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Ecommerce - Does it make Dollars and Cents?

Paul Fasel
, President

First off you should budget about the same as one year’s salary + benefits for your ecommerce project, this is for the development of the site. After site launch you also need to budget enough to ensure the site is generating the business, so plan on spending the same salary budget every year on promotions and other advertisements such as Google AdWords, Facebook ads, blog posts, banner advertising, not to mention off-line promotions such as seminars, workshops, event sponsorships etc. Remember if you build it they won’t come unless you tell them to.

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SEO How to Choose Effective Words and Phrases to Optimize For

Paul Fasel
, President

A client has asked me to SEO their site, and to do this we generally solicit some feedback from the client on what key words they think their prospective customers will be using when searching for their business, product and /or service. Since this particular client is a local company and they will only sell to people in the very immediate vicinity of their 2 locations (they are a health care focused professional services company) we know that they do not need to target or even show up in the search results other areas like San Francisco or even Seattle for that matter. They only care about the Portland Metro Area.

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Why Does a Responsive Design Mobile Drupal Site Cost More

Paul Fasel
, President

What is a responsive design website and why would I need to make my site responsive to work on mobile devices?. Responsive design is when your website uses a media query to load content and style sheets to optimize the user experience for a particular screen resolution, platform or browser (or any combination). 

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Optimizing web images for Retina and other high-definition displays

Matt Dittmann
, Web Developer

Since Apple’s release last year of several new products with high pixel density displays, including the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3, there has been a lot of talk about the best way to optimize images for these new devices. Newer products, such as the HTC Butterfly, have even higher resolutions, so it seems the time is right for the development community to embrace these beautiful high-definition displays, and upgrade their graphics to work well in this new arena.

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What do top SEO professionals say are the most important factors to rank highly on Google in 2013?

Matt Dittmann
, Web Developer

A recent report from moz.com breaks down the most important details you need to focus on in order to rank well in Google’s search algorithm. Over 100 top SEO professionals contributed to the report, lending much credibility from the industry as a whole.  The report charts a number of relevant considerations, and breaks down into several high-level categories.

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SEO Tips

Paul Fasel
, President

Topics: Some Things to Keep in Mind, The Mechanics of SEO, Back Links, Some SEO Tools

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Updated Rate Structure

Paul Fasel
, President

We at DDG truly appreciate your continued business and the opportunity to work w/you on all of your web design & development, IT and hosting needs. Beginning on October 1st, 2013 and moving forward, DDG's rate will be a flat-rate of $100/hr.

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Google Alert! Subpar mobile sites will be penalized.

Matt Dittmann
, Web Developer

Recently, Google made an announcement that it would be penalizing sites for failing to deliver a user-friendly mobile and tablet experience. With more and more users accessing the Internet and websites via these devices, it is important to address certain issues that are a source of frustration and aggravation for this growing segment.

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Troubleshooting Calendar Sharing in Mac Outlook 2011

Barrett Olafson
,

Having trouble connecting to teammates calendars in Mac 2011 Outlook? You've followed all of the tutorials (this is a particularly good one that I've used as a go-to for years) you internet searches will serve up and, at this point, are droningly banging your head against your desk in despair. Try this: rebuild the Microsoft Database.

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