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Working With Website Management

November 09, 2018

In the United States, we are quickly approaching Thanksgiving in at full speed. As this family-oriented holiday draws ever closer, the amount of work you can put into your website is slowly becoming less and less. It might be the perfect opportunity to look into working with a professional website management service. This may sound a bit daunting at first, but let's take a closer look and really begin to break down what working with a website manager entails. 

One of the biggest perks of working with a web developer to manage your website is the ability to have tasks completed in a timely manner with the assistance of a professional. Usually, if you have a list of tasks that reasonably explained a web developer can take your list and begin the implementation almost immediately. Many times a website management service will have a 24-hour turn around time frame.  

Price may be a big concern. If you look at most website management services you will see that a monthly retainer and an hourly rate are basic additions to any contract. With MythosLife the retainer is a monthly fee that usually includes the first hour, after the first included hour the hourly rate begins for any overages. This may seem like a large amount at first, but when you take into account the amount for a full-time web developer the price is significantly lower. 

One of the major perks of working with a web developer is the amount of expertise and problem-solving skills. When something goes wrong on your website and you attempt to find the issue it can take hours, days or even a week to find the error or issue and correct it. A web developer can pinpoint a problem usually within moments and begin workshopping a proper solution.  

Working with a website management service, for the most part, is a wonderfully positive experience. Quick response time, a reasonable price and an expert dedicated to making your updates and tasks perfect the first time. For more information or to talk to an expert click here


Source: MythosLife


Holiday Theme Changes

September 28, 2018

As the holiday season approaches here in the USA the next few months are going to be filled with different holidays and each with their own theme and decorations. It is very easy for a small business to get sucked into changing their websites colors, pictures and themes to fit the season. This can be aesthetically pleasing for a few days and customers might enjoy the addition temporarily but constant changes to a websites look and feel can cause annoyances. Of course, if you as a small business owner still wants to go forward with changes to make your website feel more seasonal, there are subtle ways to incorporate seasonal changes to your website. Here are a few ways you can subtly change the look of your website for the approaching holidays without ruining the overall look of your website. 

Pictures: Changing a few pictures on your website that are taking up key eyeline focus areas, such as those on the home page and near the top and bottom of the webpage can be done to great success if done tastefully. Remember all changes should be executed with the overall look and feel of your website if your website is minimal with clean lines and a focus on usability you should not suddenly incorporate overly cartoonish images that take away from your theme. Everything you put on your website will reflect upon your business. If you have taken time to create and nurture a certain reputation and image you do not want to stray too far. Keep your holiday-themed images in line with the year-round images you use. 

Colors: Fonts, backgrounds, boxes, and footers all have color. Be it black and white, colors to fit your theme or colors to match your logo most websites have a color palette that was carefully chosen to add to your website and help a consumer engage easier. Changing your color palette per holiday is never suggested! For a small business, the amount of time and effort that will go into changing every webpage on your website is far beyond the scope that would be comfortable or feasible. If you are working with a developer to manage your website the hourly costs could quickly add up depending on how many different web pages you have. Where your creativity can truly shine though, is on your landing pages that are holiday specific. If you have upcoming events that are specific to the holiday you can use different font colors, changes your lines and borders and possibly play with your background. All of these changes again should always fit into your websites overall theme to keep a consistent brand across your domain. 

Graphics: Seasonal graphics such as bats, pumpkins, turkeys, and snowflakes are beautiful if done properly. If you have a minimalistic website and wish to incorporate these seasonal graphics choose small and subtle graphics that can be consistently placed across the website. The easiest areas to place these are in headers and footers. Keeping the graphics in theme with your website is still crucial. Graphics can be a wonderful addition if used properly, but overly large or intrusive graphics can distract a consumer and cause them to click away from your website. 

Holidays are a wonderful time to bring in new clients and promote your seasonal products to loyal customers. If done correctly seasonal updates to your website can help promote your brand and increase revenue during this lively time of the year. Just remember that if you make changes to revert to your normal website design after the holiday is over, keep your changes subtle and in theme with your website, and don't change too much to cause confusion.  

For more information or to start a website project, you can click here

Source: MythosLife

Website Content Planning

August 30, 2018

Everything on your website is important, even the lack of something is important.  This may sound like a small hyperbole but honestly, it is the truth. If you are working with a web developer you will find that they will give a plethora of suggestions, comments, and a small amount direct answers when it comes to the design, layout, and placement of your website. Usually, they are correct.

One of the most common issues a small business faces when having a website developed is overcrowding. You have so much information, so many pictures and a plethora of ideas that you just want to put it all on your website at once. It is hard to scale down the amount of content you wish to put on your website. But it is crucial that you do so. No user or potential client wants to access your website only to overstimulated by the sheer amount of content that is bombarding them from every corner of your website.  

