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Webdesign: Five reasons why you should use Joomla for your website design

 

Joomla is one of the free CMS (Content Management Systems) that gathered a lot of users in the last few years. The number of websites created with Joomla is numbered in a few hundred thousands, so one can say it’s one of the most popular tools to create web sites. The next reasons are only a few why you shoold use Joomla for your website design. You only need a web server that handles php and a mysql database to install this CMS and, after configuring it, to have a functional website. Next you have to add some functions (using the components, modules and plugins) you need and select or create a Joomla theme.

It is user friendly and easy to learn

Even beginners are welcome to use this – it may take longer to find out about all its function but it’s easy to learn. It takes at most a few days to learn it all over. The CMS is rather big (especially when you never worked with other CMSs) because it’s under constant development for some years, but it’s easy to follow the modification made in time – there are availabe online various versions of Joomla.

 

Webdesign Five reasons why you should use Joomla for your website design /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

Webdesign: How to make your own web site

If you want to make a presence online, with all the advantages and obligation that come from that, you have to get some necessary steps. Depending of your experience over internet they can be easy or they can be difficult, but with the appropriate help everything will be easy and you will only benefit from this activity.

Get your domain name

The first thing you need to do before anything else is to get yourself a domain name. Choose wisely because it’s going to represent you online and must define you: it can be your name, your trademark or business name or your field of activity.

Depending the Top Level Domain (TLDs) you choose (they have their own rules), you will have to pay an annual fee to a registrar for the right to use that domain name or you can buy it “for life” (until you die, the interne dies or you decide to delete it). In some situations you’ll have to buy similar domain name in order to prevent lose of clients or fraud, but you can find more information from tips for registering and choosing the domain name - read them and follow them.

http://www.dan-marius.ro/Webdesign/How_to_make_your_own_web_site/NDAwOA==/

Web design tactics: How to make your website homepage usable and accessible

 

Before starting to enumare what are the factors that make a website good I should tell you that all succesful websites have 2 things in common: they are enjoyable (beautiful colors, great templates that make users to like or love them) and they are (in some degree) simple (the users don’t have to think hard how to browse the site and what are the meaning of every section on the page). The content is varies from one website to another – it’s what you put online – and it’s a completely different story.

As you already know, websites are powerful marketing tools in promoting any business. I’ve already said it a few times so far, I am not going to repeat it. But there are a few factors that improves the quality of your website: visual appealing, accesibility, user friendly and functionality. And it all starts from the homepage, the very first page most of the users usually land when visiting a new website they did not hear about before. If they find your website using the search engines and land on any of your posts, sooner or later they will get to your homepage, the root of your website.

This is why your first page is very important and it needs to be done in a manner to make it simple and very easy to use. Any of your visitors should understand quickly (most of) the structure of your website from your homepage.

Plan your website structure and homepage before you start creating them

When you are having a custom website you can ask for the web designer’s advice, his experience will help you decide the best way your first page should look. If you are getting a free CMS (there are a lot over the internet like joomla, wordpress, drupal and many others) you will have availabe some options about how your homepage should look, but it’s better to ask for advice in this case also.

 

Webdesign Web design tactics How to make your website homepage usable and accessible /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

Webdesign: Pros and cons of custom website design

 

As you already know (if you don’t know it yet, you better find out before it’s too late) your website is your “face” on the internet, they way to present yourself (as person and/or as business) on the world wide web and it’s going to say a lot about what kind of person are and what kind of business you run. If it’s a good website it will definetly draw attention of your potential customers. If it’s a bad website it will draw attention away from them. It can become a very important piece in your marketing campaign, so its design must be treated with a lot of attention.

When creating a new website you have 2 options: you can get a template from the internet (free or paid) for any of the current free CMS (like joomla, drupal, wordpress and all the others) or you can get some to design it from scratch. Each option has good and bad things, pros and cons that you should consider when choosing the best way for you.

Pros of custom website design

It reflects your ideas

All the existing free CMS on the market are limited in some way or another. Of course, you can add a lot of plugins, components and modules to customize the as you want, but, even so, the final version can be different that you intended it to be. It may not reflect your ideas about what you want to present on Internet.

 

Webdesign Pros and cons of custom website design /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

Web design basics: How to make your website to be visually appealing

 

Web design basics: How to make your website to be visually appealing #1

It’s not a secret that most users judge websites by their appearance (first) and their content (second). It’s true that your content it’s the most important thing in getting new visitors, but the aspect of the website is the second main reason those visitors will return to read more. Allong with great content, getting your site (or sites if you have more than one) visually appealing will assure the flow the visitors, and in order to be appealing it has (they have) to be user friendly (the most important thing), navigable, attractive and organized.

There are some web designers or website owners that do not care about how their websites looks (not enough or not at all), they are interested mainly in designing and developing websited that function properly.

There are a few tips about how to make you website(s) to be visually appealing:

 

Webdesign Web design basics How to make your website to be visually appealing /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

Serviciile oferite de Supravirtual SRL in Oradea, Bihor, Romania

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Activitatea firmei Supravirtual SRL se desfasoara in principal in Oradea, judetul Bihor, Romania si oferim servicii de web design, seo (optimizare pentru motoarele de cautare) si scriere de cod pentru programele de calculator (software code) la comanda pentru toata lumea. Adica toata lumea la propriu: tinta noastra sint toti oamenii de pe Terra care doresc servicii de calitate.

Vizitati http://www.supravirtual.ro ca sa ne contactati pentru consultanta & comenzi.

Coordonatele GPS ale Oradei sint 47°04′20″ latitudine nord si 21°55′16″ longitudine est. Denumirile alternative sint  Großwardein (limba germana) si Nagyvárad (limba maghiara) si este capitala judetului Bihor, in nord-vestul Romaniei. Se afla in regiunea istorica Crisana.

