Tips For A Better Website

Tips For A Better WebsiteHaving an eye catching website is great, but are you optimizing your website to allow the best performance possible? I receive several emails a day from clients asking how they can get more hits to their websites, what can be done to increase sales, and how to prepare their sites for search engines. There are very simple things that can be done to help your website perform its best.

First of all, a websites load time is important for many reasons. No one wants to site and wait a minute for a page to show up. Slow loading websites can attribute to lost sales for your business! Many customers will actually avoid a website that takes a long time to load. You can keep your websites load time down drastically but keeping the size 26kb or smaller. If you are unsure of the size if your site you can calculate the size of your web page by highlighting the HTML document, then click on ‘File’ and ‘Properties’ and see your file size. Then repeat same step for

Earn On Offshore Web Design and Development

Earn On Offshore Web Design and DevelopmentIf you have some experience in web site design and want to make good money you can try acting as IT-outsourcing partner. Learn more what you should know and how to start.

Why offshore web design and development?

Offshore web site design and development help to keep prices at least 3-5 times less, for example, average hourly rate of web development services in USA is $35-75; in UK – $25-50, in Ukraine – $5-20.

How it works?

Typical plan is like that:

  • You find a client who needs a web site, ask his/her requirements for the project and send to your offshore partner company.
  • The partner makes a proposal and gives you the project estimation basing on his hourly rate, for example, $10.
  • You mark up the rate $10/hour as high as you wish (and can – taking into consideration competition in your region, level of demand for web design services, and other marketing factors), for example to $30/hour, and sends the proposal to the client. So if the web design project is estimated on 50 man-hours of work, you charge

Web Design Tips To Boost Your Sales

Web Design Tips To Boost Your SalesThe way you design your web site affects your visitors’ online experience. As each visitor to your site is a potential customer, the easier they find your web site to use and the more they enjoy being on it, the higher the chance that they will make a purchase.

Therefore, a well designed web site really CAN boost your sales!

In this article I’ll share my five favorite web design tips to help you increase your online sales.

Tip 1: Choose Your Colors Carefully

The colors that you use will determine how your web site comes across to your visitors. Dull colors will make your site seem plain and boring whilst overly bright colors can make it seem chaotic and unprofessional.

Red and Yellow draws the eye in. Therefore it can be a good idea to use these colors for banners and adverts that you want your visitors to focus on. However, use these colors sparingly because they cause eye strain which means that visitors won’t want to look at your

Optimal Website Design

Optimal website design is the art of logical navigation.

It will offer consistency while providing useful, quality information that is attractive to the eye and easy to understand. A well designed site will lead your viewers to the starting point and direct them through your site without confusing them.

While there are many ways to design a website there are a few basic design principles that will help you create a site that is user friendly and attractive.

1. Use lots of white space.

Don’t feel that because you have a whole screen you need to fill it up with ‘stuff’. Your page should follow a clean outline. Include your site name at the very top. Below that, list the subject of your page followed by information on your topic. Leave adequate space between each section.

Don’t cram a lot of pictures and ads on your site. If you have an ad, keep it off to the side or subtly intersperse it between your text. The idea is not to overwhelm your reader with a lot of advertisements.

It’s best to keep your text on a white background. If you do choose

Website Globalization

Globalize Your Website

The Internet has unlocked a wide array of markets and knocked down barriers that previously prevented merchants from marketing their products on a global scale. There are a number of ways to ‘globalize’ a website and broaden a businesses general appeal to an international audience.

1.) Payment Options – vary from country to country, therefore offering flexible payment options are important. While PayPal might be a good option for consumer-oriented products, this service is not widely used by businesses and is only available to customers in specific countries. In order to attract global customers, businesses must provide a variety of payment options that customers, in different countries, are familiar and comfortable with.

2.) Currency Distinction – provides added convenience to a potential customer, and shows an understanding and respect for global audiences. A currency converter is a good option, especially for large companies who may be dealing with many countries. When listing prices clearly indicate the country currency, such as between US dollars and Canadian dollars. This distinction will prevent misconceptions and prevent customer dissatisfaction.

3.) Contact Information – should be given for a country code, along with the area code,

How to on Creating an Articles Site Using Joomla

This Article presumes basic knowledge of Joomla. A working installation of Joomla is required.

Let’s say you need – or just want – to create a Site just like EzineArticles or similar. If you are keen on using a more generic CMS, and not an article-site targeted script, you might think about using Joomla. That is always a good choice.

If you tried to use Joomla as it is, with the default Article Management you will soon feel its limitations, There are some flaws that will hinder you to manage your site like a professional Article publishing Webservice.

