Thursday, September 21, 2017

Why Do I Need a Custom Website?

The internet has changed so much in the last few years, especially with mobile phones and tablets. In fact I only know one person with a flip phone! Everyone else is rocking a smart phone of some type. Having all these different screen sizes changes the way we build websites. This is why you need a custom website!
Responsive Web Design
If you want your web site to look good on mobile and tablets, you are going to want something called responsive design or commonly known as mobile friendly. This allows the site to “flex” to different screen sizes. This usually speeds up the development process of building websites, as we don’t have to build 2-3 different versions of the same website. If you ever seen a site and down in the footer (bottom of the page) it says “View full site” this is not a responsive site. I don’t think anything is wrong with that it usually just takes more time to build. Another good thing about this design process is Google loves mobile friendly websites. If you want to check to see if your site is mobile friendly you can use this neat little tool from Google.
Search Engine Optimization
 Custom coded websites allow you to edit meta data for better SEO. If you are not sure what SEO is here’s a description taken from wikipedia. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a web search engine's unpaid results—often referred to as "natural", "organic", or "earned" results.* A custom website also includes everything you need and nothing you don’t. Unnecessary code slows down your site. A lot of template or wordpress sites include a ton of options that you will never use, in return slows down the site. I know some people don’t think about page speed affecting anything, but Google does.
* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine_optimization
User experience
A custom designed website gives you full creative control, allowing you to create a great user experience and usability. Customers are less concerned about a pretty design, and more about how it functions. We at Creative Programs and Systems focus on both user experience and user interface. Whether a customer is looking for products to buy, information to read, or just browsing a photo gallery, you need your site to browse easy. If your customer has to hunt around for information, chances are they will push the back button and go to a competitor’s site.
Custom web sites are fitted to your brand
No one else will have your design! This is important for brand identity and setting you apart from the competition. You don’t want your site to look like everyone else, like a template will. That’s why we custom code every site, in house!
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Friday, August 25, 2017

SEO What, SEO Who??

Search engine optimization or SEO for short helps you get noticed on the search engine results page. This allows potential customers to reach you. When they type in a word, the search engine pulls up relevant information. This would be called your “Organic” traffic, as you are not paying for the traffic like Pay-Per Click (Google Adwords). SEO is going to be your new best friend for reaching customers interested in your website.

Who needs SEO?

SEO is one of those things that every website can benefit from. It’s safe to assume that most website owners are utilizing SEO practices, and not even realizing it. Chances are if you have good quality content and it’s relevant to your site you are almost optimized. Of course there are a few little tricks you can do, but that is beyond this article.

Are all search engines the same?

In 2017 Google and Bing are the biggest names in search engines. However, other engines are not far behind. Other than Google my new favorite engine is DuckDuckGo! Their motto is “The search engine that doesn’t track you”. Other than not tracking data I love the bang! Feature. The bang feature is a search engine inside a search engine. What I mean by this is you can search inside of Amazon, eBay, and even social media right from duckduckgo’s main site. Here’s how it works: say you want to search Amazon for computers you type !amazon computers in the search box. It will then go to amazon and display computers as a result. Give it a try!

Do search engines display the same results?

This is like does a Ford run like a Chevy? They both get you from point A to B, but in reality they are different. This goes for search engines. They display search results but every engine does it in a different way. From how it looks, to the results it pulls. That is why when people do research they might use a few different search engines.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Three Things to Check If Your Computer Is Not Working

Many times we have looked online for different solutions to fix our computer problems without having the appropriate knowledge. Sometimes we get lucky and fix the issue, other times we make the issues worse. Most of the time, it’s better to have a computer repair specialist look at your PC. However, we are here to help! Please remember if you are not comfortable with any of this you can bring us your computer and we will take care of you!

Here are three basic things you can check before taking your computer in to get serviced.
If your computer is not turning on check the main power cable going to the computer. This is usually located on the back of the computer ether up top or on the bottom. If it is plugged into a surge protector, make sure the surge protector is on and working. You can make sure it’s working by plugging in a fan or light and turning that device on. Try turning on the computer again, if it is still not working head to step 2.

Usually when diagnosing a computer problem we like to only have the essential devices plugged in. For example if you have an external hard drive or a usb stick plugged in, unplug them. You should only have your monitor, Keyboard and mouse hooked up. The reason is sometimes if you have a USB / external hard drive plugged in, Windows might try to boot from it. This will cause unwanted issues.

