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.

Dettman Law

We worked with Brian Dettman of Dettman Law to put together a great site that would work for his law firm. The site includes a large list of services he offers, each with its own landing page to increase specific SEO on the site for that particular keyword and/or keyword phrase. We also created a back end of the site for easy editing, addition and removal of posts, pages, and other content.

Review from Brian Dettman –
“From start to finish Jael and Sean were great. I hired them to create a new website for my law Firm. They were prompt, available, and responsive when I had questions or input. They didn’t try to tell me what I wanted, but instead helped game plan what I was looking for. I highly recommend them.”

How To Set Up Your Website Using GreenGeeks And Softaculous Via cPanel

Setting up your website using GreenGeeks

Having a website is one of the most important things in today’s virtual world. With the developments that has taken place in the dynamics of today’s world, creating your website has become far easier than it was before the new century started. A person who doesn’t even have the slightest knowledge about developing code like PHP or HTML can easily construct their own website. Although, knowing these languages will help you develop your website further in the future, but even without them, you can easily develop a simple website with spectacular results. This article will elaborate on the step by step process that you need to implement in order to build a great website using our favorite hosting company, GreenGeeks.

Picking the platform to build your website on

The times have changed when you needed to be technically sound and have ample developer’s knowledge in order to create a website. These days, you can create a website without having to enter even one code line. Different platforms are available which does this job for you, therefore it is very important to choose the right platform to build your website. The simplest of websites can be created with the help of this brilliant platform known as WordPress. While creating a website you also need to consider that the platform you have chosen provides you options of creating smartphone compatible websites. Since most of the internet users of the world are on mobile, creating a smartphone compatible website is a must in order to guarantee maximum success of your venture. The level of code knowledge that you have is also important while choosing a platform, since some are perfect for beginners, while others demand advanced knowledge of coding. The support system provided by the platform is another thing that you need to consider. Some platforms have brilliant assistance, while others not so much.

The types of platforms available

There are a number of different platforms that are available for website creation, and some of them have been named below. They include:

  • WordPress
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
  • CubeCart
  • Pretashop

If you are using GreenGeeks, a number of different platforms are available with the Softaculous installer, that can load various types of website builders with simple clicks of a mouse.

Using WordPress

WordPress is probably the most versatile software that allows you to build your website. You can probably achieve anything on WordPress even if you have beginner’s knowledge, or are a pro coder. WordPress has interesting features like adjusting itself automatically depending on the resolution of the visitor. A lot of free themes makes customization easy. It is optimized for smartphones and several plugins help you develop the website of your dreams. Being hugely popular, WordPress forums and assistance is also easy to come by, and the most exciting aspect of this app is that it is completely free to use.

Decide your domain name and provider for web hosting services

The next step involves selecting the domain name for your website and it should be unique and indicative of the content that you are going to post. You also need to take care that your domain name is short, does not have hard spellings, and has the right extension in order to eliminate chances of confusion and provide convenience of use from anywhere around the world.

Choosing your web hosting plan

The correct web hosting plan will enable you to use your funds wisely and also maintain your blog without suffering a loss. A simple plan to host blogs, to higher plans that are suited for big corporate firms are available in the market. Depending on your needs you should choose the correct choice. GreenGeeks is probably the best site that is available in this category, owing to their huge variety of plans.

Why use GreenGeeks?

Have you ever considered your effect on the nature for just using the internet? It might seem like a distant thought, but in reality, a huge amount of energy is used to keep the internet up and running, all around the world. The amount of energy that is consumed as a result of this is only next to the level consumed by the industry of aviation. The amount of greenhouse gases as a result of this is enormous. However, webhosting services like GreenGeeks are kind of saviors in this department. For every unit of energy that is consumed by GreenGeeks for their webhosting services, they purchase 3 times the same amount of credits in wind energy. As a result, GreenGeeks is 300% powered by green energy, leaving a carbon footprint that is negative. Therefore, it is an eco-friendly choice to use GreenGeeks, not to mention the huge ease of use and varied options that this web hosting service provides. You can get your web hosting services from GreenGeeks by simply clicking on the hyperlink.

