Website Owner's Manual: The Blog

This blog includes articles about content management, security, accessibility, search engines, social media, ecommerce, Kentico CMS, Intranets and stories regarding new and valuable web design tools and resources we think you might be interested in. 

Synchronise Your Entire Web Ecosystem

Oct 07, 2018
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It's time for your company to integrate your web presence with all your organisations moving parts.
Interoperability is big word but basically it refers to the ability of different computer systems to communicate with one another which is what we are discussing here. 
 

Top 8 reasons to use Kentico rather than Wordpress

Aug 01, 2018
WordPress is the most popular CMS on the market powering more than half of all content managed websites and Kentico is an established .NET based enterprise content management system with just a fraction of WordPress’s market. (Kentico runs 25,000 websites). That’s ok with us. We've built many a site with WordPress but keep coming back to Kentico for variety of reasons. Here are just the top 8.

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How To Optimize Images for Your Website

Jan 19, 2018
In this post we will talk about how to optimize images and why image optimization is important. We have geared the article towards content editors but the information in this post is universally applicable to anyone working with images online.  

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7 Secrets to a Successful Intranet Project

Oct 09, 2017
When designing your next (or first) corporate Intranet it's important to decide early on what the goals will be. The Key Objective to a successful Intranet is internal communications. Do these things well and the Intranet will be a success. 
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The Biggest Problem with Bilingual Websites

Oct 03, 2017
​Often creating a bilingual website is much more than simply having 2 languages side by side. Here we discuss the problem of how to incorporate user generated content into your multilingual website.

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Choosing the Best CMS is like Navigating a Maze

Jul 13, 2017

Organizations are demanding control over their web presence and using a CMS is the tool to help them take over day to day management with minimal training. Navigating through a maze of web content management systems is a tireless task so we’ve assembled a list of important criteria to help with the evaluation. 
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Campaign Management with Kentico EMS

Jun 21, 2017
Kentico has out of the box functionality that allows you to run and analyze cross-channel digital marketing campaigns without the need for any third party modules. Campaigns are set up around conversion points and actions are weighted according to values you determine important. This allows you to gain insight into the effectiveness of your campaigns and make the appropriate adjustments to them to increase conversions.
Campaign Management with Kentico EMS

 

Marketing Automation with Kentico EMS

May 05, 2017
Kentico EMS edition allows you to leverage its built in online marketing features with the structure of the content management system to allow you to design and implement complex marketing automation processes.
Marketing with Kentico EMS

 

Content Personalization with Kentico

Apr 12, 2017
Kentico EMS edition allows you to leverage its built in online marketing features with the structure of the content management system to allow you the ability to deliver your web visitors customized content.
Content Personalization with Kentico EMS

 

Why Kentico EMS Should be Your Online Marketing Platform

Mar 27, 2017
Imagine taking all of the third party marketing tools you use and combining them with your CRM. Now imagine taking all of those tools and building them into the backend of your website’s content management system. The result is Kentico EMS Edition. A system so powerful and intelligent it can do everything from personalizing site content to carrying out complex marketing automation processes.
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7 Things to Look For From a Web Design Agency

Feb 08, 2017
When sourcing a digital agency to partner with for your next website project
remember to consider these 7 key factors.
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Super Powering Your Membership Website

Jan 29, 2017

Key questions to consider for your next membership site. super powering your association membership website


Non-profits Good to Great

Nov 09, 2016

Every non-profit organization is different and so your web presence should be crafted from the outset with your unique needs in mind. It's important that your digital agency come prepared with the understanding of these needs and objectives.

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10 Best Website Design Practices for Associations

Aug 15, 2016

We've assembled the most important website design tips for associations and membership organizations and narrowed in on the top 10 listed here.

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Income Opportunities for your Association Website

Jul 14, 2016
There are several opportunities to generate additional forms of income from your association's website. Often it just means repackaging what you are already providing your members in marketable upgrades or packaged as purchasable products and services.

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You Need to Know These 5 Web Design Trends

Apr 20, 2016
Design trends come and go because they don't always solve the problems that users have. Frequently they are more like fads or fashion that don't have any real purpose. However the 5 trends I've described here are the exception and valuable because they improve the overall user experience. 

