Free Coffee Consultation – Let’s chat about your website

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Feeling Stuck?

Feeling stuck with getting your business website online or updating your existing website?

Unsure of how you might benefit from having a business presence online?

Here’s the solution:

A FREE coffee consultation – Lets sit down over a coffee and talk about what’s possible.

0800 001 522

Call now to book a meeting time with

Napier web designer Phil Solomon

Email: phil@baywebdesign.co.nz or contact via Contact Form

At our meeting we can talk about:

  • websites that you can manage yourself
  • simple strategies for bringing more people to your web site
  • what is the purpose of your website
  • search engine optimisation
  • who is your target market for your business
  • what functionality is possible on websites these days

You’ll walk away with a clearer idea of:

  • how much a website might cost you
  • how your business or organisation might benefit from having a web site
  • how search engine optimisation is a process you the web site owner can learn
  • potential ways to engage with a wider audience and build your presence online

Building a New Website

The process of building a new website for you

  • We’ll meet with you and go over your requirements in detail.
  • Your website will be built and then presented to you at a demo address for feedback.
  • We then tweak the web site to ensure it meets both your intended needs and the needs of your website visitors.
  • For all of our new websites, we provide you with 2 hours of lessons which we conduct via Skype or telephone.
  • We dont stop at the free lessons – Once your website is online we will continue to provide excellent support. Email, Skype or phone any time for answers to your questions re running your website.

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Web Site Photography

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Visually enhance your new or existing website with professionally captured photographs specific to your requirements.

Professional photography is an absolute must in today’s competitive business world. Your website photography and design is as equally important as your search engine optimization (SEO) and online advertising – it is essential you have high quality visual branding, presented within a stylish and effective website.

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The search engine affects of Google’s new policy for websites not optimised for Mobile Phones

From Tues 21, April , 2015 Google will be penalising web sites that are not mobile phone optimised. What this means is that if your competitors’ websites are mobile optimised, and your website is not, its likely that their websites will be favoured in mobile search results ahead of your own website.

Read here at Search Engine Land.  Their term “Mobilegeddon” sounds quite dramatic, however it does underline the significance of this move by Google.

If you would like to discuss what this might mean for your existing website, feel free to call us on Ph 0800 001 522

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Web Site Content Writing – Writing on Your Behalf

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Most people can write, some can write well, but few can produce the clean crisp copy a website requires to make it work as it should. Our professional wordsmiths understand exactly how to tweak text to best reflect your business… and present it in ways that capture clients as they browse. Here’s a brief insight into producing good web-based text:

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WordPress Membership Web Sites

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A membership web site might be required for a number of reasons. Your web site may be

  • A club or organisation that only wants to share info with it’s members
  • You may be a commercial organisation that wants to sell content. i.e give paid access to certain areas of a website

There are a number of membership plugins out there that enable WordPress to be turned into a full membership web site. At Bay Web Design the main membership product we use is S2Member. The reason why we use this product is that

  • It’s reliable
  • Has a huge range of functionality
  • Its cost effective

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WordPress Maintenance

maintain-wordpress-pluginsAfter a new WordPress website goes live, there are still regular maintenance tasks that need to be attended to. If you the web site owner haven’t got a structure in place to handle this, some issues may emerge later down the track.

To understand why maintenance is necessary,  a brief outline of the nuts and bolts of WordPress is necessary.

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Microsoft moves 20,000 blogs from it’s own system to WordPress

Bayweb: Check out the article below. A big tick for using WordPress. Note that WordPress is not just for blogs. It’s now the most used CMS for web site building as well.

Are your law firm’s blogs running on a proprietary CMS (Content Management System), or for that matter matter, any CMS other than WordPress? If so, you may want to think again. Marie Dodson (@Mdodson12) reports for Torque that Microsoft just migrated 20,000 blogs with more than 1 million posts and 1.2 million comments off its own … Continue Reading

Source: Microsoft moves 20,000 blogs from proprietary CMS to WordPress – Real Lawyers Have Blogs

Google Review Link Generator: How to Create a Link to Write a Review on Google

It’s never been easy to link directly to a location where your customers can leave a business review. You think you are correctly linked and then Google changes the parameters of the link and it no longer works. In a nutshell, the link generator below allows you to search for your business and then create a link you can send to your clients. They can then go directly to a location where they can leave a review.

The Google Review Link Generator by Grade.us Labs lets you build review links for Google Maps, Google Places, and Google Maps apps for Android and iOS.

Source: Google Review Link Generator: How to Create a Link to Write a Review on Google | Grade.us

Automating WordPress Plugin Updates

wordpress-pluginsI recently had a request from a client who was interested in updating their WordPress Plugins themselves. At the time, the possibility of auto-updating was raised.  I did a search and found – https://wordpress.org/plugins/stops-core-theme-and-plugin-updates/ which can be configured to automate the updates of other plugins.

The only potential gotcha here is if a plugin update “breaks” the site. i.e causes a conflict with WordPress or other plugins and therefore has the site  working incorrectly in some way. If you did not get back to check the site, you would not know there was an issue until you next checked the site yourself, or if someone contacted you to let you know. Continue Reading →