If you are still having computer issues and feel comfortable looking inside your computer. The 1st step would be to unplug the computer from the wall. You never want to work on a computer when it is plugged in. You can damage your computer, or worse get shocked! Once the main power is unplugged you can take the side panel off and look over your internal connections. This would include your hard drive data cable + power cable, Motherboard and CPU power plugs. Make sure they are seated all the way and plugged in.

If you are still having computer problems and these basic tips did not help you. You more than likely need a professional. We know some times its hard to fix a problem when reading information online, that’s why we are here to help. You can bring your Laptop, or desktop in to our Brighton, Michigan location. We are Creative Programs and Systems!

Learn more about Creative Programs and Systems, CPS, and the IT solutions they provide including IT consulting, computer consulting, network consulting, networking, server installation, IT disaster recovery, computer repair, virus removal, malware removal, computer tune ups, data backup systems, computer troubleshooting, structured cabling, low voltage wiring, website design, graphic design, logo design, website hosting, search engine placement, iphone app programming, android app programming, and custom programming at www.cpsmi.com.  To contact one of our IT experts call 810.224.5252 today or via email at info@cpsmi.com.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Why Do I Need a Good Website Design?

A good web design is a must for a any website. Most of the businesses have online presence but among these, a few have a good design. Web-development, though seems simple, it requires attention to detail. If you’re website is designed poorly, or above all, is developed on a stock WordPress theme, this is not going to give you optimum results. Here are the reasons you need a good design on your website.
  1. First Impression Lasts
No, this is not just a cliché. Just put yourself in the web-user’s shoes, learn their behavior. There are certain habits which are similar to most of the web users. A web user is not so different than a potential customer who has gotten a whiff about your store. A web user would just take a glance at a new page, skim through the text and open the link which seems interesting to him or her. He/she would not even look at most of the page. There is a pattern of an internet user’s behavior. Here it is:
  • People on internet go for credibility and quality. If they find low quality content, or something which does not conform to facts, they are pretty unlikely to return to your website again.
  • They would not read through your text. They will just analyze the web-page and find something which seems to be fulfilling their purpose to visit the site.
  • They don’t do the analysis by considering all the available options. They would just get the first reasonable information source. So, be the link which seems to be leading them to fulfillment of their purpose.
  1. You Are What You Show
Your potential client is going to look at you in the way you portray yourself. Your website is you, the client is interacting with you through your website so make sure that it leaves an impression. Also, a strong web-design adds legitimacy to your business, and people value authenticity.
  1. It Is Your Chance of Branding
Your website is your portal for public branding. You have the chance to tell people from all around the world about your company. It builds the image of your business, and a poorly built website is not going to leave a good impression of your business upon your potential clients. Your website should be telling people about what kind of brand are you; it should be reflecting the tone and mood of your business.
  1. A Good Web Design Brings People from All Devices
You must be aware of the fact that mobile users are increasing in figures like mammoth. So, during web-development, you should take care of the website’s design and make it responsive for all devices and screen sizes. Moreover, creating an app for your business can also help you look more credible.
Conclusively, as the web users are becoming more aware and sensible, it is imperative for the growth of your business to not just have a website, but a well-designed website.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mistakes to Avoid in Search Engine Placement

Search engine algorithms are constantly updated, making SEO an ever expanding field.  If you want to give your website every chance of scoring a prominent place in the search engines you now have a lot more to do, and even more to remember.

It's no wonder that many companies are bungling their SEO placement efforts and losing tons of money in the process. It's time to learn how to do SEO right and stop making the mistakes that are tanking your earnings.

The extra work is worth it, as getting the top spot in the search engines will give your conversions a boost of around 8.5 times greater than any other lead generation method.
The single biggest mistake most businesses make with their website is not getting found for keywords related to their business. Another common mistake is getting found for the wrong keywords because they have failed to optimize their content.

One of the first steps to getting a first-page ranking is knowing what keywords to use in your copy or blog posts. Use the Google Keyword Tool to discover the keywords your target market is typing into the search engines to find out about the services or products related to your business.
When a website is new, you will often see better results by targeting long-tail keywords - which are keywords containing three or more words. Long tail keywords usually have fewer searches but also less competition, so it's easier to rank a page.

You also need to know what keywords not to target. If you're going to try and rank for every keyword, then you most likely aren't going to rank for any of them.
Plus, if customers are finding your site for the wrong keywords they are going to 'bounce' off your site and go back to the search results to find a more relevant page.

