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16July

Learn How To Use That iPhone!

Did you get an iphone because it's the latest and greatest? But you haven't really figured out what all the hype is about? Sure you can watch movies and play some pretty cool games, but there is so much more you can do with it! Well you're in luck.  iPhone Dinosaur is here to help you out.

 

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iPhone Dinosaur is made up of a team of web designers and electronic enthusiasts. After helping countless individuals understand how to operate their iPhone, the group designed the site in order to help anyone utilize the power of their iPhone.

 The site is chock full of tutorials to teach you exactly how to use that phone you paid so much money for. The tutorials are easy to follow along with and you can print them out, email them or share them on Facebook. Their tutorial categories include:

  • Settings
  • Apps
  • Calendar
  • Camera/Photos
  • Contacts
  • Email
  • Games
  • Internet
  • Maps
  • Music
  • Phone
  • Productivity
  • Social
  • Text messages
  • Video

 

Best of all if you don't see the tutorial covering the feautures you are looking for, click on the Request Tutorial link, and they can make one specifically for what you need!

In addition the site has a glossary section for common used terminology (you can even request new terms for them to add to this section as well) and links to some great Hard Copy Books that can help you out.

So if you felt you were stuck back in the Cretaceous period with the dinosuars, come on into the 21st century and let iphone Dinosaur show you how to use that phone!

Written by Alexis Priddy, Posted in New Website Releases

18June

Got Pepper Spray

GotPepperSpray.comGotPepperSpray.com is one of the newest projects to go live for YellowWebMonkey Design. YellowWebMonkey specializes in Joomla Content Management Systems which quickly and easily allow even a novice user to make changes to their own website. Built using the new Joomla 2.5 platform, GotPepperSpray.com easily allows customers to purchase self defense products, while providing a wealth of back-end tools for the site owner to manage the store via the Aceshop extension.

With such a large variety of products their store is organized into 8 main categories which customers can drill down through to locate the specific products they require. The fully integrated shopping cart system alllows the site owner to eaisly add additional products, product categories, update product inventory, stock levels, add coupons and run sales reports all from within the same interface.

The site also features an affiliate program, newsletter sign-up and integrated blog. Since Stun Gun and self defense product laws vary by state, we also included sections for specific purchasing laws by states so customers can see where the products are not allowed or restricted prior to purchasing. because these pages are completely integrated as well they can easily be updated by the store owner as well.

In addition the the website itself, YellowWebMonkey Design created their new GotPepperSpray.com logo and customized their Facebook page with their new branding.

So if you're in the market for a new shopping website contact YellowWebMonkey Design. Our web designers are knowledgeable about components such as K2, Zoo, SOBI, JomSocial, DT Register, Projectfork, and more.

Posted in New Website Releases

04May

Facebook Timeline is Here! Is Your Page Ready? We'll Teach You How!

Love it or hate it, the new Facebook timeline is here to stay. Learn how you can take full advantage of this and harness the full potential of your Facebook page as a powerful marketing tool by attending our webinar on May 22, 2012 at 1:00 PM CST.

The new timeline allows you to turn your Facebook page into a mini working site of it's own. You can now customize your page with graphics and special apps that allow you to offer contests, coupons, surveys, incentives, special deals and so much more right from your Facebook page.

Some of the topics we'll be covering in the webinar include:

 

  • The new page format
  • How to get interactivity (so you show up in the feed)
  • Integration with Facebook Places
  • How to make a plan for your business
  • and so much more..

 

This webinar is limited to 6 attendees to allow for plenty of time for questions and answers so reserve your spot now! Attendees will receive a 15% discount, good for 30 days on any Facebook apps and customizations they decide to hire YellowWebMonkey Design to do. So if you want a custom page cover or apps to integrate coupons, payments, stores, email sign up lists and more we can help.

So don't delay click here and sign up today for this webinar and learn how to maximize your Facebook page.

 

 

-NH

Written by Nicole Hill, Posted in YellowWebMonkey Happenings

04March

Why you should upgrade to Joomla 2.5

iStock_000007170770XSmallSo have you heard? The new version of Joomla is here! And if your website was launched prior to January 2012, your site is out of date and you need to upgrade to Joomla 2.5. Your current Joomla site will be supported through April 2012 however once you are past that you can expect that eventually your current site functions will no longer be completely supported by your web hosting company since they will have upgraded their software to support the new upgrade to Joomla 2.5.

