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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


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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Steps to Migrating from Wix to WordPress

Wix is a great starting platform for any business. However WordPress offers  a better a long term solution for business owners wanting to grow and improve their presence online. 

In order to migrate from WIX to new WordPress setup you’re going to need to do some ground work to prepare yourself.   There isn’t an actual conversion tool that does this migration for you cost effectively. Most often it’s like going to be a case of  recreating the foundations in WordPress and whole lot of copy and pasting.

Setting Up Your Development Platform:
Whilst you’re rebuilding your site you’re going to want to have a domain name or website address to build your website with.  Domain names are cheap in the grand scheme of things, you can pick up a basic domain for under $25 a year.  Once your site is developed and you’re ready to go live, you can move your actual business website address over to the new platform. – I emphasise here you’re not going to lose it .  We just need to get the process started so you can start building and the most efficient way to do that is to just purchase another domain name.

Second to your development domain name, we’re going to need to setup website hosting.  Your website hosting is a purchased online storage space for the files and resources related to your new website.  With your WIX website the hosting was included in the free or purchased account you had there.  

So now the decision maker:

  • What domain name will you choose?
  • What hosting package will you choose?
  • Which domain and hosting provider will you choose?

Many of our clients have SITEGROUND.com accounts setup. Siteground is a domain and hosting service you can buy products through.  For this walk through I am going to use my links for  specific siteground products however you’re free to choose whichever platforms you feel comfortable using.

Choosing a domain and hosting package:

1) Register a Domain 
Go to https://www.siteground.com/go/ncddomains and type in the domain name you’d like to purchase for the development.  You’ll see a heap of different options and prices so pick and choose which one will be the best for you and then click “add to cart”.

2) Next we’ll choose a hosting package. 
If you click on the direct link is here: https://www.siteground.com/go/ncdhosting  it’ll load recommended WordPress hosting packages. You can then click Add to Cart on the relevant package you’d like to purchase.

3) Lastly for this component, we’ll process the cart and configure your account.
Follow the prompts to complete your purchase. You’ll likely get an email in regards to your new account and how to login to your control panel to manage your new SITEGROUND account.

4) Login & Install WordPress
Login to your new hosting environment. If you’re using SITEGROUND there is a free installer for wordpress, however if you’ve used another hosting platform you’ll need to locate the installer inside your hosting control panel. Once you’ve found the installer. Install WordPress on the ROOT level directly so  just on “/” not in a folder. We don’t want to make our links any longer.  You can pick whatever theme you want – if it gives you the option to choose a theme here, as we can always change the theme later on.

5) Configure WordPress:
Once installed – You can configure the overall wordpress installation. 

Some important Tips:
Go to SETTINGS > Permalinks and set to use “Post Names” and click SAVE
Go to SETTINGS > Reading  and tick the ” Discourage search engines from indexing this site” so that your development site doesn’t come up on the search engines straight away. We’ll untick this when we go live.

6) Next you’ll choose and configure a theme.
Go to APPEARANCE > Themes and explore the range of  “free” themes from the theme options, or you can purchase / install other things from external locations.  You can configure the theme as you like.

7) Add your page structure- 
Initially these will just be the place holders you’ll populate the content later.
Go to Pages> Add New Page and add the name of the page  and leave it empty pages. Click Publish.
Go to the “Add New” button now located at the top of the page or go back to the side menu and click Add New under pages and repeat the process for each of your page.

7.1) Tell wordpress which is the homepage and which is your blog page.
Go to SETTINGS > Reading and  select “the homepage displays as STATIC”  set the Homepage to you new homepage and the posts page to your blog page.

8) Create the primary menu –  now you’ve created the basic pages we’ll construct a menu.
Go to Appearances > Menus and create your primary menu
Tick the page names on the left and add them to your menu.
Tick the “Primary Menu” box often found on the bottom  righthand side.  of the screen – to tel the theme to use this menu as the primary menu.

9) Install / Activate / Configure Relevant Plugins:

 Go to Plugins and you’ll want to go through and install any relevant plugins you’ll need for your website.  In most cases there will be very similar plugins needed. We’ve included some samples you may consider installing if relevant these include:
♦ Woocommerce – Online Store plugin,
♦ Updraft to enable to you to make backups off the site.
♦ Yoast plugin for optimisation .
♦ WP Maintenance Mode – Creates Maintenance Mode page so the public can’t see your development.

