Changing times

” The Times They Are A-Changin’ “

– Bob Dylan, 1963

World Population

In 1963, the year Dylan wrote “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” the world population was at 3,194,075,347 according to populationpyramid.net. As the years past predictions were regularly made as to what the world could support. The predictions were bumped regularly as the population grew. Today Population Pyramid says we are at 7,597,175,534.

Computers

“The first integrated circuit was produced in September 1958, but computers using them did not begin to appear until 1963.” – Wikipedia. It wasn’t until 1966 that Hewlett-Packard used them in commercial computers. For years after that these huge machines required air conditioning to keep them cool. Today, we carry many times that power in our pockets. No AC required.

Marketing

“Starting in the 1960s the markets in many industries became saturated with competition” (historycooperative.org). Direct marketing was introduced. Companies dedicated entire departments of their businesses to marketing. Today, they dedicate entire departments to the web and web marketing.

The Future

Who knows? It’s up to all of us. Keep your eyes on Microsoft, Apple, Google and the other web giants. Try something that you haven’t tried before. Create a video and post it on YouTube. It won’t cost you anything. Start a blog. You can set up a free blog at WordPress.com. The point is: Keep Learning! There is a ton out there that won’t cost you a dime.

Did Dylan have any clue how his words would hold for 55 years?

Can you even imagine what will happen in just the next ten?

“The Only Thing Constant Is Change”

– Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher

SSD – Fast Hosting and SEO

SSD – Fast Hosting and SEO

SSD – Your SEO Is Impacted By Your Website’s Server Speed

The rank of your website is impacted by many things. One thing often not considered is the speed of the server. Small business SEO can be significantly impacted by the speed of a server.

We offer our clients some of the fastest server speeds available. We employ an SSD dedicated server that we use for our clients’ websites. We also offer dedicated servers to each client that wants their own.

Shared Hosting vs. Dedicated Hosting

Most sites are hosted on servers that share space with other websites. This causes a range of problems, such as too much traffic or bad search engine practices. When businesses use these services there is no way to know who they are sharing their space with. Their sites performance is impacted by the actions of shared sites, therefore it takes control away from the business of the website.

Many web designers use a portion of the space on a shared server to host their clients’ websites. We offer space on our dedicated solid state server because we want our clients to have high performing websites. And we reserve the space to be used by our clients only. We monitor their content and do not allow black hat practices. The insures our clients get quality hosting.

More Traffic Means Slower Speed

A server can only move a certain amount of data at a time. With many websites on a server and many people trying to view those sites, it will almost certainly require more time to access those sites as the number of websites increases. This slower access hurts ranks because search engine algorithms penalize slow sites.

Dedicated Hosting Options

There are many options to choose from when deciding what type of server to use. One of the primary differences is the type of drive that it uses. Servers are designed as hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state drives (SSDs). Hard disk drives consist of spinning disks and reading heads. These moving parts are more prone to have mechanical problems. These solid state drives store information on interconnected flash-memory chips. These have no moving parts.

SSD Is Faster and More Reliable

Solid state drives are the most updated hardware. With no moving parts they are less likely to develop problems. They are also much faster.

Contact us today and we will discuss what an SSD server can do for your website.

Small Business Web Presence

Small Business Web Presence

Small Business Web Presence

Today, a business has a variety of web mediums at it’s disposal. Small business web presence can be improved with the proper management of these mediums.

The Business Website

Web users are searching Google to find information on websites. The website is the strongest web element for nearly all businesses. The typical home page is the primary impact point. Therefore, it needs to be  well designed and able to answer the visitors’ primary questions.

While the website is the primary hub of a business’s web marketing, it’s impact will grow exponentially when it is supported by other web elements. For that reason, businesses are putting more resources on elements like social media.

YouTube

The second most searched element on the web is YouTube. And it’s results don’t include websites. So a business that does not incorporate the use of videos is loosing out on a huge number of searches.

Social Media

Web presence for a small business is significantly enhanced with social media. Different businesses need different elements. For example, a small cafe can capitalize on short, time sensitive posts. If they are reaching the end of a day and have dairy products that will go bad overnight, then they can post “today only” specials on products that include those dairy items. Reaching a market for such a promotion is ideal for a micro blog, like Twitter. An example for different social media elements would be a home builder. For the home builder, content is not as time sensitive and can be longer, as with blogs. The builder’s customer is not going to make an instant decision. Therefore, the content is not nearly a time sensitive.

Continue Enhancing Your Businesses Web Presence

Make your web assets work together over the long term. Continued enhancement will improve benefits.

Web Presence

“A web presence is a location on the World Wide Web where a person, business, or some other entity is represented.”

-Wikipedia

See how we can help with web presence management.

Website Management

Website Management

Good Website Management Gets Good ROI

When a website is managed properly it keeps operating effectively and it attracts new visitors on a regular basis. Search engines penalize sites that are not operating effectively.  Websites with out of date content will turn the visitors away. These errors cost the site future traffic because the visitors decide not to return. Proper management of your website insures that you don’t run into these problems and increases the return you will get on the investment you put into your website management.