The new version contains over 300 bug fixes as well as new features such as:

  • Enhanced article editing
  • Multilingual support, so you can have your website in different languages
  • More SEO features
  • CAPTCHA for improved security on web forms
  • Mobile website support

 

Take advantage of having a professional web development company handle this critical upgrade to Joomla 2.5. Along with ZERO downtime for your existing site we fix any problems that may occur. We do a full testing of your updated site and you have the ability to review and approve the upgraded site prior to going live. We offer both basic and full upgrade services to choose from. Both of our upgrade plans include:

  • Upgraded Extensions and Template
  • Migration of all existing sections, categories and articles
  • Migration of all menus
  • Migrate content from CCK’s like K2, Flexi-Content, or Zoo (extra charge)
  • Migrate directory entries from Mosets Tree, SOBI, or Zoo (extra charge)
  • Backup, Cache, Firewall, and more tools

In addition our full upgrade service also includes:

  • Fresh installs of all existing modules and components
  • Switching existing extensions to better competitor offerings (requires client approval)
  • Maintaining your Google pagerank by providing redirects for your indexed pages
  • Google Analytics with automated reporting
  • Search Engine and sitemap submission
  • Multimedia plugin for for movies, audio and flash player
  • Favicon and apple icon graphics
  • RSS Feeds
  • and much more.....

And if you’re considering putting off the upgrade because you are worried about the cost, consider this: If your website is hacked without these security fixes in place, you’ll have to hire us to fix it. If this happens not only will your site be down, you’ll be charged our hourly rates plus rush fees as we will need to alter our schedule to fit you in while we troubleshoot, rebuild your site and fix the security vulnerabilities. Save yourself this headache. Be proactive rather then reactive and schedule your upgrade to Joomla 2.5 now.


In addition upgrading to Joomla 2.5 also gives you the opportunity to address features and functions of your current site that can be enhanced:

  • Was your site built to go mobile? Upgrading to Joomla 2.5 is a great time to add mobile features to your website.
  • Does your site support the latest web browsers, including Chrome?
  • Have your needs changed and you need a site with more features? Joomla has added some great new functionality so an upgrade to Joomla 2.5 may just provide you with what you need.

You don’t want to delay making this critical move to keep your site up and running smoothly. We provide you with a free written same day estimate as well as a contracted deadline. Contact us about upgrading to Joomla 2.5 today!


Request Estimate

Posted in Marketing

22February

Winstar International gets re-designed!

Committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity call on Winstar International for all your branding needs.


Winstar came to YellowWebMonkey looking to not only revamp their site, but they needed a solution that would allow them to make updates themselves.

In today's ever changing market, keeping information, products and services on your website current is key to staying relevant and ahead of the competition. YellowWebMonkey specializes in Joomla Content Management Systems which quickly and easily allow even a novice user to make changes to their own website. Winstar's new site takes full advantage of this technology. Built in Joomla 1.7, they are able to login to an easy to use interface and make text changes, add items to their portfolio, create multiple slide shows and put together galleries to feature their products.

Old Winstar SiteTheir old site was built at a fixed width, meaning that regardless of what size monitor you are on, the dimensions of the site would be the same. While this was fine for the typical 19" monitors we all had back in the day, on today's larger scale monitors, viewers would see a very small site in the middle of their screens. This was a major drawback as it didn't take advantage of valuable screen real estate to feature their offerings. Small space also equals small type. Fonts were difficult to read and pictures were small so the overall site experience left room for improvement.

Visually they were also looking for a site that had a good initial impact, so that at first glance you know who they are and what they do. The original site didn't fully speak to the depth and breadth of products and services they offer.

 

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The new site is bigger, bolder and more engaging - allowing them to capture visitor interest right from the home page. The top style navigation makes it simple for visitors to see their major offerings at a glance and easily navigate to the sections they want to visit.

We added a Testimonials feature to allow visitors to read about other client's experiences with them as well as a Latest News section where they can make special announcements.

An updateable FAQ section helps answer many of the questions clients have without them needing to pick up the phone and quick links to their social network also help make the new site more functional for their needs.

So If you're looking for custom printed products to leave your mark, visit Winstar International. T-shirts, pens, golf balls, corporate awards, water bottles, leather padfolios - the possibilities are endless. They can help you create high quality distinctive products that will keep your brand in front of your customers.

Posted in New Website Releases

15February

Talbert Construction upgrades to Joomla 2.5!

Roofing, Remodeling and Restoration


 

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Located in the Central Texas area, Talbert Construction offers expert roofing repair, home remodeling and emergency restoration. Whether it is roof repair, green roofing, or metal roofing, they listen to their customers needs and provide them with the highest quality products and services available.

YellowWebMonkey worked with Talbert Construction in creating their original site and we welcomed the opportunity to work with them again. At that time they opted for our LittleWebMonkey package that ran on Joomla 1.5. Looking for a fresh design and more management features they came back to us for a re-design and an upgrade to Joomla 2.5.

