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Questions You Should Ask A Web Design & Development Company

Most of our client are great business owners who know nothing about web design or development. Naturally, they come to us with a ton of questions you should ask a web design & development company. Having an educated client aids in making sure that we exceed their expectations. It also makes them more likely to become a steady, ongoing part of our family-like network.

 

This will be a multi-part series where we have compiled a list of the most important questions you should ask a web design & development company. Knowing the answers or what to expect should help to make the best decision for you. Some of the questions are self-directed, while others are mentioned for the developer, or red flags you should avoid.

 

  1. Does their Portfolio reflect the style you like?
    • Are there examples on their portfolio that reflect your style or your vision? Does their finished work look great, or is there some experience left to be had? Most companies do not display all of their work; however, you should be able to tell if they are capable of the look you want to achieve. If it isn’t apparent, do not be afraid to ask-they may have something up their sleeves to show you.
  2. Does the company have a knowledgeable process for work completion?
    • A company that has a proven process that works will not hesitate in explaining to you the way they work. A clear and well established work plan does not have to be detailed in writing. However, it should be able to easily be explained in a way that you understand. Look for a company that asks a ton of questions; it shows they are listening and the wheels in their head are turning a solution specifically for you.
  3. Does the company have reviews or references?
    • People usually leave reviews when they were either really impressed, or very disappointed. Take some time to check not just their own supplied reviews, but those on social media, Google, and other review sites. The ones published by a third party are less likely to be modified and may truly reflect their business. Privacy issues may affect the ability to provide direct references, but a portfolio should be readily available. References that are provided should have nothing but good to say about them.
  4. What is your experience?
    • In other words, can they do the work requested? How can they assure you that they can perform the work? A web design or development company will be able to understand your requirements with ease, and be quick to discuss follow-up questions or concerns to make sure that they get it right. They will not lead your discussion with their offers, rather let you explain what is needed. Then they are prepared to offer a solution that covers everything you planned, and everything you did not. It is easy to get distracted by bells and whistles of those who seem to have a preplanned go-to. Watch for companies that try to steer you away from building from your core business process in order to fit the mold they use.
  5. What is the lead time for starting a project?
    • Some may say that a free web developer, or one that does not have at least 1-2 weeks waiting time before starting should be meet with skepticism. However, many companies have a large team and resources to start a project. Plan to start within one month of beginning your search or run the risk of quotes expiring or other potential issues. DO consider the project deadline so that you leave enough time to complete the project without rushing.
  6. Does the company outsource their work?
    • This is a highly discussed subject in IT, and is sometimes a sore spot. Some companies do all of the work themselves (in-house), either in their office or by offshore development (their employees). Others may outsource some or all of their work to another company, which is usually offshore. Knowing which model they follow can help avoid going through any issues commonly associated with outsourced projects. Why go through a middle man when you can go directly to the source?
  7. How do you determine pricing or what is the cost?
    • Pricing is different for any web development or design company you meet. Costs usually depend on the total time and resources required. Some projects or tasks need to be billed hourly or can be charged a flat rate. Pricing can also vary according to the number of employees required, API integration, or even the speed you need it completed. Everyone has heard the horror stories of being told one price, and then later having to pay more. Just be sure to get a clear understanding of ALL fees involved, when they are expected, and what is the refund process in the event that things just don’t work out.
  8. Are they local?
    • A very important factor, we can’t stress enough how much easier a project can be with someone local. Choosing a local web design or development company is recommended because it enables you to sit down face to face with someone. Companies not local to you can lead to more frustrations when it’s  time discuss requirements, details, or changes. In the event that there is an issue, you can bring it directly to them because you know who and where they are.

We are about halfway through this list, but the best is yet to come. Check back next week for part two of most important questions you should ask a web design & development company. We plan on wrapping up with topics that really set web design and development companies apart, including why you should use MediaLinkers for your next project!

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How to Choose the Right Web Development Company

Today we tackle a few tips on how to choose the right web development company for your next or future projects. This includes what should be done or considered in the search for finding the best fit for your company. There are a lot of questions that can arise for someone new to web development and these tips will help get the ball rolling in the right direction.