Depending on the plugins you’ve chosen to install there is often some sort of configuration for each of the plugins required.  Configure these the best you can and then we move onto migrating the content.

10) Copying your content:
Work your way through each page copying and pasting the content from your old site to the new site.
To do this go to Pages >  Open the page you’re working on.  You’ll need to copy over the content from WIX.

Photo TIP :
I’d suggest going through and saving copies of your images to directly from your WIX site and re-uploading them to your new site. To add  photos to your page you’ll need to go to the “Add Media” button and upload files .

If you have blog posts, you’ll need to complete this process for those posts on separate blog posts. 

There are plenty of other things you could do with your website configuration but this should give you a solid foundation moving forward.


Transferring your domain name from Wix:

The WIX website actually has step by step instructions here on how to transfer your domain name from their services.  However the basic steps include:

  1. Login to the WIX website.
  2. Go to the “My Domains” page.
    Note: If you have more than one domain in your account, select the relevant domain.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click Transfer away from Wix.
  5. Click Send Code.

This will trigger an EPP code which you’ll use to transfer your domain name over to another domain provider.  


Best of luck and we’ll post further instructions and step by step resources moving forward.

Kind Regards,
Natalie Crowe

Virtual PA Lancashire – Busy Lizzie – New UK Client

Goooooooooood Morning Everyone hope you’re having an amazing Wednesday! πŸ™‚

We’ve been super busy working with some amazing clients since the new year and wanted to introduce you to one of the projects we’ve been working on.

Introducing Busy Lizzie Personal Assistant a UK based virtual assistant based in Lancashire.

We worked with Lizzie to rebuild her old website to a new much more modern and practical website. The website is a WordPress site complete with blog, contact form and an easy to use page builder element so make managing the site a breeze.

We’ve optimized the load speed of the site so it’s favorable to the search engines and targeted relevant search terms that would see her progressively work her way to the top of the search engines for her chose key search phrases.

Couple this with the ability to continue to grow her content and optimize her own blog posts based on the guidance of key plugins like Yoast, and Lizzie is well on her way!

Why not try searching for Lizzie today?

For best results open your browser in private or incognito mode. What this does is gives you a fresh search experience and doesn’t take into consideration any other search criteria or previous pages you’ve visited into account. You actually use this method to check your own status on the search engines.

With your browser in private (ie, mozilla firefox & safari) or incognito mode (chrome) – type in www.google.com and search for “Virtual PA Lancashire” you’ll see Lizzie’s site is slowly working it’s way up the organic rankings.

Whilst Lizzie’s site is not quite in the number one position with consistent content and engagement with her site. This will improve over time.

It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Lizzie and we’ll be working together on a few additional projects moving forward.

You can find out more about Lizzie by visiting her:

Strive For Autism – Autism Hunter Valley Support Group

Strive For Autism Hunter Valley website launch!

 

I am pleased to announce the launch of striveforautism.org.au and look forward to supporting this local community group in 2018 to provide much needed support and resources for our Hunter Valley Autism Community.

In March 2017,  we were contacted by Maxine Baird from Bairds Real Estate in regards to a possible collaboration in terms of the development for a new website for the Hunter Valley Autism Support Group –  Strive For Autism.

The Strive for Autism support groupβ€―was formed in 2007 by a group of dedicated parents and friends of individuals who have an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Originally formed to provide parents in the Cessnock area with a support group where they could come together to support each other by sharing stories and advice, it has developed over the years, becoming involved in many activities to raise community awareness and increase support for families and individuals with ASD.

New Strive For Autism – Hunter Valley website:

Strive for Autism had an existing website for the organisation which offered a great foundation however given the growth in participation and overall achievements of the organisation, it was clear that a brand new website complete with:

  •  an online Members Area,
  •  Dedicated resources directory,
  • The ability to share their achievements,
  • The ability provide the public with relevant information and updates in the form of a news / blog
  • Provide a point of connection, contact and a go to for ASD resources for our community.

