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  • Are Web Templates Worth It?

     
    First off, I am a designer. Now you're thinking, here's this guy trying to convince me to hire a designer costing a few hundred to a few thousand dollars instead of buying a pre-made web template for about $60. Well, these days most companies don't have the money to invest in a costly web site and there are thousands of hungry web designers out there, plus now there are web template resources. These resources can equal great value and effectiveness for the customer as well as increased business for the web designer....
     

    Speed Up Or Lose Out! How To Improve Your Websites Download Speed

     
    So your web site's online and you've got high rankings in the search engines attracting lots of visitors. But the statistics tell you most of them are leaving after viewing just one page, what's gone wrong? One possible cause could be a slow download speed of your web site's homepage or the web site as a whole. There is nothing worse than having to wait for a web site to load up. Studies indicate that the majority of visitors will only wait 3 - 5 seconds for a homepage to load up before clicking elsewhere....
     

    Web Site Templates and Their Benefits

     
    Unarguably, the most important part of your website is content. To draw in clients or customers, you need captivating content and search engines are blind to web design. They only see content. The images, structure and colors of your website go out the window when it comes to search engine placement, which we all know is the single best traffic generator. Your web design is really only a shell that makes your content look pretty. Don't get me wrong, your site's design can be very important. People are influenced by colors they see, and the quality of your design lends credibility to your brand-image....
     

    5 Ways To Automate Your Site

     
    Automating your online business is one of the most importantsteps you can take to insure your success on the internet. If you have been on the internet for any time at all, you knowthat there are just too many tasks to do each day to be reallyefficient and productive with them all. Learning to delegate some of those routine, daily activitiesis one way to insure your site's success and to give you muchmore time in the day for the most important task which is thatof promotion and marketing your site....
     

    How To Rescue Your Graphic Design Project When All Else Fails

     
    Whether you're giving a critical sales presentation to a client, producing visuals for a meeting, event, trade show or seminar, or unveiling the new company logo before an audience of shareholders, top-notch graphics will help ensure that you, your products, and your message receive the attention they deserve. Yet when you decide to do the graphics in-house to reduce turnaround time or cut expenses, those logos, photos, charts, graphs, pictures, timelines, illustrations, etc. can be a source of frustration, embarrassment, stress and perhaps lost business....
     

    How a Custom Designed Website Can Help Your Business

     
    Over the years, the internet has grown into a marvelous avenue to promote your business. In my last article, "Why Your Business Needs to Have an Internet Presence" (http://www. jvmediadesign. com/info37.html), I discussed 5 valid reasons why your business needs a website. In this article, I discuss some things to avoid and how a custom, professional website can help your business succeed. Professional is the key. Remember, the internet has a global reach. Some of your new potential clientele may be learning of your business for the first time by visiting your website and the old clichŠ¹, "you never get a second chance to make a first impression", still rings true....
     

    Tips for Getting More Sales From Your Website

     
    (1) Create a Direct Response Website, with the minimum number of pages possible (e. g. an Index Page, a Contact Page, and an Order Page). (2) Make sure your sales copy is positive and inspiring - people buy things because they want to improve their lives. (3) Identify a problem and show people how and why your product or service solves the problem. (4) Keep your paragraphs short - no more than 2 sentences per paragraph. (5) Use bold headings to break up your sales copy into short chunks of text....
     

    Choosing A Web Designer : A Plan to Guide You Through The Minefield

     
    Choosing a web designer can seem like a daunting task. They come in all shapes and sizes - from freelancers working at home to glossy new media agencies, and there is as much variation in prices and service as there is in size. So how do you choose the right one for your business? Select Your Marketplace Firstly, decide what market your would like to select from: local , national or overseas. If you would feel more comfortable meeting your designer, and running through your project face to face (maybe it's the kind of project that needs to "...
     

    Get Rid of Your Frames

     
    A few years ago a lot of websites utilized frame technology. A website that uses this frame technology is apparent when the left hand or top of the screen stays the same and the inner part changes when links are clicked on. The main URL address always stays the same no matter what you click on. Using frames can be a big problem for your website. Some search engines have trouble getting through the frameset to the actual web pages within your site, which may cause the search engines to not index it properly....
     

    Web Crimes: how to avoid common website design mistakes

     
    Thinking about designing your own website? Think again about adding any of these "features"? 1. Animated gifs. You know the ones: the dancing baby, the rotating email sign. No matter what you chose, nothing screams out "amateur" quite like an animated gif. Next! 2. Mouse trails. Those little pictures, or strings of letters that "follow" your mouse everywhere it goes. In my case, they follow my mouse all the way to the "back" button, so I can surf on to somewhere less annoying....
     
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