Why Responsive WordPress Themes are Important

What is a Responsive WordPress Theme?

We are (finally) making our website responsive! Since we are too busy working for our clients, we hardly have any time to look after our own website. But now it’s time! One Internet Marketing is temporarily under construction, that’s why it doesn’t look all that fancy right now, but check back in a few days and be surprised! Many people are asking me; “why does my website look ‘crappy’ on my mobile device?”. So let me explain a few things about responsiveness and what it means.

Buy Responsive WordPress Themes on Theme ForestIs your website responsive? Good question; first of all what is a responsive website? What does ‘responsive‘ mean? And what is a responsive WordPress theme? Is the whole responsive thing just a hype to make more money? Quite the opposite is true! Good responsive WordPress themes make your site look good in all different sizes and devices. Users of mobile phones with small screens might not be able to see your site the way you want them to see it, and worst, too small buttons and ‘hard to click’ links will bring frustration to your website visitors, rather than making you any sales! Not enough, your bounce rate will increase (visitors leave your page without clicking any links to open a second or third page on your site), and your website ranking for your best keywords will drop further and further over time.

Keep Your Website User Friendly And Up to Date!

This is NOT what you want to happen! WordPress has become an outstanding tool to get your business in front of an audience. WordPress is also the perfect choice for internet marketing and SEO, but if your theme is outdated, which it probably is if it is older than two years, in other words your website has been built more than 2 years ago and never changed the theme, then you have a problem! A user friendly website, with today’s standards and requirements for social marketing, needs to be responsive. There are basically two ways to achieve this; either you create a mobile application for your site, which can be expensive and time consuming, or you change your WordPress theme to a responsive theme.

Free WordPress Themes

As you maybe aware, almost all free WordPress themes have a ton of disadvantages! This hasn’t changed when responsive themes started to get on the market. Free themes are either spiked with unremovable footer links to affiliate websites, encrypted base64 code that can contain any kind of malware or unwanted links. Free themes can cost you in the end more than buying a well developed responsive WordPress theme from any of the bigger theme websites like themeforest.net or Elegant Themes, come with great theme support, directly from the developers, thus with the guarantee that the theme works as promised! Responsive themes are fully customizable and work on all devices.

Why Should You Care?

Hey, not only are you going to make the internet a better place with a user friendly website, but you’re also almost certainly going to make more money with your site! Your visitors will stay longer on your site, they will look at more than the one page they landed on, your ranking will therefor increase and you will make more sales and your RoI will suddenly look much better! Look at your website’s performance at Google Page Speed and see the user experience on mobile devices.

Do you have the right Web Hosting Account?

Web Hosting

One of the most important factors for a solid online presence and successful internet marketing, is a reliable web hosting account! It is crucial that a business website is available at any time 24/7, so you should look for an uptime of 99.9%!. This is especially important for eCommerce websites and businesses in the tourist industry.

Dedicated Hosting

Dedicated webhosting is faster and more reliable than shared hosting, and you don’t have to worry about other people screwing up your server. The downside is the price. Dedicated hosting is far more expensive. That’s why only a few businesses opt for a dedicated web hosting account right from the start of their Internet presence. A good webhosting account can always be upgraded without downtime, on a later point, once the business grows.

Nevertheless even a small business needs Internet Marketing and it doesn’t need to cost much. As long as the website is up and running – even on a shared hosting account – everything is good. Nevertheless, there are only a limited amount of web hosting companies out there, like for example BlueHost or HostGator, who are as reliable as we require, for us to trust them. We have been working with these companies for many years now and we never had a problem that could not be solved. Both companies offer ‘CPanel’ management, which allows us to do what needs to be done without delay. At the time of writing we give a little more credit to Bluehost because their CPanel version is always recent, while Hostgator still works with an older version that looks a bit clumsy and provides a bit less comfort and functionality.

>Update May 2016 (2 years later): We do not support nor recommend Bluehost or Hostgator anymore! The meanwhile blong to the 80 webhosting companies empire of EIG and their services have rapidly declined. Read more here.

We have also worked with many different webhosting companies, where we have moved in and out in the same week! Hosting account without CPanel are causing a significant slowdown in work progress, especially if it requires ftp uploads. Our experience on these accounts may save you some time.

One web hosting company we can only recommend to stay away from, is Glob@t, another EIG company! They offer extremely strange services, like “Automatic Account Upgrades”, yep, fully automatically does the client get charged 49.95 for something he never ordered, never needs and will never understand what they paid 50 bucks for! All that and more awaits the newbie in the web hosting world, so beware and check back with us if you need more information.

SiteGround is NOT RELATED WITH EIG! And they promised they never would be! Read here why this is important!

Web Hosting

Why Use WordPress

Why Use WordPress? – To make the Internet a Better Place!

