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Redesigned Website for Times Oil Corporation

  We redesigned a website for Times Oil Corporation ! It's secure, mobile-friendly and features an interactive map of their store locations.

New Website for LKN Area Start-up

The Brief Green Septic Service & Solutions , a new septic and well water inspection company in the Lake Norman area, needed a logo and a website. The Result Designed new company logo Built the website using Google Sites Features an SSL security certificate Fully responsive design Integrated site search https://www.greensepticnc.com/

New Directory for Telecom Channel Sales & Distribution

We just launched the Telecom Directory , a website aiming to help promote companies in the telecom sales distribution channel. The new website, is a single comprehensive source for companies and persons providing telecom related services. The directory is now accepting requests for free, standard and featured listings to telecom channel related persons and companies. The website was built using the new Google Sites, and features a security certificate, fully responsive design, and a full site search. Patrick LaJuett is a digital media architect in Charlotte, North Carolina. Patrick has more than two decades of experience in visual communications, information technology and brand marketing.

New NC Business Directory Launched

  Shop local NC, save jobs, feel good. The NCBizList.com mission is to help support locally run companies throughout North Carolina. They recognize that small businesses are the lifeblood of the NC economy. Keeping money in nearby neighborhoods by shopping locally will help ensure a thriving community. The site is now accepting requests for free listings as well as featured listings.  All companies must be verifiably located in North Carolina. NCBizList was built using Google's updated WYSIWYG website design tool "new Google Sites". The directory features a security certificate, fully responsive design, and an internal site search. Patrick LaJuett is a digital media architect in Charlotte, North Carolina. Patrick has more than two decades of experience in visual communications, information technology and brand marketing.

New Google Sites - Fast, Easy, & Responsive

The New Google Sites is great for quickly building mobile friendly (responsive) websites.  I have migrated three sites in the past few weeks.  The drag and drop GUI makes it super easy to get a website up and running.  Here are a few examples below. Patrick LaJuett is a digital media architect in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina. Patrick has more than two decades of experience in visual communications, information technology and brand marketing.

My Portfolio Website - Built Using New Google Sites

My portfolio website - built using the new Google Sites Patrick LaJuett is a digital media architect with more than two decades of experience in visual communications, information technology and brand marketing.

Monthly & Weekly SEO Task Checklist

Doing a bit of searching this morning, and was quite surprised to not find a succinct weekly SEO checklist.  So I decided to take a few minutes to outline my approach.  Hope it helps! Monthly SEO Tasks 2019   Research: Industry, competition, target audience, target keywords. Tools: Google, Answer the Public, Word Tracker, Ubersuggest, Excel. Website Maintenance: Create backups, check for broken links, fix spelling errors. Tools: Plesk, Expression Web Weekly SEO Tasks 2019   Monitor Performance: Traffic analysis, CTR, keywords, sources, devices, demographics, funnels. Tools: Google Analytics, Google Search Console, Data Studio by Google Website Audits: Check for valid HTML structure, URLs, metatags, mobile friendliness. Tools: Screaming Frog, Google Search Console, Varvy, Siteliner, Think with Google Create Content: Create core site pages, write Blog posts Tools: Blogger, Grammarly, Expression Web, Notepad, XML sitemap Social Sharing: Spread your company mess

New Google Sites for Local Home Builder

I have done quite a few website redesigns over the past decade or so.  When taking on a new project, I suggest to customers that they utilize a content management system (CMS).  The ease of updating content (versus traditional code editing) is a huge winner for clients. My favorite web CMS platforms are WordPress, Google Sites and DNN.  See the benefits of each here . The Project: This project was for a local home builder looking to modernize and expand their online presence. Out With the Old: The old site was something I designed a while back using MS Expression Web (html 4, CSS and JavaScript).  It was functional, but not very easy to update. BEFORE REDESIGN - HTML4 Website before being redesigned. In With the New: For the new website I opted for Google Sites (, with embedded Google Drive documents, Picasa Web albums and YouTube videos. AFTER REDESIGN - GOOGLE SITES Google Sites for local home builder after redesign. Let me know what you think using

10 Questions Your Web Designer Should Ask You

10 Questions Your Web Designer Should Ask You Here are ten questions I ask as part of the initial sales call and web design project kickoff meeting: Who is your target audience? (b2b, b2c, etc.) Where is your target audience located? (local, regional, national, global) Description of your 'typical' client? (general public, professional, hobbyist, etc.) What is the primary goal of your website? (sell, acquire, inform, etc.) Who are your main competitors? What marketing are you currently doing? (tv, radio, web, print ads, etc.) What are your branding guidelines? (logo, colors, typeface, etc.) What types of graphic files can you provide? (photos, graphics, icons, etc.) Do you have a content author available? (text, articles, social media, etc.) Do you have access to your current website analytics data? Each project is different, but this helps get us on the same page. For more etailed info, here is my " 6D Development Process " for Website Design Proj

