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Tips and tricks to keep your website a dynamic sales tool. Inspiration and knowledge keeps you on top of what is happening in the world of web and digital marketing. Our Web Design Blog includes articles on Web Inspiration, Web Design News, You on the Web, and External Web News.

Papua New Guinea Web Design

Professional web design is now available in Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea is fast catching up to speed with their internet access, making the need for a website for business in Papua New Guinea a necessary requirement.

The recent deregulation of telecommunication services in Papua New Guinea has resulted in an exponential increase of internet users due to cheaper internet plans. Specifically on smart phones, tablets and laptops. Internet access is getting closer to the average Papua New Guinean.

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Ideal Screen Resolution for Website Design

When technology changes, so should we.

When I started doing website development, not that long ago, the standard screen resolution was 800x600 and some people had the new 960x720 screens. The standard at that time was to design for a fluid screen width with the difference between the smaller screens and the larger screens being relatively minor.

The site w3schools.com shows that in the year 2000 their average visitor had a screen size of 800x600 with only 4% with a screen size larger than 1024x768, whereas in January 2013, 90% of their average visitor had a screen size larger than 1024x768.

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RSS Feeds

Have you ever seen this symbol on the top of a website, or in your browser? Ever wondered what it was? It is an amazing way to engage with your client. This is a RSS feed symbol. RSS stands for " Rich Site Summary" but often called "Really Simple Syndication".

The symbol indicates a web feed on the page that allows for new content on that website to be "fed" into your RSS reader. Therefore you can subscribe to the website and be advised of new content. This is also often referred to as a news-feed.

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Online Savvy or Online Cautious

Is your business Online Savvy or Online Cautious?

It seems that Australian businesses are not embracing the internet and new technologies. A recent report through the 2013 MYOB Business Monitor indicates that only 38% of the SME's (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises) researched owned a website, with this figure remaining unchanged even 9 months after.

Being Online Savvy is more than just having a website. Being Online Savvy is embracing new technologies to be able to reduce your operating costs and increase your profitability.

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Your online supporters! It's all about ENGAGEMENT

Do you engage with your online supporters? So you ask, who are my online supporters. Your online supporters are the people that "like" your facebook page, or they are following you on twitter, or are following you on Google+. These people are your supporters, these people are your businesses fans that will follow what you say and be influenced by what you do.

So I ask again, do you engage with your online supporters? 

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Why use Joomla?

So, what is Joomla you ask?

Joomla is an Open Source Content Management System (CMS) that allows for a solid foundation of a website that will grow with your business. Until you actually use a Joomla site that has been developed professionally, you can't really appreciate the advantages of using Joomla over Wordpress, or other CMS applications.

Being an Open Source project, Joomla is freely available to everyone, with perhaps the strongest Open Source CMS community.

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Google Local or Google Maps

Confused about Google Local and Google Maps? No need to be. Google Places for Business looks after it all.

Is your business displayed on Google Maps. If so then you will have a Google Places page. You simply need to claim your page to start adding in relevant information about your business, including opening times, parking information, photographs and videos related to your business. You can also select categories for your business type.

If your business is not listed on Google Maps it is a very simple process to get listed, and the best thing is that it is a free service Google offers.

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How do you measure up?

A website is essential to any business operating within the current marketplace. The most basic function of a website should serve to boost your profitability through increased sales and decreased operating costs.

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Search in YouTube

YouTube is an untapped business promotion tool within the online search industry.

Not many people realise that YouTube is the second most used search engine tool on the Internet behind Google.

Statistics show that a YouTube video on the home page of a website increases the Google ranking. But what about searches through YouTube itself.

All search engines use the same rules for search results, only the algorithms are different.

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Rich Snippets

Rich Snippets - making your content REAL

There are literally millions of websites indexed with Google, with billions of possible pages that can come up in search results. If you put in a search for bread, you will get results on making bread, buying bread, the history of bread, photos of bread, even making money. So how can you as a website owner show the user what you are promoting on your website.

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Google Web Fonts

Google has done it again with their new "Google Web Fonts". Now you can safely use a more extensive choice of fonts on your websites.

A major issue I have when working with graphic designers is the choice of fonts they choose. I fully understand the list of "web safe" fonts are pretty limited. But it is important that the web page renders consistently across all browsers and platforms.

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Website Visual Design Tips

The home page of a website is likened to the front cover of a book or a magazine.

The title should give you an indication of the general topic, and the look of the front page should entice the reader to delve further into the site.

Recent research shows that users spend no more than 15 – 20 seconds on a website before choosing to stay and look around or bounce off. If your bounce rate is high then you need to consider the first impressions from your potential customers.

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