January 10, 2019

5 Reasons Why We ❤️ WordPress

At Onsharp, we’re all about creating beautiful websites that are easy to manage. We understand that employees at small businesses tend to wear many important hats, and relying on a developer to make updates on their website can create a staggering bottleneck. They need a system that allows them to be light and nimble on their feet when it comes to making updates. To bring this necessary ease of access to our clients, we’re building our websites on WordPress or Umbraco. For today, we’re focusing on WordPress and why it’s one of our favorite content management systems (CMS). Read on […]
December 12, 2018

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 – your images look grainy or no one can see them, or your website doesn’t look right on a mobile device?
November 30, 2018

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 have some answers to some frequently asked questions about potential security issues and how you can prevent them from happening to you.
November 19, 2018

How to Determine Your Website’s ROI

The average American spends 24 hours per week online. With that much time spent browsing, a website is an important touch point to be the online face of your business. While it’s important to have a website in general, an outdated website could harm your chances of generating new customers. Outdated Websites Lack Credibility When a website lacks credibility, customers lose trust in your business. This can result in an unwillingness to share personal information, such as their email address, as well as higher bounce rates, less time spent on your website, and an overall lower conversion rate. Website Design […]
May 18, 2018

COMING SOON: New Google Analytics Retention Settings

Have you heard? Google recently announced new data retention controls that allow you to manage how long your user and event data are stored by your Google Analytics account. These new data retention settings will take effect on Friday, May 25th.
December 27, 2017

Improve Your Website Performance with a Content Marketing Strategy

As you may or may not know, we’re big into creating amazing websites for our clients at Onsharp. But what happens when we launch the site? Do we just wash our hands and walk away? The answer is no, in case you were wondering. Having a brand new website is great, but we all know that your site doesn’t perform on its own once it’s out there. You need a reason for people to go to it, and one of the biggest ways you can drive people there – and get them to stay – is through pushing out great […]
December 19, 2017

Website Terminology: What You Need to Know

So here you are. You probably got here one of three ways: You’re about to embark on a web development project and are lost with a capital L. Kind of like the TV series… minus the whole stranded on an island part. You’re looking to expand your wealth of website terminology knowledge and thought this might be an exciting read. (You’re 100% correct, by the way.) You were creeping on the Onsharp site or (insert social page) and decided to take a gander at some of our insider tips and tricks.
December 16, 2017

Design Trends from 2017

New trends are popping up each year that are influenced by media, technology, and usability. As 2017 comes to an end, our graphic designer Benjamin Lamb gave us the inside scoop on design trends from the past year. Let’s take a look at what took off in 2017!
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.
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.
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.