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Hero Image: Things You Would Love (or Hate) About It

by Admin - on Jun 30th 2016 - Comments Off on Hero Image: Things You Would Love (or Hate) About It

Brisbane: Hero Images on a WebsiteHero images are one of the hottest trends in web design as of late. In a nutshell, a hero image is a sizable banner image placed at the centre of a website to serve as a visual magnet for the visitors.

Ask any self-respecting SEO expert in Brisbane, Toronto or Berlin, and you would learn that the use of these web banners has taken over the spot where sliders used to occupy. Bambrick Media and other digital marketing experts note that the rampant application of attention-grabbing graphics is not a fad, but rather a practice not going anywhere.

Much like other web design elements, hero images have a fair share of positive and negative qualities worth knowing before using. Without understanding their pros and cons, using them to improve user experience and usability may work against your site.

Advantages

Hero headers always certainly more visually striking than words. Users tend to put more weight on thought-provoking images than dull text-based pieces. This is a great opportunity for you to keep them interested the moment they visit your site.

Large backgrounds can serve as a powerful tool to promote your brand and offerings. If designed properly, your expansive banners can speak a lot of your message and evoke emotion towards the users.

Disadvantages

Badly designed hero images usually go noticed by most people the wrong way. Instead of enriching the user experience, a large header may get in the way and reduce the typography’s dramatic value due to overlaying.

In addition, the visual power of images may decrease on mobile sites. As the screen becomes smaller, it depreciates its intended effect. When executed poorly, hero images can slow down the page’s loading time — a prime factor that can affect user experience.

Despite the winning qualities of hero images, they’re not without drawbacks; fortunately, most their downsides are avoidable. As there’s a lot that goes into optimising these large banners effectively, you have to pick a capable web designer that knows their potential utility and probable liability.

3 SEO Trends Every E-Commerce Website Must Follow

by Admin - on Jun 27th 2016 - Comments Off on 3 SEO Trends Every E-Commerce Website Must Follow

SEO Strategies for E-Commerce WebsitesE-commerce websites greatly rely on search engine optimization to get as many visitors and customers as they can. Aside from traffic, SEO also allows you to give particular product pages a boost in visibility to make your site as profitable as possible. However, you need to take a close look at SEO and all its new technologies and trends to keep your head in the game. Here are some of the most recent trends you need to incorporate.

Publishing Long-form Content

Product pages used to be composed of the product name, short description, a few photos of the products, and some customer feedback. However, search engine favoritism and user demand now require you to create long-from content for your product pages. This is because users want to know more about products so they could compare them to their other options. When publishing long-form content, you must highlight the strongest points of the product to persuade people to buy it. Don’t just put fluff.

Importance of Sharability

SEO in Minneapolis isn’t a standalone strategy, prcaffeine.com notes. You must also use social media marketing for the visitors who want to share your website and products to be able to share them. Social media is where most people spend their time online. It would be a waste to not take advantage of the many new customers you can gain simply by making your website more visible and your web page more shareable.

Video Content Is the Future

It’s now easier than ever to watch videos even on-the-go through mobile devices. That’s pretty much the reason video is now the leading form of content. Video content is effective in informing people and influencing them to know more about your brand and get your products. You’re already behind every other website if you aren’t using video content on your website yet.

Follow these trends because they are here to stay. This way, you can keep on gaining new customers and earn more profit for the years to come.

Using a Circuit Tester

by Admin - on Jun 26th 2016 - Comments Off on Using a Circuit Tester

Circuit TesterWorking with live wires represents a high risk and you need to be careful when you do so but you can also speed up your work by using a circuit tester. The thumb rule is to always be careful with live wires and to handle them by holding the insulated portion of the tester leads when you do the testing and to switch off the circuits as soon as you finish your work. Let’s take a look at how the circuit tester can make your work easy.

You need to use a TASCO, Inc. two-lead circuit tester to check for voltage and you can do this by placing one lead on the live or hot wire and the other lead on the neutral or ground wire. You can identify the hot wire by its color; it is usually black but can also be of any color other than green or copper. The neutral is white and the ground is green or copper colored. Make sure that you test all the ground wires in older homes to make sure that they are connected to ground.