Install WordPress and Configure it

Once your domain name and web hosting service has been properly set up, the next part is installing WordPress and configuring it. You can either install WordPress automatically or use the manual method. The automatic method is the easiest and is highly recommended. When using GreenGeeks, this process is done with the use of Softaculous, which completes the process by doing databases of its own and providing you with the access and passwords to the admin accounts. You can access Softaculous using the dashboard of cPanel in GreenGeeks.

Installing a theme on WordPress

The next part of the process involves you selecting the theme for your website. Consideration of your preferences, niche of your website and whether you want paid or free themes must be done before installing it. You need to be careful while selecting these as it is this very facet that decides the overall look of your website. Installing a theme can be easily done through the admin panel with the help of a few mouse clicks. In case you do not like the theme, you can change it instantly to get a better result.

Some important plugins for WordPress

Plugins are important aspects of websites as they provide it with functionality. For example, installing a FAQ section on your website will give it a professional touch. Some of the most popular plugins on WordPress and ones your website will definitely benefit from include:

  • TinyMCE
  • YoastSEO
  • Wordfence Security
  • Jetpack
  • Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress

Proper addition of content on your website

After having installed WordPress and configuring it, the next part involves providing the proper content for your website. Your visitors need to have solid information to read when they visit your website. Three important parts of a website’s content includes posts, pages and menus. It is important how these three functions and how to write each.

  • Pages- Pages include the content of your website that does not change over time. These hold the static information of your website and examples include ‘Contact’ page or ‘About Us’ page. Pages usually feature on the navigation bar of websites.

  • Posts- Posts are the reason that people visit your website. These are content that you update on a daily basis in order to generate traffic for your website. You need to create informative, interesting and SEO optimized posts to keep your website faring well.

  • Menu- The menu is the part of your website which makes it interactive and helps the users be able to make use of the different features and content of your website. It also helps them navigate your website. In WordPress, you can use simple drag and drop methods to move different items of the menu around in your website and place them at your desired location. It is important to remember that the navigation menu should be clean and easy to operate. Confusing navigation menus, often avert visitors.

Extras

There are some extras that you need to take care of in order to ensure highest profitability of your website. Some of these extras include:

  • Adjusting the settings- The settings area in your WordPress contains useful tools which can be utilized to better your website. Things like time zone, handling of comments, format of dates, themes etc. are handled by these settings tools, and can help you achieve the desired results to make your website perfect. You should go through every single tool available in the settings and tweak them according to your needs. They are all user-friendly and easy to understand. If you find a tool too confusing to use, you can always come back to it at a later date.

  • Making money from your website- The next step that you need to achieve is to find out ways to make money from your website. WordPress allows you to achieve this with ease. You can always use methods like affiliate links and AdSense to monetize your website and pull visitors. The more traffic you experience the greater money you make. Another brilliant way to start making money from your website is by turning your website into an online commerce store. Plugins like Woo Commerce, available on WordPress are perfect for this.

  • Marketing your website- The next step is marketing your website. Digital marketing has evolved brilliantly in today’s world with options like social media marketing and email marketing. Your content can only bring as many people. The real way to bring visitors to your website is through marketing and you need to take care of this important requirement.

Setting up cPanel using Softaculous

What is Softaculous?

Softaculous is an installer that functions automatically and is used to install different scripts and control panels like Direct Admin and cPanel. It is a very fast installer and is capable of reaching its goal in just a single step. A number of different applications is available with Softaculous which include forums, content management systems and blogs. You can also avail the brilliant anytime backup installation feature present in Softaculous for easy and instant backup. It is also easy to uninstall the applications that you have installed with Softaculous. It is important to have this tool properly set up in order to enable you to build your website efficiently.

What is cPanel?

cPanel is a control panel that operates on Linux based platform and is used for accounts in web hosting services. It is a control panel that allows you to efficiently manage all of the services in a single place. Using cPanel is a must in today’s developed world and almost every web developer makes use of this tool. This tool is intuitive and fairly easy to make use of. With the help of cPanel, you would be able to manage your web hosting account very efficiently. Different uses of cPanel include creation of new email addresses and FTP users, monitor different resources, installing software and creating sub domains.

