How Much Does A Website Cost?

We get this question a lot.

How much does a website cost?

It’s a fair question.  But we re-phrase it back to our potential clients so they can clearly understand what they’re asking.

Well, that’s like asking how much a house costs… it depends…

It’s not surprising that it’s the first question asked, and it’s not surprising that it’s not that simple to answer.

We’ll go on to help our clients understand what it depends on and what their options are before committing to investing in web development work.  Since we do this often, we thought it’d be helpful to share with all of you so that you’re better equipped if you’re going to go shopping for digital development or graphic design services.

First, no matter what you’re looking for, you’re going to have some basic costs.  Let’s go over them quickly. Continue reading “How Much Does A Website Cost?” »

Copying Mail by IMAP To Google Apps (Or another server)

If you just want the goodies step by step scroll to the bottom of this post.

SO.  There I was, migrating mail from one legacy server to Google Apps.  I’m familiar with IMAP and POP3, but I wasn’t getting very far using Office 365 and Google’s User Sync tool to get the mail imported.  The furthest I could get was getting the labels to add programmatically through the sync tool.  However, no mail would transfer with it.

After some experimenting, I found a solution at the time of this post that is confirmed to work that I hope other administrators might find helpful. Continue reading “Copying Mail by IMAP To Google Apps (Or another server)” »

How To Make Sure Your Website Connects With Your Audience

The discovery processes at the start of a project is really the most important phase in a web design process because it shapes the trajectory of your project.  One of the best things you can do to make sure your website connects with your audience is to ask yourself who you’re doing business with.

What are their concerns?  What makes you unique?  Why should they do business with you (and not a competitor)?

We walk our clients through a guided open-ended questionnaire that helps us understand these questions. Continue reading “How To Make Sure Your Website Connects With Your Audience” »

What Are Organic Search Results?

Organic search results are listings on search engine results pages that appear because of their relevance to the search terms, as opposed to their being paid advertisements.

In contrast, non-organic search results may include pay per click advertising.

Here are some examples of paid and organic search results:

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Poodle Security Vulnerability

On October 14, 2014, a new security vulnerability was discovered called POODLE. This vulnerability deals with SLL 3.0 (secure sockets layer).  This issue affeccts mostly older computers with legacy installations of Internet Explorer 6.0.  If that’s you and your machine, read on.

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Does Google Consider My Website Mobile Friendly?

How can you tell if Google considers your website to be mobile friendly?

You know when you tap on a search result on your mobile phone and you are dropped on a page where the text is too hard to read because it’s too small?  This is the result of a page not being optimized for a mobile phone.

You can check by using your own smartphone, but that doesn’t exactly tell you what Google thinks about your page.

Well, you COULD ask a web designer.  They’d know for sure.  But what if you don’t have a web designer handy at the moment and you just NEED to know?

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Learn How To Manage Your Own Website Using Treehouse

Managing a website can be frustrating if you don’t do it for a living…

Usually, though, that’s because you’re not equipped with the right tools to whip things into shape!

Some people are inclined to learn enough to manage their own website.  Are you one of those people?  There are a lot of options when you’re looking to learn how to code.  Which one is right for you?

I’m here to tell you that Treehouse is amazing.  It’s intuitive.  It’s expansive.  Your first month is free when you click super awesome link below.  Need I say more?

Get Started With A Treehouse Free Trial

How does Treehouse work?

Treehouse works on tracks.  You pick a track (like html) and it starts you off right where you need to be.  You learn with videos, quizes, and challenges.  There are over 100 courses in their library to help you get started.  You can filter them by topic, search them, or just see what is new.

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Make The Internet Work For You – Automate Tasks

Services like IFTTT and Zapier exist to help people connect different web applications together and make certain tasks online automated.  The real value in using these services is saving time.  Invest a little bit of time up front, and get massive returns in time after.

IFTTT is simple to pick up and follows a very simple “if this then that” format.  For instance, when you take a picture on your mobile phone with Instagram and upload it to your account, you can program dropbox to then snag that picture and add it to a specific folder.  Or, when you star an email in gmail, you can have it pushed automatically to your Evernote account.

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What Marketing Online Gets Wrong – And How You Can Do Better

Marketing Online Gets It All Wrong

The internet is filled with pop-ups, auto-playing videos, and more.  All interruptive.  All to disrupt your experience so you can be forced to watch the experience that a company paid 10k for a 30 second spot of your time.

It’s annoying.  You and I both have experienced this.  It’s rarely an occasion where we are delighted to watch, click, sign up, or otherwise engage online.

Current marketing methods get it all wrong.

We get asked to develop websites with pop-ups, auto-playing videos, and other interruptive experiences.  We always have the same response.

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