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Nov 7, 2017

What happened to the Internet!?

On Monday, Nov. 6th did the Internet disappear for you?  In our Colorado office we noticed extreme latency to access sites we host.  We thought it had something to do with a particular hosting facility but our Minnesota office wasn't experiencing any issues which ruled that out.  Clients in MN were experiencing  and reporting similar issues.  The initial oddity was that it appeared to be limited to our sites hosted in both Dallas ...

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Dec 19, 2016

Google’s Mobile First Indexing Change

Google has released more details on their upcoming Mobile First indexing change that will see the search engine rank the mobile versions of webpages. Currently, Google indexes the desktop version of a page, but will serve the mobile version for those who search from a mobile device. Many webmasters had plenty of questions about this change, especially as it pertains to ranking and indexing websites that currently serve different versions of the same content ...

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Nov 20, 2016

Dress your content up for the Share

When web pages are shared on social media platforms a preview of the link is generated. Before you publish your next blog post take the time to visualize how your post will appear in the link preview on social media platforms. Presentation is key because the preview is an opportunity to capitalize on the fact that someone is sharing your page. Below is an example of the link preview in Facebook. 1. Headline First, you want to make ...

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Oct 16, 2015

Say ‘Goodbye’ to Adobe Flash

With Adobe Flash being phased out we can all say ‘goodbye’ to the constant update reminders, our devices becoming bogged down, and the security issues that plagued it. Once the final nail is placed in Flash’s coffin, it may not all be sunshine and rainbows. There are still many websites dependant upon Flash and there are already some negative effects that website owners will need to be prepared for: Decrease in Advertising Revenue – According to ...

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Mar 23, 2015

Portal Websites: Powerful Web Designs for Powerful Websites

Here at Five Technology we have completed a variety of portal websites over the past few years. A  web portal is a website that brings information together from diverse sources in a uniform way. Usually, each information source gets its dedicated area on the page for displaying information (a port-let); often, the user can configure which ones to display. Portal web designs act much like online magazines . These informational ...

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Jan 23, 2015

10 Important Features for Your Non Profit Website

The website for your non profit organization is at the center of your digital marketing strategy. Therefore, it deserves the maximum effort to create a user-friendly website that works to fulfill all the goals of your organization. Here are 10 must-have features that can make a successful non profit website: User Registration User Registration is an excellent feature for your non profit website. It enables serious visitors to establish a long-term ...

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Dec 2, 2014

Upcoming Web Design Trends

Website design is ever changing.  We are constantly seeing new ideas and technology to change the standard for a well designed website.  In some cases concepts we’ve seen before are being tried in a slightly different way to great success.  The increase in web browsing on mobile devices is changing the approach and making good design more important than ever. With this in mind, what are the next big trends for web design coming in 2015? Here are 3 we ...

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Nov 21, 2014

Is Your E-Commerce Site Ready for the Holidays?

With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday just a week away are you sure your site is ready to handle the holiday rush? With all the added traffic there will be more hackers on the prowl to gain your customers valuable information. Every holiday season we hear on the news about protecting yourself from identity theft, but are you protecting your customers? Identity theft can be a crippling experience, for shoppers and businesses alike. ...

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Nov 13, 2014

Mapping and displaying Google Analytics Data

Google Analytics (GA) provides valuable detailed statistics about a website’s traffic and traffic sources but they can only be seen in Googles backend interface by the admin and shared users of the account.  Is there data from GA that would be valuable to display on your actual website? Those of us in the industry for the past 20 years remember the “visitor counter” everyone displayed on their site similar to Facebook “likes” ...

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Oct 13, 2014

Content Delivery Networks

With CloudFlare and Amazon CloudFront content delivery networks are becoming affordable for everyone. What are CDNs and should you be using one? For a majority of small to medium sized websites your site is hosted on a single server somewhere. If your website host management  is with Five Technology this is either in Minneapolis, Chicago, or Dallas. All your customers,  regardless of their location in the world, connect to this server to request ...

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