The new and improved Talbert Construction site easily allows visitors to see the services they feature and see examples of their work in their portfolio.

 

They are a Member of the National Roofing Contractor Association, Better Business Bureau, Waco and Hewitt Chamber of Commerce, and Business Networking Incorporated. They are also a Certainteed Shingle Master Company.

Their excellent reputation and long list of satisfied clients attest to their superior craftsmanship, attention to detail, clear communication, honesty and integrity.

Posted in New Website Releases

02February

Why Go Mobile?

Have you thought about getting a mobile version of your site? Find out why now is the time to do it.


These days you can’t go anywhere without seeing someone on a mobile device. But is your website ready for the spotlight on the small screen? Sure anyone with a mobile device can pull up your website, so it’s not an issue of them finding your site. But unless your site was designed to be mobile their experience can be less then stellar. Is it optimized for the smaller mobile screen? Does it load quickly? Is it easy to navigate? Is it finger friendly?

Today’s consumer doesn’t just use their mobile device to access a search engine or watch a video. They are reading product reviews, finding retailers, downloading coupons, and making purchases. A bad mobile experience can cost you a customer so let Yellow Web Monkey help you make their mobile experience the best it can be.

blog_image_1Your customers experience viewing your site on a mobile device should be as good as it would be on a desktop. It’s what they expect and it’s what you should deliver. On a mobile site people want to get to the essential pieces of information and get there quickly. Yellow Web Monkey can help you prioritize content, reduce text and compress images to provide a friendly user experience that requires neither a keyboard nor a mouse.

And if wanting to be found is tops on your list, mobile is the way to go. Google provides separate search engine results for mobile searches, so having a site designed for mobile can help boost your ranking on searches done from mobile devices.


Our mobile sites run off of the easy to use Joomla CMS, so you can easily login and make changes and updates without having to learn any new technology. From a small 4 page mini site to a full fledged mobile version of your current site, let Yellow Web Monkey help you make the move to mobile.

With our special mobile sale pricing begins at $495 so don’t delay, contact us today and find out out how YWM can help you go mobile.

Click here for more information on our Mobile Sale

Posted in Marketing

03January

MCC Small Business Development Center: Getting Expert Help for Your Small Business Just Got Easier!

Whether you are considering a start up or have an existing business that needs revitalizing, the MCC Small Business Development is ready to help. They offer a wide variety of resources for the small business owner in central Texas. Connecting with them is now even easier with their new website created by YellowWebMonkey Web Design.


This new Joomla Content Management System includes:mccsbdc3-1

  • Front Page Slideshow with effective Call to Action Buttons
  • Database for testimonials, client stories and case studies
  • Database for resources, weblinks, and staff directories
  • RSS Feed with feedburner/auto posting to Social Media
  • Easy to manage Blog including Tag Cloud feature
  • Social Media Toolbar with Facebook "Like" button
  • Database for Uploaded Documents by Category
  • Photo Gallery
  • Event Calendar
  • Upcoming Events Display
  • Event Registration including easy online payment
  • Contact Form
  • Custom Online Assessment form with scoring and automated email response
  • Newsletter Sign Up
  • and much more.....

Visit our newest addition to the YellowWebMonkey portfolio and see what a difference a fresh new website can make. Visit MCC Small Business Development Center to see what a difference some expert advice can make for your business.

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Posted in About Us

03January

MCC Small Business Development Center: Getting Expert Help for Your Small Business Just Got Easier!

Whether you are considering a start up or have an existing business that needs revitalizing, the MCC Small Business Development is ready to help. They offer a wide variety of resources for the small business owner in central Texas. Connecting with them is now even easier with their new website created by YellowWebMonkey Web Design.


This new Joomla Content Management System includes:mccsbdc3-1

  • Front Page Slideshow with effective Call to Action Buttons
  • Database for testimonials, client stories and case studies
  • Database for resources, weblinks, and staff directories
  • RSS Feed with feedburner/auto posting to Social Media
  • Easy to manage Blog including Tag Cloud feature
  • Social Media Toolbar with Facebook "Like" button
  • Database for Uploaded Documents by Category
  • Photo Gallery
  • Event Calendar
  • Upcoming Events Display
  • Event Registration including easy online payment
  • Contact Form
  • Custom Online Assessment form with scoring and automated email response
  • Newsletter Sign Up
  • and much more.....

Visit our newest addition to the YellowWebMonkey portfolio and see what a difference a fresh new website can make. Visit MCC Small Business Development Center to see what a difference some expert advice can make for your business.

