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Your Website Maintenance Checklist

April 10th, 2019 by admin

It’s Spring! And just like it’s time to clean out that messy garage, tune-up your vehicle, or rearrange your closet, it is also time for a monthly maintenance check for your website. Once your site is built, you can’t just set it and forget it. Much like a car, to keep your business running smoothly...

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Posted in: products, web services, web tips, solutions,

Frequently Asked Questions

July 3rd, 2017 by admin

You asked for it and now it's up - we have an FAQ dedicated to the most common questions we get from our valued customers. We know it isn't always easy to leave something as important as a company website in the hands of others, but here at Atomic8Ball, we have your back. We don't want you running...

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Posted in: web services, web tips,

CloudFlare CDN Data Leak

March 12th, 2017 by admin

The CloudFlare Content Delivery Network (CDN) had a security error in it's source code which allowed sensitive data to leak. CloudFlare is used by a huge number of companies across the web, so the best practice in this situation is to simply update all of your passwords everywhere. Was Atomic8Ball...

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Posted in: announcement, web tips,

Mobile Websites

January 6th, 2015 by admin

A recent random sampling of our own customer websites shows that the number of visitors using mobile devices is about 20%. That's why we've taken great care to provide our Atomic Marketing customers with special mobile website styling. This special styling goes beyond a "mobile site" and allows a mobile...

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The New Year is Coming! Is it Time to Refresh Your Site?

December 16th, 2013 by admin

The Internet is dynamic--always changing, always promoting what's new. Something that seemed fresh and exciting three years ago can feel dated now. That's why Atomic8Ball offers you a Website Refresh. At Atomic8Ball, we're constantly updating your website with information, products, events, and announcements...

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Posted in: announcement, web services, web tips,

Site Optimization

September 10th, 2013 by admin

Did you know that according to a recent study, the average time is takes for a webpage to fully load is 6 seconds? This is important to know because loading time is a major contributing factor to page abandonment. Atomic8Ball is aware of this issue, and that's why we focus on providing the fastest web...

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Posted in: announcement, business help, web tips,

Bug in Internet Explorer Leaves Users Vulnerable

September 18th, 2012 by admin

Microsoft has confirmed that a bug in Internet Explorer leaves users vulnerable to attackers, and is recommending several temporary fixes. Here's the best one, and one Microsoft declines to suggest: Drop IE, and use a different browser altogether. On Monday, Microsoft issued a security advisory for Internet...

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Posted in: web tips,

"Click Here"

June 26th, 2012 by admin

An excellent article went up on UX Movement recently. Not only does the article explain why you should never have links that say "Click Here", but it also gives guidelines for what you should be doing instead. I'm going to summarize some of the key points here, but if you would rather read the entire...

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3 Steps to Better Lead Generation

March 2nd, 2012 by admin

For those of us that want to have a website that generates leads we can convert into sales here are a few tips to make the experience more pleasant for the user, which will hopefully result in more conversions. Shorter = Better Don't forget that filling out a form on your website is optional...

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Posted in: business help, web tips,

How Images Influence Your Users

September 12th, 2011 by admin

Have you ever gotten to a web page and been completely uninspired? Silly question, I know, of course you have, it happens all the time. A great way to spice up your page and get your message across is to use some slick professional images. Use images that convey the concept of your site, is your site...

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Karma....

April 8th, 2011 by admin

Over the years we've had customers come and go. Some left due to economic reason (ie. they are no longer in business) and some have left because they thought they found a better/different company to fulfill their needs. We really pride ourselves on handling the exiting of a customer with grace. We do...

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Posted in: business philosophy, web tips,

Splash Page or Flush Page?

March 11th, 2011 by admin

Imagine you ran a hot-dog stand.  Now imagine that to every 3rd or 4th customer that walked up, instead of greeting them and taking their order you instead told them, "get lost, punk!"  Not to particular customers mind you, just every 3rd or 4th however they happen to come by.  This probably doesn't...

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The Power of CSS

February 19th, 2011 by admin

So, I have decided that I should go back to school, and what better to learn about than my job? I enrolled in a basic html/xhtml class as the first step towards getting a web development AA, and this week we are learning about CSS. CSS, for those who don't know, stands for "Cascading Style Sheet", and...

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Top 5 Reasons you Shouldn't have a Flash Website

February 11th, 2011 by admin

Flash is a technology that has regrettably made its way into web design over time. There are certainly places where flash has proven to be useful such as videos and browser based games, but for some reason the trend became building an entire website out of flash because of the "interaction" and "movement"...

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"I Don't Show Up when I Google for My Business."

January 24th, 2011 by admin

We frequently see comments that a company doesn't show up in their business area, yet the content on their site is unclear what that area is. Sometimes it isn't even clear what kind of business is being provided. Make sure the information on your "home" and "about us" pages provide relevant and specific...

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Posted in: products, web tips,

Don't Click Here

January 21st, 2011 by admin

Please stop!  The reign of "click here" ended quite a few years ago.  Not only is it cliché and dated but also assumptive; there are many, many other interface possibilities ranging from screen readers or other adaptive technologies for the disabled to the ever popular and constantly underestimated keyboard....

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