Cele mai cunoscut localitati din apropierea Oradei sint Baile Felix si Baile 1 Mai, vestite pentru apele termale si proprietatile benefice ale acestuia. Oradea se gasesti la limita dintre Cimpia de Vest si dealurile de vest si este strabatuta de Crisul Repede.

Webdesign si seo Arad, Timisoara, Banat, Romania

Supravirtual SRL este o firma de consultanta si programare. Realizam programe de calculator la comanda (custom software), ne ocupam cu web design, web developing, seo (optimizare pentru motoarele de cautare), optimizare (de cod software si pagini web) si promovare.
Sintem o firma din Oradea, judetul Bihor, Romania si oferim intreaga gama de servicii TI (tehnologia informatiei) incepind de la consultanta initiala gratuita, continuind cu dezvoltarea si predarea proiectului si terminind cu intretinerea si promovarea acestuia. Activitatea noastra nu este doar in Crisana, ci si in alte zone istorice ale tarii: Banatul (Arad si Timisoara).

Iti oferim felia ta de internet la calitate excelenta si pret bun.

Vizitati http://www.supravirtual.ro sau sunati la 0743-539203 pentru mai multe informatii, portfoliu si contact pentru comenzi.

Web design si seo Oradea, Bihor, Romania

Supravirtual SRL este o firma de consultanta si programare. Realizam programe de calculator la comanda (custom software), ne ocupam cu web design, web developing, seo (optimizare pentru motoarele de cautare), optimizare si promovare.
Sintem o firma din Oradea, judetul Bihor, Romania si oferim intreaga gama de servicii TI (tehnologia informatiei) incepind de la consultanta initiala gratuita, continuind cu dezvoltarea si predarea proiectului si terminind cu intretinerea si promovarea acestuia. Serviciile noastre acopera intreaga zona istorica Crisana.

Iti oferim felia ta de internet la calitate excelenta si pret bun.

Oradea, Bihor, Arad, Timisoara, Timis, Cluj-Napoca, Satu Mare, Baia Mare

Vizitati http://www.supravirtual.ro sau sunati la 0743-539203 pentru mai multe informatii, portfoliu si contact pentru comenzi.

Restaurantul Ciuperca, Oradea, iulie 2011

30 iulie 2011 a fost o sîmbătă ploioasă, iar în preajma restaurantului Ciuperca de pe dealul cu acelaşi nume am ajuns doar spre seară. Nu mai ploua, dar norii încă erau pe cer. Calitatea filmului nu este extraordinară din cauza luminii slabe, mai ales că aparatul Nikon Coolpix 8800 pe care-l folosesc nu scoate filme foarte calitative, dar este ceva diferit de imaginile făcute în plină zi.

Pagina mea personală este http://www.dan-marius.ro şi locuiesc, culmea, tocmai în Oradea, orasul de pe malurile Crisului Repede.

Sintem Supravirtual SRL si ne ocupam cu web design, realizare de software dedicat, sisteme IT, seo si consultanta in Oradea, Bihor, Romania
http://www.supravirtual.ro

Oradea vazuta de pe dealul Ciuperca intr-o seara noroasa, iulie 2011

30 iulie 2011 a fost o sîmbătă ploioasă, iar pe Dealul Ciuperca am ajuns doar spre seară. Nu mai ploua, dar norii încă erau pe cer. Calitatea filmului nu este extraordinară din cauza luminii slabe, mai ales că aparatul Nikon Coolpix 8800 pe care-l folosesc nu scoate filme foarte calitative, dar este ceva diferit de imaginile făcute în plină zi cu Oradea văzută de sus.

Pagina mea personală este http://www.dan-marius.ro şi locuiesc, culmea, tocmai în Oradea.

Sintem Supravirtual SRL – ne ocupam cu web design, realizare de software dedicat, sisteme IT, seo si consultanta in Oradea, Bihor, Romania
http://www.supravirtual.ro

SEO and the content writing services

I often noticed that a lot of web pages (especially the Romanian ones, the area we have the most activity) have a poor content or almont none content. Their search engine optimization on site and off site may be good or even excelent, but the lack of content is a step backward, especially when search engines like Google put accent on the uniqueness of the content.

It’s not a new practice to improve your page with unique content, but a lot of people still don’t know about that: they consider that creating a web page is enough, and with little maintenance and updating information on it they will be the first on Google, Yahoo and Bing in the results list. That’s wrong, and the maintenance/updating the site and it’s content must be continuous in order to be and to remain on the first page of the results list.

We are offering content writing services to improve the quality of your web site. The articles are dedicated to your activity and the products/services you are offering. Contact us to make you a good offer.

The original article and the company providing those services are here.

SEO si serviciile de scriere de continut

Am observat deseori că multe pagini web (în special cele românești, zona în care ne derulăm cea mai mare parte a activității) au foarte puțin conținut sau chiar aproape deloc. Optimizarea pentru motoarele de căutare de pe pagină și în afara acesteia pot fi bune sau chiar excelente, dar lipsa de conținut este un pas înapoi, mai ales cînd motoarele de căutare ca Google pun accent pe unicitatea conținutului.

Nu este o practică nouă de a vă îmbunătăți pagina cu conținut unic, dar o mulțime de oameni nu știu încă despre acest lucru: ei consideră că a crea o pagină web este suficient, iar cu puțină întreținere și actualizare a informațiilor de ea vor fi primii pe Google, Yahoo și Bing în lista de rezultate. Asta este greșit, iar întreținerea și actualizarea site-ului și a conținutului lui trebuie să fie continue pentru a fi și, mai ales, pentru a rămîne pe prima pagină în lista de rezultate.