When you’re testing a ground wire, you can follow this easy procedure:

  • Turn off the mains and check the voltage with a voltage tester
  • Uncap the neutral wires and it is ok to leave them bundled
  • Remove the wires switch and bend them so that they don’t touch each other
  • Turn on the power again at the main panel and use the voltage tester to identify the live wire
  • Use the circuit tester and touch one lead against the live wire and the other lead to the neutral wire; it is working properly if it lights up
  • Test the ground wire by touching one lead against it and the other lead against the hot wire; it is working if it lights up

In the case of testing a metal box that doesn’t have a ground wire, you need to check if the box is by itself serving the purpose of grounding. You can follow the same procedure as above but in the last step of checking the ground wire, you need to hold one lead against the box and another against the live wire.

Fiber Optics: What It Is & How It Works

by Admin - on Jun 22nd 2016 - Comments Off on Fiber Optics: What It Is & How It Works

Fiber Optic EquipmentThe Internet (and the World Wide Web that rides on it) used to depend entirely on telephone lines — which mostly used copper cables — to run and connect the network of computers all around the world. It was new technology, and when you got past the dial-up phase and upgraded to DSL (which still uses ordinary phone lines), you had the fastest Internet connection available. Companies did a lot of work faster and more consistently.

Then broadband happened. All of a sudden, your DSL is about ten times slower than your competitor's connection because they switched to fiber broadband. Fiber optic technology has made telecommunications faster, cheaper to build, and more reliable. Internet users around the world probably don't know it, but they owe a lot of their Facebook time to fiber optic cables.

What is Fiber Optic?

Optical fiber or fiber optic is a technological medium that allows for information transmission by using light pulses transmitted through glass or plastic fiber strands. Fiber optic cables can carry a lot more information faster compared to copper cables. Optical fiber is also impervious to interference caused by electromagnetics. It is more stable so it generally does not need to retransmit signals.

How is Information Read?

In the old days, if you took a piece of string and two Campbell's soup cans, you could make a simple telephone system to talk to your friend next-door. Picture the string as the fiber optic cable, where the information (in this case, the sound of your voice) passes through. As for the cans, you'll need a more complicated system of converting the information to light pulses, which can pass through a fiber strand. A transceiver, such as a Cisco SFP-10G-LRM, does that job. In a data communications setup, it will convert the information to a format that a computer understands, which means a user can read and interpret it.

It's both interesting and amazing when you think about how the exchange of information can happen through cables connecting almost all areas of the world where people live and work. And with fiber optic cables, much more information can be shared in less time than you need to click on someone's Beach Photos album.

Building a Home? Avoid 3 Costly Mistakes

by Admin - on Jun 21st 2016 - Comments Off on Building a Home? Avoid 3 Costly Mistakes

Home BuildingBuilding a home is a delicate process that requires considerable planning and vast sums of money. Most people stake their financial well-being on the outcome of the construction process, especially when they use a mortgage product to finance the project.

While a significant number of people get through the process with minimal distractions, to achieve their home owning dreams, others register dismal results. Here are some of the common mistakes people make when building a home.

Attempting to do it by yourself

With a deluge of instructional videos and tutorials available on the internet, many people often attempt to build their home from scratch. While such efforts are commendable, even admirable, they are likely to cause you to incur hefty losses. For instance, if anything goes wrong, you have to call in a real expert who will have to redo the work, doubling up the cost of construction. Again, you are unlikely to get an insurance carrier to cover the project if you do not have a construction licence.

Failing to establish the credibility of the contractor

While there are numerous construction firms on the market, not all of them are equal to the task. Some dubious, unreliable rogue contractor is likely to give you a raw deal since their real interest is only making a quick buck. Take the time to establish the credibility of construction firm before engaging their services. Construction companies use takeoff software programs to significantly improve the building experience.

Failing to plan the entire process

Planning the whole process before taking any actions is the key to a perfect building process. Otherwise, making it up as you go along is the greatest mistake that any person building a home can make. Finalize the floorplan with an expert until you are satisfied with the product before moving forward.

Limiting mistakes, when building a home, is the key to a successful construction process and home ownership.

