Have you ever experienced the irritation of your car pulling to the left or right as you drove down the highway? The wheels were likely not "aligned" which means they were not set up correctly to propel your vehicle efficiently. While you probably ultimately reached your destination there was certainly excess wear and tear on your tires and vehicle. 

What does the dog waiting to be taken for a walk have to do with expectations? 

We regularly receive questions regarding the varying website development estimates that our prospects receive. In one example, our price (we won the job) was $12,000 while the competitor’s prices were $5,000 and $37,000!

Why the difference in pricing? Website design and web development is a service. It is not a product. What you ultimately pay to have a website designed and developed depends on the complexity of your website design and desired features and your service provider choice.

Google and HTTPS

In an earlier post we discussed the fact that Google is using HTTPS as a ranking signal.   This means that sites connecting to the web via HTTPS might fare better in search results than those connected just via HTTP.  

Claim Your Free Business Listing on Yahoo

Not too long ago, customers would look through paper phone directories when looking for a business.  Currently most people use online searches to find the business they are looking for. 50 percent of customers will typically visit a business they have found through a mobile search within one day. 

FTP Login Frustration

When is the last time you need to find something but simply can't spot it? Whether it is a car key, a cell phone, or a destination on the old-fashioned map, not being able to find what you're looking for can be extremely frustrating.

Angie's List - What Should I do?

Angie’s List has recently removed their paywall. This means that you can now become a member without paying their annual fee. Also, reviews are now accessible to the general public. Now that reviews can be seen by all, not just paying users, what actions should you consider?

Mobile Friendly Test

Of extreme importance in today's online world is for a company's site to be mobile friendly.  Google announced on May 17 that they have a new mobile-friendly testing tool available.  The new tool is cleaner and faster than the old.  Try your site to see if it passes the test!

All of the sites we are developing at Moore Tech Solutions are mobile friendly (also known as responsive). 

ipad android icon bookmark

Have you ever noticed that when you save some websites to your phone's Home screen that some websites have cool icons while others either use a mashed up screen shot or just plain placeholder image? Wouldn't it be cool if your viewers could download a direct link to your website and place it on their home screens? Well this tip is going to show you how to do that.

If you follow these steps you can create and link to a cool icon for your website and learn how to download it to your phone's home screen!

Football Search Results no right column

The right side of desktop Google search results have been removed with paid ads only at the top and/or bottom of the page. 

Last April Google announced that sites which were mobile friendly would increase the chances of being considered relevant and thus improve search results.   Last week Google announced that in May they will start rolling out an update to mobile search results which increases the effect of the ranking signal. Users will find more mobile friendly search results.

 

HTTPS and Google

Google announced in mid 2014 that they would start using HTTPS as a ranking signal.  This means that sites connecting to the web via HTTPS might fare better in rankings than those connected via HTTP. Initially it affected only a small number of sites but Google indicated that over time, they might decide to strengthen it so as to encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS. Should you make the switch for your site from HTTP to HTTPS?  Here are some guidelines from Google to consider.

Joomla

The team at Moore Tech Solutions has a wide degree of experience across various development platforms.   We have chosen to focus the majority of our efforts on developing sites using the Joomla content management system. While there are certainly several platforms which can be used to craft a modern responsive website, Joomla best fits the needs of the majority of our clients.   Where custom code or integrations are needed, we find that Joomla can be coupled with other solutions to solve some pretty challenging problems.

Keywords, Keyword Phrases, Long Tail, Short Tail, Search Result Rankings, Results.......aaargh!  WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE SO RIDICULOUSLY COMPLICATED?

Ok, now that that is out of my system, the title of today's post is a subject that is important to most organizations that have a website.  The question to be answered is "How does my site rank in search engine search results for keywords or keyword phrases that are relevant to my business? 

We have discussed on this blog the change in viewing habits to mobile devices and the need for your website to be mobile friendly.  More than 50% of website visits are being initiated from mobile devices so it is very important that your site respond to the device viewing the site by presenting the site in a visually appealing fashion.

At Moore Tech Solutions, we love our icons. We use them all the time because they are easy to manipulate with css, they are screen reader friendly for the vision impaired, and they work well with responsive design. Joomla comes with a core set of icons from IcoMoon, but locating a directory for the icon library that Joomla! uses is a difficult thing to find.

You have likely heard of encryption or been cautioned to look for "https" in your browser bar when going to a website, particularly if you are going to make an online purchase.  What does this mean and how does it help secure my transaction?

Have you ever been to a website, whether looking up weather, news, or searching for a particular answer to a question and experienced a slow response? Of course you have.  What was your response? Perhaps, if the information was important you hung around, waiting for the site to load so that you could get your answer. But if you needed a quick answer to something which was important to you, you likely went to another site that could give you what you were looking for.

There are two main types of data which are the backbone of most organizations: structured data and unstructured data. Structured data resides in fixed field within a record or a file and is generally found in spreadsheets and databases. Unstructured data is information that does not have a pre-defined data model and includes items such as paper documents, word processing documents, PDFs, e-mails, images, and video. It is estimated that unstructured data may account for 70% to 90% of the data in an organization.

You have a Real Estate company and you want to put your listings into the MLS and have it display on your website. You don't want to enter it into the MLS and then have to enter in the same information (images, fields, address, everything) in again on your site.

Your MLS is using a piece of Real Estate software developed to make it easy for you to add in your listings and then have those listings display within the MLS, on any site that displays that MLS, until they are removed or sold.

What is Responsive Design?

Responsive web design means that a website has been developed to provide an optimal viewing experience across a broad range of devices including desktop computer monitors, popular tablets or pads, and popular mobile devices.  With a responsive website design you don't have to worry about having different websites for different devices. Responsive sites provide a consistent user experience across devices.

But don’t just take our word...

I cannot express how pleased I am with this company, their services and quality of work. They finished my project in record time and were in direct communication with me the entire time. I've already emailed them asking to send me an entire list of their services! Will definitely use them again when I can. Fantastic experience. Wish every company was like this! 5 STARS!

Creek Stewart
Survival Instructor /Author/TV Personality

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