Installing cPanel using Softaculous

Before you start installing cPanel with the use of Softaculous, you need to make sure that your server has the requisite features. These include:

  • WHM/cPanel needs to be already installed.
  • ionCube Loader needs to be enabled.

In order for WHM/cPanel to work, you need to install CentOS as the operating system of your VPS. After the VPS is set and ready, and WHM/cPanel has been enabled, the next step involves enabling the ionCube Loader. In order to do so, you need to log into your WHM in the root mode and go to the option Server Configuration>Tweak Settings>PHP. Over here you will see a box beside the option ionCube as cPanel PHP. All you need to do is check on that button and click on the button that displays save. After this step, you can proceed towards installing the Softaculous installer on the VPS that you are using. However, you need to log in to the VPS that you are using via the SSH and then proceed towards executing the commands mentioned below, one after the other. They include:

Post this the installation will start and once that is done, Softaculous will get enabled and you can start using it on your WHM. You also need to log inside your WHM and proceed to the location Plugins>Softaculous- Instant Installs. You will be able to see that the Softaculous has been enabled and cPanel clients of yours can start using it. All they need to do is log inside their accounts in cPanel and start using this wonderful installer to start installing the application that they want. Softaculous is available in both premium and trial versions and you would need to pay in order to use the premium version. Otherwise the trial will expire after a limited period and you can no longer use the features of this brilliant auto installer. Using the premium version is most recommended in order to avail maximum benefits.

With the help of the information on this article, you would be able to build the perfect website for yourself and take on the virtual world with a strong and optimized website.

Ways Web Designers Can Add Value to the Open Source Community

Edwin Deponte takes over our blog this month to discuss the open source community. Thanks Edwin!

Web designs in the Philippines and elsewhere are one of the crucial factors that can either make or break your website. With numerous designs to choose from, it is indeed one of the hardest decisions that any developer and designer must make. Good thing there are softwares like open source that can aid them to choose what kind of design that they can do.

Whether you are a web developer or a web designer, here are some of the things that you can add value to the open source community.

Create collaboration

It is indeed true that in an open source community, you will never feel the professional vibe. Instead, what the open source community provides is collaboration with one another. With this in mind, what it can greatly offer its new and old members is the opportunity to have that sense of individuality and creativity – which in turn, what makes them as one.

However, being involved in this community does not mean that they compete with one another. Hence, it brings them all together and binds them to create another design that will help both present and future community members as its main goal is to give solution – to them and to their clients.

Share unlimited resources

Given that the open source community helps one another to craft new creations and bring more solutions, these efforts will result to having unlimited resources from the community. This is because each member will develop and enhance each product, which in turn, will help to support existing users and customers. In short, if a solution is needed, the chances are high that someone will create and develop it.

Promote freedom

Another thing that makes the open source community a great place for web developers and web designers is that it is free for all to use. With this being said, there are a lot of developers and designers that use this software – which in turn, gives a lot of room for flexibility. If there are moments that you are not satisfied with your current developer’s work, there are other developers and designers that can do the work for you. However, just be careful to whom you will give your work to. Always make sure that you get the right one so that you will avoid hassles and delays in the long run.

Practice flexibility

Since the open source community is free for the public, this means that it does not have the limitations and constraints for web developers and web designers to customize it the way they like it. With this in mind, personalizing and configuring the design and the codes means that you can freely customize it to your liking has no limit. As a result, you can configure it as much as you want.

Reduce costs

The open source community is, of course, free of costs as it is open for all to use. The only thing that it will cost you is the effort and labor that you exert in it. With this being said, you can allocate your funds to something else – whether it may be a brand new computer, the latest software that you can use, or with an expert developer and designer that can do the job.

Key Takeaway

The open source software is indeed a great and effective tool that you can use in order for you to create the design that you want – from websites to web designs. For this reason, it is a must that you have this in your arsenal to ensure that you will have unlimited ideas and knowledge about websites and web designs that you can customize and modify.

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Content Sources:

https://www.commonplaces.com/blog/benefits-of-building-a-website-with-open-source-software

 

https://artversion.com/blog/the-benefits-of-using-open-source-technologies-in-web-development/

 

https://www.designer-daily.com/the-benefits-of-open-source-software-for-web-design-61286

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.

