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Tips For Choosing The Right Professional Website Development Company

Copyright (c) 2014 Yadonia Group

As the years go by, it seems that horror stories relating to choosing the wrong professional website development company grow in number. To help businesses avoid hiring the wrong company, it is of the utmost importance to know what to look for in a web design agency. Once the right company is chosen, a business can be well on its way to increasing its profit levels by establishing a strong online presence.

For those businesses who unfortunately choose the wrong agency, it’s comforting to know that when hiring a highly-qualified web design company, it is possible to have an old website reconstructed so that it is fully functional and professional in appearance. As for now, however, let’s take a look at the top five things to look for when partnering with a website development company.

#1: Upfront pricing

Businesses should never partner with a web design agency that isn’t upfront about its fees. An itemized fee schedule needs to be agreed upon, and more importantly, upfront payment should include only 30 to 50 percent of what is to be paid once the job is actually finished. If the web design company asks for the entire payment upfront, this is a good sign to stay away.

#2: Experience

With a lack of experience comes lack of knowledge and expertise. Businesses need to make sure they hire a web design company that has lots of prior experience in creating websites that are similar to the ones the businesses want created. For example, a hair salon company would want to partner with a design agency that has created websites for other hair salons.

#3: Means of communication

If the only means of communication that a web development company provides is via email, a business should take this as a sure indicator to steer clear. A wide array of communication methods need to be made available, including by phone, in-person, through postal mail and via email.

#4: Look at reputation

If a web design agency doesn’t have a good reputation, it’s probably for a good reason. The most reputable design agencies will be those that have positive online reviews, and they will also provide a large number of references with whom a business can contact. Two great places to begin a reputation check are Google and online social media profiles.

#5: Service package options

Businesses need to keep in mind that not all web design services will work the same for them as they do with other companies. Because of this, it’s always a good idea to partner with a professional web development company that provides a wide range of service package options.

Alaa Abu Maizar, working as executive manager at Yadonia Group that has a team of very highly qualified professionals to offer you custom, affordable yet professional website development to suit your business needs. Visit our website at http://www.yadonia.com for more information.

Mom, Patrice, and me – Denver, approx Mar 1952
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This picture is on an album page that has no dates or explanatory notes. But the presence of snow on the ground suggests that it was probably at least a few weeks before Easter — so I’ve abitrarily dated it as mid-March of that year.

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Some of the photos in this album are “originals” from the year that my family spent in Denver in 1952-53 — i.e., the period before Omaha, before Riverside, and before Roswell (which you may have seen already in my Flickr archives). I went back nearly 40 years later, as part of some research that I was doing for a novel called Do-Overs, the beginning of which can be found here on my website

www.yourdon.com/personal/fiction/doovers/index.html

and the relevant chapter (concerning Denver) can be found here:

www.yourdon.com/personal/fiction/doovers/chapters/ch6.html

Before I get into the details, let me make a strong request — if you’re looking at these photos, and if you are getting any enjoyment at all of this brief look at some mundane Americana from 60+ years ago: find a similar episode in your own life, and write it down. Gather the pictures, clean them up, and upload them somewhere on the Internet where they can be found. Trust me: there will come a day when the only person on the planet who actually experienced those events is you. Your own memories may be fuzzy and incomplete; but they will be invaluable to your friends and family members, and to many generations of your descendants.

Actually, I should listen to my own advice: unlike my subsequent visits to Roswell, Riverside, and Omaha I did not take any photos when I tracked down my old homes from the 1952-53 period in Denver. I did locate the second house, and I was stunned to see how it had changed over a period of 40 years: as you’ll see in the photos in this album, it was a new house, under construction, when we moved in. The only “trees” were a few scrawny saplings that my Dad planted in the front and back yard. 40 years later, the trees towered above the house … but the house itself seemed tiny, in comparison to what had seemed like an enormous mansion to an 8 year old boy.