  1. Narrow down your scope or process down to expertise
    • A broad project scope can have too many variables to be cost efficient and successful. Likewise, hiring a person who may or may not be working outside of their specialty can be trouble as well. Narrowing the project scope and determining who is best for a job can lead to great results from available companies. In some areas, having that specific expertise made the project completion even possible. There is a reason some choose specialties beyond the surface; use that to your advantage.
  2. Know your budget
    • Looking for web development services without knowing your absolute budget is like choosing a house without knowing your loan amount. Whether you have an idea or not, knowing the max amount you are willing to spend to get exactly what you want will let you know if your budget is reasonable or you need to adjust. There’s no wrong or right answer; a great web development company will work with you to meet your needs.
  3. Check out their website and portfolio
    • A great designer or programmer will always have a ready portfolio. If they do not, then their either don’t have experience or their experience is too bad to show. Start first with their website, and usually a portfolio of client work is to be found here. Web development companies usually don’t display all of their work. Do not be afraid to speak up if you do not see something you are looking for or want.
  4. Set up a meeting
    • Most web development companies offer free consultations to discuss and quote your requirements. Set up a meeting to get a feel of the people you could be working with. If face to face isn’t an option, web and phone conferences are also available with most companies. This can also give you a feel of who you are working with and how well they know their stuff.
  5. Get multiple quotes, if necessary
    • You can always gauge whether you have gotten a fair price or good deal by comparing your quotes from different companies. If your budget is lower than all of the quotes, then you know a new budget is needed. You can also compare companies who are offering more or less features and contractual requirements for the same, more, or less than others.
  6. Ask about fees and deadlines
    • Some web development companies require lead time or advance notice prior to starting. Others, like this web development company, can get started immediately following contract execution. There can be small or large fees either hidden or upfront for items such as Expedited/Rush, Additional Programming hours, etc. Also, there may be penalties for projects you delay or abandon. Checking out these terms prior to getting started with eliminate surprises if an issue arises.
  7. Ask about Support
    • To get in contact, do you have to wait until certain hours overseas, or call an automated system? Or is contact by email only? Is the assistance limited to during the project timeline, or is there support post-production or launch? Knowing where and for how long you have somewhere to turn to in the even you need help can make all the difference in the long run. Quick, responsive, and available support can be the difference in feeling like it was money well spent.
  8. Ask about Project Coordination/Manager
    • Will someone walk me through this process? Is there someone you can easily contact should an issue with your project occurs? When you contact the company, will you be speaking with the same person each time? All of these are very important questions to ask when searching for a web development company. This can let you know if they will see their work through, or dismiss you once they have been paid.
  9. Proof is in the Pudding!
    • In other words, can they really do what they say they can do? Even beginners can work with templates and minor programming, however, if a custom requirement comes up, can the development team handle it? The last thing you want is to run into a problem and the company chosen has no clue how to fix it. Flexibility and adaptability to custom or changing requirements or problems occurring can set the competition apart.
  10. Ownership
    • ALWAYS ensure you own your project code or website. For a small subset of clients, ownership isn’t all too important. However, for the majority of organizations, owning the intellectual property, website, application, or even domain is crucial to the longevity of your business. MediaLinkers has even counseled clients on how to take back ownership or control, or have had to break the news that they don’t actually own a huge part of their brand.

 

While not a conclusive list, starting with these points should help in making a good  decision regarding choosing a web development company. MediaLinkers knows that this can be confusing to some whose core business is in another sector. Call us today to see what solutions we can offer, and let us show you why choosing the right web development company starts with us!

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G & G Cycles of Roswell – A new shop in town!

[Roswell, Georgia] – G & G Cycles of Roswell, a motorcycle repair shop, opened its doors in 2017 after owner Shawn Guinther branched off independently. Following 13 years in the industry, Guinther pursued his dreams to open an independently owned, dealership alternative, offering quality work at affordable prices. “We are a one-stop, full service shop for all American V-Twin and Metric models,” said Guinther, stating that they believe in treating your motorcycle like their own.

