"To a mind like mine, restless, inquisitive, and observant of everything that was passing, it is easy to suppose that religion was the subject to which it would be directed; and, although this subject principally occupied my thoughts, there was nothing that I saw or heard of to which my attention was not directed." - Nat Turner
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Much of your decision depends on whether you want to work locally with someone, or whether you are willing to work remotely via phone and email. Here are a few suggestions when deciding on hiring a web designer. Firstly, pay attention to how much they ask about your business. An attentive company will deliver the best results, tailoring the website to your company's needs. Secondly, look at websites they have designed in the past and determine if you like their style. Is there a certain feel to all their sites, or are they flexible in their designs? Lastly, ask them what they know about search engine optimization and internet marketing. Be sure they're creating your website to meet the needs of your marketing and business goals. A car without gasoline will not run.
We know the importance of information before starting any project. We can't really get started on anything until know what your company needs, what your company wants, and who the website is aimed at. In all honesty, we can't even create an effective proposal until we know those things. Here are some common questions to ask yourself to get a grasp on what you would like to accomplish with your website. Why do I want a website? What's my business all about? What sets us apart from our competition? What problems does my business solve? Who is my target audience? What do I want from my visitors once they come onto my site? What is my budget? By what date do I need this site completed? What are my long-term plans for my website? Will I take responsibility for updating my website? What do I not want on my website? If you need help answering things questions, we suggest you give us a call and talk to a professional that can help guide you through the preliminaries.
You will notice ways to make money with a website is different from ways to make more money from it. Methods to increase your traffic or click-through rate will help you make more money, but they do not represent a method of making money, per se. Generating organic leads is the best method to dynamically fill the sales funnel. Whether you are looking for someone to sign-up for a newsletter, purchase an item from your store or gain leads for potential customers, the natural process of targeting your audience is the highest potential for any conversion.
Since websites are on the internet, a potential web developer can do their job from anywhere in the world. The bottom line is communication, both verbally and visually. Are you familiar enough with email that you can effectively communicated with your developer by emailing and sending documents as needed? If the answer is no, you are most likely going to want to deal with a local developer and get a more "hands-on" approach explaining the website and discussing materials needed to make it successful.
Each and every website is different, which makes it almost impossible to give a direct price for any particular website. All web developers use different techniques to determine the cost for a website. There are several common types of pricing used in the industry today: hourly rate, project price, package rates, and per page cost. Feel free to contact us for a quote. The more informative you can be the, the more accurate of a cost that can be quoted.
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Yes. We offer discounts to non-profit organizations and schools.
Website objectives are the purpose of owning a website. Take the time to ask yourself why you want a website and what do you want to result from your website. As you go through the planning and development process, you should strive to refine all your needs down to two or three clear objective for your website. Write these ideas down on a stick-it note and keep them together. Feel free to speak with us to help guide and determine the purpose of your website and goals.
First and foremost you must optimize your website for search engines that index the web, such as Yahoo, Lycos, Bing, and Google. Secondly, you must give them a good reason to come. A tried-and-true marketing approach is to offer a product or service that the web viewer cannot find anywhere else on the internet. Lastly, engaging individuals via social media platforms is a great tool, not only for suggestions, but to build a reputation amongst your potential customers and clients. All of these concepts rank on the user's experience on your website. Factors include, but not limited to, browser compatibility, server speed, design, appealing colors, correct verbiage, special offers, and enticing articles.
Typically, we like to schedule our projects 4 - 6 weeks in advance before we begin, however we also understand the importance and excitement of beginning a new project. A lot would determine on how much you have prepared: do you have graphics and color schemes you would like used? Do you have content already written for the website? Do you have an idea of how you would like the website structured? Let us know your expectations during the quoting process and we'll take everything into consideration.
We'll provide the URLs to view the website while it's in development. Simply give us a call or shoot us an email about the status of your website and we'll be more than happy to show you where we're at in development.
