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Responsive WordPress Themes, The Latest Trend!

CRogers : June 19, 2012 9:09 am : Blog


A Responsive WordPress Theme
is the latest trend in WordPress website design. These new WordPress themes “resize” to fit any internet device. No need for a separate mobile template to showcase your WordPress site properly on a mobile device or tablet.

Due to the particular growing popularity to access websites on tablets and smartphones, it has become increasingly popular for multipurpose devices to reveal a beautifully designed website.  Your website will adjust properly, no matter if one is using a tablet, netbook, TV, iPad or smartphone.

This means your new Responsive WordPress website should look great whatever the screen size and device the visitor uses, without the need for separate mobile themes, plugins or stylesheets.

Save time and money by having a new, custom WordPress website that is will showcase your business properly on the internet.

40% of internet searches are made on mobile devices that require a “responsive” website layout. If a website is not responsive, the viewer can still see a Wordpress website but the smart phone will have to be flipped to a horizontal view and the viewer will have to scroll to the right to see the full width of a webpage.

By having a responsive website, you do not need a separate mobile ready website template. So you can save time and money by using a mobile ready Wordpress responsive theme.

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Use WordPress CMS to Build Your Business Website

CRogers : June 17, 2012 7:56 pm : Blog

 

Businesses are switching to WordPress CMS to create and maintain their company website!  

WordPress is a free, open source CMS, online content management system.
Used by over 2% of the 10,000 biggest websites, WordPress is the most popular blog software and website content management system in use today!

WordPress provides a higher site ranking with search engines like Google than a regular HTML or CSS website offers!
This alone is a reason to switch! If your business has many competitors online, then you should consider the SEO advantages of having your website built using WordPress.

There are over 72+ million WordPress CMS websites as of Jan. 2013!

WordPress is browser compliant and mobile ready!

WordPress has a templating system, which includes widgets that can be rearranged without editing PHP or HTML code, as well as themes that can be installed and switched between. The PHP and HTML code in themes can also be edited for more advanced customizations. WordPress also features integrated link management; a search engine-friendly, clean permalink structure; the ability to assign nested, multiple categories to articles; and support for tagging of posts and articles. Automatic filters that provide for proper formatting and styling of text in articles (for example, converting regular quotes to smart quotes) are also included.


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What Do You Want Your Website to Do?

CRogers : October 4, 2011 9:00 pm : Blog

Your new website has a purpose.

  • Provide information - You want your website to function like a brochure or product catalog online.
  • Sell onlineThis is an online storefront where you promote your product take orders online – E-Commerce.
  • Generate leads - You need your website to be able to collect contact information from interested visitors. You can collect names, e-mails, phone numbers using a online form.
  • Reduce customer support costs - You want your website to provide customers with direct access to your Customer Service reps. Also, you can have a FAQ webpage with answers for common questions. This will save you time and money in responding to customer questions or issues.
  • Present information from a database – WordPress, Joomla and Zen Cart use a database to store and present your information online. You can edit these databases directly, if needed, to make global site changes.
  • Get people to interact with one another - Either WordPress or Joomla have an add-on to setup your online community. Great for non-profits and membership websites.
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Web Design Questionnaire

CRogers : October 4, 2011 8:03 pm : Blog

 

Before the production of your new website begins, consider the following questions. This will help your web designer target your customers online and reinforce your brand. Hiring a web designer with professional experience is the best choice – not an amateur or a college student lacking real-world marketing experience.

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  • What kind of visitors are you expecting on your website (income, interests, gender or age)?
    This question helps you to understand better the potential visitors and plan the website design and development.
  • Please list the names of two or more of your competitors and describe how are you differ from them?
    Your new website will be compared to a lot of other sites. Your new website should be memorable and stand up from the crowd.
  • What actions do you want visitors to take on the site?
    A new website can sell products, provide information, ask a visitor to make a phone call or fill out the form.
  • What is your deadline for completing the site and your budget?
    Many clients have unrealistic expectations. You should have a clear realistic schedule and budget.
  • What features should be used on your website (contact form, pictures, video, etc.)?
  • Please list the names of three sites that you like and what do you like about them?
  • Do you have any color preferences, look and feel for the website?
    Websites generally coordinate or match the colors of your branding, in your logo.
  • Who will be the contact person for this project and what will be the turnaround time?
  • What do you NOT want on your site in terms of text, content, color, graphic elements?
  • Who will be responsible for maintaining the website and how much time he or she would have for it?

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Giant Sunflowers! Amazing!

Giant Sunflowers! Amazing!

Outside Blue Sky Creative design studio in Chapel Hill NC.
Wow! I grow these every summer in a planter. Giant sunflowers are always amazing! Taller than I am! The flowers follow the sun during the day. The hummingbirds use the large leaves as a perch to guard their nearby feeder.

Hummers Outside the Studio…