Responsive Web Design – What is it?

Responsive Web Design is a new buzz word that is gaining a lot of attention. The concept has been around for about a year, but is really gaining in popularity now.

What exactly is it? – The responsive design concept revolves around the idea that your website should look great on all platforms and devices. So with responsive web design you will be able to see the layout adjust itself for all devices. It will fit the new width of the browser even if you make the page as skinny as the resolution of a mobile phone, the size of an I Pad or as large as a 24 inch monitor. As you can imagine, this is no small task since their are many resolutions, browsers and devices used for viewing.

What is the benefit of responsive design? Well, as you may have noticed, computers aren’t the only way to access the internet anymore. More and more people are using I Pads or mobile phones and that has really emphasized mobile technologies. Now with more people accessing the internet from mobile devices users are expecting the same experience. People expect to be able to browse the web on their phones just as easily as they browse the web on their desktop computer. So to avoid this problem web designers starting building 2 versions of each site -  a normal ‘desktop’ version of their site and a ‘mobile’ version. As you can imagine the work became almost twice as much and updates to one site were not always synched with each version. The solution to this problem was – you guessed it … responsive web design!

At BishopWebWorks we feel that the number of devices is only going to get larger and screen sizes and resolutions will keep varying. Therefore, to create a different version of a website for each individual device is NOT practical so we advocate responsive design to solve all of your browsing problems.

Please feel free to ask us about a responsive web design for your site.

Dave Bishop
BishopWebWorks, Inc.

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Cool keyword density tool!

This is cool tool.

I found it on this website – http://www.webconfs.com

Check your keyword density with the Keyword Density Checker – Keyword Cloud Tool. This tool will gives you a visual display of the keywords on a site. All you have to do is type in a URL and you will see the text from the site displayed, with keywords with the highest density are in larger fonts. Pretty cool

If you have questions about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) please visit our site to learn more.

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Need a small website? – 1-2 pages we can help…

People often ask “Do you build small websites – like 1 or 2 pages?”
The answer is ……”Of course we do!”
That is what is really great about the internet it gives smaller businesses the leverage and market exposure to compete with larger companies. So on a limited budget you can have a great marketing tool.

For example we just recently built this 2 page website for a local client. With some Search engine optimization work this site will bring the client additional work. To learn more about SEO go here.

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More US Adults own a smartphone than a degree!

I thought this was an interesting headline because it shows the importance of mobile applications. Now not only do you need a website but  you need a website that looks good on mobile phones as well.

In the Article -  it stated that more Americans own Smartphones than hold a bachelor’s degree or speak another language in their homes (Pew Internet Project report)

A telephone survey was completed and  83% of people said that they owned a cellphone of  and 35% of the 2,277 U.S. adults questioned said that they owned a smartphone.

I can only see those number increasing in the future.Everyone who owned a smartphone was likely to use that phone to access the Internet. Nine in 10 smartphone owners (87%) used their phones as Internet portals — about 78% of them did so every day. Nearly a third of smartphone owners use their device as their primary Internet connection.

With so many people relying on their phones for both verbal and digital communication, it’s no wonder the researchers compiled to show respondents’ feelings toward their cellphones includes words like “necessary,” “convenient” and even, perhaps somewhat disturbingly, “love.”

Let BishopWebWorks, Inc help you develop a mobile website or even a mobile application. Since people “love” their phones a mobile website will hopefully make them :love” your busines as well.

Dave

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Most recent websites, we just built these ….

Here are some of the most recent sites that we just finished. We are proud of how they came out.

North Park Anglers

HPC Solutions

All Outdoor Consignment

Check out these different designs and let us know if we can build something for you!

Regards – Dave

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Feeling the effects of Panda?

Feeling the effects of Panda? – We know we are!

At the end of February, 2011 Google had a major update that affected 12% of all websites. BishopWebWorks was in that 12% and we dropped in our keyword rankings considerably. We probably dropped about 10 -20 spots in the for some of our keywords. BUMMER! What can you do to avoid  dropping in your SEO rankings?