1. You have to make the users Editors. Regular users (Registered) do not have the right to create Articles. You have to make them manually Editors. This might work for some website concepts, but for most an automation would be welcome.

2. Users Cannot view their submitted content. There is no list of submitted articles.

3. Administrators do not get any notification per email when a new Article was submitted.

4. Users do not get an email notification when their Articles got approved and published

5. Users do not get a message or

Reasons You Have to Stop Your Web Site

That’s right. Your method, behavior and strategy you are now using to manage your website may be justifiable reasons to stop it as soon as possible.

Right now, there are millions of websites on the Internet, many of them are dead static pages with not or very few visitors. The owner of websites are paying lots of money and effort to make the website up and running and are giving service to visitors. From within these much of website owners, a little of them are earning money from their website or their website is beneficial for their business, most of the others are wasting their time and money.

However if you do not have a web site on the Internet, your business is under a very serious risk to be bypassed by your competitors, but if you are not running your website in a right way, then it would not only be a useless but also a threat to your whole business. If you ask why, just read just five more important reasons that you have to stop your website.

1-Your website is not well designed.

People trust to their eyes more than their

Do You Really Need A Website To Succeed

Rosalind wants to share her inspirational poetry with a wider community. Alas, poor Rosalind lives in a remote town.

Jonathan is a graphics artist who settled in a mountain resort community after he left college. He would like to start a graphics business in this new location but office space in local buildings is far too expensive and his meager advertising budget wouldn’t attract enough customers to get started.

Merle was a secretary at a college for many years. She retired recently. She misses the interaction with students. And spends her time surfing the Internet. She has an idea for starting a business matching students with other students in her community who are looking to share housing. And thinks the Internet would be a perfect avenue to reach out to them and attract clients.

What do they have in common?

  • They need to reach a wider audience.
  • They have a product or service to sell.
  • They have a talent to promote.
  • Their funds are very limited.

If you can relate to a few of the above and answered “Yes” this sounds exactly like me!

Well, you need a website!

Thanks to modern technology, the

Web Development Processes and Technical Environments

The process of Web application development is critical to the success of web-based projects. The proper processes can not be enforced unless technical environments are properly setup. Technical environments are required for development, test and production.

Web applications architecture ( http://www.sysoptima.net/architecture/technical_architecture.php ) is typically in 3-tiers. Applications are developed on NT platforms, and deployed to production on UNIX platforms. Without streamlined procedures and proper environment settings, deployment and testing is not only a frustrating experience, but also a major detriment in application failure and budget overrun.

Development and test environment may be powered by less powerful computers, but the configurations should be the same for all three environments. Development and test environments should be populated with production data periodically.

Development Environment

Role – The development environment is a place where development team develops and tests the applications. If applications are developed on NT, deployment to UNIX environment helps developers to port NT applications to UNIX environment and test UNIX specific tasks, such as shell scripts and cron jobs.

Security Concerns – Development team should have full control of and access to the environment, though installation of new software should be consulted with UNIX

Web Accessibility The Basics

What is web accessibility & why is it important?

Web accessibility is about making your website accessible to all Internet users (both disabled and non-disabled), regardless of what browsing technology they’re using. In addition to complying with the law, an accessible website can reap huge benefits on to your website and your business.

Your website must be able to function with all different browsing technologies

The first and perhaps the most important rule of web accessibility. Not everyone is using the latest version of Internet Explorer, with all the plug-ins and programs that you may require them to have for your website. Different browsing technologies, each with their own accessibility requirements, can include:

* Lynx browser – Text-only browser with no support for tables, CSS, images, JavaScript, Flash or audio and video content

* WebTV – 560px in width with horizontal scrolling not available

* Screen reader – Page content read aloud in the order it appears in the HTML document

* Handheld device – Very small screen with limited support for JavaScript and large images

* Screen magnifier – As few as three to four words may be able

Rules of Website Designing and Layout

Now that you have got your domain name registered, your next worry is about designing a website or getting it designed, depending on your budget, inclination and knowledge.

To help the newbie’s start it right – Design your website before getting the domain name registered. Why park an empty domain on the web just like that? Why waste even a single day after registration? right? So a better idea is to keep your “small but complete” site ready. As soon as domain name registration notification arrives, upload the pages. You can keep adding value forever.

Small but complete is what is being explained through this article. Keep three things in mind; Simplicity, Appropriate content and Easy navigation. Try striking a perfect balance between them and you are bound to succeed.