While most of our residential occupancies last just a single year, the period in Denver lasted roughly two years. But it felt almost like two separate cities: first we lived in a rented house in the Denver suburb of Aurora; and then we moved into a new house that my parents purchased somewhere on the south side of Denver. So, as usual, I ended up going to two different schools, and developed a fairly superficial set of friendships with two different groups of kids.

So, what do I remember about the two years that I spent in Denver? Not much at the moment, though I’m sure more details will occur to me in the days to come — and I’ll add them to these notes, along with additional photos that I’m tweaking and editing now.

For now, here is a random list of things I remember:

1. While living in our first home, I finished off my second-grade school year. I did reasonably well in school on most subjects — it was a couple years later, in Roswell, that I announced at breakfast that I had mentally calculated the number of seconds in a century, in the hope that it would help me fall asleep. I rattled off the number, and when my Dad repeated the calculations on his slide rule, he shook his head and told me that I had forgotten to account for leap years. Anyway, in Denver, my 2nd-grade teacher told me I had a much more serious educational problem: my penmanship was atrocious. The school authorities insisted that I spend the summer practicing penmanship, and strongly suggested to my parents that the *real* problem was that I was left-handed. Several attempts were made to make me start writing with my right hand — all of which were dismal failures. I eventually gave up on penmanship, and began printing everything … a habit that continued until I was given a hand-me-down manual typewriter by my parents at the age of 12.

2. The summer of 1951 was hot and humid; and like many other families in the area, my mother took me and the older of my two sisters (the other one was born a year later) to a large public swimming pool (it seemed enormous at the time, but it was probably pretty small). Anyway, it was a great breeding place for germs of all kinds; and sometime in the late summer, everyone but my mother came down with polio. We were all taken off to three different hospitals; and the neighbors were so panicked that my mother might be infectious that they stopped speaking to her altogether. Miraculously, all three of us had gotten the least-virulent form of polio, and we all recovered sufficiently within a week or two that we could come home. I was fairly weak for the next couple of weeks, and had to take a hot bath every day; but aside from that, none of us suffered any no permanent effects.

3. It was late 1951 or early 1952 when we moved into the house that my parents had purchased in another part of town; I remember that my younger sister was born there on St. Patrick’s Day. As usual, I was allowed to wander anywhere I wanted, on foot or on bicycle, as long as I came home on time for dinner. One day I took a long section of rope, climbed way up into a tree a mile or two away from home, and then way out on a long sturdy branch. I tied one end of the rope around the branch, and then wrapped another part of the rope twice around my (left) hand. I swung down from the branch, intending to descend in an orderly fashion, just like I had seen firemen doing it in the movies. Unfortunately, it didn’t work: I slid helter-skelter to the ground, landing in a heap, and the rope around my hand cut through the skin, almost through the tendons, and all the way to the bone. I had to have my hand wrapped in bandages for the first month of my 3rd grade school year; and once again the Authorities tried to use the opportunity to get me to use my right hand for penmanship. Once again, they failed.

4. In the summer of 1952, I was sent off to a sleep-away camp for two weeks, somewhere in the mountains of Colorado. I have no idea why, but it was a lot of fun … until I was thrown off a horse and knocked unconscious. The camp authorities decided there was no reason to inform my parents, though my parents were rather curious when I subsequently refused to climb up on a horse wherever we went. They also noticed that I was limping when I came home from camp, which the camp authorities had apparently not noticed; I had hiked all the way to the top of a mountain with my fellow camp-mates, and I had a rock in one of my boots. It caused a blister, which got infected, and I was probably lucky that they didn’t have to amputate my foot. All in all, the camp experienced was deemed a failure, and I was never sent away again.

