Discover The Advantages Of Using Content Management Systems To Build Websites

Nowadays webmasters have different options for building websites. Among them, web creation software, Content Management Systems, HTML editors and plain text editors.

Content Management Systems (CMS) make sense for web developers, as well as for their customers. A CMS can free up much needed time for developers and save money for customers, simply by shifting routine content updating from the developer to the customer.

Perhaps the greatest advantage for customers is having the ability to decentralize web content maintenance. This is especially advantageous for large corporations and organizations. A content management system can offer the ability for customers to delegate roles throughout the organization, allowing the experts most qualified to write the content to actually update the web content themselves.

Another benefit content management systems provide customers and web developers is a mechanism for customers to make web updates without compromising the design layout and functionality of the site. Without a CMS, customers are often tempted to purchase web creation software solutions and have updates to their website done “in house”, often by non-technical staff. The results of this are often a broken web layout and a dysfunctional website.

A content management system eliminates this temptation while protecting the consistency of the branding, functionality, and design elements of the customer’s website. In turn, this alleviates the need for the developer to spend many countless hours fixing the customer’s misguided, however well-intentioned, website “redesigns”.

All this allows for customers to update their websites as quickly and as often as needed, keeping content fresh and relevant. This is a vitally important component to search engine optimization. Most CMS’s are also optimized to produce clean HTML code that is easily indexed by search engines, leading to a higher ranking in the various Internet search engines.

Another benefit provided by a content management system is that all content is stored in a database. This allows for content to be pulled into and formatted for any device, such as mobile devices and tablets. This flexibility permits its implementation on a wide variety of today’s digital mediums, as well as future technologies.

Content management systems allow customers to empower non-technical staff with the freedom and flexibility to update content when needed, eliminating the need to purchase expensive web creation software solutions and hiring in-house web developers. By turning over routine content editing to the customer, developers are able to devote more time to design and marketing. Customers save money that would normally be spent on website maintenance. These factors make a content management system a win-win for both web developers and customers.

Creating Websites That Can Sell For Millions Of Dollars

Getting over the $1-million hump may seem to be an easy task, if we go by the claims of self-proclaimed online millionaires. However, there is more to it than meets the eye. Turning your website into a virtual million-dollar cash cow is not a straightforward and simple undertaking. You have to put your heart and mind to the tasks at hand. It requires a great deal of patience and persistence to get to your expected target. The reason why a lot of people turn out websites with price tags that only run for a few hundreds or thousands of dollars is because they plunge into their online venture without the proper frame of mind.

You are off to a good start if you are able to create a website that turns in consistent and stable income while giving you a lot of spare time to do other things on the side. On the other hand, there may be some things that you are not doing right if you are going for multiple sites to reach your desired level of income from your online business venture.

Elements of a Million-Dollar Website

The price tag of a Website is normally pegged by determining its monthly earnings. A high-value website normally gets a price tag which is equivalent to its normal income or revenue for a 12 to 18-month period. Thus, if you have a website that generates a monthly income of $8,000, then you can offer such website for sale at a price of $96,000 to $144,000. The selling price naturally increases by the stated time variable as the earning or revenue of the said site increases.

Using this price template, you can easily see how much income your website should generate in order to hit the million-dollar mark. For instance, if you want to create a website that will give you revenue of $1 million in a year, then you must create a site that can generate a monthly income of at least $30,000. Setting the required income level is a nifty way of ensuring that you are within the range of your target selling price of your website.

Hitting the Million-Dollar Mark

There are actually thousands of options and ways by which you can create a million-dollar website. This six-figure virtual cash cow can be an expert content or news site that generates substantial revenue through paid adverts. It may also be a reputable discussion forum where you can charge forum members monthly fees or some kind of gaming site where you can collect fees every time members play a particular online game or earn income in exchange for the access to your Website.

The opportunities to monetize your website are endless, and you only need to establish your goals and objectives in order to get a good grip of the direction that you want to take in your online business venture.

