LOUaBULL

LOUaBULL needed a better ecommerce solution that was more functional both on the front-end and back-end. We wanted to give them a great platform to sell their LGBTQ+ clothing and accessories, as well as support the community. We put together a fantastic site that was able to sell and tell the story behind LOUaBULL. We also had a ton of fun at several photo shoots, including the Kentuckiana Pride Parade!

Logan Street Market

We’ve been working and perfecting the Logan Street Market website for a little while. It started as a landing page, just to let people know they were coming and give the media some information. In the background, we’ve been working on a multi-vendor ecommerce solution that would allow all the different vendors at Logan Street Market to sell their goods and services, while allowing for market management, job postings, event rentals, and much, much more. The site was able to provide it all. If you have events, markets, or are in need of a multi-vendor (or even a single vendor) eccommerce platform, contact Design Web to get started.

ClipperData

ClipperData is an international company that has been featured in Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and CNBC. They provide data to traders and investors, so we had to make sure the site was functional and looked fantastic. We were able to put together a great looking website that provided easy navigation to the data. We did a lot of research and design work to improve user satisfaction and increase conversions and leads. We are very proud of this website and all the time and work that went into it.

Designing a Real Estate Website that Generates Actual Leads

Edwin Deponte takes over our blog this month to discuss the real estate websites. Thanks Edwin!

Recent surveys observed that out of 6 million houses sold in 2017, 51% of the buyers found and purchased their dream homes online. It just shows how the real estate industry is expanding. And the sooner you start using a website to sell real estate, the better off you’ll be.

Still, starting your own real estate website and giving it a snazzy design and branding won’t be enough to help you thrive in the industry. You see, home buyers and sellers these days have particular expectations when it comes to real estate. You’ll need to add a few other components if you want your online real estate platform to generate leads, some of which are listed below.

Area Profiles

People rarely look properties up by state or city when visiting real estate websites and house-hunting; they check out communities and neighborhoods instead. Thus, your site needs to list out specific area profiles to make it easier for your potential clients to find what they’re looking for. Doing so will also give your website an advantage SEO-wise since the keywords, links, and videos you put on it can help your site become visible easier.

Agent Profiles

You also need to set aside a page for your profile. A real estate website is only as good and credible as the agent that represents it. Not only will real estate agents act as the face of your online brokerage, but they’ll also help your platform build relationships with your target audience (since it allows buyers and sellers alike get to know you better). Moreover, you can spruce your website up even further by including testimonials, listing active and sold properties, and adding your bio and contact info.

Integrated Community Data

Good real estate agents can sell you a home, but the great ones will offer you a lifestyle. By integrating community data and offering lifestyle in your real estate website, you’ll be able to gain an edge over your competitors. For example, if your platform lists a Tagaytay condo for sale, showcase to your target audience the schools, restaurants, and other notable spots nearby. That way, you’ll not only demonstrate your expertise regarding Tagaytay, but you’ll also be able to give your potential clients a glimpse of the lifestyle the condo can provide.

IDX and MLS Search

Integrating multiple listing services (MLS) and internet data exchange (IDX) search engines will help your real estate websites hold its own in the frontlines of the real estate industry. For one thing, it can combine all your multiple listing services into one seamless search engine. And for another, it can help visitors find open houses with community features. MLS and IDX will also help your target audience locate customized neighborhoods, as well as conduct a polygon search and have the results displayed cleanly with a side-by-side map view.

In Summary

For your real estate website to achieve success in the industry, you need it to generate leads regularly. By adding the components listed above, you’ll be able to drive, traffic, keep visitors engaged, and provide multiple points of conversion, allowing you to generate as many leads as possible.

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Author’s Bio:


Edwin Deponte is a motivational writer who is also passionate about Social Marketing. He believes in others’ abilities and tends to bring out people’s hidden potentials through his words of inspirations and motivational articles.