Distance, Cost, and Sustainability: A Guide to Fiber Optic Setup

by Admin - on Jun 15th 2016 - Comments Off on Distance, Cost, and Sustainability: A Guide to Fiber Optic Setup

Long distance communication is a matter of having the proper tools than anything else. Using fiber optics for data transmission is simple enough, so long as technicians know the limitations of the equipment they are about to install.

Here are a few reminders on how to make the most of fiber optic transceivers:

Use Multimode Transceivers for Short Distance Communication

Remember that short distance transmission is not necessarily the inferior option. A multimode transceiver like the PK-SFP-10G-SR will prove sufficient in systems spanning building-to-building communication.

Use Single-Mode Fiber Cables for Long Distance Transceivers

Fiber Optic TransmissionsFiber optics relies on a simple guiding principle: that light can carry accurat
e information as long as it has a
consistent, reflective pathway to do so. Fiber optic bundles may be
nd or pivot, but the light bouncing in between their walls will remain true to its transmitted nature. The trick now in accomplishing long distance fiber optic communications is reducing the number of times light has to bounce on its way to the other end of the cable.

This is where single-mode fiber optic cables outperform their multimode counterparts. Engineers have built single-mode fibers with diameters about 93% smaller than multimode cables. The significant reduction allows light to travel faster, and with a lesser loss of information. This is why single-mode fibers are the industry standard for high-speed, long distance data transmission.

Use 10/100m Adaptive Port Devices

For fiber optic setups covering multiple kilometers, link attenuators, or 10/100m adaptive port devices, make for an economical and reliable system design choice. Achieving maximum distance and optimal functionality is easy with these devices, as they can accurately transmit data for 60 kilometers or more.

One of the most important things one should remember when setting up a fiber optic grid is the importance of “future proofing” the design. That is, using swappable transceivers and components wherever possible. This allows technicians to conduct upgrades and repairs easily and without having to shut down the entire data system for an extended duration.

How Online Shopping Changed the Game of Convenience

by Admin - on Jun 13th 2016 - Comments Off on How Online Shopping Changed the Game of Convenience

Selecting House On LaptopIt's easier and more convenient to do just about anything these days. Thanks to technology, almost everything is available with one tap or a click of the mouse. In some cases, you don't even have to talk to a delivery person to get the package you bought online; you simply have to wait for a drone to deliver it to your doorstep.

How Online Convenience Helps People

The reality is these conveniences make life safer and more productive. Imagine not having to drive to a physical store to get what you need. You save on fuel and avoid getting stuck in traffic or being in a vehicular accident. Your blood pressure doesn't have to shoot up because the salesperson does not understand what you want and, when they finally do give you what you came in there for, you have to stand for an hour to pay for it at the counter. Then when you hit the road home, you're stuck in the same spot all over again. IT Factory noted that this wouldn’t happen if you find an online supplier who provides direct downloads or delivers right at your doorstep.

What if Online Shopping is Banned for Some Reason?

You've been living in a world where online shopping is a reality; a part of everyday living. What if it's removed, all of a sudden? Then you're back to searching manually at a store. You can't buy software online so instead of downloading upon payment, you have to buy a CD. 

With online shopping, you can find out if the product you need is in stock in seconds. You can then move on to another possible source if the first store doesn't have it. If you have to compare products manually when buying software online, you may have to visit different stores compared to reading different reviews on the web.

Convenience is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “online shopping”. No matter what you feel about using the web to get what you need, you can't deny how much this has helped people around the world.

Home Security: The Usual Suspects of False Alarms

by Admin - on Jun 2nd 2016 - Comments Off on Home Security: The Usual Suspects of False Alarms

Home Security in HoustonTriggering a false alarm isn’t just embarrassing, it could also be life-threatening to those in real need of emergency services. While no sane person would deliberately cause the alarm to go off without a good reason, inadvertent triggers often occur because of honest mistakes.

To keep the likelihood of false alarm at home, take note of these four main culprits:

Guests

The majority of false alarms takes place due to human error. Especially if you have visitors unaware of your system, your home security could unintentionally be “breached”.

This is why it’s important to train, or at least inform, everybody about your security products. Using visuals is extremely useful.

Animals

Dogs and cats could innocently set off your motion sensors and unnecessarily call the attention of your dispatcher. As your canine or feline friend would often wander freely around the house, the chance of triggering false alarms is high if you leave it unchecked.

