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WordPress Websites: Why You Need To Use Them

In this day and age, it is important that every business has a website. Your website should be easily navigable, readable and aesthetically pleasing. Luckily, the WordPress websites platform is designed to fulfil all of these needs. This post will explain why you should become one of the 59% of businesses that rely on WordPress for their company website. Learn more about designing WordPress websites in Southampton Simple User Interface One of the best things about WordPress is its clear and simple [...]

Learning the Basics of Good Website Design

Following on from the previous post about the importance of good website design, we can now discuss the methods available to improve your website. There are a number of ways to make your business website more engaging and customer-friendly. Easily Navigable Website You want your customers to be able to move around your website easily and to be able to get to the page they’re looking for without hassle. Sites with good website design should ideally follow the ‘three click rule’. [...]

How Good Web Design Benefits Your Business

In a world so reliant upon technology, good web design is extremely important for any business. A website is a cost-effective yet valuable way to advertise your business and make sure you’re reaching a large number of potential customers. A website is effectively the modern day equivalent of window shopping, so you will want to ensure that your site is engaging enough to draw your customers in. Simply look at some of these statistics about web design and customer engagement. [...]

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How to Handle Negative Reviews and Turn Them into Something positive

Online reviews and customer feedback are vital for the reputation and growth of your business. 74% of customers will be more willing to trust a business if they have read positive reviews about it. However, occasionally, you will find yourself in a situation in which a customer has left negative reviews about your company online.While these negative reviews are disheartening and can be detrimental to your company, there are ways to limit the damage caused by them. In fact, [...]

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What Do You Know About WordPress Plugins?

WordPress Plugins are interchangeable adaptations that help enhance your website design. Southampton WordPress Specialists can use them to help custom-build your web design layout, making your business website unique. WordPress explains further: “A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. ”There are thousands of [...]

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Do you know what a Call to Action is?

Don’t be shy, not many do. It’s sometimes referred to as a CTA and is defined as: “An image or line of text that prompts your visitors, leads, and customers to take action. It is, quite literally, a “call” to take an “action.”The ‘action’ you wish your customers to take could vary but it should certainly be something inspirational and assertive. CTAs also work better when combined with various other tools that deliver a strong integrated strategy,  sitting authentically within [...]

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6 Ways Responsive Web Design Matters

When you go online to a new website and notice something is missing, doesn’t it make you mad? By now you know how we feel about quality web design Southampton! There is no excuse for a lack of responsive web design. Or if the corner of a webpage suddenly disappears when you scroll down, do you ever wonder why? Don’t you hate it when you can’t find the button you need to click on and spend ages searching, only [...]

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5 Reasons WordPress Works For Web Design

Business is all about WordPress web design Southampton. Every business needs an online presence and WordPress websites really are better than others. It’s immense and supports nearly 75 thousand websites and all the big brands use it. It really took off last year too. It is one of the most revered global content management and web design platforms available. Now, you may wonder if your small business needs such a tool. Or even an online presence at all but [...]

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Don’t let Ransomware jeopardise your business website, Southampton.

You will have heard a lot about Ransomware in the news recently when the NHS computer system was attacked. What you may not have heard is this was part of a larger wave of global attacks. The latest report suggested over 200,000 computers were affected with possibly more to come, so don’t let Ransomware attacks jeopardise your web design Southampton! The BBC speculated on further attacks but regardless, cybercrime is not going away anytime soon. Ransomware is something we [...]

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How Southampton Web Designers Can Help The Community

Here at Sites For Business, there is only one thing we take more seriously than Southampton web design. That is charity. Southampton business is at the heart of everything we do and we often find worthwhile partners in our ventures but Jamie’s Computers is one of the finest we‘ve encountered so far.  Jamie’s computers are a not for profit, award winning organisation. They are also a  practical way to repair damaged or simply unwanted computers. These days computers get outdated [...]

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7 Hack Proof Security Tips For Your Business Website

So the recent virus attack on the NHS business website this week has caught everyone by surprise. The BBC reports this is part of a much larger, ongoing problem. There are in fact an estimated 200,000 computers infected so far, with reports still coming in. So exactly how can this affect your Southampton business website?For those that don’t know, Ransomware is a computer virus that intentionally infects your website. Businesses can be targeted by online criminals who use it [...]

