Setting Up My New Web Design Business

Those who personally know me will be aware that I have been busy lately setting up my own Web Design business. Last week I got the business name registered here in Queensland and applied for the ABN (Australian Business Number) earlier this week. Once i get confirmation that the ABN application was successful I will be making a full announcement of the business name and new website.

This is the first time I have gone through this process and while I had expected it to be daunting and a little overwhelming, it really has been quite simple. I’m not sure about other States, but I would assume the process would be similar to up here in Queensland; Register a business name, Register an ABN and off you go. Ok, so that IS a very simplified explanation but the point is the same.

As I mentioned, it is a Web Design business. I have been in this industry for a few years and have developed a lot of skills in both design and marketing, as well as Search Engine Optimization. Primarily I will be designing using the Joomla CMS system (what is built upon), which allows for high quality, fully optimized sites with incredible flexibility and ease of use. Best of all, clients can edit and add content on the fly once they receive the finished product if they so wish to manage it themselves.

I also work with WordPress, which is still considered the worlds best blogging platform. WordPress allows for great sites and has a great efficient admin area but lacks the full flexibility of the Joomla system. I am often asked which one is better, but the truth is you can’t compare them. They are 2 very different systems and I personally use them for different types of websites.

Do I build custom sites? Of course, although to be honest these are not all that common these days, especially when Joomla can do the same thing in a fraction of the time, often with better results.

Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as I get closer to the official launch date of the new business. Of course, if you’re looking for a Website and need help, don’t hesitate to drop me an email and ask.

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Basic SEO Essentials

I build websites for a number of people, and i get asked ALL the time, what are the essential SEO changes to make. The fact is, this is a hard question to answer, because you could optimize every single word and chances are there could be more you could do.

However, there is a short list of things that I consider the very most basic SEO essentials. These are changes every website should make regardless of it’s purpose, design or reason for being online.

  1. Meta Tags
  2. IMG Tags
  3. Head Tags
  4. Sitemap
  5. Generic content pages

Sounds simple enough, right? That’s because it is. I’ll explain.
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CSS Website Tutorial – # 5 Uploaded.

Today I uploaded part 5 of the video series teaching how to build a CSS website using nothing more than Notepad. In today’s video I gave an introduction to Styles and Formatting, and how they apply to CSS websites. Primarily todays video focusses on heading tags and setting styles withing the CSS stylesheet. In the next few videos we will be greatly enhancing the styles and bringing in more CSS styling options.

To view todays video, click the thumbnail in the right menu, or click here. You can also view the videos on youtube (if you have issues viewing them on here) by going to my Youtube page.

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3 Part Guide To Building A CSS Website

Over the last few years I have been approached many times asking for tips on how to build custom websites using up to date CSS build techniques.

CSS, or “Custom Style Sheet” is essentially a way to build websites that are quicker to load, easier to work with and compatible with more web browsers. Unlike original HTML which used clumsy tables and hard coded formatting, CSS is more fluid, and much much more powerful.

The problem is, those new to web design often turn to low quality web-design software to help them with their sites. Many of these still use the old style HTML, so the sites they build, while good looking and serving their use are not fully compatible with the search engines, and therefore seriously a major issue.
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