Also, rodents and insects could likewise mess with your home security. If you’re planning to have alarm monitoring, you have another reason to get rid of pests at home.

Weak Batteries

Modern security products have lasting batteries, but you still need to replace them every now and then. North Star Home explains that you would usually receive an audible warning that the power is low to prompt replacement, but they may also trigger false alarms.

It’s your job to ensure your system have a reliable power source. Knowing when these batteries should last, and paying attention when you should change them effectively reduces the occurrence of a false alarm.

Home Security Installers

Believe or not, some providers of home security systems in Houston, Atlanta, and other cities in America are responsible to false alarms. Especially if your system’s design is not well thought of, your alarm may set off while doing your most ordinary activities.

Apart from hiring experienced professionals to install your security products correctly, you might have to notify them when doing any remodel to align all of your sensors and detectors after the makeover.

In most cases, you can avoid false alarms if you have the foresight and work with a trustworthy home security company. As long as you’re well aware of what might unnecessarily trigger your system, your alarms would go off only when they should.

Construction Estimating Software for Accurate Project Comparison

by Admin - on May 25th 2016 - Comments Off on Construction Estimating Software for Accurate Project Comparison

Construction SiteHave you ever considered working with construction estimating software? It may include programs that help you build custom formulas. In a few clicks, it helps you measure, manage, and closely follow the costs related to every construction task. Be it a large civil project, such as highway construction, or a simple home repair, a construction cost estimating program focuses on helping you not only model accurate bid proposals, but also compare your estimated costs in the bid proposal.

Construction estimating software for detailed comparison

Comparison helps you determine the actual costs for subcontractors, labor, materials, and equipment. This lets you maximize your profits and leverage for a handsome return on investment (ROI). Some construction estimating software further assist you in managing other aspects related to the construction industry, such as keeping a detailed inventory of past customers and scheduling of all payroll costs.

Do you need a cost estimating software after you have won a bid?

Definitely. It remains a key asset in every construction project and, according to eTakeoff, LLC, it proves to be a critical program you need to use even after winning a bid. The additional programs and services that come with the software cover general project management, including equipment leasing and employee tracking.

However, when planning to integrate this software in your company, consider one that integrates well with other programs you already use. Additionally, seek expert guidance in finding a reputable software vendor, estimating your project's expenses, and setting labor costs. These are all integral when starting out.

Construction cost estimating entails numerous yet essential details. An error in any of them can be costly. The mistake shouldn't cost you your career, so organize your business properly.

3 SEO Mistakes You Should Avoid to Maintain Online Credibility

by Admin - on May 25th 2016 - Comments Off on 3 SEO Mistakes You Should Avoid to Maintain Online Credibility

SEO Mistakes to AvoidWith a lot of SEO trends and algorithm changes, it’s easy to get confused and do some mistakes with your online marketing strategy. That’s why you need to be careful about implementing something. You need to evaluate your plans and see if they can really improve your current SEO standing or if it doesn’t fit your business. Here are some of the worst SEO mistakes you should never make.

Unnatural Keyword Stuffing

While keywords are important, your main focus should be on creating content that actually matters to your target audience. Gone are the days when you can stuff all the keywords and keyword phrases you can think of in a single blog post. Now, you need to limit your keywords to one to two per article. The focus should be on creating compelling and informative content that your audience will find valuable. 

Not Keeping Up with Trends

While hopping on every current trend is bad, not hopping at all is just as bad. You need to keep up with the latest SEO trends and carefully select which ones to apply to your campaigns. It’s better to work with reliable SEO companies in Minnesota to help keep you up-to-date and choose which trends you can apply to your online marketing strategies that your audience will respond to.

Black Hat SEO Backlinks

Black hat SEO strategies are detrimental to your success. There was a time when buying backlinks worked, but Google’s algorithm updates have already prevented websites that use this to advance. Buying or exchanging unnatural backlinks is considered as spamming. The only backlinks you should work for are the organic ones and those coming from authoritative websites related to your industry.

It’s not that difficult to avoid making these mistakes if you know how important it is to work hard for high search rankings instead of taking shortcuts which will only fail you in the end. All in all, just be careful about your every move because it can make or break your online credibility.

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