</td>
                  <td>shark Level</td>
                  <td>Actions</td>
              </tr>
          </thead>
          <tbody>
          @foreach($sharks as $key => $value)
              <tr>
                  <td>{{ $value->id }}</td>
                  <td>{{ $value->name }}</td>
                  <td>{{ $value->email }}</td>
                  <td>{{ $value->shark_level }}</td>
      
                  <!-- we will also add show, edit, and delete buttons -->
                  <td>
      
                      <!-- delete the shark (uses the destroy method DESTROY /sharks/{id} -->
                      <!-- we will add this later since its a little more complicated than the other two buttons -->
      
                      <!-- show the shark (uses the show method found at GET /sharks/{id} -->
                      <a class="btn btn-small btn-success" href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks/' . $value->id) }}">Show this shark</a>
      
                      <!-- edit this shark (uses the edit method found at GET /sharks/{id}/edit -->
                      <a class="btn btn-small btn-info" href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks/' . $value->id . '/edit') }}">Edit this shark</a>
      
                  </td>
              </tr>
          @endforeach
          </tbody>
      </table>
      
      </div>
      </body>
      </html>
      

      We can now show all of our sharks on a page. There won’t be any that show up currently since we haven’t created any or seeded our database with sharks. Let’s move on to the form to create a shark.

      index-blade

      Creating a New Resource sharks.create

      Description URL Controller Function View File
      Show the form to create a new shark. GET example.com/sharks/create create() app/views/sharks/create.blade.php

      Controller Function create()

      In this function, we will show the form for creating a new shark. This form will be processed by the store() method.

      app/controllers/sharkController.php

      <?php
      ...
          /**
              * Show the form for creating a new resource.
              *
              * @return Response
              */
          public function create()
          {
              // load the create form (app/views/sharks/create.blade.php)
              return View::make('sharks.create');
          }
      ...
      

      The View app/views/sharks/create.blade.php

      app/views/sharks/create.blade.php

      
      <!DOCTYPE html>
      <html>
      <head>
          <title>Shark App</title>
          <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.0.0/css/bootstrap.min.css">
      </head>
      <body>
      <div class="container">
      
      <nav class="navbar navbar-inverse">
          <div class="navbar-header">
              <a class="navbar-brand" href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks') }}">shark Alert</a>
          </div>
          <ul class="nav navbar-nav">
              <li><a href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks') }}">View All sharks</a></li>
              <li><a href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks/create') }}">Create a shark</a>
          </ul>
      </nav>
      
      <h1>Create a shark</h1>
      
      <!-- if there are creation errors, they will show here -->
      {{ HTML::ul($errors->all()) }}
      
      {{ Form::open(array('url' => 'sharks')) }}
      
          <div class="form-group">
              {{ Form::label('name', 'Name') }}
              {{ Form::text('name', Input::old('name'), array('class' => 'form-control')) }}
          </div>
      
          <div class="form-group">
              {{ Form::label('email', 'Email') }}
              {{ Form::email('email', Input::old('email'), array('class' => 'form-control')) }}
          </div>
      
          <div class="form-group">
              {{ Form::label('shark_level', 'shark Level') }}
              {{ Form::select('shark_level', array('0' => 'Select a Level', '1' => 'Sees Sunlight', '2' => 'Foosball Fanatic', '3' => 'Basement Dweller'), Input::old('shark_level'), array('class' => 'form-control')) }}
          </div>
      
          {{ Form::submit('Create the shark!', array('class' => 'btn btn-primary')) }}
      
      {{ Form::close() }}
      
      </div>
      </body>
      </html>
      

      We will add the errors section above to show validation errors when we try to store() the resource.
      Tip: When using {{ Form::open() }}, Laravel will automatically create a hidden input field with a token to protect from cross-site request forgeries. Read more at the Laravel docs.

      We now have the form, but we need to have it do something when it the submit button gets pressed. We set this form’s action to be a POST to example.com/sharks. The resource controller will handle this and automatically route the request to the store() method. Let’s handle that now.

      Storing a Resource store()

      Description URL Controller Function View File
      Process the create form submit and save the shark to the database. POST example.com/sharks store() NONE

      As you can see from the form action and the URL, you don’t have to pass anything extra into the URL to store a shark. Since this form is sent using the POST method, the form inputs will be the data used to store the resource.

      To process the form, we’ll want to validate the inputs, send back error messages if they exist, authenticate against the database, and store the resource if all is good. Let’s dive in.

