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What an Automated Web Site Can Do for Your Business

newsletterNewsletterAs your Internet business grows, your free time will dwindle. Site changes will become time consuming and stressful. Automate your site and you can use your time for better purposes.

Automating

Automating a web site can cut out tedious tasks such as updating HTML, FTPing pages and changing site designs. Advanced automated web sites can send follow-up emails, send out newsletters, manage sales, do invoicing, track users visits and more. There is practically no function that can’t be accomplished.

There are many different types of automated web sites. Typically, the platforms break down into two categories, prepackaged or made to order. Automated web sites can range in complexity from simply using server side includes to full database driven sites. Server side includes are little snippets of code that allow content from one file to show on many pages. A database driven site, on the other hand pulls content from an online database.

PlatformPlatformWeb site information stored in an online database can be quickly and seamlessly inserted into many different types of templates. This becomes a huge time saver when you need to make a universal change to a web site. Depending on the system, the change can be made as a snippet of code or input directly into the database. Once entered, the regenerated site will carry the changes throughout the pages. In contrast, a non-automated site would require you to make changes to each individual page, a time wasting task. Let’s look at any example.

Assume you have a database driven, automated site. After testing the site, you discover the font appears very small in certain common monitor settings. Making an executive decision, you decide to change it throughout the site. With a manual system, you must pull up each page file for the site and change the html. If your site has 100 pages, you better break out the coffee! If your site is automated, however, you can simply address the font change in the database ONE TIME and generate the changes on all the pages. We are talking about saving days of your time.

If you are creating a site, make sure you use an automated platform. Don’t waste days of your life making manual changes.

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What Makes a Bad Website?

website design planningWebsite Design PlanningWhen you're surfing the Web, you probably only think about one thing when you look at a Website: whether or not it's fun. Some of the website authors are wondering why only a few visitors visit their site.

Here are some tips to avoid if you don't want to create a bad website:

Before developing the website you have to plan it first. Make a story board that will be your guide in developing the site. You must arrange the hierarchy of the most important links in the main page.

Most importantly, you must create a home page that presents a professional image to the world. Your home page would be the gateway to your site. It must look like a road map, the index and the table of contents that tells the visitors where to find the information they need to make them stay at your site. It would be the mirror of your company or organization. So, if the design is not good, that will be the the first impression to your company.

You have to figure out what are the important elements that should be included on the page. It must have unique and interesting content. You have to know who are your target audience and what the things are that will get the attention of your visitors. You have to think of something new and unique in your content to convince your visitors to stay.

Put significant information in your site to give them useful information that is appropriate in your site. You should be able to tell why a website exists, and what information it's trying to provide. If the purpose of the website is confusing or unclear, that's a good sign that you should look for a different site. The words must be correctly spelled and good grammar used throughout.

The design must be clean and have a stunning look that will impress your visitors. The design must depend on the kind of services that your site is offering. Avoid the use of blinking text that will irritate the eyes of your visitors. Avoid also too many graphics or images that will take long to load your page because some visitors may get bored waiting for your page to load. Use a text color that will be visible to your readers.

Your site must be easy to navigate. The buttons must be consistent in size and design. Using buttons with different colors and sizes looks unprofessional. Make sure that when you put the buttons on top of the home page, they're on the top of every other page.

home banner webHome - Banner - WebThe site must be indexed by search engines so you have to consider successful page optimization so that your site will be given the opportunity to rank in search engines. In order for your site to be seen by many clients or visitors, your site must get a good ranking from search engines. Read some information about Search Engine Optimization(SEO) to have an idea about what you should be doing on your site.

You must have a quick response to your client or custome,r and give them the service that they require. Build good relation with your customer. Give them a word of thanks for giving you the opportunity to work together with their company.

Always update your home page so that visitors will always see something new or different on your site when they are visiting.. This will encourage them to visit your site more frequently.

Please contact us for a free quotation, or to discuss your website requirements.

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Your Site Made Easy

web designWeb DesignWhen visitors get onto your site, for sure, you want to make sure that they will quickly and easily find what they are looking for. if they do not find it fast, chances are they will go on to another site. If your web site is easy to use and understand, these visitors then have a tendency to come back again and again.

Using navigation techniques can greatly improve the usability of your web site. This also means user satisfaction and return rates.

One of the fine points in making a site easy to navigate is to have a consistent menu that is on every page. By having this, users can move from each section and from any other section. This way, they would not have to go back to the home page or menu page every now and then.

