Plain vs Fancy Web Design: Which one works best for a small business?

Ugly Website Design
Does your website have to look impressive to get results?

“Can a ‘plain’ website out perform a prettier one?”

If you own a small business site then you have probably gotten sales pitches like this in your email inbox before:

“Hello, my name is {blank} and I wanted to reach out and ask if there is anything that you would like to change about your website?

I am a web developer with {blank} and my team can do just about anything you can imagine. My forte is helping clients get the look and feel they want out of their websites as well as making sure they can be found online.”

Sounds like a good deal right? Get an impressive looking website, and get be found online.

Yet, we all know this is not the complete truth. Read More

Top 5 Small Business Website Mistakes To Avoid & What to Do Instead

angry_white_businessman_280x280The Best Time to Avoid Small Business Website Mistakes is At the Beginning

Most of the articles you will read about common website mistakes to avoid involve either bad web design elements or SEO problems. This article is a bit different.

In this article I’m going to share with you why I feel that the most terrible websites disasters happen LONG before anyone hires a web developer or sets out to learn how to build a website on their own.

I believe that the worst website mistakes either start at a desk in your back office or around your kitchen table late at night.

A  NASA project engineer once wrote  “The seeds of problems [in a project] are laid down early.  Initial planning is the most vital part of a project.  A review of most failed projects or project problems indicates that the disasters were well planned to happen from the start.

When I was in the Army an old sergeant put it more bluntly “Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.”

I strongly believe that piss poor planning can mess up even the most beautifully designed and constructed website. Read More

How to Change a Theme on WordPress Website – Even You’ve Got No Web Skills?

How to Create a Website with WordPress
“Hey anyone can change a WordPress website theme !”

How to Change a WordPress Website Theme in 6 Steps

Jill’s feeling great. Her designer got her new WordPress website up and running a few months ago.  Now she has found what looks like a great new WordPress theme.  All the members of her business group are raving about it.

Jill called up her web guy but he is tied up and she knows from experience it might be days ( or weeks) before he gets back to her.

She really wants to try out that new theme right now! But she’s just gotten used to writing blog posts. She’s afraid she just doesn’t have the web skills for the job.

Well  if you are like Jill and a lot of  other small people, you are probably interested in using a WordPress website to promote yourself online. Read More

Build a Business Website on Your Own? Are You Nuts?

Yes,  there is an easy way for you to learn how to make a business website on your own

Okay, you might be wondering why I am encouraging you to learn how to make a business website on your own, when I’m in business of selling website development services?

The answer is simple.  I’ve worked with too many small business people whose marketing is being strangled to death by the well-meaning but often ill-advised information about company websites.

Some people think that all Internet marketing is a fab and will eventually die down – so why invest in a website? While others think that free sites like Facebook, Blogger or Tumbr are “good enough”/

I have gotten so sick and tired of watching people lose customers to their competitors because they thought that creating a website was too expensive or too much of hassle.

In today’s tough economic times, no business can afford to miss out on THE most powerful marketing tools available today — a customer-focused website. Read More

What I Learned at Skool – Some Cool New CSS3 Tricks

As part of my school work (gee, don’t you like homework at my age?) Anyway part of my assignment was to learn more about CSS3 and then write a blog post about it.

So here’s Johnnnnny!

What did I learn about CSS3?

Well the first thing I learned that was important to me was the overall current status of CSS3 as it is being used by current web browser vendors.

I used the tutorials on Lynda.com, so I liked that each chapter told you if the properties been studied were useable in the “real world” right now (so you could put it to work immediately) or they were still in their experimental stage (nice to know for later). Read More