Why Having a Free Website is a Bad Idea

Why Having a Free Website is a Bad Idea

Why Having a Free Website is a Bad Idea

 

What Do We Mean by Free Website?

Most beginners who want to start their own website want to keep the cost low which is understandable.

So you typically Google the term free website and find many companies offering free website hosting services for free.

The thought of having free web hosting and building your site without paying anything is tempting.

Until you get a reality check. Once you sign up to these so-called “free website services”, you slowly start discovering the limitations and many of them turn out to be not free at all.

If you or your friend is thinking about getting a free website, then stop now.

And read these 36 reasons why free websites are almost always a bad idea.

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1. Extremely slow websites

Most free website hosting providers put hundreds of websites sharing the same server. This makes all their websites load at very low speeds. Slow websites create bad user experience and are bad for SEO.

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2. Unprofessional web address

Having a website address like mysmallbusiness.Freewebsite.com does not look professional at all. Visitors to your website and potential customers would find it quite difficult to take your website seriously when you don’t even have a proper domain name.

And when you ask these companies for a custom domain, you usually have to pay a premium – something like $19 – $25 for a domain which normally costs $10.

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3. Trial Service is Not Really Free

Many of these free website services often turn out to be limited trials. After a while you are asked to pay for it. In most cases, this price is usually way higher than normal WordPress hosting services. If you added a credit card during signup, then they can charge you without giving you any warning.

 

 

Why Having a Free Website is a Bad Idea

 4. Hidden charges for free website
Like any other business, these free website companies need to make money too.

Some of them charge their users for additional services like image hosting, email accounts, FTP access, website transfer, etc.

These charges are often outrageously high.

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5. They can lock down your data

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Many users who start with a free website and then want to move to a paid service, find it impossible to move their website data.

These service providers do not offer any tools to easily migrate your site.

Users end up paying freelancers to manually export their content which can quickly increase your bill.

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6. Irrelevant advertisements on your website

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Most of these free website services are supported by advertisements.

You create content and build your website, but they get paid for the ads.

Often these ads are distracting, intrusive, and look ugly.
The worst part is, sometimes your savvy competitors can then pay these free website hosting companies to advertise on your website.

Talk about sabotaging your business.

 

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Why Having a Free Website is a Bad Idea

Homeless Sun Valley

Homeless Sun Valley

Homeless Sun Valley

From time to time I have an opportunity to give back to my community and Homeless Sun Valley was one of those times. Sun Valley Church of Tempe, Arizona was trying to inform their congregation what I-Help was and what many of their volunteers did in the way of giving help to the homeless.

What does that look like exactly?

I think this short 2 1/2 minute video not only explained it in a very strong visual way but it gave a positive, enthusiastic point of view of all those working on this program and those being served.    

We are a small video production company. We make promotional video for you to introduce yourself and your company on your website and social media.

What better and more personal way for you to tell people what you and your company can do for them. This is a very powerful tool.

 

This is a video of I-Help and Sun Valley Church in Tempe Arizona.

They are a unique shelter model that provides homeless individuals with hope and opportunity for a better future by offering overnight shelter, meals, showers, case management, and connections to community services.

Graphic Design What Is It and Its History

Graphic Design What Is It and Its History

Graphic Design What Is It and Its History

Most people have heard of the term but do not really know what it is exactly.

First, a little history lesson.

The name “Graphic Design” first appeared in print in the 1922 essay “New Kind of Printing Calls for New Design” by William Addison Dwiggins, an American book designer in the early 20th century.
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Raffe’s Graphic Design, published in 1927, is considered to be the first book to use “Graphic Design” in its title.

Wow…as a graphic designer I really didn’t know that.

 

Graphic Design What Is It and Its History

 

And this from Wikipedia:

Graphic design is the process of visual communication, and problem-solving through the correct use of typography, space, image and color.

The field is considered a subset of visual communication and communication design, but sometimes the term “graphic design” is used interchangeably with these due to overlapping skills involved.

Graphic designers use various methods to create and combine words, symbols, and images to create a visual representation of ideas and messages.

A graphic designer may use a combination of typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to produce a final result. Graphic design often refers to both the process (designing) by which the communication is created and the products (designs) which are generated.

