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Knowledge Base 2017-12-28T19:55:22+00:00

Knowledge Base | Use your know-how

A smart knowledge base for better self-service and empowered clients.

Explore some of the tips and pointers that we’ve provided to ensure each and every one of our clients attain their goals and have project success.  We encourage persistent engagement and communications with all of our clientele to fully understand your business needs.

This section aims to cover some of the basics of hosting, web page design, layout, seo, social media and security.

Website Maintenance Features – We Cover Everything 2018-01-16T18:21:05+00:00

Website Maintenance Features - We Cover EverythingA dedicated Web Specialist is someone who handles ongoing website changes and updates for you.

Below are some terms that are associated with companies who offer dedicated webmaster services that you should familiarize yourself with so you understand what you’re actually getting.

“Updated for you”

Your Web Specialist will take care of all your website changes, updates and edits for you. Updates typically mean “changes” or “edits” done to your website. This can be something as simple as changing a phone number or adding a new picture. “Updates” can also refer to software or coding updates, where software associated with your website is in need of an update or coding used on your site needs to be modified or changed for ongoing modern requirements. On the other hand, DIY (Do-It-Yourself) web design services offer you tools that let you do just that – do it yourself. The difference is that a Web Specialist is a person who does it for you. Professional websites typically require more knowledge and have more features than what DIY website tools can offer. If you’re looking to have a professional website as opposed to an amateur website, it often makes sense to hire a professional website designer and or Web Specialist.

“Troubleshooting“

Unlike DIY services that provide support forums or talk you through issues, a dedicated Web Specialist will typically handle any troubleshooting issue for you. Troubleshooting refers to an error or malfunction taking place on the website. Some errors include broken hyperlink (e.g. link doesn’t work any more or take you anywhere), broken CSS (e.g. coding language responsible for design elements on your site not formatted properly), etc. Troubleshooting consists of identifying a particular technical issue and fixing the problem. A dedicate Web Specialist can be worth hiring simply for these times if anything. The internet, browsers, and devices are always changing and changing fast. This means that your website is bound to experience trouble at one point or another.

“No downtime during updates”

This one is simple. “Up-time” refers to your site being visible and accessible online – in other words, people can visit it or use it. Therefore, “downtime” refers to the amount of time that your website is “down” or “offline” – meaning, it’s not accessible, can’t be viewed, or can’t be used. When a website maintenance service company says it can perform updates “without any downtime,” they mean that your website will remain online, view-able, and use-able while they perform changes on it. This is typically the case with most Web Specialists these days unless you’re update involves a lot of small changes, a couple of big changes, or a complete design overhaul.

“Regular maintenance”

Your website will need maintenance to make sure it’s speedy, optimized and working properly. This term typically refers to security, updates, and file management. Be sure that your website has security measures in place to guard against ongoing threats. Beyond security software or hosting configurations, one of the best security measures you can take is to make sure that all the software associated with your website is up to date. Good website plugins, extensions, and other software items are regularly updated to guard against security holes, bugs, and other things that your website will face in an ever-changing internet. As previously mentioned, the the internet, browsers, and devices are always changing and changing fast. You’ll want to perform regular maintenance on your site or hire someone to do it in an effort to keep your website from becoming antiquated or a target for viruses and malware.

Ongoing compliance

A good Web Specialist will make sure that your website is compliant with Google and other major search engines. While search engine algorithms and best practices are always changing, they want to see a site that’s not trying to “game the system” with keyword stuffing, invisible text, etc. While a lot of this applies to marketing or SEO (which we’ll get into later), some of it is technical – they want to see that websites load quickly, have a mobile version, and function as intended.

Theme Avada Professional Customization Specialist 2018-01-16T15:30:32+00:00

Theme Avada Professional Customization SpecialistAVADA: Responsive Web Design For The Best Selling WordPress Theme Ever

Avada themes let you create virtually anything, without ever have to enter a single line of code. Avada’s set of features, options and tools make it one of the most versatile theme on the market by allowing you to take control of virtually every aspect and section of the site.  The powerful customization options & features give you flexibility to create the site you want. Avada is WooCommerce compatible and offers a unique design.

