3 Small Business Website Do's and Don'ts

  • By Cynthia Mitchell
  • 21 Jul, 2015

Small businesses need a quality website.  But what does "quality" really mean?

Every small business is different so their website and visitors will require different things. Still, there are a few generally universal do's and don'ts that you can use as a guide for getting started with your small business website:

Do Have Some Idea of What You Want | Don't Tell The Designer I'm Leaving It All To You: You don't have to know it all or have every detail completely thought through, but have some idea of what you are looking for as far as budget, features, number of pages and general style. Do some research and check out competitor sites as well (local and non-local). This will help stimulate your thought process and give you ideas of what you do and don't want your website to look and feel like.

Do Listen To The Professionals | Don't Let Them Steamroll You: Once you do a little homework, share you ideas with a few potential designers. Get their professional feedback and quotes on your project. They should be able to give you explanations for all of their suggestions so that you can determine if you agree with them or not. Do not take their experience for granted. Many of their ideas may be very helpful and valuable to you, but make sure your ideas are being heard too. The final decision should always be yours.

Do Set A Reasonable Budget | Don't Be Completely Inflexible With Your Budget: Of course most small business owners do not have unlimited budgets. So setting a budget or price range for your web design is a good idea. It's important to keep in mind though that you may have to adjust your budget based on the complexity of what you want or adding important features like SEO to your website. Paying a bit more and getting a site that is much more attractive and effective is well worth it in the long run.

If you need a free web design or SEO consultation, call us today. We work with small businesses everyday to help them grow their businesses. Our small business websites are affordable, fast and marketing focused. We also offer comprehensive SEO services to ensure that your new website is visible online for the right keywords.

Web Design, SEO & Social Media How-To's, Helpful Tips and Discounts

By Cynthia Mitchell 18 May, 2017
Cyber security and the growing threats online seem to be mounting by the minute. Protecting your website, computers, data, business and clients is becoming more and more challenging. Still, you can't ignore the issue and leave your business at risk. Here are 4 tips to help you secure your website and computers:

This will enable https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. Data becomes encrypted and the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to. This will help visitors feel safer and reduce your risk and liability. It will also help your SEO.

Hackers are everywhere. Even well secured sites may fall victim to hacking. Keep a full back up of your website both on your computer and on an external drive. Complete full website backups regularly.

How often are you changing your passwords? Are you sharing sensitive passwords with staff? Are your passwords written down in your office? You need to have complex passwords that are changed regularly for you website, hosting, email, social media, etc. Don't ever share this information unless absolutely necessary. 

Outdated software on your computer can leave you vulnerable. New security patches and fixes are often included in software updates. Be sure all the programs running on your computer are always up to date.

By Cynthia Mitchell 05 May, 2017
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3. Look for an email from us with your $50 credit and confirmation that you have been entered to win.

4. Look for the announcement of the winner on Mother's Day (it will be announced via email and it will be posted on our website).

By Cynthia Mitchell 15 Dec, 2016
The New Year brings so much change, excitement and reflection. It's a great time to review and evaluate your online marketing and website as well. Sometimes even small changes can make a BIG IMPACT. Here are 3 website musts for 2017:

SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES: Stay up to day with social media trends. New social media sites present themselves all the time. It's important to take advantage of them when there is an opportunity to reach your target market. Expand beyond the standard Facebook & Twitter. You may want to consider Pinterest, Instagram, Periscope, Snapchat and local social sites as additions to your social media marketing strategy. 

RESPONSIVE & MOBILE-FRIENDLY: If your site is not responsive and does not create a mobile friendly user experience, it can cost you clients and ranking. Google does often penalize websites that are not mobile friendly and visitors may have a difficult time navigating your website.

SECURITY FEATURES: Be sure your site is secure for both you and your visitors. If you collect any sensitive information on your website, be sure that you add a secure connection to your website. Also, be sure to add CAPTCHA to your online forms to help protect you from spam and bots. If your direct email address is on your website, you may want to consider removing that as well to help prevent spam and email spoofing. 
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