Common uses of graphic design include identity (logos and branding), publications (magazines, newspapers and books), print advertisements, posters, billboards, website graphics and elements, signs and product packaging.

For example, a product package might include a logo or other artwork, organized text and pure design elements such as images, shapes and color which unify the piece.

Composition is one of the most important features of graphic design, especially when using pre-existing materials or diverse elements.graphic design-like activities span the history of humankind: from the caves of Lascaux, to Rome’s Trajan’s Column to the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, to the dazzling neons of Ginza.

 

Graphic Design What Is It and Its History

By John Tarr. A graphic design I made of the font “Arno Pro” back when I was in graphic arts school.

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In truth “Babylon, artisans pressed cuneiform inscriptions into clay bricks or tablets which were used for construction. The bricks gave information such as the name of the reigning monarch, the builder, or some other dignitary”.

Arguably, this could have be identified as the first billboard or road signs announcing the name of the governor of a state or mayor of the city today.

The Egyptians developed a key communication by hieroglyphics which used picture symbols dating as far back as 136 B.C. found on the Rosetta Stone. “The Rosetta stone, found by one of Napoleon’s engineers was an advertisement for the Egyptian ruler, Ptolemy as the “true Son of the Sun, the Father of the Moon, and the Keeper of the Happiness of Men”

Further, the Egyptians also brought the invention of papyrus, paper made from reeds found along the Nile, on which they transcribed advertisements more common among their people at the time.

Between the dates of 500A.D. and 1450 A.D., also known as the “Dark Ages”, it was the Monks that kept the symbols and writings alive when much of the citizenry were stagnated in progressive learning in reading and writing.

In both this lengthy history and in the relatively recent explosion of visual communication in the 20th and 21st centuries, there is sometimes a blurring distinction and overlapping of advertising art, graphic design and fine art.

After all, they share many of the same elements, theories, principles, practices and languages, and sometimes the same benefactor or client. In advertising art the ultimate objective is the sale of goods and services.

 

Amazing that history is. If you would like to read more about this history go here.

 

Graphic Design What Is It and Its History

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The Rosetta Stone is a granodiorite stele inscribed with a decree issued at Memphis, Egypt, in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The decree appears in three scripts: the upper text is Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle portion Demotic script, and the lowest Ancient Greek. Because it presents essentially the same text in all three scripts (with some minor differences among them), the stone provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs.

The Rosetta Stone is a granodiorite stele inscribed with a decree issued at Memphis, Egypt, in 196 BC on behalf of King Ptolemy V. The decree appears in three scripts: the upper text is Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, the middle portion Demotic script, and the lowest Ancient Greek. Because it presents essentially the same text in all three scripts (with some minor differences among them), the stone provided the key to the modern understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Reasons To Shoot In Manual Mode

Reasons To Shoot In Manual Mode

Reasons To Shoot In Manual Mode

 

Why you need to take control over aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.

by Rob Lim

Reasons To Shoot In Manual Mode

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You have probably heard, over and over, that you should be shooting your camera in manual mode.

But what is manual mode, and why is it so important for your photography?

Lets figure it out!

Manual mode is one of the main settings on your camera, and it lets you manually control shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. These three settings work together to control the how bright or dark your photo is (known as exposure), as well as change the overall look of the image. Super important stuff!

Now, if you’re just getting into photography you might not even know what shutter speed, aperture, and ISO do, so taking control over them can be overwhelming. But don’t let that stop you from shooting! Here’s a big secret that I don’t even know if I should be saying here… You don’t need to know how to shoot in manual mode in order to take great photos.Gasp! Yes, it’s true. The auto modes (Auto, Program), and semi automatic modes (Aperture Priority, and Shutter Priority) on your camera are great places to start.

 

Manual mode is going to give you much more control over the look of your photos.

 

So why learn to shoot in manual mode if your camera can automatically adjust settings for you? Because manual mode is going to give you much more control over the look of your photos. And that, my friend, is a huge deal.

Let’s take a look at the main benefits of shooting in manual mode, and just how that can help you improve the look of your photos!