Keep Your Company’s Website Operating Effectively

Websites that are neglected often suffer in performance. Links to outside websites can disappear. Visitors that click on a broken link are taken to a page that doesn’t exist. This is frustrating and reduces their desire to return to the site. When the search engines see a link like this going no where, they penalize the site and it’s rankings will go down.

You need to monitor your site on a regular basis. Websites that are not monitored can run into server problems. The site could be down and the owner of the site will not find out until many visitors have had problems with it. This will cost you clients, it shows neglect on the part of the company and it can be very embarrassing. It can totally remove you from the search engines.

Keep The Website’s Content Up-To-Date

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Content Is King” many times. This is especially true with your website. Content needs to be easy to comprehend. Graphics need to be easy to understand. Text, for most businesses, needs to be written with simple and short phrases. MBA professors say it should be written at a tenth grade level. This appeals to a large audience.

Text that is out-of-date can be a big killer for your website. When a site visitor sees content referring to a two year old event like it happened yesterday, then the visitor see’s laziness on the part of the business. And the business will loose credibility. The search engines can also pick up on out-of-date content. When they do it hurts the website’s rankings.

 

Monitor The Website’s Performance

Web analytics Is a key element in the management of your website. It comes with some awesome tools that allow you to track various performances on your website. After it is set up a company can track those performances to see how well the site is operating. A vast range of data is available that allows you to find the strengths and weaknesses of your site. For example, you can determine what pages visitors are viewing and how much time visitors are spending on each page. You can also determine what pages need improvement.

Management Pays For Itself

Small businesses get back what they put in website management many times over. A little effort can go a long way. If you need help with website management then give us a call. We will help you create a program that will pay for itself.

Why The Mobile Friendly Website Design is So Important

Why The Mobile Friendly Website Design is So Important

Mobile Friendly Website Design

In June of 2007 Apple announced the first iPhone. Since then, the race has been on by various manufacturers to win market share in the mobile device markets. As a result, out of date websites designed strictly for the desktop have lost significant value. Those sites need a mobile friendly website design.

The Mobile First Concept

In recent years it has been suggested that websites be designed with their primary focus on mobile pages. This makes sense considering that today more websites are being viewed on mobile devices than on desktops. Because of this businesses need to focus on mobile viewers. The mobile first concept does this.

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The Shift to Mobile First Websites

In the near future there will be an even more significant shift in web usage out of desktop computers and into mobile devices. Not long ago households saw the PC as a necessity. It was their only connection to the web. Today many of those PCs are aging out and they are not being replaced. Web goers are getting everything they need from their mobile devices. So they have no reason to replace their PCs. Businesses need to accommodate this change with mobile friendly website design.

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Events Leading to The Mobile First Concept

Recent generations have done well managing the changes in their lives caused by the web. Just look what has happened over the last 60 years. Baby boomers had to deal with the c prompt (C:\>) at their desktop computer. Members of that generation were either enthused about the power of the PC or they were frightened by it. Over time the use of technology has grown easier. Today most Baby Boomers are handling their smart phones with ease.

Generation-X witnessed the advancement of the PC and the introduction of mobile devices in their primary working years. They saw the change as positive and were not afraid for it. They have managed it well. Smart businesses began redesigning their websites for mobile devices.

Next, the Millennials came into the workplace with knowledge of how to operate a PC through most of their lives. The mobile device was viewed with less fascination then the preceding age groups. It was considered a normal part of their lives. They will hardly notice the shift.

In comes Generation-Z.  Born from the mid 1990s to the early 2000s, Generation-Z has had access to the Internet most of their lives.

“Today’s teens had phones when they were in elementary or middle school, compared to high school or college for their older counterparts. And that shift is already shaping behaviors. Teens are moving from texting to messaging apps and from shopping on desktop computers to shopping on their phones.” (think with Google).

The baby boomers, Generation X and the Mellennials will all see the ease with which Generation-Z is able to fill their wants and desires with their mobile devices. They will envy that expertise and confidence. And many of the older age groups will make an effort to increase their knowledge and expertise. And they will do it with ease.

The Change In Retailing

The business world is beginning to get the picture. On April 7, 2017, Bloomberg reported that “America’s Retailers Are Closing Stores Faster Than Ever” (Lindsey Rupp, Lauren Colenam-Lochner and Nick Turner – Bloomberg). And this is happening for a good reason. Consumers are getting more satisfaction with less effort when they purchase on the web. Why would anyone drive to the mall to purchase a high quality pair of binoculars if they feel there is a good possibility that they may not find what they want? If they order on-line, their options will increase and the headaches will decrease. Businesses that want to keep up with their markets will need to design and create new display and delivery systems that will satisfy Generation-Z and be friendly enough to entice the Baby Boomers to join the party. Everyone in between will fit right in. The size of that market should blow us away!