 

Prior to opening G & G Cycles of Roswell, Guinther co-owned another motorcycle repair shop in Woodstock with a friend. Two years of co-running the business gave Guinther the experience and confidence to open his own shop under the independent brand. Guinther, who graduated from Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) in 2004, is a family man, who enjoys spending time with his wife and two children when he isn’t at work.

 

G & G Cycles of Roswell takes pleasure in being locally owned and operated. They don’t have shareholders, so there is no need to inflate prices to meet a quota. The convenience and personal relationship tendered is easy and authentic, with Guinther being available in the shop most days for you to meet. MediaLinkers Web Design’s owner even stopped by with short notice to congratulate Guinther on his successful website launch, and assisted in filming a short video on services offered by G & G Cycles of Roswell, which can be seen here.

 

Motorcycle enthusiasts with a repair need will love the services that G & G Cycles of Roswell has to offer. In honor of their launch, they are offering a special on LED lighting! They are a distributor for Custom Dynamics LEDs, and also offer a free installation of any LED turn signal kit when purchased with your LED headlight kit. This offer ends soon, so don’t wait!

 

About G & G Cycles of Roswell

Shawn Guinther opened the doors to G & G Cycles of Roswell in 2017 and offer a full range of services, maintenance, and accessories for most makes and models of motorcycles. Locally owned and operated, G & G Cycles of Roswell takes pride in affordable prices and quality workmanship.  For more information, visit our web site at http://www.gandgcyclesofroswell.com/.

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View and Ask Launches New Type of Buy & Sale Site!

[Kennesaw, Georgia] – Zachary Jensen, CEO and Founder of View and Ask launched ViewandAsk.com, an online marketplace where you, the buyer, can view and ask questions about the item for sale. You can also list your own items, such as an old watch, a sports collection, or even a car, and then add pictures or video of it.   “I was sick and tired of being burned online seller after seller” said Jensen. “I always seemed to be giving the seller the benefit of the doubt, and after wasting so much time and money, I set out to find a solution to the online buying problem.”

 

View and Ask incorporates live two-way video conferencing so that you can see for yourself how the item looks or works, which is useful in cases such as if you are making a sale that requires you to drive a bit to meet. You can search for items by keyword, the state you reside in, or a specific category. Privacy was a concern for each step of the development process, noting that each user has control over what information they allow others to see.

 

“Along the way, I have added a few extra features like the Blooper Zone,” chuckled Jensen. “My goal for this idea is to bring the trust back to online buying one sell at a time.” Jensen hopes to add additional features and functionality as they grow, through the help of MediaLinkers Web Design, who was contracted for the branding, web design, and development of the website. Charlie Jensen, Zach’s father, and part of his team was thankful to MediaLinkers for their “vision, experience, and guidance leading to the successful launch of viewandask.com”.

 

In honor of their launch, View and Ask is offering FREE listings for all items, so list away! However it is not mentioned for how long, so make your way over to ViewandAsk.com now before this deal is expired.

 

 

About View and Ask

ViewandAsk.com is committed to offering a premier online buying and selling platform that integrates the latest technologies for user economy, honesty, integrity, and security. Launching its new website this past summer, ViewandAsk.com’s online system provides an anonymous, two-way visual communications system that allows a buyer to see and speak with a seller in real time and, at the same time, to visually inspect the item being sold without exchanging personally identifying information. For more information, visit our web site at www.viewandask.com.

 

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Switching to HTTP/2 & what it means for the SEOs?

According to Barry Schwartz, Google’s John Muller said that GoogleBot would be supporting the HTTP/2 by the end of this year or the next early year. What happens is that the https provides a tremendous speed increase, making for an extremely fast user experience along with the other online factors.

 

What Is HTTP/2?

 

Http/2 is the latest update done by the internet engineering task force made to the HTTP protocol. This protocol is the successor to the HTTP/1.1 drafted in 19999. HTTP/2 is a much-required refresh, meaning that the site has changed over the year. This update brings different advancements with it, in addition to the security, speed and efficiency.

