Free Website Bad Idea

Free Website Bad Idea

Free Website = 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.

Free Website = 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.

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.

If you would like to read the rest of this article go here: Why FREE Websites Are a Bad Idea.

Free Website = Bad Idea

Designing Websites For Photographers is A Labor of Love For Me

Designing Websites For Photographers is A Labor of Love For Me

Designing Websites For Photographers is A Labor of Love For Me

I design websites for all kinds of people and businesses but building one for a photographer has a special place in my heart.

I was a professional photographer for most my adult life so I know what it means to get your work out and into the public eye.

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I now have a degree in graphic arts and use these graphic skills to design awesome, cutting edge websites on a platform called WordPress.

I use Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Premier Pro to get your message and your work on this amazing platform.

Once I launch WordPress in your hosting account, I then install a premium theme that allows full functionality in any direction my creative heart wants to go. In the end its your creative heart also.

I can design custom navigation buttons using your photography.

If you have an idea I would love to make it and see if it works for you!

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Click one and see where it takes you.

I can employ many states of the art techniques that help photographers and artists show their work like never before.

It is a collaboration between me, you and WordPress.

The sky is the limit!

 

Here is a sample of some of the custom graphics I can make for your website.

I can make something just using fonts and text…

…Or I can make something very unique for just you.

I love using the photographers images and then adding text to tell a complete message.

A little bit of something from that photo shoot.

 

 

As you scroll down this blog you will see some of amazing techniques and ideas to show off your work.

 

Directly below is a rotating banner/slider that brings up new images on a timed bases. I design these babies myself with your images. Imagine the impact this would have if this slider was at the top of your home page to greet new potential clients.

What and why WordPress?

WordPress is an amazing platform that between 28-30% of all professional websites are built on.

I then add a powerful theme that allows me to design without knowing or using much code and leaves me to be very creative in the area’s I am best at.

I then add special plugins that keeps the website safe and gives functionality to a specific type of business.

The grid system below is a great way for you to display many images with out taking up to much room.

Click any photograph and it will enlarge.

[crp_portfolio id=3]

Sometimes I add a parallax image that will be the base of a page with other images or graphics on top. This is much harder to make and have it look good without being confusing but when it is done right, it is an eye catcher.

All of these modules can be used for a number of things. In this case they are being used as navigation. Click on anyone of them and see where they take you.

Wedding Images

For more information on wedding images, please click here.

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Landscapes

For more information on landscape images, please click here.

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Family Portraits

For more information on family portraits, please click here.

Engagement

For more information on engagements, please click here.

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Race Car

For more information on race car, please click here.

Just How Big is WordPress Exactly?

Just How Big is WordPress Exactly?

Just How Big is WordPress Exactly?

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I design websites on WordPress. It is an amazing program from top to bottom. The theme you use on it is also very important and can make or brake you as a website designer. At this point in time I would use nothing else for myself and my clients. 

The following is an article from Tom Ewer for Elegant Themes.

WordPress is aiming for 50% market share, in Matt Mullenweg’s own words from an interview with Kitchen Sink WordPress:

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The next goal is the majority of websites. We want to get to 50%+ and there’s a lot of work between now and then. As the percentage increases, it gets harder and harder to grow the market share, and we have to grow the market share by doing things we haven’t done in the past – really thinking about the onboarding process, really thinking about the integration with social networks, and with how WordPress works on touch devices, which is going to be the predominant computing platform of the future. These things are going to be really important.

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What got us here isn’t going to get us there. Once we get to 50%, we can decide something new we want to do.”

Right now, WordPress claims a 24% share. We decided to dig through the statistics to try and find out a bit more about where they come from, what they really mean and how WordPress may need to adapt to hit its target – and if such a seemingly ambitious target is reasonable.

Of course, one must bear in mind the scale of the web: 24% market share is huge. As I began writing this post, WordPress 4.2 (the latest version) had been downloaded 48,258,660 times. In just the time until I finished it, that figure had risen to 48,282,215 (23.5k downloads).

So, now, the results of my research – beginning with what exactly makes up that 24% figure and what it means for WordPress.

24%: Says Who?

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The figure of 24% (or 24.2%, more precisely) comes from W3Techs’ analysis. Of the websites they monitor, a quarter of all of them use WordPress CMS.

Obviously, not all websites use a CMS – in fact, 58.6% of the websites W3Techs analyzed aren’t using a CMS that they monitor for. There is a caveat here – they may not be able to detect it if the website has hidden it or if the CMS is especially obscure or bespoke. Since that’s not the case for most websites, the figure provided by W3Techs can by-and-large be taken as representative.

Out of the remaining 41.3% that do use a content management system, the figure of 58.6% (entirely coincidentally) resurfaces. So, in terms of market share among websites that already use a CMS, WordPress has already surpassed the halfway mark.

That becomes the case even more if you consider each separate WordPress.com website as an installation, which W3Techs largely don’t – they’ll only count a WordPress.com website as a separate WordPress website if it has its own URL, rather than a *.wordpress.com one.

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Considering the next most popular CMS by W3Techs’ metrics makes the statistics for WordPress yet more impressive.