With Avada you can:

  • Create a Retina Ready website with Ultra-High Resolution Graphics
  • Rely on the Automatic Theme Updater to take care of updates when you’re short on time
  • Create an online store with WooCommerce Compatibility

Many clients ask us “What WordPress Theme to purchase for their WordPress Website?”. 7 times out of 10 the answer is WordPress Theme Avada. I am a huge fan of this very powerful and professional WordPress theme. The theme is written by Theme Fusion and exclusively available from ThemeForest.

The sky is the limit when it comes to Color choices, layout options, Heading style, font selection and customization.

I have implemented WordPress Theme Avada so many times that I am aware of all the ins and outs. I can consult on the best layouts based on your needs, and have your website ready for prime time in a few days at a fraction of the cost that any company would charge for Theme Avada Professional Customization. The theme supports advanced page layouts, multiple type of sliders or banners including Revolution Slider, Layer Slider, Elastic Slider and Fusion Slider, Advanced Post types, Integrated Social Media, E Commerce Options with Woo Commerce, Custom CSS options, multiple header styles, easy video and portfolio sections, typography options and many more.

See my best working samples:
* http://aaronsbeauty.com/
* http://jewsforjudaism.ca/
* http://compassplastics.com/
* https://greatnorthernapparel.com/
* http://polytarp.com/
* http://medicalclub.ca/
* http://www.awzventures.ca/

How much will it exactly cost: It depends. It will depend on the amount of content you have, number of pages that need to be setup, how should your Blog be integrated, do you have pictures that you want to include in your website, what kind of hosting do you have?

Contact me for a consultation and to help you out.

First Impressions Matter: The Importance of Great Visual Design 2018-01-02T15:13:25+00:00

First Impressions Matter: The Importance of Great Visual DesignIt is often said in life that first impressions are everything. Whether we judge a person based on their appearance or by what they drive, or we judge a business based on their store or office location; when it comes to your website’s appearance – it goes without saying that a first impression really is everything.

When website users look at a badly designed website, they don’t just judge the website, they judge the company. There is ample evidence that design heavily influences first impressions, and that first impressions influence a consumer’s trust and respect for a company.

Bad design is no longer something business owners can joke about and place at the bottom of their priority list. It’s costing companies money in the form of lost clients, not to mention credibility and reputation.

Never forget that the very first thing your visitors see is your page loading. Images gradually appear, buttons randomly pop-up, links become clickable and in the meantime your visitors are left waiting. The longer it takes for your page to load, the worse the impression you’re making.

Here’s why first impressions on your website are killing your business and costing you clients.

People make snap judgements. It takes only 1/10th of a second to form a first impression about a person, and websites are no different. It takes about 50 milliseconds (that’s 0.05 seconds) for users to form an opinion about your website that determines whether they like your site or not, whether they’ll stay or leave.

This number comes from specific studies. In the first study, participants twice rated the visual appeal of web homepages presented for 500 ms each. In a follow-up study they reduced the exposure time to 50 ms. Throughout, visual appeal ratings were highly correlated from one phase to the next as were the correlations between the 50 ms and 500 ms conditions. Thus, visual appeal can be assessed within 50 ms, suggesting that web designers have about 50 ms to make a good first impression.

This first impression depends on many factors: structure, colors, spacing, symmetry, amount of text, fonts, and more. All the website screenshots below are for illustrative purposes only.

  • Make your web design simple and familiar (follow conventions – e.g. people have a fixed idea what an e-commerce site should be like). If you go for innovative, unconventional layouts – people are less likely to like them.
  • Great design gets people to trust you and to stick around. Poor design creates mistrust and makes people leave.
  • Invest in design – it’s what matters the most for pulling users in.
  • If their first impression is negative, it might cause the user to have prejudice against you for years.
WordPress Maintenance and Support | WordPress Website Checkup 2018-01-01T18:40:46+00:00

WordPress Maintenance and Support  | WordPress Website CheckupSecurity is massively important for WordPress users to minimise the likelihood of hackers getting into your website. It needs to be said that nobody can ever 100% guarantee that their website will never be hacked, but keeping your all aspects of your website updated you can minimise the risk significantly. We offer a Security Package where we will take care of all core WordPress, theme and plugin updates, as well as taking fortnightly backups of your entire website – this is strongly advised for all clients.

We also offer a Maintenance Package for clients who don’t have the time to update their content, such as replacing images or adding new text, to their website. We will perform up to 2 hours of content updates per month with this package, so you don’t need to worry about learning the process of content management.