Convert Your Website to a Mobile Friendly Design

Make Sure Your Website is Mobile Friendly. Earlier this year, Google Search expanded its use of mobile-friendliness as a "ranking signal". This change affected mobile searches worldwide and had a significant impact in Google Search results. Google's Mobile-Friendly Test Tool How to get the“mobile-friendly” label from Google. Avoid software that is not common on mobile devices, like Flash Use text that is readable without zooming Size content to the screen so users don't have to scroll horizontally or zoom Place links far enough apart so that the correct one can be easily tapped If you want to make sure that your page meets the mobile-friendly criteria: Check your pages with the Mobile-Friendly Test . Read Google's updated documentation " Webmasters Mobile Guide " on how to create and improve your mobile site. See the Mobile usability report in Google Search Console , which highlights major mobile usability issues across yo

Enable Customers to Manage Web Content via Google Sites

Easy, stable and connected to the Google Apps for Work product suite. Baseball team website developed using Google Apps for Work - Google Sites Enabling customers to manage their own content is the right way to go.  I choose Google Sites as my go-to web CMS platform.  Here are a few reasons why... Integrate Google Calendars Embed Youtube videos Instant micro blogging platform SEO friendly Hosted in the cloud Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency : + LaJuett.com , where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

How to Build a Basic WordPress Website

12 steps to follow for a building a successful WordPress site. Set-up a basic Linux hosting plan on a secure server environment. Bluehost, 1&1, GoDaddy, etc. Install the WordPress application (should be a 1-click install via host control panel) Purchase and install a WordPress theme Themeforest is a good place to start TIP - Make sure it passes Google's mobile friendly-test Customize the WordPress configuration and settings Upload your logo Modify colors to match your brand Set fonts and sizes Create or import content Add pages Author blog posts Upload images Bigstock (fee),  Pixabay (free) Enhance user experience Add desired menus (top, side, footer) Add widgets Connect with social media profiles Install plugins to extend WordPress functionality Security - Wordfence Backups:  BackWPup Search engine optimization - Yoast SEO Test, tweak and test some more Launch Submit website URL to Google Search Console Submit XML Set preferred d

United Insurance Website Redesign

New site features responsive design, interactive quoting forms and more. Here's a new Google Sites we developed for an insurance company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. BEFORE REDESIGN AFTER REDESIGN http://www.grubbsgroup.net/ Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency : + LaJuett.com , where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

How Do I Appear First in Google Search Results?

How Do I Appear First in Google Search Results?   Here are best practices for improving your ranking in Google search results: Provide high quality content on your site. Google tries to find the best answer for our users’ requests; if you write the best material, you’re in the game.   Make your site mobile friendly. Many users search on mobile devices; Google’s search results favor pages that they think answer the user’s request with the best possible user experience on their platform.   Use informative titles and snippets. Good, clear titles and accurate meta tag descriptions help Google understand the purpose of a page and generate useful snippets in our search results.   Add structured data to enable additional search result features such as stars, event information, or site search boxes.   Make sure that you follow Google’s guidelines and avoid pitfalls that could affect your ratings. Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency : + LaJuett.com , where he supp

WordPress SEO Steps

Recommended WordPress SEO Steps These are the baseline steps I take when optimizing a WordPress website for search: Backup Plugin- Install  BackWPup : **Run backup job before installing plugins** Security Plugin - Install  Wordfence : Keep WordPress core and plugins up-to-date Organic SEO Plugin: Install WordPress SEO by Yoast Customize all Page Titles & Meta Tags Utilize Google Webmaster Tools Utilize Bing Webmaster Tools Tracking Plugin: Install Google Analytics -  Google Analytics by Yoast Performance Plugin: Install PageSpeed -  GZip Ninja Speed Note: The plugins listed are my recommendations only.  Many alternatives are available, just make sure they are compatible with your version of WP. Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency : + LaJuett.com , where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Quad A for Kids Soap Box Derby Car

We're a proud sponsor of a 2015 Quad A for Kids soap box derby car. Learn more at:  http://www.quadaforkids.com/programs/stem-soap-box-derby Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency : + LaJuett.com , where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Flyer Design for Local Hockey League

 Flyer Design Using Adobe Illustrator CC Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency : + LaJuett.com , where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The LaJuett team would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to our clients whom we value greatly. We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend! Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency : + LaJuett.com , where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

New Logo Designed for XLuster

 Here's a simple logo we designed for a customer in Western NY... Colors: #B8D758 (green), #DCDCDE (light grey), #000000 (black) Font used: Montserrat Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency : + LaJuett.com , where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.

Creating a Custom Website in Google Sites

 Here is an example of how Google Sites can be used to create a custom and compelling website. http://www.5ddental.com With a bit of design ingenuity, Google Sites can be used to create great looking Websites.  Start with one of the base templates, and modify the background images, color scheme, and page layouts. Patrick LaJuett manages a website design agency : + LaJuett.com , where he supports clients as a Web technology consultant and search marketing strategy adviser.