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Website Owner's Manual: The Blog

Here we will discuss popular topics for website owners where we cover common problems and questions that may be encountered within the web world. This Blog consists of issues and questions pertaining to website content management, security, scams and hacking, search engines, social media, e-commerce and stories regarding new and valuable web design tools and resources we think you might be interested in. Let us know what you think.

Ongoing Website Maintenance & Support Tasks

Apr 21, 2014
Ongoing website maintenance provides website owners the assurance that their site is being taken care of with preventive measures and to accommodate the changing environment around it.  A series of tasks should be part of any website owners' to do list to keep your site from becoming obsolete and ineffective. We’ve listed some essentials from our arsenal of services in our maintenance plan. Cut and paste to make your own maintenance plan tailored to your needs and budget. 

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World’s Greatest Glossary of Website Design Project Terms

Dec 04, 2013

Over the years we've been known here at Inorbital to use terms that our clients have never heard of (and may never need to again) and in order to enlighten and explain what we mean when we say things like "mock-up” or "beta release” here is our ever evolving glossary of terms.  

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8 Content Tips for Non-Profit Websites

Oct 17, 2013
Website content always matters but even more so when it comes to Non-profits and their web presence. The need to establish credibility and confidence is of utmost importance when persuading your audience to engage and donate. These best practices and principles will help get your message across to your audience and to engage them no matter what your call to action.

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Anatomy of a Great Homepage

Sep 21, 2013

Here are 5 important attributes of a great homepage. Do these well and your web presence will be a big benefit to your organization. A good start is to keep your site focused and clutter free while always considering SEO.

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The Importance of Check-lists for Web Development

Sep 09, 2013

They may not be very glamorous but using check-lists ensures the obvious and not so obvious procedures don’t get overlooked. Here at Inorbital we have several check-lists from project kick-off to post launch and maintenance tasks. Here are some of our check-lists that you can use and modify for your studio.



Guide to Exceptional Websites for Charities, Foundations and Non-profits

Aug 15, 2013
These types of websites share many of the same planning strategies as most websites. They need to be user friendly, easily navigable, and have a clean and clear look and feel. However non-profit websites have some particular needs to consider in addition to a standard website.
A non-profit website needs to be easy to learn about the cause, what they do and how to get involved and most importantly how to donate. 
 
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6 Essential Facets of Building Healthcare Web Presence

Jul 25, 2013
The following list summarizes some of the essential project planning elements for any healthcare related website project, be it a major hospital or a local medical clinic web page. We have assembled 6 key facets that are specific to our approach in planning these types of projects. This article will act as a guide when dealing with common needs and goals for your healthcare organization’s website design and development.
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What to Consider When Designing Your Architecture Website

Apr 22, 2013
Far to often architecture websites are overwhelmingly designed for architects whereby totally missing the point that architects are not their target audience. If they are, then perfect, however if you are planning to revitalize your website consider who you are speaking too. The web is a great communication platform and what better way than to connect and communicate with your audience! Your audience may just be looking to pre-qualify a firm, checkout your portfolio, learn about the team and experience and how to get in touch. Make this easy and your site will be one step closer to success. 
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What is the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Apr 19, 2013
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The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is a set of guidelines and standards which helps to achieve accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities. In the context of websites and web content, although only organizations large in size or belonging in the public sector require compliance by law, it may be a good strategy nevertheless to conform even if you're not. 
 


CMS Editing Recommendations and Best Practice

Mar 25, 2013
What you need to know before taking on the role of managing website content with a CMS. No matter what Content Management System you are using these important time saving tips will make the job that much easier. 
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What the @#$% is Responsive Web Design?

Nov 12, 2012
Responsive Design is a way of coding a website so that it adjusts according to the resolution of any screen. Depending on the size, the website will adapt to fit appropriately. All the elements of the website will adjust, move and resize, making your viewing experience seamless across all devices.
 
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The First 6 SEO Tasks for Every New Website!

Sep 30, 2012
Make sure you follow this simple checklist when launching any new website. It doesn't end with these 6 tasks but does start here. Enlist in a proven qualified SEO specialist for help to get quantifiable results.
 