Time frames are determined by the size of your website, the complexity of it, and the different functionalities you have in the design. To ensure a swift and effective process, have any color schemes, artwork, or content available for the developer to prevent postponing the project.
Yes. We use cross-browser compatible code to make sure each viewer benefits from the experience.
It's an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing experience in which the website's elements change as the view-port changes. This allows easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling from a variety of devices ranging from desktops to tables to smartphones.
Building a site using responsive design techniques involves separate design templates and CSS3 code for each target device or browser size. This means that a single set of files and content is used for desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. For programmers and marketers, this significantly simplifies the process of managing the site and ultimately makes it more cost effective. The digital world is changing, and your site needs to change with it. According to Internet WorldStats there are 2.3 billion internet users in the world, and by 2016 there will be 2.1 billion mobile users. Start catering to your multi-device mobile audience now, as they make judgments about your company based on the appearance and usability of your site. Responsive design can help you make a positive impression and avoid scaring mobile visitors away. Did you know that 74% of users will leave a website after waiting only five seconds for it to load? Because you can turn on and off specific elements of a page with responsive design templates, you have the ability to slim-down the “heavy components” in the mobile version of your site and reduce the page load time. Google, who has more than 2/3 of the search engine market, loves responsive design. Here’s why. When generating search results, Google looks at how much traffic a particular site gets, with the thought that more traffic equals more credibility. Having separate sites for different devices splits site traffic into different URLs. Responsive design results in combined all traffic into one domain, resulting in one site with larger traffic and increasing the search engine appeal and theoretically its ranking. Additionally, responsive web design makes it easier for Google to discover all of your content since it’s crawling a single site. Speaking purely technically, Google also likes sites that have the same HTML for all devices and that use CSS media queries. Regular mobile versions of sites are generally scaled back to just the top pages, as determined by the business. That does not fare well for marketers, whose mission is often to tell people about something that they didn’t come to the site for. With responsive web design, smartphone and tablet versions of sites can include promotional space, enabling marketers to draw attention to key products and services to their growing mobile audience. People are seamlessly moving from one device to another – often simultaneously – and expect a rich website experience no matter what their device. For this reason, businesses are realizing that responsive design is no longer just an option, but truly a must-have. Chances are that your competitors are investing in responsive web design, so don’t get left behind.
A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server owned or leased for use by clients, as well as providing Internet connectivity, typically in a data center. Web hosts can also provide data center space and connectivity to the Internet for other servers located in their data center, called colocation, also known as Housing in Latin America or France. The scope of web hosting services varies greatly. The most basic is web page and small-scale file hosting, where files can be uploaded via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or a Web interface. The files are usually delivered to the Web "as is" or with minimal processing. Many Internet service providers (ISPs) offer this service free to subscribers. Individuals and organizations may also obtain Web page hosting from alternative service providers. Personal web site hosting is typically free, advertisement-sponsored, or inexpensive. Business web site hosting often has a higher expense depending upon the size and type of the site. Single page hosting is generally sufficient for personal web pages. A complex site calls for a more comprehensive package that provides database support and application development platforms (e.g. PHP, Java, Ruby on Rails, ColdFusion, or ASP.NET). These facilities allow customers to write or install scripts for applications like forums and content management. Also, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is typically used for e-commerce. The host may also provide an interface or control panel for managing the Web server and installing scripts, as well as other modules and service applications like e-mail. Some hosts specialize in certain software or services (e.g. e-commerce), which are commonly used by larger companies that outsource network infrastructure.
No. Depending on who is hosting your website, it may limit the usability of the code. Old and outdated servers will need to be updated and recent versions of MySQL and PHP are a must. Your developer will notify you if such changes need to be made.
Yes. We would simply notify you or the server if any components need to be brought up to current date.