WordPress is an amazing content management system, and regular maintenance will keep your website running smoothly and securely. Maintenance and security updates however, can have a steep learning curve, especially if you don’t work with WordPress regularly. Even if you are familiar with WordPress and the steps required to maintain your website, it can be time consuming and after all, you have a business to run.

Failing to update your website can lead to major problems, including site crashes, security breaches, loss of data, and theft of customer information. Resolving these issues can be time consuming and expensive, as well as cost you current or new customers.

WordPress Updates

Update what?! Never worry about pesky site updates again. Relax and let Maintainn handle it for you.

Offsite Backups

We provide nightly offsite backups of your database and file system. No need to fret about losing your data.

Security

Our partnership with Sucuri guarantees that your WordPress site will be safe and secure with 24/7 monitoring.

Expert Support

The Maintainn team is here to provide you with WordPress guidance, advice, and the answers you need.

What Does A Modern, Professional Website Cost? 2018-01-01T17:55:26+00:00

What Does A Modern, Professional Website Cost?These prices are correct at the time of writing (1/2018) however they are subject to change without notice and should only be used as a guide to help you understand what a website costs and how they are priced. Ultimately for us to give you an actual, accurate price, we would need to discuss your requirements in detail so we can propose the most suitable solution for your project.

Most of the website projects we take on range in price from $3,000 to $15,000 in price. However, on occasion, we have completed smaller projects for slightly less than this or more depending on the clients exact requirements.

No two websites are ever the same and this means each website takes a different amount of time to develop. We charge our time on the basis of $75 per developer hour or $600 per day but we usually give clients a fixed price before we start the project.

As a client your first questions about buying a website will always be “How much will it cost?” and “How long will it take?” but without a full scope of the work you need completed, it is impossible for us to answer these questions. Just like building a house, a builder cannot give you a price without seeing the architect’s design and list of materials that will be required.

Some things we take into consideration when pricing for a website:

  1. Number of meetings required
  2. Do you have the content prepared already (text, images, videos)
  3. Do you require a logo
  4. Do you require a completely new design or a re-design of your current site
  5. Examples of websites you like and what you like about them
  6. What functionality do you require on your website
  7. Do you need training on managing or using the website
  8. Do you have photos ready to use or do you need a photographer
  9. How many pages you will require on the website
  10. What online marketing do you require

These are just some of the things that will help us identify how long it will take to develop your website, but depending on your business and project we may have more questions.

On most website projects, it may take a few meetings to run through these questions with you to give us a good indication of your requirements. We can then provide you with a solution based on the information you’ve given us, as well as a fixed price.

We have developed our unique and innovative Discovery process over our many years in the industry. It helps us eliminate issues such as inaccurate cost proposals and missed deadlines.

What is e-commerce (electronic commerce)? 2017-12-31T21:17:39+00:00

What is ecommerce (electronic commerce)? Shopping carts for Profit

Electronic commerce or ecommerce is a term for any type of business, or commercial transaction, that involves the transfer of information across the Internet. It covers a range of different types of businesses, from consumer based retail sites, through auction or music sites, to business exchanges trading goods and services between corporations. It is currently one of the most important aspects of the Internet to emerge.

Ecommerce allows consumers to electronically exchange goods and services with no barriers of time or distance. Electronic commerce has expanded rapidly over the past five years and is predicted to continue at this rate, or even accelerate. In the near future the boundaries between “conventional” and “electronic” commerce will become increasingly blurred as more and more businesses move sections of their operations onto the Internet.

Business to Business or B2B refers to electronic commerce between businesses rather than between a business and a consumer. B2B businesses often deal with hundreds or even thousands of other businesses, either as customers or suppliers. Carrying out these transactions electronically provides vast competitive advantages over traditional methods. When implemented properly, ecommerce is often faster, cheaper and more convenient than the traditional methods of bartering goods and services.

Electronic transactions have been around for quite some time in the form of Electronic Data Interchange or EDI. EDI requires each supplier and customer to set up a dedicated data link (between them), where ecommerce provides a cost-effective method for companies to set up multiple, ad-hoc links. Electronic commerce has also led to the development of electronic marketplaces where suppliers and potential customers are brought together to conduct mutually beneficial trade.

The road to creating a successful online store can be a difficult if unaware of ecommerce principles and what ecommerce is supposed to do for your online business. Researching and understanding the guidelines required to properly implement an e-business plan is a crucial part to becoming successful with online store building.