This update was based largely on the Google’s own protocol SPDY, which is going to be deprecated in 2016. This protocol has a lot of features made already in HTTP/2 and has been managed to improve the data transmission while keeping backward the compatibility. SPDY has also proven a lot of concepts used in HTTP/2.

What Http/2 is about?

 

Major Improvements in HTTP/2

 

Single Connection

There is just one connection used for loading a site and this connection remains open as long as the site is open. This reduces the round trips required for setting up the multiple TCP connections.

Multiplexing

There are multiple requests which are allowed at the same time and one the same connection. The HTTP/1.1 was transferred to wait for the transfers to complete.

Server Push

The additional resources are sent to the client for the future use.

Prioritization

The requests are assigned dependency levels, which the server can use for delivering the highest priority resources quickly.

Binary

This HTTP/2 makes it quite easy for the server to parse, for a more compact and the less error prone. There is no additional time wasted in translating the information, from text to binary, the computer’s native language.

 

Header Compression

There are a lot of demos out there where you can see the difference in action in the tiled images. It appears that as the latency increases, the speed also increases from the HTTP/2 and becomes even more noticeable, which is great for the mobile users.

HTTP/2 also uses the HPACK compressions, reducing the overhead. This means that there are a lot of headers which are sent with the same value in the request in HTTP/1.1.

 

Who Supports HTTP/2?

 

You’ll also find that most major server software — such as Apache, NGINX, and IIS — already supports HTTP/2. Many of the major CDNs have also added HTTP/2 support, including MaxCDN and Akamai.

HTTP/2 is supported by 75% + browsers in US and 67.78 % globally. There are also a couple of caveats to these numbers, as the IE supports the HTTP/2 in windows 10, chrome, Firefox and opera to support HTTP/2 over HTTPs. You can always check how this would affect the site visitors in analytics by going to the audience -> technology -> browser & as compared to the supported browsers.

 

HTTPS with HTTP/2

 

While the HTTP/2 supports both the insecure and the secure connections, both the Firefox and Chrome would support HTTP/2 over https. This means that sites which want http/2 would have to be served over https.

There are new initiatives such as encryption, going into the public beta on Dec 3, 2015. Let’s encrypt is a certificate providing free security certificate for the sites, as it’s a great initiative towards the secure web.

 

How would it improve?

 

This would offer extreme speed for the user experience. As time goes on, people would also learn the limits of the new protocol, making the users see increased speeds on the HTTP/2 connections.

 

What it Means For Developers?

 

For developers this means that following:

 

Domain Sharding

You can load the files from the multiple subdomains for establishing more established connections. This increases the parallel file transfer adds to the overhead server connection.

Image Sprites

The image file would have to be loaded before the images are shown and the large image file needs to tie up RAM.

Combining different files

JS and CSS are found combined for reducing page requests. This makes users wait and also consumes additional RAM.

 

What it Means For SEOs?

 

With GoogleBot adding support for HTTP/2, websites that support the protocol will likely see additional rankings boost from speed. On top of that, with Chrome and Firefox only support HTTP/2 over HTTPS, many websites that have not yet upgraded to HTTPS may see an additional boost in rankings when they do.

 

The problem that SEOs would face is the switching of http’s with redirects, as all the 302a instead of 301s, additional hops, chains and cleaning up old redirects would become important. There are various items which have to be first cleaned such as the external links, internal links, duplication issues, mixed content, canonical tags, sitemaps and other tracking systems which have to be changed.

 

Also, another thing which people don’t realize is that the referral data in the headers in dropped when switching from a site using security to the one without the security. This also means that more traffic is attributed to the direct when it must be attributed to the referring sites. HTTPs also prevent ads from being placed on the sites.

As Google has officially made speed a ranking factor, it would be quite interesting to see if the HTTP/2 it becomes a ranking factor and how much of an additional weight would be placed on the additional speed.

In short, switching from HTTP to HTTP/2 is beneficial for the users, developers, server admins, sales teams and everyone else involved in the web business. There is no downside to upgrade this and if the users are not able to load over HTTP/2, they would load it like they always have.

 

Also, according to Bill, a lot of ad networks don’t support https, which means that Google is looking to have more ad space in the market through this protocol.

