A client recently contacted me with a problem they were having with their site. They had understood the need to be mobile friendly but had taken the approach of having all mobile users directed to a stand alone third party app. The problem was it had been built for them by a company that had now gone out of business and they were unable to make any changes. Mobile users visiting their site were be directed to an app which had outdated information, including that all important telephone number! Considering now that mobile devices make up for more traffic than desk top devices, this was turning into a huge problem for them.
My solution to their problem was two fold.
- Firstly I stripped out all the code in their site that was causing mobile visitors to be directed to the defunct app, better to reach a site with correct information even if it isn’t mobile friendly..
- Secondly I did some major “under the hood” work on their WordPress template, converting it to a template that responds beautifully whatever device is being used to view it.
The design of the desktop version of the website stayed almost identical …they were more that happy with that aspect of the site and didn’t want to change it.
Mobile friendly problem solved! Check out their new mobile friendly responsive web site
I am always thrilled to have repeat business from a client and was delighted to be given the chance to redesign the website for Fair Market Inc. The site went live last week. Visit it at http://fairmarketinc.com/
We recently launched a new website for a Naprapathy doctor, Dr Daryl Newman – www.chainreflex.com
Based in the North Shore area of Chicago, Dr Newman offers unique treatments and programs to help patients move better and feel better. Naprapathy is a non invasive method for treating and managing pain, everything form back aches to carpal tunnel and Dr Newman combines treatment with custom exercises unique to a patient’s problem.
He also offers customized fitness training – Chain Reflex, and wellness programs including weight loss, pre and post natal and sports nutrition.
Given that most people do not have a clue (me included when I first met Dr Newman) what naprapathy is, we approached the creation of the website based on how treatment could help specific problems. The home page features a slideshow with distinct patient scenarios leading to targeted call to actions. We also included a section titled “How can we help you” with more scenarios such as ” I am in pain and looking for relief”. As the visitor delves deeper into the site a better understanding of what naprapthy is and what to expect are gained. The site is sprinkled with an amazing set of testimonials that speak volumes of the skill Dr Newman offers.
The design is clean and uplifting reflecting how patients feel after a treatment session. It is built on the WordPress framework which will allow Dr Newman to easily update, he is also going to be writing a regular blog – a great way to market a site.
It is also completely mobile friendly.
Visit it a www,chainreflex.com
Last week I launched three new web sites… and they were all related to food., what more I have another three foodie websites in the works. Is this why I always seem to be hungry at the moment? I have already blogged about new mobile friendly web site for a Deerfield personal chef, but today it is the turn of a pair of wholesale food distribution site, School Lunch Solutions and University Food Source.
Both sites act as online catalogs for an inventory of wholesale food, one is geared towards the schools and the other the University market.
We built them on the WordPress platform which will allow the client to easily update products and nutritional information, up to this point it has been a cumbersome process!
The look and feels were similar.
Here is School Lunch Solutions
and here is University Food Source
Both sites are mobile friendly.
I was recently contacted by a personal chef looking for someone to update her website, she had been let down by her previous web designer and was now looking to work with someone local.
Her website was clean and nicely designed but needed some content updates and to be converted so it would be mobile friendly.
Keeping the look and feel almost identical we did a lot of “under the hood” work recoding it so it is now more friendly for the search engines and performs beautifully on mobile devices.
We also added a gallery of the type of food she prepares which is definitely worth checking out! Visit http://its-dinner-thyme.com/
Here is what Joan had to say
“Please know how grateful I am for your help in updating my website”
Mobile vs Desktop
Here is an interesting fact, 2015 has seen mobile devices surpass desk top usage when it comes to accessing the internet – check out this article by Search Engine watch.
So it come to no real surprise that search engine giant Google will be tweaking its mighty algorithm to favor those sites that offer the best experience for mobile users. Effective April 21st mobile users will receive search results that are relevant and optimized for their device essentially increasing the ranking of any site that is mobile friendly. Google claims these weighted results are only applicable to their mobile search results, but mobile friendliness clearly carries some clout.
Ahead of this announcement Google developed a handy online tool that will analyze a URL and report if the page has a mobile-friendly design.
You can test your site HERE
Time for Mobile Friendly Website
If your site passes and gets the “Awesome! This page is mobile friendly message” then all is well. But if you get the dreaded “Not mobile-friendly” result , then your site will be penalized in Google mobiles search engine results.
As a small business owner if search engine traffic is an important part of your marketing plan then now is the time to act and get your web site mobile friendly. Contact us today to find out how
We have done just this for two of our long standing clients, both original site failed the Google test, but now they both get the coveted “Awesome” notice.
The Rockwood is a St Louis senior living Community.
Burns Recovered Support Group offers support to burns survivors
If you are interested in making your site mobile friendly contact us today
Launched today is a new website for Lighthouse Consulting, a Chicago based business consulting firm.
We designed a clean look and feel incorporating a slide show on the home page which was inspired by guiding light sources and drives users to inner sections of the site that are applicable to their particular challenges.
The architecture of the site was designed specifically around the challenges business owners face.
The site is responsively coded and powered by WordPress.
Last week we launched is a brand new wordpress web site for Chicago interior designer, Suzanne Falk.
Suzanne works with a wide range of clients, from homeowners, to businesses and she is also currently focusing on a project for the DIY/HGTV network.
The websites launches her new product “Kitchens 2 Go“, a shopping list to DIY your own designer kitchen. She is offering complete shopping lists for traditional, transitional and urban chic styles, in both warm and cool color palettes.
It also features a selection of her TV work, including episodes of HGTV’s Kitchen Crashers’s
Many of her stunning interior design projects are showcased in a large portfolio.
We are really excited to be working on a new web site for a fabulous interior designer based here in Chicago. Suzanne Falk has a fantastic portfolio of work and has done extensive work with HGTV on Kitchen Crashers. The site will be live in a few weeks.
We have been working (pro bono) with Burns Recovered Support Group for over 4 years now, taking their internet presence from an outdated website, to one that is all singing and dancing. They use it to blog about their Children’s Burn Camp, offer information to burn victims and promote the many fundraisers they have during the year . The money they raise means that there is never any charge for the children who attend their camp. How fantastic is that.
In October, in conjunction with Neiman Marcus, they are hosting a fashion presentation. We designed these invitations for the event.
It is sure to be a stunning show.>>visit their web site to buy tickets now