QC Web Design

On the outside, DIY web building solutions advertise having lots of choices, great looks, and easy operation (some of which are actually true). Sadly, until you buy in, do you discover the limitations and lackluster of a site made with a DIY builder. Under The Hood Behind the scenes, these websites crafted with DIY builders are riddled with massive code bases in an effort to support anything you may throw at it in terms of content on your website. This often means more errors, slower page load speeds, and an underperforming user experience.Using a DIY website builder often means you have a lot of control over virtually endless options available to you…This may sound great, but what if you don’t need those “endless” options? Unfortunately, you can’t just disable these options and have them disappear into outer space. They are still there

The experience your potential customers have while browsing your website can make or break their decision to invest in your product or services.  These days, people want information, and they want it fast.  Website Performance Website performance is a hugely important topic, so much so that the big companies of the Web are obsessed with it.  For the Googles, Yahoos, Amazons and eBays, slow websites mean fewer users, which results in less happy users resulting in lost revenue and reputation.If your website is your main source of revenue, then it makes sense to pay for the best hosting you can get, because it’s going to have a direct impact on how much money your business makes. What Causes This Poor Performance? There are a few issues that factor into poor website performance.  One of the biggest reasons has to do with being hosted on

As the owner of a company, you want your business to uniquely stand out to your potential client base.  If you can set yourself apart from the rest of the companies that are similar to yours, you are much more likely to garner clients. Tailored To You In order to do grab attention, you need a website that is tailored specifically to your potential clients, your company and your message.  You can’t really do that with a DIY website builder.  This is because these builders have templates. One Size Just Doesn't Fit All Customization is ALWAYS required because no matter how much you may like the look of a template, there is always some feature that doesn’t quite meet your needs.  You can spend more time trying to fit into or change a template than developing a site from scratch.  If you do happen

We recently launched a new website for Terry Knutsen Builder, Inc.Terry and Rita Knutsen came to us in need of a new, mobile compatible website that allowed them showcase the homes they build in a more engaging and visual way.  We took their existing logo and photos to create a new website that features responsive design and content written by QC Total Tech.Terry is a fourth generation home builder and his work may be found all over the Quad Cities and surround areas. Terry Knutsen Builder, Inc. specializes in custom built homes, but also offer pre-built and build-on-your land options as well.Check out Terry Knutsen Builder, Inc.'s new site by visiting http://www.terryknutsenbuilder.com/  

 We launched a new website for Langman Construction Inc.Langman Construction, Inc. (LCI) is a family owned Rock Island Business that began in 1909.  They offer  a full range of high-value, “start-to-finish” pre-construction, construction & construction management services throughout the Quad Cities and most of Illinois and Iowa.The staff at Langman came to us with the need for a first-time website for their company.  We took their existing logo and company colors to design a modern site that easily explains what they do and have to offer.  The ending result of this project is a great, new, mobile-compatible website that features content written by QC Total Tech.Check out their new site by visiting:  http://www.langmanco.com/   

 You’ve worked hard to build your business.  Now all you want is to get it out there for everyone to see.  The best way to reach as many potential clients as possible is through building an informative, user friendly web site.  While you may want to save money, a DIY website builder is not the best way to do that. Time & Effort You’re taking the time and effort to create a site.  Clearly, it’s yours, right?  Wrong!When you use a DIY site builder, whatever content you put on it for your business is no longer yours, even though you created it and you paid for it.  It’s even in the terms and conditions portion of the agreement that you have to click to accept (and unfortunately, many do not read through these terms). Terms & Conditions Many of the DIY builders have terms such as

Occasionally, we speak with business owners who do not fully understand the difference between a professional web design service and “DIY” service.  As a business owner we understand the costs that go into running a business such as accounting fees, equipment costs, leasing, payroll, rent, marketing and infrastructure.  Being tempted to have a crack at designing your own website might seem like a good idea at cutting costs out of your bottom line. Should you build your own web site?  Maybe… but probably not! It all comes down to putting your time into what will generate the greatest return.  The short answer;  if you want your customers to take you seriously, or actually get inquiries from your site, you need to enlist the services of a professional. Here’s why… Let’s assume you have already created a logo.  If you were to design the website

There are plenty of DIY projects that you can tackle yourself, but your web site is NOT one of them!Some people think it’s simple to build a web site.  There are many DIY web designing tools available which allow you to “drag & drop” pictures, and “insert text” making it look so easy.  Keep in mind that these tools use templates that are generic and not specifically designed to meet your business needs and/or goals. What a Pro Knows Web development requires behind the scenes coding that’s done by skilled web developers.  Building a great looking website is hard and incredibly time consuming.  A professional will know:Simplicity - Adding unnecessary design elements (i.e., elements that serve no functional purpose) to your website will only make it harder for visitors to accomplish what they're trying to achieve. Navigation - Ideally, a visitor

A while back, the Google webmaster team announced they would start ranking web sites based on Page Loading Time. Page Speed Matters to Google Apart from other criteria like the Title Tag, META Description, etc, Google will also consider page load time as one of the biggest factors for your website’s search engine ranking.According to Google if pages have a loading time of more than one second it damages the user experience.  Google admits that a one second page load time is their overall goal and base it off each page of your site   What Can Lower Your Page Speed?Some examples that may affect overall web page performance:Server performance Lots of traffic Extra large images (and complex file formats) Code density Text graphics Etc…Page Speed Matters to Visitors If a site loads fast, people will spend more time on your website, as they

Technical Crawlability for Search Engines Nothing’s more frustrating than seeing the competition outrank your web site.  Even more annoying may be that you don’t fully understand how they did it…. right?The infrastructure of web sites is technical and needs to provide the information Search Engines are looking for when analyzing (or crawling) a site.  These “technicalities” may be passive or active depending on the actions taken by the web site designer. Passive Actions Passive actions are about how a web site provides information to Search Engines (like Google, Yahoo and Bing) when they index the pages of the site.  Examples of passive tactics are:  providing a content site map (usually an XML file) for Search Engines to efficiently understand what content they need to index, and making sure there are no missing pages or broken links. Active Actions Active actions are about the initiatives the web

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