Vă oferim servicii de scriere (completare) de conținut pentru a vă îmbunătăți calitatea site-ului eeb. Articolele sînt dedicate activității voastre și produselor/serviciilor pe care le oferiți. Contactați-ne pentru a vă face o ofertă bună.

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Podurile de pe Piriul Peta din Oradea, Bihor, Romania

Nu am mai fost de ceva timp pe malurile pîrîului Peța, să tot fie cam din iarnă. Podurile cele noi care trec peste pîrîu erau deja în construcție (unul dintre ele, cel de lîngă piața de vechituri mi-a provocat o surpriză neplăcută cînd am descoperit că podul cel vechi lipsea cu desăvîrșire iar eu vroiam să trec cu mașina peste el), așa că mă așteptam deja la niște rezultate.

Azi am ajuns din nou prin zonă și aveam aparatul foto cu mine. Primul pod pe care l-am întîlnit este în continuarea străzii Vaporului., inițial era doar cel mic, metalic, pentru pietoni. Recent – nu știu exact cînd, dar în ultimele luni – a fost dat in folosinta si cel mare, pentru autovehicule. Sensul giratoriu de lîngă el este nou nouț, mai ales pentru mine, iar drumul care face legătura dintre Cantemir-pod-cimitir este de asemenea (încă) proaspăt.

Podul cel nou de lîngă piața de vechituri (bazarul de lîngă Real 1) a fost dat în folosință de numai cîteva zile, nu știu dacă au trecut încă două săptămîni. Am înțeles că alături, pe spațiul fostei unități militare (acum plin de ruine, aproape o groapă de gunoi în completarea terenurilor de sport construite de curînd) se va face un parc. Dacă proiectul ăsta se va realiza nu pot fi decît încîntat.

Personal nu pot decît să fiu mulțumit de aceste schimbări: va ajuta la fluidizarea traficului rutier din Oradea – și așa în orele de vîrf n-ai loc să treci nici măcar cu bicicleta. Albumul complet (cu imaginile cele mai reușite) este pe Picasa aici.

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Piriul Paris din Oradea, Romania

Oradea si Crisul Repede, blocul turn, pizzeria Crinul Alb si piriul Paris pe Supravirtual #1

Clădirea mai este cunoscută și ca Blocul turn, iar “gaura” din partea dreaptă jos este revărsarea pîrîului Paris în Crișul Repede. Fotografia a fost făcută de pe podul Dacia. Pîrîul Paris este unul dintre cele cîteva pîrîuri din Oradea și curge în mare parte sub strada General Magheru – nu știu cîți dintre miile de orădeni care circulă zilnic pe strada aia sînt conștienți de apa curgătoare subterană de sub ei.

La parterul blocului turn se află pizzeria Crinul Alb.

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Oradea si Crisul Repede, blocul turn, pizzeria Crinul Alb si piriul Paris pe Supravirtual #2

SEO, continutul unui site si importanta gramaticii

Poate că nu v-aţi gîndit niciodată cît de importante sînt cunoştinţele despre gramatică cînd v-aţi scris conţinutul pentru site, dar aceste cunoştinţe sînt mult prea importante pentru a fi ignorate. Cunosc cîteva specimene de indivizi care scriu o mulţime de articole pline de greşeli pe paginile lor, iar unul dintre ei are şi ceva pretenţii de politician… şi le-am spus de fiecare dată cînd am avut ocazia să-şi corecteze modul în care scriu, mai ales erorile gramaticale.

Sînt cîteva puncte de vedere care trebuie luate în considerare în momentul în care începeţi să scrieţi articole pentru site (voi înşivă sau cel angajat pentru a face acest lucru):

- toată lumea care are acces la internet le vor putea citi, nu doar clienţii voştri, dar şi prietenii voştri, partenerii de afacere, reporterii şi publicul lor… într-un cuvînt: toată lumea.

- pagina voastră este, într-o anumită măsură, oglinda voastră (ca persoană sau afacere), şi a produselor şi serviciilor pe care le vindeţi pe internet. Toate lucrurile bune şi rele care apar pe pagină se vor reflecta la voi, depinde prea mult de circumstanţe pentru a începe să scriu despre asta acum.

- comunicarea prin internet se face în primul rînd prin text, acest lucru este probabil motivul pentru care motoarele de căutare doresc cît mai mult conţinut posibil pe o pagină (Google, de exemplu, şi-a schimbat de curînd algoritmul de căutare pentru a pune accent pe conţinutul unic). Se spune că o imagine face cît 1000 de cuvinte… imaginea aia vă va aduce cîţiva vizitatori care se vor întoarce numai dacă vor găsi conţinut bun în site.

Un site bine optimizat este acela care este citibil în acelaşi mod de către oameni şi de motoarele de căutare. Toţi citesc conţinutul lui şi judecă pagina în funcţie de el, chiar dacă procesele sînt foarte diferite. Din punctul de vedere al motoarelor de căutare greşelile gramaticale din text ar putea crea o variantă diferită de indexare în interiorul motorul de căutare decît cea la care v-aţi aşteptat atunci cînd aţi scris conţinutul, iar motorul nu va redirecţiona atîţia utilizatori cît v-aţi aşteptat.

Din celălalt punct de vedere, este foarte dificil pentru un om să citească un text care conţine o mulţime de erori gramaticale… poate fi considerat uneori chiar o formă de tortură. Toţi facem greşeli, dar diferenţa este rapiditatea cu care ne corectăm erorile şi, în timp, numărul lor. Primul rezultat al citirii unui text scris aiurea este o opinie proastă despre site, nu doar despre articol, şi s-ar putea ca vizitatorul să nu citească articolul pînă la final. În cazurile mai rele cea mai comună reacţie este ca vizitatorul să nu se mai întoarcă vreodată pe site.

