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 Get The Most Out of your Web Designer

Web design is a specialty service.  There is a lot of training and experience that is required before someone can produce significant results in web design.  Results can be measured in traffic, sales, engagement, and functionality just to name a few.

So how do you know if you’re getting the most out of your web designer?  We’ve written this article to give you some tips if you are currently working with a web designer so that you might feel a little more comfortable when you start the web design process.

Quick Web Design Lingo Reference Sheet:

Web Designer: Someone who designs your website.  This is the person that will work in Photoshop, or some equivalent software to create the ‘look and feel’ of your website.

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Mobile Apps vs Mobile Responsive Web Applications

Mobile apps are a powerful way to connect with your market, collect data on your clients, and provide service to your clients on a new platform.  But what is a mobile app, exactly?

Essentially, a mobile app is a computer program that runs on a smartphone, tablet, or mobile device.  They’re made available through marketplaces like Google Play, or Apple’s App Store, for instance.  These platforms now run on cloud-based solutions, meaning if your phone gets run over by a truck or if you drop it in the water, you can get a new phone, log in, and automatically get all of your apps re-installed.

icloud restore

When you set up a new iOS device or need to restore information on one you already have, your iCloud backup makes it easy.

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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?” »

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” »

How much SEO do you need?

The best way to explain SEO is to use an analogy because, quite frankly, it’s half science and half art, and mostly complicated.

If building your website is like building a car, then SEO is like souping up the car’s engine and modifying the car to increase it’s speed and gas mileage.  It takes additional time and effort outside of initially designing manufacturing the car.

The first step in good SEO practice is identifying your target audience.

Who is your target audience?

Let’s examine a fictional business to walk through some of this.  Take a look at Uncle Bob’s Tree Service.

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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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