Let’s face it. There are a lot of web design companies out there to choose from – big companies, little one-man shops, foreign contractors, hosted solution providers, local vendors, and more. Choosing the right web design firm for your website development or redesign can sometimes be daunting with all the choices out there. Here are some guidelines to help you find the right fit for your company’s needs, personality, and budget. […]

What is this Pixlr?

Pixlr (http://www.pixlr.com/editor/) is an online photo editing application that offers many of the professional features found in Adobe’s PhotoShop for free in your internet browser. This guide is not meant to detail all the features of Pixlr, but act as a quick reference for performing basic functions dealing with adding photos to your CMS website without relying on a designer. […]

Every visitor to your website is a potential customer, and whether a “conversion” on your site equals a filled out Contact Us form or a completed online purchase, more conversions equals more business.  So how can you increase conversions on your website? Here are 5 suggestions to try:

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gif, jpg, png… You may have noticed these three little letters at the end of your image files. There are a lot of different types of file formats available for images, so how do you know which one to use?

Each file format has different advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what type of image you are creating, you can pick the file format that will give you the best quality and size for your project.

Here is a handy guide to some of the most common file formats for the web: […]

Every website communicates information to users through text. Headlines grab our attention while cluing us into what the following paragraph is about. Supporting text tells us a story about a good or service being offered, and why we can’t live without it. Given the weighty job that text performs on a website, it makes sense to take care in sculpting its appearance. The following is a quick walkthrough of the different tweaks that web designers (and do-it-yourself website updaters) can use to add readability and impact to website text. […]

So you’ve got yourself a brand-new website for your business. It looks great, delivers your business message quickly, and visitors are raving about how easy it is to find the information they need. The website even has a content management system (CMS) that lets you make changes to information and images on the site without so much as a phone call to your developer.

Depending on the type of content management tools your site uses and how they’ve been programmed to work, you can add, delete, modify and move around almost any piece of information on your website. Content management can be an extremely powerful tool — you might even say that it’s “dynamite”.

Just make sure you don’t use the dynamite to blow yourself up. […]

In this installment of our “Improve Your Website” series, I’d like to focus on one of the invisible elements of your website that can have an impact on your site’s success. I’m talking of course about the creation of an XML Sitemap, which is one of several SEO best-practices employed by web developers in the know to help your site get fully indexed by the search engines, ultimately helping your ranking and traffic numbers.  First I’ll give you a brief overview of what the heck they are, and then we’ll talk about some of the benefits and how to add one to your own site. […]