December 1, 2017

Chances are Your Website Has One or More Major Security Flaws. We’ll Show You How to Protect Yourself.

The WordPress platform powers an astonishing 75 million websites on the Internet, and that number was last updated in late 2016. While there are plenty of WordPress sites run and managed by large companies and publishers, the majority of them are in use by bloggers and small businesses that have little to no IT staff to keep them updated, patched, and secured.
November 21, 2017

Is Your Site Navigation Lit?

When it comes to website navigation, little details make a huge impact on your traffic. For utility websites specifically, there’s a strong need for users to be able to find the information they’re looking for easily. Why? Because there’s often pressure or frustration associated with paying their utility bill or solving a problem they came to the website for. And if visitors go to your website only to find a lack of clarity or misleading links, they’ll immediately look elsewhere or call to complain.
October 13, 2017

Does My Business Need a Mobile App?

Living in a world where new technology is being created every day, a lot of businesses are implementing new tech-savvy concepts for their company. With so many advances in the digital space, business owners are starting to wonder whether or not they should have a mobile app for their company in addition to their website.
October 11, 2017

The Importance of Testing Your Website

So you built a brand new website. Great job! But what if as soon as you launch it, you get a text from a close friend saying you have a huge spelling error on the homepage? Or even worse – what if your images look grainy and no one can see them, or your website doesn’t look right on a mobile device?
August 30, 2017

The Importance of Computer Security

Computer security often isn’t thought about until a problem arises – and at that point, a break in security can cause harmful and potentially major problems. Because we all want to keep our computers and information safe, we asked our former Network Administrator, Tyler Lesmeister (TL), some questions about potential security issues and how you can prevent them from happening to you.
August 17, 2017

Check Yo’ Self Before You Wreck Yo’ Self

A Customized List of Website Maintenance Tips At #TeamOnsharp, we’re always looking for ways different industries can keep their websites updated. Right now, we’re focusing on the engineering industry and what you need to know about keeping your website well-maintained. Read on to see what you should check yourself for in order to have an updated and reliable engineering website.
July 27, 2017

Can You Be Trusted?

At #TeamOnsharp, we’re always looking for ways different industries can keep their websites secure. Right now, we’re focusing on the banking and finance industry and what you need to know about website security. With more than 16 years of experience and deep understanding of security and compliance standards, we know what it takes to build the most secure site.
May 24, 2017

Google Analytics Data is Worthless (Unless You’re Using it the Right Way)

Google Analytics is one of the best (and free!) analytics tools out there to monitor your website’s success. The catch? It’s only effective if you know how to use it. You’ve probably noticed that your account provides an incredibly in-depth analysis of your website. But if you don’t understand how it works or what to look for, it’s pretty pointless. So where should you start and what should you look for?
January 6, 2017

Do I Need an App or a Mobile Responsive Website?

With the rise of smartphone ownership and mobile app availability, it’s become common practice to rely on smartphones for internet access. And when you add in Google’s website ranking preferences, it’s no surprise that businesses everywhere are making the move to improve their websites and build mobile apps. But how do you choose which one is right for your business? We sat down with some of our web development and design experts to see what they thought. Keep reading to see what Joe Hixson (JH), Mike Unser (MU), and Jerad Barbot (JB) have to say about choosing between mobile responsive websites and mobile apps:
December 20, 2016

What You Need to Know About Twitter Cards

With Twitter’s latest decision to re-define their 140 character limit, marketers and developers are rejoicing, and with reason. But did you know? There’s been a revamped tweet option for us all along! One of the most underestimated objects in the marketing and development world is the Twitter Card. Built with the ability to preview large images, rich photos, videos, and more, these cards can be embedded on your website or into your blogs to extend social reach. By simply adding specific HTML lines to your website, a Twitter Card will be added to links shared from your website.
December 13, 2016

How to Incorporate Holiday Spirit Into Your Website

It’s the best time of the year – it’s the holiday season! There’s snow on the ground, the spirit of giving is in the air, and the movie Elf is on TV at least once a week. Wherever you go, this season hits you in the face with as much force as the snow that’s been coming down in North Dakota. via GIPHY It’s easy to get excited about the holidays when you’re out and about. But did you know that you can get people excited about it when they go to your website, too? We got together and brainstormed […]
June 21, 2016

Why You Need More than Just a Pretty Website

Whether you’re talking about people, places, or products, attractiveness is appealing. However, we all know that being pretty only gets you to a certain point. Having substance, providing value, and being functional are all necessary to draw people in and engage with them. This is true when it comes to your website, too.
April 13, 2016

Website Terminology: The Most Common Terms Defined

If you’re developing a website for the first time, there’s a good chance most of the terminology you come across will be pretty foreign to you as you get started. This can be confusing – especially if you’re working with a development team who knows what every term means.
March 30, 2016

Get Started on Website Content with These 4 Best Practices

Coming up with content for your website is an art form of its own. Unlike print materials, website visitors prefer to skim your text and quickly make decisions based on what they see. So how do you make sure the content on your website gets visitors to stick around? And if you’re starting from scratch, how do you make sure your content has a lasting impact for both visitors and search engines? Read on for 4 key best practices to keep in mind as you work on your web development project.
March 18, 2016

How Do Images Impact My Website?

As the old saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” The same is true when it comes to images on websites. First time visitors quickly form impressions of your site to determine whether they want to stay on or leave it, which is why having images that accurately represent your brand, products, and services is so important.
March 16, 2016

Make the Best First Impression with Your Nonprofit’s Website

First impressions are always important. And for a nonprofit, your online presence might be the only true interaction potential donors have with your organization. A well designed and user-friendly site that engages potential donors, volunteers and decision makers can have a big impact on your success.
December 14, 2015

How Can I Create a Positive User Experience for My Mobile App?

Mobile application development technology is evolving at a faster pace than ever before. But if your mobile app is confusing or frustrating to users, they’re likely uninstall or abandon it. In a market where app quality and performance always comes before brand loyalty, creating a positive user experience with a high quality design is key to the success of any mobile app development project.
October 13, 2015

Why Do I Need a Responsive Website?

Did you know that if you don’t already have a mobile friendly version of your website, it can hurt your search rankings? Keep reading to gain insight as we answer some frequently asked questions, and learn why having a responsive design is critical to your company’s success.
June 29, 2015

Data Security Explained: The Importance of SSL Encryption

Everything on the web should be secure – and that means your website should be, too. Since setting up SSL encryption on a site is a straightforward and inexpensive process, there’s no reason why every website shouldn’t be encrypted.
June 3, 2015

WordPress Plugins: The Top Things You Need to Know

WordPress is a great platform to build a website on, and it’s one of the world’s most popular content management systems. With almost 25,000 plugins available on WordPress.org alone, the sky is the limit when it comes to what you can do with your website.