Domain registration and hosting are two separate services. Many companies offer both, but they are completely different services. Here’s a metaphor that may help you understand the difference (it confuses a lot of people): Think of a hosting company like an apartment you rent, a place where your web site can live. Think of the domain name like your phone number, one that you can transfer (or forward) to a new apartment if you ever needed to do so. Some web hosting services, such as Weebly or Wix provide a very limited hosting service that only lets you use their templates in their system. You could think of that like getting a furnished apartment you’d rent by the week. A custom web site created with a program like Dreamweaver or WordPress, is far too complex for a web hosting system that restricts you to the templates on their site. Web hosting varies the way apartments do. When you sign up for web hosting at a new company like Dreamhost or Hostgator, you get a cheap apartment, but one it’s still one that you can furnish yourself. When you sign up with a company like Rackspace.com, you got a much nicer apartment, but you pay for the view (or in this case, the faster, more reliable service). These and many other web hosting services let you upload your own web site to their web server or install a WordPress blog, much like you would furnish your own apartment and hang art on the walls. You can use the same company to register your domain name and host your web site, or you can use two different companies. If you use two different companies, then you then have to essentially transfer your domain from your domain registrar to your web host, much like you might ask the phone company to move your a phone number to your new apartment. In the case of a domain, however, it’s usually called changing DNS. If you ever want to change the company where you registered your domain, that’s kind of like changing phone companies while keeping the same phone number and it’s a bit more complicated than just changing DNS.
A uniform resource locator (URL) is a reference to a resource that specifies the location of the resource on a computer network and a mechanism for retrieving it. A URL is a specific type of uniform resource identifier (URI). Although many people use the two terms interchangeably. A URL implies the means to access an indicated resource, which is not true of every URI. URLs occur most commonly to reference web pages (http), but are also used for file transfer (ftp), email (mailto), database access (JDBC), and many other applications. Most web browsers display the URL of a web page above the page in an address bar. A typical URL has the form http://www.example.com/index.html, which indicates the protocol type (http), the domain name, (www.example.com), and the specific web page (index.html).
A domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control within the Internet. Domain names are formed by the rules and procedures of the Domain Name System (DNS). Any name registered in the DNS is a domain name. Domain names are used in various networking contexts and application-specific naming and addressing purposes. In general, a domain name represents an Internet Protocol (IP) resource, such as a personal computer used to access the Internet, a server computer hosting a web site, or the web site itself or any other service communicated via the Internet. In 2014, the number of active domains reached 271 million.
Many times, a company or individual will design or create a website for a business and then make you wait weeks for updates to your site. Other companies offer to provide you with a website, and then expect you to manage complicated changes and updates using an even more complicated and costly CMS (Content Management System). Website maintenance is the largest part of our customer service work - done behind the scenes to help keep your site online and up to date with quick turnaround time and reliable, discreet service.
If you are having trouble finding your website on a search engine, chances are your site has not yet been crawled. When you first create a website it typically takes up to 6 weeks for major search engines to crawl your site and list you amongst their rankings.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine's unpaid results - often referred to as "natural," "organic," or "earned" results. In general, the earlier (or higher ranked on the search results page), and more frequently a site appears in the search results list, the more visitors it will receive from the search engine's users. SEO may target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, video search, academic search, news search and industry-specific vertical search engines. As an Internet marketing strategy, SEO considers how search engines work, what people search for, the actual search terms or keywords typed into search engines and which search engines are preferred by their targeted audience. Optimizing a website may involve editing its content, HTML and associated coding to both increase its relevance to specific keywords and to remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines. Promoting a site to increase the number of backlinks, or inbound links, is another SEO tactic. The plural of the abbreviation SEO can also refer to "search engine optimizers", those who provide SEO services.