Multă lume are tendinţa de a judeca rapid dacă le place sau nu un site pe care-l văd pentru prima oară. Greşelile gramaticale vor înclina întotdeauna această judecată spre ceva rău sau mai rău despre pagină, iar proprietarii ei vor pierde întotdeauna bani (în lumea virtuală a internetului vizitatori  = bani).

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Webdesign, software development and the client relationship

This article is not about scripts and seo guides and software code that might help you improve your web experience. This article is about another experience that’s very close related with the web: the client experience. I mean the relation that’s created between the guy or the lady that want some web project (whaterver that is) and the team that work on that (let’s consider that a team of one is still a team ).

One of the aspects of my work is this clients relationship (it’s more than a dialog, an exchange of information – in time it might become a real business relationship if it’s too long). In time I’ve watch other people reaction about the subject and two very common problems are that the people does not know what they want and they are not educated, the does not have “the web culture”. I’ll start with the second problem because the first one is something personal, it depends to every person’s mind.

This article is about people, the beneficiaries, not about their products. It’s rather easy to read some emails from the dedicated services (yahoo, gmail and a lot of other companies that offer this), it’s rather easy to search with any available search engines (google, yahoo) and to acces some web pages – these kind of things are not hard to learn for a beginner / unexperienced users. With proper training in only few days, less than one week, one person can become an expert in reading mails and search for keywords. Being a consumer of some social networks is the next step for an internet user, they might move some time in that area until he/she finally understands it.

None of these make somebody an expert with the web culture. The beginners can understand a few things about the web, they can get some tricks how to use it better, but it takes some months or perhaps years to understand how the web really works… that’s what I understant in “the web culture”.

Being a web designer and/or a project manager it’s not easy. When you get clients that know the steps necessary to create a web page, a web project or a custom software (for example) or they have strong web culture it’s a piece of cake to do your job. The problems begin when you work in the field and you’ve got a beginner or the kind of guy/chick that can’t make up his mind… and trust me, you JUST DON’T WANT something like that. A simple project that can be done in a few days is sometimes finished in weeks or months after you’ve started the work. I’ve met people that said let’s do this and that (just a few things in general) and the team had to guess what he actually wanted. I’ve also met guys that surfed the internet after ideas about their webpage, they wanted something and later, every few other days, they wanted something different because they saw something interested or shiny. I’ve met people that have got a

Every time these guys had to be told how the things really works, they had to be thought about the steps of a projects, they had to be educated about the “web culture” (the way the internet works).

You might have met some guys like these in your life time, somewhere around the globe. There are lots and lots of them. You may be one of them and you found this article by accident… and there is no problem in that. It’s ok. If you understand this it is very good, it’s an important step to learn about the tools you are using to get your life better. We can provide this… the tools and the expertise. Contact us.

The article is here.

Web design and seo services

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Do you want a web page or a web application? Excelent. Do you have a webdesigner or a web company to create your application? Good. Use them. What about the promotions of your product on the internet after delivery? Usually, the page is realease and that’s all, the webdesigner’s job is done and it is your bussiness to get somebody to promote your page or application and to get it well-known.

It’s the year 2011 Christian era and I started creating pages (professionaly speaking) about 7 years ago. I’ve picked up some stuff about search engine optimization in the last several years, but only lately, since the beginning of the last year, I have started to give it the necessary attention. Several weeks ago I had to make some minor improvements in one older page and I was a little ashamed… it was very poorly optimized for the search engines.

We are offering these services, but I am not going to convince you in any way to come to us… all I want is to give you some piece of advice: the web designing and the seo always work great together. The best pages are the ones that promote theirselves, in the matter of their content, how they looks (the design) and, the most important, their structure. The content and the design will make the people talk about the web page or the web application, but it will not bring it in the first 10 results of the search engines.

There still are companies and webdesigners that offer web development services and seo services, I know at least a few of them. It’s a good way to make some extra money from some clients that have no idea about what is a web page and how the search engines works: to create a web page with a minimum optimization on site and to offer that optimization as an auxiliary service. This works more often than you might think, but the client will always lose something: time, money or both.

So, when you decide to get a web site or a web application put the condition when picking up somebody to work on it: that the product must contain the basics or extended optimization for the search engines on site (integrated in the application).

The article is here and here.

WordPress and the HeadSpace2 plugin

Lately, in the past few weeks, I had to configure some wordpress blogs and to design some themes for them, they were a requirement for some clients as a easy-to-use script to complete the content of their page and to improve it’s ranking on the internet.

I don’t want to tell you about what powerful tool is wordpress, I believe the most of already know that… and if you don’t know it then find out now: some people say that wordpress rules and the are right. If you know what you want and you don’t need complicated stuff (like online stores with lots and lots of products and online payment or some good looking moving or flying things in flash) than wordpress is one of the best options for you. It’s great for blogging (that’s why it’s so well known – everybody can create a blog and start writing now) and for pages that has to present several things and that don’t something very expensive. If you know what you want when the designer starts to work on your wordpress blog you can have a good result in less than a day: the installation of the script, it’s configuration and the installation of the plugins, even the theme if you use one of the several existing tools on the market.

For the moment I want to stop and dedicate this entry to a specific plugin that’s a great tool for the search engine optimization part of the blog. The wordpress scripts come with some seo facilities but their beauty is that they can always be improved by using plugins, and everyone can create his/her own plugin and to install in on his/her blog (unless it’s on wordpress domain - it’s their domain, they make the rules, you can’t just any kind of plugins).