5. I got my first slingshot in Denver. It was not a “professional” Wham-O slingshot with natural rubber and ash wood; instead, Dad made one for me from a Y-shaped chunk of plywood, and with strips of rubber from an old automobile inner tube. I thought it was the most amazing thing I had ever seen — and immediately began shooting at every bird I could see on a telephone wire or branch of a tree. I never did hit a single one of the. (By the way, Wham-O eventually went on to achieve even more fame with its hula hoop, frisbee, and hack sack. You can read all about them here on the Internet: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wham-O )

6. The next best thing, besides a slingshot, was the top of a coffee can. They tended to have fairly sharp edges, but if you held it carefully and threw it just right, it would sail for miles and miles … at least it seemed that way. It wouldn’t return to you, a la boomerangs (which every kid had heard about, but none had ever actually seen) — but it was just like throwing a flying saucer. Unfortunately, coffee-can-tops were not readily found, especially since we kids never drank any coffee. We had to wait patiently for our parents to finish off an entire can of coffee, and then scoop it out of the garbage can when it was thrown out.

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Why Hire A Professional Website Development Company?

Copyright (c) 2014 Yadonia Group

There may come a time in your life when you want to start your own website. At that point, you will need to decide if you want to design the website yourself or hire a professional website development company to do it for you. Web development is another way of saying web design. While designing a website may seem easy, there are many things that go into it. That is the main reason why many people ultimately decide to have an experienced team design their website for them.

Departments of a web development company

– IT Department: They handle the hosting of the site.

– Marketing Department: They handle the content on the site. They also help with any analysis and goals that the site wants to reach.

– Development Department: They handle the programming of the site.

– Design Department: They handle the layouts, graphics and overall appearance of the site.

Many people incorrectly assume that designing a website only involves domain name registration, locating a web template and using one of many available programs to design the site. While it is true that you can create a rudimentary site by doing this, it will certainly not be a site that looks professional and entices potential customers to find out more about your business. The functionality of the site will also suffer when using this method to create it. If you decide to use a web design company, you will simply need to tell the company what type of business you are running and what your goals are for your business and the site.

The creation of a website follows a general blueprint that consists of the following:

– Initial consultation: Meeting with the customer to explain how the company’s style of website design can benefit their business

– Design consultation: Determining what requirements there are for the site in terms of design

– Proposal: All of the estimated costs of designing the site are outlined for the customer

– Developing: Purchasing web hosting and the domain name. Creating email and site accounts

– Clarification: Finalizing the cost, timeframe, design and signing the contract

– Launching: Enabling the site to get up and running

There are web development companies that focus on creating specific types of sites. Certain developers will work only for large companies or companies that are involved in a certain type of business. One of the other major differences between many of the web developers is that they use different languages. Some will use HTML, while others may find it more beneficial to use JavaScript or ASP. Some web developers will also utilize various content management systems, such as Joomla or Drupal. These are things that people need to consider because they will directly impact the functionality of their website.

Alaa Abu Maizar, working as executive manager at Yadonia Group that has a team of very highly qualified professionals to offer you custom, affordable yet professional website development to suit your business needs. Visit our website at http://www.yadonia.com for more information.

Laos, Muay Lao
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Image by Dietmar Temps
In Laos kick boxing is popular, but mainly practiced in and around Vientiane. In villages far away from the capital still "temple fighters" are common: boys who would like to fight are looking for a trainer, which could be the older brother, the uncle or a friend of the family. Only thing is they know a little bit about Muay Lao. A sandbag for training is fine, but if not handy, a banana tree does the same job. The boxing bouts often take place on Buddhist holidays, where the villagers come together on a countryside festival. A simple improvised boxing ring is all they need, and the young "temple fighters" enter the ring to win 5000 or 6000 Kip, which is less than a Dollar. It is not much, but kick boxing means inevitable betting at the same time. If a fighter wins, at least his family can make some profit with a bet. In villages or small towns near Vientiane the Muay Lao scene is already a bit more professional and better developed. Usually once per week young boxers fight for little price money and for an invitation to join the "big fights" in the big Circus in Vientiane.

The complete article about Muay Lao on my travel blog.