Ecommerce can be a very rewarding venture, but you cannot make money overnight. It is important to do a lot of research, ask questions, work hard and make on business decisions on facts learned from researching ecommerce. Don’t rely on “gut” feelings. We hope our online ecommerce tutorial has helped your business make a better decision in choosing an online shopping cart for your ecommerce store.

SEO: Understand your online customers 2017-12-31T20:44:42+00:00

SEO: Understand your online customers

Much like traditional marketing, improving your search rankings starts with an understanding of your customer’s behaviour. For example, consider how a person’s search behaviour changes during the buying cycle:

  • Awareness: the customer is aware of a problem that needs fixing, and begins searching for potential solutions using broad search terms. For example, ‘leaking tap’.
  • Consideration: the customer understands their problem and is now searching for solutions that best meet their needs. They will typically start using search keywords that include a location, product feature or product type. For example, ‘plumber in Townsville’.
  • Purchase: the customer is ready to buy, and generally knows who they will buy from. They will often search directly for the service provider. For example, ‘ABC Plumbing’.

Matching your web content with customer search behaviours requires an understanding of the language used. Being aware of common misspellings, slang and abbreviations can help you match your content with these searches.

SEO: Use keywords on your website 2017-12-31T20:38:43+00:00

SEO: Use keywords on your websiteKeywords are the words or phrases a customer uses when they perform a search. For example, ‘flowers online’ and ‘where do I buy flowers online’ are both considered to be keywords.

Matching the keywords used on your website with the words used by customers when they search for you is an important part of SEO. Add popular keywords or phrases to your website. These words can be used in places such as page titles, in content or even as the name of the image file you’re using.

Use keywords that are relevant to your business, services or location – anything that a customer would use in a search engine can be considered a keyword or phrase.

For example, if someone searches for ‘flowers online’ and your page is titled ‘florist website’, there’s a chance that your page won’t be found on the first page of their search results. This is because competing websites with pages titled ‘flowers online’ are considered more relevant to the searcher and will be ranked higher.

Understanding the search language used by your customer is an important step to being found. Inserting the right keywords in the browser title, meta description, URL, content and page headings can boost the relevance of your page and boost your visibility too.

SEO: Refresh your page content often 2017-12-31T20:35:28+00:00

SEO: Refresh your page content oftenYour website is a living, breathing entity on the internet. Every update you make to your website once it is “live” on the internet plays a part in its interaction with visitors, customers, and the powerful search engines. However, a static website without updates of any kind may be viewed by search engines as a “dead” entity – with no life and nothing new to offer.

Add new content to your website weekly and update content on your pages at least once every 6 months. This could be information about a new product or service you’re selling, a customer story, new images or removing content that is no longer relevant.

Ensure your content is specific, clear and on point.

Keep Your Audience Informed and Updated

Refreshing your content encourages search engines to visit your website more often. The more frequently they visit, the faster they’re able to discover new content on your website. You may even see some rankings benefits!

Another good reason to update your website with valuable content is to keep current subscribers updated, as well as provide necessary information for new visitors to convert to customers.

Regularly updating your website with fresh content will not only garner appreciation and loyalty from your visitors, but will put you in good standings with the powerful Google.

Expert WordPress Emergency Help and Support 2017-12-29T03:06:45+00:00

WordPress Emergency SupportUrgent WordPress Repair Services

With so many moving parts comprising WordPress, issues can and do arise from time to time. If you are suffering from a broken or poorly functioning website, I can be reached to provide WordPress Emergency Support. Most often, there is a fix for the problem and your site can be back on line in no time.

Most Common issues Fixed include:

  • WordPress site is slow or doesn’t load completely
  • WordPress site displays blank white screen
  • PHP or mySQL Error Messages are seen
  • Problems Installing WordPress
  • Conflicts with WordPress Plugins
  • WordPress Theme Not Properly Rendering
  • Shoppingcart Issues
  • BuddyPress Problems
  • Contact Forms Troubleshooting
Monthly Maintenance Plans (MMP) 2017-12-29T01:37:22+00:00

Monthly Maintenance Plans (MMP)

You can be sure that our Monthly Maintenance Plans (MMP) is the right solution for you under the following circumstances.

