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goMobi Version 1.7 Released!

Monday, September 17th, 2012

We’re pleased to announce that the latest version of our goMobi product has been released and is now available to all goMobi users. Below you’ll find a quick overview of some of the new features and enhancements that are part of this release.

Control Panel enhancements

goMobi has expanded the overall width of the Control Panel which provides more room to add additional features and useful options.

A ‘view site’ option has been included in the header which will open the mobile site in a new browser window and the language options are now contained in a drop down list [with the addition of British English].

goMobi has added a new Tools tab between the Features and Analytics tabs which contains marketing features and functions to help promote and drive traffic to the site. Also new is some additional design features such as ‘Site footer’ and an ‘Advanced’ feature where you can apply background images to your site.

Last but not least, improvements were made to the help page and added ‘how to’ video content to help explain some of the feature functionality.

Additional site templates

Creating goMobi sites has never been easier. They’ve added over 32 new ‘click and go’ templates to the Templates feature in the design area of the Control Panel. Just click on the thumbnail template for a larger view and then apply the one you want to your site.

Changes to colours, images and the layout of each template are automatically applied to the site. You can also mix and match different template headers and body styles and icon sets to create custom templates and you can customize the colors in the Site Colors feature.

Multiple click to call features

Extend your reach by adding multiple click to call features to your mobile site and display each one as a separate feature with custom name, custom icon and custom position. Additional options include defining which number to use as your primary number to display in the header and footer of your site.

Background Images

You can now apply a background image to your site. You decide if you want to apply it to all of the pages of your site or just the home page, where you want the content to start on your page and if you want to display the background image on tablet devices [animated images supported]

New goMobi features now available

Monday, April 30th, 2012

As of this morning, our goMobi mobile website publishing service has been updated to v1.6.

There are quite a few small changes and additions to the goMobi service, but the overall experience remains very similar to what it was for those using the Site Builder. It remains very intuitive and existing sites will continue to work just fine.

That said, there are quite a few new features in version 1.6:

New Features:

  • Ability to upload icons to features – a much requested feature!
  • Option to add smartphone bookmark – upload a custom icon to be used when users create a shortcut to the goMobi site on their supported smartphone.
  • Live site preview – the site preview in the Site Builder now emulates the experience on a smartphone.
  • Keywords – improve SEO with meta keywords.
  • New icon set – added a new theme.
  • WordPress and Drupal redirection modules – available from the Advanced Feature or Finish page of the Site Builder.
  • Site sharing options added to Finish page – easily promote your new goMobi site on Facebook, Twitter, Email or by QR code.

Enhancements:

  • Improved Advanced Options – makes it easier for users to access advanced options when desired.
  • New site colour options – users can more completely customize the goMobi site to match the colour palette of their existing site.
  • WYSIWYG Editor added to Coupons – make rich, HTML coupons with images and text.
  • Email option added to Find Us feature – let visitors send you an email to the email address of your choice.
  • Additional language options added to Site Translation feature – more languages supported by the built-in translation feature.
  • Email and SMS options added to the Create Link feature – create a link that opens email or SMS on certain smartphones.
  • Additional Currencies added to mCommerce option – support for ten additional currencies.
  • Video feature limit – increased from four to eight.
  • Number of locations – increased from four to six.

If you’re not already a goMobi user, find out more at http://www.simplewebhosting.co.uk/gomobi

Using Email to Keep Customers Coming Back

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

So, a prospective customer has visited your website. They have had a decent look around and read through the information that you have on offer. You are now in their mind as the kind of organisation that they will consider buying products from in the future, but they don’t want to keep having to check the website all the time in order to see the content that you have on offer.

How can they keep up with your latest products and blog posts without constantly having to check back just in case there happens to be something that they have missed out on?

The answer is that you set up a mailing list. This allows those that want to keep up to date with the happenings within your business and the products that you have on offer to subscribe to have news on your organisation emailed directly to them. Subscribers will be sent regular updates on what is going on within the company and also announcements about exciting changes and features.

Initially setting up a mailing list function is easy and it essentially operates itself. There are even online services that the less tech-savvy webmaster can use in order to set up a mailing list for their website. It requires very little levitra 10mg maintenance as addresses are added automatically when a user signs up and you simply have to write the email. Such a simple system is surely something that every webmaster should take into consideration?

For the user, it couldn’t possibly be either. All they have to do is input their email address (and sometimes some other basic personal information) into a form on the website and then they will be added to the list of people who have the email sent to them when it is written by the webmaster. They then just have to wait for the webmaster to send out an email and it will appear in their inbox with no more action from them. It couldn’t be easier.