Stay tuned to the blog of medialinkers.info for more interesting and inside news on SEO.

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Up Your Blogging Game with Facebook Author’s Tag

Up Your Blogging Game with Facebook Author’s Tag: Looking to up your game with blogging? Well, Facebook has released a new “authorship” feature powered by Author Meta tag. It is somewhat similar to Google’s Authorship, but that was discontinued last year.

By implementing a line of Meta tag, the publishers and writers can indicate the author profile, including the publishing page regarding any topic. With the help of this tag, your name would be shared along with the blog post, giving users the ability to follow you as the author.

This would surely add an incredible power to your blogging work. Also, if you are not willing to share your name with the post, you can always link to a brand or a page instead of a personal profile. If you want to build your brand name and don’t have the right bloggers, you can always hire professional bloggers from digital marketing web agencies such as Medialinkers.

Enabling the Facebook Authorship

To make your Facebook audience know who is behind the written posts on your blogs, you can easily add the code “<meta property=”article: author” content=”https://www.facebook.com/medialinkersllc” /> in the  header section of your HTML page and that would do the job for you.

With the help of it, your website would now automatically populate the existing content, along with the future posts.

In case, you are using a CMS such as Drupal or WordPress for running your blog, you would have to include the Facebook URL in the Meta Tag URL. The SEO/ Social plugin you would be using for the platform will give you the option for doing it.

 

Testing the Facebook Author Implementation Setup

In order to verify whether the site has correctly implemented the article: author tag, you can open one of your pages and see the browser’s view source option for checking the generated HTML code. This way, you would be able to see the new Meta tag within the other lines of code. However, make sure that it is added only once, as otherwise it’s possible to have multiple plugins or modules installed which would create the tag. However, Facebook considers it draw back in case there is more than one tag present there.

You can also check by running your blogs through the Facebook debugger for clearing the Facebook’s cache for the content. All you need to do is to go to the Debug tool, enter the article URL and click on the Debug. It will show a preview of what the content would look like when shared on Facebook. However, if it doesn’t look right to you, all you need to do is to click on the Fetch new scrape information button again and again to ensure correct preview.

How will it help the Bloggers, Business Owners?

The Facebook author tag will go a long way in building your personal or brand name on the world’s most popular social media network. They have added this to their engine for helping people spend more time at their site, in the meanwhile also helping the publishers of great content.

Facebook is looking to further strengthen its position as one of the most linked to and shared network for information and news. So with this author tag, the users would be able to follow them just like they do on the regular blogs to learn and read more of their future articles.

As a blogger, you can surely make use of this new yet great marketing tag for your content to reach your targeted audience in a much better way.

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CherryPickPrices.com is Now Live!

Cherrypickprices.com was a six month project which has successfully been launched thanks to long hours, and intense dedication from all parties. Looking to save time and money within his own business, Dave DeSantis, CEO and Founder of Cherrypickprices.com and local business The Jammin Pie, decided to develop a macro interface that allowed him to analyze and determine the best price of his regular inventory purchased. This proved to be exhausting and extremely time consuming.

 

“The worst part about the four hours it took just going through two vendor lists, was knowing that when Friday came, most of the prices would change based on market fluctuation,” said DeSantis.

 

The successfulness behind his initial experiment led to savings of over $12K for the first year, approximately 12% in his supply costs. Realizing the additional benefits that occurred from competition, and the basic economics behind supply and demand, DeSantis ventured out to find a web development company who could replicate and improve his spreadsheet on a BIGGER scale.

 

After talks with various web development companies, MediaLinkers Web Design‘s small business approach appealed to DeSantis.

 

“I realized a lot of different companies are overpaying for goods.” DeSantis worked alongside MediaLinkers‘ Chief Technical Officer M. Sajjad in improving his original spreadsheet, and converting it over to an easy to use web interface. Profitability can be achieved much easier with technology and competition working for you. There are various ways that Cherrypickprices.com can benefit your business; don’t miss out on the free trial from now until the end of June 2015.

