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Top Tips For Creating A Great Website

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Although it is always best to hand the creation of a new website over to the professionals it can still help to understand the basics behind what makes a good website so that you understand the services you are getting and can make sure that your website stands out from the crowd. When working with website development services providers you will be better placed to get the site you want if you understand what constitutes an effective website.

Firstly a site must have good navigation. Text and fonts on navigation bars needs to be clear and easy to read and the navigation itself must make it obvious to website visitors where to find the information they are looking for. Navigation bars are popular across the top of the page and also down the right hand side but there are several ways of making these stand out and look crisp and clean.

Secondly as any good web development services company will tell you, the use of colour is very important. If the client has corporate colours then these may need to be adhered to in order to bring the website in line with other online and offline marketing materials. Often the client will have a logo that is ready to be incorporated into their new site but sometimes a new logo and new branding altogether will be called for so the web design team will be prepared for each eventuality.

The third thing that makes a good site is the use of text. Content is very important not only to the website visitor but also to the search engines as it is this content that gets indexed and then determines how well the site can rank in the search engine results pages when optimised correctly using SEO techniques. Pages ought to contain around 200 words of text as a minimum but not be too lengthy as people are not keen on scrolling down endlessly to read the bit of information that applies to them.

Finally, if you have an ecommerce site to enable your business to sell products and services to customers 24 hours a day seven days a week then clear pricing information and a well-known payment gateway are key to achieving a good website. Also make sure that all links are working properly on the internal structure and that the site has a canonical redirect so it resolves with both www and without.

What Effects My Website Ranking

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There are so many aspects of a web site that can decrease or boost your search engine rankings. Each web site is as unique as DNA and as such, will react differently to different marketing treatments.

What are these different factors that go into your SEO Pricing and your web site’s ranking? Here is a list of the most important aspects:

1. The State of Your Site Prior to the Optimization – Your web site can have many different attributes that contribute to its ability to rank well or not so well. Your site’s PageRank for example, if your PR is a 0/10 or 1/10, it’s going to take a lot longer and a lot more work to get your site ranking well. If your site is poorly designed, contains frames or is written entirely in Flash, a lot of work will be required to redesign your site so that it is search engine friendly. If your site has very few incoming links, a fair amount of link development will have to be done in order for you to see the rankings and traffic you’re after. A web site that has been around for a while and developed its PageRank, has a search engine friendly design and obtains links on a frequent basis, will be able to reach top positions much faster than other sites, once an optimization campaign is under way.

2. The Keywords You Are Targeting – Some keywords are less competitive than others. If you search Google for a keyword or keyword phrase, you’ll see at the top of the results how many web pages are listed in those results. That is the amount of web sites that are competing with yours to reach top page placement for that keyword or keyword phrase. For example, the keyword phrase “web design” has approximately 303 million web pages listed in the results.

This is why you must choose keywords wisely. With tools such as wordtracker.com, you can find out approximately how many searches are performed for a given keyword or keyword phrase. The more competitive those keywords are, the higher the cost will be to optimize your web site and the longer the optimization will take.

3. The Size of Your Target Market – If your site is targeting a global market, it will take a lot more effort to reach the top ten search results than if your site is targeting a regional market. It also depends on what sort of market you’re targeting. If your site sells a product that only a small group of people will be interested in purchasing, your site will be optimized easier than if the product or service appealed to the global population. For instance, the keyword phrase “real estate” will require a lot more effort to reach top page placement for than “real estate canada” and even “real estate vancouver”.

4. Competitor Sites’ SEO Campaigns – You might find that once your optimization campaign is under way, your site jumps and slips and jumps and slips several times. This can be due to many things, but the one we’ll look at is your competitors’ sites SEO campaigns. If your competitors are aggressively optimizing their own sites for search engines, they can also be achieving new rankings and displacing your site. This brings us to our 5th and final point…

5. Your Own SEO and Link Development Campaign – Your own link development and SEO campaign should be thorough, covering all the aspects of a well optimized site and utilizing all your resources for obtaining incoming links. If your SEO campaign isn’t approached properly, your competitors can surpass you in the rankings easily. You must be aware of your competition and adjust your efforts accordingly.

As you can see, there are many, many things that make your site unique in the services it requires. Some sites can reach top page placement by just changing a title tag, while others wait 6 months to even be listed on Google. The bottom line is, educate yourself, ask questions, choose the right SEO company and be patient. In time, your top page placement will come.

For more information about what could be affecting your website ranking, feel free to contact us at get a free report about your website.