 

1. Take Creative Control

The biggest advantage of shooting in manual mode is that it lets you take creative control over aperture and shutter speed, and just brightness in general.

Reasons To Shoot In Manual Mode

ISO 100, 50mm, f/1.6, 1/500s

APERTURE

By manually controlling aperture you’ll have more control over the depth of field in your image. (That is, how much of the image is in sharp focus).

This can be super helpful when taking portraits. A large aperture (smaller f/number) will help you create shallower depths of field, which can massively help your subject to stand out from the background – not to mention helping you create some amazing bokeh!

On the other hand, you might want to select a smaller aperture (bigger f/number) if you want more of your photo in focus.

This can be useful for many situations, like in landscape photography where you want to capture both foreground and background in reasonably sharp focus. Shooting in manual mode let’s you make the choice based on what result YOU want!

Reasons To Shoot In Manual Mode

ISO 500, 37mm, f/8.0, 1.3s

 

SHUTTER SPEED

As for shutter speed, being able to control it can help you capture motion in more creative ways.

By selecting slower shutter speeds you can capture shots where your subject shows some motion blur.

Think about those neat nighttime city shots of cars making trails of light, or waterfalls with smooth flowing water. Slow shutter speeds are what let you capture that!

Or maybe you want to completely freeze some kind of action, like a child jumping in midair. Using a fast shutter speed will help you freeze that instant in time.

Being able to choose your shutter speed let’s you decide just how you want movement to be portrayed in your image.

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EXPOSURE

There are also times you’ll want to take creative control of the overall brightness of an image (by manually adjusting shutter speed, aperture, and ISO).

One example would be creating silhouettes. This requires having your subject stand in front of a bright background, and then deliberately underexposing your subject so that they appear quite dark.

Another example is star photography. In this situation you typically need to shoot with a large aperture (small f/number), have the shutter open for a long time (10-30 seconds), and shoot at a higher ISO.

These are two different scenarios that each require a specific approach to choosing your settings in order to get the look you want!

But it isn’t just unique situations like silhouettes and star photography that benefit from control over exposure.

More broadly speaking, the brightness of your photo is a personal preference, and an artistic choice. Being able to choose the exposure in your image is a big part of getting your message across!

Reasons To Shoot In Manual Mode

ISO 125, 200mm, f/7.1, 1/500s

2. Deal with Tricky Lighting Situations

Now here’s a huge reason to learn to shoot in manual mode: Some lighting situations are simply too difficult for the camera’s auto modes to handle! 

Trying to shoot these scenarios with an automatic mode can straight up give you the wrong exposure, and be an exercise in frustration.

 

Some lighting situations are simply too difficult for the camera’s auto modes to handle!

 

The biggest problem is with backlit situations. If the light behind your subject is much brighter than your subject itself, then your camera will try to adjust the settings in order to capture the brighter light.

This will result in your subject being completely underexposed, and hard to see. Not good.

 

To read the rest of this article go here: Why You should learn to shoot in manual mode.

 

Reasons To Shoot In Manual Mode

Key Elements of a Modern Successful Website

Key Elements of a Modern Successful Website

Key Elements Of A Modern Successful Website

by Peter Thomas

Key Elements of a Modern Successful Website

Designing a new website isn’t an easy task… but keeping in mind these Key Elements of a Modern Successful Website will help.

With so much competition in the online business world, it’s important to pay close attention to detail when designing your new website to make sure you’re making a website that can override your competition and bring you ahead of the pack.

For those who are designing their website, the following are the crucial elements that all websites should use during the design phase.

1. Mobile-Friendly

With technology and smartphones being the forefront of the world, it’s crucial to make sure your website is optimized to be mobile friendly. A mobile friendly website design is just that, it’s mobile friendly. When a website isn’t optimised to be viewed onto a mobile it can result in an unpleasant user experience. This means the page won’t be adjusted or fit onto the small screen. Your user will see only a portion of the website, instead of the entire website on their small screen. In order to make your website mobile friendly you can try the following:

  • Use a responsive technology framework which enables for the designer to lay out the elements on a grid before shifting the grid on different screen sizes. This enables for all elements to be spaced accordingly from screen to screen.
  • Make the website design easy to navigate with one finger or your thumb. Mobile users tend to use their thumb or one finger to search through websites, so it’s important to design your website around this concept.
  • Keep the design clean and simple. Although you may think your website will look better being more intricate, it can be hard for mobile users to navigate. Always keep your website design simple in design and clean when viewing.
  • Use relevant icons for certain elements to ensure your audience knows where they’re clicking. Instead of writing out Facebook or Twitter, use the icons to make them quick and easy to press.
  • Keep content on point and relevant. Mobile users want to be able to find what they’re looking for fast so always keep your content short and sweet.

