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How to test your Website Page Speed with Google Pagespeed Insight Tools

Your website is one of the primary tools your prospects use to connect with you.
So you want to ensure that it is running at it’s best.

We all go over our content to make sure the text is well written and engaging, however we often don’t consider the SPEED and how long it takes for a user to actually load your page. Speed is super important in this instant gratification world.

With Google being the most popular search engine, we tend to primarily look to google as a basis of testing.
And Google offers a range of neat tools to help you test your website. One of these tools Google Page Speed Insights allows you to key in your website address and it will come back with either Low, Medium or High ranking for Page Speed Optimisation along with a list of improvements needed in order to meet Googles requirements.

We encourage our clients and prospects to run their website through this test in order to know where to improve.
To do this:

1) Visit : https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/
2) Type in your website address
3) Review your results.

If your website isn’t in the Green chances are your website is in need of improvements.
If you’d like to discuss these improvements feel free to contact us

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12 Benefits of having a website

Having a website can be an amazing tool for any business. Your website will mean, your potential customers can find you, purchase your products or services and make enquiries 365 days a year without you having to be driving the sales, it can increase your credibility and boost customer confidence. Check out the 12 benefits of having a website, and how as website can work for you:

  1. Having a website means credibility and accuracy of information made available about your business.
  2. A website works for you 365 days a year.
    – Even when you finish work for the day, your website keeps working round the clock.

  3. Your customers can access the information about your business, products and services at their leisure regardless of your operating hours.
  4. You are able to reach a larger target audience.
    – With the ability for potential clients all over the world to have access to your business.

  5. Your clients can make online enquiry 24 hours 7 days a week.
  6. You can use your website as an additional means of advertising.
  7. A website can increase sales.
  8. A website can increase how often your clients interact with your business.
  9. A website can increase customer confidence. 
    – For clients, knowing that they can get in contact with your
    business or find out more information about a service or product is
    reassuring.
  10. You can utilise statistical data to measure the success of your business online.
    – Things like seeing how many people visited your website over a
    period of time, what webpages they viewed and how long they are
    spending on your site.
  11. Website is often more cost effective then print media.
  12.  A website is dynamic and grows as your business does.
    – You can start out with a website that is very basic, simply
    offering your clients general information about your business and then
    later introduce other features for example online shopping, or bookings
    online.

 

Building your business & helping clients locate your business with a website:

Like every business owner, you understand that you need to
make it as easy as possible for your potential clients to locate your
business, and having your potential clients locate your business means
your business is one step closer to having them purchase your products
or utilise services and there are a many ways to of  making your
business more locatable,however, the easiest way starts with having your
own website. 
Almost everywhere you look the internet is readily, at the
click of a button you can type in any search phrase and locate any
number of businesses? So what if your clients knew your business name,
for example “Natalie Crowe Designs” they could search for you (click here for a sample)  or perhaps they typed in some keywords related to your business, on our case “Website Design Cessnock” (click here for a sample).
With a website, we can create an online presence that is optimised  to
be more likely to appear when clients search for these terms.

Website Launch: Holford Welding & Engineering

Early this month we launched  www.holfordwelding.com.au a local hunter valley business  offering Welding, Fabrication, Vehicle Modification & Vehicle Repair – Hunter Valley and Australia Wide.


HOLFORD Engineering & Welding can provide all your Welding
Supervision & Inspection services complying with Australian &
International Standards in the Hunter Valley.

We also do Automotive Modifications like Engine Conversions, Hat Rod
Chassis Fabrication, Minor to Major repairs & Modification to Cars
& Light Commercial Vehicles

With 35 years experience in welding and fabrications and 35 years
experience in vehicle modification and repairs.  Your local team at
Holford Engineering & Welding look forward to assisting your
enquiries.

       ♦ 35 years experience in Welding and Fabrication
       ♦ 35 years experience in Vehicle Modification and Repair
       ♦ Certified Structural & Pressure Welding Supervisor
       ♦ CERTIFIED PRESSURE WELDER – Mig, Tig, Stick
       ♦ Qualified Motor Mechanic.

Phil’s Northern Towing – Website Launched

 

We’re excited to share the launch of one of our newest clients websites. Introducing …. Phil’s Northern Towing!

Phil’s Northern Towing is a Newcastle & Hunter Valley (24/7 & Emergency Towing Service). If you Need Car Towing Newcastle and surrounding areas? Towing to and from the Hunter Region including Nelsons Bay, Maitland, Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie and Central Coast. Day or night  and available 24/7 hours in emergency, Phil’s Northern Towing Newcastle is your local towing service – Call Phil on 49684713.

Your local tow-truck driver; Phil, has decades of experience in Car Salvage, Car Accident Towing, Vehicle Breakdown Towing, Car Transport, Towing for insurance companies and more. Phil specialises in towing cars and small utility vehicles, with a 4
tonne towing capacity and ability tow two vehicles where needed.

Based in Mayfield, Phil is a local Novacastrian and has an extensive knowledge of the Newcastle and the Hunter Region.

Check out the website here: http://www.philsnortherntowing.com.au

as well as the Facebook Page 
https://www.facebook.com/philsnortherntowing

Website Launch : Century Salvage – Vintage Industrial Furniture

We’re excited to share the wonderful updates we’ve just completed and launch of their new Vintage Industrial Furniture
Website. The website features, Antique /Bric-a-brac, Contemporary Art,
Sculptural Lighting and a range of Vintage industrial furniture.
 

Check out the website at http://www.centurysalvage.com.au/
#vintageindustrialfurniture #huntervalley
 

You can also find the Century Salvage team on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/centurysalvage/

 

Imsprint | Hunter Valley Printer reviews Natalie Crowe Designs

We had the pleasure of receiving a client testimonial from our local Printer in Maitland.  Imsprint have emailed us a recent review of our Website Design business and their experience working with us on http://www.imsprint.com.au
Hi Natalie,
We would like to thank you for our fabulous new website!
Not only do you have creative flair & fresh ideas, you make them a reality.
Your support and patience throughout the whole process made what we thought
was impossible a stress free streamlined outcome.
 We have already, and will continue to recommend Natalie Crowe Designs to anyone who
needs a modern, easy to use website.
Thanks again!!
– The Team at Imsprint.com.au
Need Printing? Think Imsprint! Sticker/Decal specialists, Signs, T-Shirt & clothing printing, labels & more. Australia wide service! Phone 0249330410

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. 

Website Launched: Storm-Haylee.com.au

Over the last week or so Natalie Crowe Designs has been working with Storm from Stormfire Designs to setup a new website – http://www.storm-haylee.com.au to showcase all of Storm’s recent works;  clothing range, modelling photoshoots, competitions, magazine work, promotional work, show and tour details with Bodyheat Australia’s Dream Girls, private work, radio interviews and music videos. 

 

Visit storm’s site here:
Newcastle Model, Dancer, Waitress and Manager for Bodyheat Australia’s Dream Girls