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How To Increase Website Visitors

How To Increase Website Visitors

How To Increase Website Visitors? This is a question we get asked on the daily by almost all of our clients. People visit or leave your website for a reason. When people visit, it means they are interested in the products or services your company wants to offer. Some website owners invest in making sure that the website looks presentable and pleasing to the eyes without realizing that there are other aspects that must be kept in mind. There are four reasons people leave your website:

1. Takes 3 seconds or more to load

Slow websites drive people away. It is estimated that 40% of visitors are more likely to leave a website if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load. There are many reasons for the slow speed such as images, scripts, HTML and CSS being too large. This problem can be resolved by ensuring that the sizes are kept to a minimum or compressing them with special software. Crazy animations can also contribute to slow loading time. Your web host provider has to do with the slow speed as well. Make sure you check your website speed regularly and change host if you are not getting a reliable web host.

With HBHosting we understand this issue greatly and is why we offer only the best hosting plans to ensure your websites load fast so you do not lose out on future and current visitors

2. Lack of graphic element and readability

Not everyone visiting your website can navigate it with ease. Before designing your website, make sure that you do not miss out on-site navigation. Expect some visitors who are not familiar with navigating the website. If they are not sure how to use your website, they will choose to leave it instead. When thinking about the design of your website, you will also have to think about its functionality. Your website should be simple, clear and professional.

Check out some of our previous blog posts to understand how to make the best web design. OR contact us at HBHosting to design it for you!

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3. Not mobile responsive

Since everyone is using their smartphones for online transactions, it is imperative that your business does not fall behind the digital trend. If your website is not mobile responsive, there is a greater chance for your audience to abandon your website. They will move on to another source that offers a mobile responsive website. It is important to take your audience’s mobile needs into consideration so you can create a responsive mobile design.

In addition, Google has now changed how they operate and will penalise you if your websites ranking if it is not mobile responsive to their standards.

4. Not updating blog posts

Regular visitors want to stay updated by reading on your website. If they do not see anything new, they are less likely to stay. This is why you need to update your content frequently so visitors will know that you keep them engaged. With regard to the frequency, think about the type of niche you have and the audience you are trying to target. You will be able to have a loyal reader when they have something to look forward to on a regular basis.

But do not worry! Even if you do not have a blog there are various other ways to keep visitors staying! Stay tuned for future blog posts to find out how!

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Steps To Retrieving A Hacked Website

Steps To Retrieving A Hacked Website

The last time you checked your website, it was working perfectly fine, but when you visited it again, you were caught by surprise as hackers have taken over your site. What to do? In this situation, there is no use of worrying because you can still retrieve the website. Here are the steps to getting it back:

Inform your web hosting provider

Once you have discovered that your website has been hacked, it is imperative that you let your web host provider know about it. The sooner you inform them, the better. Your provider will also check if other customers are also affected. In the event that your host cannot help you retrieve your website, it is recommended that you get trusted people to do the job.

Quarantine the website

Put your website in quarantine until you are sure that the problem is fixed. While it is normal to worry about your content not reaching your target audience, your website still cannot serve its purpose. The DNS entries must be placed on a static page where 503 HTTP is used as a response code. You may also need to take your website offline. Be sure to review your administrator account as hackers often create their own account and delete your credentials.

Know the severity of the attack

Some hacking can be damaging to your website while others can be retrieved through a minor fix. Before taking any major steps, make sure that you have figured out the extent of the attack. Hackers can work their way into your website by infusing spammy content, dispersing malware and employing less suspicious techniques.

Check the files

You will also identify the maximum damage that the hacker has done to your website if you are going to check for the file system. It happens to the website and file system modification process. Check the files you have modified or created. You will need to check the server error logs as well. There might be some dubious activities going on that you might not be aware of such as failed login attempts. Files for redirects and configuration must also be checked.

Clean your website

A website that has experienced hacking must be constantly cleaned and updated. You will need to install security software that will add layers of protection to your website. There are also support sources that will help you deal with the loss of confidential information especially if you are a victim of phishing. Remove URLs created by hackers if there is any. It is also important to note that the removal of pages must be done carefully as you might remove good pages. Only get rid of pages that you do not want to appear in search results.