Strive for Autism Website Hunter Valley Features
After discussing the organisations requirements, I detailed all of the possibilities I could come up with, based on a series of notes provided, these notes outlined roughly that the site would have a minimum of 30 pages, need to be connected with the social media platforms, be easy to manage and update.  

Example Sitemap Draft:

Strive For Autism Draft Website Sitemap

Strive For Autism Quarterly Meetings – Koe-Nara Cessnock.

I was welcomed to the organisations quarterly meeting at the Koe-Nara building at Cessnock Public School Grounds, and given the opportunity to talk about our plans moving forward.
 
Whilst I anticipated the development cost coming in around the $3000 mark, by the time we were done, the development was closer to $5000. 

With knowledge that this was for an amazing cause, that Strive For Autism is a Not-For Profit organisation helping our kids and our families,  and the overall energy and the desire to support and nurture our local Autism Community  – I wanted to contribute and really get behind this amazing local initiative; the volunteers involved and of course the members with family or friends with or impacted Autism Spectrum Disorders.

50% Donation to a worth cause.

After crunching numbers and looking at our remaining donations pool,  I decided to jump on board, and offered Strive a 50% donation of the development price in order to ease the financial burden on the organisation… Leaving more funding available to give back to our kids. 

The $2450 saving in my mind was the best means of contribution I could made as a starting point for this.

 

Autism Website Development:

Since then, Maxine and her team have worked tirelessly  with more than 200 emails back and fourth to get the website to where it stands today. 

The website will continue to be developed and built on to.  With the addition of many more resources to the directory and plenty more content on the agenda. 

This amazing project whilst it has taken nearly 8 months to come to fruition.  It has been a pleasure working with Maxine and the amazing staff at Bairds Real Estate, over the months leading up to launch date, which we decided 10th Anniversary Dinner.

Strive For Autism 10th Anniversary Dinner:

 




Held on the 14th of November at Cessnock Golf Club,  we had the pleasure of meeting many of our local members of Strive, their families and friends,  who came along to celebrate 10 year anniversary for Strive for Autism. The amazing Keynote Speaker Trudy Sharp received a standing ovation for her incredible presentation of her life and the life they made for themselves  – going against the odds, believing in her son and his abilities and trusting that where there is a will there is away.

Below pictured Trudy Sharp, Appointed Strive Ambassador Anna and Maxine Baird Strive President.

Andrie Designs – Website Design & Business Mentoring Cessnock

Over the last few years, I’ve worked with 100s of clients to establish and grow their businesses – both online and offline, some of my amazing clients are local within Cessnock & the Hunter Valley, others I meet with via Skype and work remotely to offer support and a wide range of skill set from:

  •  Website Design,
  • Technical Support
  • to my experience as a solo-entrepreneur –
  • mama of 1
  • and self employed business owner for almost a decade. 

My next Blog Post feature client is one of those amazing clients I work with remotely, who is not only an amazing client but after spending volumes of time together over the years – I am proud to call my client and friend.

Lisa Ratford – The owner of AndrieDesigns.com formerly TwoPrettyPoppets.com – an indie pattern designer specialising detailed sewing patterns for professional results, contacted me in regards to getting some business mentoring and website support some time ago.  

We’d worked together on “tweaking” elements of her website and growing her online presence, eventually moving Lisa over to our hosting platforms and redesigning her website to suit her ongoing demand and new face of her business. 

When I spoke with Lisa about the possibility of her being willing to prepare a testimonial for me,  she was more than obliging and call me a sucker for happy ending but her words brought me to tears. 

Lisa and I have been through so much over the years with troublesome/ dud development, technical challenges and who can forget the “Double” Move – shifting  from one hosting company – and being the only account on the system to have issues, to then completely pick up that site development not a month later and move the site again  – as a means of allowing Lisa’s website to function at it’s best.

Anyway without further delays – here’s what Lisa from AndrieDesigns.com had to say out Natalie Crowe Designs – Website Design and Business Mentoring Hunter Valley :

“When Nat first asked if I’d be able to write a testimonial for her revamped website, I didn’t give it a second thought. After the complete and utter chaos my poor website has been through over the past few months, it was the least I could do to say thank you!

Right from day one back in 2016, Nat has been fantastic and an absolute pleasure to work with. Her attention to detail and complete dedication to each and every little niggle I throw at her continues to amaze and impress me.

