Project Management, Site Launches, Small Business

YourCashLink.com Goes Live

As 2012 comes to a close we were able to push one more project live, YourCashLink.com.

Your Cash Link hired us to come up with a fun, user-friendly site that would allow users of their site to earn money by filling out surveys and completing offers.

Along with designing the site we also developed their entire user management system. This allowed Your Cash Link to manage offers, users, and payouts. It also allowed their users to keep track of what they were earning and get paid!

Are you looking for help with your website? Feel free to contact us to discuss your project.

Site Launches, Small Business

Silent Circle Microsite Goes Live

We are proud to announce that we have just pushed the microsite for Silent Circle live!

Silent Circle came to us as they prepared to launch their single user targeted encryption product. Their motto sums up what they’re trying to do very well, “Silent Circle is a private encrypted communications service revolutionizing how the world communicates – securely.”
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Small Business, Tips, Web Design, Web Development

Three Trends in Website Design for Midsize Businesses

These three web design trends are just a few of those we’re seeing, but they are the ones that can make the biggest difference in a company’s online presence and, ultimately, their bottom line. 

Because website development and design are always changing, one of the things we hear a lot at Cat on the Couch are questions that begin with “Does my website need…”    Then comes the list: a shopping cart, a video section, a blog, a gaming component, a photo section, a calendar, more copy, less copy, more pictures, fewer pictures, mobile capability, tablet capability, social media, welcome pages, splash pages, independent sites that link to the main site—and it goes on and on.Read more

Random, Small Business, Tips, Web Design, Web Development, WordPress

What’s New in WordPress 3.2

Earlier this week WordPress announced the release of WordPress 3.2, Beta 1. Some of the changes that are coming are:

1) If you have WordPress on most shared hosting environments, especially GoDaddy.com then you’re biggest complaint is usually the speed of your site. WordPress is eluding to performance improvements which will make your WordPress site run faster in version 3.2.

2) WP-Admin will be getting some visual upgrades but no details have been released yet.

3) The visual editor’s full-screen composing experience has gotten a major overhaul, and is now available from HTML mode, too.

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Google Analytics, Small Business, Tips, Web Design, Web Development

Add Site Speed to your Google Analytics Account

In the beginning of May Google announced that you would now be able to monitor page load time in the new version of Google Analytics. You will now have the ability to see which pages are loading the slowest and you can even break it down to what browsers load the slowest and what parts of the World load the slowest.

The first thing you need to do to be able to measure load time is to make a slight modification to your Google Analytics pixel.
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Small Business, Tips

What do you do when your Web Site Hosting Company closes?

This week we learned about the closing of HIT Web Design and hosting in Provo, Utah. After 972 Better Business Bureau complaints against their company it was probably the right decision. However, what if you’re one of their clients who depend on their servers to host your website. You’re probably wondering what to do to make sure your business is not impacted.

  1. Back up all of your website files and databases.
  2. If you currently only use webmail to check your email, setup a desktop email client such as Microsoft Outlook or Mac Mail and download all of your email.
  3. If your current company is known to run unauthorized charges against credit cards then change your credit card immediately to prevent them from charging you one more time before you get away.

If you don’t know how to back up your website or configure a desktop email client feel free to contact us and we’ll be glad to assist!

Marketing, Small Business

Social Marketing for your Business with Facebook

Is your business on Facebook? If not, you might want to take some time and consider the advantages of marketing your business through the social media giant.

Most business owners we encounter aren’t fully aware of the possibilities that Facebook offers in terms of social marketing.  Take, for example, some of the following:

Facebook Contests and Voting Application for Interaction

If people love your product or service, your chances are good that they’re willing to enter a contest or cast their vote to win it. Some benefits of Facebook contests and voting applications:Read more

Project Management, Small Business

Five Ways to Keep Your Website Growing in 2011

With the New Year already underway, we thought we’d give you some advice about how to keep adding content to your site throughout 2011.

Add/Expand Your Press Room

Granted, not every company needs a press room, but if you find yourself getting inquiries from the press, or you’re eager to get more exposure in the media, a press room is a great place to add the kind of content that journalists feed on. A few ideas for content in pressrooms include:

  • Press releases that incorporate video – whether it’s to announce a new product, new location, product demonstrations, or even executive announcements, video content is perfect for a press room.
  • Podcasts that set you apart as a subject matter expert. Broadcast your industry knowledge on a regular schedule, and have it produced so that holds some branding value as well.
  • Background information and executive bios that will help journalists write stories with the most accurate information.

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Project Management, Small Business, Time Tracking

Choosing the Right Invoicing Application for Your Small Business

When you’re a small business like us, you learn to find and pick the tools that make doing business as easy as possible. Invoicing is no exception. While businesses of every size can outsource this important task, there are many that decide to keep invoicing tasks in-house.

The good new is there are a lot of invoicing applications out there to help. The bad news is that because there are so many, you may find yourself spending countless hours weighing the pros and cons of each one before you finally decide on the application that’s best for your business.Read more