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Friday, 11 April 2014 12:23 Written by Tony Herman

MadisonSign.com Website

Webstix, Inc. is proud to announce the launch of the Madison Sign and Lettering website:

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Madison Sign and Lettering offers affordable and quality banners, signs and displays for commercial and residential purposes. Their sign services include vehicle lettering, real estate signage, yard signs, banners, window signs, sandblasted signs, trade show signage, site lot maps, parking lot signs, vinyl lettering and lots more. Just go to their website and you'll notice some of the signs that they've created around Madison.

The Website

The website we created for Madison Sign and Lettering is a very nice-looking responsive website design that works well on smart phones and tablet computers since many more people are using these devices now to access websites. The home page features navigation, a slide show (which they can edit) as well as testimonials, samples of their work and their latest blog entries.

A blog on a website is essential if you want to start to rank well in search results. With a blog, you're able to easily login, enter some new content, publish it and then move on with your day. A blog is a tool to make publishing on your website an easy task. With more content that's written well and informative, you're better able to rank for more searches. Think about the websites you visit the most - you go there because there's new content, right? Google likes new content and the more it's shared, that's more proof that the content you're publishing is worth sharing and good content.

The website also features photo galleries of their signs (their work). They can send their potential customers to their website to view samples of their work and get ideas for their signs. Having an online portfolio of work that you've done is a great way to demonstrate your capabilities to your customers if you have a service company. It's more than just an online brochure because you can update it any time you want.

Get a Website Like This!

Do you have a business in the Madison, WI area (or anywhere) that needs a great website for a great price? We're not the cheapest designer in town but we include a lot more and we're not going to nickel and dime you for every little thing. We do complete work, we test our work in different browsers and we have lots and lots of satisfied clients. Become one of them by contacting us today.

-Tony

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:08 Written by Tony Herman

How Old is Your Website?

As we talk with clients and prospects on the phone, they often want to know if they should continue to put money into updating their current website or just start all over, from scratch, and create a new website for their business or organization. Here are a few things to consider to help you make this decision.

1. Is Your Website Responsive or Mobile?

More and more people are using mobile devices to access websites now. Mobile use is about to overtake desktop use. Check your Google Analytics account (if you have that set up) and see how many people are trying to access your website with a mobile device (smart phone, tablet, etc.) - you might just be surprised. If they're not getting a good experience, they might be bouncing off your website and going to another - or Google might not even be showing your website as a result since it's not optimized for mobile website visitors.

Responsive web design uses one design (template/theme) that adjusts to whatever screen size people are viewing your website on. This is ideal.

If your website isn't designed for mobile use, then it might be time to start over or at least do a redesign.

2. Are There Remnants of Older Websites Still on Your Server?

This might be a little clunky to explain but we've seen a few instances of this lately... what happens is, a new website is developed and the web developer is kind of lazy and just dumps the old site into or on top of the old one, leaving remnants of the old website still there... which Google can find. If Google can find it, they might still be giving those pages as results to people. The best way to avoid this is to completely backup and delete the old website before installing a new one.

Finding out if this is the case might be difficult to detect but we can take a look if you like.

3. Does Your Website Show Up Correctly on the Latest Web Browsers?

If you're still running Windows XP, you're using Internet Explorer 8 still (which is not supported - please upgrade or you might get hacked) and you might not realize that the rest of the world has moved on. Maybe your website was built to work with IE8 and it might not be working well in the latest versions of web browsers out there. You have to keep up.

You can go to browsershots.org and see how your website looks using different web browsers.

4. Is Your Website Too Slow?

Google and other search engines want to give their users the best results, so they do check how quickly your website loads. If it loads too slowly, you're not going to rank as high. Website technology changes relatively quickly and a website built on the latest technology tends to load more quickly.

5. Has Your Branding and Marketing Changed?

old-carQuite simply, does your website match your current marketing and branding? If not, it's time to at least do a redesign. If it's a big enough change, then why not just start over and get all the benefits of a website made with the latest technology?