So, it was only natural that when the time came to move my website off its existing host server and onto a new one, I knew Nat was THE person for the job. Throughout the process, we encountered several hiccups (over and above the ‘typical’ hiccups associated with a move) which caused extra stress, frustration, and at times the need to vent via several inappropriate expletives which need not be repeated. Throughout the whole ordeal Nat maintained complete professionalism, worked on the issues over countless hours and a couple of sleepless nights, and reassured and updated me as she went on where things were at.

To say the move was a success wouldn’t be completely accurate, and unfortunately we then had to turn around and move the site AGAIN just 6 weeks later. Despite the heavy feeling in our hearts, we both dug deep and just got on with it. Again, Nat was wonderful at both the work she did in moving my site AND her reassurance and constant contact. Thankfully this time it was a resounding success and I know my site would be no where near as amazing as it is without her help and support.

If there was ever a 100% top notch developer and business mentor then Nat would have to be it. I am beyond thrilled with the work she has completed for me thus far and look forward to a long and prosperous partnership as my businesses continue to grow. Thank you for everything lovely lady!”

– Lisa Ratford
www.andriedesigns.com

MDGS.org.au – Maitland & Beyond Family History

Natalie Crowe Designs has been working with local Genealogical Society  ” Maitland & District Genealogical Society Inc”  MDGS for short…  to develop a new website to share the services and provide the public with a means to make enquiries about the historic information stored within the various resources the Society has.

MDGS underwent a name change and is now known as Maitland & Beyond Family History Inc. in 2016 and the new website reflects this change.

Designing the Website For MDGS.org.au

The original development was close to $3000 worth, with a great deal of time and planning as to what was needed long-term for the Society. Things like; Where the site would be going in the years that followed the development of the website and the simplicity needed so that members of the Society could self manage and update their new website.

I met with several members of the society at the Barracks at 17 Lindesay  Street, East Maitland to discuss the website development needs and what would be best suited for the growing society – long term. 

After the consult, I spent time going over what was currently available in way of an online presence and what other services were offering.  Whilst there were very little in the way of offerings locally,  I  felt a strong connection with the Society and what the Society had to offer.  I felt that the Society provided the local community with many an amazing resources, not only connecting the past with the present and helping people connect the dots but the many uncovered gems here, the preservation of our history and what we’d provide for future generations.  My primary aim, whilst being in business, was to support and nurture… with the conscious intent of ensuring this type of resource was available for years to come.  

Whilst I often donate time and funds to community services like this. I wanted to include at least a $600 discount from my current years “donation budget” as a way to give back, by the time I’d finished the proposal – from memory think we reached a collective to $870 worth of time donate to the Society free of charge as a means of supporting the amazing efforts of the volunteers at this not for profit service.

For more information on what the service offers – visit their website  – http://mdgs.org.au  

Maitland & Beyond Family History Inc - MDGS.org.au

 

Maitland & District Genealogical Society Inc (MDGS) was originally formed in 1998 as the Maitland Family History Circle Inc.  12 years later the name was changed; and following many years operating from the Community Room at Maitland Library on Wednesday mornings, MDGS moved to its current location at the Mounted Police Barracks, 17 Lindesay Street, East Maitland in 2011.  In 2016 MDGS became Maitland & Beyond Family History Inc.

Current operating times are:

  • Wednesday, 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Saturday, 9:30am – 3:00pm
  • Other times by appointment

While we are located in Maitland, our research is not restricted to Maitland alone.  We can help you with your ancestors whether they lived locally or beyond; came free or convict; English, Scottish, Irish!

A sample of what we have available:

  • An electronic database of people who are mentioned in our resources
  • An extensive Library, that includes books on a variety of topics of interest to researchers, as well as research on specific families
  • A large archive of research completed over many years
  • NSW Registers of Baptisms, Burials and Marriages, 1787 – 1856 (microfilmed images of Parish Registers)
  • Transcribed Parish and Cemetery Records from the local area and beyond
  • Transcripts of Death Registers from the Maitland Court House, 1856 – 1945
  • Pioneer Registers from the local area and beyond
  • A large range of CDs and digital material from Australia and overseas
  • Transcribed Electoral Rolls from our local area and beyond
  • Land Records, Maps and Rate Books of our local area that can help you find where your ancestor lived and/or if they owned land

Mobile Massage Hunter Valley – Web Design Cessnock

Hello from your local Hunter Valley Web Designer.