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While not insignificant, Joomla’s 2.8% of the web (as opposed to WordPress at 24.2%) rather pales in comparison – and while WordPress’ use is booming, Joomla’s is declining.

In this light, WordPress’ (and also Automattic’s) influence over such huge portions of the web – particularly the sections that publish – is extensive to say the least.

The figures W3Techs has compiled are, naturally, not a complete reflection of the web. Even Google can’t know about every single website out there (as hard as it might try). W3Techs actually looks only at the top ten million Alexa-ranked websites on the web. That’s likely to discount quite a lot of WordPress-powered blogs (even active ones) and other websites, so while being a measure obviously designed to make statistical analysis practical, there’s no guarantee that it’s a representative sample of the web. Nevertheless, it does give the best reflection we can really hope to get.

Who Is (And Isn’t) Using WordPress?

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As noted, the statistics we’re using are potentially not a completely representative sample, but within that sample, WordPress is by far the most used CMS platform. Although Drupal sites tend to have more traffic, WordPress is in line with most other CMS platforms on that front.

WordPress lags behind Drupal in high-traffic sites, though one could hypothesize that there could be a lot of high-traffic WordPress sites whose averages are pulled down by the sheer number of lower-traffic sites. However, as I discovered when I looked individually at the top 250 Alexa sites, only six used WordPress and only two of those used WordPress to power the whole website – those two, incidentally, were WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

If you would like to read the rest of this article click here: How Big Is WordPress?

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Just How Big is WordPress Exactly?

 

Pull Your Hair Out Issue With Adobe Illustrator

Pull Your Hair Out Issue With Adobe Illustrator

Pull your hair out issue with Adobe Illustrator

Pull your hair out issue with Adobe Illustrator

I had a BIG issue with the new Adobe Illustrator 2017 up-date that made me want to pull what little hair I have, OUT.

I build beautiful websites for people and small business.

I like to use my graphic art skills to make them beautiful so when I started to upload images for a new website for a landscape photographer that I was designing for, I ran into a problem I had not in counted before.

Even though I have also been a photographer for many years and have used Photoshop since forever, I use Illustrator to make sliders, backgrounds with text and many graphics for websites.

When you are trying to combine Photographs with text, Illustrator is just the best way to go. This is what it was built to do.

Photoshop can do it also but it is much harder. It was never really designed to use and add text in a easy efficient way.

SOOOOOoooooo…..

When I designed a slider (narrow photograph) for the top of the website that would rotate with other sliders, something strange happened.

I designed the new slider in the usual way. I then turned it into a .jpg. The image looked fine and just like what the photographer took but when I uploaded it onto the WordPress website it was super saturated like the image below.

Not at all like the original image from the photographer as you can see from the image below…

What!!

I remade it thinking I did something wrong. It came out the same way again.

Thinking it was a issue with that particular new WordPress site, I took the image and loaded it on another website. Same thing happened again.

This is crazy I though as I tried to seek out help from the WordPress community. No answers were forthcoming. I took a deep breath and began to think what was different this time around from all the hundreds of images I had designed and put onto WordPress websites before.

I decided instead of making a .jpg I would make and up-load a .png because that format works just as well on websites and the internet.

That one worked and looked great.

Then it hit me!

I had updated my Adobe CC account just a few days before. The updates were from 2015 to the new 2017. Illustrator was one of those programs that was updated.  

I then reloaded 2015 Illustrator back onto my computer and went through the whole process again. The image was created and up-loaded just as it was intended.

No super saturation.

I then contacted a Adobe tech and they had me look at the saturated image in Photoshop and see what mode it was in.

I told them it was in CYMK even though I had asked for RGB in Illustrator.

They then told me it was a known issue with Illustrator 2017 that they are fixing.

I felt good that I had figured out the issue but it took me 3 hours of frustration across a couple of different platforms.

That is why I called this blog “Pull your hair out issue with Adobe Illustrator”

Who knew!

The first river photograph to be used as a slider and saved in CYMK mode. This image is NOT what the photographer wanted. Much to saturated but the colors are also off.

The second river photograph to be used as a slider and saved in RGB mode. This image is just as the photographer wanted.

A river photograph to be used as a slider and saved in RGB mode. This image is just as the photographer wanted.

Remember:

When you are putting images on WordPress or the internet for that matter that the image needs to be in RGB. That was something I knew from my graphic arts classes but I had no idea the new Illustrator 2017 was not making it when I asked it for.

CYMK mode is for when photographs are to be printed on a printer but RGB mode is for photographs to be used on the internet.

I love building websites but you do run into issues that need to be figured out. I am also thankful that there are communities of professionals that I can use to figure out problems and see what is new in my field.

Here are four:

WordPress.org codex: https://codex.wordpress.org/

Wpbeginner: http://www.wpbeginner.com/blog/

Divi nation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DiviThemeUsers/

Website Magazine: http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/

I also belong to a local WordPress community in my area that I connect through my local meetup group once a month. I also go to a WordPress boot camp in the Phoenix once a year.

Pull your hair out issue with Adobe Illustrator

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.

.

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.

.
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.

 

If you would like to read the rest of this artical go here: Why FREE Websites Are a Bad Idea.

 

Why Having a Free Website is a Bad Idea

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