Google Labeling websites without SSL "UNSAFE"
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Google has announced that it has started considering SSL protected websites (https) as a measure of deciding page rank for websites in search results.
Awesome PDF Compressor
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A great tool for compressing PDF documents for faster loading on your website
3 Reasons why Wordpress is not a good choice for your web platform
March 9th, 2016
From ground up, WordPress was designed for blogging. So on a basic installation of WordPress, all you can do is add posts, create static pages and...
December 4th, 2015
We get a lot of calls and emails asking about SEO. Here are a couple of tips and tricks to help you with your site and getting more hits!
5 Key Considerations when buidling a Mobile Website
July 8th, 2015
The web has gone mobile and so has internet commerce. Studies show that mobile-based shopping and even purchasing is expected to increase by 200% by 2017.
April 21st, Google will be penalizing websites that are not mobile
April 9th, 2015
This means your mobile search traffic could take a drastic dive, limiting the number of customers who can find your website.
Is a Website Absolutely Essential?
Even if you're not planning on selling online, a well-crafted site is essential for any business
If you have a business, you absolutely have to have a website, period. If you think that what you offer can not be sold online you may want to have a look before you commit to that notion. Today there is very little that can't be sold over the internet. More than 20 million shoppers are now online, purchasing everything from books to computers to cars to real estate to jet airplanes to natural gas to you name it. If you can imagine it, someone will figure out how to sell it online.
Getting to the point, we’re not saying you should put ALL your efforts into selling or marketing your business over the internet, though if what you offer lends itself easily to online sales you should certainly be considering it. The point to be made here is that you must, at the very least, have a strong presence on the web so that customers, potential employees, business partners and perhaps even investors can quickly and easily find out more about your business and the products or services you have to offer.
That said, it's not enough that you just have a website. You must have a professional-looking site if you want to be taken seriously. Since many consumers now search for information online prior to even visiting a brick-and-mortar store, your website may be the first chance you have at making a good impression on a potential buyer. If your site looks like it was designed by a barrel of colorblind monkeys, your chance at making a good first impression will be lost.
One of the great things about the internet is that it has leveled the playing field when it comes to competing with the big boys. As mentioned, you have one shot at making a good first impression. With a well-designed site, your little operation can project the image and professionalism of a much larger company. The inverse is also true. We've seen many big company websites that were so badly designed and hard to navigate that they completely lacked professionalism and credibility. Good for you, too bad for them.
You also mention that yours is a small operation, but when it comes to benefiting from a website, size does not matter. It doesn't matter if you're a one-man show or a 10,000-employee corporate giant; if you don't have a website, you're losing business to other companies that do.
Here's the exception to my rule:
It's actually better to have no website at all than to have one that makes your business look bad. Your site speaks volumes about your business. It either says, "Hey, look, we take our business so seriously that we have created this wonderful site for our customers!" or it screams, "Hey, look, I let my 10-year-old nephew design my site. Good luck finding anything!"
Your website is one of the most important assets to your business. It is of the greatest importance that you treat it as such.