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Kentico 7 Cool New Features

Sep 19, 2012
Kentico 7 looks sweet with some great improvements we've listed here.
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5 things I Learned From Steve Jobs

Jun 14, 2012
After thoroughly enjoying reading the Steve Jobs biography I thought long and hard about what I learned and can apply to my business. Much of the book deals with Jobs’ peculiarities and very interesting character traits that will only work for Jobs and really couldn't be applied to anyone else. So what did I take away from the read? A lot but here are 5 things that can be instilled into any good business.  
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Favorite Web Based Apps and Tools

Apr 12, 2012
Here is a collection of our favourite "useful" web based apps and services we use on a regular basis. They aren't listed in any particular order or categorized but we here at Inorbital believe they are worth featuring. Some are free and some are subscription based or pay per use. All are reasonably priced and reputable. Take a look and let us know what you think by commenting to this post below or rating the post overall.  
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Guide to Sending Emails and Avoiding the Junk Filter

Mar 23, 2012
Some simple rules to follow when creating and sending promotional emails.  This does NOT guarantee that your email will not be flagged as junk but it will help with some common triggers and know issues.
 
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Social Media Integration the Easy Way

Mar 16, 2012

The most effective way to enter a social networking strategy is to implement this page tool widget into the page template so your site will link with other social media programs and helpful page tools. This helps your visitors share, save, and subscribe to your content, resulting in: easy distribution, more traffic, better rankings and extended reach.

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Why We Like Cloud Web Hosting

Feb 14, 2012
There are several advantages of cloud hosting over shared web hosting or even over dedicated server hosting. Here at Inorbital we have worked with many types of hosting scenarios over the years however we are now more and more utilizing cloud hosting for the reasons described in this post. 
 
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CMS Editing Best Practices

Oct 10, 2011

General suggestions and best practice

  • Don't upload images directly from digital camera
  • When uploading images to CMS resources arrange them into folders for easy navigation.
  • Add logical file names whenever you can
  • Choose a font type that’s been consistently used in the site
  • Do not adjust font size unless the text in question is used for heading purposes
  • Avoid adding color to text as much as possible. Use default site color scheme to ensure consistency
  • If possible, use desktop or online applications (see above) to crop and resize images
  • Images should not include any border. 
  • Image links should not include a border. Set border value to zero.
  • When inserting a link, if the link refers to an external website, update link to have it open in a new window
  • Avoid overusing, all caps, italic and underlined formatting
  • When inserting images, insert caption for the alt tag value for accessibility purposes
  • Where possible, when inserting a link and deciding on the link text, use text to describe information that’ll be displayed when link is accessed
 


Attitudes to Abolish When Adopting Agile

Sep 30, 2011
Agile software development is a group of software development methodologies based on iterative and incremental development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams.  
 
These notes are from the recent webinar `Attitudes to Abolish When Adopting Agile`
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Tips for Writing an RFP

Sep 26, 2011
An RFP, is an invitation or a document, which contains your requirements written in detail, and is used to urge vendors to make a bid in order to work on your project. Now, there are a few guidelines to follow when writing an RFP. Suppose you have decided to redesign your website. Your RFP is going to be a blueprint for the vendors. 

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Our Top New Features for Kentico 6.0

Sep 21, 2011
I had the opportunity to go through all new features of Kentico 6.0 and wrote a list of the most useful ones at the moment, possible useful ones for the near future and some we already have been trying to overcome

Your Strongest Tool When It Comes to Building Inbound Links to Your Site

Sep 09, 2011
Generating inbound links to your small business website is one of the most effective ways to build up your search engine profile. It's also one of the most tedious, time-consuming, and difficult. In fact, it's probably that part of link building that makes it such an effective form of SEO; not only does having other companies linked to you show Google, Yahoo, and Bing that your site is valuable, but it isn't that hard to overtake your competitors who probably gave up after a few attempts.

Yahoo Bing and SEO

Jun 16, 2011
By the latest numbers, Google currently holds more than 85% of the market share for search traffic in the United States, registering more than 2 billion hits per day. What makes those numbers even more impressive is that they've been steadily rising for years, with no serious competitor in sight.


SEO "Shortcut" That Businesses Are Missing Out On

Jun 09, 2011
In case you haven't heard, or figured it out on your own, a winning search engine optimization campaign can be a little bit difficult to execute. That's not to say that it's hard, exactly, just that it takes a lot of time, work, and especially patience. Who has a surplus of those these days?

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