Reel Fly Girls

Samantha Heavrin came to us with her business idea – creating a website that could sell fly fishing gear to women, as well as being a resource for women who fish and love outdoor adventures. We were able to put together a great design that not only told her story, but sold her products.

Samantha put together a fantastic brand with Reel Fly Girls showing women who love adventure and recognize that being the best student, wife, mom or boss means taking time to care for themselves. The focus of the site was for selling fly fishing apparel, but the gear can be used for any outdoor activity, or even for a night on the town after the sporting fun.

Nationwide Services, LLC

Nationwide Services, LLC works with moving large machinery and entire factories, as well as dealing in scrap and other industrial services. We put together a website that would help boost their search presence and increase their reach to clients. Not only did we help Nationwide Services with a website, but we also helped conduct an SEO campaign that increased search ranking and their business online.

Our campaign is helping to increase the search ranking of the website, as well as increasing the position zero, meta data positions, and other business information for the business.

LaMancha 5k

We redesigned the front and back end on the LaMancha Critter Crawl 5k website so that it would function more smoothly and be easier to edit for everyone involved.

We put together the original LaMancha Critter Crawl 5k website a few years back, so it was time for a major renovation. We completely changed out the structure of the site, but we were able to keep all of the content that everyone was using on the site. This resulted in a smoother experience on a much faster-loading site. This also provided a backend so that the organizers of the race could update and maintain the site as they wished.

For event management websites, race websites, or any sporting event website, you can count on Design Web to win first place.

What Makes an SEO Company so Special for a Small Business

Brittany Wolfe takes over our blog this month to discuss the search engine optimization and small business. Thanks Brittany!

SEO has become the new sensation to the marketing world. However, there must be several people who are out to find the answers that what makes an SEO firm so unique that the small firms are choosing them over traditional methods of advertising and marketing.

We all are aware of the fact that SEO helps small business owners to create the fastest, user-friendly and robust way to interact with the infinite customers in minimum time. With all the cut-throat competition, it is impossible to get the top ranks on the SERPs. Here are the top reasons that will ease your quest in finding the viable answer to “Why small businesses should hire the best seo company in NJ.

Move Ahead from the Competitors

The counting will never end of your competitors who are selling products in the perfect competition. Meanwhile, making a name and fame among the tough competition becomes more arduous. The primary factor to reach the top of the race is to reach your audiences first.

If you are entangled that how your competitor is ahead of you? Then, we must unfurl you that they are using SEO to boost their success. Therefore, it is time to utilise the services of SEO companies to achieve higher organic rankings. You can have your team of SEO experts but as you are new to the business then save your money and recruitment- energy by outsourcing to it.

Your Audience will Find you

In the diverse customer market, some uncountable customers are in search of the exact product that you are selling. However, they will swap to your competitor’s website if they will not see your website on the top SERPs results. Therefore, to never miss a loophole, you should hire the best seo company in NJ. They will ensure that your potential customers will find you when they click on the search button. For adding more connotation, you should know that the top 3 seach positions get 60% of all traffic.

You will Notice more Traffic.

The main aim of the seo company is to increase the traffic on your website because when people are visiting sites, they are likely to purchase it. In simple terms, visibility means traffic; transport means leads and more leads means more sales. It is impossible to open your store 24*7 but, your online store is the all-time sales expert. Therefore, it should continuously be functioning to deliver secure access.

Brand Identity

No matter how much you invest in your business, if your potential customers don’t know your identification than it is worthless. To hold you up among the voguish brands, a seo agency is very important. Along with this factor, there are other perks of having a brand identity. Accordingly, the brand becomes a hallmark of quality. Customers feel more secure with a company who is known by many.

Better Impression

Just search something on the Google, how you feel about the snippet you are reading? You will feel more secure and confident about the company’s website which is appearing in the snippet. In simple words, if your snippet is clear and inspiring, you have more probabilities of getting more clicks.

Conclusion: We hope that the points mentioned above have cleared you why SEO agencies have become so crucial for our lives. Also, benefit your new company with the SEO services to become a known brand from no brand.

