Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Lenovo's New Yoga Book

image from 'theverge.com' article
Wow, I have to say this is the first tablet I've been excited about in... well, ever.  Input includes stylus, virtual keyboard (attached) and ink on paper!  Linked here is a very good article about the device, including a video.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/31/12713442/lenovo-yoga-book-tablet-design-interview-android-windows

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Special

We have been busy!  August was non-stop fun around here - cool client project, our own inspired creations... just no time for new thing and so, (as you may have noticed) no August special.

Now we are wrapping up projects and ready to take on new challenges in September - so bring us your ideas!

But what's the September special?  I don't know... I've thought quite a bit about it and I'm just not sure what to offer.  So, this month you choose the special!

You can choose from any special we've offered so far this year OR choose a service that has not had a special associated with it yet this year and get a 25% discount.

If you have an idea for a website, web app or mobile app tell us about it and we will give you a free bid for developing that site/app.  Then you can apply any special to it.  And consultations are always free!

Be sure to visit our site for more about our services, read testimonials, and see our portfolio.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Google Will Penalize Sites with Popup Ads in 2017


In mid-August Google announced that they would begin penalizing sites that used popup ads (what they call “intrusive interstitials”) beginning in January, 2017.

If you own or manage a WordPress site that uses one of the 1000s of plugins that creates automatic popups, you MUST be aware of this. Your site’s ranking will be effected by these new rules/algorithms. (Non-WordPress sites will also be effected).

Google has identified three kinds of popups they will begin penalizing sites for using/displaying.
  • First are popups that cover the main content of the page when a user arrives at that page by clicking on a link from a search result. This includes popups that are immediate, show up as the user scrolls down the page, or popups that show up as you try to navigate away from the page.
  • Popups that are ‘stand-alone’ and must be dismissed before the content can be viewed. You know, those annoying popups that cover the whole page and have a countdown timer forcing you to view the ad.
  • And finally, popup ads that act/look like they are the above-the-fold content of the page. These are the ads that take up the entire viewable area of the window and slide away quickly as you begin to scroll.

Examples of these popups will include promotions, membership offers, newsletter signups, coupons, and advertisements.

Exceptions to these rules will be popups that cover legal information – like those messages on sites originating in Europe that warn you that cookies are in use, login popups, and verification popups – think age verification on alcohol websites.

Why is Google doing this? Well, Google has been pushing for more mobile friendly sites for a while now. Last year they updated their search algorithms to favor sites that were mobile friendly – basically ranking mobile friendly sites above their ‘peers’ that were not responsive/mobile friendly. Popups that cover content are (annoying, yes) not considered mobile friendly.
  
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Monday, July 11, 2016

July Special - This One's Big!

We are going all out this month!  Contract for a web application and get a mobile version for free!


There are tons of stats out there showing that most web traffic originates on mobile devices today.  An effective mobile strategy involves more than just a mobile friendly website.  And mobile applications are not just for large companies anymore. Look around, more and more small, local businesses are developing their own mobile applications - sign shops, spas, coffee shops, bakeries, auto repair shops and more have realized the benefits of an app.

What are the benefits? There are many, but just to scrap the surface...
  1. Build brand recognition.
  2. Improve customer engagement.
  3. Increase customer loyalty.
  4. Direct communication with customers.
This month, get these benefits free when you contract for a website with an app or a web application that we add to your current site.

Please contact us for more information:
Visit our website: http://freelanceitsolutions.com
Comment here.
Call: 407-259-2856

Restrictions may apply, contact us for full details.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June Special

For June 2016 ALL SERVICES are 25% OFF!  Yes, custom websites, WordPress sites, mobile applications, SEO/Analytics packages - EVERY SERVICE 25% OFF through June!*

How it works:
1) Contact us for a quote.  Tell us what you need - DO NOT tell us that you know about this special.

2) We will send you a quote for your review.

3) If you would like to proceed with your project, give us the promo code JUNE2016 and we will take 25% off the quoted price.  (If you don't remember the code, it's really not a big deal, just tell us where you saw this post).

*Mix and match our services.  You will get 25% off everything.  This offer is not good for current projects, new projects only. 

Start Now!
 

QoftheWeek - What's Most Confusing About Website Builds

This week I'm wondering what confuses you most when it comes to having a website built (or rebuilt)? Is there a term, a phrase, or technology that you find confusing or maybe even a little scary? Please let me know what it is in the comment section.

Besides compiling all the answers as usual, I will also try to explain the confusing material.

Results from the last QoftheWeek: Have you ever used a DIY website builder? Well, believe it or not, this is the first question that we had NO answers for. Maybe those platforms are not as popular as the commercials would have us believe. Here's the link to that question, if you'd like to answer in now.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Have You Heard of Google Spaces?


Today Google announced their new social app, “Spaces.” I'm usually not one to jump right out there and download the latest, 'greatest' app. But, this one seems to me to be very useful.

The idea behind this new app is to give you a place to communicate with your groups. You can share links, videos, photos, and messages. I've already created groups (or Spaces as Google calls them) for my softball team, biking team, and employee-client groups.

I have to say, so far I like it.

TheNextWeb has a post with info on how to get started with Spaces. Aside from the poor editing, the article is pretty good.  The author doesn't seem as sold on Spaces as I am though.

How do you see yourself using this kind of social app?