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Successful Websites

Everything you need to know about building a successful website explained in simple, easy to understand, non-technical terms.

Custom Designed WordPress Theme vs. Purchased Theme

Wordpress templates

I do a lot of custom WordPress themes, in recent years most of the websites I design are WordPress, I recommend it because it allows my clients to easily update their own websites. Nowadays many companies are choosing to purchase premium themes that are sold online, this is a good idea if you are trying to launch Read more…

Marketing on a Shoestring

Marketing on the cheap

A great blog post this morning over at A VC blog about marketing on a small budget. In a nutshell it is Ask existing customers for leads Establish yourself as an expert Leverage social media Establish an email newsletter Cold call We can help you with items 2, 3 and 4 above. Give iLab New Read more…

Google: “Make Sure Your Website Doesn’t Suck”

Google's Matt Cutts

Every day small businesses struggle to compete online and every day that struggle gets harder and more complicated. Partially because companies like Google are tying to make it harder on web spammers and partially because small, local businesses are running up against competition from big business. Small businesses often just don’t have the time or Read more…

Set your website on fire

5 Tips to Increase Web Traffic All too often businesses get their new websites designed and then forget about them and expect them to do the rest. Business people sometimes assume that if a website doesn’t take off, that the web designer hasn’t done his job correctly, that may be true in some cases, but Read more…

The Ultimate Web Publishing Platform

The best web publishing platform is...

For years I experimented with various web publishing platforms to varying degrees of satisfaction. The ultimate, in my opinion, has to have several important elements. Easy to use admin interface: this is critical, for a web publishing platform to be successful it has to empower the website administrator, making it easy to add and maintain Read more…

The Lost Art of Home Page Design

The secrets of successful home page design

Without a doubt the most critical single element of a website, and yet the most neglected, is the home page design. First impression mean a lot, your website’s home page has to accomplish several different tasks and do them well in a short period of time or your visitors will leave. These tasks are: Capture Read more…

A really great web design must…

A great web design takes strategy

Creating a great web design is a balancing act between many varied and sometime contradictory elements. A website needs to please different groups of people and accomplish several functions at the same time. It combines left-brain, logical thinking and right-brain, artistic thinking. The average user or even owners of websites have little knowledge of what Read more…

Is your web designer right for you?

Is your web designer frustrating you?

Take this simple quiz. Is your web designer offering you a custom design? Some web designers charge you like you’re getting a custom web design, then give you a template. There is a huge difference in price and quality, if you are getting a template design the price should reflect that. Does your web designer Read more…

Search Engine Optimization Secrets

Learn search engine optimization secrets

Who was it that said “if you build it they will come” because it’s definitely not true online. How many websites have failed because the person assumed that visitors would just magically appear. I recently met with a business person who had spent many thousands of dollars on an ecommerce website that had, over the Read more…

5 Content Management System Advantages

Thinking about content management system advantages?

The task of keeping a website’s content fresh and up-to-date can be a daunting one, yet it’s of utmost importance to the success of that website. Adding a content management system (CMS) to your website makes updating content a snap. The cost of implementing a CMS is much lower today than it was when I Read more…

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