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Natalie Crowe Designs Business Support Group

Website Migrations  Complete & we’re back in business.

Well Hello there!

We hope you’re all well, we’ve been in the office working our way through a  wealth of website migrations since our announcement in March earlier this year about  our now previous service provider announcing the end of life of their services. Read more about that here.

August 30th  we celebrated as we not only finished up all of those migrations and have just  completed the migration of our own website over to WordPress as well.

There’s still a few niggles with our own site but we’re working on that inbetween building up a few new ventures.

Natalie Crowe Designs Business Support Group – Find Us On Facebook

For those of you who don’t know.   Last year we started up a Natalie Crowe Designs Business Support Group Facebook Group in conjunction with our Natalie Crowe Designs Facebook page.

Natalie Crowe Design Free Business Support Group

This FREE support group has been created by Natalie Crowe Designs to enable members to ask questions and get support in regards to their businesses.

Natalie Crowe Designs is a website design and business mentoring business based in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales Australia. We work with businesses all over the world to build strong online presence and grow their businesses.

The group is a “Closed” group -which means the group can be found on Facebook however the contents of the group conversations is limited to members only.  Members are FREE to join and participate.

The aim of the group is to bring together an online community that not only empowers it’s members but acts as a powerful tool and supportive environment.

In addition to member contributions we’ll also be offering our own insight, knowledge and resources, motivational content, tips and tricks that will be supportive of those in our community.

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing as we grow the group. If you know someone who is looking to get a website or needs help with their websites. Please feel free to share this group.

 

Adobe Business Catalyst discontinued – Now what?

FOREWORD:  Business Catalyst IS being discontinued and is scheduled for deletion as of 26th of March 2020. Whilst this DOESN’T affect the majority of our clients,  there are a small number of clients in our database who will be impacted and we’ll be working with each of those businesses to complete their migration. Below you’ll find a run down of what we know and your options should you as a business owner be faced with Migrating Business Catalyst to WordPress

Over the last 3-4 years, Natalie Crowe Designs had already moved the majority of our client base over to WordPress or other platforms with the needs for more customised functionality and with our love for WordPress, the development freedom and in general the robust and diverse system, meant that we were able to deliver more for our amazing client base.

Here’s what we know about Business Catalyst  “End of Life”

In the early hours of this morning 27/3/2018; Australian Eastern Standard time, Natalie Crowe Designs, like the Hundreds of Thousands of other Business Catalyst users and  Business Catalyst partners, received word that Adobe has decided to discontinue Business Catalyst and would be phasing out the solution without offering an real alternative – other then to encourage it’s users find means of migrating to other systems.

This news has sent ripples through the BC community and caused much outrage at Adobe abandoning their partners, their clients  and the many businesses that are solely Business Catalyst focused.

Whilst we too feel this process is unjust, as there had been other alternative options for Adobe, “We” as a community have been graced with a “generous”  two year window between March 26th 2018  – March 26th 2020  before they will delete all site data related to their systems including any remaining websites / systems who haven’t migrated out of the system.

Below a screenshot of the email:

Much like many  of the Partners who allocated  thousands of dollars to come on board as a Lifetime Partner,  who bought into this system as it was practical and meant users had everything they needs within one interface, with the general consensus that partners are feeling as if they have been left high and dry in this circumstance.

Moving forward,  we will be working closely with our current client database  as well as implementing measures to migrate / rebuild our own website and future proof our own business, and then reaching out to the BC community to offer services to migrate business catalyst to wordpress.

I will post more on this process later and would encourage everyone to  take time to consider their options and work out the best plan of action for their business.

Web Design Hunter Valley | Why I’m changing the way I blog

2018 is flying by! We’ve made some massive changes to our business of late in terms of the website packages we’re now offering and we’ve just implemented a new blogging strategy to make our primary website blog – “NCD Corkboard” more enjoyable for readers as well as still offering a heap of information and resources to continue to support business owners.  Explore more about this below.

March Already?! Let’s Change things up a bit!

Hey wonderful people!