Simplicity: Keep everything about your website simple. Flow of content,language, layout and terminology. Considering the potential of your visitor(who might be your future client/ buyer/affiliate) and his technical ignorance, you will do yourself a great deal of good sticking to simplicity. However stylized or hi fi your site is, if it can’t hold the traffic or visitor’s attention- its pointless.

Appropriate content: Content is

PHP Redirect

A PHP Redirect automatically transfers a web user from one URL to another. For example, typing foo.com in the browser automatically transfers the user to another URL bar.com.

The PHP Redirect command:

<?php header(“location: [some-url]”); ?>

Replace [some-url] with the URL where you want the redirection to take place.

For example,

header(“location: ./version2/index.html”);
=>redirect to “index.html” page in subfolder called “version2”
header(“location: <a target=”_new” rel=”nofollow” href=”http://www.yahoo.com”>http://www.yahoo.com</a>”);
=>redirect to a website called yahoo.com

If PHP is not available, it’s also possible to use other redirects:

* HTTP Redirects

<meta http-equiv=”Refresh” content=”[time]; URL=[some-url]”>

Replace [time] with seconds. This will pause the browser for the specified number of seconds. Replace [some-url] with the target URL you want to redirect.

For example,

<meta http-equiv=”Refresh” content=”5; URL=http://www.yahoo.com”>

The above HTTP based redirect needs to be in the region of the HTML code.

* JavaScript Redirects

<script language=”javascript”> setTimeout(“location.href='[some-url]'”, [time]); </script>

Replace [time] with milliseconds. This will pause the browser for the specified number of seconds. Replace [some-url] with the target URL you want to redirect.

For example,

setTimeout(“location.href='<a target=”_new” rel=”nofollow” href=”http://www.yahoo.com”>http://www.yahoo.com</a>'”, 5000);

The above JavaScript

Essential Tools Every Website Designer and Marketer Needs

Appealing to others is really important when you have a web page. This is because you will not have any personal contact with visitors and cannot persuade them to buy from you or come into your store, not personally that is. Your web page is your medium for persuasion so you need to put as much thought and effort into the design of your website and how it will appeal to potential customers as you would into a physical store. Unfortunately, a lot of web designers and marketers don’t think of their web pages this way and make a lot of mistakes that cost visitors and sales. Don’t let this happen to you, instead focus on the importance of appearance and have fake visitors visit your site and let you know what works and what does not, anonymously of course, before you launch so you will have some real web input. Beyond that, there are some other important tools you will need to utilize as well if you want to have ea successful website.

Tool #1 E-mail

This seems obvious, but not everyone truly realizes the importance of e-mail. In fact, most people use the Internet

What You Should Know About DIY Web Sites

Recently, a friend asked “What’s the deal with those DIY companies that advertise “How to get a website with everything your business needs for under $20 bucks a month?”. “How can they do that?” she said.

“First impressions are very deceiving!” I told her…let me share my past experience with you!

First of all… folks get excited by the low price-don’t do their due diligence and end up with buyers remorse when they get their credit card statement.

And for many reasons.

One, all that company is doing is creating cookie-cutter websites to niave, misguided folks who are impressed by all their “features”. Believe me this is true, years ago-I was one of them!

Let me tell you, the hosting company I use offers almost the exact same thing packaged differently and get this…for LESS THAN HALF THE PRICE! 1 year hosting, features, domain, bells-whistles, support, blah,blah,blah, etc,etc,etc..

“Their company”: 12mo/$203.76 yr (actual price taken from “Their” Website 5/30/05. Company name withheld, write me and I’ll tell you)

My hosting company: 12mo/$94 yr. Ya see that, LESS than HALF!

Two, folks who work hard and take the time to create

Tips to Make Your Order Page Work Harder

So your prospect, Mary, is sitting at the computer reading your compelling sales letter. She’s convinced she needs your product. So she clicks on the order link, with her credit card next to the mouse. She’s taken to the order page. What she sees next makes her change her mind and click away. Can you prevent bail out at the crucial moment of ordering? You betcha!

Here are 7 surefire tips to make your order page work harder for you…

  1. Check marks the spot. Add a check box with a big, bold “Yes! I’ll take it! I understand I get blah, blah, blah.” For extra impact, consider adding a red border around the box so it stands out.
  2. Repeat yourself. Remove all doubt about what the prospect gets for her moolah. List all bonuses and the guarantee (if there is one). Include directions on when and how the product will arrive. Hold her by the hand and take all the mystery out of the order.
  3. Be kind. Remind. We all want to feel like we made a great choice. You already know how cool your product is. Let her know it too. Something as simple as, “You’ve made

Traffic for Webmasters

“If you build it, they will come”; is an age old phenomenon for webmasters that they develop the website and visitors themselves would visit that. This may be true for only a handful of websites but the most important and crucial topic for any webmaster today is to how to get targeted traffic to his website.