How to View Adobe Photoshop PSD Thumbnails in Windows XP Win 7 Explorer

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For those who used Photoshop 7, and have since moved up to photoshop CS-2-3 or 4 will probably be missing the abilit to view PSD thumbnails within Windows XP or Winsows Windows 7.  Adobe has removed this feature as it would prefer you use its built in browser. However when you design website for a living you have 1000s of PSD files on your computer. Having to use the primitive Adobe browser just doesn’t cut the mustard.

The Adobe PSD Thumbnail View Solution

The solution is very simple and takes less than a minute to implement. You don’t even need to reboot Windows. The change is immediate.

  • Go to ‘Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore’ and follow the instructions to create a system restore point. In the unlikely event things go wrong, come back to this menu to undo any changes you’ve a made
  • Download and open the file, photoshop_tpsd thumbnails Viewer Hack
  • Copy psicon.dll to C:Program FilesCommon FilesAdobeShell – if this folder doesn’t exist create it
  • Run Adobe.reg (double click on it )
  • You now can view PSD files in Thumbnails view within Windows Explorer.
  • When in the folder where the .PSD files are, Make sure that you select thumbnails from the views drop-down, or you may still see the icon as before.

 

How to View Adobe Illustrator AI Thumbnails in Windows XP/7 Explorer

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As a website designer its always good to be able to view the photoshop and illustrator files within windows. Adobe being adobe they want you to use their built in file viewer. That’s ok when your a new company and only have a few files. However when you have 1000s of loyal website design and design for print customers you cant afford to archive projects away as you know that you will only need to access them in a matter of days.

Any way ,  I thought it would be great if you could also see  Illustrator thumbnails in a folder.

  1. Download and open the file, illustrator_thumbnails.zip (92kb)
  2. Copy aiicon.dll to C:Program FilesCommon FilesAdobeShell – if the folder “shell”  doesn’t exist create it
  3. Run AI_Thumb.reg (double click on it )
  4. You now can view Adobe Illustrator (AI)  files in Thumbnails view within Windows Explorer.
  5. When in the folder where the .AI files are, Make sure that you select thumbnails from the views drop-down, or you may still see the icon as before.

Renew your domain name or you will lose it!

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Hi Guys

renew your domain name with evolvenet web design birminghamToday i will try to give you informaion regarding Domain Name Renewals. For thsoe of us who are familiar with the term they will try to avoid being the next innocent vicitim who forgets to renwe their domain name. Of courese all bad things happen in pairs so once you have lost your domain name you pretty much have to except that you have also lost your website.

Please dont let this happen to you!
Having been developing website for more then 10 years i have come across afew occasions when someone has either by mistake or for the sake of afew pounds has left it to late and has had to pretty much start again.

.co.uk domain names must be renewed every 2 years. In the case of a .com domain name you can renew a domain name for upto 10 years. in either case it is very easy to forget to renew it when the domain name comes up for renewal

Evolvenet.co.uk will email you 30 days before the domain name is up for renewal. If of some reason you don’t receive the email, let us look at how you can prevent loosing your website.

What Is Domain Name Renewal
Domain name reneal is a process of buying additional time to use your domain name,Cuntry to belief a domain name is not for life. You are merely leasing it for the allotted time, usually 1 or 2 years.You can choose to keep the domain name by renewing it once the allotted time is up.

The only way you can hold onto a domain is to renew it.

Be Aware Of Domain Name Renewal Scams
Stay alert, the net is full of companies allowing you to renew a domain name for 100 years. Customers are always complaining about renewal scanm service letters. The longest you are allowed to renew a domain name for is 10 years in the case of .com you can only renew for 2 years in the case of .co.uk

Domain Name Renewal – Don’t Forget Or You Lose

 

Microsoft: IE6 countdown website

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Birmingham web design companyIE6 was released in August 2007, shortly after the completion of Windows XP. In April 2009 Microsft stopped mainstream support for XP and withit support for IE6.

IE6 is by far the most hated browser in the world, on the 4th of March Microsft took a stand to show all of us that its listening and created a website www.theie6countdown.com

Currently the IE6 is used by 12% of the browser market. Microsft are hopping to drop this to 1%. Help Evolvenet help Microsft by sharing this post to everyone you know. Upgrade to IE7 or IE8 or even better Firefox. lol

Finally we web developers can stop spending hours of coding time trying to insure your website is compatible.

