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Where do I start? Logo preparation & the process involved

It is a good idea to put some thought into your logo before you meet with us at Design Sense Graphics & Web. We will cover the following areas when we meet with you to discuss your logo design.

Business Name
Most people have already decided on a name and registered it before they come to us. However, we are also able to assist you to be a bit more creative with your name if you need some help. Below are a couple of examples where clients have had a name in mind, and we have suggested an alternative that has been a much better option. 'Effie's Beaded Bits' became 'Beadistinctive' and 'Gold Dust Spas' became 'SpaKal'. It is very important to get your name right before the design process begins - it's much harder to change it down the track.

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Protecting your web forms from spam

Web forms can be used on websites in many different ways and can be a great tool for gathering data or allowing your customers to make contact with you.

However, including a web form on your site can open you up to receiving unwanted spam. Spam is often submitted by automated spam robots that search the internet looking for forms, and often once they find yours you will often get a large volume of spam in the first hit.

While we don’t want to deter your customers from sending you their information by making your form too difficult to submit, there are a few simple countermeasures that can be added to stop (or at least slow down) spammers.  Hopefully this article will help you decide which option will work best for you.

Hidden Fields

This option is invisible to customers but may not block some of the smarter spam robots out there. A field is added to your form that is visible to robots who read the code, but hidden from the customer using css or javascript. If a value is entered in this field, the form will not submit, thus stopping robots who cannot tell the difference.

Human-friendly Question

Another option is to add a basic text question that would be easy for a human to answer, but that a robot could not answer. This could be a simple maths problem, or something everyone would know e.g. The colour of the sky is? This is a fairly common method and should not annoy your users too much or prevent them from submitting the form.

CAPTCHA

This is probably the most secure option, however as you may have experienced, CAPTCHAs can be quite hard to read, and may annoy or deter users. We recommend only using this method for important forms, or if neither of the above methods are working and you are still receiving a large volume of spam.

There are other solutions available, so speak to us if you don’t think any of these will work for you. And just note that spammers are always finding new ways to get around your countermeasures, so any method implemented may not be a permanent fix.
 

Struggling with your website content? You are not alone!

Many of our clients are so flat out that they are struggling to find time to write their website content. Quite often, this part of the process holds up the completion of the website for months, sometimes even years. For a small additional fee, why not get a professional to write your content for you, taking away the hassle and allowing you to use your valuable time doing what you do best!

Why use a copy writer?

Today, websites are becoming the first port of call for businesses. Potential clients want to gain answers to their questions even before they pick up the phone to engage you. It’s important that your website content is clear, concise and informative. The more quality content you have on your website, the better your organic search ranking will be. Search engines are looking for relevant and original content. There are many considerations to take into account when writing your website content, and you will get the most bang for your buck by engaging a professional to do this for you. As we already mentioned, content writing is often the only thing that holds up website completion. Many clients get 90% of the way through the process, and then wait months, sometimes even years, to complete the final 10%!

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How much does a website cost?

There are many solutions available today for getting a website for your business or organisation. These can range from free sites that you create yourself, to complicated multi-page database powered sites that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to get up & running. Unfortunately there is no 'standard' across the web development industry that dictates how much a website should cost, or what you will receive for your money.

Avoid the cheap & nasty

With so many free options out there, you may ask 'what's the point of using a professional?' Ultimately, if you want a quality website that looks great, is original, consistent with your organisation's branding, AND works well, then you will have to pay for it. There are so many factors that work together to make a website successful - some of which you may not even be aware of, or more importantly, have control over if you use a free website tool. You will save yourself time, money and stress in the long run if you leave the details up to a reputable company such as Design Sense Graphics & Web.

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Branding Your Business

Your brand is the 'face' of your business. Everyone is familiar with iconic international brands, such as Nike and CocaCola, but who is to say that your brand won't be just as successful? Consistency and creative marketing are all it takes! Your business branding will help you stand out from the crowd and demand attention from your current and potential clients, as well as your competitors. When you are not around to speak for your business, your branding does it for you, so it needs to speak loudly and clearly about who you are and what you do! It needs to send the right messages and be recognisable in an instant.

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