MCC Small Business Development Center

Posted in About Us

03January

Heart of Texas Network Consultants

Heart of Texas Network Consultants, a network consulting firm based in central Texas has more than 19 years of experience in network management and Information Technology. Now they have a new look with a new Joomla site.



hotss2HOT Network Consultants chose this new Joomla Content Management System to showcase their wide variety of services to small businesses in the central Texas area. This site includes:

  • Joomla Content Management System, making it easy for the client to update the site themselves, keeping it up to date
  • Database of FAQs including video tutorial answers (coming soon)
  • Client login feature for remote assistance
  • Logins and Link features to corporate partners of HOT Network Consultants like HP and Citrix
  • Easy to use contact page, bringing clients and potential clients to their inbox
  • Search Feature
  • Database for Staff including listed certifications
  • Blog with RSS feed
  • Connect with Facebook and a Facebook "Like" button to add fans easily
  • and much more....

Visit this new site and see how Heart of Texas Network Consultants can help your small business be more productive.

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Posted in About Us

29December

Multicarte Inc. Gets a Facebook Landing Page and a New Website

Multicarte Inc., a distributor of fine wines and spirits throughout Texas and the southwest has launched a new website and a new Facebook Landing page.


multicartessHere you can learn about the mission and concept of this unique, Texas based company. This Joomla site includes a number of features that are easy to update, so Multicarte can keep a current list of their distributors and fine wines.

What does the new Multicarte site include?

  • Easy to update Joomla Content Management System
  • Extensive database of wines viewed by Appellation or Supplier
  • Database for Distributors and Staff
  • Interactive map featuring distributor locations
  • Twitter Integration
  • Blog and RSS feed
  • Social Media Links, including Facebook and Facebook Like Button
  • Newsletter Signup
  • Easy to use Contact Form
  • Distributor Login

Multicarte also has an elegant new custom designed Facebook landing page that sets them apart and features their contact information.

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Visit Multicarte and learn about the fine wines offered in the southwest.

Then check out their new landing page. This is a popular and affordable way to get "noticed" on Facebook.

Posted in About Us

19December

Premium Deer Hunting at Basshole Ranch - Schedule Your Hunt Today!

When it comes to deer in central Texas, whether it be hunting or breeding, Basshole Ranch offers a once in a lifetime experience. Now, with this new Joomla website, it is easy to view their premium bucks, check out their great lodging and book your next hunt.


This new Joomla site showcases all Basshole Ranch has to offer. This website includes:basshss

  • Custom template design to match their marketing/branding strategies
  • Social Media links to Facebook and Twitter
  • A number of photo galleries featuring hunts, lodging as well as premium bucks
  • Embedded video feature
  • Easy to update online event calendar
  • Custom online forms including: reservation request, contact form, online payment via PayPal
  • Variety of articles and images
  • SEO friendly
  • Built in security features

As with all of our sites, the content is easily updated so the site can always be fresh and relevant. Visit this new website for Basshole Ranch and plan your next hunt in central Texas.

Posted in About Us

21October

The QR Code, Examples of Business Use

Last week, I released a blog giving a brief overview of the possibilities that QR Codes hold for business. There are a lot of ways that they can be used to benefit any small business.



However, depending upon the business there are some ways that are far more effective. What I want to accomplish with this blog is to show positive uses for QR codes in different industries such as: Marketing/Networking, Realty, and Weddings.

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  • Marketing/Networking

The first stop on our journey is the world of Marketing and Networking. QR Codes aside, one of the most traditional ways to go about networking is through the use of business cards. They have always been quick, easy, and portable ways to make your name travel with potential clients. However, business cards have always lacked the extra information that may sway a purchase. It left one option open to receive information, calling the name on the card. Then one day someone had the brilliant idea to add a QR code on their business card. Not only now is the person able to access whatever information you want them to via QR scanner, but it also is a fancy way to make your business look ahead of the curve. There are many creative ways you can use this idea, but the ability to provide more information on your business card is invaluable for anyone looking to increase sales.

  • Real Estate

Our next stop is going to be the real estate business. Real Estate companies have constantly been caught in a struggle to create some form of eye-catching, yet professional, advertising for selling a home. Just like with business cards, real estate signs are really only able to redirect the potential customer to the real estate agent. However, with the addition of a QR Code on the sign, curiosity most times will overcome the customer and the appeal of this up and coming technology will shed the agency in a better light. Most of the time these codes redirect the customer to online listings for the house with extensive information that a sign can’t hold. In addition, this eliminates the need for tedious pamphlets that accompany the sign. Some agencies are now using signs that only have a QR code on them. The creativity available in this technology is seemingly endless.