Google uses a mathematic formula called an algorithm to determine a particular sites search engine results. This formula has around two hundred components, each looking at a specific part of what Google feels is important to establish a ranking for a particular website as it pertains to specific key word searches. Parts of the formula carry more weight than others. Individual teams work on individual segments of the formula, refining it, tweaking it, changing it in an attempt to give only the best and most relevant results when a search is performed. Meta tags are only one fraction of a part of this process. Meta Titles play a good role and have a fair amount of weight in the process. Meta Keywords by comparison have almost no significant weight in the process because they have been so misused over the years Google has turned that to count far less than it once did. There are "Off Page" factors such as who on the web is pointing to you. (links) Links from reputable sites that have something in common with yours can add significant trust to your sight. Links from less reputable sites, sites in different countries, sites that Google has internally flagged as spam sites will lower your trust ranking and hurt your results. "On Page," factors include to some extent key word usage, density and phraseology. If other sites that rank well in your desired keywords, use words in a certain order and your site doesn't, you won't do as well. For instance if you want to rank well for "used cars," and you say, "check out our autos that are already discounted because they are used..." don't expect it to work well for you. Other things Google takes in to consideration is the age of the domain, Who owns it, the history of the site. (note: just buying an old domain name does not help. If you are the new owner your trust ranking usually starts over from zero) If the person that owned that domain previously was using bad SEO practices, it can help the domain to change hands however it does not insure that Google will just forgive and forget. Thus if you buy a domain name it may be good to check out the history first. Where the website is hosted is also a factor. It may be cheaper to have your website hosted on a main frame in some other part of the world but because of massive amounts of spam and false links have tried to fool Google from out of country, sites hosted in the USA rank better here than those sites from out of country. Likewise if you are trying to rank well in the UK, a site hosted there will do better there. Is it hopeless? By no means. It just takes time and practice doing the things that prove to Google you deserve to be considered relevant to rank well in a search. In order to out rank the number one guy, you are going to have to broaden the scope of your attack.
An integral part of the sales process is getting to know your prospects and establishing relationships and it turns out that social media can help you accomplish this quickly and easily. Social media allows salespeople to see what prospects are saying about their brand and competitors. You can really get to know his or her needs through social listening. It’s a great way to research a market and initiate conversation leading to a sale. Not only can it help you generate new leads, but it allows you to build deeper relationships with existing clients that drives them to purchase again and again. The biggest sales have come from salespeople using Twitter to find opportunities and LinkedIn to find the names of the true buyers inside organizations.
Many social media marketing tools like blogs, social networks or media sharing sites, for example, all have similar functionality, such as providing for conversations between users, interaction within communities, collaboration and sharing. Many of these tools and allow users to set up a profile to establish their identity and interests, and to connect with others like friends, fans, followers, subscribers, contacts to interact with those connections. Every site and tool might have its own proprietary terminology and some unique features, but in general, there are similarities between most blogging platforms and some recognizable features that all social networks share.
Before you begin creating social media marketing campaigns, consider your business’ goals. Starting a social media marketing campaign without a social strategy in mind is like wandering through a forest without a map—you’ll only end up lost. Create a social media marketing plan and brainstorm about your goals: what are you hoping to achieve through social media marketing? Who is your target audience? Where would your target audience hang out and how would they use social media? What message do you want to send to your audience with social media marketing?
Each platform functions very similar to each other. It's suggested to start off with the platform you're most comfortable with.
Some trial and error testing is usually involved; general advice in social network marketing tutorials is probably the best you will get for starters. Interestingly, Facebook paid advertising "Interests" demographic settings will show you the number of members with those interests, which may help you identify the number of targetable people for your business.
Very simply don’t ignore the other people on social media, don't be too promotional, don't be misleading, and don't censor conversations. When your brand receives criticism or otherwise negative comments over social media, it may be tempting to filter these out in order to control the content that others will see and save your company’s name. But this will not go over well with consumers. They want to know that their voices are being heard, and they want to know that they are hearing the full story when viewing your content. Instead of getting rid of the offending comments, do your best to listen to them, understand why the commenter feels the way that they do, and respond in a polite and helpful manner.
Some of the things that are a must on social media: tell the truth, use data, cite sources, seek out the best sources, check your spelling, root out opposing viewpoints, be aware of hidden agendas, edit, keep things simple, think visually, and focus on how your products or services touch people’s lives. By the by, when you are talking about people, a good rule of thumb is this: be specific enough to be believable and universal enough to be relevant.
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