The absolute minimum cost of a 10 page professional website for a small business

High Quality Websites In this article you will discover what it will cost your business to have a 10 page website if you decide to do the design and development yourself.

I will take you through the principle of having to build a fully functional website on your own. The concept of saving money is not new to us and we love to save money and as well as spend that money wisely. However, saving some money depends on the service or product you’re going to be dealing with.

The principles here are really aimed at small business owners who are in need to cut their business costs down to a minimum level as possible. But, such cost cutting can also play a negative role in ones business. It is not always a wise step if the appropriate investigation and analysis has been avoided to achieve cutting business costs at the expense of something else.

In terms of website design and development, generally cutting down on spending can be a loss in the long term. I have come across so many small business owners seeking the cheapest and the most affordable packages for their website design needs. Good gracious, they lack the understanding that cheap really means cheap in the website design world. Cheap web design means just that: you end up with a cheap website. Cheap websites don’t work!

On the other hand, cheap websites can play big roles for the small business owner’s business. A standard website with all the necessary parts built for dirt cheap can also work. However, in our opinion, if you’re not prepared to invest on your online presence then you might as well stop spending any money on your business and close shop.

The ultimate goal of any business should be to make sales and increase their business capacity. Lot of small business owners have a different impression of what a website needs to have and do. Our aim is to build a site for our clients that will help grow their business. Our web designs and SEO work’s prime objective are to bring in new or existing customers so that it continues to sustain operations. Having a business site that is aimed at increasing your sales is the definitive way to operating a business.

What is the absolute minimum cost for a 10 page website going to cost you? Prepare to pay at-least $250 For each well defined and Search Engine Optimised page. Paying anything less will result in a poorly and unsuccessful website. If you’re serious then no problems, it is still cheaper than your Yellow Pages ad that receives nearly zero real business calls per year.

The truth of the matter is really not about getting a website. It is more about the content of your site and how everything on it is written and placed to target a specific market. It needs to be focused toward your products by exactly matching the needs of your customers.

The most important aspect of a business website is not the design or the website itself. It is not the fancy looking graphics and neither is it the bells and whistles. It is simply the “copy”.

If you’re looking for a professional who will create a website that will target your audience, write high relevant and high quality content, that is search engine friendly and as well as highly usable and user friendly, then give us a call and we’ll start working on your dreams! If you mention this article you qualify for 10% discount on overall project costs (Valid until Dec 1st 2016).

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Top 4 Annoying Website Attributes to Stay Away From : Part 2

Top 4 Annoying Website Attributes Part 2

 Annoying Website Attributes

This is the second part of our Top 4 Annoying Webpage Attributes.
The first part is here.

It is understandable and correct to say that each person has a different opinion towards websites. It is also ok to hate what I would consider a great looking page. The fact is that we cannot please everyone. Each person has aunique perspective. But what is interesting is that there are some pages our there that have annoying attributes no matter how good the content is.

Website designers and developers try their best to figure out how best to present a site to their audience. Here at Expert Web Media our main thought on designing pages is to make it easy for the visitor, to read, to navigate and get the information as easily as possible. A winning page is be that matches the page to the visitors expectations. High converting pages are those that do this remarkably well.

Let’s jump right into the 3rd and 4th most annoying webpage attributes that we have grouped into this article.

3rd Most Annoying webpage attribute: Links Opening To New Tabs or Windows

I personally don’t like this behavour that is programmed into a webpage. Sites that open up new pages are those that are not only opening a new tab but also multiplying the amount of processor utlisation. Two tabs equals twice the amount of cpu cycles needed to serve those pages.

Generally, a vistor expects links to open into the same tab unless indicated with a sign that the link opens to a new window or tab.

Why do some sites do this is another matter. But, we know that on countless situations, these pages that open to new tabs is one way of delaying the vistor from leaving that site.

You may ask: Why do EWM hate these types of pages? Over the years oeprating systems have become so bloated that this disease has also spread to internet webpages. The bloat is perhaps the biggest reason why we hate sites that open into new tabs.