2. User-Friendly Navigation

A good navigation experience is what sets a website apart from the rest. When designing your navigation points, make sure you layout each section where it’s easy to find. A great user experience is based upon whether your user can find what they’re looking for. In order to create a user friendly navigation experience, you can:

  • Limit the amount of menu items available. 7 sections or less is advisable to help limit confusion.
  • Navigation should be easily found, often positioned across the top of the website or down the left hand side for maximum effect.
  • Use descriptive and to the point titles when naming your sections. Example: Meet Our Team, Bathroom Tiles, Laundry Hampers etc.
  • When designing subcategories, try to limit to 3 section under each tab to avoid confusion. Larger websites with more products may require more as needed however.
  • Make sure the brand logo always navigates back to the homepageof the website. This enables your visitors to start their search over, quickly and easily.

Good Practice Of Site Navigation – Navigation is neat, clean, and easy to read.

Key Elements of a Modern Successful Website

Bad Practice Of Site Navigation – With this version you have three sets of navigation point right at the very top, in the centre, and down the left hand size. This can make it confusing.

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3. Meaningful Content

Another crucial area that should be addressed is the content that you place onto your web pages. Creating a good content strategy is key to ensuring your website not only works effectively but is relevant to your audience. In order to create meaningful content, you will need to work out your target audience and create content that’s based on them. Some tips to creating meaningful content that is worth reading by your audience includes:

  • Create content that answers questions that have been posed by your audience.
  • Make sure all content doesn’t have any spelling mistakes or grammar mistakes.
  • Make sure the content is detailed and specific to the title that’s posed.
  • Where possible use emotion in your writing to connect with your audience through your words.
  • Make sure all content is SEO optimized using relevant keywords so your targeted audience can find it.

Good Practice Of Quality, Meaningful Content – It gives the reader some valuable information they can use to enhance their overall content.

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Bad Practice Of Content –Content doesn’t provide in-depth information that really needs to connect with what the buyer would be looking for. Very vague.

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4. Site Map

Your website’s site map is an important area that should be designed efficiently to ensure your visitors can navigate through the website easily. It also needs to be designed well for search engine spiders to be able to search and rank your website accordingly. There are three types of sitemaps that can be created. These include:

If you would like to read the rest of this article, please go here:  Helpful tips on building a great Website

Key elements of a modern successful website

8 Tips to Grow Your Business Using Social Media

8 Tips to Grow Your Business Using Social Media

8 Tips to Grow Your Business Using Social Media            

In today’s market, harnessing the power of social media is a must if you want to grow your business and grow your brand. Here are 8 tips to Grow Your Business Using Social Media

From myInstagram posts to my Twitter announcements, I have found that there is no end to the new opportunities that a carefully managed social media campaign can bring.

With this in mind, any entrepreneur or aspiring entrepreneur who has yet to try out the power of social media needs to start working on creating a stronger online presence.

It’s something that I have seen bring great value to my own business and great value to others I have worked with in the market. 

 

8 Tips to Grow Your Business Using Social Media is a Blog Post by Best Website.Solutions

 

Through my experience, here are eight of the top tips that I have found can help any entrepreneur looking to expand their social media presence and their business. 

1. Be Consistent

When it comes to your posts, your message and how frequently you use social media, keep consistency in mind.

It is truly the key to success with any social media campaign.

Make a plan for what you’re going to post and how often you’re going to post, and stick with it.

This should ideally be a few times a day or a week, depending on your goals and your following.

You can’t go from posting once a month to five times a day and then back and expect to have an engaged following. 