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Give Your Members a Good Reason to Login

Mar 23, 2016
Provide your members incentives to login and they will keep coming back. What will your members value more than anything else? A) Information that will make them better at what they are doing and B) ways to save them time. Do this well and you will have an engaged audience who will continue to use your membership site for the value it adds for years to come. It's always a good idea to mix free and paid content because it gets users interested in learning more along with another incentive to join.
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Trust Your Professional

Feb 16, 2016
One of the most common questions we get from potential clients when interviewing us is what makes a successful project relationship. The answer has evolved over the years to “trust your professional”. Whether its your IT person, chef, designer or project manager. We in turn learn to trust our client’s after all they are the product experts and we are just students.  

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Supercharge Your Intranet Once and For All

Jan 24, 2016
Many corporations have legacy intranets that just don’t get utilized because they are clumsy complicated systems that everyone dreads using from the administrators to the employees. These antiquated complex intranet systems are a thing of the past with today's integrated enterprise Content Management Solutions. 

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Membership Websites That Rock

Jan 19, 2016

How to make your Membership / Association website Rock? When planning a membership website it always key to consider your audience and their tasks. When in doubt lean towards easier and simpler when scoping features and functionality. Listen to your designer and follow these rules for success.

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Small Things That Will Have a Big Impact on Your Mobile Users

Jan 09, 2016
Google suggest a few small things that will have a big impact for your mobile website users. These are obvious but often overlooked tips. 

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Functions of Well Built Association Website

Jan 03, 2016

Every association is unique in the way it operates. That's why standard systems often don't work. Over the years of working with a variety of associations and non-profits We've come to understand each organization has a unique process of managing new members and renewals.
 

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How to Create Your First Sitemap

Oct 13, 2015
A sitemap is a list, chart or visual diagram representing the hierarchical structure of the pages in a website. It’s used as a website design planning tool to map out the site navigation and content.  It will identify site structure, architecture and page hierarchy. 
 

Optimize Your Content For Google

Oct 05, 2015

So you can never be 100% certain what might be considered perfectly optimized content however several recent studies from search results suggests that Google will consider it "poor content" if you do the following in your website...

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SEO Strategy Starts with Choosing Great Keywords

Oct 04, 2015

To figure out which keywords work best for you, you’ll have to do some research. Start with Google's AdWords Keyword Planner and go from there. 

 


How to Avoid Getting Hacked

Sep 15, 2015

You know it’s important to protect your data so here are some crucial tips to avoid getting hacked. 
 
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Simple Steps to Avoid a Website Disaster

Mar 09, 2015

People mess-up and technology fails. Plan for this and you'll be better prepared for when it does happen. The following are some simple steps to put into place with your IT department, IT supplier or web hosting partner.

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How to Avoid Going to the SPAM Folder: Manage Your Subject Line

Dec 10, 2014

Your subject line will be a big determinant to your email's ability to get into the inbox. It's the first thirty-five to fifty characters of an email subject line that users see. The reality is that you should not write an email subject line that is significantly longer than that because the longer your email subject line is, the more likely it would be flagged as spam.

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SEO Tasks You Can Do Yourself

Oct 27, 2014
Here's a handy list of simple Search Engine Optimization (SEO) meta-tag optimization tasks you can do yourself. Improve your search results ranking by incorporating some time to make sure your meta data is optimized for google. This by all means is not an exhaustive list but a few simple tasks that you can do yourself in a few minutes.
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CRM Integration

Sep 26, 2014
A CRM is a Contact Management System that uses a database to house data and reports on all facets of your collected customer information. It’s essentially a turbo-boosted contact database but these days it can be much more than that when you integrate your CRM with your website.

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Ongoing Website Maintenance & Support Tasks

Apr 21, 2014
Ongoing website maintenance provides website owners the assurance that their site is being taken care of with preventive measures and to accommodate the changing environment around it.  A series of tasks should be part of any website owners' to do list to keep your site from becoming obsolete and ineffective. We’ve listed some essentials from our arsenal of services in our maintenance plan. Cut and paste to make your own maintenance plan tailored to your needs and budget. 

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World’s Greatest Glossary of Website Design Project Terms

Dec 04, 2013

Over the years we've been known here at Inorbital to use terms that our clients have never heard of (and may never need to again) and in order to enlighten and explain what we mean when we say things like "mock-up” or "beta release” here is our ever evolving glossary of terms.  

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8 Content Tips for Non-Profit Websites

Oct 17, 2013
Website content always matters but even more so when it comes to Non-profits and their web presence. The need to establish credibility and confidence is of utmost importance when persuading your audience to engage and donate. These best practices and principles will help get your message across to your audience and to engage them no matter what your call to action.

Non-profit content tips for websites

Anatomy of a Great Homepage

Sep 21, 2013

Here are 5 important attributes of a great homepage. Do these well and your web presence will be a big benefit to your organization. A good start is to keep your site focused and clutter free while always considering SEO.