  • If you are having a web project to be maintained on monthly basis and regular basis.
  • If you are looking for the company that can be the back bone of your website; a company that responds promptly to your calls, e-mails and other forms of communication; a company that accepts responsibility for the maintenance your website or success of your project. If so, then you have landed in the right place!
  • If you are looking for a soft payment option where the outgo of money should be on monthly basis.
  • The development can also be done on phased manner on monthly schedules.
  • Even if just one of those mentioned above is your requirement, then our monthly maintenance plan (MMP) is undoubtedly the best solution for you.

Website Maintenance is a great way to keep your website fresh with content. We recommend that you update your site at least quarterly with small content updates. Tell people what new product or services you have.

A number of my clients have decided that the best form of site maintenance is self-maintenance. I can redesign your site into a content management system (CMS) so that you can make your own updates without needing to contact me for every little change. If you are changing your website on a daily or weekly basis then you need another type of website. That would be a functional website with a content management system. You do pay more up front for these systems. These systems are installed on the server and the new site is created to function with a template to facilitate content changes by you. An example of a comprehensive content management system is WordPress or Joomla.There are many templates to choose from and you have full access to change content, menu and images. WordPress and Joomla have extensive support material online however you do need to be fairly computer literate. (We prefer WordPress). Both systems have many, many plug in components available to facilitate different needs. The important thing to remember is that you will need to pay for periodic security upgrades.

And sometimes you just need a fresh set of eyes. Want me to go over your site, check for broken links or recommend changes to make your site more search engine friendly? No worries.

Finally – if you have a project that involves hundreds of products, multiple blogs, booking calendar and a live weather feed, we’ve got you covered.

Maintenance Packages include

  1. Backing up our entire hosting content files
  2. Ensuring the WordPress Content Management System (CMS) and all plugins are upgraded to the latest versions to assure security and functionality (Upgrades are normally done within days of new releases.)
  3. Backing up all WordPress program files
  4. Backing up the WordPress database daily
  5. Verifying our disk and bandwidth limits meet our needs
  6. Testing any forms
  7. Scanning the files with the exploit scanner

Editing (upon request)

  1. Making changes to the site upon request: adding, removing, and editing content including images (not including wholesale or design changes)
  2. Providing advice where needed on any Internet marketing or business technology topic

Examples How Customers Use Our Website Maintenance Services:

  • Backup Files, Databases and Disaster Recovery.
  • Malware or Hacked Site? Clean up and restore.
  • Website Security Auditing and Consultation.
  • Updating WordPress, Themes and Plugins.
  • Adding fresh content like news and articles.
  • Adding custom photos, graphics and clip art.
  • Content maintenance. Writing article, Content and research.
  • Social Media Management. Manage postings and social maintenance.
  • Traffic Auditing with Google Webmaster and Analytics.
  • Creating XML Site Maps,  Robots.txt and .htaccess files.
  • Adding new products and services into your shopping cart.
  • Maintaining calendar and events.
  • Creating forms, links and additional pages.
  • Cloud maintenance. Uploading documents, photos, files.
  • PHP Script Installation and Web Development.
  • Changing web hosting? Server Migration and Hosting Maintenance.
  • On-Call and After Hours. 24/7 Emergency Support.
SEO – Where Content is king! 2017-12-29T01:27:44+00:00

SEO - Where Content is king!There is a requirement to market your business online, not only through search engine optimization, but through many internet outlets. This can include: email marketing, Facebook, Twitter, and many other tools. Regardless of your target market, we can assist you with increasing your online visibility, conversions, and repeat traffic.

  • Content is king, so be sure to have good, well-written, and unique content that will focus on your primary keywords or keyword phrase. Use keywords and keyword phrases appropriately in text links, image ALT attributes and even your domain name.
  • Keywords don’t guarantee you’ll rank highly. Search engine optimization is vested in marketing. If you market your business and use your website as a tool, you’ll be more successful then just listing keywords and submitting to a search engine.
  • Write a unique, descriptive meta description for every page. Within 160 characters you need to describe the topic of a page in a way that persuades people to click on your site instead of the other sites listed in the search results.
  • Fresh content can help improve your rankings. Add new, useful content to your pages on a regular basis. Content freshness adds relevancy to your site in the eyes of the search engines.
  • Know your market. If you don’t know whom you’re marketing to, how do you create a marketing strategy online to gain further sales and/or leads. Prioritizing people is important.
  • Business Consistency, affects your marketing, short term & long term outputs, popularity and, thus, your ranking.
Search engine optimization (SEO) 2017-12-29T01:24:06+00:00

Search Engine OptimizationSearch engine optimization (SEO)  is the way to pull massive amounts of free traffic. Creative Design 123’s SEO services from our Search Engine Optimization Company will increase your companies website rankings and traffic. We has assisted companies to maximize the traffic they want to attract from major search engines, including: Google, Yahoo, and many others. We create more sales for your business by getting you more visitors through better and higher search engine rankings.