They say here about the HeadSpace (the subject of this article) that:

HeadSpace is a powerful all-in-one plugin to manage meta-data and to handle a wide range of SEO tasks. With it you can tag your posts, create custom titles and descriptions that improve your page ranking, change the theme or run disabled plugins on specific pages, and a whole lot more.

I am not going copy to from them the informations they are offering about the plugin or to repeat the most important parts of the text, they explain everything you need to know about it and how to start using it.

Consider my recommendation about this excellent script and use it. It’s a tool that you (almost) need and if you configure it in the right way it will improve the seo and the rank of your blog for sure.

The article is here and here.

Supravirtual SRL – webdesign, custom software, seo and consultancy

Supravirtual SRL – cream pagini web (webdesign), realizam programe de calculator la comanda, optimizam paginile web (site-uri) pentru motoarele de cautare (search engine optimization) si oferim consultanta in domeniul tehnologiei informatiei.

Pagina noastra este http://www.supravirtual.ro si furnizam servicii in
Alba, Arad, Arges, Bacau, Bihor, Bistrita-Nasaud, Botosani, Braila, Brasov, Bucuresti, Buzau, Calarasi, Caras-Severin, Cluj, Constanta, Covasna, Dambovita, Dolj, Galati, Giurgiu, Gorj, Harghita, Hunedoara, Ialomita, Iasi, Ilfov, Maramures, Mehedinti, Mures, Neamt, Olt, Prahova, Salaj, Satu-Mare, Sibiu, Suceava, Teleorman, Timis, Tulcea, Valcea, Vaslui, Vrancea

The company name is Supravirtual SRL and we create web pages, custom software, optimize pages for search engines and provide consultancy in IT field.

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Seo and webdesign: registering a domain and choosing a domain name

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Some of my seo works I did in the last months have proven every time that one’s presence on the internet does not start with his/her web page, the optimization of the site and all the content inside it. It starts with the name of one’s domain and it’s intended purpose. This article is about some tips about the importance of registering a domain and choosing the best name for it.

Register the domain as soon as possible.

Even if you don’t have the money and/or the time to get a web page you must register the domain as soon as possible. Now, if you can, or somebody else may register of himself/herself. You don’t need to have some hotshots specialist in marketing or web designing along to tell you what to do… just choose the best name and register. You don’t want to get the-domain-name-nobody-wants.com or some leftovers that may be what you want or not. Reserving the domain is the fastest part to create a business or a trademark over the internet.

Keep the name short

Some domain names can reach 67 characters but usually it’s difficult to memorize them and not all have enough patience to write all of them into their browser. So, keep the domain name as short as possible and have in mind that the people have to make a strong connection between the domain name and what it represents (what you want to sell or to promote on it).

If the name of the domain is your own trademark (your name, the name of something you belong or the name of your business) it is usually more important then the shortest and the best description of your activity. You should keep it.

Domain-name dot what?

It’s not uncommon to register more domains with similar names or domain names that complete the original name with auxiliary keywords. Some registrars even offer bonuses when you register more than one domain names and encourage the buyers to register the same name with different suffixes. For a long time the .com suffix was the first extension the most people try (access) when searches for a site and for some it will remain the most important. But, lately, a lot other suffixes (.net, .org, .tv, .eu, different countries TLDs, even the .xxx suffix for porn) became more and more wanted.

If you want company-name.com and company-name.org or company-name.net are not taken (for examples) you should register them also. They are not expensive, somewhere about 10 euros for an entire year/domain and they can be parked (redirected) on the original domain. The target is very important: you don’t need a China domain name if you your products are targeted to some small islands in the Mediterranean sea. But for just a few bucks you can cover all the possibilitiesall the targets you want. Some people even register the misspellings of their desired domain name just for that.

Anyway, try to find a domain name that has only one possible spelling and it’s very easy to type and it must be easy to remember. Most people are hard spellers and/or just lazy… choose your domain in such way for them to find you very quickly.

Commercial appeal (more or less)

One way to register a domain name is the commercial perspective: it’s just like a marketing campaign. If you want to sell/promote something then choose the best words to describe the product(s) and the shortest description. The internet is your billboard and you want to put your brand in everybody’s browsers and to sell lots and lots of products. And, of course, to get lots and lots of visitors (traffic).

More, if one or more keywords does not have commercial intent it does not mean you don’t want to optimize for them. The keywords in the name depend of the searches the users and if the not-so-commercial keywords gets you a lot of traffic it’s more than ok to include it in the domain name.

Avoid trademarked names

First of all, we have all heard about guys that thought ahead and bought some multi-million-euros-domains-names (companies names or product names, even movies titles). In the beginning the companies that released that names spent a lot of money to buy the domains from that smart guys, but lately the tendencies are to send the layers first to protect theirtrademarked brand. Usually they already spent lots and lots of money just to create and to develop that brands and it’s a lot easier to put to work the lawyers they already hired for various aspects of their businesses.

Type-In Traffic

Is when somebody access your site by simply typing the domain name in the URL bar in their browser and adding the suffix (usually .com, but not only that) at the end. If your domain name matches exactly with the keywords typed in the browser there is a chance to get some traffic from that.

Avoid the numeral substitution and slang

You can always add numerals into a domain name, but avoid substituting commons words with numeral (for example 4 instead for and 2 instead to) because it can create confusion and it’s hard to remember. From the same reason don’t use slang (for example u instead you). Also watch out for the numeral 0 because it is often mistaken for the letter O and viceversa.

Make your domain unique

The more unique domains (as design as domain name) are easier to remember. Search the all possible names for your domain and stick with the most unique one – it will stick and you can benefit from that for years (you can use for this the non-commercial keywords but important in the searches).