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Top 10 Web Design Tips

Top 10 Web Design Tips

1. Have a strong, clear brand

Your web site should pitch the image you would like the world to see. A great web designer could control what sort of image the world will see. In terms of physical design, this means placing your logo or underlying message in the top left-hand corner (the part of the screen our eyes are most naturally drawn to).

2. Provide a clear, concise navigation method

A good web designer will ensure that they help lead the user around the screen and site and make the people want to stay. Clearly differentiated sub-sections and even a site map can provide a concise, easy to follow navigation route. While also having good use of position, colour, contrast and size can all help focus the eye to critical areas and help navigate the page. REMEMBER to stick to one main navigation menu, and keep it consistent throughout the site.

3. Make it intuitively easy to use

Visitors can be fickle, and if a website is hard or slow to navigate, they’ll be off. Ensure navigation buttons are apparent and easily identifiable (towards the top of the page is good) and have appropriate links directly from page to page so the user can quickly switch when something catches their interest. Finally, adhere to the functionalities people have come to expect. For example, if the text is underlined, your user will naturally expect it to be a link.

4. Keep it consistent

Users like to know where they are within a website, and if the style of a page changes dramatically or somehow feels different visitors will become disengaged and can start to feel lost. Maintain consistency by ensuring everything matches, from heading sizes and typefaces to design, colour and style of image.

5. Keep it simple stupid (KISS)

The whole point of using a website is that it should be quick and easy to use. To this end, simplicity is vital.

The more complicated a website, the higher the drop off count.

6. Ensure it’s easy to understand

Visitors coming to your website typically won’t want to spend much time so ensure that every aspect is easy to understand. Various design techniques can help make the information on a page easier to understand (shorter sentences, larger font, sections differentiated by contrast and colour and, as previously mentioned, proper use of white space). To this end, there are some standard rules of thumb: never use more than three typefaces, or more than three different point sizes for a font and keep lines of text to the point!

7. Degrade gracefully

Not everyone has the most up to date web browser! So to ensure you do not lose those people, make sure your website works on multi-platforms. Besides, not everyone has the most up to date PC or broadband plans! Ensure your websites code is as simple as it can be without drawing back in quality.

8. Write it with your target audience in mind

When writing, ensure you are thinking about your customer and target audience. As tempting as it is to overboard people with information, the more you specialise, the higher your conversion rates will be, this is due to you being able to target your specific audience and catch them, rather than the few stragglers.

9. Consider usability

At the end of the day if your website isn’t usable visitors will be off. So, when working on the web design, consider the end user’s experience of the site.

It can be a good idea to make a list of the things a user will want to use your site for and then checking that these are easy to achieve and if necessary are readily available from the homepage

10. Make sure it’s compliant

A good website should adhere to specific guidelines.

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How To Prepare For A Server Migration?

How To Prepare For A Server Migration?

Server migrations are a complicated process that requires a lot of preparation. There are many reasons a website owner may decide to migrate to a different hosting provider. One of which is that the business is growing that shared hosting plan and the company they are with do not offer the right upgrade, or the company they are with do not have the support or quality they are looking for. No matter the reason, it is important to plan ahead to ensure migration success.

The preparation to migrate your website

More often than not, migrating to one server to another means you are upgrading your system so that it caters to larger online users. During the preparation, you need to make sure that you test your new service and check if the databases are also up to date. You can avoid downtime this way. Although migrating is complex, this is also a great opportunity to check areas you need to improve. Experts will help you identify the most scalable and cost-effective solution and deploy a server that will improve performance. When you migrate, you need to have sufficient processing power and disk space on your server. A more detailed scaling plan and projection must also be kept in mind.

Preparation for your current web server

Removing email accounts, backups and old sites are part of the process of cleaning up your current server. This process will give you an idea of the computing and storage requirements of your new server. When locking your databases, you should also check if it is updated by different users. If locking your databases is not possible, you have to plan a final update, which is part of your migration strategy. This way, when you switch server, your database is up to date and replicated.

When you are transporting your server to its new location, it is necessary to back up your server. Whether or not this method is part of transporting the data, it is essential to take a full backup of your server prior to migration. Avoid closing down your old server or old hosting account before your website goes live and functioning properly. You might be required to switch back, or the date that your website goes live may be delayed.

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