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Web Design Cost Calculator Tool

Web Design Cost Calculator

Web Design Cost Calculator Tool

 

So let’s say that you are in the market for a new website.  You know for the most part what it is that you want your new website to accomplish.  However, understanding what that will likely cost you is an entirely different story.

 

I get frequent requests wherein business owners want a completely custom interactive website.  With requested features like a custom designed blog, interactive content, responsive design layout, video and audio feeds, social media integration and eCommerce store with customized shipping tables configured for them and a shiny new kitchen sink.  Then when I tell them the cost they about fall over.

 

Please let it be known, there isn’t a magic button that web developers press and boom! Instant website.  No, these things take time and a lot of work to create, test, launch and maintain.  There are literally no shortcuts for building a custom high quality website that provides an optimized user experience and is geared toward conversion and branding. 

 

So in an attempt to remove some of the mystery surrounding web design pricing, I have gathered up website design price quotes from a large cross section of web design firms from across the country.  From small independent freelancers, to medium size web development companies as well as a few large firms to keep it fair.  I then took the mean, or averages and adjusted the pricing to our specific market right here in New Mexico.

 

What we end up with is a close to accurate web design pricing calculator that will give you an honest price range for your project.  Now, please understand, this is just to give you an idea of what it might cost to build your website based on your inputs.  There are many other factors that need to be discussed before an exact quotation can be generated.  However, this is to help you in budgeting for your new website project.

 

So without further a due I present to you our Web Design Pricing Calculator.

 

 

Hope you find this to be helpful. If you would like a detailed proposal for your project, you can simply fill out your information and send it to us right from within the calculator. This is of course optional.

web design feedback

Share Your Web Design Feedback Faster with Snipping Tool

Save Time & Snip-It!

As a web designer I am constantly sharing screen shots with my clients and team.  Sometimes I just need to send feedback on a portion of my screen.  Turns out that Microsoft has a built in tool called the Snipping Tool.  This handy little program allows the user to generate a quick image from a selected area of their screen.  It is very simple to use and will help to speed up your day.  

 

 

Here is a quick video on how to use the Snipping Tool:

 

 

Web Design SEO Trends for 2015

 

Mobile Friendly Web Design to Become a Ranking Factor in 2015.

 

It is time to start thinking about making this next year a banner year for your business. Not to mention all the fun that comes with the typical new year, diets, exercise regimen and other self improvements (self torture) that we all love. Don’t worry, this only takes about a month to pass, then back to life as usual. Well, web is never “back to usual” when it comes to optimizing your website for a better user experience and search placements (SEO).

 

For 2015 SEO best practices we will take a peek at mobile friendly website design and what you will need going forward. Google has released limited but important information regarding user experience, and mobile friendly factors that will be impacting your rankings in the year to come.

So if you are one of those procrastinators, let me urge you to add a mobile friendly website redesign to your new year’s resolution list of to-do’s. Google will be looking to add a mobile friendly ranking factor to the ever changing algorithm as well as other SEO related topics.

 

 

 

So how do you know if your site is mobile friendly?

 

Some of the basic mobile friendly rules of web design include:

 

  • Avoiding Flash and other software not compatible or used on many devices.

  • Make sure that your text is sized to be readable without a user having to zoom in to see it clearly.

  • Make sure the content is displayed using a properly configured view port for all graphics, text and menus.

  • Make sure the links are far enough apart so that they can be easily clicked on a mobile device or tablet without having to zoom.

 

 

 

There are other items in addition to these and Google provides a complete guide on the proper creation of a mobile friendly website design and layout.

 

Step 1:  Use Google’s Mobile Friendly Test to see if your site is mobile friendly.

 

Step 2:  Check your site in Google Page Speed Insights tool to gather helpful tips.

 

Step 3:  Study up on what makes for a great start to a mobile friendly website on Google’s Webmaster’s Mobile Guide.

 

Step 4:  Call us at TGS Web Design to get your new mobile friendly web design started.

 

TGS Web Design SEO in Albuquerque New Mexico can help you with converting your website into a mobile friendly layout for less than you may think.  Give us a call today for a website redesign or new web design consultation 505-903-4326.

 

Let’s make 2015 the best year yet and elevate our local Albuquerque web developers to the top of the list when it comes to high quality local web design and SEO services. Albuquerque and Rio Rancho has some very talented web design and SEO providers that are superb in what they do. So in 2015 I hope to see business owners in the (505) supporting their local Albuquerque SEO & web design companies more often than not.

 

Cheers to a happy, healthy and more profitable 2015!

 

 

Analytics Help – How to remove semalt and other bad data from your analytics

Have you been seeing a large increase of visitors in your analytic control panel lately?  Specifically, from the referrer semalt.com or semalt.semalt.com.  This new website is most likely skewing your analytic data and painting a pretty ugly picture for your business team.  Turns out this is not real traffic i.e. human visitors.  It is actually a keyword research program or bot.  Seamalt is unethically scrapping through the web via brute force in a strange way to capture more clients. 