 

Author’s Bio:


Hi, I am a content writer & blogger at Red Dash Media. And apart from blogging frequently at work, I am into reading, writing poems in the comfort space of my home. Hey, did I tell you that I also like to go trekking with friends when in the mood to explore nature and then post all those adorable pics from my adventure on my Instagram handle!

Contact me via email – brittanywolfenj@gmail.com

5 Ways for Improving the Speed of Your Website

Jessica Kane takes over our blog this month to discuss page speed. Thanks Jessica!

In our world today, everything moves fast, from same-day delivery to instant updates. With extremely high expectations of customers, you do not even have 10 seconds to convince visitors to stay while your website loads. No one wants to spend time waiting for a page when they can just press the back button and go to another site.

The competition is getting fiercer each day and users are demanding for websites to be lightning fast. According to stats, the average load speed of retail sites is more than seven seconds when the ideal load time is three seconds at most. The few second differential costs retailers to lose billions. In fact, a delay of one second in page response can easily lead to seven percent sales reduction.

Page speed has even more implications aside from the loss of revenue and poor user experience. Your website’s slow loading also affects your Google rankings. It’s no longer a matter of wanting to improve your site’s speed; it is a need. The good news is that you can improve your website’s loading times in many ways. The top five ways are listed below:

Start optimizing your database.

Not all sites have databases, but you use one if you have a blog, e-commerce store, or any website with dynamic features, such as internal search. You utilize the database to store information, and unfortunately, it can impact the way your page loads.

One of the best techniques in optimizing your database is to add an index, which can significantly boost your page speed. When indexed, the database can locate information quicker, so it does not have to scan numerous records. Instead, it can narrow down the available data up to at least a few hundred, which aids in returning the data to the page faster than ever.

Reduce HTTP requests.

When the browser fetches a page, picture, or file from a web server, it is a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) request. Yahoo has disclosed that these requests take up to 80% of your site’s load time. Browsers typically limit requests from four to eight connections at the same time for every domain. The more HTTP requests that you have to load for your page, the longer it will take for your site to retrieve each of them. As a result, your load time increases.

To fix this problem, you have several tactics to choose from in decreasing the HTTP requests, including:

Lowering the number of images on your website
Combining multiple JavaScript or CSS files, so they load as one larger file instead
Utilize queries for loading what you only need, such as certain images or a specific script for mobile users
Uniting images that frequently appear on your site using one sprite sheet

You do not have to perform all the methods above but following at least one or two of them can dramatically decrease the time for loading each page.

Reduce the size of your images.

Some sites, including retail, require images, which are helpful in enticing customers to engage with the content and make a purchase. More than 60% of your site’s page weight though comes from the images you have uploaded. While removing them can increase the speed of your website, most of the photos may be necessary for e-commerce, for instance.

You do not have to get rid of the photos because making sure they are appropriately sized can help significantly. A few ways will allow you to accomplish this goal, including using new formats, such as JPEG XR and WebP. These formats allow you to lessen the weight of the images by up to 50%. The best part is that the methods below lower image size without sacrificing their quality:

Use an image editor and reduce the actual size before uploading.
As with above, taking your commonly used images and combining them into CSS sprites minimizes HTTP requests required for downloading the page.
The container property’s max width should not exceed 90% of the boundary width

You can also set the images to auto resize to the maximum width (100%) and have the height set to auto.

Use CDNs

Many of your site’s users are not close to your web server. You can try to spread your content across different servers in various geographic locations, which can reduce the distance but it is too complicated. You need a viable option to implement, which comes in the form of a content delivery network or CDN.

CDNs are a group of web servers that are situated across varying locations. They help in delivering content more efficiently to the users. CDNs are frequently used for files that do not need editing (static content) once they are uploaded.

Companies usually have their own CDN, but most businesses benefit from a CDN provider. If these service providers are out of your budget and perhaps unnecessary, you can still use CND sites that have a library of CSS and JavaScript files and frameworks. These websites can facilitate hosting specific data, so you do not have to host them on your own server. As a result, your load times are much speedier than ever.

