Byte Productions LLC


Customer Spotlight : Soul Soup

April 14, 2015, 12:00 am

Soul Soup Homepage

Last week we launched a new website for long-time customer, Soul Soup. Soul Soup owner, Kristen Jongen has worked with Byte Productions since the mid-2000s.

Customer Spotlight : Grand Traverse Tennis Camp

March 27, 2015, 12:00 am

Grand Traverse Tennis CampFast, easy and affordable. Byte Productions builds websites quickly, efficiently and within your budget! 

For the past three years, Byte Productions has offered $500 template-based websites to our customers. In the past year, we have improved these templates to be fully responsive and include great homepage rotations and photo gallery features. 

We are excited to continue offering our bytePage template-based websites which start at $500 in 2015.

We recently launched a new website for Grand Traverse Tennis Camp using template #2.  {Check it out!}

We were able to use new photos and style the website up to look professional and fun for the client. 

If you are someone you know is looking for a great up-to-date online solution for a small business, please have them contact us today! 

Customer Spotlight : Otsego Memorial Hospital

March 12, 2015, 12:00 am

Ostego Memorial Hospital

Otsego Memorial Hospital has been a wonderful client of ours since 2012. We originally built a custom-designed website for OMH which works well for the large organization and uses a lot of our great build-in features of our byteEditor CMS. 

Security Issues With Open Source Websites

March 10, 2015, 12:00 am

It is very common in our industry for an open source CMS (content management system) to be used when building a website. Popular ones include WordPress, Drupal and Joomla and many others.

There are several down sides from a security standpoint to the open source model which is why Byte Productions chooses not to build websites using these platforms.

Get to Know Tim Barrons - Our Bicycle Superman

February 16, 2015, 12:00 am

Tim's the kind of the guy that co-owns a highly successful, local web company for over 24 years and tells people he's a "Project Manager". That's why we love Tim - he's a down-to-earth, humble just all around great dude. 

Bicycle Superman

Google Sending Mobile Usability Warnings

February 9, 2015, 12:00 am

There has been a lot of buzz about “responsive” and mobile-friendly websites in 2013 & 14, but now, its hitting home for a lot of small businesses who haven’t made the update yet.

Google is now alerting webmaster users if their website is not mobile friendly and prompting web admins to update or “fix” the problem immediately.

The message has a subject line of "Fix mobile usability issues found on http://www...."

The format of the email will look like this:

Webmaster usability issues

Facebook's New Call to Action Buttons

February 6, 2015, 12:00 am

Over 30M small businesses have Facebook pages.

Staying up-to-date with the many changes and updates Facebook has gone through in its 13 year life can be challenging. 

There have been good updates and some that haven't been my favorite. BUT, good news, one of Facebook's newest update for business pages is one of my favorites! 

Facebook announced a new Call to Action feature that helps Pages drive business objectives. 

Having great familiarity with call to actions working the the wonderful world of web design, I think this is a great improvement for Facebook. 

The new call to action feature can be found on Facebook Business page (shown below).

Call to action buttons


Customer Spotlight : The Hotel Frankfort

February 3, 2015, 12:00 am

Hotel Frankfort Homepage

Byte Productions owners Tom & Tim Barrons grew up in Benzie County so when the opportunity arose to design and build a new website for The Hotel Frankfort, they jumped at the opportunity. 

The Hotel Frankfort nestled in the must-see town of Frankfort, MI, has hosted thousands of vacationers from both near and far throughout the years. The hotel owners wanted a website that not only looked great, but was also completely functional for those looking to book a Northern Michigan vacation. 


January 22, 2015, 12:00 am

PieIf there's one thing we love, it's PIE! 

Friday, January 23rd is National Pie Day, so grab a fork and head over to one of Grand Traverse Pie company's 15 locations and receive a free slice of pie.

Can't make it in tomorrow? GT Pie has another awesome way you can get your pie for FREE. Join their Pie Dough Club and you will receive points for every purchase you make in stores. When you join you get more PIE. (Now we're talking!) 

Other benefits of joining are Birthday rewards of your choice of pie ala mode or a 6” mini fruit pie & $10 Pie Dough Bucks for every 150 points earned. 

Grand Traverse Pie Company has been a Traverse City favorite since 1996. They now have 15 locations in both Michigan and Indiana. Support local and eat more pie! 


Web Listings Inc. Scam

January 19, 2015, 12:00 am

As a web design and web hosting  company, we come across many different scams directed at domain owners.  We feel it is important to share these scams with our clients and followers to ensure proper protection against these solicitations. 

The latest scam we have encountered was mailed to one of our clients and appears to be an invoice at first glance. These scam artists hope to trick companies into ordering their goods and/or services by designing a solicitation to look like an invoice. 

Unfortunately, these scams are legal, they must however, state that it is not a bill, but a solicitation. The statement is not always easy to find. Thankfully, the one shown below from Web Listings Inc was bold and direct with this statement and the client caught it. 

Here’s a reference to the law from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Scam Web Listings Web Listing Page 2

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