How Much Does Your Website Maintenance Cost?

How much does it cost to manage a website?

We are proud to announce a new addition to our YouTube channel. With much request, we have decided to make a video with the question that we hear all the time.

The question is, “How much does your website management service cost?

Yes, that is right, we put together a 3-minute video answering that question.

With-in the video Matt just doesn’t answer the question. He gives details about the service as well. We feel that this must be the best video that we have produced yet. We are very excited about it and would like your opinion. You can let us know your opinion by commenting below or connecting with us on our Facebook page.

Matt McPherson talking about Website Management Service

Our services will work on many different CMS platforms including WordPress, Squarespace, and WIX. You can find out more about our packages on our website management service page. You can also go to and fill out our request to call back form and we will set up a time to talk to you over the phone.

We truly understand how busy it can be when managing a business. You must realize that if your business is not represented properly in the digital world. Then you are losing potential leads every day. It is a proven fact that most consumers have decided where to spend their money before they even walk through your doors or talk to you on the phone. Why not make sure that your digital image reflects and represents your actual business? The digital world will reward your business if your presence is consistently managed. Therefore, we have created three service packages to keep you digital image up to date, clean and secure.

What is Bounce Rate in Google Analytics

Matt Mcpherson in the Allshouse Designs studio

Based off of our research, we found the definition of “Bounce Rate” to be the percentage of visitors to a particular website who navigate away from the site after viewing only one page.

Now why is bounce rate so important?

In my eyes, I see bounce rate as an indicator of how well your website is put together and the quality level of users that are visiting your website. Basically, If your average bounce rate is 85% this means that 85% of visitors to your site are not going any farther than that first page that they were directed to.

So what does that mean for you?

Well there are two aspects that you should be looking at when you have a website that produces a 85% bounce rate. First, is this the rate you are looking for? For example, if you have a landing page and that is the only page you want your users to visit. Maybe it is a page with a subscription button, buy now button, or a web form to fill out. You would want a high bounce rate because you are not looking for your users to go anywhere else on your website. However, If it is to high and this is where the second aspect comes in. A really high bounce rate could indicate that you are not attracting the correct users, slow load time with your landing page, or your landing page is not designed correctly to take full advantage of the user’s visit.

In a nut shell, Bounce rate is a good metric to pay attention to. We shed more light on Bounce Rate in our latest YouTube video. “Tools & Tips – Episode 4 | What is Bounce Rate?”

As always we are growing and learning everyday. This is a great post for people to add their opinions about our video or bounce rate in the comment section below. We really enjoy this kind of stuff, so your comments are really appreciated.

Tools & Tips Episode 3 | Backlinks

Matt McPherson talking about backlimks

Our Tool and Tips video, “episode 3” is now up on our YouTube Channel! Matt discusses what and why your business website needs backlinks. Allshouse Designs can help with creating, planning and executing a plan that will start building natural backlinks to your business website.


 
To get started with our natural back linking service. Please fill out our request to call back form  and we will get back to you in a timely manner.

If you weren’t aware, Matt and I are really into the local Seattle music scene. With years of enjoying what Seattle musicians have to offer. We felt that the way we could support the scene is play their music in the background of our videos. This week Matt has given a shout out to Honor Hall.   With that said, if you are interested in having your music played during our videos. All you need to do is contact us.

It is important to know what Google’s rules are about back linking. Allshouse Designs back linking service applies to those rules. We do not pay for back links or blog posts that have your back links in them. Instead we will work with you to build content that will create natural back links with in your community. A natural back link campaign is a slow process, but with dedication and patients. The results are very rewarding.  If you are not sure about the Google’s backlink rules. You can find what they say about link schemes here.

Thank you for visiting our post and we hope that this information will help you with your business. We would love to read your opinion about this post. Just comment below and we will get back to you. Thanks again!

Yes or no for WordPress

wordpress-pro-cons-allshouse-designsWordPress is a great CMS platform and I have managed and designed plenty of WordPress sites in my day. Over the years, I learned quite a bit. The one major lesson that I learned is that it is better to host a WordPress site on a WordPress owned server. Now it does cost a bit more then hosting it on a private server, but the chances of being hacked becomes a lot less. Once a WordPress site gets hacked it can be very difficult and costly to fix. Last time I checked it was around a $100 per year to have a WordPress site hosted on wordpress.com and it can be between $250 to $1000 to fix a hacked site. Do the math and decide. WordPress is awesome, but it may not be the right fit for your business. There is a great pros and cons of WordPress post located in the Tips & Updates at allshousedesigns.com that you should check out. It should help you decide. If you have more questions about WordPress. Please feel free to post them in the comment section.

The Pros and Cons of WIX.COM

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If you are thinking about using a WIX.COM based website for your business. It may be a great idea to make sure that it will work for your business model. Here at Allshouse Designs understand what WIX can do and when it is a warranted to use a WIX platform. We also know how to use the platform and maximize all of it’s wonderful tools. It does cost a monthly payment to make it worth your wild. See the PROS & CONS in our update section. 

Need a New Or Updated Site for your Business?

New construction of the Bothell's Court House

What You Need To Know About Designs

If you think that web design is just about the stuff you can see, you’re not alone.  In reality, web design is also about bringing all of the back-end pieces together while talking to search engines so people can find your site.

Let’s look at a few of the pieces—both front and back—that you need to make an effective website.

Page Layout

The way that the features of your site are presented speaks to your target audience.  There is a certain cadence in where things are placed on a page.  And you have your choice of any number of feeds, text boxes videos, images, shows, features, forms, and other pieces to work into your page.  The way that those are set up should lead your visitors toward a certain goal—often that will be to buy or contact you.

Remember your layout needs to be intuitive and clear for the people you want to look at your site.  More often than not, that means that it should be accessible for people even if they’re not tech savvy.  Sometimes, too, you might need to keep a single element consistent on every page of your site—often this will be a menu.  And also, be sure to read through everything on your site.  Make sure it’s consistent—if you ask someone to contact you, have a contact form on the page.

Font Choice

There are literally thousands—maybe millions—of fonts available.  Which do you choose?  Generally, you have your choice of one font for body text, one for header text, and maybe one or two more that you use for special bits like an image.  The text that you choose will inform people on the tone of your site, so pick a combination that speaks to your audience clearly and on their level.  You can be serious, factual, comical, casual, gaudy—whatever.  But never use a font that’s hard to read!

The Coding Question

It’s not uncommon to find a designer that is more involved with the appearance of a site.  In some cases, it’s good for your designer to know how to code.  Like if your project is especially intricate, custom, or specialized.  In these cases, you might need to seek out a designer who is also comfortable working deep in code.

On the other hand, there are a lot of solid options for templates and pre-built platforms.  If you’re on a budget, don’t have any needs that are out of the ordinary, or just want to see the work get done, it makes more sense to just find a designer who can use and work with those templates.  Usually, that includes setting up the back-end so that search engines can find you easily.

What’s your web design project like?  Have you got an idea of how you want your site laid out?  Have you found a couple of fonts that you like?  Determined if you need a custom-coded site or if a well-designed template will do?  Let us know with your reply!