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Broken Maps? iFrames to the Rescue

Are your Google Maps displaying an error like the following? This page can’t load Google Maps correctly. If so, you probably need to setup your billing information and enter an API key…Or just use an iframe.

Google’s latest update requires users to enable billing with a credit card and have a valid API key for all projects. Fortunately most users can avoid entering billing information and just use iframes instead. If you’re just displaying a single location, without any additional functionality, an iframe will suffice. See instructions below to obtain and setup an iframe – it’s easy! 

Otherwise, or if you believe your site is using one of Google’s Map APIs, follow instructions here to obtain and configure an API key.


Embedding an iframe

Step 1 – Find your location on Google Maps

Simply enter your address in the search bar and hit enter.

Step 2 – Get your embed code

Once you’ve found your desired location, it’s time to copy your html code for the iframe. Simply click “Share” on the left sidebar and select “Embed a map” from the share window. Copy the iframe code and you’re ready for the final step.

Step 3 – Display your map!

Once you’ve copied the iframe code, head over to your website (or wherever you need the map) and paste the code snippet. If you’re not sure how or where to do this, ask your web-master or look up a guide online!


What if my map isn’t responsive?!

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

With a few extra lines of code, you can rest assured your new map will look great on all devices.

Step 1 – Wrap your iframe

Wrap your iframe snippet inside of a div tag with a “google-map” class. Example below

Step 2 – Add mobile styles

Copy the CSS code below and paste into your sites stylesheet

Step 3 – DONE!

Enjoy your new map that will look great on desktop and mobile!


Happy Mapping!

When to Build a Website for a New Business

The answer to when you should build a website is simple. Now.

You’re going to want to have your website up far in advance of opening your doors. You can use your website to generate interest in your grand opening which will put you at a strong advantage when you do open your doors for business. Also, when you open your doors, you’re going to be focused on a lot of things that go into running a new business. Anything you can prepare ahead of time is helpful so that you can focus your attention on the most important areas of running your new business.

Before You Open

Before you open your business, you should have a solid website and branding in place. This is going to help you promote who you are and give you credibility in the eyes of the people you want to be doing business with. You’re going to want to have a professional email address (yourname@yourdomainname.com), a logo, and a website up. You can direct people to these assets to build interest and promote an opening, or a launch of a new service.

You’ll most likely want to start looking around for a designer to link up with. They’ll be able to walk you through your brand design, web design, and perhaps print design (business cards, letterhead, package design, etc). You could try to do these things on your own (We have a guide for how to build a website on your own if you want to give it a shot – The No Bull$#*! Guide to Building a Website on Your Own), but it will probably show through in your work, and customers might not take you as seriously.

Depending on the designer, the process to design a brand and a website could take anywhere from two weeks to two or three months. You’ll want to ask your designer what their timeline looks like. If you want to launch two months before you open and your designer is going to need two months to create everything for you, you’ll want to start at least four months before you plan to open your doors for business.

2-3 Months before Open

Your website and branding should definitely be wrapped up a couple months before opening. This will leave you plenty of time to network, gearing up for the open. You can make connections, show you’re legitimate, and start generating that interest and on-boarding new clients and customers. Your branding and website will be crucial components in how people perceive your business. How well your brand is aligned with your audience and how well your website outlines and describes what you do will help shape the opinion of how credible your customers think you are.

Opening Time

When your business opens, you’ll primarily be focused on making sales and delivering the product or service. Your time will be spent getting deals in place and delivering on those deals. Your time will be very precious, and you’ll probably not want to spare a lot of time working on creative like your brand and website, because you’ll be focused on running your business and dealing with day-to-day demands of operations. If you wait until you open to start work on your website or branding, you’ll really be stacking up everything you need to be focused on. Even if you can handle it all at once, the quality of the outcome of your website and branding will probably suffer from your divided attention. It’s better to get on it and have it all set ahead of time than to wait until your attention is spread thin running a new business.

But I’m Already Busy! I have tons of orders! Do I still need to build a website?

It’s always better to be generating more interest in your services and be over-capacity than it is to have less. Besides, you can always scale up by hiring new employees, or re-structuring how you make and deliver your service to meet demands. You may be missing out on more growth opportunity by not having an online presence or proper branding. Just remember, at any time you can throttle back how much you’re taking on. Think about it this way:

You can’t make the phone ring when you want it to, but you can always take the phone off the hook.

Having more interest than you can handle is always better than not having enough interest. Stay ahead of it and you’ll keep growing as fast as you like!

 

 

How to choose the best keywords (for non-experts)

All of our clients get the same advice when we build web applications or websites for them. We call it the “Field of Dreams” conversation.

Just because you build it, doesn’t mean they’ll come.