Hyphenates inside the domain names

The common sense and the habits say that the hyphenates should not be used inside the domain names: the people are not used with them in the URLs and the can easy misspell and can and up to nowhere or, worse, to the competitor’s site. More, when you tell somebody about a site about web design, software code and seo do you tell the to put hyphens like this (http://www.webdesign-software-code-seo.com/ ) or not? The most people don’t say it.

There are also some advantages to the hyphens inside the domain name: the search engines can distinguish your keywords better and thus return your site more close to the first results in search results and the non-hyphenated form may no longer be available.

Personally I prefer to put the hyphens in the name because I want to mark the keywords as clear as possibles. The humans can be educated to take them in consideration, it would be an improvement for most of them.

Plurals, “the” and “my” domain names

Very often the domain name registrar suggests alternate forms of the name you typed, especially when the domain you want is already taken. For example, if you wanted onlinestore.com the suggestions can look like this: theonlinestore.com. myonlinestore.com, onlinestores.com (and maybe some more) if they were not already taken as well.

If you really want some for of the chosen domain name than take it (or them if you want), but always remember to promote the full name of your domain (with the affix). You also must take in consideration that the plural can create confusion because a lot of people will forget to put the final s in the name.

Search for dropped domains

The dropped domains are these domains that have been changed from registered status to unregistered status. This usually happens because the registration renewal fee was not paid (the company went out of business or somebody just forget to pay). Anyway, in this case anybody can register the domain for himself/herself and to get an already know domain for the same price of a new one.

Domain auction

Believe it or not, there are auction for the internet domain names. It is a different method to get a domain for some price (it depends of the results of the auction). The problem is that you may also get the reputation of the domain, and that be bad or good.

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SEO and Webdesign: the URLs and internal linking for a site

 

There are a few things about the internal linking for a site after talking about the friendly URLs. The first is about canonical URLs. Canonical essentially means standard or authoritative, so a canonical URL for search engine marketing purposes is the URL you want people to see. Canonicalization is the process of picking the best URL when there are several choices and it usually refers to home pages. For example, most people would consider these the same urls:

They look very similar, but technically all of these urls are different. A web server could return completely different content for all the urls above. When Google “canonicalizes” a URL it tries to pick the URL that seems like the best representative from that set. Depending on how your web site was programmed or how your tracking URLs are setup for marketing campaign, there may be more than one URL for a particular web page.

The problem most search engine marketers run into deals with domains when they are not setup properly. In these cases the domain URL without the www prefix (e.g. webdesign-software-code-seo) and the domain URL with the www prefix (e.g. www.webdesign-software-code-seo.com) are considered individual web pages. Since both pages may be indexed by the search engines you could get hit for duplicate content and at the very least you would be splitting your link popularity.

The easiest way to protect your site is to redirect all forms of URL your domain to one standard URL – a canonical URL. For example to force the use of www.webdesign-software-code-seo.com instead webdesign-software-code-seo.com or http://webdesign-software-code-seo.com you must have this lines in the .htaccess file (this is Apache specific, if you use IIS the lines should be the same using ISAPI filter).

RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^webdesign-software-code-seo.com$ [NC]

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.webdesign-software-code-seo.com/$1 [R=301,L]

This response to the problem is resolved on the server side, just before the script is accessed. One other way to consider the problem is for the web designer to define inside the page a variable that, in our case, is http://www.webdesign-software-code-seo.com and to use is to construct all the URLs inside the page.

 

The previous part of this article says about one way to create duplicate URLs. Another way to obtain such URLs is to when they are generated dynamically and there are flaws in the script. For example, when you generate the URLs from only the title and you put the same (or very similar) titles to your articles you can get the same URLs. I am thinking the words separators (hyphens and underscores, but this is another subject and I will write about it later).

There are websites (like the ones create with the wordpress blogging scripts) that can generate multiple URLs for the same article. Some examples are the following ones:

Although it makes sense to enforce unique URLs for all your web pages inside any site as Google imposes a penalty on suspected duplicate content, it’s not always possible to do so. Google have been introduced a way to specify the unique URL (the canonical URL) of any web page by using a meta link tag. Setting this tag is simple: you first decide which URL you wish to use, and then add this link tag to the <head> section of your HTML page something like the next example.

<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.webdesign-software-code-seo.com/my-blog-post-number1" />

Google claims that this would not be treated as a directive, but a hint that would be honored strongly. Additional URL properties, like PageRank, would be transferred as well.

 

The next important thing are the bad URLs, I mean the URLs on the sites that can not be found, clicked, visited or submitted to social media. It may be a technical problem (server is down, the internet access with problems, etc.) but it also may be a design/maintenance problem: indexed links may disappear from time to time (temporary or for ever).

The technical problems can be solved (and the most of them are solved in time), but the other problem depends entirely by you. When you are designing a page make sure that the URLs in the site does not have flaws and all them are working ok before putting the site online. It’s no fun for a human to have a list of articles on the page and a lot of content in that articles and when he/she tries to access them find a 404 error page because the URL was not created all right, especially when from other part of the site the article can be accessed ok. The search engines acts in the similar ways: if there are bad URLS (404 error pages) the will not index it.

When an article is deleted (from some reasons, depending of the owner of the site), there are 2 ways to react to that from the designer’s point of view: the URL will completely disappear (and the search engines will not find an already indexed URL) or the URL will remain the same and the content will be replace with a message similar with “this article has been erased”. From the search engines neither way is perfect, but URLs appearing and disappearing periodic with no message is not something good.