I can’t believe it’s March already, I know I’ve probably said this a few times in previous posts but I  feel like time has flown at a rapid rate.. There are so many things I want to birth forth in 2018 through this amazing little web designer and mentoring business I’ve built over the last 10 years..

Thus far in March, I’ve spent a great deal of time, focusing on identifying my own direction for this year, with my eye on the big things I want to achieve:

  • Growth in my business,
  • Clarity in my offering,
  • Ability to serve more business owners
  • and in general be of service. 
  • To increase my annual revenue ahead of the financial year,
  • To fund the lifestyle  and renovation budget for my family and for my personal life.
  • To growth my knowledge and experience as a business owner.

Whilst working IN my business for my website design and mentoring client, this time spent working ON my business is equally as valuable.  Giving me that clarity and insight to move forward in my business.  It’s almost as if I’ve spent most of the past 3 months just getting into the flow of business again after new year, and finding our feet for 2018. 

So? Why I am changing the way I share content on my Web Design Business Blog?

Over the last few years we’ve written 100s of blog posts whether that be in regards to:

  • Website or Business tips and tricks, 
  • the amazing clients we’ve worked with,
  • the various events or work we’ve completed
  • and happenings within our business and community  since we started blogging in 2011… 

However not all of this information is going to be ideal for every user and it’s not always going to be super helpful to have a heap of blog posts that are around  solving website problems, or specifically just on  WordPress or Search Engine Optimisation etc as the first thing you see when you read my blog. 

This goes for all clients, but particularly for new clients – or clients who aren’t quite at that point where this type of content is relevant for them.

It goes without saying, the search engines love the volume of information I share, nevertheless, I’m NOT writing for the search engines… I am writing for YOU… My beautiful business following.

I want you to be able to check in every month and see content you can relate to… I want you to be able to delve deeper into my resources  but also not be weighed down by the volume at any one topic as I do tend to craft multiple posts around topics I recognise as more challenging for my clients…

*super hero voice over*
NEVER FEAR!!   A SOLUTION IS HERE….!

Instead, as of the time of this blog post, I’ve created a new section of our website which will help provide all of this knowledge and resources I’ve wanted to share with all of you in a way that is not going to clog up the main Natalie Crowe Designs Business Blog. This will result in more enjoyable viewing and give users more freedom to explore our website and enjoy our main blog sharing.

So for the remainder of 2018, I’ll be posting at the end of each month a summary of the month that was, the insights I’ve learned and more… This will come to you via the NCD-Corkbard  also known as my regular blog page.

Under the FAQs tab however, you’ll find a second blog, which will contain articles on how to do various tasks, Tips and tricks and more.

I’ll answer commonly asked questions and share insight on functionality, as well as on topics like Search Engine Optimisation, Content writing, Managing your business and marketing your business as well as technical tutorials and any other resources I create that could help others.

This will eventually create a library of information to help you and other business owners make the most of their resources and grow and support their businesses.

I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

If you’ve got any topics or questions you’d like asked feel free to ask them via our contact us page.

Thanks in advance Everyone.

Kind Regards,
Natalie Crowe.

New Website Prices / Website Packages | Hunter Valley Australia

Over the last 3 months we’ve been evaluating the type of products and services we’ve delivered most over the last 18 months, with the intent to tailor some new “off the shelf” packages for our clients.   After reviewing the most frequently purchased services, we came up with 4 main website types + 2 new packages that fit our target market.

6 New Website Packages | Tailored Website Pricing:

    • I’ve recently reviewed all of our most common packages or services clients have purchased in the last 18 months and converted those services into cost effective website packages. 