BIRT Reports: Playing a Vital Role in Business Scenario

Reports play a vital role in any Business Scenario. They are important to not only understand what is happening in your business but also to get an idea about management’s strategic plan for the coming year and how well the company is doing. Any organization that implements web reporting realizes the need for standards and controls in reporting infrastructure and content development, especially those implementations with large numbers of complex reports to maximize productivity and minimize training. BIRT, the Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools project can create a controlled and easy to use reporting environment an organization.

The Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) Project a freely available, open database reporting technology that consisted of two major components, the report designer and the report server – which when combined allowed the user to create graphically rich reports that can be deployed from a central web server into a standard internet browser. Each BIRT report is made up of a series of components which can be highly graphical and interactive and whose behavior changes based on content.

The BIRT reporting technology was designed to live in a world of other systems; it is extensible, programmable and integrates well into existing applications and infrastructures. It can be implemented as a stand-alone service, embedded in web applications, or deployed as an end-user reporting portal. Anyone, with a reasonable working knowledge of the database against which they want to report can write reports that contain lists and graphs and that can allow the user to filter the data by any columns that the report author allows. In order to create a BIRT report one required a copy of Eclipse. This turned out to be a freely available, open source Integrated Development Environment (IDE) into which one installs the BIRT designer components.

A BIRT design specifies the data sources to access, the data values to display and how the information should be visually presented. Deployment technologies read BIRT design files, query the specified data sources and render the interactive BIRT output in any browsers.

As a Business moves from traditional banded reports to highly interactive, rich content, and navigable reports, it is important to understand the best design and development approaches to assure reuse, developer productivity and that the reports provide the most compelling user experience. The freely available BIRT reporting tools allow intermediate level users to create and deploy graphically rich, parameter driven reports. The report designer does need a good understanding of the source database and these reports are not capable of using the advanced, real time tools, but still offer an easy to use reporting environment with a result that is easy to deploy across the enterprise.

Ignore Web Development Mistakes at Your Own Risk

The difference between a successful web development company having a proven track-record of developing effective websites and a company that is not known for the efficiency of its websites is quality. This quality is determined by whether a particular web development company takes time out to right the wrongs made during custom web development or not. The fact of the matter is that that no development company can afford to ignore the mistakes made during the process of development. If it knows that its developers have made a bunch of coding errors and ends up ignoring this fact, they are doing irreparable damage to their reputation.

Apart from their reputation which takes a big hit, so do their clients because they are delivered a substandard product. Here are two negative outcomes of ignoring mistakes.

Failure to Ensure the Requisite Results

A client comes to a web development company with a set of requirements in mind. It is through the satisfactory integration of their requirements in the website/web application that the client can achieve his predetermined goals and objectives. Any mistakes, in the process of web development, can contribute towards the failure of the project and a situation where the end product is unable to achieve the desired results. For many businesses, such a situation results in a loss of revenue as they are unable to optimize the use of the application. The blame for all this can be laid at the door of the ‘mistake/s’ that were ignored by the company in charge of developing the web application or site.

Delay in Project Delivery

Why is it that some companies choose to ignore the mistakes done at the development stage? One of the reasons for this is that they don’t want to miss out on the project delivery date. They think that if they spend time trying to sort out the problem, it will lead to project delays. So, they spend time trying to hide the mistake and trying to work around it. But, instead of helping them save time, such a solution actually ends up taking more time. What’s more, such mistakes don’t remain hidden for a long time and can rear ugly their ugly heads at a later date during project development. This leads to even more delays. So, ignoring mistakes doesn’t pay in the long run. In trying to save time, such companies end up losing more time.

Trying to ignore mistakes is like a disaster that is waiting to happen. This is why it’s of paramount importance that, if mistakes do happen during the process of custom website development, they are sorted out at the initial stages itself.