Keeping the menu in the same location and style throughout your site will ensure that the visitors will quickly recognize how to navigate your site. If you have a different menu on every page, it is possible that they will get confuse and will not comprehend how to navigate your site.

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Why a Website Design Speaks Volumes about Your Company?

very messy officeVery Messy OfficeWhether a business has just got off the ground or has been established for years, start-up and long running companies are looking to the internet to expand their sales, as well as service to customers. Many new websites are going up and with so many people opting to go with the cheapest route, or the quickest design process, sometimes the quality of a website gets left behind. Lets face it, you wouldn't want a possible client coming into your office, looking around at a mess, so why would you send them to your virtual office looking like one?

People very often go to a company's website to get more information, it is a lot easier and more convenient then calling them or writing them a letter. The first thing they see when they go to their site(that is, the first thing that pops into their heads) is either "wow, these guys are professional, I want to deal with them" or "their site is awful, how can they act professional if they do not look professional"(well that may not be everyone’s exact words, but you see what I am getting at). We all think this when we visit a website, haven't you ever felt a little bit easier or more relaxed when purchasing something off a site with a professional look? I bet you that if a site doesn't look professional then you won't even consider purchasing an item or using their service!

Script ErrorScript ErrorAnother important aspect of a website is how long it takes to download. A lot of people say if it takes longer then 30 seconds to download then people will leave. This is true. I know that even on a DSL connection, if a site is taking too long to download I will jump to another site. If your site doesn't download in at least 30-60 seconds for all users(dial up taking a little longer), then you need to re-design your site.

Your site must not only look good and download quick, it must work good. There is nothing worse then visiting a website with pages that haven't been created yet, script errors popping up and only half of the information seems to be there. This will definitely annoy anyone who is visiting your website, they probably won't come back for a while, if at all.

contact usContact UsAnother important aspect of a good website is allowing visitors to contact you in one way or another. A simple email address or contact form on a contact us page will do wonders. People like to know they can get in touch with you with just a simple click of the mouse. Make sure that there is a link to your contact us page on every page, including in your main navigation. This will give users a feeling of being close to you, as they can contact you at any time.

Use these tips as well as your own common sense and you will be well on your way to having a great Looking, Working & Downloading Website!

Please feel free to contact us today for a free quotation or to discuss your website requirements

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I have a working website, why do I need a re-design?

redesign your websiteRedesign Your WebsiteMy site is working fine, the links all seem to work, my content is added regularly and we are adding new features regularly. Why does my company need to have our website re-designed?

The most important reason companies are having there websites re-designed is to stay ahead of the trend that has taken over the internet over the past few years... and that is responsive websites. If you have not yet heard of a responsive website, then it is time to look at your website on a mobile phone or tablet... you will soon see if it displays differently on these devices, if it does not display differently, then its time to re-design your website, and make it mobile friendly, as 60% of searches are now done on mobile and tablets, and clients are navigating away from sites that are not mobile friendly.

It is important to realize that websites should be updated regularly, have new features added, and always have working links. However, as the site grows it soon outgrows its foundation. Leading to an unorganized use of content, poor usability, and eventually chaos. A re-design is a perfect opportunity to take inventory, and put things back on track. It will also allow for a better user experience. A re-design is also essential if your website has been designed with software such as dreamweaver, or any program that does not allow editing via a content management system (C.M.S.).

Responsive website

As we have touched on earlier, the most important reason for re-designing your website is because your site is outdated, and not competing with your competitors on mobile and tablet devices. Users do not take the time to scroll or read content that has to be "zoomed" to be readable. If your website is mobile and tablet friendly, you have a 95% chance that the user will stay and browse your website. Google have revealed that 60% of searches are now being done on mobile devices, is your website competing in this field yet?

New Foundation

With any re-design it is a great time to do a little rethinking. Looking at your current site, a question needs to be asked. What is it that people want when coming to my site? By understanding what it is that people are looking for from your site, you will be able to better position that information within the architecture of the entire website.

Judging by the Cover

The old adage "Never judge a book by its cover" doesn't apply to your website. Users who visit your site make quick and often harsh judgment calls within seconds of viewing your homepage. By making outstanding first impression with a crisp, clean, professional look, the user gets a sense of trust from the company behind the website.