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5 Rules Your Business Needs to Know About Web Design

Every business needs a website in this day and age and great, effective web design for Southampton businesses is how we make our living. Online shopping is fast becoming the ultimate avenue of influence in purchase power. Content management systems like WordPress hosts over 64 million websites and it is growing fast because it combines simple, easy to use and attractive visual content with strong blogging capabilities. Take into account the importance of SEO ranking in google searches and you have [...]

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Introduction to WordPress Alt-Tags

We all know how important Google SEO ratings are but do we really know how the system works? The role WordPress ‘alt-tags’ play are now more crucial. Being high up on the SEO list can really increase your chances of connecting with your customers. It’s reported that almost 91% don’t ever look past the first page of search results. So what is an ‘Alt-tag’? Well, the term ‘alt-tag’ means alternative text and “it describes what’s in the image and what the content [...]

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5 Ways Website Reviews Can Help Your Business

RevFee.com is now officially launched! Check it out by clicking here! Customer reviews are the latest trend for website design in Southampton. 88% of shoppers use them, so find out how your business can benefit. Word of mouth has always been great for business but before Southampton had websites, it was just you chatting with a neighbour. Now your business needs an online review so everyone can see the nice words people are saying about you. As we reported in one of [...]

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How Google SEO Listings Help Your Business

What is the first thing someone does when they are looking to buy these days? They search on google. Why? Well, this is because SEO listings help your business online more than you can realise. Learning why and how they work can be the key to a successful business. 81% of shoppers make decisions online so imagine how many options there are. Is your business one of them? 91% of shoppers don’t even go past the first page of google results. With as [...]

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10 Reasons Why Your Website Is Slower Than Your Rival

Is your website slower than your rival business? Customers shop online. They are casually surfing the internet and think to themselves; “Ohhh. Where can I get that thing I need? How expensive is it? Where is the closest place to buy?” These are all perfectly reasonable questions and all part of the shopping experience. The next step for the online shopper would be to check out the websites of the relevant businesses for the best possible deal. I’m sure your business [...]

Social media benefits for small business

5 Ways That Social Media Benefits Your Business

As a business owner, you are constantly at odds with your larger competitors. Social media benefits your business especially if competitors have a bigger budget. Often larger companies have a huge fanbase and can even cut prices at bulk supply if they need to. A small business can be outgunned or blocked out of the market by an endless supply of high-profile advertising that you simply cannot afford. It may seem hopeless competing with the big guns sometimes but [...]

Amateur web design can cost your business money

How Do You Know If Amateur Web Design Is Losing You Business?

OK. So it may seem obvious that quality is better than quantity but every business tries to save a bit of money where they can. We all have to budget and every business has areas where they try to cut costs. In this blog, we will explain why web design for your business cannot be one of them. If you hire cheap website designers then you get what you pay for. When you hire experienced, professional website designers they will [...]

WordPress specialist websites are better for your business

4 Reasons Why A WordPress Website Is Better For Your Business

WordPress is the favourite choice for many to use when designing business websites. The list of famous companies that use WordPress is endless including brands like BBC news, MTV, SONY music, Variety magazine. Heck, even NASA use it. It is by far the most successful CMS (Content Management System) tool in the business. As long as you know how to use it. It is probably not news to anyone that every business needs a website to survive this day and [...]

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Why visual content is important for your business website

People like pictures and videos in websites. This is because people retain around 50% more information seeing something visible than hearing about it. Word of mouth is good for your business website but a video is better. – 100 million internet users watch videos online a day. – 90% of shoppers said watching a video in a business website was helpful in making their purchasing decision. – 64% of people are likely to buy something from a business website after watching a [...]

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How important are website banners for your business?

Remember before the internet came along? When every business relied on using printed pages for advertising? The very meaning of the term ‘headline’ was because it appeared at the top or ‘head’ of the page. This is the best area to place your website banner because it’s the space that meets your natural line of sight.As time went on, this space obviously became the most important part of the page. When Radio/TV arrived the format of media adapted but the traditional [...]

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Southampton Web Design Specialists Spill All On Improving Business Emails

Every email that your company sends out should be engaging, interesting and relevant to every person receiving the email. Here at Sites For Business, your web design Southampton specialists, we have narrowed down our most effective ways of creating better emails. Include ONE call to action Every email MUST have a call to action. The content within your message must be engaging and should always steer them nicely to your call to action, without being overly persuasive. A call to [...]

