Here is a blog FULL of tips for your base and other things.
Simple, everybody-knows tips:
-Try to upgrade all your walls and defensive buildings BEFORE upgrading your Town Hall to the next level.
-If you don't want to waste your shield but you want to battle, then you can play on the single-player campaign. (single-player campaign will NOT take away your current shield.)
-If you are low on loot, try to stay online so no one can attack, buy a shield, or let a person attack and get a free shield. (UNRECOMMENDED)
-In the tutorial, try to wait things out instead of using a lot of your gems for speeding up a min. (you are forced to spend 250 gems in the tutorial for the builder's hut, though.)
-Try to save the free wizards the tutorial …Read more >