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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.

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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.

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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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Why You Need A Web Site

Small Business1Small Business"I have a small business with just a couple of employees and I don’t think my product can really be sold online. Do I need a web site?"

In this day and time, there is very little that can’t be sold over the Internet. There are over 20 million people shopping online, buying everything from movies to cars to real estate property. Research predicts that revenues will be over $200 billion in 2004 and will grow at a rate of 30 to 50 percent over the next few years. These numbers alone should be enough to persuade you that you and your business should be online.

Regardless of whether you sell your product online, you should at the very least have an online presence so that customers, potential employees, partners and even potential investors, can easily and quickly find more information about your company, the products and services you have to offer, as well as how to contact you.

website requirementsWebsite RequirementsBut Can I Afford a Web Site?

Given the competition and current market trends, you can’t afford NOT to. Think of your web site as your new marketing tool, which, when applied correctly, will generate a return on investment. Your competition is probably already online, and you need to use every possible avenue just to keep up. You should look at having a web site as an investment, in you and your company’s future.So whatever time or money you currently spend on marketing, supplementing it with a web site is probably a good idea. Your site will help you expand geographically, and compete on a much larger scale.

Leveling the Playing Field

One of the most wonderful things about the Internet is that it has helped to level the playing field when it comes to competition with the bigger companies. With a professional looking web site, your small business can project the image, and professionalism of a much larger company. It’s also a good signal to potential customers that you take things seriously.

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Taking credit card orders over the Internet is quite an investment, especially if you don’t already have a merchant account. There are several e-Commerce solutions that can be custom-built for you that use payment gateways such as PayPal, which only requires a bank account, and an email address. Customers can pay you through their credit card, or even their checking account, and it’s a great solution if you’re looking to test the waters.

your business needs a websiteYour Business Needs a WebsiteThe Bottom Line

To be taken seriously, it’s not enough that you simply have a web site, but you must have a professional looking web site. Many customers now search for information online before making a purchase; your web site may be the first chance you have at making a good impression on a potential buyer. If your site looks like it was designed by Uncle Bob, your chance of making that good first impression will be lost.

No matter what size your business is, and even if you're not planning on selling online, a well designed web site is essential for any business. If you don’t have a web site, you’re already losing business to companies that do.

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7 Marketing Mistakes to Avoid when Promoting your Business

businessman rushingBusinesman RushingMany people rush into business thinking it will be easy to run, but very soon they realize that it is not as easy as it looks. A successful business is a finely tuned machine. In order to keep your business running smoothly, it is important to avoid making mistakes.

Here are the 7 most common mistakes to avoid:

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  1. Not having clear objectives:

 Many business people start a business without clear objectives. They fail to set realistic goals for their marketing, and consequently set themselves up for failure. It is important to make a list of goals and objectives, based on a quarterly time line. If you do not have company goals and objectives, you are like a car driving without a road map. Make sure all employees are briefed on company objectives. When your employees are not properly prepared, you will not be able to achieve company objectives.

2. Neglecting to analyze your potential customers

Neglecting to analyze your potential customers is a dangerous mistake. It can lead to many problems. When you do not analyze your customers wants and needs, you do not know what products and services to develop for them. This will lead to targeting the wrong market, and neglecting to understand your own niche market. It is important for any business to do your marketing analysis, so that you can target your market, and maximize your sales

3. Not testing:

By not testing your sales copy, and places you advertise with split testing your advertising, you will be losing sales. Split testing is simple to do, but many businesses fail to do this. This results in a lot of wasted time and effort. If you do not test your ad copy, and marketing promotions, you will not have a proper idea of the ads and promotions that are pulling, and what is not working. It is simple to do by placing 2 ads for the same product in a publication or website etc. You can then see which one is performing the best.

budgetBudget4. Not budgeting:

Budgeting is extremely important in business. Your business should never run out of money. This is especially true with your marketing and advertising ventures. It is important to have a monthly or quarterly budget for your marketing. Within that budget put aside money for each promotion you will be doing. Start small, test, and then build on successes. This will allow you to always stay solvent, and have enough for promotions.

5. Giving up too soon:

Companies go out of business at an alarming rate these days. One of the reasons is that the owners give up too soon. Just when success might be just around the corner they give up and decide to close the business down. In exactly the same fashion, marketing promotions can fail. You need to give your promotions at least 3 months before you decide to scrap them. Some promotions will take longer than others to bring results. As always, test all marketing tactics before you launch a larger promotion. Patience is one of the hallmarks of business, and you need to implement it.

6. Poor sales copy:

How often have you wanted a product, but when you read the sales page, you had serious doubts? Poor, unprofessional ad copy will cost you sales. In fact, without good sales copy, you will not be able to sell effectively at all. It is critical to your business to get this right. If necessary get an experienced copywriter to do this. It is worth the investment, as you will see returns when you make sales.

Pre Employment checksPre-Employment Checks7. Not screening your employees carefully:

To handle the extra load for the Christmas season, you will need to hire new employees. It is very important not to rush into this. There is no dearth of people needing employment, but you need to screen them carefully, before hiring. One rude customer service agent can cost you customers. Do not take this type of risk. You want to preserve the integrity of your company at all times, and screening employees is the way to achieve this. You will then be able to build a core of loyal professional employees, that will be an asset to the company.

The golden rule is to diversify. You should always use multiple forms of marketing promotions in your business. Do not just do one or two promotions, and then wait for results. This will slow company growth, and your business will stagnate. The last thing you need is to slow down your marketing in the Christmas season. So remember to diversify, and enjoy the increase in sales.

By avoiding these mistakes, you will take your company to the success you deserve. You will be able to have year round success for your business, and really be able to cash in on the Christmas season. So plan ahead and be careful not to make these common mistakes.

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