Hi, I'm Teresa, owner and Chief Designer here at TotaleSolutions. I have been a web design professional for over 20 years. With a passion for web design and marketing, I have helped hundreds of small and medium businesses establish their online presence. Need help with your online business? Call me on 0408 721 441.

2019 has arrived and as is the tradition, many of us have made resolutions to work on our lifestyle, business, fitness, money, etc. But what about your website? The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to review your website and make changes if required.

Here are my tips for getting your website ‘2019 ready’:

1. Secure Your Website with HTTPS

Having a secure website is now a necessity for any type of business website. If you are going into 2019 without a secure website you are compromising your rankings in the search engines and your customers confidence in your brand. Chrome, the world’s most popular browser with over 65% market share, warns visitors that your site isn’t secure. Other browsers are doing the same. Unless you want the majority of your customers to see this warning when they visit your website, you need HTTPS.

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For more information go here: https://totalesolutions.com.au/google-and-ssl-what-you-need-to-know/

2. Make sure your website is Responsive

How does your website display on smaller devices such as smart phones and tablets? If your website is more than three years old, chances are it is not mobile responsive. Even if your website is relatively new, with the constant changes in technology it is possible your website is not displaying as well as it could on all devices.

As mobile technology continues to evolve, your potential clients are using smartphones and tablets to surf the web. That means they’re evaluating your business, products and services on a variety of screen sizes – so it is important to make a good impression on any size screen.

3. Run the Updates – please!

If you are managing your website yourself and using a content management system such as WordPress or Joomla – don’t forget to run the updates! This is so important for the security of your website, as many software updates contain security patches required to keep your website safe from viruses and hackers. Not keeping your website CMS up-to-date now could end up costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars if your site is compromised. Make a New Years Resolution today to keep your site software up-to-date.

4. Is the content current?

There is nothing worse for a potential customer to visit a website and find out-dated information. This reflects badly on your business and can cost you customers. Have a look over the site, check phone numbers and other details such as opening hours. Make sure your product and service offerings are current. Remove information that is no longer relevant. If you are running a blog – write one! If you have a News section and the last entry was from 2014 then consider writing some quick updates to add.

5. How does it look?

Sit back and have a good look at your website. Does it look dated? Do you still like it? Does it speak to your ideal clients? As your business evolves and grows, so should your website. What worked for you twelve months ago may no longer be relevant. Web design isn’t timeless… a website needs to be updated to stay current and the design should reflect the business you have and want.

Some of these tips are quick and easy to implement, others may require some investment and time, however all are necessary to ensure your website is ‘2019 ready’.

What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is an address that is used on the Internet to locate a website, for example totalesolutions.com.au. You need a domain name to be able to access your website on the internet.

What is Web Hosting?

Web Hosting is essentially data storage space, accessed via the Internet, used to host web sites and data files. Every website requires a Web Host to store their website on.

What is “responsive” design?

A responsive website changes its appearance and layout based on the size of the screen the website is displayed on. This can include larger text to accommodate smaller screens, and mobile friendly navigation for easier browsing on smaller screens such as smartphones and tablets. All new websites built by TotaleSolutions are designed to be mobile friendly – this is standard and included in the quoted price.

What is a Content Management System (CMS)?

A CMS is a computer program that allows publishing and modifying content of your website from a central interface. No special software is required, all that is needed to access a CMS is an internet connection and a username and password. The CMS is integrated with the website at the time of building by your web designer.

How Much Will a Website Cost?

There are quite a few factors that are going to affect the ultimate cost of your website. These factors include how many pages you are going to have, if you will sell products on your website, the graphic work involved, and how interactive your website will be. Each website is unique which is why we do not offer set price “packages”. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and we will be happy to provide an obligation free quote based on your individual needs.

Are there any ongoing costs associated with the website?

Domain name registration and hosting are ongoing costs. Generally hosting is paid annually and domain name registration is paid bi-annually. Depending on your requirements, there can also be costs involved in maintaining the site information and keeping the software up-to-date. Content Management Systems are available if you would like to manage the content yourself. We are happy to discuss your requirements.

Are there any hidden costs?

No. We provide a fixed price quote based on your individual requirements. If additional pages or content are requested to be added, or additional functionality is required by you, these will be charged at the hourly rate that is detailed in the quote.

How long will it take for my website to be designed?

The timescale of a website design project is often dictated by the client. If you have a deadline we will endeavour to meet it for you. The most common delay in the creation and completion of a new website is waiting for content (text/images). If you are thinking about getting a website it is a good idea to have all your text and images ready to go – this will speed up the process significantly.

Who creates the content?

No one knows the business better than the person running it, so we leave all text and photos to the client to provide. However, we have made over 100 websites so can offer some handy tips on content creation, which will save you time and make things much easier. We can also recommend professional photographers and copy-writers if required.

Can you re-design an existing website?

Absolutely! If you have an existing website that looks a bit tired or needs a complete overhaul we can help.

How do I update my website?

There are many different methods which can be used to update websites. The method you choose and the functionality we build into your website design is solely up to yourself although of course we will be glad to advise you which method will suit your needs and budget. If you have a small website consisting of just a few pages and will only wish to make changes very infrequently, then it may be more cost effective to have TotaleSolutions to carry out these changes for you. Alternatively, we can provide an online Content Management System (CMS) where you can either update individual products/pages/services or particular sections of your website. e.g. company news. We use the popular content management system WordPress.

Do you offer Maintenance Plans?

Yes! We have WordPress Maintenance Packages available which include regular backups, plugin, theme and core WordPress updates as well as support and content changes if required. Not sure if you need a maintenance plan? Read more about it here.

Why can’t I find my new website in the search engines?

Once your site has been submitted to the top Search Engines they may require several weeks, or even months to actually spider and list your website in their directory. How fast your site is listed depends on each individual Search Engines database update schedule. TotaleSolutions submits each website they create to all the major search engines, which significantly reduces the time it takes before your website starts to appear in search queries.

Who has ownership of the Intellectual Property of my website?

The content of the website is your intellectual property. We will include a disclaimer on each page of your website stating this. Any code, images or graphics created by TotaleSolutions remain the intellectual property of TotaleSolutions. We include at the base of each page the comment that the website was designed by TotaleSolutions with a link to our website. We request that this comment remain unless the site is changed considerably from our initial design by another web designer outside the employment of TotaleSolutions. No code or images created by Total e Solutions can be sold or passed onto others without our express written consent.