Posts by Alla Ollen-Bittle

Google Mobile First Indexing is Happening

Google Warned Us and they are on a Roll: Back in 2016 Google warned us and we warned you, that your website needed to be mobile friendly or your rankings would suffer.  Google warned us that they would be switching from a desktop focussed index to a mobile-first index and it’s happening now. Below is an excerpt of the confirmation that Google is sending to our Webmaster tools for all accounts. Mobile-first indexing enabled for https://cmswebsolutions.com This means that you may see more traffic in your logs from Googlebot Smartphone. You may also see that snippets in Google Search results are now generated from the …

Review your Google Analytic Retention Settings

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Important Reminder from Google: Review your Data Retention Settings before they take affect on May 25th, 2018! Effective May 25th, 2018 Google is changing the data retention controls of your Google Analytics. If Google Analytics is set up on your own account (as is the case with most of our clients) then you would have or should have already received reminders about this. By default, Google sets the User and Event data to expire in 26 months. This can be changed to: 14 months 26 months 38 months 50 months Do not automatically expire Should you require other settings you …

Warning from Google: Your Website MUST now be Mobile Friendly, or your rankings will suffer

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Starting in April 2015 Google wanted your website to be more mobile friendly and if it wasn’t they started penalizing non-mobile friendly websites, on their search engine, when visitors searched from a mobile device. (Google article here) “The search engine already promotes sites that work well on mobile devices over ones that don’t, a change introduced in April 2015”. In typical Google fashion, they are signalling that they will be taking mobile search even further…very soon. Google will be switching from a desktop focussed index to a mobile-first index. “Google is fully splitting its search index into two distinct versions: a rapidly updated …

Call of the wild or of the season: “Can you help me with my template website?”

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It used to be that we would get frantic calls: “My web designer has gone out of business … help!” The seasons have changed and the current call of the wild, from those business owners that like to live dangerously, seems to be like this:  “My free (or purchased) website theme isn’t working for me. Can you help me with it?” We don’t work with template themes (free or purchased) for a variety of reasons.  In the past, we have tried to work with themes that include excess code and plugins that cause security issues. Hacking to work around the …

Should I add a blog to my website?

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Sharing information on social media networks and blogging have become increasingly popular in recent years.  In the past we have talked about Social Media Communication and Online Marketing, but in this post we’ll talk about the reasons to add a blog to your website. 4 reasons to add a blog to your website: It’s a way of keeping your audience aware of news and changes in your industry. You have lots of knowledge to share and sharing your knowledge in a blog can help position you as an expert in your field. This will add to your credibility and encourage customers to do …

Top 3 reasons to work with a small(er) web development firm

1.  Small-town customer care: It’s the little things that count Remember what it was like to call a company and get a live person you actually wanted to talk to? That’s us. Have a problem? We’ll fix it fast. Working with a boutique web development firm like CMS Web Solutions gives you some immediate advantages. Our goal is to ensure our family of clients feels looked after. You can ask us about whether mail addressed to your business is spam (and you do) and we are always happy to assist. We advise you when your email account is sending spam and …

When is it time for a website redesign

Before and After Website Northern Rock Tops

We often get asked “How often should we re-design our website”? It’s not a simple question to answer. Rule of thumb: every 2 to 3 years Because building websites is our business, we see the trends and make recommendations for rebuilding. In general, you should redesign and rebuild your website every 2 – 3 years. It’s often tough to get around to working on your own projects i.e. the shoemaker has no shoes, and we understand this even with our own website. However, with a website being a key part of most businesses – for marketing, operations and communication – …

Google Wants your Website to be Mobile Friendly

Responsive site on iPhone

One of the biggest changes in the last few years has been the increase in the use of mobile device use. Your google analytics can show you how much traffic is coming to your website through mobile device searches! Google wants everyones website to be “mobile friendly”.  How much? They say if your website is not mobile friendly, starting April they will penalize your website on their search engine when people visit your website from a mobile device. (Google article here) So, although your website can be seen on mobile devices, it may not mobile friendly in Google’s definition. So …

Constant Contact All Star Award Winner

We are thrilled to announce that we’ve been selected as one of Constant Contact’s 2014 All Stars. This designation is awarded to only 10 percent of Constant Contact customers in recognition of building better relationships.   It means we have done a great job managing your accounts and engaging with your customers and we couldn’t do it without you!  Relationships matter to us as CMS Web Solutions and it’s always nice to be recognized for it too. Thank you for working with us and being part of our team! We hope to have another great year in 2015!  We are your CMS Web …

Key Steps in Writing for the Web

The single largest delay in getting new websites launched for our clients is getting the content from them. They know their business and should be able to provide the messaging, right? The fact is content/copy writing for the web seems to be a big challenge for clients. Sometimes they are just too close to their business and struggle. If you are unable to employ the services of a copy writer then here is a crash course with some things to keep in mind. Get straight to the point: users on the web skim rather than read full paragraphs. So emphasize …