With the approaching holiday in the United States, this Wednesday we would like to take a minute to express our sincere gratitude to all Webs users. You are the ones that motivate and, inspire us to drive this company forward. Thank you for choosing Webs!

This mosaic image was compiled using 30 different Webs sites!

P.S. Make sure to pay close attention next week for a special Better than Cyber Monday Sale!

Website Building Tips
You might have heard the term Cyber Monday before, but haven’t thought about how this once a year online shopping extravaganza might impact your website. Today, let’s cover the basics.

What is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is the first Monday after Thanksgiving Day celebration in the United States. It is the biggest online shopping day of the year. In 2010 online consumers spent about 1 billion on Cyber Monday.

This year Cyber Monday falls on November 28th, 2011.

With so much revenue potential, if you run an e-commerce website it is imperative that your

This week we choose to review a few of the photography sites that requested feedback.  Don’t worry if you do not have a photography website; the tips we are sharing this week holds true for all kinds of sites.

Location, Location, Location.

Once again we are seeing a number of professionally built sites that are missing a key ingredient — Location, Location, Location.

If you were selling cookies on a street and told your friends to come find you, do you think they would be able to without you providing your exact location? The same logic holds true in the online world.  Listing your physical location or area in which you conduct business is a must.

Location helps customers find you in two ways. The first is when customers search online for photography services in their area. Did you know that search engines are now using your location in order to provide you with more relevant results? Thus websites that have location information listed are going to show up higher (first) in search results than those that do not. If you are on the 10th page of results because the search engine doesn’t know where you are, then no one is going to see you and the business opportunity is lost to a local competitor.

The second reason why you should add your location information is for logistical reasons: to help

This week we are switching things up. Instead of showcasing and example site, we have decided to post a review of a website.

Last week we asked fans on our Facebook Fan page to submit their sites if they wanted some constructive feedback from the Webs team. We received an overwhelming number of comments and it was difficult to select a “winner”. This time the early bird got the worm and the site we choose to review was the first comment posted. Congratulations to www.mechanicsburgoh.com.

Overall, this is a very nice community site that is easy to browse and has a lot of good information posted. The template chosen works well for a community site, it is friendly and professional without being distracting.

Here are a few suggestions from Webs that will help to increase usability:

Have you ever wondered what colors you should place on your website?  Did you know that a specific color could potentially influence purchasing decisions on subconscious level? The following infographic from KISSmetrics breaks it down:

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About the Author: Irina Kabigting is Webs’ Social Media Marketing Manager. Get more from Irina on Webs’ Blog and Google+.

Another Wednesday is here and we are happy to introduce you to a great website with a noble cause. Blue Star Mothers Southeastern WI Chapter #2 is a non-profit support group dedicated to mothers that have children who are serving or have served in the Military. The website does a good job of communicating upcoming events, has an active blog and a lot of useful information for chapter members. Check it out:

Do you run a non-profit group or have an idea for one? Check out some tips on how to improve your nonprofit website:

  1. Create Strong Branding— Just like any business, your nonprofit website should have a strong brand image. The goal is to ensure that visitors can clearly identify if your website is affiliated with bigger national chapters, convey

How to market/promote your new website

So you followed all the advice and created a website for your business, now you are wondering how it will generate more leads.  Like any great business resource your website won’t work magic on its own, it requires care and feeding. Creating a small business website is only the beginning.

5 Tips for Marketing Your Website:

1. Get Visible

Optimizing your site is the best way of letting search engines know what you are all about, and the best way to get them to send you relevant traffic which means more customers.

What is website optimization? It is the process of designing your website pages to show up high in search

Did you notice some changes that went live today? We now have a new, simpler navigation bar!  Here’s a quick overview of the tools available to you within the new navigation bar located at the top of your Webs account page.

What’s New?

  • Edit Website – will now redirect you to your websites’ homepage to begin editing.
  • Modify Template – will  take you to edit your template.
  • Edit Pages – will take you to your Site Manager’s Page.
  • Control Panel – will provide you access to the remainder of your Site Owner tools and settings.

Directional Arrows

The directional arrow options have not changed. They’ll provide you with the following options when accessed.

Account Type

If you’re unsure about what type of account you have, just take a look at your new navigation bar and feel free to access the ‘Upgrade” link if you’re interested in upgrading to a package with additional features you may be interested in.

STYLE SWITCHER

Layout Style

Header Style

Accent Color