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Website Basics 101 : Website Jargon Buster

Know your website jargon!

There’s a saying, “a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing” … Well a complete lack of knowledge can be an overwhelming thing as well. Many clients come to me in this overwhelmed state, often from years of dealing with companies and people who throw jargon at them and keep them knowledge and understanding less. So let’s remedy this with a little website jargon buster for you. This article is aimed at non-techy people and not by any means exhaustive.

 

Website Jargon Buster

Website Jargon Buster

 

What is a website?

A website is simply a page or collection of pages accessible on the internet at a particular domain (web address or URL).

What is a blog?

A blog is simply a website or area on a website with dated entries (posts) displaying normally the most recent post first. Many years ago a blog was simply considered to be an online diary. Today the power of blogging is understood as being a far reaching and impactful addition to any website.

What is a domain, web address, URL?

These terms are used interchangeably and refer to a unique internet address where your website can be found, for example www.mywebsite.com.

What is a domain?

What is a domain?

What is hosting?

Hosting is where your website lives. Every website is hosted somewhere. Without a hosting solution, your website isn’t accessible on the internet. Some hosting solutions are free (e.g. Setting up a blog on WordPress.com) but most have a fee associated. Hosting solutions come with many different features and price ranges. Some important features to consider in your hosting solution are bandwidth, disk space, number of email accounts, database access.

 

What is hosting?

What is hosting?

What is e-Commerce?

e-Commerce is simply online shopping, these days almost everything is available to purchase online and certainly South Africa is one of the fastest growing internet economies today so online shopping is something familiar to most of us. It comprises a collection of product data on to your website, allowing people to view products, add these products to a virtual shopping cart and then checkout of your online store selecting from various payment options (via what’s called a payment gateway) and shipping options and completing their transactions.

What is e-Commerce?

What is e-Commerce?

What is a payment gateway?

A payment gateway speaks between your website and your bank and processes a payment for an e-Commerce transaction on a website securely ensuring the funds are deducted from the shoppers account and deposited into the merchants account.

What is a Web CMS?

A Web CMS is a Website Content Management System. As the name states it’s a system/program that allows you to manage your website content, creating, editing and deleting your website content and publishing these changes to your hosting server. Websites today are largely developed and maintained using a Web CMS. Examples of popular Web CMS systems are WordPress, Joomla or Drupal.

Of course, there are many other terms not discussed above, there’s a veritable dictionary of them in fact, but having a basic understanding of the terms above will at least give you an idea of what your website and hosting options are.  Armed with this, you will be better able to have a conversation with your Web Designer or Web Developer and have more input in your development.

As always, if we can assist in any way with your website, don’t hesitate to contact us here …

Working from home tips – the busy woman’s guide to doing it well

 Women working from home … Magazines and TV shows would have you believe this is a glamorous affair, freshly groomed and dressed casual but smart, these super women are never frazzled, have so much more time, and can whip up a soufflé one handed while closing a deal on the latest smart phone in the other manicured hand – oh and don’t forget the baby bouncing on one hip! Do yourself a favour and Google “woman working at home” – it’s very entertaining!

The fantasy of working from home

The fantasy of working from home

The reality – well my reality at least – is far from those images! So far in fact, that I have written this in the hopes I’m not alone and that this will resonate with other women working from home.  There really should be more articles with “working from home tips” as a topic! At the very least, take a break and have a giggle with me.

Working from home – stark reality for a busy woman:

  • You actually end up work longer hours because you live in your office. Of course everyone thinks you actually work less because you are home after all!
  • As time passes, you get lazy with your appearance, why dress up to walk to the other side of your house?
  • Distractions are all around and un-ending, “house wifey” distractions … Everyone needs your attention from the domestic worker or gardener to the animals and kids (fortunately I don’t have kids right now)!
  • You tend to work through illness, tiredness, “leave”, etc. because you’re at home anyway, so there’s no “going home sick”!
  • You don’t take breaks, lunch, etc. because again you’re home, where you want to be, so breaking to boil an egg or put some cheese on biscuits because it’s 3pm and you’re ravenous is the equivalent of your “lunch break”.
  • People dump all sorts of errands and favours on you because after all you have the time (in their eyes) … You don’t work … You “work from home”!
Real woman working from home

What working from home really looks like

So what is a busy woman who works from home to do?  Read on for my working from home tips  to get you through your day efficiently…

Let’s start with some sound BUSINESS working from home tips for women:

  • To do lists are your friend – use them and tick them off … This is supremely satisfying and achieving those small goals keeps you positive and moving rapidly through your day.
  • Alarms are also your friend – if you get focused to distraction, set alarms to get you out of your focus-mode and on to the next task. Of course they help you remember meetings and help you to arrive on time for them too!
  • Saying no – this is key in all areas of your life, learn to say no firmly and if necessary learn to say F$&k off nicely too!
  • Saying not now – this is vital, especially for over achievers, you can’t do it all now … So learn to say “yes but later”.
Learn to say "No"

Learn to say “No”

  • Networking – unless you want to forget how to communicate with others, and become some sort of strange dirty-haired recluse, get out there and network for some interaction and perspective.
  • Take meetings out of the office – find a local coffee shop, library, mall or in fact several spots you like and meet clients there rather than in your home office.
Have your meetings in coffee shops

Have your meetings in coffee shops

So you have your business life working (because in a perfect world you’ve followed all the working from home tips I’ve given so far!) but what about the practical personal stuff? The “woman” stuff?