Hand in Hand: Web Development and Search Engine Optimization

Here’s a common practice we see with many businesses wanting to have an online presence: The client commissions a web developer to build a website from scratch. The developer completes the project and turns it over to the owner. The client then contacts a SEO specialist and finds out that there are some things that should be changed in the way that the site is built to make it more appealing to and easily readable for search engines and its bots. The client then contacts the developer to make changes to the site.

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with that scenario. First off, if the client hired a freelance web developer, the former cannot be assured that the latter would be free by the time the client decides that there should be changes on the site with regards to search engine optimization. Another reason, what if the site is built around Flash and JavaScript? Then the SEO specialist tells the client that the way the site is built would not be able to rank well. It could mean starting from almost square one again.

My point is that before you commission someone to build a website, make sure that they are privy to on-page optimization. This is the part of SEO concerned about how the website is built and how it would be read by search engine bots. If they are not familiar with it, you can either look for another developer or have an SEO specialist work side by side with the developer.

Now, if you are already in the process of having a website built and you do not have the budget to hire a full-time SEO guy or gal, here are some tips to serve as a guideline to help you make your site more search engine friendly.

1. Have only one URI for your homepage. Yes, URI because a URL is a URI but a URI is not a URL but I digress. What it means that if I visited www(dot)yoursite(dot)com/index.html or www(dot)yoursite(dot)com/index or http: //yoursite(dot)com, it should point to only one page. You can set it with the www or without it, with /index.php, /index.html, or plain /index too but stick with only one. Your web developer should know how to do this.

2. When it comes to page size, keep it below 150 kilobytes. If you said that some websites have page sizes way more than that, it is because this sort of limit only applies to sites without significant authority. Yes, like the site that is yet to join the World Wide Web.

3. Content is king. While it can be appealing for a website to have all sorts of bells and whistles, if it has no readable content for search engine bots (written words/text), it would not rank well. So try to stay way from Flash intros.

4. Don’t drive people away. Yes, people (generally) love music and music is meant to be shared. But please, we don’t want our speakers coming to life without any warning. It can be very frustrating if you auto-play some sort of background music on your homepage. In this age when multi-tabbed browsing is the norm, it could be very frustrating going from tab to tab to see where that music is coming from.

Aside from these four, there are other things to consider in making your website more appealing for search engines. Do not be overwhelmed though since if you made the right decision in hiring a web developer or a web development team, they would know at least the basics of incorporating SEO tactics in web development. Then you can just pitch in the new things you learn along the way like the four pointers above.

A Transitory Scrutiny of Web Development Services

They modern business epoch in this century is all dependent on the most powerful IT tool called Internet. With the gradual development of this technology, website development has come forward to promote the business firms that resolutely depend on a rapport that is built through an online community. Today, with the support of the advanced technology, everybody willing to represent their brand can drop in a professional web development outsourcing needs at lesser cost and effort. A clear and logic information of any description can be strategically developed and help a client to professionally acknowledge their brand image.

Some of the areas where website development is ruling their proficiency:

(1) Mobile Application Development
(2) Flash
(3) Internet marketing
(4) Applications development and product support

It has lot much number of respectable factors that supports the modern industries. Some of them:

Expenditures: The primary advantage that helps the business establishment is to cut down operational costs. It has been analyzed that businesses that have embraced the web development services to sell their services have successfully saved a massive amount of their capital that is usually spent on marketing and other aspects that gives business leads. Overhead costs can be subsequently reduced that was initially a part of hiring, recruiting, salaries, P.F. etc. The process to offshore software application development services leads to a better position of your in-house activities as the cost of development is readily operated by acumen professionals.

Productivity: Productivity is the next benefit that can be termed as the secondary foundation stone of industries that offers web development solutions. The experts are readily available to undertake custom software application development process with a perfect balance with the maintenance and software testing. Testing is ensured so that your website performs well under all the conditions and this is possible only with the blessing of the adept website development professionals.