      Controller Function store()

      app/controllers/sharkController.php

      <?php
      ...
          /**
              * Store a newly created resource in storage.
              *
              * @return Response
              */
          public function store()
          {
              // validate
              // read more on validation at http://laravel.com/docs/validation
              $rules = array(
                  'name'       => 'required',
                  'email'      => 'required|email',
                  'shark_level' => 'required|numeric'
              );
              $validator = Validator::make(Input::all(), $rules);
      
              // process the login
              if ($validator->fails()) {
                  return Redirect::to('sharks/create')
                      ->withErrors($validator)
                      ->withInput(Input::except('password'));
              } else {
                  // store
                  $shark = new shark;
                  $shark->name       = Input::get('name');
                  $shark->email      = Input::get('email');
                  $shark->shark_level = Input::get('shark_level');
                  $shark->save();
      
                  // redirect
                  Session::flash('message', 'Successfully created shark!');
                  return Redirect::to('sharks');
              }
          }
      ...
      

      If there are errors processing the form, we will redirect them back to the create form with those errors. We will add them in so the user can understand what went wrong. They will show up in the errors section we setup earlier.

      Now you should be able to create a shark and have them show up on the main page! Navigate to example.com/sharks and there they are. All that’s left is showing a single shark, updating, and deleting.

      created

      Showing a Resource show()

      Description URL Controller Function View File
      Show one of the sharks. GET example.com/sharks/{id} show() app/views/sharks/show.blade.php

      Controller Function show()

      app/controllers/sharkController.php

      <?php
      
      ...
      
          /**
              * Display the specified resource.
              *
              * @param  int  $id
              * @return Response
              */
          public function show($id)
          {
              // get the shark
              $shark = shark::find($id);
      
              // show the view and pass the shark to it
              return View::make('sharks.show')
                  ->with('shark', $shark);
          }
      
      ...
      

      The View app/views/sharks/show.blade.php

      app/views/sharks/show.blade.php

      
      <!DOCTYPE html>
      <html>
      <head>
          <title>Shark App</title>
          <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.0.0/css/bootstrap.min.css">
      </head>
      <body>
      <div class="container">
      
      <nav class="navbar navbar-inverse">
          <div class="navbar-header">
              <a class="navbar-brand" href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks') }}">shark Alert</a>
          </div>
          <ul class="nav navbar-nav">
              <li><a href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks') }}">View All sharks</a></li>
              <li><a href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks/create') }}">Create a shark</a>
          </ul>
      </nav>
      
      <h1>Showing {{ $shark->name }}</h1>
      
          <div class="jumbotron text-center">
              <h2>{{ $shark->name }}</h2>
              <p>
                  <strong>Email:</strong> {{ $shark->email }}<br>
                  <strong>Level:</strong> {{ $shark->shark_level }}
              </p>
          </div>
      
      </div>
      </body>
      </html>
      

      show

      Editing a Resource edit()

      Description URL Controller Function View File
      Pull a shark from the database and allow editing. GET example.com/sharks/{id}/edit edit() app/views/sharks/edit.blade.php

      To edit a shark, we need to pull them from the database, show the creation form, but populate it with the selected shark’s info. To make life easier, we will use form model binding. This allows us to pull info from a model and bind it to the input fields in a form. Just makes it easier to populate our edit form and you can imagine that when these forms start getting rather large this will make life much easier.

      Controller Function edit()

      app/controllers/sharkController.php

      
      <?php
      
      ...
      
          /**
              * Show the form for editing the specified resource.
              *
              * @param  int  $id
              * @return Response
              */
          public function edit($id)
          {
              // get the shark
              $shark = shark::find($id);
      
              // show the edit form and pass the shark
              return View::make('sharks.edit')
                  ->with('shark', $shark);
          }
      ...
      

      The View app/views/sharks/edit.blade.php

      app/views/sharks/edit.blade.php

      <!DOCTYPE html>
      <html>
      <head>
          <title>Shark App</title>
          <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://netdna.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.0.0/css/bootstrap.min.css">
      </head>
      <body>
      <div class="container">
      
      <nav class="navbar navbar-inverse">
          <div class="navbar-header">
              <a class="navbar-brand" href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks') }}">shark Alert</a>
          </div>
          <ul class="nav navbar-nav">
              <li><a href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks') }}">View All sharks</a></li>
              <li><a href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks/create') }}">Create a shark</a>
          </ul>
      </nav>
      
      <h1>Edit {{ $shark->name }}</h1>
      
      <!-- if there are creation errors, they will show here -->
      {{ HTML::ul($errors->all()) }}
      
      {{ Form::model($shark, array('route' => array('sharks.update', $shark->id), 'method' => 'PUT')) }}
      
          <div class="form-group">
              {{ Form::label('name', 'Name') }}
              {{ Form::text('name', null, array('class' => 'form-control')) }}
          </div>
      