Enable caching.

When users visit your site, the elements on your page are stored in their hard drive’s temporary storage or cache. The next time they go to your site, the browser loads the page faster because it does not have to perform another HTTP request as before.

Up to 60% of your site’s visitors have an empty cache. When you enable browser caching, the first page they see will be much quicker because the elements will be stored in their hard drive. Make sure this functionality is activated on your site for improved user experience.

The primary reason why you own a site is to gain traffic and of course, make money. The flashy images and eye-catching buttons may seem trendy, but they can be detrimental. If they cause your visitors to wait more than 10 seconds, you need to optimize your site, so it runs as efficiently as possible.


Jessica Kane is a writer for Every USB, where you can create your very own custom usb drive for your brand or company.

What is AMP and does your website need it?

Jessica Kane takes over our blog this month to discuss AMP. Thanks Jessica!

The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project allows web developers to create smooth, fast-loading web pages. Created by Google in 2015, the original goal of AMP was to improve the experience of browsing the web on a mobile phone. Today, most users interact with AMP through Google search results, although Facebook has also developed a similar platform, known as Instant Articles.

The 3 Components of AMP Pages

AMP can be broken down into three core components: AMP HTML, AMP JS, and AMP Cache.

AMP HTML is basically the normal HTML programming language used by web developers all over the world with a few changes. Namely, AMP HTML adds some restrictions to traditional HTML in an effort to provide a more reliable performance. Additionally, AMP HTML also has its own unique features such as AMP-specific tags that enable unsupported features in browsers.

Much like AMP HTML, the goal of AMP JS is to improve the performance and speed of mobile web browsing. Specifically, AMP JS is focused on rendering web pages as quickly as possible. One of the key areas of optimization for AMJ pages is that AMP JS forces everything on the page to load asynchronously, which means one part of the page that is loading slowly will not slow down other aspects of the page.

Finally, AMP Cache is another key ingredient of the AMP platform that serves cached versions of AMP pages. AMP Cache improves loading speeds and reliability by serving cached versions of web pages that have been pre-validated to load properly to site visitors.

Who Uses AMP?

Due to the heavy use of AMP in Google Search, AMP was able to obtain 7 percent of all traffic to top publishers in the United States by early 2017, roughly a year after the project was officially launched. By May 2017, 900,000 different web domains were publishing AMP pages. The growth of AMP took another major leap in the summer of 2017 when Twitter started to link to AMP pages from their mobile apps.

Any third party is able to integrate in to the AMP platform as long as they comply with the protocol specifications. For example, 30 analytics companies and 120 advertising companies have participated in the AMP Project, building their own features along the way.

AMP has been so successful that even some of Google’s key competitors, such as Bing and Baidu, now link to AMP pages. Other major websites that link to AMP pages include Reddit, LinkedIn, WordPress, Tumblr, eBay, and Pinterest.

One of the key reasons for the massive adoption of AMP by the online publishing world (in addition to fast loading times) is that these types of pages also cut down on the amount of data people use when they’re not connected to a Wi-Fi router. By cutting away a lot of the junk, such as pop-ups, that are associated with the desktop browsing experience, web developers are able to also lower the literal cost of loading a page in terms of the effect on site visitors’ monthly mobile phone bill.

Does Your Website Need AMP?

At this point, AMP has become the way in which web browsing works best on mobile devices. Google has indicated that AMP pages sourced from Google Search results will load in less than one second. Third party reviews from CNBC and Gizmodo have also found large improvements in loading times when compared to traditional web pages.

To give users a user-friendly browsing experience on their mobile devices, especially when they’re visiting a website for the first time, implementing AMP is basically a requirement these days. With AMP, anyone who has their own website for business or personal reasons can be sure no one is going to change their mind about viewing a site while waiting for it to load.


Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who focuses on personal finance and other money matters. She currently writes for Checkworks.com, where you can get personal checks and business checks.