Why Use WordPressEvery business needs to develop a well designed and professional looking website these days; that’s a fact! Today the internet is more competitive than it ever was and tomorrow it will be even more competitive! Therefore you will need an easily updatable, user friendly, and high ranked website, to be able to succeed with your business and stay ahead of your competitors!

Websites that have been built in pure html or in older and meanwhile unsupported content management systems are loosing continuously on ranking. The previously top ranked websites are loosing ground and old and well situated businesses are starting to struggle because their online income has been reduced drastically. What happened are the latest Google algorithm updates which disqualified ‘over optimized’ websites. If this has happened to you, or if your website is still in old html and has been manually set up, it’s time to budgetize a new website! Do it BEFORE your site drops! Once your site has dropped out of the top 30, your webmaster will have his share on problems to get it back up to the top.

Wordpress Premium Theme TemplatesNow the differences with WordPress compared to a conventional html website or any other modern CMS like Drupal or Joomla, are impressive, to say the least! Websites will be much more efficient, easy to use and to update and you can do a lot more with it. Websites can be changed and get a new layout fast and at any time. WordPress is the CMS we use here at ONE Internet Marketing and I can personally recommend WordPress to anybody who wants to succeed online!

Some of the most important reasons why to use WordPress for your business website.

  • Popularity – WordPress is the most used content management system (CMS) in the world today. Millions of users are using WordPress for their business and private websites. Therefore WordPress has grown a huge community of developers for the core files and an even greater community of people who develop thousands of plugins that can add additional functionality to WordPress. There is not much that I cannot do with WordPress today!
  • WordPress is SEO Friendly – Besides good content, search engine optimization (SEO), is the most important part of your online success. Much of your website’s traffic will come from the major search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. Getting listed on the first page of these search engines is a challenge and the daily growing competition doesn’t make it easier. Thus, having a search engine friendly business website can help you to reach your goal. There are many WordPress plugins, that have been developed to help efficiently with SEO on your site.
  • Social Media Marketing – An other reason why to use WordPress is social marketing. Websites that have been built in WordPress, have excellent social marketing capabilities, to help build your business on a local level by connecting it to Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites. There are various plugins available for free that will help you to connect all your social site pages to your main website and you can then automatically publish to these social networking sites when you post on your site. This will enable you to ‘share’ more of your content on your social networks, make it ‘viral’ and get more people to come to your website and see what your business has to offer.
  • WordPress is easy to use – You do not need a PhD nor do you need to know much HTML or PHP coding to create your own WordPress website. Everything is coded for you and it is basically a matter of putting everything into place. Instead of building your website from scratch, all you need to do is adding your content, such as videos, images and well written and optimized texts. WordPress makes it easy for you to do everything right that Google requires for a site to be ranked high.

  • Adding New Content – Adding fresh content to your website regularly is very important to maintain a good search engine position for your desired keywords. Using WordPress makes it much easier to manage and update your website content. It will take you just minutes to create new pages or posts with a simple text editor in your website’s admin section.
  • WordPress Support – Things break! That’s a fact. Even though WordPress is the most sophisticated CMS of modern times, sometimes something can go wrong. But no worries, anytime you have problems with your website there is an extensive support system for WordPress available. Simply write your problem into Google search and you will find an answer or a solution that works!
  • Professionally Designed WordPress Theme Templates – You can find hundreds of professionally designed website themes for WordPress for free on the internet. These themes come in a variety of designs, layouts and color and styles. Although the free theme templates can be customized, they may deny you access to certain parts of the theme layout, where they have coded their own links into the theme. To avoid this we strongly recommend to use WordPress Premium Themes for your business website. The cost of a well designed WordPress theme varies between 5 and 100 $. You can usually get what you need for around 50$. With a premium theme you don’t have to leave unwanted links on your website!
  • Functionality – WordPress functionality, that is great by itself already, can be increased through so called ‘Plugins’ are little modules that provide different features for your website. There are already thousands of free plugins available from which you can choose. You can add guestbooks or shopping carts, add the local weather or a tidal calendar, you can add a booking software for your hotel or dive center or anything else you can think of. Plugins can easily be installed from within the WordPress admin section.
  • Easy to make Changes and Update – You can easily freshen up your website with a new layout or design. You can simply choose, upload and activate a new WordPress theme and it will override the previous theme without changing the content of your website. You will have to do some adjustments in design and in the way you have put things to make it look right in the new theme, but nothing you need a PhD for again! Updating WordPress is easy today and mostly a matter of a few clicks. Beware though, there are some plugins that need special attention, you should read the manuals!
  • Blogging Capability – Since the WordPress CMS was originally developed as a blogging software. it can not only manage your whole business site, it also gives you the ability of blogging. Blogging is a kind of writing a monthly, weekly or even daily journal about what is happening in your business. Blogging gives your website new content and has become invaluable for many businesses. ready.