On every page that you visit nowadays, expect to find html, CSS, javascripts and images that get downloaded to your computer. The browser has to read these files and assemble these into the programmed state of the page. What is cruel is when websites go beyond the norm and add more than what the average computer can handle.

My friend, the internet is run by advertising. Advertising has shifted from the TV and offline newspapers and onto the internet. Unfortunately, there is a high burden and overheads that come with pages that have attached advertising.

But, you can eliminate these advertisers simply by installing ads buster plugins or addons for your internet browser.

4th Most Annoying webpage attribute: Annoying Flash Navigation and Design

no annoying flashEver since the web was created, I knew this technology “Flash” was bad news. Flash is great to use if you’re going to present something with lot more that HTML and CSS, but the buck stops there. Your home page does not need to have flash. Flash will load a lot slower than conventional web pages.

It is very annoying to see an hour glass in the 21st century even with a fiber-optic connection to the net. These website owners are behind the times and truly need to upgrade their use of technology. Simple webpages are lot more user friendly then flash designed ones. People are after information and flash just plainly interferes with that process.

If somebody offers to design a website in Flash then run the other direction. You know why? Flash designed sites lack Search Engine Optimisation technologies. Search engines are unable to break down the inherent code behind the page. Besides, search engines like Google serve sites that are responsive and load quickly. Unfortunerely, these kinds of webpages don’t rank well on search engines.

I must admit, I am an anti-flash web developer and wouldn’t go near it to design webpages with it any more. Flash is dying technolgy and is really not used to develop general web pages.

There are many websites on the net, and if one doesn’t provide you the answers another will. So, you have a choice between sites you visit. Every site is a click away from a search engine.

Most of these kinds of annoyances can be handled through plugins or your browser settings. Perhaps my most hated sites that annoy me the most would be the small text. Yes, yes, I can use Control + Mouse wheel to adjust the size of the text and I do use it often on a lot of sites. But, it is an annoying to do this everytime.

There is a solution for nearly everything. It is matter of self-educating by searching for the answer.

ps: with 45 tabs open, my Firefox is using 2GB of memory. If your browser becomes sluggish then it is best close the tabs that you don’t need and restart the browser. You also need to tell your browser to remember the session upon restart.

You may also want to read the most powerful Firefox Browser addons that can prevent cpu overuse.

Hope you enjoyed reading the 2 series of the most annoying webpage attributes we’ve presented.

All Time Top Firefox Internet Browser Addons

My Favourite and Powerful Firefox Plugins

top-firefox-addonsEvery Browser needs to have a good set of browser plugins or addons to maximise the use of the internet, the browser and the computer on which they are connected on.

How I feel without my browser plugins

Without my plugins I am like a person who is alone on a tiny boat in the middle of the ocean without an engine, a sale, a life jacket and a compass. The ocean and its waves do all the controlling. I am at their mercy and they direct where I have to turn and go. In this situation I am in total loss of control and subjected to harsh waves, thundery waters and winds along with unforgiving and ruthless climate. I have lost all my faith and perseverance to survive this outcome.

This is how I handle those CPU hogging websites

I am a control freak when it comes to using my computer. I will never relinquish power to technology! If I can’t control it, I won’t use it!

As has been for many years now I make sure that these plugins are always present on a computer that I am using even if it’s only for a short use.

The browser has become the main application of choice on any computer and smart phone. I have yet to come across a computer or a smart phone without one.

Did you also know that the very first application that gets installed on a computer is perhaps the Browser, right after setting the wireless or network drivers. Yep, that is why the browser needs to be under your control and behave the way you want it to behave. It is your computer and it is certainly your browser.

Advantages of Browser Addons

The advantages of taking back the control of your computer and the browser is many. You’re making more time for yourself based on working faster. Every few seconds saved throughout the day add up to considerable amount of time. Even better, you will work much faster since your computer and browser is now more responsive.

Slow computers and browsers do more than waste time. They can increase anxiety levels and cause high stress. Stressed out people are inefficient workers. Remove the stress and the work just flows much faster and further. Listen, an ad here and an ad there add up to your time wasted.

