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Joomla Website Management Package

From 1 March all hosting companies have started switching off PHP 5 and started enforcing their clients to use PHP 7.

Since the security issues with PHP 5.x are no longer supported, all hosting companies have started moving their CPanel and Plesk clients to PHP 7.x. This affects all current Joomla, Wordpress and Magento clients, only to name a few. If you have a website designed in a Content Management System, like Joomla or Wordpress, it means that your website might break, unless all your components, C.M.S. and templates are up to date.

We have a management package that is specifically designed to keep your website up to date, every week, month or when needed. You can have peace of mind when it comes to your website and security updates, from only R450.00 per month. This includes all your components, your chosen C.M.S., and any add-ons you have on your site, and if you wish to host your site with us, then there's no additional charge. Click here to view what you get for this low price, which saves you R 1000.00's every year, as our price even includes license fees for most common Joomla components.

managementOnline Marketing Package & SEO

Our top selling product, the Online Marketing Package, is great for any business, any size. We will manage/set up your companies FaceBook/Twitter/Linked in and/or Google Page, post on a weekly basis and also do monthly SEO on your website (Joomla/Wordpress Only.) We can also write Blog articles and even send out weekly/monthly newsletters. When it comes to marketing, we can do it all, and we can ensure that your Company/Brand is promoted sufficiently and professionally, to reach as many new/existing clients as needed. Click here to view our Marketing Packages, starting at R 2 950.00 per month.

For ALL your Website needs - Contact Us for a free quotation or to discuss your needs or call us on 081-525-1727

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Congratulations

congratulationsWe would like to take this opportunity to congratulate those who responded to our warning about PHP needing to be updated.

Well Done!!!!!

So glad we were able to assist you in getting your website PHP up to date and keep it in excellent working order. You sure saved yourself some huge headaches and expenses.

We were totally overwhelmed by the response we received and are very happy that we were able to help so many people.

If you did not respond and are having problems with your website due to your PHP not being up to date, all is not lost yet. We can assist you and restore the website to working order, if you act quickly before your website is so damaged that it needs to be completely redesigned.

You need to take care of your business and we will take care of your website for you.

StormBiz can keep your website and all its components up to date and functioning to its full potential. Avoid losing your website or having it breaking by investing a miniscule amount in a management package from StormBiz.  We can also take care of your marketing and advertising.

Your website must always be compliant and all apps up to date.

We also install software and website monitoring software to ensure your website is always live.

Contact us today for a free quotation or free evaluation of your website.

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Your Biggest Mistake When You Create a Website

Build a WebsiteDesign and Build a WebsiteWhy Should You Create a website?

A. What do you want when you create a website?

B. What to do to get what you want.

A. What do you want?

1. You may be in a non-profit organisation and want to post forthcoming events on the web. You don't want to have thousands of visitors to the site. But wait - do you want to create a website for new members from the web? I found a new barbershop singer through my website.

2. You may have a small business selling locally. You're happy with yellow pages. But wait - how many thousand words can you put in your yellow page advert?

being kept on phone while workingBeing Kept on Phone While WorkingThere is no limit if you create a website.

Have you ever had someone keep you on the phone for half an hour of your valuable time with their questions? Wouldn't it be nice to direct them to your website for answers and sales messages? Create a website!

Once you've written all those answers, wouldn't it be profitable to have potential customers reading your answers? Create a website. A dentist has clients from a hundred miles away, from his website.

3. Perhaps you sell items weighing a hundred tons costing a million dollars. When you create a website you can still write as much information about your product as you like - not like the yellow pages. Then you can direct prospects to phone to make an appointment with your best sales staff.

4. You want to sell a product on the web. First create a website then get lots of traffic.

5. You want to make money on the web?!! Without a product?!! No...I'm not laughing. Create a website. If you have lots of traffic you don't even have to be good at selling to make some money with Google Adsense.

If you're good at pre-selling, then you can try affiliate marketing, or selling advertising on your site, or several other channels of income. Just create a website and get the traffic first.

website trafficWebsite TrafficB. What to do about it

To get high traffic you must give visitors what they want. Tricking Google will only get your domain banned from their listing.