WordPress has more advantages like Web 2 capabilities, RSS feeds, pingbacks, automating publication pinging and much more, but these ten points should be enough to convince anybody who wants to start a business website to at least try WordPress. We recommend that when you are engaging a webmaster for your internet marketing efforts, ask him to build your website in WordPress! It is safe, it is easy to install and it can do all you will ever need!

IWIPA Disabled by Facebook!

As of today IWIPA was disabled on Facebook

Here is what I found on Twitter coming from IWIPA: @facebook We have no idea why you disabled our application #106878476015645 it serves 80K users. This happened 3 hours ago, please help.

IWIPA Disabled - 29. November 2011In the meantime 80.000 users who have created countless great looking facebook pages over the past few month, are back to zero! All our IWIPA Facebook pages have lost their content and the many hours of work, invested into them, almost overnight. IWIPA’s Facebook pages and profile is gone and has also been disabled. Their link to the Facebook app www.facebook.com/iwipa?v=app_106878476015645 will bring you right back to your facebook wall, so I guess they have not only disabled it but redirected the url already to user.php page for good. It would be great to get a statement from Facebook.  And what’s next? What can we use next? And does this mean that applications like IWIPA will no longer be tolerated from Facebook? Then we are back to the nice WordPress plugin but we are doomed to pay for SSL certifications and dedicated domains.

UPDATE! This is a response from IWIPA – “Our application was removed from facebook and we are currently working with facebook to add it back.
For now, you can easily add all your content back to how it was by simply doing the following go here to Fix your IWIPA Page
Click on “add to page” on the left column, add it to our page then go back and it should load all your previous content automatically.
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IWIPA – Trouble with Facebook Pages

IWIPA App Disabled by FacebookI hate say it but these Facebook business pages are becoming a major pain! You can’t notify anyone who liked your page anymore about updates, events can only be sent to personal friends and not the fans, who actually expressed that they like the page and wouldn’t mind to get notified about updates, by clicking the like button! We can assume so much, I guess, being in an environment like Facebook and given the fact that everyone with a brain should know AND expect by now, the with clicking this Like button, he/she would at least get notified about updates and changes. It was this way when Facebook pages started to become attractive to businesses in the beginning of this year. Likes or Fans could be notified about updates, which did quickly make sense to everybody using it. Facebook user count had a boost out of this and facebook ads started to be interesting for internet marketing too now… but that was then! Now all the great features have been dismantled and Facebook just took down a major application and destroyed the work of 80.000 people by a push of a button.

Has your IWIPA Application Disappeared?

Check out the Fix for IWIPA Pages for now. Until we know more, let’s hope that they can get it back up and cut a deal with Facebook. Otherwise several hundred thousand IWi[pa application based Facebook pages will remain with not much more than their wall posts.

I will keep you informed about the newest development of IWIPA on Facebook here on this site.

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Olark – Free Live Chat for Websites

cThe Best Free Live Chat Software For Your Website

Olark Live Chat for WebsitesI would like to hug these guys! Since this won’t happen, I decided to write a review about Olark Live Chat instead! Since I discovered Olark Live Chat for Websites software and implemented it into the first client website their sales have gone up right away and they have collected several valuable email contacts. I was amazed when I first tried it out on how many new contacts I collected right away. Believe me when I say; people are far easier to convince to leave you their email address, when you personally ask for it. When they can talk with you right away and ask you questions about your product or service, you gain their trust. And what a great way to find out what people really want when they visit your site. Instead of investing in years of trial and error; simply ask!

How Olark Live Chat for Websites Works

When a visitor comes to your website you hear a sound on your computer. In your chat software, easily installed on your computer, you can the click on the visitor and send a message which will instantly appear on the visitors screen. Try it out; it’s free and it’s easily installed. If you are not online, the live chat software turns automatically into a powerful sign-up tool where the visitor can leave a message, together with name and the email address. Me, I’m sitting on the computer anyway most of the day, working on uncountable projects, so Olark Live Chat for Websites works perfectly for me. I’m now running Olark Live Chat for Websites on four different websites. I don’t think I would want it on more sites without at least involving a second and third operator.

How do live chats work with if you have Multiple Operators?

  • All logged in operators receive the visitors message
  • The message of first operator who responds successfully will get to the visitor
  • All additionally logged in operators will be noticed that the first operator has responded
  • All other operators but the initial one who responded to the visitor are blocked from sending messages to the visitor.
  • When the original operator gets disconnected, or logs out, another operator can take the live chat over.

Amazingly Olark Live Chat for Websites works also fine on IPhones and Tablets giving you complete freedom! Having a live chat on your website is the ultimate way of social marketing! Personally welcome visitors on your website is like greeting them when the physically walk into your store. Personally ask them questions about how they feel about your product or service beats every survey you can think of! Try this Live Chat Software for Websites today and be amazed how fast you will get new connections and how fast you will see your list grow. If you have a question about internet marketing, about SEO, SEM or Social Marketing, use the live chat box below and talk to me directly! My personal rating for Olark Live Chat for Websites is double ++ with a thumbs up!