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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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7 Days to D Day

PHPYou only have 7 days left to get your Joomla/Wordpress website’s PHP sorted and up to date, and PHP 7 compliant.

It will be a bit late to start panicking on the 1st of March when your Web Hosts no longer support or supply the older versions of PHP. Your website could easily “break,” and in very severe cases, it could even mean having to redesign the site.

To have a stable and well functioning website it is imperative to keep the site updated regularly.

That is where StormBiz comes in. We offer a monthly Joomla Management package, where you pay a minuscule amount to ensure your website is always complaint and will not “break” each time an app is upgraded.

We offer a superb management & hosting package to the public, and to Web design/Graphic design and Ad agencies, where we take the hassle away from keeping your website components and C.M.S. up to date! We also install security software, and website monitoring software to ensure your site is always live.

Don't procrastinate, act now!!!!

Please contact us for a free evaluation of your site, and we will advise you whether your site will survive the PHP 7.1 changeover. The time for action is now...

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Your Site Made Easy

web designWeb DesignWhen visitors get onto your site, for sure, you want to make sure that they will quickly and easily find what they are looking for. If they do not find it fast, chances are they will go on to another site. If your web site is easy to use and understand, these visitors then have a tendency to come back again and again.

Using navigation techniques can greatly improve the usability of your web site. This also means user satisfaction and return rates.

One of the fine points in making a site easy to navigate is to have a consistent menu that is on every page. By having this, users can move from each section and from any other section. This way, they would not have to go back to the home page or menu page every now and then.

Keeping the menu in the same location and style throughout your site will ensure that the visitors will quickly recognize how to navigate your site. If you have a different menu on every page, it is possible that they will get confused and will not comprehend how to navigate your site, and could lose interest and leave.

sitemapSite MapAnother useful tool that can be used is a site map. The site map should contain an organized list of all the pages or sections of your site. Your visitors will have the option of going to the site map and clicking directly to the exact page they are looking for. This is way easier compared to moving around the system and clicking on all categories just to find a specific topic.

There are many buttons, graphics and rollovers that can be used for the menu navigation. But sometimes simple texts can work just as well. Text links are fast to load. Take into consideration those with slow connections who will not wait for a complex navigation to work. Text links will also help them understand the meaning of the links they will go to.

top navigation menuTop Navigation MenuNavigation menu near the top of the web pages.This will ensure that the visitors will be able to see them as soon the page loads. They will be less inclined to do so if they still have to scroll to navigate to other pages of your site.

All in all, simplicity is the key to site navigation. Think of your visitors as the most impatient of all persons. If they do not see what they need immediately, they would not spend much time figuring things out. They would rather go and search another site.

For a free quotation, or to discuss your requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us

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Traffic Demographics

Website TrafficWebsite TrafficHow much do you know about the visitors to your web site? Are they directly interested in what you have to offer them? Is what you are speaking about on your site general information that is available anywhere on the internet, or something that they can only get from you? If you are simply rehashing what everybody else is saying, then you are losing out on a lot of traffic, and a lot of income.

Exactly how much you need to know remains something of a mystery. However, it is relatively safe to say that if you offer only generalities on your web page, you may generate a lot of traffic but you will probably not get a lot of return visitors. While people who come to your site initially, may provide some base ad revenue, unless they can interact on your site, they are probably not going to be very receptive to actual sales pitches from you.

HealthCareHealth CareFor example, if you are involved in the health care niche, and you only put out a couple of hundred articles about how important health care is, without giving your visitors and readers any real or useful information, it is not likely that they will be returning to get any real information from your site. When you offer them something of substance, no matter whether it is a digital product, or something more tangible, they will remember your mediocrity, and not be compelled to purchase your offerings.

On the other hand, if you have fifty well-written articles, discussing the different types of health care, and different concerns, benefits, and hazards of specific health care needs, your visitors will be more likely to return. When you have something specific to offer those readers, they are bound to be more responsive to your offers.

You can have ten thousand people on your list regarding your particular niche, but are you taking all of the possible variations into consideration, in order to offer something that is directly relevant to your list? That is not to say that you have to get into too much detail, but that you do need to offer them something that is directly related to a specific need. If there is no specific need to fill, none of your visitors will feel a need to purchase it.

While you do not want to narrow your niche down so far that you no longer have any real audience at all, you do want to include specifics about as many of those subgroups in your niche as is possible. Concentrate on building them up one at a time and you will actually fare much better than you would by bombarding them with everything all at once.

health care nichesHealth Care NichesIf you return to our health care niche example, you could very well start off with a general site, stating the relevance of health care, and how important it is for everyone. That main heading can then be broken down into sub-categories, in order to meet and fulfill the needs and requirements of all of the people that visit your site.

The health care needs of a professional athlete are going to be different than the needs of an elderly and infirm person. However, by including sections in your site to cover the needs of both of those groups, you have expanded your audience by providing more specifics separated into different areas. You have also accomplished this without alienating either group. This is something that is very relevant when you want to generate return traffic or confidence in the products you have for sale on your site.

Whatever particular niche yours happens to be, try expanding it as far as possible while continuing to provide enough information for the casual reader to learn what category they belong in. Offering something for both the general audience as well as more specific information for each of the groups within that arena will only expand your audience, your credibility and your income.

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

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Good Domain Names Make Your Dreams Memorable

perfect domainPerfect Domain Name"What was the name of that website? It was good. It has something to do with..."

Is your web site like many others?

Domain names always on the tip of a visitor's tongue, but not quite memorable enough?

Your choice of domain name needs to be easy to remember, as well as focused enough that your visitor will know right away what your site is about.

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