WordPress Websites are Targets for Hackers

Did you know that according to Forbes magazine, over 30,000 websites get hacked a day? Of course you never think that this will happen to you. However, we come across hacked websites often with new clients. One of our most recent clients came to us because her website, where she sells children’s products for eduction (where hundreds of teachers, principles and educators visit daily) were being forwarded to an adult website. How credible does this look for your company? Do you think that that visitor will ever go there again? Do you think they would ever do business with you? Chances are … probably not.

It is CRUCIAL that your website is protected from hackers and malicious code. Unfortunately, because WordPress is the most widely used content management system, it is the largest target for being hacked today. Once you have been hacked, it can take hundreds if not thousands to clean up and restore your website. Luckily, at Downtown Design we have our own server, hosted off-site where we have a multiple threat detections active at all times, a firewall, plus we take daily back-ups of every website to protect and restore if and when a hacker strikes. It’s no worries, we just have you covered.

If your website is being hosted with a cheap, largely advertised company, you are likely to be prone to hackers. Get protected with us. Almost all migrations are FREE of charge and our hosting with all the hacker protection only starts at $29/mo.

Credit: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jameslyne/2013/09/06/30000-web-sites-hacked-a-day-how-do-you-host-yours/#19e6dc151738

“Can You Hear the Call!?!”

The last couple days we have been shooting a music video, marketing the city of Anoka called “Can You Hear the Call!?!” a saucy, swing-style song originally written and performed by the UK band called, ELECTRIC SWING CIRCUS. (http://electricswingcircus.com/) Rocky Borchardt of Downtown Design, LLC has contacted the band, purchased the rights then rewrote the lyrics to promote some of the staple businesses in Anoka. She has single-handedly directed the over 20 hours of filming done this week. By her side, our videographer, Matt Perkins with Perkins Media (http://www.perkinsmediagroup.com/) has been shooting the video and will be the mastermind behind the editing and laying out the video to the new recorded vocals. We have been busy working with STUDIO ONE Dance Studio (http://www.studioonedancemn.com/) in Anoka to incorporate kids, teens and adults to dance in the streets of Anoka! We will be excited to announce the finished video this fall!

Flags for Fort Snelling 2017

Downtown Design is proud to be the sponsor for Flags for Fort Snelling Memorial Day 2017.

The Story that Started it All…

“When I called the cemetery to inquire about volunteering, they told me they no longer put flags out,” Joanne Malmstedt told KARE. “At that point, it took on a whole another realm of meaning for me.”

Malmstedt organized her network of friends and extended family to buy the small flags and place them during the busiest day of the year at the cemetery. Some went to graves of people connected to the volunteers, but most went to the graves of strangers who had served their country.

“There are so many people here who don’t have family members to come and do stuff for them, so I said I was going to do it and I had a bunch of friends who jumped on the bandwagon and said they were going to join,” she said.

Discover More About Flags for Fort Snelling:

Flags for Fort Snelling organizes the funds and volunteer needed to honor our fallen heroes laid to rest at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery with American Flags.

 

2017 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics

Nominate Downtown Design, LLC for the 2017 Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Ethics

What is the 2017 BBB Torch Awards for Ethics?

The Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Ethics (previously known as the Integrity Awards) recognize companies who display an outstanding level of ethics and integrity in all of their business dealings. These companies generate a high level of trust among their employees, customers and their communities. This award is open to all for-profit businesses in Minnesota and North Dakota, who are in good standing with the BBB. Membership in the BBB is not required.

How does it work?
A company must first be nominated for the award.

There are four available size categories based upon number of employees:

  • Category I: 1 – 10 employees
  • Category II: 11 – 50 employees
  • Category III: 51 – 175 employees
  • Category IV: 175+ employees

After a company is nominated, they are asked to complete a formal entry. The entry guidelines ask each company to demonstrate their commitment to ethics by addressing the following six Principles of TRUST!, as established by BBB:

  • Transformation at the Top
  • Reinforce and Build
  • Unite the Team
  • Steer Performance
  • Treasure People
  • Enthusiastically Reinvest

The Judging Process
Entries are then reviewed by an independent panel of judges. The judges determine the finalists and award recipients for each category. All companies are recognized at the Torch Awards ceremony and the winners are announced live at the event. All finalists and winners also receive these benefits.

Exclusions
A company is not eligible to compete if any of the following conditions apply:

  • They have been in business less than 3 years
  • They have earned less than a “B” rating from the BBB
  • There are indications they have not met their financial obligations
  • They have won this award in the past three years

Key Dates
Nominations Due: May 9, 2017 by 5:00 PM
Workshops: June 8, 2017 (10:30-11:30 AM) and June 13, 2017 (2-3 PM)
Entry Deadline: July 24, 2017 by 4:00 PM
Award Ceremony: October 25, 2017, U.S. Bank Stadium

Questions?
Contact BBB Event Coordinator Mackenzie Kelley at 651-695-2482 or mackenzie.kelley@thefirstbbb.org.