Google conducted qualitative research (they spoke with individuals and not just a big questionnaire) to find out what they considered to be low quality sites.Once they got those results Google was able to define low quality sites with actual factors that Google could measure. This gives Google a mathematical definition of low quality.

A few reasons for why Google might consider your site to be  “low quality”

A high % of duplicate or copied content.

  • A low amount of original content on a page or site.
  • A high % (or number) of pages with a low amount of original content.
  • A high amount of inappropriate (Ads do not match the search queries a page does well for) advertisements, especially high on the page.
  • Page content (and page title tag) do not match the search query
  • Unnatural language on a page including heavy-handed on-page SEO (‘over-optimization’ to use a common oxymoron). Unnatural overuse of a word on a page.
  • High bounce rate on page or site.
  • Low visit times on page or site.
  • Low % of users returning to a site.
  • Low clickthrough % from Google’s results pages (for page or site).
  • High % of boilerplate content (the same on every page).
  • Low or no quality inbound links to a page or site (by count or %).Low or no mentions or links to a page or site in social media and from other sites.

If any of these factors is relevant to Panda, it is unlikely that they will be so on their own.

Like all  SEO it is the sum of all of these that will add up tpgether and get you   ‘Panda points’ (and points do not mean prizes in this game). Panda points will be added up. Cross a threshold (the Panda Line) and all the pages on your site seem to be affected. This includes quality original pages being ranked well. Google have said that “low quality content on part of a site can impact a site’s ranking as a whole.”

Hopefully this helps and you can fight back against the Panda updates and get those high rankings and traffic back!

Dave

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What can BishopWebWorks, Inc. do for your company?

What can BishopWebWorks, Inc. do for your company?

If it has anything to do with your online business we can help.
BishopwebWorks, Inc is an integrated website internet company offering a large range of services to help small and mid sized businesses succeed in the fast paced online community.

We offer a complete web design service and SEO marketing services to help you achieve the image you want to present to your customers.

We look forward to helping you so give us a call @ 970-376-6631 or email us a dave@bishopwebworks.com today!

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Google Changes Algorithms – affects around 12% of current sites.

On February 24, 2011, Google announced on their official blog that their algorithms had been changed. This apparantly will affect around 12% of the search engine’s queries. Google’s reason for the change was to reduce the rankings for low-quality sites and increase the rankings for high-quality sites (sites with lots of original content). This is just one example of a sudden change online that can result in changes in the way search engine optimization is handled.

We recommend making sure you have lots of great original content on your website that reflects your business. With more content you will inevitably outrank your competitor.

For question on SEO or BishopWebWorks SEO services please view our site or case studies

Have a great day –
Dave Bishop

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Social Media & Mobile access keeps growing – is your business ready?

Social Media is not a fad that you can ignore with your business…..neither are mobile devices and mobile websites.

As use of smartphones and tablets continues to grow across the U.S. so too does the volume of traffic reaching those mobile apps. For instance – Facebook (the social media giant)
and has 200 million active users that access Facebook from mobile devices. This represents 40 percent of its 500 million total membership. (Reuters) Mobile users are also twice as active on Facebook than non-mobile users.

The bottom line are there are a lot of people using social applications and mobile phones to view the internet. In order to tap that business you need to consider a mobile site for your business.

BishopWebWorks, Inc. can design mobile sites just for your business that load quickly and effeciently on mobile devices. We only see Facebook and other social media platforms getting larger so get your businees moving in that direction rather than ignoring it.

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Internet Explorer Losing Market Share & Dominance

BishopWebWorks, Inc a Colorado web design and development company has to constantly monitor Search Engines. We need to know how different browsers show sites as well what browsers are the most popular. We test all the sites we design and develop in I.E., Firefox , Chrome and Safari. Internet Explorer has been the leader for many years and it is STILL the market leader. However, Internet Explorer is losing its market share to Firefox and Google’s Chrome. Only 2 years ago Internet Explorer (I.E) had around 7o% of the browsing traffic.

BishopWebWorks is actually happy with this trend and hope it conintues as Firefox and Chrome show sites closer to how they are coded and how they were intended to be viewed. I.E. tends to display sites differently with code and we have to constatly tweak sites to display correctly in I.E.

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