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Running Effective meetings with your Web Development clients

When talking about the success of your Web Development projects, it all boils down to how effective your initial meeting is with your clients. All parties involved need to understand what is expected of each other and be able to decipher to facts from the fiction. As the facilitator of such meetings, you have the power to lead and direct the meeting in such a way that it is meaningful and productive to have the desired outcome everyone expects. For you, its a successful project completion. For your client, it is seeing their fiction come to reality!

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Guide to Successfully Recovering from a Hacked WordPress website

So, you’re a victim of a Hacked WordPress Website? Many of us spend our time online creating great content for others to enjoy. Whether it be for enjoyment or part of your master SEO plan in the works. Then, one morning you awake to find your content gone or website defaced by some unknown entity. Many a times the first reaction would be to panic and call 911, however, this is not such a time. You need to act quickly to reclaim your website before search engines themselves realised you have been hacked and blacklist your website.

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Pay your invoice using credit card through PayPal

Hello Readers

We have been asked on numerous occasions how can we (client) pay our invoices through PayPal using their credit cards. I have created this blog post to answer just that and you wouldn’t believe how easy it is! Read more »

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Question: How do I check the version of Ubuntu I am using?

How do I check the current version of Ubuntu do you ask? That’s easy! Follow the easy steps listed below…

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Question: How to check the amount of user accounts on a Linux machine?

To answer the following question is very easy but first I should mention that this will generate the number of users for installed services such as squid, apache and even mysql which are most often installed automatically on any machine to run various services on such.

 

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FeedBack anyone?

Being at the top is a good place to be…unless it negatively affects your customers! Often management is not aware of how their actions affect their customers and their business by extension. This is where the feedback comes into play!

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Attract clients with an Attractive Website

There are many people and companies out there who fail to realize the integral part their websites plays in attracting clients to them. They are forever caught up with the personal interaction that they fail to address the online interaction as well.

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Do you know about Website Maintenance?

Hello once again readers,

The question today is “Do you know about Website Maintenance?” The reason why we asked is because not a lot of people know the importance of maintaining there website especially if it is a business website you use to connect to your clients. Today we would like to share those important factors of maintaining your website. Let’s hope you maintain them now for these very special reasons :)

1. Clients love Information

Clients always like to be in the know. They love news as it happens so they expect your website to be filled with updated and relevant news. If they visit your website this week and then next two weeks they visit it again and there isn’t any change, they may just stop coming to your website altogether.

2.  Good Company Policy

It is always best to update your website as often as you could to ensure that it meets your company policy. If your Terms of Service changes today, your website should reflect this to ensure you are legally protected against any issues which may arise

3. Legal implications

You and your company can be held personally liable for any outdated content on your site so you should always seek to update the content on your website as often as your policy or business patterns changes. Its just common sense to do so.

4. Your Active!

Even your great grand mother is active these days so why shouldn’t your website be active as well. Visitors love to see an active company or recently updated blog because they know that this company would not just fall off the face of the earth. They would feel reassured that they can now seek to do business with this company because they are so active.

5. You have proof!

Have you ever been to a business meeting and heard someone say “We completed nine projects last week” then you visit their website and cannot find any proof of those claims? Well, its happened to me a couple of times where I could not find the proof and you wonder why they have not displayed all of these projects they claim to have did. You should always remember that your accomplishments should be shared with the world on your website, blog, newsletter and any other means you can get that information out. Don’t keep it inside. Let it out and only then you will have proof.

6. SEO Genuis

Become a master of those Search Engine Optimization robots today and continually update your status and your blog and your website! S.E.O plays an important part in being found on Search Engines such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN. Always keep your content recent and updated so those robots can give your website a clean bill of health and call you an SEO Genuis!

 

All of these factors play an important part in Website Maintenance and you should seek to improve the health of your website everyday by giving him (or her) some updated content. It does not matter if your from Trinidad and Tobago, India, or even the UK, it is vital to update your website because it’s your civil duty :)

 

Until Next Write!

 

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What do successful business owners do?

We all have heard the story about businesses who open one year and by the next year they are no where to be seen. I have spoken to countless business owners who say that they are hardly getting by but when you look at the broader picture, you realize that these men and women don’t do anything new to bring in the customers they need.

