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Using Themes For A Local Website

marketing-ideas-for-roofing-companiesI was approached a few weeks ago to produce a new website for a local roofing company. They already have a website up and running which I think is doing a good job for them, but they wanted something a little more personalised.

You can see here the original website for Quality Roofing Nottingham. I wanted to share this project with you from beginning to end so that you can see how it progresses. I would welcome your comments if you can contact me through the webform and give me your thoughts and ideas on this original site and again when the new one is finished.

Below ae the main points that he wants me to convey in the new website. Fingers crossed that I can do a good job for them!

Most of us haven’t heard of fascias and soffits. But as you look forward to learning about them, it will come as a surprise that you’ve been seeing them all along only that you didn’t realize them by their name.

If you take a look at most houses that have a guttering running alongside the house just below the roofline, you will see that it is attached to a box. The underside of the box is what’s technically known as soffit. Fascias, on the other hand, are walls of the said box that can be seen attached to the roofline of the home.

The main role of the guttering is to trap any rainwater coming off the roof so as it can drain it away.

The Main Roles of Soffits and Fascias

Soffits and fascias make a significant part of the home since they are responsible for keeping the damp out. They help to keep the rainwater from coming inside and also making sure the entire house is insulated. Discoloration, leaks, birds nesting in your roof are all signs that you should give some attention to these two.

Note that if the two get damaged, it will be harder for your roof to effectively carry out its role of keeping the home safe. To keep soffits and fascias in a good state all the time, it’s expected that you should have them checked for repairs all the time and also keep them well-maintained.

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Not until recently, fascias and soffits were mostly made with timber. Some of the major issues that timber had include rotting, fading, splitting and warping. However, today, there’s a much better alternative.

uPVC, a plastic made up of non-toxic elements, bears all the durability and strength expected of the two. Interestingly, it has wood effect finishes, ranging from, rosewood to mahogany and many other finishes. Such effects have made it easier to achieve any effect you desire in your home.

Just like those of made of timber, uPVC are able to clip into place with ease and soon as they are fixed well, they will be able to guide the rainwater, protect the roofline and keep away the damp. Aside from that, due to its excellent thermal stability, you can expect less expansion and contraction compared to other materials. Not forgetting to mention that you won’t have to repair it every often. You can just wipe it down with a PVC-U cleaner and a damp cloth,

Caring for Soffits and Fascias

The fascia acts to secure the guttering and also ensures rainwater is drained away properly from the roof right into the drain. So check to ensure the soffits have clear little ventilation holes at the bottom. This helps to prevent the roof from suffering damage caused by damp. Also, inspect to ensure there’s no rot. When rainwater splashes around, it can result into such. And when you notice rot, the best thing is to deal with it urgently. This will prevent it from spreading.

As you can see, the main focus is for Fascias and Soffits, as it is a very lucrative side of his roofing business. A good website not only helps to bring more visitors to the site, but also helps to convert those visitors into sales. No pressure then!!

Watch the video below which discusses the importance of a good quality website for the roofing business.

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More Tips for choosing the best theme for your website

More Tips for choosing the best theme for your website

There are thousands of website themes available today, which one do you choose, the choice can be overwhelming. You need to commit to your theme, in some ways it is like choosing your life partner; you are going to be spending a lot of time together, so you need to choose well! This guide will hopefully put you on the right track to finding the perfect theme for your website.

What are your needs?
While looking through the vast choice, it is easy to think too much about how the theme looks. And all too easy to grab the theme that makes your site look most pretty. But don’t go there! Step away from the download! You should first decide on a plan, and decide what you need your site to do and what is most important.

Answer these questions first before you decide.

A. How large will your site be? Will it have a lot of content?thinking about theme
B. Will it be a commercial or web commerce site?
C. Do you need a mobile responsive website?
D. In your opinion, what are the items that are the most important to display on the 1st page of your site?
E. Will your site look the same in 1 year? 2 years?

Unfortunately, you will probably find that not one theme will give you all the answers. But by knowing what you need your site to do, will help you to pick the theme that ticks the most boxes. Find a theme that works well with your content.

It is often the case that we see the demo of a theme, and make our content fit that demo.  That is not how it should be, it should happen the other way around. You may fall in love with a them that has the best blog display and fabulous featured blogging images. But that probably isn’t the best fit if you are not a big blogger and don’t have a large supply of images. Try to look at the type of content that you are wanting to display, and see if the theme is going to work well with what you have.

Thinking ahead.
I know this is a difficult one, but if you were to instal this theme today, is it going to be able to handle the plans that you have for your site in 1 years time? If you are a roofing company and just need a shop window website, then you will probably just have a few blogs to add over the year, but if you are selling home made items or a small manufacturer, you will be adding product continuously.

But if you are a manufacturer, or retailer, with new and more products coming through, will your theme be able to cope. It may be fine now with just a few pages, but what if you start adding lots more content? Be sure that the time you pick has the right navigational structure to be able to organise your new content in a way that the end user will be able to make sense of. Much better to ask these questions now, rather than find you have already outgrown your new beloved theme in just a few short months.