Today’s blog post is a little strange in the fact it’s about one of our amazing clients who actually decided to close down her website; Rosetta’s Mobile Massage. – rosettasmassage.com.au

Yep! You read right…  Rosetta chose to close down her website developed by Natalie Crowe Designs…. So what on earth am I doing writing about it here????!!   and WHY would I want to write a whole blog post about a client deciding not to use a website designed and built for her??  

Well this blog post is about Rosetta’s experience.  I have Rosetta’s permission to share  our web development story and how our business journey has come about.
 
Rosetta contacted me some time ago … 16 maybe 18 months ago looking to setup a website.  She was a little apprehensive with the process and wasn’t sure exactly what she wanted or what she wanted to  with her new website but she knew she needed to have a website.

We got her started with a basic site and setup the content for her based on her ideas and content provision.
I themed the site much like a resort theme with “hot stones” as a part of an unofficial logo and make the site look as fresh and clean  and appealing to Rosetta’s ideal target market – at that point – her target market was clients who were interested in getting mobile massage schedule, sometimes for parties and events or corporate gigs.

Rosetta offered services around and through-out the Hunter Valley, Pokolbin, Cessnock & Kurri Kurri areas.  The website  was made up of gorgeous blue and white tones:

The website was released out onto the internet and things got interesting…  Whilst I can tell you Rosetta’s Story, Let’s let Rosetta share her experience..

Rosetta’s Testimonial:
“I was getting calls weekly about 5 a week due to the new website and people wanting group massages at local resorts at the Hunter Valley. As my business progressed at Kurri Bootcamp I couldn’t keep with the overload of calls that I had from the website and people were telling me that I needed to slow down, so much so that I decided to stop the website altogether, but I would recommend Natalie Crowe Designs to anyone that is just starting their own business. Natalie was helpful and supportive, she answered all my questions and was online and there when I  needed her. ” – Rosetta Belcastro.
 
Whilst Rosetta’s website is scheduled for closure in November 2017. Rosetta is still very much open for business and is going strong.  Her active facebook page 2327 Remedial Massage is evergreen and growing daily.  Rosetta is still operating from the Kurri Bootcamp site on the Main Street in Kurri and has a great local client base here in the Hunter Valley.

For more information – please see the profile information below:
NOTE: prices are subject to change without notice, at the time of this blog post the information below was accurate. 


Rosetta’s Mobile Massage – 0402392099

–  Kurri Kurri Mobile Massage Servicing the Hunter Valley, Maitland & Newcastle areas

Massage Price List:

Relaxation Massage

$35.00 30 minutes $70.00 a hour

Relaxation massage is a pain free way to help loosen up your muscles
and is great for those who have had a hard working week or feel like treating themselves to some TLC.

Pregnancy Massage – with Pregnancy Pillow

$35.00 30 minutes $70.00 a hour

Beneficial after the 2nd Trimester Helps to reduce lower back pain and general discomfort that comes with pregnancy

Remedial Massage

$40.00 30 minutes $80.00 a hour

Remedial massage works on muscular tension and chronic pain
I will assess which muscles are causing you pain and tailor a treatment plan to suit along with some stretching exercises.

Hot Stone Massage

$75.00 a hour – (Unavailable During Mobile Massage)

Hot stone massage is a specialty massage where the therapist uses smooth, heated stones as an extension of their own hands for ultimate relaxation. This service isn’t available as a mobile service

Additional Massage

Reflexology Session

30minutes $30.00 60 minutes $60.00

Reflexology is a science based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and is known for its ability to quickly relieve stress, harmonise the body and increase immunity.

Additional Information:

  • Available for mobile massages
  • Fully qualified from AIAS membership with ATMS
  • Available Monday thru to Sunday 9am to 5pm

Mobile available includes a $15.00 travel fee from Cessnock to Newcastle

Chair massages available for parties

$60.00 for every hour when you book a maximum of ten people
receive a $10.00 discount.