Cheap Websites vs Affordable Websites

At Design Web, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide the most affordable websites in Louisville. That doesn’t however mean the same thing as the cheapest websites in Louisville. What is the difference between a cheap website and an affordable one?

A cheap website is just that – cheap – made from cheap materials with only the most basic functions. You might ask what do you mean by cheap materials? Aren’t websites just a little bit of information online? Well, the short answer is that they are and they aren’t. While your site may be just a few files, it depends on a variety of support items to exist. Hosting for example; hosting is where your website lives. Think of hosting like a storefront you lease for your website, just like a business storefront. Different hosts have different service options. Some hosts offer shared space, which can reduce your cost, but comes at a price. Shared hosting is fine if you have a few good neighbors, but cheap webdesign services tend to overcrowd their hosting with any site that comes along. What does that mean for you? Unfortunately, that means your visitors will get turned away more often.

Another aspect of cheap web development is speed. All it takes to lose sales and valuable clients is 3 seconds. Studies show that if your site doesn’t come up in 3 seconds, you can lose up to 70% of your visitors. Even the most loyal customer will move on to another site or service if they think your site takes forever to load. Why is overcrowded hosting bad? Much like an overcrowded apartment building, an overcrowded hosting provider means you will always be competing for resources, resources like bandwidth. Bandwidth is a lot like parking spaces and road frontage for your business. You only have so much bandwidth to serve your customers before service starts slowing down and space is filled up and people start getting turned away. With overcrowded hosting, you also run the risk of being taken down by any negative site that shares your network/IP neighborhood. Like having a fire in an apartment, the entire building has to be evacuated until the issue is solved. If one site on your shared host gets taken down or attacked, all sites on that server could potentially be taken down. It could be down for a few minutes, or it could be down for days. Once your site goes down there is nothing to do but wait.

Another aspect of cheap websites is what type of underlying CMS or coding that is used. Most businesses do very well working on a Drupal or WordPress website, which are fairly easy to maintain and set up. Cheap websites are typically set up on a Squarespace, Weebly, or Wix platform, which is not beneficial to the client. These websites are poor for SEO, or search engine optimization. This means that you will rank much lower than a similar site built on a professional CMS platform if you go with a drag-and-drop website generator. These sites also charge monthly for their services, sometimes meaning that you pay more over time than you would if you went with a one-time payment for a professional, affordable website. Lastly, these websites never give you ownership of the site. If your third-party site generator suddenly goes bankrupt, you will lose your website. If you decide to move over to another hosting company, you also lose your website as it is non-transferable.

There is a lot to be risked in going with cheap over affordable. At Design Web, we pride ourselves as having the most affordable websites in Louisville. We never cheap out, and the websites that we create are just as good as the big name agencies. We have professional web developers who can match, function-for-function or design-for-design, any website created by the big name agencies, at half the cost. The difference is our low overhead. We don’t have huge art pieces in our lobby, or top-shelf liquor bars in our office. Sorry, that also means no pool tables. What we do offer are the best websites in town at a fraction of the cost. Come find out more about our amazing websites and get a quote today!

Benefits of Open Source CMS Software

Web design seems like a bizarre art to the uninitiated, but thankfully, there are several kinds of tools that can help make things easier for the first-time designer. Possibly the most useful of these tools is a kind of software known as a content management system, or CMS. CMS software is a sort of operating system for your website, allowing you to design a site using simplified tools, sidestepping the need to know how to develop a website from the ground up. Different kinds of CMSs have different levels of simplification, so you’ll need to pay attention to just how much help you think you’ll need to build the site.

Many of these CMS systems are “open source,” meaning that the source code that makes the programs function is freely available to anyone that wants to use it. This software is especially popular, largely because an open source program is free to use. But there are other reasons to go open source, including the fact that they have a large installed user base who you can be ask questions. Using an open source software puts you in a web of users that can help you to figure out what you are doing.

If you are interested in finding the best CMS for your needs, this infographic by CopyPress will help you sort out your WordPresses from your coffee presses. With the info on the graphic, you’ll get a thorough grounding in how to make a website work. Using that info, you can start work on your site right now.