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marioestrada
on March 4, 2011
1:07 PM
If you’re on IE6 or IE7 do us all a favor and download Chrome or Firefox, please Reply | Quote
lurker101
on March 4, 2011
1:55 PM
marioestrada said:
If you’re on IE6 or IE7 do us all a favour and delete your system32 folder

fix’dReply | Quote

mattfrompa
on March 4, 2011
1:56 PM
lurker101 said:

marioestrada said:
If you’re on IE6 or IE7 do us all a favor and delete your system32 folder

fixedReply | Quote

catburst
on March 4, 2011
2:31 PM
or operaReply | Quote
ahmed90
on March 4, 2011
2:56 PM
well as a web designer / master thy should kill both IE6 and IE7 to make our life waaay easier Reply | Quote
Guest
on March 4, 2011
3:07 PM
IE6 is my third choice for browser, just after Opera 10.63 and Firefox 3.6.3 and I don’t have plans to update to the versions 7 or 8. Obviously I am a happy user of XP.
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Guest
on March 4, 2011
3:10 PM
This we can call: “The XP Conspiracy” Reply | Quote
Guest
on March 4, 2011
3:17 PM
IE6 was and is a great product!… Ten years and still keeps working!… The same that Windows XP.Reply | Quote
Guest
on March 4, 2011
3:21 PM
The countdown will take a long time!
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TrekExpert
on March 4, 2011
3:41 PM
Mozilla or Google should have a countdown for people to get off Internet Explorer altogether. After all, friends don’t let friends use Internet Explorer.Reply | Quote
jwdR1
on March 4, 2011
4:37 PM
This makes me want to reinstall just to see if I can help make the number go up! Reply | Quote
w3b0n
on March 4, 2011
4:43 PM
TrekExpert said:
Mozilla or Google should have a countdown for people to get off Internet Explorer altogether. After all, friends don’t let friends use Internet Explorer.

bahaha very trueReply | Quote

lawfer
on March 4, 2011
4:45 PM
lurker101 said:

marioestrada said:
If you’re on IE6 or IE7 do us all a favour and delete your system32 folder

fix’d

I lol’edReply | Quote

SNGX1275
on March 4, 2011
4:48 PM
IE6 is my third choice for browser, just after Opera 10.63 and Firefox 3.6.3 and I don’t have plans to update to the versions 7 or 8. Obviously I am a happy user of XP.

Does Opera 11 require Vista or 7? I doubt it would, so if it doesn’t, why 10.63?Reply | Quote

Guest
on March 4, 2011
9:47 PM
Opera’s the best!Reply | Quote
Route44
on March 4, 2011
9:55 PM
On both my XP machines I cannot in any way upgrade to IE 8 because neither PCs will connect once I install it. I have to revert back to 7. Why? I haven’t a clue. Both machines predominantly use Firefox but if I want to continue to receive XP updates I need IE.Reply | Quote
lurker101
on March 4, 2011
11:21 PM
That’s a problem with your rigs, not XP. My XP64 connects just fine with both x86 and x64 variants of IE8.Reply | Quote
nismo91
on March 5, 2011
12:48 AM
On both my XP machines I cannot in any way upgrade to IE 8 because neither PCs will connect once I install it. I have to revert back to 7. Why? I haven’t a clue. Both machines predominantly use Firefox but if I want to continue to receive XP updates I need IE.

have you tried into IE9 RC?

the moment IE7 was launched I immediately installed it (from Beta 2 to RC2 and finally the final version). by that time i’ve already used firefox, but i cannot even stand having IE6 as my backup browser.Reply | Quote

derwynr
on March 5, 2011
6:07 AM
Have been using IE9 in both beta and RC and loving both. for me the offerings like Opera, Chrome and Firefox just dont cut the musterd, and oh yes I’ve tried them all.Reply | Quote
Route44
on March 5, 2011
10:41 AM
Yeah, I realize it probably is with my rigs but I am not sweating it considering they run quite well.

As for IE9, I could be mistaking but I thought MS said it would not be compatible with XP. Someone with greater knowledge help me out.Reply | Quote

lurker101
on March 5, 2011
12:31 PM
There’s a good chance that, just like Windows Live Messenger and Microsoft Security Essentials, it’ll run just fine on all versions of XP, Vista and Win7, but the installer will prevent you from installing on XP64Reply | Quote
Lokalaskurar
on March 5, 2011
4:24 PM
Gotta love this statement from Eduard Johnson, NSRR:

“For all of those who has not seen a fully-functional HTML5-website with the truly beautiful CSS3 implemented: you’re rather unfortunate – download Chrome, Safari and/or Opera, and experience the full beauty of the World Wide Web” .Reply | Quote

Guest
on March 6, 2011
5:23 AM
IE9 FTW!!

Apart from give me a downloads shortcut icon plx microsoft Reply | Quote

fpsgamerJR62
on March 6, 2011
5:28 AM
Short of having a mission-critical application that runs only on IE6, I can’t think of any reason why anyone would still be using that antiquated browser. I very seldom run IE8 and only to connect to Windows Update.Reply | Quote

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