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Web design Southampton experts reveal how social media improves SEO

Your web design Southampton specialists are working hard to circulate important information that will help your companies website and credibility. Did you know that the SEO of your website can be improved through a good social media strategy? If you’re looking at the screen blankly, we suggest you read on. Social media and SEO are two tightly interwoven strategies that will improve your ranking and credibility of your business website. These strategies present an organic improvement to creating an appealing [...]

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Web Design secrets revealed; free images for your website

  For many writing the content for a website can become the hardest task, however, if you’re having a crack at web designing then you know there’s something that trumps the endless words…  Pictures. Pictures can put a Web Designer or business website owner into a head spin, as they search for the right image to fit the right space and match the right colours. You see web designers, have an eye for perfection, which is always a good thing. But when [...]

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Learn how to protect and restore a hacked website

Your Web Design Southampton specialists are also quite savvy when it comes to backing up and preventing a virus attack. Here at Sites For Business, we are often asked how to deal with an infected or hacked website. Viruses and hackers can infect your website in many ways, which is why it’s important to protect your websites and to make sure they are safe in the first place. WordPress is the most popular content management platform after it overthrew its [...]

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Google is mapping out a new advertising strategy

In the age of technology we are relying heavily on our mobile devices, whether it’s for a local restaurant or a nearby shop – it’s always in reach at the click of a touch screen.  Google Maps have always been our first port of call when it comes to finding somewhere close to our door, and Google is beginning to realise how much we actually use it. Which is why Google Maps advertising is becoming a new initiative to strive [...]

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The importance of a business website

The growing age of technology is becoming even further integrated into our everyday lives. But why is it so important to us? Here at Sites for Business, your Web Design Southampton, we are keen to help you with your website management.  The World Wide Web, commonly known as ‘www’ is our port of call for information, from research to online shopping, we cannot simply life without it, can we? We have come too far to result back to the Yellow Pages, [...]

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Google social media on the plus side

Google+ and your business The world of social media is continuing to grow at an alarming rate! So we need to keep up. Let’s look at Google+ this social media site is often forgotten in the building of business strategies. Which is a great disappointment, because when used correctly it can make quite the impact. Have you ever noticed that when you type in keywords for the product or service you are looking for, that often a company will appear on the [...]

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Google is watching you: Our unusual ways to improve your ranking on Google

Here, at Sites For Business, we are continually faced with requests to improve a customer’s ranking on search engines. Endless businesses benefit from Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) for their rankings on Google (or other search engines). For a business to appear higher in the search engine results, it provides a good first impression, which persuades the customers to click on their site. The more clicks, the more clients. First impressions are key, and being at the top of Google [...]

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Sites For Business’ 15 Top Tips on attracting visitors to your website

Online traffic excites most businesses, as it provides proof that they’re showing their customers the most relevant content and targeting them in the best way possible. Here at Sites for Business, we understand that business owners require regular visitors on their websites and need a solution to convert them into clients. These 15 tips will help get you there! 1. Desert the billboards, we’re moving online The number one solution to gather more visitors is to run a paid advertising campaign, [...]

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Gain control of your customers feedback

For every business, it is very important to get feedback from their clients, but sometimes it is harder than it can look. According to an independent survey of 12,000 travellers, conducted by PhoCusWright:53% said that they would not book a hotel that had no reviews 31% said they would avoid eating at a restaurant that had no reviews 76% said that they would not go to a restaurant that had several bad reviewsOnline reviews are a powerful marketing tool but they [...]

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Landing page – what is it and how it differs from a website?

A landing page works as the first port of call for your audience, it’s the first page that attracts them to your business – so make it count! Landing pages are separate to your website and despite some confusion are very different to a home page. To start any successful marketing campaign you must have a strong landing page to attract your audience. There is no navigation, which means there are no links for potential customers to get distracted by, [...]

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PPC Google Adwords Management Case Study – Home 2 Home Removals

“Home 2 Home Moves” (H2H) have decided to explore online marketing possibilities. They wanted to have a new stream of potential leads coming through their website. They approached “Sites For Business” without any knowledge about advertising possibilities online and asked for help. We have taken action First of all, we researched the market for the opportunities to advertise removals / moving companies business online. Our chosen platform – Google AdWords. When we compared how much they are able to spend (Customer Acquisition Cost) with the price [...]