From the seo point of view, bad URLs are also the one that contains special characters (spaces, apostrophes and other characters like %e2%80%93), but that can be corrected by generating or redirecting to friendly URLs.

 

The internal link structure of a website works in the same way that external links does: in order to build a quality internal link structure a site has to add links on it’s sub-pages and these links need to contain the keyword or search term that is being targeted. There is no limit on how many links from internal sub-pages can be created… there can be 10 pages or 10 billion pages. When the search bot sees these links all pointing to a specific page (no duplicate URLs and no bad URLs) it is going to read the provided anchor text in those links. It will then assume that the page being linked to is important for the anchored keywords.

Deep link building is a good way to separate great websites from the mediocre ones: linking to sub-pages of a website is one of the best ways to grow long tail search traffic. It also is a great way to built up the site authority.

The first step when building deep links is to define the target (or the targets) of the site and them keep them focused all the time. For example, this site is dedicated to web design, software code and seo and you will not find here anything other than that. Usually the web sites are custom to their owner needs, and they have only a few targets (a limited number of subjects for the content and keywords). The bloggers can write about they want, but even they have to customize the subject and the contents of their articles accordingly to what people is searching.

The second step in the process requires the identification of sub-pages that can be used to gain more search traffic and can help boost top level keyword rankings. Top level keywords are very competitive and they usually require substantial link building campaigns to move up in the rankings. A great way to boost the authority of pages that are targeting these competitive search terms is to increase the internal authority of those pages. One way to do this is by adding a contextual link to the sub-page that links to the competitive top level page. Adding deep links that point at these pages will boost their authority. The authority of you site will increase together with the the authority of the pages inside your site.

In one sentence, make the important pages on your site as visible as possible (inside the site and on other pages). For the first part the web designer is the person that can help you (a smart one, with seo knowledge, can even give you some suggestions) and for the second one you should aks the persons that do marketing (or seo marketing) to do this job.

 

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Despre webdesign-software-code-seo.com

Scopul paginii este simplu: de a împărtăşi experienţa (mea sau a oricărei persoane interesată să scrie acolo) despre web design, dezvoltarea de programe de calculator (software) şi optimizarea pentru motoarele de căutare. Dacă veţi fi încîntaţi de pagină şi de soluţiile oferite ne veţi putea contacta pentru a vă creat programe la comandă sau pentru a vă îmbunătăţi pagina web (ca şi aspect, sau design dacă vă plac englezismele, sau sfaturi pentru seo).

Veţi putea alege oricare dintre feelancerii din echipă pentru proiectul vostru, dar toate comenzile se vor face prin Supravirtual SRL.

Limba paginii este, cel puţin pentru moment, engleza. Poate că în viitor vom scrie şi în alte limbi.

Pagina este aici.

About webdesign-software-code-seo.com

The purpose of this page is simple: to share our experience (mine and whoever is interested to join me here) about the web design, the software developing and the search engine optimization. If you are pleased with this page and the solutions offered here you may contact us to create custom software for you or to improve your web page (as design or as seo advice).

You may select any of the freelancers in the team for your project, but all the orders will be through a company called Supravirtual SRL. That’s a Romanian company if you need to know that (I know that some will not like that, it will be entirely your problem), but we offer only the best quality to our customers. Just try us.

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SEO and Webdesign: The content of the webpage

One of the most important parts of the search engine optimization is the content. From the human point of view, if you do not have relevant content nobody will stay too long on the page. From the search engines point of view the keywords and the heading tags that are organizing the text are most relevant.

Once you have your meta tags setup correctly you will want to move on to the page content; here you will have to understand the H1 to H5 title tags and the value of these tags on the page. Additionally your content will need to be rich and unique to some point where it is friendly for humans as much for the search engines, being rich and unique is the reason all of them will remember your web site. What’s the point of lots of people accessing your site if all they see is a number of words that mean great things to the search engines but almost nothing to them because they are very common and they’ve met the same sentences and phrases in 10 other places?

The easiest and most basic SEO rule is that the search engine spiders can be relied upon to read basic body text 100% of the time. By providing a spider with basic text content, you offer the search engines information in the easiest format for them to process. Some search engines can strip text and link content from flash files, but nothing can compare with the basic body text when it comes to providing information. You can always find at least one way to add text into a site without compromising it’s functionality, looks and feel.

The content itself should be thematically focused, it means you should keep it simple and clear. When you want to approach multiple topics try to put them on different pages inside the site, it will be clearer for the humans as for the spiders. Keep always in mind that unique topic-focused content for the pages inside your site is a basic seo techniques to make everything simpler but also to improve the quality of your content.

The ways (and some suggestions) how to write the content is another subject, I will approach it some other time. But one thing is for sure: not all of us are gifted to such thing, some are better than other. If you are not satisfied with the content of you site or you don’t know how to write it ask somebody that knows. There are a lot of bloggers and copywriters (people that are writing web content for money) in this big world that can help you.

Heading Tags

The heading tags used to be only the responsibility of the web designer, but since the development of the wysiwyg editors (what you see is what you get editors) you can format you own content a lot better than before. You’ve seen them in wordpress, blogger, blogspot, in any blogging system by the way.

I’ve written already about the choosing of the keywords. Use the heading tags to underline the keywords: many search engines place more emphasis on the text within heading tags, so make sure they use keywords. Use one <h1> tag per page with the most important keywords and use the other head tags (<h2>, <h3>, etc) to provide variations and support the main heading.