There are also other addons that make you work quicker. For example one of my favourite addons is the Fire Gesture. It basically speeds up what I am doing. Then there is the Yet Another Smooth Scroller that puts your Firefox into hyperactivity mode. You can now scroll through pages at lightning speed. Just install and try it out.

Anyhow, here are the top addons I use. These are by far not the only powerful addons or plugins that is out there but they are the ones I’ve come to rely on for optimal browser experience.

My favourite addons for Firefox Browser

adblock-plus

add-to-search-bar

bookmark-favicon-changer

browser-view

clippings

close-n-forget

download-youtube-videos-as-mp4

DownThemAll

element-hiding-helper-for-adblock

firegestures

flagfox

free-memory

google-search-link-fix

net-video-hunter

no-google-analytics

open-in-private-browsing-mode

play-pause

private-tab

quick-drag

random-agent-spoofer

search-preview

session-manager

show-password

status-4-ever

tab-mix-plus

toggleresponsive

toolbar-buttons

unload-tab

url-alias

user-style-manager

vertical-toolbar

view-source-chart

webrank-seo-toolbar

yet-another-smooth-scrolling

That is a lot of addons but I must say that they do help increase the speed of my computer by eliminating the client side scripting (javascript). Javascript can bring down Mega Bytes of unnecessary code down from the internet – and most of that is not for your benefit.

I would like your feedback. Tell me which browser addons you use that is not on the list.

Top 4 Annoying Website Attributes to Stay Away From : Part 1

Top 2 Annoying Website Attributes Part 1

 Annoying Website Attributes

Everybody has a different taste when it comes to how websites should look and feel. I will presented a few of those attributes most website designers should shy away from when designing pages.

Here is a glance as to what you will find here:

  • Annoying Background Music
  • Small Tiny Weeny Text
  • All Links Opening To New Tabs or Windows
  • Annoying Flash Menu System

Annoying Background Music

000802_c278_0007_cslsPerhaps this is my worst nightmare for websites that start blaring away with music or auto start videos. Nothing is more distracting than the sound a webpage makes without warning in a world of information overload.

You’re in an office environment or browsing on your computer or phone in a quite library and out of the blue one of thess pesky websites catches you breaking the silence. All heads turn toward your direction and there is big red invincible arrow pointing above you to you. How embarrassing would that feel if you care for the well being of others?

What is even worse then the sound auto-playing is the inability to detect where the sound is coming from. The average modern browser can have multiple tabs open at the same time and it makes this one of those tasks that throws one off-guard.

It is always best design practice to leave the control of these videos or sounds to the visitors discretion. Yes, the owners of the sites have every right to auto playing anything on their sites but frankly, it is annoying none-the-less. These sites lack the ability to build rapport with their visitors.

How to shut them up!

Most modern browsers have plugins that allows functionality to be installed to auto-stop web pages which have auto play videos or sound. If the site owners think that they have every right to intrude on your privacy then you have every right to control that intrusion, give them the plugin to shut them up!

Small Tiny Weeny Text

Top Annoying Website Attributes Is it a brainless design to fit every word into and above the fold? If a site is interesting enough the visitor will stay and read on. Why would you cram everything you have to say into tiny bits and force your visitor to read it?

I’ll give you one plugin that comes very handy for this kind of attack! Yep, I see these tiny weeny text as an attack and likewise I fight back like a Samurai warrior, slicing the page with my one power mouse. My mouse is the most powerful item on my computer second to my Alt-F4 or Alt-w. Alt-w or F4 needs the other hand to be placed near the keyboard.

I demonstrated this technique to my son on how to chop up a page that is irritating or doesn’t go away. I hold down the right mouse button and draw a quick “L” and then let go. At that very moment the page is gone. I advice you to install this plugin which helps one to quickly close pages in a quick succession.

If you’re using Firefox, the add-on I am referring to here is: Fire Gestures (opens in new tab). This is perhaps one of the best power add-ons that I use on the Firefox browser. It saves me a lot of work and time.

I will share my favourite Firefox Internet Browser Plugins of chose in my next blog post that makes my life and web browsing that much better.