Proficiency: Web development outsourcing enables a company to master various segments of their IT that needs mandatory assistance in domains proficiency and programming language. All the modern day web applications are centered on Open source language. This implies that your firm just needs to pay a nominal development cost and that department will take care of all the activities from maintaining all the software solutions to publishing, upgrading, modification and other necessary functions to facilitate the website on the Internet. Technical assistance is one other aspect that is always benefited by these massive website development services.

Promoting Your Photographic Website

The basic objective of any business website is to

A) generate traffic and
B) convert that traffic into business.

Just because you’ve designed an awesome looking website does not mean you’ll generate business. Some of the most breathtaking views in nature are rarely seen because of their location. The same goes for your new website if you don’t promote it effectively.

Pay Per Click

One means of promoting your website is to use a service such as Google AdWords or Facebook Pay Per Click. These are expensive but effective. If you can afford it, you can ensure a steady flow of targeted traffic to your website.

Google AdWords enables the fine tuning of settings to ensure that only people who have displayed interest in a particular key word will have your advertisement displayed to them. You can also restrict certain keywords from showing up your particular ad. For example, I don’t want anybody who searches on the term ‘cheap photographer’ to see my ad – so I set it as a negative keyword on Google AdWords. Likewise I don’t want people searching for ‘sexy photographs’ to see my boudoir collection, so that is set as a negative password too.

With Facebook you can target your ads to a specific demographic which is also very handy. The majority of my clients are women over the age of 18 who live in Johannesburg South Africa, so with Facebook Pay Per Click, I can target that specific demographic easily.

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

The most effective (non-paying) way of ensuring visibility is to get your site ranking high on search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. This is a lot easier said than done.

Your ranking depends on a few things: a well designed website with appropriate page titles and headings containing relevant keywords, the relevance of your content to your keywords, and the number and quality of other websites providing a link to your website.

To the initiate, designing your website in the right way is challenge with a steep learning curve. But it is possible to get this done in a few weeks of work. In a few days of tinkering around, I managed to get the Webgrader rating of our website from 32 to 62, so it IS possible.

The greater challenge of course is the provision of backlinks. There are a number of companies who advertise that they can provide thousands of backlinks for a relatively small price. All I can say is beware. Search engines are designed to rate your backlinks on their quality, and backlinks to a low-quality ‘link farming’ site are worthless. Some of these offers may even result in your site being blacklisted.

The most recommended means of generating backlinks is to actually provide relevant and contemporary content that people would actually want to link to. And writing a blog is one of the best ways to do this.

An entire industry has formed around the fine tuning of the SEO rankings of websites. Being seen is critical, and anybody who can do it for you in the right way is probably worth paying for.

Some Aspects That You Need To Look At When Creating Your Website

After designing a website for your business, the next thing that you have to do is to host your website on the server so that people can see your website online. There are specialized companies which provide you all the technical assistance to make your website online. These companies provide advance hardware for effective functioning and security for your website and will try to keep your website up for almost all the time. There are certain parameters which have to be considered to make your experience of making website online less frustrating.

The hosting service provider must provide support round the clock so that any critical problem can be fixed without delay or otherwise you will have to wait till the coming working day. A toll free support number of the hosting company will make your long distance calls completely expense-free. To make data placed on the server totally secured, the web host must take back-up daily so that in case of any technical issue, restoration can be done without any hassles.

You will want a company that offers you sufficient disk space to accommodate your website. Simple web pages in your website will require lesser storage disk space in server while websites with graphics needs larger disk space for storage.

After making your website online and your business becomes successful, your website will have thousands of visitors reaching your website. In this case the volume of traffic will soar with time. Make sure that for increased traffic will not cause your web host to ask for more money. You have to essentially check how much data transfer during the month is allowed in the basic package and what will be the charge for data transfer beyond the monthly limits.

Another important parameter is the bandwidth provided. As modern websites have many pictures and videos with sound, the hosting company must offer sufficient bandwidth to publish them. The content restrictions by the hosting service provider will impose limitations to the web design.