How good is a website without traffic, only webmasters know that very well and this is no doubt the biggest question of the new Internet age. The new webmasters have to face a lot of problems in order to attract the targeted traffic to their website. But by following few most used methods they can attract visitors of their particular niche group in a very safe manner. These methods are used and recommended all over the world and have been best to use.

Optimization:

Search engine Optimization is the most important issue while targeting the website to the traffic, because it is because of this optimization process that most of the visitors would be able to locate you not alone visit your website on a frequent basis. One of the major problems that the webmasters face is not to

Simple Steps to Create a Background Tiled Image Branded with Your Name

You have seen those web pages where they have the name of the Name Web repeated over over over in square tiles as the background. Now by following these 9 Simple steps you too can create a web page Branded with your Name, or Company Name.

I am far from a graphic designer but by using Microsoft Word and Microsoft Paint and these 9 Simple Steps. I have been able to create Tiled background Images.

Step 1

Go into Microsoft Word and Create a Word Art with your Text.

  • Click on Menu Item Insert then Picture Then Word Art.
  • Select a Word Art Template
  • Enter Your Word art Text
  • Select your Font Style and Size
  • Rotate your Word Art (Going from Top Right to Bottom Left seems to work best)

Step 2

Open Paint and create a New File

  • Click on Menu Item File the New

Step 3

In Paint —-
Set Image Attributes Size to

Width 168 Pixels

Height 197 Pixels

  • Click on Menu Item Image then Attributes
  • Type 168 in Width Text Box
  • Type 197 in Height Text Box
  • Select Pixels
  • Click OK Button

Step 4

Go back to Microsoft

Color Psychology in Marketing

On the internet we don’t deal with face to face selling. The internet is a visual and psychological medium. The words, or sales copy, on your website have by far the greatest psychological impact on your visitors and thus becomes your most important communication and sales tool.

But another important psychological aspect of your website that is often overlooked are the colors. Yes, that’s right… I said colors.

Just as you use words to express yourself, colors can be used as an expression as well and are a language all on their own.

The background color of your website, the color of your header, the color of your text, headlines and sub-headlines etc. can all have a psychological impact on your visitors.

Here is a list of some of the common colors and what type of psychological emotion they invoke in people:

RED is associated with love, passion, danger, warning, excitement, food, impulse, action, adventure.

BLUE is associated with trustworthiness, success, seriousness, calmness, power, professionalism.

GREEN is associated with money, nature, animals, health, healing, life, harmony.

ORANGE is associated with comfort, creativity, celebration, fun, youth, affordability.

PURPLE is associated

Ways To Automate Your Site

Automating your online business is one of the most important steps you can take to insure your success on the internet.

If you have been on the internet for any time at all, you know that there are just too many tasks to do each day to be really efficient and productive with them all.

Learning to delegate some of those routine, daily activities is one way to insure your site’s success and to give you much more time in the day for the most important task which is that of promotion and marketing your site.

HERE ARE 5 SIMPLE WAYS TO AUTOMATE TODAY:

1) USE AUTO-RESPONDERS:

Probably one of the best-known and popular ways to handle routine messages to inquirers is the use of auto-responders.

It is simple and easy to set up your messages which usually involve several follow-up messages to remind your visitors what you are offering and how to find your site again.

Here are some free ones:

http://www.freeautobot.com/ (ad free also.)

http://www.getresponse.com/

http://www.sendfree.com/

http://www.sendthisfree.com/

2) MAILING LIST MANAGEMENT:

If you are trying to run your own newsletter, handling the process

How To Get Your Visitors To Stay

Remember the famous line from the movie Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come”? In the world of Internet marketing, you not only want them to come, you want them to stay.

The Internet is fast-paced. Your visitors decide very quickly whether or not you have what they want. There are five strategies that will help you engage your visitors and encourage them to explore what you have to offer.

Make Your Site About Your Visitors Not You

In order to do this, you must clearly know your target audiences and what you anticipate they will be looking for when they visit your site.

For example, your target audiences could include the client groups you serve, potential donors, policymakers, members of the general public and the media. In order to get and keep their attention, you must quickly let them know that you understand their needs and have a service or product that meets them.

Remember, your visitors want to know what’s in it for them.

Make Your Site Easy to Navigate

Limit the navigation choices your visitors can make. One recent study found that many sites offer