 

    • These new packages include 4 “off-the-shelf” packages and 2 “DIY” packages

 

  • We still offer custom quoting for any client who contains us, however these give prospects and idea in terms of their services.
  • Our 4 “Off-The-Shelf” packages include:
    • The STARTER website, 
    • The GROWTH website – which contains your all important blogging tools,
    • The FOUNDATION website package which focuses on setting up your online store &
    • The PREMIUM+ website package which is your  website, online store and blog package 
  • Our 2 “DIY” Website packages; DIY GROWTH & DIY PREMIUM+ , do not include website hosting or domain, or custom designed content. We simply lay the foundations for you.
  • Included in the service is the setup of the primary functionality of either the GROWTH (Website + Blog)  and PREMIUM+ (Website + Blog and Store) packages.
  • The peace of mind knowing your website is properly installed and configured version of WordPress, with the primary functionality, plugins and more configured and ready to go for you to design and add your content as desired, is one of the main benefits of these two DIY packages.

To learn more about these new packages visit our newly created page:
Website Prices | Natalie Crowe Designs
– Website Design & Business Mentoring Hunter Valley


Merry Christmas from Natalie Crowe Designs

 

Natalie Crowe Designs would like to extend a special thank you to all of our valued clients for all your support in 2015. We are so grateful to have had the experience working with you on your local businesses – building your websites and helping maintain them, supporting you all through the growth and expansion of your business through our business mentor programs and building your business presence online.

As 2015 comes to a close we reflect on the many projects we’ve worked on, the many people we’ve come into contact with and the many lessons we’ve learnt this year. Things like the knowing your worth and having your work boundaries, working with multiple personality types and multiple business structures.  The keys of clear communication and documentation and most importantly the amazing feelings received when you can look back on a job well done.

We have many client testimonials and reviews still to share with the world after our reviews last week came flooding in. I am OVERWHELMED by the amazing responses from all of you, and I am deeply moved by your kind words and expression of thanks for projects I have too put my heart and soul into.

There is so much more I’d like to say to all of you but most of all from the bottom of my heart.. THANKYOU for your support in 2015!

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR TRADING:

Our Office will be closed from 23rd of December through to the 11th of January.

We will be returning to the office with limited appointments available 11th January through to the end of the month due to school holidays.

We will resume regular operation as of the 1st of February 2016.

We look forward to bringing you more amazing developments! We’ll see you all in the new year!

And remember lovelies!
You are capable of anything you put your mind to… whilst you work for it… you are one step closer then if you have not done anything at all.. 2016 is going to be am amazing year for all of us and I am so excited for what 2016 holds for us.

Can’t Hold Us Down… hopefully.

Hey guys,

Nat here,  this week has been a test on the mind, body and soul.  Few things that have turned up on our doorstep asking us to address them..  One of them for me personally has been illness, with my little miss down and out with a head cold and off school to recover.  Having sick little ones is no fun at all.It’s been a few days now and I am really pleased that she is improving, however, it’s a little more challenging trying to keep up with her whilst you’re not 100% and manage your business. We’ve been exposed to colds a few times already this season and I thought we were on top of it, but when one family member gets it, it doesn’t take long to pass it on, even if that person doesn’t live with you.

 I hate taking medicine – but you’ve got to do what you’ve go to do! We’ve been opting for the natural approach,  pumping in the garlic, drinking plenty of honey, ginger and lemon tea and plenty of hot showers. Thinking we’ll try some of the old style remedies… A friend told me about “vinegar sock” remedy..   Apparently wearing cotton socks soaked in vinegar, and putting a pair of wool socks over the top and keeping your feet warm apparently dries after a few hours and all ailments of cough and colds are healed?   I am thinking it’s probably farfetched lol but at this point I want to be back in the office as soon as possible – surely it can’t hurt… (Will let you know how it goes!)

This week we’ve been working on adding the large number of products for the Toyriffic website.  The multiple thousands of products to be added to the new eCommerce system is a time consuming process, however we’ve created a system that allows us to efficiently add the data to the local toys store website  and we’ve  been able to take the hassle out of of manually completing the process one by one.  We’ve still go a long way to go but we’re looking forward to sharing the development with you!

We met with local kitchen designers – Budget Kitchens and The Designer Kitchen factory to discuss our plans for their developments and get a foundational skeleton for their sites.  We’ve schedule to have both of these two sites developed by the end of the financial year.  Challenge accepted!

Working with maitland printers – Imsprint – we’ve got their site plans drawn up ready for implementation, content is being crafted at the moment so all going well we’ll have this one launch by  June 30 as well.