Website: Dietmar Temps, photography
Blog: Dietmar Temps, travel blog

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Why It’s Beneficial To Work With A Professional Website Development Company

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As a business owner, it is very important for you to take all measures to ensure that customers keep coming back to you for more. With technology continually changing, it is a good idea to expand your business onto the Internet and onto mobile devices. Having your own website is one of the very best ways to get your name out there and to bring in a much larger crown in terms of clientele. This is why it might be a good idea for you to work with a professional website development company that can help you to make this dream a reality.

One way that this type of company will work for you is that they will be able to create, design and develop your entire website. Most business owners do not know a thing about creating their own website. The whole process can be confusing and frustrating to say the least. When working with a professional website development company, they will be able to take the reigns from you and create the entire website so that it fits the specific type of business that you own. You will be able to work closely with the company so that your own ideas can come through in terms of the website and the way that it both looks and functions.

Another key benefit to working with a professional company that deals with website design and development is that you know the finished product is going to look fantastic. Sure, there are many do-it-yourself website design programs that you can download and do on your own. The problem with these types of programs is that it’s difficult to get a website that looks professional, finished and organized. The website development firm you work with will be able to create a professional design for you that is highly unique and creative. Also, the company will make sure that the new website is also compatible with most mobile devices since many individuals now look at websites on their phones and tablets.

In general, having a professional website is one of the best ways to keep customers happy and satisfied. If the site is easy to navigate and provides them with the information that they need, this is going to help in terms of superior customer service being provided to the public. Instead of attempting to design and create a site on your very own, it might be a good idea for you to carefully choose a development company and then work closely with them to ensure that your own ideas are coming through into the site that they are building for you. You will be highly satisfied with the finished product once it is complete.

Alaa Abu Maizar, working as executive manager at Yadonia Group that has a team of very highly qualified professionals to offer you custom, affordable yet professional website development to suit your business needs. Visit our website at http://www.yadonia.com for more information.

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How to Make a BUSINESS Website with WordPress - PROFESSIONAL!

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0:00:00 Welcome Message
0:00:29 Bullet list of video contents
0:02:11 Complete walkthrough of what you’ll be creating
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0:23:25 Creating pages
0:25:47 Creating navigation menus with drop down functionality
0:33:00 Specifying which page is your home page
0:35:02 Adding text and image content to your pages using the visual editor
0:37:45 Finding free high quality stock photos to use on your website
0:42:33 Making any text a link to another page using the visual editor
0:43:35 Adding a contact form to the contact page using a WordPress plugin
0:46:27 Using an image gallery plugin with a “lightbox” effect
0:50:10 Adjusting the image gallery thumbnail settings
0:52:26 Adding a YouTube video to your pages
0:53:42 Creating the “Copywriting” page with text and an image using the visual editor
0:55:23 Overview of Spacious theme options
0:56:09 Choosing a site layout width
0:58:04 How to potentially add a “favicon” to your site
0:58:55 Shout out to the optional Spacious Premium theme upgrade
0:59:33 Coming up with your own color scheme and using a free online resources to come up with color scheme ideas
1:00:43 Changing your website’s main primary accent color
1:01:52 Changing your website’’s background color
1:03:23 Creating a custom logo
1:12:44 Adding your logo to your site
1:13:48 Setting up the optional slideshow on your home page
1:15:50 Cropping your slide images
1:22:53 Discussing widgets and widget areas and adding several widgets to enhance the functionality of your site
1:24:13 Choosing between a right or left sidebar
1:27:29 Adding a Testimonial Widget to your sidebar
1:28:31 Adding a Featured Page widget to your sidebar
1:32:05 Adding 4 footer widgets
1:34:22 Setting up the contact page sidebar widget area
1:36:45 Setting up the home page utilizing the “Business Template”
1:40:02 Adding the Services Widget to your home page with professional icons
1:45:26 Adding a Featured Page Widget to your home page
1:46:04 Adding a Testimonial Widget to your home page
1:46:41 Adding a Call to Action Widget to your home page
1:48:04 Closing message and ways to say thanks 🙂

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