Here are my practical PERSONAL working from home tips for  women:

  • No need to wash your hair everyday, it’s amazing what a Tangle Teazer and Invisibobble will do! In fact, keep an Invisibobble on your wrist at all times! High slicked back pony tail or bun for the win!
  • Tinted moisturizer! Two steps in one – excellent! Every minute counts and it prevents you scaring the domestic or delivery man with your makeup-less self!  My one of choice is Dermalogica’s Sheer Tint – it’s freeking awesome and so good for your skin!
  • EOS lip balms! You will never catch me without “lip ice” … And these EOS (evolution of smooth) Lip Balms are so clever because they’re funky round balls with a flat bottom that can stand anywhere and be left all over the house and office! They’re too big to get lost in a handbag, or bottom of a drawer, and they’re also organic and all that good stuff! And they taste delicious!
  • Tank tops with built in bras! Oh. My. Goodness. Lifesaver! Whilst I absolutely LOVE my Liza Clifford bras and won’t leave the house without one on, when I’m home, I want to be slouchy comfy! Check out the Woolies range of tanks with built in bras, and their camisoles with hidden support, the tanks with the built in bra do the job surprisingly well, even if you’re well endowed.
  • Cotton pants, linen pants, slouchy pants! Don’t do it! Don’t do track pants and become THAT slouchy in your home office! Cotton or linen pants offer that slouchy comfort but can see you amply out the door to the shops or to that meeting as well! When you find a pair that works for you, buy them in every colour!  I have these Woolies ones in all 3 colours!
  • Fancy “slops” – beaded, embellished, whatever works for you. Holster are my brand of choice and also keep me comfy in the house and see me out the house just fine too! Also check out Sweet P sandals.
  • Fitbit Flex or any other step counter – when your work at home involves sitting in front of a computer or at a desk for hours on end, this will remind you to move that ass! Or at the very least show you just how in-active you are, hopefully one day this will inspire me to get more active!
  • Water – keep a jug around all the time – flavour it is you must with scented teas, lemon slices, etc. Next time you yawn or are hungry, try a big glass of water first, 8 out of 10 times you were actually dehydrated!
  • Weimaraner puppy – or any other puppy or needy animal of choice – when you’re too much in that focus-mode, having a puppy that jumps on you periodically and demands your attention will keep you laughing, silly and will remind you not to take yourself and your business too seriously!

Stop and smell the roses periodically and remind yourself why you’re working from home!

My best working from home tip?

Remember to work smarter, not harder!  Of course, with my business being websites, I have to ask you the question, how much more work could your website be doing for you?  I have a web-based invoicing system, my lead generation comes from word of mouth and web only, and my website is a 24/7 sales person for my business – showcasing recent projects, client testimonials, relevant articles and even allowing clients to book time in my calendar!

What is your website doing for your business?

If your answer is “Not enough”, then contact us to find out how to make your website work more for you, so you can work less!

Website Development – How to get yours done quickly

Website Development

Website Development

 

Without fail, whenever we ask our clients how soon they want their website development completed, they answer, “Yesterday!”.  Having got websites out in anywhere from 2 hours to a couple of days … let me assure you … these projects can be done quickly and effectively but…

There’s a HUGE “BUT” in this one!

And that rests solely with you, our client.  We can only go as fast as you equip us to.

The websites we are able to get completed and published quickly are the ones where our clients are organised, where they provide us with good quality images and content and clear instructions about what they need their website to accomplish.

So if you want your website yesterday, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have good quality logo to use?
    Your logo is essential to the look and branding of your website.  If you have a terrible quality logo, it brings the whole design down and looks very unprofessional.
  • Do you know what functionality you need and want on your website?
    We will meet with you and discuss this, but its worth writing down what you hope to achieve with you website and how you think you can achieve this.  Check out your competition online to get an idea of what they are doing well or not, etc.
  • Do you have your content together?
    Whilst we are excellent at what we do, clairvoyance is not one of our skills, nor are we likely experts in your field, industry or company.  We therefore need you to write down what you want to advertise about your business.  What are your standout features, who is your team, what products or services do you offer, do you have written testimonials, etc.  We will design you a gorgeous website, but it is meaningless and useless without effective content.
  • Are you in a position to pay your deposit?
    We cannot start working on your project until we receive a deposit.
Questions?

Questions?

Agree a timeframe

Once all the questions asked have been answered and you and your designer and developer have a plan together for your website, be clear on your timeframes.  If you have a large or complex website, agree timeframes for specific areas / functionality on the website.  Responding quickly to requests for further clarity, content or feedback during the development of your website will help the developer move quickly on your project.

How long should your website development take?

This is a little like asking how long is a piece of string.  Here’s a ballpark to give you some guidelines … if your website is a brochure style website with a small number of pages and all your content and logo, relevant images, etc. have been provided to your designer and developer you should expect your website development to take about a week.  If you have a large or complex website with for example e-commerce, many products, complicated functionality, custom written functionality, etc. your website development can take anywhere from a month to several months.

Website development is an exciting process … we LOVE every website we work on and want to complete your project as quickly and expertly as possible!  Give your designer and developer the correct tools and you too will LOVE the process of having your website developed.

If you would like more information on website design and development, feel free to contact us to discuss this further.

Cooked Media

Cooked Media