  • Wedding/Events Planning

Our last stop on this quest for creative QR uses, we will look at the wedding industry. The wedding industry and even events planning as a whole have a lot of responsibilities to the customer. Because of this the customer is very particular about who they want to hire for their services. So some creative uses for QR Codes, with weddings being an example, are links to mailing lists that can give updates on events. Another use could be a link to a video that highlights a wedding that your company planned. It could show a picture, or simply lead to a Facebook page. How to display this QR code is entirely up to you. The business card formula is always useful, placing one on your Facebook page is a must, and having one on pamphlets and websites is also useful. Some companies have gotten so creative that they have even made a QR code on a wedding cake. What that has done has transformed your product into an edible piece of 21st century technology, which to the consumer is incredibly cool.

  • Wrap Up

Whatever business you may have, whether it be real estate, events planning, sales, QR codes are a great way to get a technological gain on your opponent. It supplies extra information to your customer surrounded by high tech wrapping paper. If you have yet to utilize this technology, do so today.

Posted in Instructional Blogs

14October

The QR Code and the Many Uses it Fulfills

The QR code is one of the latest technologies to make a splash in the business world. It’s a tool that has many positive uses for both customer and business. However, before explaining its many uses, some of you may be wondering, what in the world is a QR code?


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Like it's older brother, the bar code, the QR code stands in for some form of information. It could be anything from a link to new products, a link to Facebook, or even coupons. The QR code works as a portal between customer and business, a small information highway. Customers use their smart phones to scan the QR code and once scanned, it links them to some page about the business. QR codes are effective in that the curiosity of what is at the other end is what makes many people scan. The fact that a coupon or a possible money-saving deal could be awaiting is a tipping point in whether or not someone scans. In fact, the possibility of coupons is the number one reason people use QR codes. This is one of the factors responsible in why shopping mothers are the number one users of QR codes.

So now that you understand what QR codes can do, I'll bet you're wondering, "How can this help my business?" The following lists several possible uses:

  • Coupons
  • Company Website
  • Facebook, Twitter, Etc.
  • Product Info
  • Newsletter Sign Up
  • Sweepstakes

The list goes on, and the possibilities only end when your creativity does. You may be saying, "Wow! QR codes sound pretty cool. But how do I see one in action?"

The first step is to download a QR code reader for your smart phone. Below are links to the most effective QR code scanners on iPhone and Android.

Android: https://market.android.com/details?id=la.droid.qr&hl=en

iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qr-reader-for-iphone/id368494609?mt=8

For this example I am going to use my iPhone to scan the QR code on the YellowWebMonkey homepage. This QR code is located at the bottom right of the homepage.

Open your QR code scanner and hold it over the code. Then follow the instructions of your app to scan the code. NOTE: Some apps automatically scan and some tell you to act as if you're taking a picture of the code.

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Now that I have scanned the QR code for YellowWebMonkey, my phone has linked me to a YellowWebMonkey portal! This link provides several alternate links to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and can even direct you back to the website.

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The QR code is a quick and easy way to inform your customer about anything your business has to offer. Now that you have the necessary information on how a QR code is used, why not try making one for your business? YellowWebMonkey has our own QR code generator that can make a code for your business, or provide practice at making one. In fact, we highly suggest that you make one for your business, as this technology is growing faster and faster.

QR Code Generator: http://www.yellowwebmonkey.com/Bottom/qr-code-generator.html

Statistical information: http://visual.ly/rise-qr-codes

Posted in Instructional Blogs

13October

Our Popular Social Media Class is Back!

Would you like to learn to make Social Media work for your business or organization? Join us for a Social Media Workshop.


This includes all original Social Media info plus much more:

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  • Facebook Business Page: Reach clients and gain fans. Learn what's new.
  • Facebook Places: Claim your Facebook Place
  • Twitter: Tweet effectively and get noticed.
  • LinkedIn: Use your connections to enhance your business with personal and company pages
  • Foursquare or GoWalla: Encourage check ins and use GeoLocation to your advantage
  • Email Newsletters: Connect with your clients by building newsletters that get opened.

Whether you need help setting up Social Media for your business or just need to jumpstart your marketing plan, this workshop is for you.

When: Friday, October 28, 2011 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Where: Centex Litigation Services, Conference Room

7215 Bosque Blvd. Waco

Cost: $50 per person

Early Bird Discount! Save 20% if you register by Friday, October 14.

Special 20% Discount for YWM clients.

(may apply only one discount per purchase)

Sign Up Online Here

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Posted in YellowWebMonkey Happenings

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