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7 Days to D Day

PHPYou only have 7 days left to get your Joomla/Wordpress website’s PHP sorted and up to date, and PHP 7 compliant.

It will be a bit late to start panicking on the 1st of March when your Web Hosts no longer support or supply the older versions of PHP. Your website could easily “break,” and in very severe cases, it could even mean having to redesign the site.

To have a stable and well functioning website it is imperative to keep the site updated regularly.

That is where StormBiz comes in. We offer a monthly Joomla Management package, where you pay a minuscule amount to ensure your website is always complaint and will not “break” each time an app is upgraded.

We offer a superb management & hosting package to the public, and to Web design/Graphic design and Ad agencies, where we take the hassle away from keeping your website components and C.M.S. up to date! We also install security software, and website monitoring software to ensure your site is always live.

Don't procrastinate, act now!!!!

Please contact us for a free evaluation of your site, and we will advise you whether your site will survive the PHP 7.1 changeover. The time for action is now...

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Joomla website compatibility with PHP 7.1 - Will your site survive after 1 March 2019?

PHP 7The countdown has begun to the end of the era of PHP 7.0, 5.5  and older versions. As from 1 March 2019, Web hosts will no longer support or supply these versions of PHP to their clients. What does this mean to the business owner who has a Joomla/Wordpress or any other top CMS website? Sadly it means there will need to be a lot of sites updated, upgraded, or migrated, or even in some severe cases, redesigned!

StormBiz has already successfully transformed more than 350 websites to be PHP 7.2 compliance (The latest stable version of PHP). Clients who hold a monthly joomla management package with us have paid a minuscule fee to ensure their website is compliant, and will not ”break” after the change over on 1 March 2019!

We offer a superb management & hosting package to the public, and to Web design/Graphic design and Ad agencies, where we take the hassle away from keeping your website components and C.M.S. up to date! We also install security software, and website monitoring software to ensure your site is always live.

If your website has not been continuously updated on a weekly/monthly basis, and your template has not seen an update in the last 6 months, your site may not work after 1 March 2019. 

Please contact us for a free evaluation of your site, and we can advise you if your site will survive the PHP 7.1 changeover. The time for action is now...

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What are Web Standards?

web standardsWeb StandardWeb standards are technologies, established by the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) and other standards bodies, that are used to create and understand web-based content. In order for the Web to reach its full potential, the most fundamental Web technologies must be compatible with one another and allow any hardware and software used to access the Web to work together. Therefore, to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential, protocols and guidelines have been developed that ensure long-term growth for the Web.

How does your business benefit from adopting web standards

Lower development costs:

This is due to simpler development and maintenance using more semantic and structured HTML. The one site will work with all major browsers.

Lower hosting costs:

Less HTML results in smaller file sizes and quicker downloads. Smaller file sizes mean lower bandwidth which will lower hosting costs.

Increase in usability:

Your customers will find your site renders and downloads faster due to the smaller file size. This will make them respond and showi more interest in what you have to offer in your business.

website development Website DevelopmentIncrease in accessibility:

Semantic HTML, where structure is separated from Website Development presentation, makes it easier for screen readers and alternative browsing devices to decipher the content.

Increase in search ability:

Semantic HTML, where structure is separated from presentation, makes the content represent a larger part of the total file content. Combined with semantic markup this will improve search engine rankings. As your site search ability increases, so will your potential clients.

Better brand control:

When presentation is separated by content, you have much better control over the branding of your sites. Your sites that channel content to conventional browsers, on PDA and mobile phones can be controlled by just changing the style sheet(s).

For a free quotation, please contact us,

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Xsitepro Website Builder - Facts you should know

xsiteproXsiteproXsitepro is one of the leading software's in the Internet Marketing industry. It has been popular among the masses of Seo's and Internet Marketers looking for a less time consuming means of quality internet rankings. But does this software hold up in its validity? Is this software really all that good? Let's take a look at form versus function to let you decide whether or not xsitepro is for you.

Generally speaking, xsitepro is for the user who:

A. Doesn't know html, or wants a solution for writing html that is quick and effective. With this software you will not need to know html, however there are limitations in its use.

B. Wants to pump out websites in a matter of hours or less. Xsitepro allows the user to make fast websites that are seo friendly in a matter of hours if not minutes, again there are some limitations to this. This means more money in a shorter amount of time.

C. Wants to make Search Engine friendly websites without the use of an SEO expert. In other words, Xsite pro allows someone to follow step by step seo rules as well as tells you when you've done something wrong. This makes an excellent program for those who do not know the first thing about SEO or who want to expand their basic know-how.

