Are Custom Themes Better Than WordPress Templates?

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WordPress is one of the world’s most popular content management systems for websites and blogs. It’s versatile, search engine-friendly, and infinitely expandable. However, these attributes affect the way they are coded beneath the visual layout. This is because designers at WordPress create premade templates, unaware of how they are going to be used once they are chosen for a website or a blog. To make these versatile for anyone, they load them up with lots of features that require HTML and plug-ins that continue operating behind the scenes. Many of these features will be of no use to your business. Business owners find themselves asking whether it’s smarter to work … Continue reading

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Google, Madison Web Design, and Mobile Devices

While it’s our job to design websites, we also work to educate the men and women that we work with about the finer points of maintaining their websites and attracting customers from the Internet. That’s why we’re making sure businesses know just how important it is to upgrade to a responsive web design. It’s our job as a leading Madison web design team to remind them that the mobile market is bigger than you might think. In case you aren’t sure why it’s such a big deal to upgrade to a responsive website, let us walk you through web design and mobile devices… There are no excuses for not having … Continue reading

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Do You Want the Cheapest… or the Best Website Design?

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Most business owners don’t have the time to scout and select a new web designer every few years. Instead, they need to find a stable team who can build and maintain a successful online presence that will be useful and profitable for their company for years to come. However, web design is not an area where most businesses have a lot of expertise, so they go with what they think is most efficient and most profitable. We can easily compare the website design process with another situation where the average consumer has to make a huge buying decision that they’ll have to live with for a few years – the … Continue reading

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Why WordPress Templates Aren’t Such a Great Deal After All

Looking to build a business website without having to pay a professional creative team? A quick look around the web will reveal several different ways you can buy a template, plug in your own content, and create a web presence in just a few hours. Sounds like a fantastic deal, right? It would be, if creating a fully-functional website were actually that easy. Take a closer look and you’ll see there are a number of important drawbacks to a template-built site that are hard to spot with the naked eye. In fact, you might not notice the shortcomings at all until they show up on your bottom line when you’re … Continue reading

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Yes, Google Can Hear You Now!

There are a lot of reasons to embrace online video marketing in 2017. It’s affordable, engaging, and can lead to explosive results in your social media marketing campaigns. There are even some signs that using video clips for introductions, product demonstrations, and testimonials can double or triple the response you get from a landing page. Now, things have gotten even better. That’s because Google has the ability to crawl online videos and incorporate them into search engine results in a way that it couldn’t before. To see how this happened, and why it’s so important, here are a few things you should know… How Video and SEO Used to Work … Continue reading

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How to Write a Killer Video Marketing Script

When it’s time to create a video marketing clip, a lot of business owners will turn on a camera and shoot from the hip. In my experience, that’s not a great idea. While you may know a lot about your subject and enjoy working spontaneously, working without a script or plan virtually guarantees you’ll either forget something you want to mention, repeat yourself needlessly, or end up speaking in a confusing way. You don’t have to be a poet or copywriter to come up with a good script for your video, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time putting your thoughts in order. In fact, you can … Continue reading

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10 Google Analytics Stats You Should Be Watching

Do you ever wish you could have your customers tell you exactly what they want from your website? Wouldn’t it be nice if they would let you know in advance which articles they would read, offers they would respond to, and ads they would find compelling? While you’re not likely to get these kinds of insights in an email or survey, the information isavailable to you if you know where to look. The only problem is that most business owners and marketers ignore the one reliable source of data they have on customers and behaviors: Google Analytics. Completely free and immensely valuable, Google Analytics can tell you a great deal about where your … Continue reading

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Price and Value in Website Design

There are a lot of companies out there offering unbelievably low rates on business website design—both here in Madison, Wisconsin and around the world. You certainly could hire one of them to design your online presence, and you’ll probably save lots of money in the process. But, you might end up getting a lot less than you bargained for… The reason for this comes down to one simple fact: When you invest in a new business website design, you aren’t looking for a new design, or set of pages. Instead, you’re trying to get a tool that will help you reach new customers and make a great impression on the … Continue reading

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What Makes a Great Website?

Lots of business owners who meet with us know they need a website, but they don’t necessarily know what that website should look like, or what it has to include. What they want to know, really, is what makes a great website design? Which elements make your online presence stand out? The answer is going to differ a bit depending on the business and situation, but here are a few things your website simply must have to be exceptional: A killer first impression – When someone looks at your website for the first time, they need to know that it’s for a great company, and to get an instant sense … Continue reading

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Choosing Colors and Fonts That Fit Your Brand

How do you choose the right colors and fonts for your logo, website, and other branding pieces? A lot of business owners will tell you they simply choose “what they like,” and that’s not a bad starting point. But, if you really want to establish and maintain an identity that’s going to help you connect with customers over many years, there are a few things you should consider before making a final decision… Go for emotion first – Every color elicits a different kind of emotion or response. Some are softer and cooler, while others feel more hot and engaging. Think about the tone you want to set (professional, exciting, … Continue reading

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