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eCommerce Sales

Thinking about starting an eCommerce website, but afraid it might not prosper? Or do you already have a website, but having doubts on whether starting one was the best idea? Analysts over at The Custora eCommerce Pulse, a free online dashboard that tracks online transactions in real-time from over 100 million retailers, definitely seem to think so! Most online retailers rely on “Cyber Monday” sales to help finish out the year on top, and with the exception of last minute gifts, sales trends tend to drop off in the final stretch of the holiday season. This year, however, the growth of US eCommerce sales hasn’t slowed; it has grown.

 

The holiday shopping season typically lasts from November 1st until December 14th. For 2014, eCommerce revenue has grown by 15% over the last year. Lower gas prices and bigger sales may have triggered the rise, but in either case, consumers are spending more online. Also increasing in strength this holiday season is mobile sales. Mobile shopping, which includes both tablet and phone orders, accounted for approximately one-fourth of online shopping in just the first two weeks of December alone. This is a big skip from sales in the same period last year.

 

The popularity of Apple’s mobile products has continuously increased, as well as the amount of online transactions performed on Apple devices. Android devices are surely catching up, but the bulk of sales is still is ruled by Apple. This also supports the importance of making sure your eCommerce website is also “mobile-friendly,” meaning your website is optimized to display correctly on any mobile device. It should be realized that a potential customer will become frustrated, and as a result, not purchase from your site, if they experience difficulties while using the site on a phone or tablet.

 

Email marketing, usually in the form of subscribed advertising, as well as search engines, still leads the industry with marketing related online sales. Free searches (or organic) through sites such as Google, was the largest means by which companies showcased their goods for sale. This is another reason to increase your Search Engine Optimization (SEO) quality and rank, which will direct more traffic to your site.

 

The staff at MediaLinkers understands the constant change of the online world, and works hard to make sure that you do too. While custom websites are our specialty, eCommerce websites, SEO, and payment integration (which is a vital tool in business automation), are a part of the wide range of services we offer. We can schedule a free consultation to go over any and every need for your business, and get you on your way to increasing your profits for your e-commerce website. Using our ability to work with any industry, we can make your online business a success! Contact us today for a FREE quote at (678) 369-6000.

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Automating Your Business

One move that you, as a business owner, should make is automating your business. Whether it’s approving time off, or sending mass marketing emails, there are tools available to do it all for you. Some require little to no setup effort, while others require a lot initially, however, once the automation is enabled, you have the ability to sit back and watch the process happen with no work from you. We have gathered a list of tasks that a business owner might need to complete, and the most successful way to automate it. Each tool has been previously built and tested through our own experience, so knowing how each one works is MediaLinkers‘ talent.

 

The most widely used form of automating your business is Human Resources related. From vacation and PTO requests, to timesheets and hiring, the majority of HR processes can be automated. Every employee at a particular company follows the same general process for each desired outcome. If hired, each employee fills out the same paperwork, trains under the same modules, and, registers for the same credentials needed in order to do their job. MediaLinkers has the ability to create a database to store and organize employee info so that management can easily and readily have employees to fill out, and able to access those records. This also opens the door for employee requests to be sent to the designated supervisor for approval. Eliminating the need for additional employees, this frees up capital for other ventures, as you do not have to designate human resource tasks that can be automated.

 

Another great way to benefit from automating your business is by using a Customer Relationship Manager (CRM). The benefits of a CRM are tremendous. A successful company is one that is able to streamline a customer’s info, so that any department that requires access to their info is capable of seeing the same info across the board, and in return, able to assist the customer efficiently. MediaLinkers uses its own proprietary CRM to keep record of past, current, and future possible clients, in order to have a more personal relationship with our customers. We can build a custom CRM that is tailored to your needs, as different businesses may require different fields of information on a client or customer. You can use a CRM to track payments, follow-ups, make any notes on comments or promises made, even send invoices or manage emails sent to the client. The possibilities are endless. Creating a database linked to your website that stores potential customers’ contact info is a necessity. Adding this feature, MediaLinkers can program your website to automatically sort and filter leads based on your needs, prevent spam from seeping through, as well as keep the information online, instead of clogging up your email with individual notifications.