Here are some things not to do when you create a website. If your visitors hit the back button their numbers don't count.

a) Don't use frames when you create a website - the search engines can't find you, and the inventors of frames don't use them on their own website.

b) It may be artistic to disguise your links, but you will lose customers. I visited a site that displayed just one big picture. I happened to pass my mouse over the picture on the way to the back button, and discovered links flashing on the screen. Apparently I had to click on bits of the picture to see any more!

c) Don't use Flash when you create a website. If people are using ADSL they are unlikely to wait longer than three seconds before hitting the back button. If they're on a 56K modem they might be prepared to wait ten seconds. You've just lost another client.

d) Don't use big pictures when you create a website. If you have a photography site, use postage stamp sized pictures with the size stated in your coding, and ask the visitor to click for a larger picture. Telling the browser how high and wide your picture is will allow it to load after the text, so your visitor has something to look at meantime.

e) Don't use irrelevant pictures when you create a website. One picture is worth a thousand words, but only if the picture is saying what you want it to say.

business informationbusiness informationWhy do people visit websites? It is NOT for entertainment. Their TV gives them all the moving pictures that they need. Even if it is an adult site, the visitor is really wanting to download digital information for later entertainment.

Information is what your visitor wants - When you create a website don't waste your time and money on anything else.

A paid designer will use all sorts of clever artistic tricks - you now know that you will lose clients that way. More than 99% of new websites soon have to close because they have no traffic, which means no profit.

That is your biggest mistake. Instead, find what people want to know first, then give it to them.

So why create a website? Simple, you know more about your own subject than any show-off website designer. You don't even need to understand HTML coding if you use SBI. You still should learn a little about HTML coding, but there are free lessons on my website.

Contact us for a free quotation, or to discuss your website requirements

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Your Company's Website – Design, Development & Marketing Aspects

planning a websitePlanning a Website This is the last part of a three part series dealing with guidelines on how to plan, present and develop your company’s website. In part one we explored the importance of having a professional website to represent your company online. In part two, we identified the quality approach of planning your company’s website.

Now in our last part of this series, we will take a quick look into the website design, development/and marketing aspects and your Company’s image.

Company Brand

First step when looking into website design, development and marketing, is concentrating on your company's logo. Your company logo should be the focus point of your website – remember: it is all about your company. Your marketing material should all look similar – business cards, printing materials, online PDF’s – all should deliver the same message and have the same connection.

The main objective of your website design, development and marketing, is to connect prospective clients with your company. They are all alone there, without any sales person to guide them, and explain how the company works, so make sure it can stands on its own merit. Your website must present your company well, as there will be no human factor once a visitor comes around.

build search engine friendly websiteBuild Search Engine Friendly WebsiteEngine and User Friendly

A website is not a brochure! When concentrating on your company's website design, development and marketing, all materials should be created according to using online marketing. The copyright for a website is not the same as used on your printing materials, images have a special format and size, colours should be wisely used, and navigation should be easy, with absolutely no dead ends.

Building a search engine friendly website is not a task that every website design and development company can manage, so make sure you do your homework before hiring a web site design, development and marketing expert. To create a website that is search engine friendly, the team of professionals working on your website, need to have the knowledge and expertise on search engines; how they work and index websites. If a website is not built taking into consideration how search engines work, and the criteria used to index sites in their database, it will probably be invisible to search engine robots. They will not be able to index your site properly, or maybe not to index it at all.

Another common mistake is to hire a website design and development company without enough knowledge on search engine algorithms and might put your website at a great risk using spamming techniques. With the incredible growth of websites being indexed -- about 11.5 billion websites indexed with search engines -- you want to make sure the company working on your website has the expertise to build it to be seen.

crawling and indexingCrawling and IndexingSearch Engine Optimization [SEO] & Search Engine Marketing [SEM]

If you offer products or services that Internet users are searching for, you certainly should look into having your web site indexed with search engines. Building a search engine friendly website is just the beginning; you need to make sure the website will be found by potential users searching for the products and services you offer.

Potential customers are more and more using the Internet and search engines to look for products and services they need and want, and having a website that no potential customer can find, is a waste of time and money. Use your website as a marketing and online sales tool.