Related: 10 Laws of Social Media Marketing

8 Tips to Grow Your Business Using Social Media is a Blog Post by Best Website.Solutions

Social Media is your word-of-mouth in todays world. Connecting it to your website your blog post will be your mouth piece to promote your product or what you do.

2. Use all social networks.

You may have a social network that you prefer over others, but it doesn’t mean that all of your followers feel that way.

If you want to be successful with social media, then you need to post across all networks.

This means having and maintaining an account with all of the big social media sites, including Twitter,

LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

3. Format content to optimize for each platform.

Maintaining accounts across all of the major social media platforms doesn’t mean posting the same thing on four different sites every day. It means formatting content specifically meant for each platform.

You need photos for Instagram, long posts for LinkedIn, videos and memes for Facebook and short and snappy announcements for Twitter. All of your posts should be different, even if they are delivering the same message. 

 

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4. Push on those networks that really work well.

There are some networks that are going to work better for you than others. When you find that network that really works for your specific type of business and your specific type of customer, then you need to really push on that network and take advantage of the opportunity.

Related: 7 Social Media Marketing Secrets No Marketer Wants to Admit

 

5. Make sure that your content aligns with your message.

When it comes to building a strong social media presence, getting likes and follows is great. However, it’s about more than just the number of responses each of your posts get. You may be tempted to deliver a post that simply gets a lot of attention, but that will do nothing for your brand if you don’t make sure that the content aligns with your message. Everything needs to fit within your brand identity and promote what it is that you’re trying to say to the world.

If you would like to read the rest of this article Please click here:  Using Social Media

8 Tips to Grow Your Business Using Social Media

Should You Convert Your Photos To DNG?

Should You Convert Your Photos To DNG?

Should You Convert Your Photos To DNG?

Should You Convert Your Photos To DNG?

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Should You Convert Your Photos To DNG? Yes, yes and a BIG yes and here is why.

The world of digital photography changes FAST.

It’s a fun and exciting time, with new gadgets coming out all the time.

But as a digital shooter you need to think ahead to the future, and figure out how you can protect your images from the changing times!

If you’re not planning right, you might end up with an archive of images that you can’t even open.

Uh oh. Read on to learn more about this subject, and how you can prevent that from happening to you! 

Now, if you shoot in the RAW file format you may or may not have heard of the Digital Negative (DNG) format. The DNG is an open source RAW file format that was developed by Adobe and released in 2004.

You might want to consider converting your RAW files to the DNG format as it offers some serious benefits!

Should You Convert Your Photos To DNG?

This is where you tell Bridge to convert your RAW file into a .DNG. It will also embed all the information into the .DNG so there is no need for a side car to follow tour RAW file around.

The Benefits Of DNG

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FUTURE COMPATIBILITY

One of the problems in photography right now is that the vast majority of camera manufacturers have their own proprietary RAW formats.

If you shoot Canon you might have noticed your RAW files end with .cr2, or with Nikon it’s .nef.

These proprietary formats might be difficult to read in the distant future since the format hasn’t been openly documented and support from the manufacturer may not always be there.

It’s hard to imagine not being able to open Canon or Nikon files today, but ten or twenty years from now who knows where those companies could be!

Since the DNG format (.dng) is open source anyone can write software to read or write the format.

It’s not limited to Adobe software like Lightroom and Photoshop.

Many different software developers support the DNG format (Apple Aperture for example).

There are also no license restrictions so camera manufacturers could use DNG as their default RAW format instead of their proprietary format.

Some camera manufacturers like Leica and Hasselblad already capture in the DNG format.

If (when) other camera manufacturers adopt a universal format in the future it’s highly likely it will be the DNG.

Should You Convert Your Photos To DNG?

Lightroom will also convert your RAW file into a .DNG when you process your image so if you do not do the conversion when you down load images from your camera you can do it here instead.

SMALLER FILE SIZE

DNG files are around 15-20% smaller in file size than proprietary RAWfiles without any loss of quality!

You also have the option to include the original proprietary RAW file in the DNG which effectively doubles the file size – though it’s not really necessary.

If you would like to read the rest of this article go here: Convert RAW to .DNG

 

Should You Convert Your Photos To DNG?