Best Web Designers in Minneapolis

We Looked at 98 Web Designers in Minneapolis and Picked the Top 19

Why These Web Designers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored web designers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best web designers in Minneapolis, MN.

https://www.expertise.com/mn/minneapolis/web-design

Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

     

Best Web Designers in Minneapolis

 

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Upcity’s Top Web Designers in Minneapolis in 2016 & 2017

Check out who TOPPED the Top Web Designers in Minneapolis list!

Here’s a hint. It’s a Minnesota Web Design Company that offers 100% American Services. …where was your website designed?

Top Web Designers in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is one of Minnesota’s “twin cities” (along with the smaller city, Saint Paul). With over 20 lakes and wetlands, Minneapolis is a city center packed with natural beauty. Come along as we discover Minneapolis’s best web design firms!

We’ve selected these firms based on how well these companies represent themselves online; from the user experience of the company’s website, to their social media presence and prominence in organic search results. We hope you enjoy our list and reach out to one or more of these design agencies for your small business website.

http://upcity.com/local-marketing-agencies/lists/top-25-web-designers-in-minneapolis



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Small Business Marketing vs. Small Town Marketing

Small towns across our Nation are populated with hard-working Americans living the dream. While every small town tends to share the same timeless appeal, they aren’t easy to label. They are unique with character, history, and culture. Some small towns are busy, rich with pride and history. They are often responsible for the growth of the larger communities surrounding them. Other small towns are newer with a community appeal and a much different list of perks. But for every small town, one thing rings true: Small Business Marketing is different in small towns.

Common Small Business Marketing practices include paying attention to your competitor and staying one step ahead. Keeping an eye on your competitor’s prices, service list, target markets, and company progression can be key to daily growth. Your online marketing, B2B marketing, and network marketing efforts are designed specific for your service, product, and company as a stand-alone entity. As a standard small business, these practices are effective and efficient, and applauded!  Still, they aren’t enough in a small town.

Small Town Marketing is Community Marketing.

Small Businesses who choose a small town for their home have an ADDITIONAL marketing opportunity: SMALL TOWN MARKETING.

SMALL TOWN A

Small Town Example A is a historic town. The Downtown area is small, but busy with consistent daily professionals from the county courthouse. The area is swimming with small offices with lawyers, insurance agencies, and realtors. Main Street is adorned with grand old buildings with interesting historic stories, now home to antique stores, apparel boutiques, cafes, and hobby shops.

SMALL TOWN B

Small Town Example B is larger, but still operates as a community of it’s own. The outskirts of the area are continually changing and growing, offering larger retail chain options for shopping, dining, hotels, and perhaps a University. The Downtown/Uptown area is defined, hosting the smaller cafes and restaurants, shops, and tourist and daily attractions.


Small Town A

for instance, is home to a number of antique shops located within a few short and walkable blocks from each other.  Small Business Marketing practices keep track of the competitors, and focus on what you can do better: Better service, better products, better experience, better value.  In a small town, however, this practice can be very short-sighted.

Small Town Marketing practice would instead encourage the antique shops to work TOGETHER. Form a communication group so that the shops are coordinating on a regular basis.  Host a weekly Senior Discount Day, or monthly calendar events. Work together so one customer becomes a potential for ALL of the shops. Cooperating with similar shops in the area adds IMMEDIATE VALUE to consumer wanting to visit the town.


Small Town B

is home to a popular State University, increasing the young adult population.  Small Business advertising will work for the small businesses located near the large retail chain stores. But the businesses who can benefit from historic Downtown area perks should take advantage of Small Town marketing directions, too.

For example: Small Town advertising practices would suggest the local Jewelers, Wedding Planners, and Venues to coordinate, and offer every potential customer a Full-Service experience. When someone visits the town, they are comforted by everyone knowing and supporting each other. Although different entities, the businesses work seamlessly together. Consumers feel the security of hosting in a small town, because the whole town is working for their interests.


Small Town Marketing:

Consumers who shop small towns are looking for the small town experience. This can mean going against the grains of typical Small Business Marketing practices. If your small business is located in a small town, you have incredible opportunities available that typical small businesses don’t have. If you’re doing your own marketing, consider the facets of Small Town Marketing practices. The mindset of cooperation makes a huge difference in small town markets. A third-party coordinator, such as a local Marketing Center, can offer incredible organization benefits and encourage additional traffic into the town as a whole.

