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Dec 9, 2009
The 2009 Future of Web Design (FOWD) conference, held November 16 and 17 in New York, offered a great, once-a-year opportunity to learn about the biggest web design trends, with a unique look at what we will be able to do in the future when programming websites and web apps. Among the new ideas and technologies up for debate at this year’s FOWD, I personally find it exciting that advancements underway in HTML5 and CSS3 will improve usability for consumers on the Internet. These advancements… Read More
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Dec 7, 2009
Cause marketing and going green is triple H-O-T in the business world. Rightfully so, as nowadays determining a business’s level of corporate responsibility has become a staple in the consumer buying process. Companies can hardly ‘fake’ green anymore due to the amount of consumer skepticism and the watchful eye of competitors. (more…) Read More
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Nov 30, 2009
In January of this year cloud computing was predicted as a web hosting trend for 2009. While a growing trend, confusion exists in the marketplace as to what exactly cloud computing is, so I sought out a quick and simple explanation for cloud computing, and how it affects the everyday person. Some of the sites/online tools I take advantage of utilize cloud computing. For example, when I log in to Facebook and upload pictures, they are stored in a cloud - same for when I… Read More
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Nov 24, 2009
Now that Microsoft and Yahoo are joining forces in search (Microhoo?), this three-way comparison may no longer be needed. Google still dominates the market: as of last summer, Yahoo and Microsoft had a combined U.S. query market share of 28 percent while Google stood at 65 percent, according to ComScore. However, the Yahoo/Microsoft deal is likely to mean that Microsoft will incorporate Yahoo's search technology while using Microsoft's AdCenter and the Bing search engine to power both sites. Should be interesting. Since Bing’s official launch… Read More
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Nov 23, 2009
It’s finally happened: social media has risen to the top of our everyday terminology. The New Oxford American Dictionary just announced “unfriend” as its 2009 Word of the Year. That’s right: unfriend (verb) "To remove someone as a 'friend' on a social networking site such as Facebook." Other Internet/technology words considered this year include hashtag, netbook and paywall, as well as Twitt, Tweeple and other common Twitter terms. Check out the full list here. (more…) Read More
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Nov 19, 2009
Our own Ryan Elledge (Chief Operations Officer) was a featured speaker at ITEC-Kansas City recently. And he had a lot to say about managed hosting for small businesses: saving time and tapping expertise as hosting becomes more and more complex. Is it right for your company? Ryan offers a few suggestions below in this 3-part video – plus his PowerPoint presentation. It's all here in "What You Need to Know About Small Business Server Solution". Let us know what you think. What You Need to… Read More
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Nov 16, 2009
Last time, we took a quick tour through several new search engines, each departing from the usual search algorithms with a focus on decision-making, categorization, calculations and/or images. As a small- or medium-sized business owner, it’s important for you to know how each actually organizes and displays results for your site. To illustrate this, we need a topic that’s very distinctive – and current. Something like…”cluster ballooning.” (more…) Read More
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Nov 12, 2009
… or will they?  You hear marketers today throw around a lot of three-letter acronyms related to their online presence such as SEO, SEM, PPC, CTR and CPC (just to name a few), which all lead up to the biggest one, ROI. And when you go to build your website, you should incorporate important elements such as title tags, headline tags, alt tags, meta data, meta keywords and page descriptions in addition to your body copy and images. This should land you within the top 10… Read More