Dig Deeper
It is an unwanted task searching through the related info that comes with any theme. So think hard, reduce your choices to just a few that are going to suit your future plans. Try and find reviews and questions online that relate to those themes. You will start to build up a picture of what is working or not for certain types of businesses. Chances are you will be able to see the different types of sites that are being made using your favourite themes, giving you a better idea of what and how it would work.

To Conclude
In looking for the perfect theme for your shiny new website, don’t just plump for the coolest. Roll up your sleeves and dig around to get a better picture of how your end result may look in the future. It is always better to have a plan, and it will help you to throw out the pretty looking sites that are not really suitable for you needs. If you can pick the right theme, your site will flow naturally, grow organically, and will help you to achieve the end result that you are looking for.

This Youtube video from ipage has 10 really useful tips that may help you to decide on the right theme for your situation.

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The Benefits of a Good Website

The Benefits of a Good Website

You may have heard people recommend having a good website to get your business noticed, but what exactly can it do for your company? Consistently give your business an identity. People want to know what your business is all about. What can you offer them and how might they benefit from working with you? Giving a visual to your potential clients will answer these questions. If you have more than just your business’s official website, like any social media sites or even your business card, make sure they are all consistent with the image you want your company to project.

 

The goal is to get more visitors. You want people to check out your website and browse through it. A good website will both inform a potential client (or customer) and keep them intrigued to be involved and learn more. What you do not want is someone taking a look at your homepage and immediately leaving the site, so you need to be unique!

If you were successful at the last step, getting more visitors to your website, you will get more customers!

 

A good website will set you apart from your competitors. Chances are, your business is not the only of its kind, but your website needs to project that it is different. Phrase the wording differently, find one of a kind photos and let your website connect with those looking at it. You want to be better than your competitors, so you have got to show that you are through your website, since that is the way most people will learn about your business.website design

 

Keep your website short, simple, but informative, because most people will not take the time to read a lengthy introduction page. A clear and concise website will keep viewers attention long enough to get them interested in your product or services.

 

I often find that customers try to get more bang for their buck by putting as much information as possible into a website, because they somehow feel that they are then getting more value for money. I find this too when I create print ads for local businesses. They will be paying for a credit card size ad, but want to fit in every service that they can possibly do in order to maximise on their ad spend.

 

This doesn’t work in an advert, and it doesn’t work in a website either. You end up confusing the reader. The best way in my experience is to focus one one or two services, get the readers attention and sell those services, and later you can tell them about all the other great things that you offer. Rant over!

 

By spending the ‘extra’ money for a higher quality website, you will actually be saving money down the road. If your business cuts corners now, you may end up paying more money later to have your website re-vamped and spiced up. At this point, you may have lost many potential customers and clients. You may even have to spend more money if you have to shut down your old website in order to start from scratch.

Watch the video below for some more information on the benefits of having a good website design.

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Top 5 Website Trend Designs in 2015

If you have been wondering how you could improve your web design skills the simple answer is to learn, learn and learn some more. Keep up to date with newest trends and demands in the market and your designs will surely benefit from it. In the world of website design trends change frequently, however there are the top website trend designs in 2015, which will help you step up your game in the vast world filled with web designers, websites and trends that link them together.

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An ever increasing trend in web design is to include Google maps in the websites. It is not only a current trend, since it has been popular for quite some time in addition to being extremely useful. Google also provides a visual customization which makes websites more visually interesting and is adaptable to the look of the website you are designing.

2. Slideshows
Full screen slideshows are a hot trend in website designs at the moment. This cinematic approach, which almost resembles flipping through the pages of a book, works well on different gadgets and screens of any sizes, and makes the homepage feel accessible and easy to use. Galleries and media shows are bringing out the visual by keeping the text and buttons minimal, and this minimalism seems to be in high demand in website designs nowadays due to its popularity with the users and designers.

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3. Simple
Which leads us to the following point, and that is to keep the designs simple, clean-cut and easy to use. This can be applied to all aspects of a website design but simply cannot be emphasized enough. Simplifying designs will not only bring the sense of simplicity to your websites, but also make it seem more casual and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. By minimizing the content and color, you are accentuating the content and experience which is far more important.
4. Organic flowweb-design
Besides from using an organic approach in arranging large photos in slideshows by using this basically cinematic approach and designing websites with organic flow in your mind you will make better and trendier websites altogether. Do not follow strict rules and norms of having to confide your content to neat boxes and use rulers and gridlines to make everything fit the screen. Instead, make a website which flows naturally and guides the user to the content in the most natural and easy going manner.
5. Ghost buttons
By minimizing everything on the website you are designing you are also making it feel more natural and another trend is to hide all sorts of buttons in order not to damage this sense simplicity given to you by the clean and minimal design. Ghost buttons are not really even there, or so it seems until the user need them. By that time, the users will enjoy the simple and minimal design you have created.

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