The best approach is a minimalistic approach. A minimalistic approach is using the needed content in a clean and concise layout, balancing the use of written content and other forms of content. When working with your web developer listen to their suggestions, ask your employees and carefully weigh their opinions. Choose content that highlights the best part of your company and organize other content int galleries and blog sections. 

On the other side of this coin, do not limit your content to greatly! You want enough information to be able to properly inform any website users about your company, products or services. Never remove crucial information from your website in order to promote a more minimalistic approach. You must learn to balance your website and trust the professional you hired to help guide you in the right direction. 

Remember that everything you place on your website should have a place and a purpose.  You need to remember to balance everything on your website carefully. Extra information can be put into either a blog or a picture gallery. For more information or to start a project, you can click here

Source: MythosLife


Balancing Your Website Content

August 09, 2018

Videos, recordings, and music on websites can be very useful to relay complex information, preview self-created music and audio content such as podcasts or radio shows.  The most difficult parts of using any content are balancing, obtaining and creating the content for your website. In this article will we be breaking down this topic and looking at the best way to successfully integrate these different forms of media into your website. 

Firstly, any content on your website be it videos, pictures or written needs to belong to you or your business. You will either want to have purchased the copyright, licenses or have created or hired someone to create the content. This keeps you and your business safe from potential legal ramifications. It is always better to be safe than sorry in these situations. Most small businesses do not have the time or financial backing to pursue a lengthy legal battle, so covering your bases and investing a little bit can be useful in the long run. 

Secondly, a huge mistake many people make when developing a website is relying too much on the media rich content such as videos. Sacrificing written content for videos, recording or music is never a good idea. Search engines rank your website based on the readable content available. Supplementing your written content with videos or other media files can lower your ranking in search results causing you to lose client traffic and possibly revenue.

Finally the last and possibly most important aspect of using media files on your website is the placement, organization, and balance. Users of your website want to have an entertaining enjoyable experience on your website. If your website is overcrowded with media a user may find this obtrusive. A potential customer seeks balance among your website. You need to provide them a good amount of written material they can read, digest and understand alongside the use of media that can expand further on the topic. 

These are just a few of the things you need to take into account when incorporating videos, music or recordings into your website. Remeber to always have the rights to use the media, never replace too much of your written content, and always strive for a healthy balance between your media and written content. You can always ask the advice of a web developer. For more information or to start a web development project, you can click here. 


How To Get Pictures For Your Website

July 26, 2018

Graphics, images, and videos are wonderful additions to every website. They can inspire new customers to make purchases, promote loyal customers to continue visiting your site and help you relay information, moods, and other desired emotions onto your audience. With this in mind, you may want to begin filling your website with a plethora of images ranging from small to large. Before you have your web developer overload your website lets look closer at some of the important aspects of acquiring and using images. 

For websites to be included on your website you must either own the images, have written consent from the owner of the images to use it, or find an image that is copyright free to use. This may seem like an easy task but honestly, it can get a bit complicated. Let us look a bit closer at your three options and than you can decide what could work best for you. 

To own an image you or someone you have hired must take the photographs or you can purchase the rights from a photographer. Obtaining images through purchase or self-creation is one of the best ways to protect you and your website from potential copyright claims. 

Say you have a friend who is a photographer or find an image on someone's portfolio that you wish to use. If you reach out and get permission to make sure you follow up with a formal request and they respond in writing giving your their expressed permission. Without it, you can be held liable. It is always smart to cover all of your bases. 

Lastly, it is possible you can always find a copyright free photo on a gallery sight. There are multiple free and subscription-based gallery websites that have a multitude of images that are largely copyright free. Many times these websites simply request that you give the photographer credit. 

These are the main ways that you can obtain images for your website. Remember that images on your website serve an important function so be careful when adding them to your website. Careful consideration should be given and only high-quality images should be given a place on your business site. Always have the rights to use the image, and any images that you have created should be copyrighted by you or your business. Good luck in finding or creating suitable images for your company's website. If you need to redevelop or create a website you can click here to get a free quote. 

Source: MythosLife


Website Content Creation Expectations Vs Reality

July 19, 2018

With part one of the Expectations vs Reality series, we covered what really goes into the timeline for a website creation project. What you as a customer needs to provide at different steps of the process, what your web developer will be doing and we debunked a few myths that sadly have become a popular misconception within the industry. In this article, we are going to delve deeper into what you should be providing to your web developer, the reasoning behind this and debunk the myths that have formed over time.  