D. Wants a cheap alternative to Dreamweaver and other more expensive website builders. Xsitepro is generally pretty cheap among the many website designing programs. This is a great html editor for the newbie who wants to compete in the Internet Marketing industry.

xsitepro templatesXsitepro TemplatesXsitepro is not for the user who:

A. Wants to use primarily flash or highly interactive websites. Xsitepro is a little limited on exactly what you can do as far as creating intricate websites.

B. Wants websites that lay outside the standard template forms. In other words, you basically have to stick with the standard template in which you can re size and move around. However, this still is limiting to some but not many.

C. Wants complete freedom to do many different types of functions. Xsite pro offers a lot of freedom to do a lot of different functions, however it doesn't give you total power over what you want to do. Keep in mind though, that you are able to edit any sort of code within the html of the body of your pages.

So basically stated, this software is perfect for those who are either Internet Marketers, Basic Web Designers, Newbies, Under time constraints, or want a cheaper alternative to more expensive web design programs. You probably would reconsider buying xsitepro if you were either a coder, or advanced web designer. In other words, this software performs more for function than form. So keep this in mind when deciding on a web design software that fits your needs. Xsitepro may or may not be what you are looking for.

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

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Your Biggest Mistake When You Create a Website

Build a WebsiteDesign and Build a WebsiteWhy Should You Create a website?

A. What do you want when you create a website?

B. What to do to get what you want.

A. What do you want?

1. You may be in a non-profit organisation and want to post forthcoming events on the web. You don't want to have thousands of visitors to the site. But wait - do you want to create a website for new members from the web? I found a new barbershop singer through my website.

2. You may have a small business selling locally. You're happy with yellow pages. But wait - how many thousand words can you put in your yellow page advert?

being kept on phone while workingBeing Kept on Phone While WorkingThere is no limit if you create a website.

Have you ever had someone keep you on the phone for half an hour of your valuable time with their questions? Wouldn't it be nice to direct them to your website for answers and sales messages? Create a website!

Once you've written all those answers, wouldn't it be profitable to have potential customers reading your answers? Create a website. A dentist has clients from a hundred miles away, from his website.

3. Perhaps you sell items weighing a hundred tons costing a million dollars. When you create a website you can still write as much information about your product as you like - not like the yellow pages. Then you can direct prospects to phone to make an appointment with your best sales staff.

4. You want to sell a product on the web. First create a website then get lots of traffic.

5. You want to make money on the web?!! Without a product?!! No...I'm not laughing. Create a website. If you have lots of traffic you don't even have to be good at selling to make some money with Google Adsense.

If you're good at pre-selling, then you can try affiliate marketing, or selling advertising on your site, or several other channels of income. Just create a website and get the traffic first.

website trafficWebsite TrafficB. What to do about it

To get high traffic you must give visitors what they want. Tricking Google will only get your domain banned from their listing.

Here are some things not to do when you create a website. If your visitors hit the back button their numbers don't count.

a) Don't use frames when you create a website - the search engines can't find you, and the inventors of frames don't use them on their own website.

b) It may be artistic to disguise your links, but you will lose customers. I visited a site that displayed just one big picture. I happened to pass my mouse over the picture on the way to the back button, and discovered links flashing on the screen. Apparently I had to click on bits of the picture to see any more!

c) Don't use Flash when you create a website. If people are using ADSL they are unlikely to wait longer than three seconds before hitting the back button. If they're on a 56K modem they might be prepared to wait ten seconds. You've just lost another client.

d) Don't use big pictures when you create a website. If you have a photography site, use postage stamp sized pictures with the size stated in your coding, and ask the visitor to click for a larger picture. Telling the browser how high and wide your picture is will allow it to load after the text, so your visitor has something to look at meantime.

e) Don't use irrelevant pictures when you create a website. One picture is worth a thousand words, but only if the picture is saying what you want it to say.

business informationbusiness informationWhy do people visit websites? It is NOT for entertainment. Their TV gives them all the moving pictures that they need. Even if it is an adult site, the visitor is really wanting to download digital information for later entertainment.

Information is what your visitor wants - When you create a website don't waste your time and money on anything else.

A paid designer will use all sorts of clever artistic tricks - you now know that you will lose clients that way. More than 99% of new websites soon have to close because they have no traffic, which means no profit.

That is your biggest mistake. Instead, find what people want to know first, then give it to them.

So why create a website? Simple, you know more about your own subject than any show-off website designer. You don't even need to understand HTML coding if you use SBI. You still should learn a little about HTML coding, but there are free lessons on my website.

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

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