Today an email address with the name of company at the back is preferred. You should get email addresses with your company name. This is possible if web host supports capabilities for email. With time, if the websites that are more interactive have been designed, the client can communicate with the website owner easier. The web host must cater your requirements.

Online businesses, especially e-commerce, require lots of data storage in the websites. With rise in demand for data storage, dedicated servers are also installed by hosting companies. In case you need data storage for your website, check out for the company which offers more hosting choices.

All About Website Development

Website development is one of the most important aspects of any website, as the development of the site is the actual coding and programming to make the website work properly. While free website builders may present you with a means of making your own website, you will find that a website developer will be well worth the expense. Not only will your website be developed with you in mind, but it will be made so you can easily work with the content management system to run all of the different aspects of your website.

Website development truly encompasses every aspect of a website, from the first line of HTML code up to the databases that store your visitors’ email address. Working with a website developer will ensure that your website can perform all of the tasks that you need it to, as the developer or programmer will work with you to create a website according to your specifications and needs. Working with a programmer to create your site may cost a lot more, but in the long run you will find that the expense will be well worth it as you get a website that is top quality and easy to work with.

The secret to good programming is ease of use for the owner and visitor while still offering all of the functions that is needed. Many online businesses or e-commerce websites have to offer a wide range of services, but the programming must remain simple in order for the website’s visitors to be able to shop around easily. Programmers are trained to use the simplest forms of code to call actions, add features, modify functions, and make a website user-friendly. However, the website also needs to be simple for the website owner to use, as it is likely that the website owner is a novice who is opening his or her first website.

Granted, most of the people who start an online business or e-commerce site have a bit of experience working with websites, thus it is not as important to make an extremely simple website. As people work with their sites and develop the site, they begin to understand how the different functions, codes, and aspects of a site work. They learn how to work with WordPress, and they understand all of the different things that go into the running of a website. This means that they are much more able to work with a more complex site, as they have some experience.

However, the fact remains that the programmer’s job of making a website comprehensive and functional while still being easy to use is never easy. Content management systems like WordPress have made it much easier for programmers to create complex websites that are surprisingly easy to use, but there are still plenty of challenges faced by a web developer when creating a new website for a client who is just starting their first website. Web development is one of the most important aspects of a website, and professionals will help to get the job done correctly.

3 Things Customers Look For In A Website

There is no doubt that a website is one of the effective ways to advertise your business to your customers. It has been proven in so many ways that a website not only contributes to the growth of a company but has also been considered as an essential marketing element. With the busy lifestyle of most customers, they usually opt to search the internet for the products and services they desire. Make sure that whatever content you post on your website will catch your customer’s attention and should be beneficial to them. Here are the three common things that a customer would look for in a website.

1. Relevant content
This is the most important factor that all websites should have. A good homepage does not only have an attractive layout and design but also relevant information about your business. No matter how great the graphics are and how fast it loads, but if your customers cannot relate to the things they read, then everything will be useless. There is no use of visiting a website if you cannot get valuable information. The main reason why a visitor checks out your page is because they are looking for something and hoping that they can find it in your site. However, if you are not able to satisfy them, then most likely you will never get a second visit.

2. Easy to navigate and fast-loading page
If your site offers a lot of things, you have to organize each element and display them as clearly as possible. People do not want to wait even for just a couple of seconds. They will most likely hit the “back” button if it loads a little longer, or if they are having a hard time finding the order form or the product gallery or other important details. You should make your website as easy as possible for your visitors to navigate. It gives you the chance to promote the other products or services that you offer aside from those that they are looking for.

3. Display your contact information
Keep in mind that not everyone who checks out your homepage wants to buy something. Furthermore, they may need a particular item that was not showcased in your page. By displaying your contact information, it encourages your customer to contact you for further assistance. Create a page that displays your company’s name, contact numbers, email address, office address and other essential details. Sharing a brief information about your company’s background makes your site a reliable source.