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

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

 

Author: https://plus.google.com/+DowntownWebDesignSEOAnoka

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



Author: https://plus.google.com/+DowntownWebDesignSEOAnoka

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!

local website designer

Why Hire a Local Website Designer in Minneapolis, MN?

With the excitement of Summer (sadly) winding down, it’s time to put all of your focus back on your business. The easiest way to give your company some much needed attention is with a NEW WEBSITE. In order to create a new website, you need a LOCAL Web Design Company. But why should you choose a local compan
y and not one half-way across the country (or even the world)? We will break down the main reasons why!

  1. Loyalty
    • Everyone knows that the general rule of thumb is that neighbors are usually more loyal to you than someone who is on the other side of the country. Supporting your community with using a local company improves your loyalty as well. If other local businesses notice that you supported a local business, you are more likely to gain their business.
  2. YOUR Competition is Always on Their Minds
    • If you and your web design company are in the same area, then they know who your competition is. Local web design companies know how competitive or uncompetitive your local competition is. For example, would a web designer in California know about the Grand Finale Car Show that is coming to Downtown Anoka this September?
  3. Meetings are More Likely to be Face to Face
    • Most likely if you hire a web designer out-of-state, you will never come in face-to-face contact with them. But if you use a local web design company, the chances of having face-to-face meetings with them improves drastically. When clients are face-to-face with their web designers, the whole process tends to go more smoothly.
  4. Get to Know You on a More Personal Level
    • Since you have chosen a web design company located closer to you, you are able to have more contact with them. If you were to choose a worldwide freelance development service, or something of that nature, you would only be a number to them. Local businesses will know YOUR name!
  5. Quality is Always Better
    • Now that you have a great relationship with your web designers, they will not want to disappoint you with low quality work. You will be able to check on them more frequently to be sure your site is getting done right.

If you or someone you know in the Minneapolis, MN area needs a website or some SEO help call us today!

 

We are a Website Design Company serving Minneapolis, MN

Who are we? We are a website design company serving Minneapolis, MN. We are located downtown Anoka, MN and combined owners have been in business for more than 25 years. We offer website design and online marketing. This includes website design & development, e-commerce, online marketing, social media, PPC, SEO, on-page optimization, traffic reporting, press releases, back-link building and much more. Our goal is to meet and go beyond our client’s marketing goals. We build relationships with our clients, acting more like partners rather than doing a simple business deals. We are in it for the long haul, to help business owners succeed. Our client base for website design and online marketing includes Minneapolis, MN and surrounding areas, however we have clients nationwide. We’ve done over 500+ websites and retain a majority of our clients because of our ethical standards, quality and communication. We love our clients, and our clients love us!

Are free sites, really free?

So you are in the market for a new website. You begin doing your research. However, you don’t have to do much research to find out that websites can cost thousands from your local website design company. You are determined that there is a more affordable option. You are watching your favorite TV show then, WHAM! There’s the option you was looking for … they are giving away FREE websites! Wow, cool! Why pay thousands for a website when I can get one for FREE. What’s the catch?

Great question! So what costs are we missing here?

1. Cost of un-professional design.
Ever heard the expression, “Do what you do best and outsource the rest”? Do you want your website to look professional or look like a 5th grade art project? Think about the customers you want to attract. Think about how your competitor’s websites look. If you do not have a creative edge, designer education and professional layout tools, your website will scream “cheap” and “unprofessional” and your potential leads are sure to jump off your site and on to your competitors.

2. Cost of on-site optimization. 
Unless you are a professional search engine optimization specialist, you will be missing all the onsite optimization that can be placed internally in the website. This is REQUIRED to get your website listed on Google. If it’s not done when the website is created, you will need to pay for this to be completed, costing thousands of dollars anyway.

3. Cost of poor customer service. 
According to online reviews and ratings, Weebly and Wix scored “Terrible” and “Disappointing” overall customer service ratings. In fact, Weebly’s NEGATIVE customer support feedback was a shocking 90%. So not only you are expected to create your own website using their technology, they are not there to support it.

4. Cost of your time.
Would you rather set aside a marketing budget to get your online marketing professionally done .. or would you rather spend the next few months struggling to learn a new constantly changing profession on a computer with an internet technology with no help, then come to find out that your new website that you created only works partially and can’t be found on search engines anywhere. Very frustrating!

5. What they don’t tell you, costs you.
If you ever want to do anything cool or upgraded for your website – you’ve got to pay. Also, most of the time your website will have an Advertisement for FREE WEBSITES in the footer area… that just makes your whole company look cheap. Furthermore … You’ll pay for more pages, bells and whistles.

6. You don’t own the site.
You really won’t own the site, you are renting it. You won’t have full control and worse yet, if you ever leave their services – you lose everything!

7. Spamming you … and your customers.
Some of these sites also SPAM your customers. So let’s say they come to you to buy one of your products. Well, for the next few days or weeks all of the ads on any other website they visit will present your competitors to them… This is spamming your customers. You can lose revenue very quickly.

 

Take our advice, we see this all the time. We are the ones that fix these issues for our new clients. They don’t really mean free. It’s COSTLY and TIME CONSUMING, so they can make money off of you and your customers. Don’t let it happen to you.

 

Customer Service Scoreboard, (http://www.customerservicescoreboard.com/)

Webtegrity, (https://webtegrity.com/our-blog/web-design-tips/wix-vs-webs-vs-weebly-free-websites-really-free/)

So you put in, “Website Design Minneapolis MN” in Google … now what?

So now you are staring at a list of top website designers in Minneapolis, MN – now what? Here are our top 5 things to do:

  1. Check their portfolio.
    The worst feeling is paying a ton of money for something that looks like crap. Make sure that your new potential website company has what it takes to make you look better than your leading competitor’s websites.
  2. Research the owner. 
    It pays to do a little research on who you’ll be working with. Try to meet with the owner of the company, but maybe do a little research first. Facebook and LinkedIn are great resources!
  3. Check ratings.
    A good web designer knows that keeping their reputation up with the public is important. Check out Google, Facebook and Yelp ratings to see what clients have to say.
  4. Meet with them.
    Make sure to have a face to face meeting with who you will be working with. It’s important to have good synergy when working on any extended project. Make it enjoyable for you.
  5. Make sure they’re local.
    When it comes to large projects, a local company can make a world of difference. It’s important that the person that you are working with is local, but also their entire team. Make sure that phone calls can and will be made during your business hours, not at completely the opposite time around the world. Not to mention, it may be important to you to support your local community.

Building a website requires teamwork with both parties, and should be a continued relationship as the website expands with the business. Make sure the relationship can be long lasting and mutually beneficial.