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We build new websites, update older websites, manage hosting, acquire domain names, help maintain your website and provide regular support services.

Starting and building a website is no longer as difficult as it once was. There are a multitude of tutorials and videos online to help you along the way. But like anything, if you want a complicated multi-page site with lots of different features then yes, you probably are better off getting a web developer or agemcy to do this for you. And of course, here at Miniwebs we can do that for you :)

Have you noticed an increase of spam since building your website?

Is that email spam driving you crazy?

If you answered yes to the above then it’s time to find a way to protect your email address from the hackers who scrape websites for email addresses and then sell them to spammers who fill your inbox with crap.

Clearing your web browser's cache, cookies, and history will often clear up issues you are having regarding not seeing some updated content you are expecting or a site not loading as expected. But doing so may also remove some data that you wish to keep.

Often it's just a case of you re-entering a browser URL again but in the past (and based on the number of websites I visit a day), I have never had an issue clicking 'clear everything). But before you actually click 'clear everything', you may like to read the 'fine print' as to what you are about to do.

Blogging is almost becoming essential to maintaining an online presence, standing out above the competition, and even obtaining customers.

If you want to make yourself known to your target audience, your business needs a blog.

A 'Google My Business' listing is totally free.

If you do not have a Google Account, the first thing you need to do is Create a Google Email Address

Next, sign up for Google My Business listing for what your business is and follow the instructions as given in making your GMB listing. You need to complete all the information asked by Google and ensure every detail is filled including your business location,  phone number, maybe a picture of your work venue etc.

Turn your unhappy customer into a happy customer

The quickest approach to getting rid of a bad Google review is to communicate with your customer and work towards settling their issues in person. Creating a happy customer is much better than having a bad review which may in turn affect your businesses reputation.

Email delivery methods over the last few years have changed dramatically.

Firstly we used POP (Post Office Protocol) to download and store our email, then came IMAP, where one could synchronise email with the server and as is common now, with all your devices.

“Yes, I can look after the website – it’s easy”

Have you heard this before? It’s not easy! If your business uses the Microsoft Suite of products, most will understand how the toolbar works, how to create new pages, edit the work and make changes to the visual aspects of your site.

Nowadays, it's extremely important for your business to have a nice-looking, easy-to-use responsive website. Many people, while doing their research, check your business's online presence along with your competitors' before they call you or fill out a "request a quote" form.

Over the years, that number has been a moving target.

Once upon a time, SEO consultants recommended that every page has at least 250 words.

Ever thought you might like to build your own website? Know where to start?

I first built a website over 15 years ago and simply learnt ‘on the run’. The website was for our family small business so I started small, made the first things I learnt ’work’ then moved on to the next task. Slowly but surely.

Having a web developer or a 3rd party managing your website and creating your content updates is great but if your website is one using a Content Management System, then you have the power to manage your own content.
Granted it’s hard find your way around a website that a developer has spent years learning ‘their’ way around but sometimes you just want to add a new blog post each week or change the text in a couple of sentences.

You may have read lately about using an SSL Certificate on your website and how important it is. Here’s a brief explanation.

  • WITHOUT an SSL, any computer in between you and the website you are about to enter your information onto, can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords.
  • WITH an SSL certificate installed, that information is encrypted.

So, if you are a website owner and collecting customer information is part of what you do, unless you have an SSL Certificate installed, the information your customer is providing to you, is not secure.

Even if your site doesn't handle sensitive information like credit cards, an SSL provides privacy, critical security and data integrity for both your websites and your users' personal information.

Therefore if you are finding when you reach a website that the ‘Padlock’ indicates the site is not secure, the site itself is still fine to browse but if sending sensitive information through any contact form etc, you need to be aware of the above information.

Miniwebs can assist our hosted clients with installing an SSL on your website if required. There is an annual fee to retain that certificate but by all means feel free to contact us to discuss this further.

Listening to Podcasts on our homeward journey

Not exactly work related but my husband and I have just spent 2 weeks road-tripping to and from Adelaide, now with 4600kms under our belt! We love it. Driving those distances and in the middle of nowhere is not for everyone but Australia is a huge place and there’s so much out there we haven’t seen :)

So what do we do to while away all those hours in the car? I listen to a large number of podcasts - mostly web design related but a lot of small business ones as well including lots on Search Engine Optimisation and ways to improve your own online presence in today’s ever changing web world!

There is no one 'magic bullet' that will increase your page rankings on Google - Keywords, Keyword Density, Title, Heading Tags, Site Description, Page Title Descriptions, Alt Tags, Quality content (you can't beat that!), blogs, geo-targeting,  other sites linking to yours, competition, good site navigation, staying current on your industry news, get active on Social Media (if you don't have a business/fan page - contact me to get one up and running for you.), take action!

If you need that 'bullet' improved, make sure you contact us!

Think you need to have 'lots' of Keywords in your site to make it rank well??? Wrong. One of the most misunderstood concepts in optimising your website is believing that you need heaps of keywords. Wrong - you need to have targeted keywords relevant to your content i.e. TARGETED, RELEVANT, CONTENT. Most people search nowadays for a short phrase in Google - think of the phrases those customers might look for and include those as part of your content, and regularly. Keyword 'stuffing' as it has now become known, is a thing of the past and no longer aids in getting better rankings for your website. DO NOT KEYWORD STUFF!