 

The third process we wanted to highlight in the need for automating your business is Sales and Marketing related. Setting up goals, and automatic processes for leads will in increase your Return on Investment (ROI). Just by adding Google Analytics to your site and configuring it to track conversions, and other important data, it takes the work out of analyzing your website. This frees up time to focus on how to increase conversions, and fix the issues making customers drop off. MediaLinkers has the ability to create the modules needed to integrate and apply the Google Analytics, or whichever website analyzer you would like to use. Many sites built do not have the ability for the owner (unless they are programming knowledgeable) to simply add the codes to their site. It is a module that needs to be created or modified, so reaching out to someone that can do this for you is a great move.

 

There are tons of other ways you can improve productivity, and benefit from automating your business. Call MediaLinkers today for more a more personalized review of which automated processes would profit you the most. We offer free, no obligation consultations, and quotes, to help you decide what the best move is for you and your business. We look forward to speaking with you!

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Newly Launched Websites

MediaLinkers has been hard at work, creating new designs for their client’s visions. In the last few months, the Project Coordinators and programmers at MediaLinkers had a total of five newly launched websites in Fall of 2014, of which three of those were redesigned websites, and the other two were new to the online world.  The value of your talent to create custom designed websites lies in your ability to work in any field, and MediaLinkers does just that. We worked with non-profit organization Georgia Cares, new author Marilyn Pierce, MacConnell Research, a marketing research firm, JPsBears.com, an online store for state souvenirs and collectibles, and Advanced Ops International, a company that creates less-lethal proprietary weapons and other security devices.

 

MediaLinkers worked with all five clients to find out their individual needs and wants, and created a proposal and quote, free of charge, before drafting a contract and starting on their project. Each client viewed a few custom prototype designs of website layouts, including their choice color scheme, navigational links, and home page features, and they were allowed unlimited changes to achieve their desired look. Once design changes, if any, were made, their prototype went to a short development stage, where our developers created and built the code for all of the needed pages. All of the newly launched websites chose to have some version of a content management system, either our CMS tailored to fit their website needs, WordPress with a design we build and integrate solely for that client, or both.

 

Specific features were requested or included to add flair to each website. Georgia Cares, using a custom content management system, has PayPal integration for their donations. Marilyn Pierce, who has a design with WordPress integrated for her blog, and a custom CMS for the other pages of her site, has a moving testimonial flip book and PayPal integration for purchasing her book. Advanced Ops International has a product setup similar to an e-Commerce website, however we have changed the purchase option to a web form that a potential buyer can fill out to contact them for purchasing, something that is only easy to do with a custom CMS. They also took advantage of MediaLinkers’ content writing and videography services for the content on their site.

 

MacConnell Research opted to have a brand new design to match their brand new office, located in Lenox Square Mall. A custom CMS allows new registration through their website, and the information is sent to their online database. JPsBears.com wanted a redesigned website that included a dynamic U.S. map to showcase their state souvenirs, and their products are easily managed through a  e-Commerce plugin with a custom-programmed design. MediaLinkers was able to then successfully merge the site’s PayPal Pro, security enabled features, and its WordPress CMS together.

 

The option of choosing a CMS built according to your requested features, or using a platform such as WordPress, is always up to the client. Usually, it depends on the budget set for each project, but many chose to use MediaLinkers’ CMS, as it is more user friendly, and can be easily modified, added on to, and programmed to control specific features on your website. No project is too complicated or out of reach for us, and we are completely upfront as to the cost and time involved. Every client that works with us is given a time frame for MediaLinkers to complete their project, and we work hard to stick to it. The owners of MediaLinkers newly launched websites worked together with us, day and night, to make sure everything was perfect and ready when it was time to flip the switch. And the support does not stop when your site goes live; before we even start the design, we include a set term of tech support for your newly launched website free of charge!

 

Striving for affordable, dependable, and one-stop services, MediaLinkers has options for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you want a newly launched website, marketing, or a database,  content writing, mobile app development, or hosting/domain services, MediaLinkers has it all covered. Contact us today for a FREE consultation, and let us show you how we can improve your online business tools!

 

 

 

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