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Happy New Year 2020

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We would like to wish our clients, friends and family a Happy New Year. We hope the New Year brings you all you wish for yourselves and more.

The New Year arrives with new ideas and hope for us to make our business and personal lives better and better.

New Year’s Day we will open the new book.   All the pages are blank, so we have to fill them day by day with our own words and actions.

Make the decision to improve your business in the New Year. If you do not have a good website. Get One!!!  It will greatly benefit your business.

If you lack good marketing which results in few if any clients, contact us for your professional marketing while you concentrate on your business.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements, or for a free quotation.

It will be the best decision you ever make.

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Merry Christmas

merry christmasStormBiz would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Clients, Family & Friends
A Happy and Very Blessed Christmas Season.

We hope you have a peaceful and very joyous time, and a great holiday and rest to prepare you for the coming New Year.

This is the time to contemplate and plan what is needed to build your business as you desire, and one sure way to do that is with a professional website and professional marketing.

If you would like to see your business grow, and would like to discuss what would be best for your business, please do not hesitate to contact us today

We will gladly assist you and give you a free quotation.

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When To Let Go Of Your Website Designing Ideas

let goTime To Let GoAs hard as it may be, but letting go of your website designing ideas and listening to the customer may actually be of benefit in the long run.

I know what you are saying, you’ve been in the web designing business long enough to know what works and wont doesn’t, what would my customer know? Well after approaching web design in the same manner, I’ve unfortunately had no other choice but to give in to my best laid plans and comply with the wishes of my customers.

Construction of good websites usually means that it has to be appealing to the eye, as well as being fully functioning for Search Engine benefits, but ultimately it must display professionalism for the business represented.

Complying with W3C Standards (W3C Markup Validation Service) for both HTML and CSS validation is paramount to good design and programming (but not necessary for good Google PR, I will discuss in later posts), so when designing we like to use base HTML formatting and CSS text font like Tahoma 11pt, to make neat easy to read text and nice page image layouts.

I will list some cases of where letting go has benefits for both parties involved and how in some circumstances actually resulted in little or no web traffic for the website.

architectural businessArtchitectural BusinessCase Study 1. Architectural Firm flash and font matters

Our customer wanted the use of Flash elements to display several architecture images with a nice fade between images and changes to original CSS Font used Tahoma 11pt font and replaced with Century Gothic 11pt, which is used in all their logos and architecture design work.

As most would know embedding Flash files into your website results in W3C Validation undefined source failure, thus rendering the site Invalid Markup. After explaining this, the customer felt the need to have a nice graphical flash style image far outweighed the importance of quality valid HTML Transitional Markup. To them the appearance and perception of their website to their customers was far more advantageous than complying with the W3C.

In addition they wanted the use of the Century Gothic font rather than Tahoma. By design Century Gothic has a much larger font height than Tahoma and when used increased the page height larger than when using Tahoma thus resulting in the site displaying with scroll bars when view under 1024 x 768 resolution, where previously it fitted in the whole page perfectly.

In the end the customer achieved the desired affects they wanted and ultimately it is the customer who ‘always’ knows best.

Case Study 2. Box supplier becomes boxed in

Our customer had started a new business supplying cardboard boxes for moving and packing. They wanted a

simple site with heavy graphical image elements and little or no text on the home page.

cardboard boxesCardboard BoxesExplaining to the customer the role of text based search engines results and that having no ‘readable text’ on the home page would limit their visibility, they choose design over results.

Why you may ask would a company limit their possibilities of being found on search engines? Well the question still burns with us too, but as mentioned earlier the ‘customer always knows best’ and the decision was solely theirs to make.

Their philosophy was simple, their website was purely to be used as a reference guide and not the source of extra business, as their marketing strategies would be enough to garner constant business.

To this day I still wonder why they limited their marketability and in particular their website which is always online and can be searched at all times of the day.

So in summary the best laid plans of mice and men (well in this case web designers) can be a utter waste of good management as what I have stated all along that the ‘customer always knows best’ and ultimately they are the ones paying for your service so sometimes its best to lay down your guns and concede defeat.

Contact us for a free quotation or more information

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Why Not Have A One Web Page Design Until You Are Ready For A Full Web Site?

Website BuildWebsite Plan and BuildA number of web design customers coming to us have only recently set up a business. In fact, some have not even set up their business, and are exploring ideas with regards to a web design. Designing a fully fledged website can be costly, depending on what type of web design you are looking for. If you are not sure about your business, your products and services, let alone your corporate identity, you might not be ready to invest in a web design project. If you have just started your business, a one page website, or web page design might be the answer for you. The one web page design has several advantages.

Nowadays, whether you like it or not, every business has its web site. More than likely you need a web page design as well. But you do not require a full several pages web design from the outset. You can still have a web page with your logo, a nice web design, your contact details, some texts about your business, products or services and be part of the online business community.

Indeed, there are a number of web page design companies that are offering affordable web design solutions for small businesses which are not ready to invest in a large web design project. One of the most popular web page design web sites are those that allow you to have your web page design, a domain name, hosting and your web site online in a few simple steps. How does it work?

Discount Web Design offers such a web page a design product which is popular with business starters. Just visit the site, select Business Starter Web Page Design and follow the simple 5 step web page design process. First, check if your domain name is available. Then choose your web design from a number of templates. Just click on the web design that best suits your needs and proceed to step 2. Here you can easily upload your logo if you have one or order a logo online. Step 3, type in your company contact details and some text in the boxes provided. Preview your web page design, if you like what you see, click on the order button to securely pay online. Once your payment is cleared, allow 48 hours for your web page design to be published online under your own domain name.

Once your web page design is published you will also receive five email addresses with your domain name. The web pageemail addressemail Addresses design will look professional and you can have your own web site on the internet within 48 hours at a very affordable price. Discount Web Design will also place a link to your web page design from our web site which is already indexed by the major search engines. This means that your web page design will also get picked up by search engines in time. Having a web page design online will help your domain name and web site with Search Engine Optimisation. The longer your domain name is online, the better it is. Obviously, in time you can use the same domain name and hosting account to publish a full web design with several pages. Until then, your web page design will be accumulating Search Engine Optimization by just being online. Search Engines like established sites, even if it is a one web page design.

There are some definite advantages to getting your one page web design online as soon as you can. It’s easy and affordable. Your customers can see your web presence through your web page design and it is working in your favour with the search engines.

For a free quotation or more information, please contact us today.

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What Tomorrow Could Bring

php brokenTomorrow is the 1st of March. Very important date to remember. Tomorrow your Web Hosts will no longer support or supply the older PHP versions.

Your business is important, and your website is important to your business. Don’t procrastinate about keeping your website up to date and in perfect working order.

It could cost you dearly.

If your PHP 7 is not up to date, you could even be facing a total redesign of your website should the break be serious.

For a very nominal fee StormBiz can keep your website and all it’s components up to date and functioning at maximum. It would be well worth the investment to avoid all unnecessary breaks and hassles with your website.

While you take care of your business, let StormBiz take care of your website. We will relieve you of that headache of not knowing if or when your website is going down due to no maintenance.

StormBiz offer you a monthly Joomla Management Package at a minuscule price to ensure your website is always compliant and all apps are up to date, which will prevent your website breaking each time an app is upgraded. We also install security software and website monitoring software to ensure your website is always live.

Don’t delay, contact us today for a free quotation, or for a free evaluation of your website

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