We’ve got a list of callbacks for the end of this week, as we’re fully book until Thursday.

It’s going to be a busy next few weeks but I am confident that by the end of this month we’ll have reach our goals and be ready for June’s offerings!

Have a great week everyone!
Stay warm dry and most of all healthy! 

WordPress 4.2.1 security update

 

To all of our wordpress clients, WordPress has announced a security update advancing to WordPress version 4.2.1.

If you are once of our ongoing maintenance client we  initiate this update for you,  and have your site updated as a part of the service. If  you are not on our ongoing maintenance plan you can either look to complete the updates yourself or book in to have your website update by Natalie Crowe Designs.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule your updates, please contact our office 0423 285233.

For more information   please visit the WordPress news page here:
https://wordpress.org/news/2015/04/wordpress-4-1-2/

Email Security | Trojan Horse Virus | Document.zip or IMG.zip

Hey all just a reminder to be vigilant with your email security. We’ve discovered that two local businesses on our mailing list have sent out an email with a zip file attachment that when opened triggers the virus to be sent to their entire email list..

These emails include:

First email:
Subject line: Fwd: Documents-323
Body message: Please look invoice attached.  
Attachment: document.zip

Second Email:
Subject line: Quotation Sheet_Snowman
Body:  Sent from my iPad
Attachment: IMG.zip

Both of these contain a trojan horse virus
AVG picked up both of these:
http://www.avgthreatlabs.com/au-en/virus-and-malware-information/info/trojan-horse-generic_s/?name=Trojan%20horse%20Generic_s.ELW&utm_source=TDPU&utm_medium=SCAN&PRTYPE=AVF

We highly recommend you upgrade your virus scanners to the latest version, scan your computer and make sure you’ve removed the files from your computer to avoid any contamination.

If you’ve by chance opened the email, you need to notify your contact list to avoid any further contamination and then address the issue accordingly.

As always, we recommend doing a regular back up of your computer to ensure if things like this happen that you are able to simply restore your computer to  the previous state.

If we can be of any assistance please let us know.
Thanks in advance.

We have Winners of our Free Facebook Cover Design Giveaway

WE HAVE WINNERS!!
Congratulations to EMMA SARTAIN from Cookies ‘n’ Cakes – All Sweets Baked and NAOMI TITCH GRACE from Stitchin’ Titch

Winners of our FREE Facebook Covers – with the number “278” and closest guess at 298

Could Emma and Naomi contact Natalie Crowe Designs to organise your free cover!

Hackers & Importance of Updating Your Website

IMPORTANCE OF UPDATING YOUR WEBSITE!

It’s been a busy last few days, we had a client come on board, whom had been held at the mercy of an international hacker, who utilised an outdated software or content management system behind their website to hack into their online database. The hacker had gone the step further and initiated taunting and demanding money.  So it required further contact to the appropriate authorities…

Althought,The client acknowledges that given that the website system was built 7 years ago, that they were an easy target. It’s a big reminder to all website owners  *You need to keep your systems updated and implement security measures* otherwise there are people out there who will attempt to do the wrong thing…  

If you’re using a system that is open-source or that is free to use, it’s more important than ever to upgrade that system and keep your site up to date with the latest security, as that the source code is available to everyone and hacker use these type of systems in order to exploit people… Keeping in mind,  there is always good and bad in every situation, as long as the appropriate security measures are taken, you can benefit greatly from content management systems such as WordPress, or Joomla  etc, one these precautions have taken place..

Natalie Crowe Designs will be working closely with this client to get this website back on track, we’ve currently accumulated a whole day over the last 3-4 days, in addition to a midnight call out to address the emergency, all of this time has been spent trying to address the issue.  And are now having to  implement a clean version of the latest software and rebuilt the website system.

If you find yourself in the same position or you have not updated your website for some time,  get in contact with us so we can help you get your site up to date and also make sure it’s secure! It’s a loss of revenue, loss of business and damage to your reputation when it comes to issues with your system security and we’re here to help.