Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New TimelySites Website built using Google Sites

New TimelySites for Enhanced Communications Solutions

Fast loading, search engine friendly, and integrated with Google Apps for Work
 



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

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Forthcoming Alliance with Timely Sites


Dear clients:

I am pleased to announce a forthcoming alliance with Timely Sites. It is scheduled to take place officially on Sept 1, 2014. On that date our combined agency will begin conducting business as Timely Sites.

Our company began offering web design services in 2001. Its success over the past 13 years has stemmed from the referrals of our clients. As a result of those efforts, we have experienced steady growth. We believe that our new larger organization will allow us to provide a wider array of services and top-notch support.

There are several things we want to point out that will not change:

  • You will continue to work directly with me.
  • Our fee structure will not change.
  • The services we have provided you in the past will continue to be offered by the combined firm.

I will continue to operate from my current office. All the contact information will remain the same. If you have any questions about this exciting news and what it will mean for you, please contact me at any time

I am grateful to you not only for allowing me the opportunity to provide you with web design services but for your loyalty and friendship. I am confident that our new affiliation will serve us all well.

Patrick LaJuett
Chief Marketing Officer
Timely Sites

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Custom Google Sites Designed for Local Clients

Two if by Google Sites

We have many more Google Sites in the design pipeline, but here our the latest.  Freshly developed and launched for locally based clients.

Projection Video Professionals
Integrated Power Systems International, Inc.

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

Friday, July 11, 2014

Professional Google Sites design for local law firm



Recently launched a new Google Sites website for a locally based law firm.  I took the html website originally designed 5 years ago and moved it into the Google Sites platform.

Professional Google Sites design features:

  • jQuery image slider (how-to)
  • Mobile optimized
  • Mapped domain
  • Custom photography with bluish duotone effect
  • Integrated Google Map
  • Links to social networks
  • Drop-down menu system
  • Embedded JotForm
  • Organic SEO


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

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

jQuery Slider in Google Sites

How to embed an image slider in Google Sites


I found a simple little jQuery image slider that can be easily embedded into Google Sites.  It is fast loading and adapts well when rendering on mobile devices.  Here are the steps I use:
  1. Get Unslider: The jQuery slider that just slides. No fancy effects or unnecessary markup, and it’s less than 3kb.
  2. Upload .JS and .HTML files to a new folder in Google Drive
  3. Create your banner IMAGES and upload them to the same Drive folder
    • Tip - use a sequential naming convention... 01.JPG, 02.JPG, 03.JPG
  4. Modify the inline CSS contained in file unslider.html
  5. Modify the transition speed and image timing in file unslider.min.js
  6. Share the Google Drive folder and all of contents
  7. Copy the URL from share link
  8. Insert an iFrame gadget in Google Sites
  9. Configure the iFrame gadget settings
    1. Paste URL:
      https://googledrive.com/host/0BwbEKZDYh_HCbGw3SXBmS1dfeXc/unslider.html
    2. Change the folder URL to match the share link generated from Google Drive in step 7
    3. Change the gadget width to 100% and experiment with the other settings until you get desired look
  10. Save the page in order to see your image slider in action
One issue that I have not been able to resolve is how to preserve the slider's aspect ration when viewed on a mobile device.  You will notice the images are pinched a bit.  However, it's still a cool solution and integrates nicely within the Google Sites framework.

Example of jQuery Unslider image slider hosted on Google Drive



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

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Google My Business Locations

Google My Business Locations

Changes to Google's bulk business location management tool

 







 
Google has launched a new local business management tool called "Google My Business Locations".  At first glance, this appears to be the long awaited replacement for "Google Places for Business".  In fact the old link https://www.google.com/local/business/ redirects to a 500 error page.

Here is a quick overview of the new interface.

Google My Business Locations Landing Page

Note the message "We’re adding new features to Google My Business Locations, so please keep an eye out for improvements. Learn more about upcoming changes.
 

 

Managing Multiple Local Business Locations

For us SEO's, this tool is a great way to quickly diagnose local listing issues for multiple clients. On the screen below, we see that we have a few unverified business, as well as a data conflict and opening hours issue.
 


 

Resolving Data Conflict Issues

We can investigate and remedy issues by drilling down into the individual business data.
 

 

Editing a Location

A really nice new feature is direct linking to the business listing on Google Maps, as well as the associated GooglePlus page.  I also noticed a few stray html tags in the business descriptions field.  Probably from a copy and paste via the customer's website.  These are now easily identified and removed.  I don't recall this functionality in the old interface.
 

 

Google My Business Dashboard

Here we see that the most recent updates we made to the business data are pending review.

I am thrilled with the new interface.  I think Google has finally merged all of the old Google Local and Google Places data into Google Plus pages.  The new Google My Business management tool will certainly make life easier for folks who help manage multiple business locations.  Well done Google!
 

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

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