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Bolivar Street Gallery website by Denton Digital

 

With the price of real estate in Denton, Texas, and rent prices for retail being completely out of touch with economic reality, more and more adventurous start up businesses are opening in smaller nearby towns where the costs are more in line with reality.

That’s exactly what Icy and David Iles, owners of Bolivar Street Gallery in Sanger, Texas, did last year, and with the help of the website I created for them, and turned over to Icy, they are already seeing sales from the site.

It really is difficult to clearly explain just how easy it is to run your own website on the wordpress blogging platform. If you are reading this, then wordpress has already done its work. Denton Digital sites are created with only one outcome in mind; to turn the website over to its owner so that they can create their own content, do their own updating, upload their own images and video, and tell the story exactly the way they want it told, and do it virtually instantly. There’s no waiting for some “designer,” or “coder” to make the changes to your site. Want to change the look? Do it. Want to add or delete pages? Do it. Get the picture?

Eventually, there will be an online store for Bolivar Street Gallery, but that is a pretty complicated process, and does cost extra to implement. If you are interested in your own online store to sell your products, the best thing is to start with a premium wordpress theme that concentrates on the online store – like the theme I found for www.cimarrona.com.

Stores require a lot of discipline and work. Simply having it doesn’t fill it with merchandise. Each item in the store has to be photographed, entered into your data base of products, descriptions and pricing must be written – and accurate. You will also need to be ready to take credit cards and paypal payments. Then, those items need to be removed from the store – either by the automation of the store or manually in some cases. If you are already in business, how many times have you heard, “Can I look online? Can I buy online? Do you have a store online?” The functionality of wordpress and e commerce themes for wordpress reduce what may seem like a technological moon shot, to a few easy steps that someone with average internet skills can implement. And all this can be online in a matter of days, not weeks.

Another exciting and untapped aspect of modern, functional website design is the potential to show your work live and in real time to potential retail and wholesale customers using SKYPE or other live chat software. It works. I’ve seen it work first hand. Although you could do that now, independently of a new website, you would be better off having a client come to you with their choices already narrowed (by looking at your website).

The website for the Bolivar Street Gallery is still being fleshed out by Icy, and if you take a look at it you will see that the technical appearance is still undergoing transformations, like the banner, and more pages that highlight each individual artist currently in the BSG.

Outdoor Sports Professional Websites

February 11, 2012 Fishing and Hunting Websites, Outdoor Sport Websites Comments Off on Outdoor Sports Professional Websites

Interactive Fly Fishing WebsiteSome of the absolute worst websites in existence are in the category of “Outdoor Sports,” and more specifically hunting guides, fishing guides, destination locations and lodges. It’s not like they don’t have or make the money to afford the most important advertising component of the 21st. century, often they just don’t know any better.

So many people in these professions may have started out hunting, fishing or guiding as a hobby, and now they are caught up in doing it for a living. Before the “Great Recession” you may have been so busy you thought it would never end, and a website was an afterthought. NOW, perhaps you are struggling to keep a fishing guide business going, or a lodge or hunting outfitter. AND you still have that same website you had during the good old days. Guess what? It isn’t working anymore!

What you need is a website that feeds people’s need to know, about you, your guide service, your outfitting service or lodge. A site like this one, the one you are looking at right now, will satisfy people’s need to know. You can post images of clients with their catch, kill or whatever it is that you make happen for them. And, you can do it easily and virtually in real time! Trust me, if it weren’t easy, I wouldn’t be doing it right now!

Don’t believe me? Take a look around at websites that are full of content like video, music, photographs and entries from the field, and you will find the vast majority of them were created by WordPress. And since I spend a lot of time outdoors, I already know what you need on your website to make it work for you, and drive more people to your outdoor oriented business.

There’s an old saying, “Nothing any good was ever free,” and like it or not, we still have to make a go of it in a capitalist system. If you already have a website, then you know it’s an asset, and the  fee you paid to have a professional to design and host the website is part of your CODB (Cost Of Doing Business) and a deductible expense. That said, if you already have significant traffic to your website, there is a very good possibility that you will see more traffic, and have an easier time converting visits to customers IF you use your new wordpress site to its full potential. Remember; Google loves wordpress.

I think you will find your ROI (Return On Investment), when it comes to the incredibly affordable rates at Denton Digital, to be amazingly high. A perfect example of a outdoor business I took from nowhere to front-and-center is www.dfwflyfishing.com. Recently retired, the owner of the site had zero presence when we began discussing his needs for a website to highlight his fly fishing guide services. He immediately saw a bump in his business, as people he didn’t know found him, and people referred to him from fly shops and other people, finally had a place to go to initiate contact. And there is still enough content on his site to continue to generate traffic – even though he hardly posts new entries anymore. Amazing!

Denton Digital is here to bring affordable websites to businesses and individuals, sole proprietors and small companies. When considering pricing (fill out the “Contact” form to get current pricing), don’t forget that wordpress sites comprise probably the most successful platform for currently doing business on the internet. And, again, you will have full control turned over to you to run your site, and generate the precise content you need to drive traffic to your site. Besides that, you can also add plugins that make it easy to feature photography, video and integration of current social networking sites you already use; facebook, youtube, twitter, pinterest and many more.

 

Websites for Artists and Art Students

Websites for Artists and Art Students

Is art your thing? Are you a student studying art, or already a successful artist working as an artist for a living? It doesn’t matter which you are, you NEED a website if you live in the visual world. And that’s coming from a photographer who relies on his art for a living. You have chosen a difficult path. Why make it harder than it has to be?

I am amazed every year when I get a phone call, or two, from students at the University of North Texas, looking for work in the field of art known as photography. Unfortunately, to this date, none, not one of them has had a website that I could go to and look at while I was talking to them on the phone. It doesn’t matter if you’re Generation X, Y or Z, you need a website if you are taking your education in the visual arts to the world. And you need it BEFORE you graduate from school!

The site featured here is by one of those rare professors, he’s tenured and still teaching and creating new sculpture to this day. Richard Davis is a sculptor and professor at the University of North Texas. He already knew he needed a new website by the time I started talking to him about it, and his needs were simple. He just wanted to be able to tell someone to Google his name and his site would come up. Many from pre generation X, Y or Gap, just rely on Google to be their guide, telling friends to, “Google their name.” Now as simple as that sounds, what if your name is John Brown?

Not only did I create a content rich site for Richard, I also took the time to optimize the site (and some other top secret magic). Within two days, all anyone in the entire world had to do was Google – “Richard Davis Sculpture,” and every page I created for him dominated the top Google spots!

While students are less concerned with Google ranking than working professionals, they still should have their own sites for a plethora of smart reasons. If you are a UNT or TWU student looking for an easy start to your future career website, this is the place. You and your parents are into five figures for your education, and you’ve been true to your creativity, so the cost of an original website by Denton Digital is a tiny fraction of the cost of your education. If you don’t have a website to showcase your art, then you’re stepping over dollars to pick up dimes. There’s just no good reason you can come up with not to create a website that gives you the visibility, access, communication and control that you will get with a wordpress site by Denton Digital.

Feel free to go to the CONTACT page and get rates for your new site now. You will be glad you did.

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