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images/blogicon.png Thoughts, insights and general memes by Charlie Trig, CEO Trig Web Design

So you've got a great Domain name and now you're ready to build a website. Or maybe you've been around a long time and you're looking to rebuild your existing site. Either way, you need a web designer if you want it done professionally and not like your cousin Frank did it. Where do you start? Who should you hire? Why not hire a guy in India? Here are a few reasons to hire an American web design company.

Corporate Web DesignCorporate web design is much different than standard web design, as it entails more content, sections and legal considerations; not to mention a "corporate look and feel".

Trig Web Design understands corporations and knows what it takes to make a website design with a corporate image, structure, graphics and applications. We've built dozens of corporate websites with designs that rival Fortune 500 companies, with SEO and marketing that blows them away.

If you're a corporate entity looking for the right web developer to help you take your site to the next level, call the experts at Trig Web Design now.

Toll Free: 1+ (866) 570-1003

Keyword SearchesAs an SEO expert, a large part of our job is to research keywords for our clients (and ourselves), then place those keywords within a web page so a search engine will index and hopefully get a site to the top for that keyword. One of the most important things to realize about this process is that humans seldom search Google the way we think they will.

Why SEO Matters

applicationsfolderblack128I've been building websites for many years now and one thing I've learned is that poor construction of a website can destroy the best laid SEO plan. No matter how good your content is, if you don't have an advanced web design with modern HTML elements, your site can wallow on page 15 of Google.

What is Advanced Web Design?

Advanced Web Design is more than just graphic design and content writing. It involves programming elements like HTML5, CSS3 and JQuery scripts, all combined carefully so as not to conflict with each other and be compatible with all browsers. Most sites today are Content Managed, like Wordpress or Joomla. This gives web developers the unique opportunity to start with a fully operational, advanced web design, with SEO tools built in to the dirty work of META generation and Sitemap creation for search engines to index. They also come with a dizzying array of templates both paid and free to customize to their customer's specs. Here is where it gets tricky.

joomla_logo_150I've been using the Joomla! CMS since 2006 when 1.0 was the only option and there were a couple thousand extensions. Over the years I have watched Joomla! grow, and I have grown with it, writing and customizing extensions for my clients and submitting those improvements and fixes back to the developer. There has always been an incredible amount of help and information that has let me do just about anything with an extension, and I am grateful to the Joomla! Community for being such a great team of developers and designers willing to help each other and their customers.

As of today, there are now 10,004 extensions for Joomla!, written by people all over the world. I am proud to be a part of this fantastic community and look forward to more extensions, better versions and better websites that are the result of it.

Here's to Joomla!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Trig Web Design now registered as a CCR Government Vendor


RALEIGH, North Carolina (July 1st, 2012) - After years of providing professional web design services to business and organizations across America, Trig Web Design has expanded it's services to the United States Government, through the GSA programs for Small Business.

Selling websites to the federal government is a lot of responsibility, as the sites are used as information portals, web services and training systems for both public and private use, even military exercises. As Trig Web Design is one of the foremost experts in web applications and design, designing websites for government applications seemed inevitable for the seasoned web design company, with dozens of testimonials on their site citing their expertise and professionalism.

For a few years now, I have been talking about the evils of outsourcing, especially when it comes to intellectual services like web design, e-commerce and SEO services. After years of watching business after business get a raw deal from web design companies that outsource to India, I want to share with you why it's so important to get a website design from an American web developer.

Speed up SEOI get asked this question a lot. There are many legal ways to speed up your placement in Google, and most are "common sense" things like keyword-rich content and title tags, but many are a little techy and may take a programmer to fix. Here are some things to do to help the bots along.

By the way, how long does it take to get to the top of Google? Anywhere between two weeks and several months, depending on your competition, market saturation and other factors. The truth is, Google takes longevity into account when ranking your website, so you'll have to be patient in some cases. Here are things to remember:

Lately, I've heard a few new clients mention that other web design companies are giving templates a bad rap. They say that they don't use templates, that everything they create is "custom designed" just for them. First of all, that's nonsense, especially when creating a CMS site like Joomla or Wordpress, they use templates as 'skins', easy to change according to your mood, in some cases; and they come with a few simple default templates to customize. So customizing a CMS website is really like using a template as a lump of clay; it's important to choose the right clay to start with.

I work with Joomla, so we'll talk about website templates for that CMS. Joomla has been around for a long time, and is the most popular Content Managed Site systems out there. I personally love Joomla, and have become somewhat of a master of its systems. With over 8,000 extensions (add-on programs and enhancements), Joomla can do almost anything - and there are literally thousands of templates made just for it.