The following 3rd and 4th annoying attributes will be shared in a future post. This post is long enough as it is.

  • All Links Opening To New Tabs or Windows
  • Annoying Flash Menu System

Thanks for staying on and reading the annoying Website Attributes.
I would love to hear your comments and any annoying website attributes that you’ve come across.

The Importance of a Domain Name in Business

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Domain Names are very important

In this article I will outline the importance of a Domain Name for businesses new and old and how valuable it is that you start with a good and unique name that is most relevant to the market you’re in.

What is a domain name?

Domain name is the term used to indicate the home page of a website. For example the domain name of this website is : expertwebmedia.com.au.

Each and every domain name needs to be purchased through a Domain Registrar. There many registrar’s here in Australia and as well as in other countries. Domain name prices vary from registrar to registrar. No 2 registrars give the same price. THe most common domain names for businesses in Australia are the domains that end with “.com.au” and “.com”. The cost for new registrations are about the same. If you had to go through an agency to register your domain name then expect an additional fee.

Why is it so important that you buy the right domain name?

The internet landscape is big. New businesses come into play every day and new domains are registered as a result. It is important that new businesses take their time to pick the right domain name for their businesses.

Domain Name Extension: .com.au and .com

The most common domain name extension to use for business in Australia is the .com.au followed by the .com. These are for commercial use and I would not use any other extension to register a domain name for a business, no matter how slick it looks or reads.

Usually, a good domain name is unique and short apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook etc are all great names. Some businesses opt-in to include a keyword that represents their niche or market. For example, we’ve worked with many driving school businesses and it is correct to include the main keyword in the domain name part. If one does a google search for driving school Melbourne you will find that most of the page one websites appear to have a “drivingschool” keyword in their domain name.

Don’t underestimate the strength of a good domain name!

New business owners haven’t a clue as to the value of a domain name. If you’ve looked after your website as good as you’ve looked after your business then the value of your domain name also increases in value and strength.

Search Engines

Because of the way our society uses and depends on search engines we have grown to accept them as our first point of contact if we need to find something on the web. Most of us are unable to memorise all the websites we like so we take the easy path and go search for them on Google.com, Yahoo.com or Bing.com or any other search engine for that matter.

Invest in Good Domain Name

The point here is that the domain name and your website is part of your investment of your business. It has value and frankly most business owners have no concept of how valuable it is. Some very valuable domains can fetch big dollars on the domain resale market place.

Research Your Domain Name

So, when you start a business of any kind make sure you do your homework and grab the best possible domain name for that business. When it comes to making money on the web through your website there is nothing that beats a website that comes up on the top of the first page of a search engine.

New versus old domain name

Your website is valuable and your domain is even more valuable as time goes on. You can rebuild a website on another domain name but it will lack the authority to rank where your old one has been. Building authority is another form of working on the SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) of your website.

A New Website Design for Adiga Buiding Services Goes Live

After Careful design and development we have successfully built and activated a new website in the building and cleaning industry.

Adiga Building Services

About Adiga Building Services

Adiga Building Services is a group of Melbourne based businesses who specialise in

  1. Waterproofing Services,
  2. After Builder Cleaning Services,
  3. Silicone & Caulking Services,
  4. and Residential/Commercial painting services.

They work throughout Melbourne and suburbs.

They have a professional team who will work at providing quality service with the best prices for your projects. Adiga Building Services takes every work seriously and with professional care to finish with quality and to your expectations.

At the helm of the business is a great guy who is a joy to work with. If you need a tradesmen in one of the services areas they provide then give them a call.

Their direct phone number is on their website.

Adiga building Services Melbourne

You can feel confident by contracting them for your projects and know that the work will be completed to your requirements every time.

Adiga Building Services specialists in Waterproofing, After Builder Cleaning, Silicone & Caulking, Residential and Commercial painting services.

Project details:

A site that is direct and tells the message as it is designed and developed for.  We have used web technologies such as css, html5, php and back end database along with WordPress to give this site a unique design and ease of use. Everything from Logo, business card, design and Google Adwords setup and including Adiga Google+ and Facebook pages to complement the business.