Our Search Engine Marketing and Optimization service offers your business the best chances of gaining top rankings on the most important search engines. We use effective techniques with a combination of web page optimization and strong linking campaigns to gain the edge over other sites. We are up front and honest, and will not take on projects that we feel that we cannot be effective in achieving top rankings.

Creativewebdesign123.com has worked in 16 languages, and improved their search engine placements on the search engines by leaps and bounds.

We specialize in improving search engine rankings and ensuring your site ranks highly by providing the following services:

  • keyword analysis and recommendations
  • search engine optimization (SEO)
  • search engine ranking reports
  • submission to all major search engines around the world
  • Google Maps integration, Sitemaps implementation
  • website promotion
  • webmarketing

Making your online presence a success!

What can a maintenance plan offer you? 2017-12-28T23:48:35+00:00

What can a maintenance plan offer you? Why Every Site Should Have It

Our professional Website Maintenance Plans are designed to provide the benefit of having your own website team on staff at a fraction of the cost!

Our goal is to integrate content management system in a way that you can control your website without having to outsource it. Most of our clients choose to manage their website on their own and we fully encourage this.

What can business consulting services do for you?

Our consulting is all rolled in with our maintenance plans and offers a wide variety of support and services for your business. Here are just a few of its benefits:

  • A skilled partnership to help you achieve your online objectives
  • Technology research and development based ongoing business requirements and needs
  • On-demand support for all online initiatives relative to your website, social media and content marketing
  • Custom graphic design and web design services
  • Content management formatting and updates to ensure your online business remains consistent with its brand, as well as ‘look and feel’
  • Weekly backups of your website files and database
  • Broken link checking to make sure there’s no broken URLs between site content that affects your SEO
  • Content development tailored to your companies target audience
  • Content distribution and social media support for best practices
  • Weekly updates of your software and 3rd party tools to maintain security and ensure you’re running the latest versions
  • Up-time monitoring to make certain your website is up and running
  • Search engine best practices, for ex. images and metadata, page and post titles, meta-descriptions, anchor tags, long tail keywords, etc

Your website and online media is an asset to your business, your face to the world – and it’s important that you maintain it. The plans we offer are designed to give you peace of mind and assurance that you have a skilled partner who can help you achieve all your online objectives.

It’s Your Insurance Policy

By having a website maintenance contract you are buying the reassurance that your website will be taken care of and kept up to date. There for lessening the threat of it being hacked or having to deal with down time.

Website Cost: Time, Pricing & Rates 2017-12-28T20:22:10+00:00

How Much Does It Cost to Build a WordPress Website?How Much Does It Cost to Build a WordPress Website?

When it comes to pricing, unfortunately there is no standard answer. All of our work is customized to each client’s unique needs, so we don’t have a set price. We really need to know some specifics about you and your project before we can give you an accurate price. One thing we can say though is that regardless of the size of your project, you will always get our BEST game, the best service and training time. All of our clients are important to us, and we’ll never forget that.

When people ask for a quote, I always follow the same process. I visit their current site (or one they like) and determine the following:

  • The current CMS platform (WordPress, MovableType, Drupal, etc.)
  • The scope of the site – how many unique styling elements will be required for specialty pages?
  • The perceived complexity of the re-design. Does this person want a graphical masterpiece with all kinds of bells and whistles?

Generally speaking, there’s not a whole lot of variance in these areas from blog to blog, so after checking out the site in question, I usually have a good idea of how much to charge. Now, to answer the question you all want to hear…How much would it be?

At this time, blog designs start at $1500. This price is for a blog that has minimal graphical complexity, no customized icons, and no logo production. What you do get at this price is rock-solid, hand-crafted, browser-tested CSS, XHTML, and simple (but striking) graphic design.