Meaning, just because you build an awesome website doesn’t mean that you’ll suddenly be flooded with traffic. You have to get people there first. How do you get them there? Business cards with your web address on them, networking, print advertisements, and SEO (Search Engine Optimization). There are two kinds of SEO: Paid SEO (paid search engine optimization or PPC, also referred to as pay-per-click) and Organic SEO (organic search engine optimization). This article will focus on the very basic essentials that you’ll need to get started with organic seo, that is, ranking on pages for free with Google or other search engines because you have a page they find relevant on the subject.

 

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How to Protect Your Online Business: Reasons Behind the ‘Terms and Conditions’ and ‘Privacy Policy’ Statements

Legendary Lion Web Design thanks Elitza Nicolaou and Kelsy Gill of Revision Legal for providing this guest post.

When you create a business, whether it’s a ‘bricks and mortar’ storefront, a solely online operation, or a combination of the two, your business will require protection.

When operating a physical storefront, the environment and atmosphere created by the ownership can help a customer understand the conduct that is expected of him. Additionally, staff will likely be available to assist the customer with any questions they may have and to readjust his conduct if he is acting in a way that is inappropriate to the business and its reputation. When a business is based online, the owner doesn’t have this same tangible advantage. Yes, a website can be designed to create a certain atmosphere, but you still need to go one step further.

When an online presence for a business is created, its ‘Terms and Conditions’ and ‘Privacy Policy’ statements are often the only chance to create a contract of use between the business and the third-party viewer/user of its website. A website is one of the biggest forms of communication a business can have with a consumer, coming second—maybe—only to its mailing list.

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Ask the Expert: Five Things to Consider When Choosing a Web Host

Ask the Expert is a blog series dedicated to answering your questions regarding entrepreneurship in the digital age.

Selecting a web host isn’t easy if you haven’t done it before. With a multitude of providers ranging from your own web design company to GoDaddy’s monstrous hosting system, navigating the world of web hosting can be tricky. In order to ensure you’re thinking about the best case scenario for your company rather than merely following the pack, here are some suggestions for things to watch out for when entrusting a company to keep you online:

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Client Showcase: MSU National Golf Championship

Legendary Lion is so much more than a web design firm. We offer brand design, search engine optimization and content development services for entrepreneurial clients of all shapes and sizes. Check out what we’re capable of!

Project Discovery

Matthew Myers is the chair of the MSU National Golf Championship, which is the primary project of the California Central Coast Michigan State University Alumni Club based in Monterey, California. The outdated, convoluted static site they had created for the golf tournament was neither informative nor navigable and didn’t come close to embodying the essence of the event.

Held annually at Pebble Beach Resorts, ‘Spartans at Pebble Beach’ pairs a premier golf experience with the very best in California Central Coast hospitality, all while raising funds for the next generation of Spartans.

Web Design

We redesigned his website, spartansgolfpebblebeach.com:

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Ask the Expert: Optimizing your Google My Business listing

Ask the Expert is a blog series dedicated to answering your questions regarding entrepreneurship in the digital age.

When you’re starting or running your own business, it can be tricky to keep track of what types of accounts to maintain and how to optimize them. From Facebook to Yelp! reviews to your website, managing your digital presence can be a full-time job in and of itself. Plus, constraints, recommendations, and best practices are constantly changing, forcing most entrepreneurs to play catch-up or refrain from doing anything at all. The latter is what we all want to avoid since your business will likely suffer without social media and SEO. How do you draw the line?

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Before & After: Western Mountaineering

The Before & After Redesign Series is a Legendary Lion Web Design project aimed at showcasing an overview of our web design process through the lens of well-known existing websites. 

Before & After: Western Mountaineering

In light of REI’s #OptOutside campaign last week, we decided to take a look at other outdoor retailers in need of an e-commerce redesign. Behold, Western Mountaineering:

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Client Showcase: Treehouse Counseling Services

Legendary Lion is so much more than a web design firm. We offer brand design, search engine optimization and content development services for entrepreneurial clients of all shapes and sizes. Check out what we’re capable of!

Project Discovery

Mary Ruth Cross has been working as a Marriage and Family Therapist for over 20 years. She had decided to rebrand her San Ramon Children and Family Counseling Center to reflect the well-rounded, 360-view with which she treats her clients. Because she specializes in play therapy and works primarily with children, she wanted to create a brand that is warm and inviting, gentle and deeply present.

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Ask the Expert: How Technology Has Changed the Realm of Business

Ask the Expert is a blog series dedicated to answering your questions regarding entrepreneurship in the digital age.

With technological advances happening at a faster pace every day, businesses need to dedicate more time to researching technological advances that can be used for their company. Even the simple choice of switching to a new project management software can increase productivity by significant margins, making the participation of leadership in companies to chase down what technology to use all the more critical.

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