6. Is Your Website Software Up to Date?

Most websites made in the last 10 years use a set of executable files and a database running on a server - it's software. Sometimes this software is called a Content Management System (CMS). You have to keep that software up to date or you could have your website compromised/hacked. If that software isn't even supported anymore, then it's definitely time to upgrade and doing that might require that you do a redesign, which means you're starting over from scratch.

Conclusion

Knowing if you should start over with a new website is kind of like trying to decide if your old car is worth repairing or not. For some people, they might want to continue to pay for repairs on the old one without realizing all the benefits they get with a new car. This is your business we're talking about - not your transportation. For businesses and organizations today, their website is too vital of an asset to skimp on.

If a new website that works well on more devices (reaching a wider audience) brought up your sales 10-20%, would that make it worth switching? If so, then we suggest you consider starting over with a fresh, new website made with the latest technology that offers a plethora of benefits. Contact Webstix today and let's talk!

-Tony

Friday, 28 March 2014 08:42 Written by Tony Herman

McKay Nursery Website

Webstix, Inc. is proud to announce the re-launch of the McKay Nursery website:

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McKay Nursery is an employee-owned company nestled among the farmlands of southern Wisconsin, more than a century old, providing quality northern-grown plants to homes, businesses, and finer retailers throughout the Midwest. They are a leading source of site and landscape design, construction, and maintenance for the places you live, work, and play.

The Website

The McKay Nursery website is a beautifully designed website with a home page slideshow, a ZIP code locator, online store, videos, tips, testimonials, photo galleries and more. This website has it all! The website's design is responsive so that it views well on desktop computers as well as mobile devices like smart phones and tablets.

They are able to update their website themselves as well a sell items online to their customers. The website loads quickly and is connected with their social media accounts as well. With their blog, they can easily add blog posts with video or other news items in order to connect with their audience.

Get a Website Like This!

Even if you don't need to sell trees, plants and shrubs online, Webstix can help you. We consult with our clients, find out their goals and help them run their business online. You may simply need an online brochure or even something else like e-commerce or even online apps. What's important is to make your website an asset for your business and have it be one that you'll continually reap benefits from. Contact us today to get started!

-Tony

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 15:11 Written by Tony Herman

Ideal Crane Rental Website

Webstix, Inc. is proud to announce the relaunch of the Ideal Crane Rental website:

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Ideal Crane Rental provides cranes and forklifts for rental and sale throughout Wisconsin. They also offer crane parts and high quality service.

The Website

For Ideal Crane Rental, we converted the design they had into a responsive website design so that it shows up well on mobile devices. They can easily login to their website and make updates to it as well. They can easily add new news posts and edit any other page. I particularly like the design of some of their inside pages:

Get a Website Like This!

If you like this website with responsive design and want one like it, then contact Webstix today about getting your own website that's easy to view, easy to update and one you'll be proud to show off!

-Tony

Tuesday, 25 March 2014 14:58 Written by Tony Herman

Trees and Plants Direct Website

Webstix, Inc. is proud to announce the launch of the Trees and Plants Direct website:

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Trees and Plants Direct provides high quality trees, plants, flowers and shrubs from their fields directly to your door. Orders are delivered via FedEx to ensure quick and safe delivery.

The Website

This website is an e-commerce/shopping cart website with many products broken down into categories for easy viewing. You can even search for plants that grow well in your geographic location. You can order directly on the website or else add items to a wish list for later. The website offers credit card payment using an online payment gateway and is a complete e-commerce solution allowing the website owner to print invoices and keep track of shipments right on the website.

The design is simple and meant to load quickly. The design is also responsive so that website visitors using phones and tablets can view the website easily and order from it on their mobile devices. A landscape architect could be out in a field with their client viewing and ordering plants online using a tablet computer.

Get a Website Like This!

If you like this e-commerce website and want one like it, then contact Webstix today about getting your own website that's easy to view, easy to update and one you'll be proud to show off!

-Tony

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