          <div class="form-group">
              {{ Form::label('email', 'Email') }}
              {{ Form::email('email', null, array('class' => 'form-control')) }}
          </div>
      
          <div class="form-group">
              {{ Form::label('shark_level', 'shark Level') }}
              {{ Form::select('shark_level', array('0' => 'Select a Level', '1' => 'Sees Sunlight', '2' => 'Foosball Fanatic', '3' => 'Basement Dweller'), null, array('class' => 'form-control')) }}
          </div>
      
          {{ Form::submit('Edit the shark!', array('class' => 'btn btn-primary')) }}
      
      {{ Form::close() }}
      
      </div>
      </body>
      </html>
      

      Note that we have to pass a method of PUT so that Laravel knows how to route to the controller correctly.

      Updating a Resource update()

      Description URL Controller Function View File
      Process the create form submit and save the shark to the database. PUT example.com/sharks update() NONE

      This controller method will process the edit form. It is very similar to store(). We will validate, update, and redirect.

      Controller Function update()

      app/controllers/sharkController.php

      
      <?php
      
      ...
      
          /**
              * Update the specified resource in storage.
              *
              * @param  int  $id
              * @return Response
              */
          public function update($id)
          {
              // validate
              // read more on validation at http://laravel.com/docs/validation
              $rules = array(
                  'name'       => 'required',
                  'email'      => 'required|email',
                  'shark_level' => 'required|numeric'
              );
              $validator = Validator::make(Input::all(), $rules);
      
              // process the login
              if ($validator->fails()) {
                  return Redirect::to('sharks/' . $id . '/edit')
                      ->withErrors($validator)
                      ->withInput(Input::except('password'));
              } else {
                  // store
                  $shark = shark::find($id);
                  $shark->name       = Input::get('name');
                  $shark->email      = Input::get('email');
                  $shark->shark_level = Input::get('shark_level');
                  $shark->save();
      
                  // redirect
                  Session::flash('message', 'Successfully updated shark!');
                  return Redirect::to('sharks');
              }
          }
      ...
      

      Deleting a Resource destroy()

      Description URL Controller Function View File
      Process the create form submit and save the shark to the database. DELETE example.com/sharks/{id} destroy() NONE

      The workflow for this is that a user would go to view all the sharks, see a delete button, click it to delete. Since we never created a delete button in our app/views/sharks/index.blade.php, we will create that now. We will also add a notification section to show a success message.

      We have to send the request to our application using the DELETE HTTP verb, so we will create a form to do that since a button won’t do.

      Alert: The DELETE HTTP verb is used when accessing the sharks.destroy route. Since you can’t just create a button or form with the method DELETE, we will have to spoof it by creating a hidden input field in our delete form.

      The View app/views/sharks/index.blade.php

      app/views/sharks/index.blade.php

      
      ...
      
          @foreach($sharks as $key => $value)
              <tr>
                  <td>{{ $value->id }}</td>
                  <td>{{ $value->name }}</td>
                  <td>{{ $value->email }}</td>
                  <td>{{ $value->shark_level }}</td>
      
                  <!-- we will also add show, edit, and delete buttons -->
                  <td>
      
                      <!-- delete the shark (uses the destroy method DESTROY /sharks/{id} -->
                      <!-- we will add this later since its a little more complicated than the other two buttons -->
                      {{ Form::open(array('url' => 'sharks/' . $value->id, 'class' => 'pull-right')) }}
                          {{ Form::hidden('_method', 'DELETE') }}
                          {{ Form::submit('Delete this shark', array('class' => 'btn btn-warning')) }}
                      {{ Form::close() }}
      
                      <!-- show the shark (uses the show method found at GET /sharks/{id} -->
                      <a class="btn btn-small btn-success" href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks/' . $value->id) }}">Show this shark</a>
      
                      <!-- edit this shark (uses the edit method found at GET /sharks/{id}/edit -->
                      <a class="btn btn-small btn-info" href="https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/{{ URL::to("sharks/' . $value->id . '/edit') }}">Edit this shark</a>
      
                  </td>
              </tr>
          @endforeach
          ...
      

      Now when we click that form submit button, Laravel will use the sharks.destroy route and we can process that in our controller.

      Controller Function destroy()

      app/controllers/sharkController.php

      <?php
      
      ...
      
          /**
              * Remove the specified resource from storage.
              *
              * @param  int  $id
              * @return Response
              */
          public function destroy($id)
          {
              // delete
              $shark = shark::find($id);
              $shark->delete();
      
              // redirect
              Session::flash('message', 'Successfully deleted the shark!');
              return Redirect::to('sharks');
          }
      ...
      