As bounce rate is a metric Google puts a lot of emphasis on when deciding which page to rank for a given term you want the keywords your business gets found for to be super relevant to your content.
Search engine placement is a vast and ever-expanding topic, but keywords are integral to being found and securing highly targeted leads. Start improving your results by making sure your site is providing the best solution in relation to the keywords you are targeting.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Stерѕ Tо Tаkе If Yоu Thіnk Yоur Computer Hаѕ a Virus

It can bе a gut punch tо rеаlіzе that уоur PC mау bе іnfесtеd with virus (thе саtсhаll tеrm for vіruѕеѕ, Trоjаnѕ, worms, аnd other nаѕtіеѕ). If уоu dоn't hаvе аntіvіruѕ ѕоftwаrе installed аnd rеаdу to сlеаn your system, thе ѕіtuаtіоn can dеtеrіоrаtе quickly. But wе have tірѕ for bаѕіс damage соntrоl fоr уоur соmрutеr аnd thе devices іt'ѕ соnnесtеd to.

Dіѕсоnnесt уоur PC frоm the network
Virus' frеԛuеntlу uѕеѕ the Intеrnеt tо соnnесt уоur PC tо аnоthеr соmрutеr that mау gіvе you іnѕtruсtіоnѕ, mаkе it transmit dаtа оr bоth. Vіruѕ can еvеn rесеіvе раtсhеѕ to fіx bugѕ аnd performance, juѕt as thе legit ѕоftwаrе does. Anоthеr fаvоrіtе асtіvіtу is to ѕеаrсh уоur hоmе'ѕ lосаl nеtwоrk for other computers to infect. That's оnе оf thе reasons to рrасtісе gооd ѕесurіtу whеn uѕіng рublіс Wi-Fi, аnd thе rеаѕоn whу you ѕhоuld dіѕсоnnесt a PC that уоu believe has been infected.
If уоu are uѕіng аn Internet connection, just unрlug the Intеrnеt саblе. If you аrе uѕіng Wі-Fі оn a laptop, thеrе іѕ uѕuаllу a ѕwіtсh аt thе top оf the kеуbоаrd thаt will tоgglе уоur Wi-Fi оff аnd on. If you аrе using Wi-Fi оn a dеѕktор PC, there usually іѕn't a ѕwіtсh, and thе vіruѕ mау blосk ѕоftwаrе-bаѕеd аttеmрtѕ tо ѕhut down уоur nеtwоrk соnnесtіоn. You mау аlѕо have both Intеrnеt and Wі-Fі орtіоnѕ оn thе same device, іn whісh саѕе you should disable bоth.

Shut dоwn уоur PC
Even іf the vіruѕ loses іtѕ Internet соnnесtіоn, it саn hаrm the dеvісе that it's аlrеаdу оn, bу deleting or соrruрtіng fіlеѕ or ransoming thеm. Rаnѕоmwаrе еnсrурtѕ files that appear tо bе іmроrtаnt (mауbе уоur whole Dосumеntѕ fоldеr, fоr еxаmрlе), thеn dеmаndѕ that уоu pay tо rеgаіn ассеѕѕ tо thоѕе fіlеѕ. Sо еvеn if уоu remove rаnѕоmwаrе from уоur ѕуѕtеm, уоu hаvеn't removed the encryption. That requires a password -- designed tо be fаr tоо complex tо guess оr crack in a rеаѕоnаblе аmоunt of tіmе.

Vіruѕ may аttеmрt tо рrеvеnt уоu frоm ѕhuttіng down уоur PC, but уоu саn gеt around that bу hоldіng down thе роwеr button оn уоur PC for about fіvе ѕесоndѕ. This wіll fоrсе a ѕhutdоwn, so ѕаvе уоur documents аnd сlоѕе programs bеfоrе уоu рrосееd, оr еlѕе уоu mау соrruрt files.

Back up уоur fіlеѕ
Circumstances lіkе thіѕ аrе whу rеgulаr backups of уоur dаtа аrе ѕо іmроrtаnt. Put уоur ѕtuff in a ѕесurе cloud, put іt on аn еxtеrnаl drіvе, and store соріеѕ оf уоur rеаllу іmроrtаnt fіlеѕ. Your bеѕt preparation against vіruѕ іѕ tо kеер multірlе соріеѕ of уоur dаtа in multiple locations.
If уоu have a rеѕсuе dіѕk оr thumb drіvе, уоu саn ѕtаrt your computer and tеll іt to boot from this ѕtоrаgе mеdіum. Thе rесоvеrу disk оr drіvе lоаdѕ a ѕсаnnеr thаt уоu'vе installed on it, аnd it looks at уоur infected соmрutеr'ѕ іntеrnаl ѕtоrаgе dеvісеѕ fоr vіruѕ bеfоrе Wіndоwѕ loads. Yоu саn, оf course, scan уоur соmрutеr аftеr Windows bооtѕ, but ѕоmе virus can іntеrfеrе with or block thе ѕсаnnіng process, оr simply hіdе mоrе еаѕіlу.