In most cases, bells and whistles like plugin support, unique page designs, and extra graphics push the price up into the $1800-$2000 range. From there, the price is largely dictated by page-specific CSS/XHTML production and custom graphic design. It’s totally conceivable that a pimped out blog could run as much as $3000 (We have worked on a WordPress Website priced close to $200,000 dollars). Rest assured, though, that it would be totally amazing, and the recipient of the design would receive mad props for having such a killer online abode.

So What’s free:

Included in all our hosting packages is support for email and web site issues involving server side errors. Free support includes configuration and troubleshooting of webmail, Control Panel, FTP, domains, DNS and web site access.

What’s not:

Free support does not include configuration and troubleshooting of third party programs including but not limited to Outlook, SmartFTP and any Mobile devices. Due to the vast array of custom network configuration and applications clients use, we can only provide information needed to connect with our servers. If necessary, support for these third party programs will be billed at $50 per hour. We consider any research into problems not caused by us as billable. Also, because most of our clients have full control of their web site, any problems caused by user edits or error are billable.

Time Frame

Because websites vary according to size and scope, each project has it’s own time frame. Most projects can be completed within a 30-day period – 20 business days!

For example, the approximate time frame for a WordPress site customization/installation for up to 25 pages can be completed in 15 – 20 business days, providing ALL pertinent site content (including text, images, Word docs/Pdfs, external links, including social media links, etc.) and account information (i.e., user names & passwords) is supplied and received from the client within the time frame/start date agreed upon.

Invoicing Policy

Once the project/proposal is agreed upon, the website package fee is split between two billings and is payable as follows:

  • 50% invoiced in advance of website creation
  • 50% invoiced upon publishing website to the net

We accept cash, or payment online via PayPal. Please note that online payments are subject to a 2.9% merchant fee.

Extending WordPress | Social, Forums, Chats, Forms 2017-12-28T20:08:57+00:00

Extending WordPress Features with Plugins and WidgetsExtending WordPress Features with Plugins and Widgets

Social, Forums, Chats, Forms. WordPress has unlimited functionality with thousands of free ‘plugins’ that are available for your website. If you want something for your web site a plugin usually exists. Popular plugins include photo galleries, video, social media, podcasting, email marketing and more. With WordPress you can easily change the design and layout of your website without having to make any changes to the content management system. This is an amazing feature as it can save you thousands in design costs.

Plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine. Web galleries, testimonails, contact forms, job applications, social networking integration, email marketing, forums, chats online, and interactive maps are a few of the many thousands of options available. Plugins are what makes WordPress so unique, putting your website leagues above static websites. WordPress really is the ideal foundation from which you can develop your website as your business grows.

We will install, setup and, in some cases, integrate into your design, any plugin you wish to add to your blog or web site.

We will also upgrade your existing plugins. We do realize that it can sometimes be an intimidating process to upgrade plugins – – we not only will run the upgrade for you – – but we will trouble shoot any problems that may be caused by a particular plugin upgrade, and we won’t rest until it’s perfect! If we find that a particular plugin upgrade is not compatible with your, individual setup – we will not stop until we find you a suitable alternative.

With so many features and benefits WordPress costs a fraction of other websites to implement, and provides exceptional value. Once established your WordPress website is license Free!

Speed Optimizing WordPress Websites | Page Load Time 2017-12-28T18:00:56+00:00

Speed Optimizing WordPress Websites | Page Load TimeWordPress Websites: Reducing Page Load Time

WordPress Websites: Reducing Page Load Time. You have very little time to show users your content and convince them to stay on your website. A slow website means users will potentially leave your website before it even loads.

There are many different factors that can slow a website load speed down. Creative Web Design 123 can provide a WordPress speed audit on your website with recommendations on fixes.

As your WordPress website grows, it will need optimized to handle the increase in traffic and page loads. Creative Web Design 123 can help! We specialize in the best WordPress optimization techniques for your website. Whether you have a large WordPress website, or a single WordPress corporate Website, we can help speed up your site, handle higher traffic loads, caching, database optimization, and more.

Speed Analysis Services

  • Web Optimized Images
  • Optimize and Combine JavaScript and CSS
  • Integrate Caching and CDN Network for Media
  • Server Level Caching and Config
  • Plugin Recommendations

Whether you run a popular blog, or a fortune-100 website, Creative Web Design 123 has the experience and knowledge to help speed up your WordPress website.

Shopping Cart Solutions 2017-12-28T17:59:19+00:00

Shopping Cart Software Solutions for eCommerce SitesShopping Cart Software Solutions for eCommerce Sites

Why Online Store (Ecommerce)?