To request a booking:

Please contact us on any of the following mediums:

FOR MASSAGE:

If you’d be interested in making an appointment with Rosetta -Remedial Massage Therapist:

Home is where the heart is – Hunter Valley Web Designer & Business Mentor

Good Morning lovely people,

The 31st of July and I’ve realised just recently that I’ve been so busy working on my amazing client’s websites and mentoring, that I’ve not made time to blog on my own website!!   It’s been a busy 7… going 8 months  and I have been reflecting on this time.

As many of you may be aware, we bought our own home in the Hunter Valley at the end of 2016. We had been renovating ahead of moving in, which took us several months.   We finally took the leap and started the adventure in Abermain on the 1st of May.

Now who would have thought being a home owner could be so diverse.. in-between settling in, unpacking, re-arranging and being able to put a hole in the wall to hang a picture… tending the grounds… “decorating” and really establishing solid roots in our forever home…. it’s been an eye opening experience… something I’ve literally spent more than a decade trying to achieve…. and we did it… we are finally homeowners…  a part of the hunter valley community and genuinely ready to lay down solid foundations for the future here.

I am so very excited by the mere possibilities we now have…  I have so many ideas and visions that I’d like to create moving forward… I want to build up my plans for our Academy, I want to share my knowledge with the amazing business community in the Hunter Valley… I want to build my own office dedicated to meeting clients and setup the home of Natalie Crowe Designs.. This business.. this journey I’ve taken in the last 10 years…

From humble beginnings – just wanting to make ends meet – put a roof over our heads and keep food on the table – as a single mum with limited work prospects – time and means of doing a regular 9 to 5 job…    To now wanting to build an empire.. a community and mould this idea I have around supporting business owners in the local community and online.

I too, have taken too being more accountable, more visible… I’ve entered the world of Facebook Live afew weeks ago,   jumping right in and putting those stereotypes to rest that you need to be pristine and perfect to be in front of your audience…   I’m generally not either of those things but I am damn good at what I do and my client’s don’t care about those things, they care that they are looked after – catered for and that when they need my knowledge and expertise I deliver.

I will be posting more often on here, and have a whole lot of information I want to share with all of you in the near future so don’t a stranger πŸ™‚

Pop over to the Facebook page and check out the live feeds and daily postings πŸ™‚
http://www.facebook.com/nataliecrowedesigns 

I’ll talk to you all again soon
Kind Regards,

Natalie Crowe πŸ™‚

When was your last backup?

WHEN WAS YOUR LAST BACKUP??

It can be your worst nightmare when you have a system go down; such as a core system for your business, your email or your actual website, there may have been a problem with a component or perhaps you were a target of a cyber attack – and had your website hacked. These are frequent occurrences we often see our new clients come in with.

And as a result, We’ve helped numerous clients reinstate their existing system or rebuild after their devastating losses.  In some cases, there may not have ever been a backup made, which requires further investigation and possibly having to rebuild your system from scratch. With clients describing it as a  ‘heart breaking’ process after building there website or system up over years. And then going through the process of knowing that this whole ordeal can be made exceptionally more efficient and can save a whole lot of heartache by simply making sure you’ve got a backup to work with.

So my questions for you:

  • —> WHEN WAS YOUR LAST BACKUP?
  • —> Have you backed up your actual computer with all of your important files?
  • —> Have you backup up your website so that if something does happen you have an alternative other than just to have to start again…
  • —> and have you added “backup” dates to your calendar??  

Depending on your systems as to what type of backup is needed, There are plenty of tools available for you to efficiently make a backup copy of your system and provide you with peace of mind.

One other tip- STORE EXTERNAL!!!

Make sure you backup your files or site in more than just one location or at very least on an external location…

So for example;
If you’re backing up your computer, don’t store the backup copy on the computer –  pick up an PORTABLE HARD DRIVE from Officeworks or Big W and store your files there…   if your computer hard drive crashes you have the PORTABLE HARD DRIVE as an alternative.

If you’re backing up your website, download a copy to your computer or store on another location outside your website hosting.

Lastly put it into your calendar…  make sure it’s a regular event to backup your systems.   Even if you lose a little of your data  with restoring an slightly older backup, at least it’s better than having to start again…

Don’t fall victim to something you can actively take action against.
If you’re not backing your systems up and need a hand please feel free to message our page. We will happily help get you underway.