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:
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).
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.
If 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!
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.
Byte Productions has had the opportunity to work with many types of clients throughout its 24 years in business. From small start-ups to multi-million dollar companies, we come up with creative solutions to complex situations (and even work within any budget!)
One of our small business solutions is a website we like to call, a bytePage. A bytePage is simply a template-based design that includes our super easy-to-use editing tools. This option is great for small businesses looking to improve an outdated WordPress, Joomla or static website or launching a new business.
One of our latest projects was Lakemore Retreat. This project came to us from a local designer that we partner with on multiple projects, Red letter Design. Lakemore Retreat is a premier resort located on the beautiful waters of Arbutus Lake. They needed a one page website with room for growth in terms of multiple pages, photo galleries and more down the road.
We love to talk about our great customers and products, but not often do we boast about how AMAZING our team is. Each month in 2015, we will highlight a very important member of our team. Starting with....
We can honestly say that Sue has a hand in almost every project that comes through our doors. From content development to design to training, she has a vast skill set that makes her an incredible asset to the Byte Productions team.
As 2014 comes to an end, we (like many other businesses) are able to reflect on our company as a whole and the direction we would like to take for the next year.
It's been quite an amazing year with many highlights which include, but are not limited to participating in the Traverse City Chamber's Small Business Awards, handling over 2400 registrations in 19 minutes for the Bayshore Marathon, adding a great Developer, Rob Vezina to the team, volunteering at the VASA ski race and overall producing great work for multiple projects.
In the web world, functionality and design go hand in hand to create highly successful websites. A stunning design loses its pizzazz when slow response time, broken images and poorly written code sinks in.
That's why Byte Productions partners with many marketing and design agencies to be their web and technology partner. Our content managed websites are built and supported by us and not only do we provide great customer service, we build a superior product that is optimized for a great user experience.
One of our latest partnership projects was building a new custom-designed website for luxury condominiums called the H Residence.
Our online registration system, byteEvents handled the Annual Bayshore Marathon's registration traffic with ease.
On Monday, December 1st, the Traverse City Track Club opened registration for their ever popular Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K happening on Saturday, May 23rd. The half marathon is always the first to fill up and just before 9am Monday, our registration system began seeing a giant boost in traffic.
Below is an image showing how many connections there were to the website and at what times. The connections maxed out at 2,400 around 9:02 am, two minutes after registration opened.