Over the past few years of the web’s evolution as a key business tool, shows that an effective website mines prospects that other vehicles do not reach, shortens the sales cycle – in many cases dramatically so – and delivers early and consistent ROI.

seo analysisS.E.O. AnalysisMonitoring and Measurement of the Product

The capability of being able to evaluate, validate and verify if the effectiveness of your SEO campaign is critical. Reputable Search Engine Optimization [SEO] & Search Engine Marketing [SEM] companies will provide you monthly reports showing your current status and suggestions for areas that need improvement (number of visitors per page, time spent, referrals, exit pages, high traffic pages, keywords being used, etc).

Happy manHappy ManUse the information above as guide lines and always use common sense. Your website should be an extension of your company’s image online, and present the same standards of quality and customer appreciation.

Now that you are ready to start, don’t forget that creating a website has lots of work involved, but also lots of excitement. In the process of building your website, you are also expanding your company, and giving it new form and shape.

You must be full of enthusiasm to start, or redesign your website now.

For more information, or to request a free quotation, please contact us

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The Importance of a website for any business

world wide webWorld Wide WebIn today's society, individuals and businesses utilize the World Wide Web as a means to locate, discuss, and distribute information. With tools such as Google, MSN, and Yahoo, businesses are able to not only optimize their websites' search engine results, but also increase the exposure to their products and services. The competitive edge between businesses is defined by more than just low prices, superior customer service, and results. In this day and age, consumers have more on their plate, and less patience to wait for tasks to be completed. They would rather have the ease, and speed of utilizing the internet for service of their needs, than wait in a phone queue for a representative to service that same need. As a result, many businesses have provided additional quality options, and incentives to their members for conducting business transactions online.

A mobile website allows a travelling businessman to take care of his accounts while in the midst of meetings, conferences, and flights. Your company's user-friendly and self-explanatory website design showed the stay-at-home mom how easy it was to manager her business with you, while watching the baby, paying the bills, and getting dinner ready for the family. Consumers don't have time to wait for pages to load. They want websites that are informational, effective, and provide a variety of options to quickly log in and out, while still taking care of their business needs. Consumers utilize search bars and sitemaps to quickly locate what they're looking for, to preserve what precious time they have during the day. They want shopping carts that can save their selections for a later time and date when they have the time to update the products and services they wish to purchase, without having to start all over. With the growing need for consumers to self-service, businesses have awarded incentives to those who prefer to order, service, and cancel their products online.

website redesigningWebsite RedesigningBusinesses are held to higher standards for the level of quality and for their efficiency in servicing the needs of consumers. Consumers want better, faster, easier methods of conducting account transactions worldwide, and expect businesses to progress alongside technological advances. Businesses have been impacted by the rising demand for the need to provide more cost-effective and streamlined servicing. They have found an increased need to constantly accommodate the exponential growth by frequently redesigning websites and performing site maintenances. Despite increasing consumer demands, business owners need to remember not to let quality be overshadowed by the quantity of available methods of accessibility. Though the world is accustomed to technological conveniences, consumers have not forgotten the old-fashioned backbone of quality service and products.

Business owners utilize various tactics to encompass as many consumers in as many ways possible, thereby ensuring their marketing potential is maximized. By incorporating outbound email capabilities, businesses have found email marketing to be highly effective. Options for email marketing range from the "refer a friend" method to clients requesting additional information directly from their websites. By utilizing marketing mailing, businesses gain the advantage of reaching consumers and marketing their products, at the convenience of consumers. Many businesses take full advantage of how easy and powerful online marketing really is. They offer rebates and discounts for conducting business online, which optimizes both their productivity and business results

Business OwnerBusiness OwnerBusiness owners need to get creative when it comes to consumer demands. They need to create a website that is not only effective, but interactive, and also encourages self-servicing. A growing number of websites now offer technical support in multiple forms, and have maintained the sites so as to not slow down with increased access and usage. Websites also have "frequently asked questions" that list questions and answers for common scenarios, to eliminate a certain volume of assistance needed. Companies are therefore able to allocate time and resources elsewhere, to allow for more efficient operation. Business owners in today's society recognize the importance of redesigning websites, and systems, to provide worldwide around the clock access to an easy and efficient website.

For more information, or to request a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us

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