      Conclusion

      That’s everything! Hopefully we covered enough so that you can understand how resource controllers can be used in all sorts of scenarios. Just create the controller, create the single line in the routes file, and you have the foundation for doing CRUD.

      As always, let us know if you have any questions or comments. We’ll be expanding more on Laravel in the coming articles so if there’s anything specific, throw it in the comments or email us.

      Further Reading: For more Laravel, check out our Simple Laravel Series.



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      The pandemic will let up eventually, and we are still rooting for you. To help you get some ideas for how to build and boost your business, we’ve collected our best advice for small business owners — all in one place.

      Read on to find essential tips about:

      Feel free to use the links above to jump around to the most pertinent articles for you and your business — or read straight on through for an overview of all the advice we have to offer.

      You Can Build a Website

      Whether you want to start a blog or run a small business, DreamHost makes it easy to begin your online journey. Our shared hosting plans give you everything you need to thrive online at an affordable price.

      Building a Small Business Website

      In the small-business world, your website is everything. It’s your homestead on the frontier of the web. It declares your brand to the world and is often the first impression potential customers have of your business.

      For many of you, your website is your business.

      Even if your business is a brick-and-mortar operation — such as a restaurant or antique store — your company’s website needs to be helpful, optimized, and updated and maintained regularly. Your website provides valuable info, including where to find you and when, and drives customers off their couches and into your stores.

      The internet is where your customers spend most of their time, especially right now. Use these resources to learn how to get going on WordPress, build a beautiful website from the ground up, and tailor it to fit your own business.

      Building an Online Store

      If you have an online business — or if you want to start selling your products online in addition to your physical store — a reliable and attractive online shop is what you need. Your customers want to browse, find the products they want, and check out without a glitch. To make that happen, you need to build an online store with a trusted platform in addition to your business’s WordPress website.

      It’s surprisingly easy to get an online shop up and keep it going — you just need the right tools and tips. We love WooCommerce and Shopify, and you’ll learn about both, plus more tips and tricks for selling online, in the helpful guides below.

      Small Business Advice

      You small business owners are a scrappy bunch, and much of what you know you learned through good, old fashioned experience. There’s no education like the one that comes from getting out there and making your own mistakes.

      As valuable as mistakes and failures are, we want to set you up as much as possible for success and triumph. In this section, you’ll find a roundup of our best advice for entrepreneurs — learn how to manage everything from your stress to your small business website and beyond.

      Small-Biz Tools and Resources

      You want your small business to reach its full potential — and so do we! No person is an island, and the same goes for businesses. We all need a little help and support sometimes, and when we use available tools, we can get more done in less time.

      There are so many tools out there to help you manage and grow your business, and to optimize the whole enterprise for success. Stop doing things the hard way. Here you’ll find all of our favorite tools, apps, plugins, and more for making the work of running your business a little easier.

      Ways to Make Money Online

      Thanks to the internet, there’s never been a better time to start a side hustle. Money-making opportunities abound online, from blogging to affiliate marketing.

      Whether you want to build up an extra income source on top of your full-time gig or are looking for ideas to build up your business, we got you. Let’s walk through our favorite — not to mention lucrative and legitimate — ways to make money online.

      Small-Biz Marketing Tips

      There are more than 1.5 billion (and counting) websites on the internet today. So how does your humble food blog or photography portfolio get noticed, by the right people, amid all the noise?

      One word: marketing.

      “If you build it, they will come” is an adage that doesn’t hold up so well when it comes to your business’s presence online. Merely having a website just isn’t enough; you need to draw people to it for it to do any good. You need some smart strategies to bump your website up to the top of search results, find and engage social media followers, and encourage positive reviews.

      Do you want your brand to get noticed? Find your target market. Drive traffic to your website. Do some smart social media and email marketing. Create killer content and optimize your site for top search engine results. How? We thought you’d never ask: Learn or brush up on these skills with our handy dandy guides to marketing your small business.

      Want More Small-Biz Hacks?

      Whether you need marketing advice or a heads-up on the latest web design trends, we’ve got content for that! Subscribe to our monthly newsletter so you never miss an article.

      You’ve Got This

      There you have it — everything we’ve ever written to guide, inform, and inspire small business owners in one handy guide. We know that you’ve got what it takes to make it through this crisis, and we hope these resources can help you get there.

      Now, we have a question for you: How can we help? What small-biz related questions are keeping you up at night? Holler at us over on Twitter to let us know which additional topics and resources you’d like us to cover for small business owners.

      Are you wondering where to get started? You can easily build an online presence for your small business with shared hosting. Our plans, which start at just $2.59 per month, offer all the tools you need to build your business and reach your customers.





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