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The Importance of Check-lists for Web Development

Sep 09, 2013

They may not be very glamorous but using check-lists ensures the obvious and not so obvious procedures don’t get overlooked. Here at Inorbital we have several check-lists from project kick-off to post launch and maintenance tasks. Here are some of our check-lists that you can use and modify for your studio.

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Guide to Exceptional Websites for Charities, Foundations and Non-profits

Aug 15, 2013
These types of websites share many of the same planning strategies as most websites. They need to be user friendly, easily navigable, and have a clean and clear look and feel. However non-profit websites have some particular needs to consider in addition to a standard website. A non-profit website needs to be easy to learn about the cause, what they do and how to get involved and most importantly how to donate.
Charity Website Design and Development

6 Essentials of Building Healthcare Websites

Jul 25, 2013
The following list summarizes some of the essential project planning elements for any healthcare related website project, be it a major hospital or a local medical clinic web page. We have assembled 6 key facets that are specific to our approach in planning these types of projects. This article will act as a guide when dealing with common needs and goals for your healthcare organization’s website design and development.
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What to Consider When Designing Your Architecture Website

Apr 22, 2013
Far to often architecture websites are overwhelmingly designed for architects whereby totally missing the point that architects are not their target audience. If they are, then perfect, however if you are planning to revitalize your website consider who you are speaking too. The web is a great communication platform and what better way than to connect and communicate with your audience! Your audience may just be looking to pre-qualify a firm, checkout your portfolio, learn about the team and experience and how to get in touch. Make this easy and your site will be one step closer to success. 
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What is the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Apr 19, 2013
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The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is a set of guidelines and standards which helps to achieve accessibility for Ontarians with disabilities. In the context of websites and web content, although only organizations large in size or belonging in the public sector require compliance by law, it may be a good strategy nevertheless to conform even if you're not. 
 

CMS Editing Recommendations and Best Practice

Mar 25, 2013
What you need to know before taking on the role of managing website content with a CMS. No matter what Content Management System you are using these important time saving tips will make the job that much easier. 
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The First 6 SEO Tasks for Every New Website!

Sep 30, 2012
Make sure you follow this simple checklist when launching any new website. It doesn't end with these 6 tasks but does start here. Enlist in a proven qualified SEO specialist for help to get quantifiable results.
 
SEO checklist for new websites

Tips for Writing an RFP

Sep 26, 2011
An RFP, is an invitation or a document, which contains your requirements written in detail, and is used to urge vendors to make a bid in order to work on your project. Now, there are a few guidelines to follow when writing an RFP. Suppose you have decided to redesign your website. Your RFP is going to be a blueprint for the vendors. 
 
Tips for Writing an RFP

Bullet-Proof Registration Form Methodology

Jun 07, 2011
This is our proven method for planning and building custom bullet-proof online registration forms
 
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Common Mistakes When Planning a New Website

Jun 07, 2011

Here are some often overlooked essentials when planning a new website. Whether you are redesigning your existing corporate web presence or adding new functionality to improve ROI these 5 points need to be considered and evaluated by the website team.  

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Choosing a Web Content Management System

May 10, 2011
Virtually all of today’s websites are built using a web content management system (CMS). A common approach is for organizations considering updating their web presence is to take greater control over the content updates and maintenance a requirement solved with a good CMS.
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Simple Blogging Best Practices

May 07, 2011
Not sure how to start blogging? Here is a collection of 6 simple best practices for crafting search engine friendly blogs. For this blog we recruited Sean Hurley, SEO Consultant and President of 96Robots. 
 
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Choosing the Right Domain Name

Jan 24, 2011
Here are some key tips to consider when selecting your domain name for your website. We often get asked for our opinion when presented with the clients 4-5 top choices. These are guidelines and should be taken into consideration where possible.
 
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Web Accessibility Quicktips

Oct 24, 2010
The following summary of quick tips will help you better understand the web's complex accessibility rules and make implementation a less daunting effort. Stick to these fundamentals to make your websites usable and accessible right from the planning and design stages.

What every new website owner needs to know about search engine optimization

Feb 21, 2010

Do-it-yourself SEO basics: SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization which is the science behind how to rank better in search engine results. Generally search engines like content rich websites. The more relevant information pertaining to your topic and keywords the more likely your site will get indexed by the search engine.

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Is it Time to Redesign Your Website?

Oct 28, 2009

Answer These 7 Sets of Questions to Help Identify Your Redesign Requirement

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