To grow a business you always need to be adjusting your plan on a yearly or even on a monthly basis to achieve your desired outcome. So do you want to know more about what successful business owners are currently doing?

1. Don’t let outside factors influence your business.

The only factor which should influence your business is how your clients. Don’t worry about the state of the economy and how it affects your business. Once you have a product or provide a service which is essential to the general public, you will always have customers regardless of the state of the economy.

2. Reinvent business products / services

If the last time you adjusted your product or service was in the year of dark ages its time for a change! People change and so too should your products and servcies. Always try to reinvent your products or services as the need arises. Approximately every five years there will be a trend. Look for it and follow it

3. Do your research

Many business owners think that they need to hire expensive marketing firms to conduct research on their customers. That is an incorrect notion. You can inform your staff members to ask your clients as they shop simple questions before they leave or during their shopping experience. The information collected will be vital in deciding if there will be a wind of change coming up.

4. Technology is your business’s BEST friend

Websites, Phones and computers are your business’s best friends. They help your business push forward in the world today. Websites help bridge the gap between long distance communication. No longer are there different countries. Its now known as one world. The online world.

5. Build your relationships

Lets face it. Successful businesses are that way because they build their relationships. They take the time to collect information about their clients such as name, age, email address, physical address etc. This helps them gather information and analyze that data to be in a better position to customize their products or services to suit each client. Always remember the money is where they relationship is.

6. Value trumps Cost

Would you buy from someone who offers the lowest price only? No. So why try to sell your customers that? Your customers seek out value for their money always. Before you send out that email about cost, think to yourself if you would buy that offer just because of the price or will you look for the value in the product or service.

7. Outsourcing isn’t a bad idea

If you run a small time business in a small time area sometimes doing it all your self is not a good plan because you tend to have dissatisfied clients when you can’t live up to your promises. You always have to remember that a client’s time is valuable to them. More valuable than you doing your business at your time. You need to be able to decipher if you should consider outsourcing certain projects to different companies and focus on what you do best.

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Signs of when it’s Time for a Website Redesign

1. Seriously outdated Website

Above all else, if your site hasn’t seen a good scrubbing in years, you need a website redesign. Websites need periodic updates to remain relevant. So if you haven’t updated your site with new product images, service information, graphics, photos and other content in the last few years, you need to redesign your website.

2. Helplessly Trying to keep up with Competitor’s advances

Just because you aren’t web savvy, certainly does not mean your customers aren’t. It is mission critical you provide relevant content that is continuously updated and differentiates you from the competition. Take a look around at the content, graphics and branding of your competitors’ websites. Is your site at the top of the heap? If your site doesn’t stand out and brand your business, it’s time for a website redesign.

3. Does not represent your company’s brand or image

For many small business owners, your website will create the first impression customer’s have of your business. It’s crucial you present a strong visual image for customers to connect with. Play into the emotional needs, dreams and goals of your audience. An amateur small business website or template site is a sure way to crater your image. If your website needs a brand image overhaul, you need to redesign your website.

4. Template designed using Tables

Sure, free and cheap website templates can save you money on the front end, but it’s going to cost your dearly on the back end. Small business websites using FrontPage, Publisher or clipart graphics need to be redesigned. The above technologies will seriously damage your credibility and professionalism. Step up and run with the big dogs! Web design advancements have leapt past these templates and made them virtually obsolete. If you’re still using a starter website or free website template, it is definitely time for a website redesign.

5. Website is not flexible with your business

If your website is not flexible with your business you will end up with alot of problems later down the road. For example, if your business decides to later on offer consulting services to larger firms in addition to IT support services and your website was too poorly designed to incorporate that into its current design you will either have to leave it out or substitute that service with another service listed on your website

6. Is your small business website built like a catacomb?

We all hate the moment when we realize, “I’m lost… I haven’t a clue where the hell I am!” The same holds true when it comes to your website. If customers can’t find what they’re looking for, quick and easily, you need a website redesign. Unlike the offline world, if a potential customer leaves your website because they got lost… they’ll leave with their wallet and never come back.

Your company’s website helps your customers find out relevant information about your business and its operations. If it is outdated and seriously old, your customers will also think the same of your business.

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