Another advantage of this is the regularity with which people check their emails. Many computer users check their emails more than once a day and some have programs that run constantly and alert them when an email is received, meaning that they will be very fast in receiving the message.

This gives you comfort as an organisation because it lets you know that your information will get out to the mailing list very quickly and that those who have signed up will get all of the information that you wanted them to get. It is a sure-fire way to keep interested parties informed.

So to conclude, email mailing lists are a perfect feature for regularly updated websites to use as it allows users to keep up to date with everything that the organisation is up to without having to constantly visit the site. Ease of use is the main factor, ensuring that your business can get that valuable information out there, targeted to the people who will actually be interested in reading it.

How People Can Contact You via Your Website

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

One of the primary functions of a website is to be a platform by which your customer base (or those that may become your customer base) can get in contact with you or your organisation in general. If someone hears of your business or one of your products, the first thing they will look at in order to contact you is your online presence.

For this reason, it is imperative that your contact details are a) available on the website and b) easy to find, so that the user does not have to trawl through the entire website for hours just so that they can send you a quick email.

So, where should you put your contact information and how should it be conveyed to your web users?

Our recommendation is that you utilise a system on your website called a contact form. You will doubtless have seen these around the internet and they are by far the best way to get contact from potential customers.

They are very simple for the user to work with as they simply ask for some basic personal information for purposes of identification and reply, then have an input box for the user to put their message in. There is no way this procedure could be easier for the user to go through. The message they input and their details can then be sent through to you, direct to your email for an even more convenient means of receiving and replying to the queries and comments of those contacting you.

Another advantage of these forms is that you do not have to publish your actual email address online. If you were to publish this, then you become very susceptible indeed to spam. Not having to publish this means that the spammers won’t be able to target you as easily and your inbox will remain clearer.

Also, you are able to add a captcha image or other checking system to ensure that the message is being submitted by an actual human being and not a machine or spambot. Yet again, this method allows you to limit the amount of spam and unnecessary messages that can make their way into your inbox, keeping you from getting to the emails that really matter.

Of course, this information has to be easy for the user to get to and so the best way to go is to add a button to your navigation bar saying something along the lines of “Contact Us”. This ensures immediately that there is no confusion as to where you can be contacted.

So to conclude, the methodology for contacting you via your website is very important as the ease of it governs whether any of the prospective customers who visit your site will actually bother to pursue contact with you. A contact form is a lovely way to set up this contact, so putting one into place can lead to a tonne of new customers rolling in.

Should I Have Advertising On My Website?

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Advertising, to many, is seen as one of the horrors of the internet. For many regular internet users, the distraction and annoyance of adverts is something that plagues a lot of websites and makes advertising an enemy to many of those who spend their time browsing the online world.

Hideous animations and flashing images that distract the user horrendously from the page seem to be a common feature on certain kinds of websites and it is these that have given the entire concept of advertising a bad name. However, done correctly, a bit of advertising can serve a purpose and serve it well.

If a business sets aside a small area of their website for some advertising, then they can offer that space to other companies for a small fee. Choosing to charge weekly or monthly prices means that there is a constant stream of income on the way in from these people and this can be very valuable money to your business particularly if your site receives a lot of hits as this means that you will be able to charge higher prices for your advertising.

Some of the most popular websites on the internet can refuse to charge a lot of money for advertising due to the number of visitors they consistently get. This means that advertising can become a strong source of revenue for these companies and some companies are even able to offer their services for free based on the amount of money that they can generate for having a small amount of advertising on their pages.

However, it is very important indeed that you manage the kind of advertising which ends up on your website very carefully. Large advertising banners are a big turn off to those visiting the page and animated advertisements, unless they are very understated, are inadvisable as they attract the attention of the viewer away from your content and can also be irritating.

I know that I in the past have given up on whole businesses simply because the advertising on their website was so annoying. It seems extreme, but these are some of the consequences that can incur if you incorrectly manage the placement of advertising on your website. It is something that has to be done well.

Equally, the content of the adverts is important. There is no way that a website for a company aimed at families can be advertising products that are only suitable for adults. This confuses the viewer and can often give them an incorrect view of your organisation based on what they have seen on your advertising. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t generated the content yourself. The fact that it is on your website connects it intrinsically to your business and therefore your corporate image.

So in conclusion, well-managed advertising can be an excellent way to bring some extra revenue into your company through your website. However, if done badly, it can lead to some very serious consequences for you and your business. It is up for you to decide whether this is a risk worth taking.

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