Responsive Web Design (RWD) – The Mobile Friendly Website Fundamentals

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Mobile devices have been around for a while, but they were never used in a way (and to such a degree) as they are today. Surfing the web with these mobile devices has grown at a stellar pace, and for the first time will outnumber desktops and laptops starting this year. And most sites on the web are not optimized for these smaller screens.

Responsive web design, also known as mobile friendly design, assures that the website is responsive to any display size and adjusts accordingly to assure optimum viewing for any device.  For example, take our site ( Northwoods Web Designs ) shown below in different devices,  is designed with responsive in mind.

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Similar to a chameleon per se, it will adjust the layout, navigation and content of what is displayed based on the size of the screen to assure the best viewing experience regardless of screen size.

To account for these smaller screens,
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3 Key Factors That Determine Local Search Ranking on Google

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Did you know, Google (and Bing) search engines have two forms of presenting search results? One is general results, the other is local search results based on location of user or business being searched for.

This topic is regarding the Local Ranking on Google which probably makes up 60-80% of your potential customers.

The following information is valuable to any small business trying to better understand the search engine giants inner workings.   It is indeed important to know that listing your business in the yellow pages and waiting for a reponse are long gone.

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How Long Does It Take For a New Site to Appear in the Google Search Results?

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Google Find If Index Your Site Yet

Here is the typical scenario: you’re a small business owner and you’ve just launched your new website to the world. Now you are wondering how long will it be before people searching the web find your site in the search engine results page (SERP)?

Since its brand new, the search engines do not know anything about it, so therefore cannot display it to anybody searching for it.

So some things need to occur before its “searchable”.  The site needs to be indexed by the search engine.  There’s no specific set time for Google to initially index your site, can vary based on several items such as: Continue reading “How Long Does It Take For a New Site to Appear in the Google Search Results?” »

Creating a Social Media Voice

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Social Media Voice - One Voice - Many OutletsYou’re website is up and running promoting your business 24/7 so you’re done right? Before the social media age (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc…) and before there were a trillion websites added to the internet that was possible.

Besides making updates to the website to keep it fresh with new and relevant data, another key component is to make sure you have social media tied into it in some form or fashion.

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Hiring Out Web Design

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imageMany small businesses and organizations are faced with this need at some point.  Unless you are a large firm, you probably do not have IT staff, nor a professional Web Designer available to leverage.

When hiring out a web design company, you can go with a large company or find a firm locally. Much of it depends on your budget.

A large web design company generally will need to be much more expensive due to having multiple hands involved in the project, generally extending the schedule and costs involved.

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