The Internet is now all pervading and people are spending more & more time in cyberspace. In this scenario, online presence has become inevitable for organizations. Your organization’s Ecommerce website not only unfolds a new dimension for selling your products but it also provides a channel of online marketing.

What is required to launch Ecommerce website?

There are a lot many steps require to be carried out to get any Ecommerce business going. Choosing a website name, selection of web service provider, working on layout of website, selecting website hosting company – are few to name.

All these can be a burdensome and time-consuming venture…but how is that all these tasks done for you with excellence!

Imagine an Ecommerce web design service provider that registers your chosen website domain name, provides you with easy website building tools, hosts your website, assists you apply for a merchant account, connects you to a shopping cart, a payment gateway and a credit card processing service, and helps you connect to such powerful marketing avenues as social media and search engine marketing, all working together in synchronous manner.

What we offer?

We provide solutions for a secure shopping cart experience using Woocomerce, paypal, shopify, and many other payment gateways. The shopping cart software allows you to accept credit cards and PayPal payments by integrating with over 100 payment gateways.

The scope of our Ecommerce web design service encompasses:

  • Custom Ecommerce development
  • Website hosting
  • Shopping cart
  • Search engine marketing
  • Web marketing

We would be happy to help you if you have any query related to your Ecommerce (Online shopping) website.

Paypal payment gateway integration 2017-12-28T18:12:41+00:00

Paypal payment gateway integrationWe provide Paypal payment standard, Paypal express checkout

Paypal is simple and secure way to process payments through your website. Creating a Paypal account is easy and free and you won’t need to store any credit card data or worry about your client’s security.

Paypal Payment integration is actually a part of the complete e-commerce solution we provide. Paypal offers several ways to integrate payment with your shopping cart, subscription system or a one time service fee.

We provide Paypal payment standard, Paypal express checkout, Paypal buy now buttons, Paypal subscriptions and Paypal Instant payment notification solutions.

PayPal Pro integration will allow the users to keep payment steps of the checkout on their own site, and not transfer them to PayPal for processing.

  • Get paid for your events
  • Add a surcharge to the payment to cover transaction fees
  • Bypass the payment confirmation page (option)
  • Prompt for addresses to collect more information (option)
  • Change the PayPal button design
  • And more!

Get paid for your events by using PayPal, the most trusted online payment system. Registrants can transfer money to you or pay you with a credit card. We now offer PayPal Standard and Pro payment gateways.

PayPal Express Checkout is a more advanced version of the standard PayPal payment option that is included with WooCommerce. It has more features included with it and allows us to more tightly integrate PayPal into WooCommerce. It is the recommended method of enabling PayPal payments in WooCommerce.

WordPress Checklist 2017-12-28T18:27:53+00:00

WordPress Checklist | Basic Steps to get you online!WordPress Checklist | Basic Steps to get you online!

Whether you’re a website designer/developer or a business owner creating your own WordPress website, having a good checklist to follow through every step of the way is essential to make sure you don’t miss any important steps before or after you launch.

Creating your own lists can be tedious, boring and time-consuming so we are thrilled to share with you below what we think is the ultimate WordPress website checklist for website designers or anyone creating a WordPress website to use, created by the great team at Creative Web Design 123.

Setting up and launching a website is a momentous affair for any business. A lot of time and effort goes into ensuring that our website is designed just right and fulfills our business needs.  Even so, there are a number of oversights that can play spoilsport on the launch day. You can minimize the chances of that happening by ticking off the boxes in this handy checklist for new WordPress websites.

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  1. WordPress pre-development
  2. WordPress development
  3. Check if Your Hosting Plan Supports WordPress
  4. Optimize Permalinks for SEO
  5. Decide if Your Email Address Will Be Tagged to the Website
  6. Delete Dummy Content
  7. Create an XML Sitemap
  8. Improve Your Website Loading Speed
  9. Setup Website Backups
  10. Uncheck the Box for Search Engine Visibility
  11. Run a Mobile-Friendly Test
  12. Setup Google Search Console
  13. WordPress launch
  14. WordPress SEO
  15. WordPress security
  16. WordPress maintenance

The checklist below will benefit all WordPress designers, developers and users. It will save you hours trying to create your own checklist or checking if you’ve done everything you need to before you launch or develop a new website.

Let’s fix your website.

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