 

<h1>Books</h1>

<h2>Romantic books</h2>

<p>… some list about the romantic books and their love stories…</p>

<h2>Adventure books</h2>

<p>… Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe, The lord of the rings…</p>

<h2>Horror books</h2>

<p>… Stephen King and all the others writers…</p>

Page text and the rest of the content

 

The relevance of your pages is given in some way by the keywords and common phrases the people might find inside them so be sure your pages contain that. Write accordingly to the thematic of the site, but write about what interest others. Be careful about the frequency of your keywords… you want to have them occur at least a few times if possible, but don’t repeat them so much that the copy becomes unnatural. It is important to discretely spread keywords around without making it obvious. Neither keyword should take up more than 12-24% of the entire body text, it is often considered as spam.

Also remember that text contained within images will not be picked up by the search engines, they still can not read that. Only actual text on the page will be indexed.

Do not use too much content right on the front page: the loading time of the page and the redundancy of additional words used will reduce the chance of showing up in relevant searches.

HTML Code Page

In case your website uses a language different than the default of the search engine which your target audience prefers (for example: someone for America or Asia finds something on the web page from Romania) or your website uses special characters unique to that language, make sure to implement the proper HTML codepage tag. The Unicode versions of special characters (HTML encoded characters) are more or less impossible to look up for now in most search engines.

 

Lately, I mean the last few years, when I design pages for my clients I am always telling them to write as much and as good as they can. Mainly my job finishes when the page is fully functionally and the maintenance I do in time is limited to the scripts, and almost nothing about the content of the page. That depends of the project, of course, but I had the chances to see clients adding products to the sites with only few words as description, nothing special. That pages did not have many visitors, only a few people found them using the search engines and the most part of them visited the pages because the advertisement in the “real” life.

Remember this: the content of your page is the best advertiser and the search engines through the structure of the site are it’s tools.

 

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SEO and Webdesign: HTML HEAD Content

Every search engine has it’s own rules to process the html tags inside the head tag. Following next are some some general rules.

The <Title> Tag

First, the title of the html page should be relatively short and describe the page content accurately. Wherever possible, try to include keywords but without distorting the true purpose of the title.

It is one of the most important elements of SEO when it is used properly. A website can increase organic search traffic for each page by using an appropriate keyword within this tag, but this is only effective though when the actual content of a page is about that specific keyword. Search engines are indexing the content of the page as the meta tags and they can easily figure out whether or not the title tag is appropriate for the content contained on a specific page. In order to get full benefit of this tag, the keyword used within it should appear in its exact form within the content of the page. This is the best way to relay to the search engines exactly what a page is about and what keywords it should rank for within the search engine result pages.

The domain name shouldn’t be repeated in the title, it is often considered as spam. Also, it should not be used the same filename as the title tag or the same filename as the domain name, it is often considered as spam.

The title should not be any longer than 70-100 characters including spaces. (Google – DMOZ)

The title should bot be any longer than 60 characters. (scrubtheweb.com)

The title should not begin with the domain name, it is often considered as spam.

The <Meta Keywords> Tag

The meta keywords tag is the least important metatags because the majority of current search engines no longer support these tags and they place little to no importance on them, but it is good to have them filled in on each page. Use the description and keywords metatags in the head of each web page and make these tags different on each web page. The search engines does not like duplicate metatags.

First of all, keep the keywords as descriptive as posibile. It should not used words that are not present in the body of the page (for example: do not enter movies in the keywords tag when the page is only about books). Redundant characters will not hurt overall results, however words after the first 300 characters rarely help in any way.

The first keyword should be the main keyword that the content is based around, this keyword generally appears within the title of the article or page content. The second keyword should be the second most important keyword that the content is based around. Then you should list the next four important keywords or variants of the main two keywords. This has the potential to help a search bot to understand what the content of each page is about.

The tag should not be any longer than 378 characters (searchenginewatch.com referring to Google).

The tag should not be any longer than 268 characters (AltaVista).

Start all keywords with capital letters. (Relevant only on alphabetical listings)

Separate keywords with the “, ” (comma, space) character combination. (Most search engines use either character as the separator ).

You may use phrases as well, but it should not be used any word, not even within phrases, more than 3 times. It is often considered as spam.

The <Meta Description> Tag

This is a very important element of SEO, it allow a unique opportunity for websites to convince searchers to visit their sites and a particular page on the site. First of all, keep the description as descriptive as posibile, but the descriptions on some web pages are often a snippets of content that appear below the clickable titles of a search listing. Creating high quality meta descriptions can improve click through rates in the search results, also creating a poor description can be one of the quickest ways to get passed over by searchers within the search results.

It should not be any longer than 100 characters (Google).

It should not be any longer than 25-30 words (DMOZ).

It should not be any longer than 150 characters (scrubtheweb.com).

It should not be any longer than 200 characters (searchenginewatch.com referring to Google).

 

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SEO and Webdesign: Choosing your Keywords

The keywords are relevant for the search engines in two places inside the site: the <Meta Keywords> Tag and the content of the site. When you write content keep in mind a very specific idea and choose your keywords before you start to write, that makes an important difference between creating an optimized site from scratch and the work needed for later optimization.

A research done by Entireweb says that 31% of people enter 2 word phrases into search engines, 25% of all users look for 3 word combinations and only about 19% of them try their luck with only a single word.

Do not choose a keyword to optimize your site for that you don’t have the slightest chance of ranking good with because of the fierce competition.

Do not choose a keyword that nobody looks for. Make a simple comparison: how many people searches for differential equations versus shoes versus porn (or sex). So use only generally popular keywords if you do not need targeted traffic.

Do not choose a keyword that does not relate strongly enough to your content.

Do not use words that may get your site filtered or banned from search engines.

Do not use images with file names or ALT tags (Alt attributes of IMG tag) that may get your site filtered or banned from search engines.

Use lots of relevant content, well laid out into separate pages.

For best results optimize one page for one keyword.

Do not post online half-finished sites.

 

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