Your website is your touchstone to the online world, your source of online revenue, the main point of your client interactions and a huge representation of your company. With this in mind, the content on your website is crucial to the success of your online branding.  When planning your website you need to know that the content that will be placed on your website is your responsibility. 

Why is your content your responsibility? Your web developer is responsible for the development of your websites code, the design, and the layout. Your developer may be familiar with your company and branding to a degree but no one knows your company as well as you or your team does. If you hire a developer and insist the content creation be handled by your developer you should not hold your expectations too high, it is not a web developers mindset to create written content that is creative, compelling or even interesting. The more logical side of web developers take over when working, creativity in reference things like descriptions will suffer.

Always check and recheck your contract before you request content creation. If it is not listed in your contract then you are responsible for the content.  On the other side of the coin, when creating the content for your website it is always a smart decision to ask for input from your web developer. Your developer can let you know how much content is easily supported by your layout, the size of pictures you should use, and even advise on organic SEO. 

Work with your web developer not against them, remember that your developer will do everything in their ability to give you the best website possible. Combining your created website and original content will help your company grow. For more information or to start a project click here

Source: MythosLife

Web Development Timeline Reality Vs Expectations

July 13, 2018

MythosLife is a web development business that has been up and running for a while. The team has seen a lot, done a lot, and helped create websites for a multitude of different businesses and clients. Through all this experience we have learned quite a lot about the expectations clients have about the web development experience. Through our blog, we have covered a lot of information since we began and over the next series of articles, we will help debunk common misconceptions and myths that many business owners have about the web development process. In this article, we will look at the timeline of website creation from start to finish. 

Before you, as a client even contacts a web developer there are a few things you should already have ready. You should have a basic outline of what you need on your website. The crucial part of this outline is to focus on what you must have to properly perform your business functions. The needs must always outweigh the wants in the beginning. When you have put a together decent basic outline you can begin working on a comprehensive outline in which you can include things that you want, these are things you can negotiate on or take off if you need to save money. 

Once you contact a web developer it is time to solidify a design idea. This is a crucial moment where you need to work with and trust in your developer. When your design is finalized and your theme is worked out your developer will begin the website.  This is the point where your design and theme are set in stone, to redo the design your web developer will have to start from the beginning of the creation process. 

While your web developer is busy with the creation of your website, you should be busy with your content, have your business information, product descriptions and blogs ready to be added to your website when your web developer needs it. 

Unless clearly stated in your contract your web developer is not responsible for the content on your website. It is your job to provide everything you want on your website when it comes to written content, videos, and pictures.  The misconception that once you hire a web developer they will fully materialize your website including content is false. 

Your website is complete, your content is added, and now it is time to finish your payment process. During this time you may want to seriously consider hiring your developer to manage your website. Hiring a web developer to manage your website allows you to have a professional to update, maintain and edit your website as needed. 

If you have questions or would like to start a web development project click here

Source: MythosLife


Website Development Check List

July 05, 2018

Many times when a small business owner decides to have a website created they are often unsure of what they actually need. Remeber if you hire a developer and tell them exactly what you want, you will get what you have requested. Before you, as a small business owner approaches a web developer you need to have all your ducks in a row. You need to make sure you and your business are ready. Here are three major factors you need to consider before you begin a website project.

Firstly, you need to plan accordingly. Sit down with a notepad, pen, and someone you can bounce ideas off of this can be a close friend or an employee. Go over the different aspects of your website that you may want to be included. Common oversights that get left out are factors that you may need such as a blog if you are going to work on local SEO, a shopping cart if you are going to sell products, and a photo gallery if your business sells a service or unique products. Make a well-thought list of the things your website will need before you hire a web developer. 

Secondly, you will want to preplan your content. This can take a little while so it is best to be ready or at least prepped to begin creating descriptions, biographical information about your company, and possibly have a few blogs ready to be uploaded. When it comes to content such as blogs and photos it might be best to invest a little bit of money to have a professional assist in the creation process. High-quality pictures will always stand out better for the right reasons and draw attention to your website. Well written blogs that are consistently posted helps your website gain a loyal following that can boost your companies online visibility. 

Finally, before you approach a web developer you need to secure the financial backing required to hire a professional.  No one wants to work for free and no one wants to get into financial difficulty based on a project, be it the developer or you the owner. Free quotes are an excellent way to gauge the overall cost of the website. Once you have received a few quotes it is good practice to secure the largest amount quoted, in addition to an extra $300 to $500 on top of that amount in case you find yourself adding extra work to the project. 

These are a few suggestions to help make your website development project run smoothly. Many times a web developer will go over what is expected of you to help streamline the process. Make sure you are ready before you start! For questions or to begin a web development project, you can click here

Source: Telegraph