Owning Your Website

As a San Diego based website design company, we have dealt with a lot of businesses that have come to us from previous web designers. It amazes me how many businesses don’t have control over their website files, website hosting, domain name(s), and/or email accounts. We have witnessed some messy situations with clients trying to get the information they need in regards to their existing website out of former website designers, developers, and consultants. I am hear to tell you that YOU should be in control of all this information as the primary owner.

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How Fast Is Your Website Loading?

Webpage load time is more important than people might think. Ever go to a website that takes a long time to load due to flash or the heavy use of images and scripts? That makes life frustrating and is also recognized by search engines. Google just released a new tool that allows users to test the load performance of your website called Page Speed. The free tool from Google Labs is easy to use on any URL. Just plugin a URL and see the load suggestions.

Try Page Speed on your website and analyze

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Are Web Directories Still Worth It?

I have had a lot of questions lately about whether submitting to online directories is still worth the effort to improve your web traffic? The buzz has certainly died down over the past couple of years about the importance of directory listings. However, having a presence in industry related directories is still worth the effort. As a member of my San Diego SEO group stated, the trend has been towards relevance. So gone are the days of submitting to a dozen random directories, instead pick niche dorectories that are relevant to your industry.

The big recognizable directories are still

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Make Your Facebook & Twitter Accounts More Secure

Both Facebook and Twitter have recently made security improvements that allow users to take advantage of a secure connection using HTTPS. This means that you can ensure that the information you send remains private. Using HTTPS is particularly important when using WiFi connections which can never be trusted. You need to enable this security measure in both Facebook and Twitter in some very easy to follow steps outlined here. Is this important? YES.
Facebook – Setting up HTTPS
On Jan. 26, 2011 Facebook announced there release of full time HTTPS. Until then, HTTPS was only used when logging into the system. Now, users can enable it full time by following these steps:

1) Login to your account.

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6 Recent Websites Launched by CPD

It has been a busy couple of weeks for Crown Point Design as we are excited to announce the launch of six new websites. The new releases include Torrey Pines Town Car, Chicken Charlie’s, Charles Baumgart Construction, Simply Incredible, ProTours360, and Neat-Patch. Each of these websites include their own custom design. It has been a lot of fun to work on each of these projects because they each had their own set of goals, challenges, and target audience.

“Crown Point Designs listened to what I wanted to reflect on my website.  Through their expertise and design skills, they were able to capture the professional and streamlined look I had hoped to achieve on the website.  In addition to providing me with design and layout options, they were able to create the site so that it was user friendly. 

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Which Web Browser Is Right For You?

Everyday Internet users may not be aware of all the web browsers that exist and which one is the best fit. The space is not that big to be honest. There are about 4 players in the space including Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome, and Safari. Along with the advent of smartphones, there are a few other smartphone OS browsers out there, but we will leave those for another discussion. For personal computing, it is important to stay up to date with your web browser for the following reasons.

Security – The top reason that browsers keep updating their code is for security reasons. There are many vulnerabilities in old browsers, so staying up to date will help you avoid unwanted harm to your data.
Functionality – With each new browser release there is improvements to the user-experience and interface. Staying up to date will help make your browsing experience more efficient.
Improvements – Websites are moving towards a new standard called HTML5 in the coming years.

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Finding A Website Hosting Company

Finding a hosting company can be a tricky task with all the competition out there. In San Diego alone there are dozens if not hundreds of company’s that offer website hosting. The normal route to find a vendor is to read online reviews. The danger is the content that is out there can not always be trusted.

The competition between the larger hosting companies is so dishonest that companies are leaving bad reviews for their competitors to make themselves look better. Additionally, top keyword searches in Google are extremely competitive including pay per click ads.

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