Follow the Leader

Your site could have the exact information a specific user is looking for. However, if it takes too long for them to locate it, chances are they will go somewhere else to find the information. By making your site as user friendly as possible you will be able to guide the user to specific areas of content. Bringing content that is hidden under multiple clicks to the forefront makes it easy for a user to locate. As well as, leads the user to other areas of your site that they might not have known about.

New Experience

New features can dramatically improve the user experience. Online calendars that allow a user to register for events are a perfect example of how a simple feature increases the value of a site. No longer does the user have to call or mail in an RSVP card. As such, the company doesn't need a person to answer the phone for every registration.

Cheapest Employee

Your website could be your cheapest employee. It has already been mentioned that your site could make your day-to-day tasks a thing of the past. By adding features to your site that help educate your user base, enhance marketing efforts, as well as, develop a sense of who your users are, you are in reality making your site work harder for you. The simple fact is that you have a website, why not make it work harder and do more for you and your company? An offshoot of adding features like this is that your users have more interaction with your website and your company.

Your Future Customers

The whole goal of a re-design is to create a better experience for your users. There are many approaches to attain such a goal. Maybe it is a new look, a revised navigation scheme, or a complete overhaul. Whatever the outcome, your site should reflect the company behind the site and insure a sense of trust with you future customers.

My site is working fine, the links all seem to work, my content is added regularly and we are adding new features regularly. Why does my company need to have our website re-designed?

The most important reason companies are having there websites re-designed is to stay ahead of the trend that has taken over the internet over the past few years... and that is responsive websites. If you have not yet heard of a responsive website, then it is time to look at your website on a mobile phone or tablet... you will soon see if it displays differently on these devices, if it does not display differently, then its time to re-design your website, and make it mobile friendly, as 60% of searches are now done on mobile and tablets, and clients are navigating away from sites that are not mobile friendly.

It is important to realize that websites should be updated regularly, have new features added, and always have working links. However, as the site grows it soon outgrows its foundation. Leading to an unorganized use of content, poor usability, and eventually chaos. A re-design is a perfect opportunity to take inventory, and put things back on track. It will also allow for a better user experience. A re-design is also essential if your website has been designed with software such as dreamweaver, or any program that does not allow editing via a content management system (C.M.S.).

responsive web designResponsive Web DesignResponsive website

As we have touched on earlier, the most important reason for re-designing your website is because your site is outdated, and not competing with your competitors on mobile and tablet devices. Users do not take the time to scroll or read content that has to be "zoomed" to be readable. If your website is mobile and tablet friendly, you have a 95% chance that the user will stay and browse your website. Google have revealed that 60% of searches are now being done on mobile devices, is your website competing in this field yet?

New Foundation

With any re-design it is a great time to do a little rethinking. Looking at your current site, a question needs to be asked. What is it that people want when coming to my site? By understanding what it is that people are looking for from your site, you will be able to better position that information within the architecture of the entire website.

Judging by the Cover

The old adage "Never judge a book by its cover" doesn't apply to your website. Users who visit your site make quick and often harsh judgment calls within seconds of viewing your homepage. By making outstanding first impression with a crisp, clean, professional look, the user gets a sense of trust from the company behind the website.

Follow the Leader

Your site could have the exact information a specific user is looking for. However, if it takes too long for them to locate it, chances are they will go som

ewhere else to find the information. By making your site as user friendly as possible you will be able to guide the user to specific areas of content. Bringing content that is hidden under multiple clicks to the forefront makes it easy for a user to locate. As well as, leads the user to other areas of your site that they might not have known about.

Attracting CustomersNew Experience

New features can dramatically improve the user experience. Online calendars that allow a user to register for events are a perfect example of how a simple feature increases the value of a site. No longer does the user have to call or mail in an RSVP card. As such, the company doesn't need a person to answer the phone for every registration.

attracting customersAttracting CustomersCheapest Employee

Your website could be your

cheapest employee. It has already been mentioned that your site could make your day-to-day tasks a thing of the past. By adding features to your site that help educate your user base, enhance marketing efforts, as well as, develop a sense of who your users are, you are in reality making your site work harder for you. The simple fact is that you have a website, why not make it work harder and do more for you and your company? An offshoot of adding features like this is that your users have more interaction with your website and your company.

Your Future Customers

The whole goal of a re-design is to create a better experience for your users. There are many approaches to attain such a goal. Maybe it is a new look, a revised navigation scheme, or a complete overhaul. Whatever the outcome, your site should reflect the company behind the site and insure a sense of trust with you future customers.

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