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7 Ways to Ninja the Hackers Away From Your WordPress Website

Are you worried about hackers getting into your WordPress business website? If so, you certainly aren’t alone. Cyber threats are a much bigger concern than they used to be, and with so many large organizations being affected by online attacks, smaller businesses are paying more attention to online security than ever before. While it’s true that a lot of smaller companies and organizations are susceptible to cyber hacking, it’s generally because they don’t follow basic online security best practices. To help you avoid being an easy target for thieves on the internet, here are seven ways you can keep hackers at bay from your WordPress site… #1 Use Strong Passwords […]

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Posted in Tips, Website Design

Why Choosing the Right Website Platform is Crucial to You

When it comes to web design for your business, which details are important to you? If you’re like most of the business owners we meet with, you’re probably concerned about the look of your website, and whether you can use the layout and content to attract new customers from Google and Facebook. What business owners tend not to think about is the platform their new websites will be built upon. Most have heard of WordPress, Drupal, Magento, and Shopify, but they don’t get concerned with the specifics. They want a good website, and good results, but don’t have the time or technical expertise to worry about the various applications involved. […]

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Posted in Website Design

6 Reasons Why DIY Websites Are Not Effective

Have you ever watched one of those do-it-yourself shows on television? They don’t just make it look easy to renovate a bathroom or a kitchen, they make it seem like fun! Of course, the reality feels just a little bit different when you’re knee-deep in broken tiles. The same analogy could easily be used for DIY websites. No matter where you look these days, there is a new service offering you a set of ready-made designs and templates at virtually no cost. It makes you wonder why you would spend your money hiring a professional web designer when you could just make a website on your own. Here are 6 […]

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Posted in Website Design

It’s a Hat Trick – Tingalls Voted Madison’s Top Website Development Company for 3rd Consecutive Year

For the third year in a row, local Madison business leaders have voted Tingalls Graphic Design the area’s best website development company in InBusiness Magazine’s 2017 Executive Choice Awards. The firm also took top honors in the same category in 2015 and 2016. Winners are chosen by fill-in-the-blank majority vote by Madison executives, business owners and decision makers, having achieved top-of-mind awareness in the business community and representing the best of the best in local professional services. Tingalls Graphic Design, under the leadership of Owner and Creative Director Tara Ingalls, achieved another major milestone in 2017: During their 17th year in business, the firm celebrated serving its 1,000th client. “At […]

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Posted in About Tingalls, Website Design

10 Tradeshow Tips for Success

1. Listen! My most important tip is to listen to your booth visitors. Ask open-ended questions like, “Tell me about your business” or “What do you like best about what you do?” Find out first if they have a need your company can fill before trying to sell them. 2. Keep it Simple. Think of your booth as a billboard. Too many graphics or text blocks can be distracting to people walking by that just “need the facts” quickly. Enlisting the tradeshow design experience of firms like Tingalls Graphic Design can be a valuable step in your tradeshow preparation. Graphics should be professional yet eye-catching to spark the interest of […]

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Posted in Tips, Tradeshow Marketing

Tingalls Design vs. “The nephew’s girlfriend’s brother’s best friend” Website Designer

Your website will most likely be the largest investment you make to round out your company’s marketing efforts. Do you really want to leave the success of your online presence in the hands of someone who’ll design it for a six-pack of beer? Below are five important factors to consider with your website design that will push Tingalls Graphic Design to the top of your list. 1. Experience. How many professional and successful websites has your nephew created? Since 2000, our firm has designed and developed 100s of websites. We stay on top of current design trends, coding platforms, and know the ins and outs when it comes to what […]

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Posted in Website Design

Tingalls 7 Rules for Logo Design

At Tingalls, we have developed a reputation for being amongst the very best in Wisconsin logo design. However, while lots of clients tend to assume our success with branding has to do with an innate sense of artistic talent and creativity, that’s only part of the equation. In fact, we always try to adhere to seven firm rules about logos, and advise the business owners we work with to do the same. Here are seven things you need to remember if you want to end up with a logo that’s stunning, unique, and memorable.. #1 Keep Things Simple Often, clients have a lot of things they want to “say” with […]

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Posted in Graphic Design, Logo Design, Tips

Your New Website is Live…Now What?

There are few things more exciting than watching a brand-new website launch. That beautiful, eye-catching homepage you worked so hard to perfect is finally ready to start impressing customers and pay back your investment. As you bask in your excitement and enthusiasm, though, please remember the launch of your new website is just the beginning. In order for customers to find your new website and appreciate it, you need to promote it to ensure you are positioned for online success. Here are six quick-and-easy tips to get you the results that you want. #1 Announce Your New Website to the World You’re excited about your new web presence. But your […]

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Posted in Tips, Website Design

Why does My Website Need an SSL Certificate?

As a business owner, you may feel as if you’ve been hearing an awful lot about SSL security these days. Chances are, you’ve been using sites with this functionality for years, even if you didn’t notice it. But now you may be noticing emails, blog posts, and other materials suggesting you add it to your site, too. But what is it that makes SSL such a big deal? And why do you need it on your website? To get to the answers, let’s take a quick look at a few of the relevant issues… What is SSL? SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, which means a website with this hosting […]

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Posted in Google, Search Engine Optimization

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 […]

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Posted in Google, Website Design

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

Most business owners don’t have the time to scout and select a new web designer. 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 process of buying […]

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Posted in Search Engine Optimization, Website Design

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 […]

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Posted in Google, Social Media Marketing

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 […]

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Posted in Tips, Website Design

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 […]

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Posted in Website Design

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 […]

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Posted in Copywriting & Blogging, Website Design

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, […]

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Posted in Branding, Logo Design