Ideally, you ѕhоuld рlаn аhеаd and сrеаtе a rescue tool bеfоrе you run іntо a vіruѕ. But іf your PC'ѕ already іnfесtеd, уоu nееd a second PC that has an Internet connection or an аntіvіruѕ app with аn еmеrgеnсу media-creation fеаturе. If уоu trу to сrеаtе a rеѕсuе disk оn thе іnfесtеd mасhіnе, thе vіruѕ mау tаmреr with thе process or even copy vіruѕ оntо the mеdіа. Yоu аlѕо nееd a blаnk DVD аnd DVD burnеr оr else an empty USB thumb drive.

Bооt from thе rеѕсuе dіѕk
The рrосеѕѕ for tеllіng a computer to bооt frоm a DVD оr thumb drіvе іnѕtеаd оf Wіndоwѕ vаrіеѕ bу dеvісе. You may have tо соnѕult уоur PC'ѕ documentation to figure whаt buttоnѕ to рrеѕѕ. For еxаmрlе, sometimes уоu juѕt tар F11 while уоur PC іѕ ѕtаrtіng up to gеt a list of dеvісеѕ уоu саn bооt frоm. Navigate thе lіѕt with your keyboard's аrrоw kеуѕ аnd select with the Enter kеу. Othеr tіmеѕ you muѕt dіvе into the BIOS оr UEFI -- a rudimentary іntеrfасе thаt соntrоlѕ mаnу of thе funсtіоnѕ of thе dіffеrеnt соmроnеntѕ іnѕіdе уоur computer -- аnd hunt fоr mеnu options related tо bооtіng, then ѕаvе your changes and exit.

Even аftеr you mаkе and bооt a rеѕсuе dіѕk, it mау not dеtесt thе virus, оr thе іѕѕuе mау not bе vіruѕ-rеlаtеd. But аѕ long аѕ you tаkе action ԛuісklу аgаіnѕt vіruѕ, and as lоng аѕ уоu regularly backup уоur dаtа tо multiple lосаtіоnѕ, уоu саn hеlр prevent tоtаl disaster: thе permanent loss оf сrіtісаl files.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Is Your Computer Running Correctly?

You likely already know if your computer is running correctly. In today’s fast passed electronic world it’s impossible not to notice when your electronics are not in tip top shape. Even minor glitches can result in major productivity losses. These glitches can nearly always be traced back to hardware or software issues.
As with many other devise computers were out over time. Most have moving internals prone to wear just like the tires on your car. Eventually these parts break down and need to be replaced. Even if your computer is mechanically sound software can become bloated and slow over time. Things like updates and ever more demanding software can cripple your once snappy PC.
It is vital to your productivity, and likely sanity, to keep your computer happily buzzing along. Here are some tips that can help minimize computer problems and your devices start to age:
  1. Keep your computer clean. Heat is one of the biggest killers of computer components. Many components are designed around a steady amount of airflow to keep them cool. Excess heat causes components to wear prematurely or in some cases give up the ghost entirely. Most heat issues can be resolved by simply blowing out the vents of your computer with a can of compressed air once every few months.
  2. Run a credible anti-virus software. Some performance issues can be traced back to malicious software on your computer. While some infections harass you with advertisement and pop-ups, others silently siphon resources away. These silent infections join your computer to something known as a bot net. Hackers use these to spread more infections or hack other targets.
  3. Keep your systems up to date. Updates are frequently release to improve performance or resolve issues as they are discovered. Keeping your computer updated will ensure your computer is secure and operating as intended.
  4. Defragment your computer. As your computer moves data, the hard drive becomes “fragmented”. Your files are stored in many pieces across various areas of the hard drive. As the pieces get farther away from each other your performance will start to suffer. Newer operating systems like Windows 10 defragment automatically.

  1. Upgrade your RAM. As programs are updated they can frequently become more demanding on your computer. One easy way to stay ahead of this problem is to upgrade your computers RAM or memory. The computer temporarily stores data in RAM for quick access. When it’s all in use the computer has to access your hard drive every time it needs a file resulting dramatic performance loss.

  1. Reduce clutter. It’s always a good idea to keep your hard drive as clean as possible. While this shouldn’t stop you from downloading your favorite movies or music, you should consider removing software you are never going to use again. Computer can run into issues when your hard drive is at 85% capacity or above. Removing old software helps free up space and removes and old processes that may be using resources in the background.
Following these basic steps will help keep your computer functioning as intended. In this new technology depended world there should be a new phrase, “Happy device-Happy life”

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