Take advantage of Small Town Marketing strategies, while continuing the small business marketing efforts that are returning on your investment. Marketing strategies for small town locations is important, essential, and fun! They are important and essential because they focus on the way YOUR community operates. They are fun because they are different and creative avenues not commonly found in typical marketing plans. Contact your local Marketing Center for networking and partnership opportunities, and event organization. Every business of a small town should utilize their local Small Business Marketing Center, and as a result, the town grows together.

Downtown Design

Small Business Marketing Center of Anoka

118 East Main Street  |  Downtown Anoka, MN  |  763.401.4141  |  www.dd203.com

WordPress Training @ 201 Tavern Today!

Now you can edit your own WordPress website! In this class we will be using the Kriesi Enfold theme and some basic plugins that we currently use as standard in our client’s websites. If you use a different theme and/or plugins we will try to help you edit your specific theme and plugins as much as possible. You will, however, be leaving with the basic understanding of how WordPress works, which will help you no matter which themes or plugins you are using.

Bring your laptop and/or notebook for notes. Free wifi. Make sure to have your WordPress login information available.

WORKSHOP INCLUDES:
• Login Instructions
• Adding Pages
• Editing Text
• Photos & Videos
• Writing & Scheduling Blog Articles
• Previewing & Updating

We’ve Moved!

We’ve moved on up to a bigger and more accessible space on Main Street, downtown Anoka. The new office is only one block south of our current location, between Dan Gould’s Jewelers & I. Appeal. We are in need of a larger office for our employees and easier access to accommodate our many clients. Construction will continue into February, including all new carpet and office furniture. We will let you know upon completion to come check us out!

The new location address is 118 E. Main St, Anoka MN 55303. Please update your records!

Why did Downtown Website Design Choose Anoka, MN?

Now that we have been in our Anoka office for over a year; we thought it was time to tell everyone the reasons why we decided to move to here. The atmosphere. The history. Anoka IS “The Halloween Capital of the World”. The AMAZING community. Plus, Anoka is just FUN!

Anoka’s atmosphere is perfect for website designers like us! The energy of the city and the people are what keeps us motivated and energized. Anoka is a citwebsite designer minneapolis, mny full of energy, and boy does it sure give us plenty of it! The artistic side of Anoka is what keeps inspired. Inspiration can be one of the most difficult challenges we face as designers, but Anoka hasn’t disappointed us. Some parts give ideas for rustic designs and other parts help us with modern designs.

The history of Anoka is unbelievable! As we looked more into Anoka as a possible location, we fell in love with the story it had. “The two rivers, Rum and Mississippi, played an integral part in Anoka’s settlement. Father Lewis Hennepin first visited this area in 1680 and settlers came to stay in 1844. Prior to the 1800’s, the area surrounding Anoka was claimed by the Dakota, but later the Ojibwa pushed the Dakota westward across the Mississippi. The territory of Anoka then became a neutral ground between the two tribes. The name Anoka was derived from two Indian words, the Dakota word A-NO-KA-TAN-HAN meaning on both sides of the river, and the Ojibwa word ON-O-KAY, meaning working waters…” to read more, click here!

Anoka has been named “The Halloween Capital of the World” since it is believed that it held the world’s first Hawebsite designer minneapolis, mnlloween Celebration in 1920. October is filled with parades, contests, a pancake breakfast, and so much more! Anoka loves Halloween so much that it even has its own website at anokahalloween.com, which was done by us of course!

We LOVE the community Anoka has. When searching for a property, we knew that we wanted a city that we could be very involved with. Downtown Design loves to volunteer and give back to our community. We loved the idea of a community being able to come together and have fun!

When the work is done, there are plenty of things to do! Over the years we have learned that breaks in between working is a necessity for us and our employees. So when we were searching for a new location; we knew that we wanted a place that offered TONS to do! From the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage to Green Haven Golf Course and even the Rum River (which is just across the street from us). The restaurants here are dwebsite designer minneapolis, mnelicious too! If we are in the mood for some Tex-Mex, we just head downstairs to Casa Rio, they also happen to be our clients. After a long day at work we all just want a drink; well except for Kenzie! And there just happens to be many restaurant and bar combinations around us; 201 Tavern, Serums Anoka, Billy’s Bar & Grill and MacGilucuddy’s. Who doesn’t love a cup of coffee in the morning? As web designers we couldn’t get through the day without it. Thankfully Avant Garden has amazing coffee!

So there you have it, now you know why we decided to move Downtown Design, LLC to Anoka! We knew we couldn’t pass up all the amazing things Anoka had to offer. And the rest is history…