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What NOT to put on your website

What NOT to put on your website

By on Mar 7, 2014 in Web Design | 0 comments

It’s amazing to see so many websites out there that have so many basic no-nos done on their website. The worse part is I’m sure they paid for those as well. So here are some things you really shouldn’t have on your website. 1. Automatic Sound / Music I’ve had many clients who want to add music to their website as it loads. No, stop, don’t do that! it’s annoying for people who visit your website. Imagine you were visiting a website from your office, coffee shop or any public area for that matter, as soon you click on this website, there’s loud music playing. You are now frantically looking for the mute button on your computer. Usually this is the time you tend to forget where the mute button is in the first place. Some might even just close off the website as soon as it starts with the audio. Having sound it great on a website, but there’s a time and place for everything right? So just avoid those auto play videos or music that loads on launch of website. Instead give visitors the option to have sound or not. This way you wouldn’t lose your visitor before they even get to know who you are. If you really really must have sound on load, make sure you have a ‘mute’ or ‘turn off sound’ button prominently displayed. 2. Splash Pages As splash page is a welcome or entry page that loads before the actual home page of a website. I must admit I have seen a decline of these (thankfully). But for people who are still thinking this is a good idea, no, it’s NOT! These so called ‘splash pages’ are really more like a splashy annoying road blocks for your website visitors. These valuable visitors would have most times already opted to click on your website link choosing from your competitors, so why do you need to ask them again whether they really want to ‘enter’ your website. Doesn’t it get them thinking ‘Do I really want to? hmm may be not. Let me go check another website’. What would you think if it’s a splash page with music on? NOT FUN! 3. Pop-ups Pop,...

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How to Choose a Domain Name

How to Choose a Domain Name

By on Sep 14, 2012 in Small Business, Web Design | 0 comments

Your domain name is how people find you on the web. You will use your domain name for your website and your email address. Therefore, it is extremely important that you spend some quality time and do your research when coming up with a domain name. The tips below will provide some guidance on how to go about choosing a domain name that is perfect for your website. Selecting a domain registrar Selecting a reputable domain registrar is the first and most important step in registering your domain. We are affiliated with Site5 and recommend them to our customers. As with anything you buy online, make sure you do your homework and check reviews before selecting a domain registrar. Registering a domain, regardless of the registrar you choose should cost you in the range of $10/year. If you find a registrar that is charging you a lot more than this you should probably look elsewhere. Most registrars also complicate what should be a relatively simple process of registering a domain by offering a myriad of add-on services the typical small business does not need. If in doubt, call the registrar or if we are designing your website let us know and we will explain in plain English what they mean and provide recommendation based on your needs. Domain name extension or TLD When registering your domain you will have the option of many URL extensions based on business type, regional, personal etc. For example should you register .com, .net, .org, .biz, .us, .ca, etc. The choice here depends on your type of business/website, where you are located and a number of other factors. By far the most popular extension is .com, and we strongly recomend that you register a .com for your business if available. You can always register additional domains and redirect them. For example, a non profit would usually register domain such as nonprofit.org which will be the primary domain. However, it makes sense to register nonprofit.com and redirect it to nonprofit.org. Most people remember and most of the time will assume that your URL ends with .com. Another example would be a business based in outside the US (i.e. Canada). The primary domain can be mybusiness.ca and mybusiness.com can redirect to mybusiness.ca. Whatever your situation,...

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How to Choose a Web Designer

How to Choose a Web Designer

By on Sep 4, 2012 in Small Business, Web Design | 0 comments

This article is primarily aimed at self employed individuals and business owners looking for a small business web designer (either a freelancer or a company) to build and design a custom website, relatively fast at a reasonable cost. You probably would have already done a few searches on Google (I got 250 million results) and soon realized that this can be a daunting task. After all, there are thousands of website design companies and they all say they are awesome. You don’t have time or money to waste, so how do you make the right choice the first time. Hopefully this post will provide some guidance and make the process a little bit easier. Why do I Need a Website? Because everybody else has one? Yeah, that’s one reason, but take some time to think about what you hope to achieve with a website. Do you want to simply provide information to prospective customers, sell products online, provide additional services to existing clients, all of the above? Doing this step will help you figure out what website design expertise you need and clearly communicate your requirements to the web designer. What are the Website Services that I will Need? Now that you have figured out why you want a website, you will be able to determine which of the following services you will need. Website Design and Development This will cover the website layout, graphics, text location, colors scheme and navigation. Any programming needed to make the website function as designed will also be included. Domain & Hosting For your site to go live it needs an address and home on the Internet. The address is your domain name (i.e. thenetstuff.com) and the home will be online storage space provided by a website hosting company. Some website design companies can also register your domain and host your website, while others can guide you through the process and recommend what you need. There are many good web hosts out there, we use Site5 as we have found they provide excellent service at a reasonable price. Online Marketing This can include everything from Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to Social Media Optimization (SMO). This area can get complicated and expensive, but every website should have at least some...

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