 

You see them returned in your analytic control panel and want to know more.  So, like most of us you click the link to see what they are all about.  This is when you are met with a poorly written website that is selling SEO and key word ranking service that I do not recommend.  You may find this review of Semalt very interesting.

 

Safe to say, you will want to avoid entering your website or any other data here at the semalt website.  However, I am sure that you would like to clear them out of your analytic data so that you have less to explain in your marketing meeting when looking at your websites performance.  Simply because the crawlers from Semalt will only visit 1 page at a time and send your website bounce rate through the roof. 

 

Here are some simple steps that will clean them out of your analytic data. 

 

First I recommend if you have access to editing the .htaccess file on your webserver to make the adjustment there.  The code below will deny access to the Semalt crawler by returning a 403 forbidden page and not grant any further access to Semalt to your website.  This is the preferred way to stop the troublesome bot as it will also clean up your Google and other webmaster analytic data.

 

Here is the code to put into your .htaccess file:

 

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} semalt\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteRule .* – [F]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ([^.]+)\.semalt\.com [NC]
RewriteRule .* – [F]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} buttons-for-website\.com
RewriteRule .* – [F]

 

If you don’t have access to editing the .htaccess file on your server there is another way to block this data from your Google Analytic view.  I have created a quick video to take you step by step on creating the Analytics filter in Google Analytics Admin section. 

 

For reference the Semalt server IP address is:  217.23.11.15
For reference the Buttons-for-website IP address is:  217.23.8.124

 

 

So I hope this will help all my friends in the marketing departments at your next quarterly meeting.  Hopefully, you wont have to spend the first hour explaining your way around the noise in your analytic profile.  If you still need some help getting this setup TGS Web Design can help you.  Just give us a call 505-903-4326.

 

 

Albuquerque SEO Professionals

TGS Web Design is a local Albuquerque SEO company offering professional SEO services to all size companies in Albuquerque and surrounding areas. After playing in the SEO game for the last eight years I felt it was time to give a basic overview of what a good starting point should look like. So no matter if you are just starting out, or have had your website for many years. My hope in writing this post is that it will shed at least a little light on the subject of SEO.

With so many SEO companies out there it is hard to get a warm fuzzy feeling when shopping for a professional SEO firm. There are so many factors when starting on any SEO campaign that I feel it is important for clients to get a feel for what all must be done in order to get into the game. Not all project requirements are the same.

 

 

So what is SEO?

SEO is not about cheating the search engines or trickery.  SEO is a concentrated focus on making sure that your website provides a great user experience and communicates exactly what your website and business is about to the search engines so that they can suggest your website to people searching for your products and or services.

 

 

What are the search engines looking for?

To take a basic look at what the search engines are looking for, start with the structure of your website. Does your site offer easy to use navigation and does it look appealing to users? How about the content itself, is the text on the page full of spammed key terms? Is it easy to read through, and makes sense with good quality grammar? Another thing that so many website owners overlook is the performance of the server the website is hosted on. If you have a great looking website but it is hosted on a slow server, this can cause a major problem with the search engines returning your listing very high in the results.

 

 

Social media is great – but you need a plan.

I know this is the most difficult part of a solid SEO campaign for most business owners.  Simply because who has the time to be pumping out social content on a regular basis.  I mean common, you are running a business, right?  The importance of having a specific targeted approach to social media that supports your website content, and demographic reach goal is critical.  To just post daily content for the sake of pushing social content is a tragic mistake.  Don’t just be a busy body in the social wheel, focus your campaigns on a specific targeted set of terms that aim to reach market segments that produce the highest return on your time invested.  Don’t try to be great on all platforms if that spreads you too thin.  Pick a few that you can dedicate to, and will use on a regular basis, and that you actually enjoy.  Use them well, and stay focused on your mission.  In the end just remember, you are only human, and no one knows Google’s secret sauce when it comes to optimizing a campaign to get top rankings.  Being involved in your social sphere at any level is better than not at all.  So let’s all try to be a little more social yea.

 

 

Summing up SEO

Everything that you do online should start with your SEO campaign in mind.  Always follow the rules and best practices recommended by the search engines themselves.  This will keep you from getting distracted, off topic or booted all together from the search results.  Remember to always be improving your web site user experience as best you can in order to maximize conversions, and to prepare your presentation to the search engines in the best possible way to share your story.  Remember to have fun and enjoy the process.  Because once you get it right, it is worth the time and money invested. 

 

TGS Web Design Albuquerque NM

Albuquerque web design company – TGS

Hi my name is Thomas Garcia and I wanted to take a moment to introduce our Albuquerque web design company TGS Web Design. You may have heard of us by now as we have been providing quality website design in Albuquerque New Mexico for over ten years. We specialize in custom web design for all size business including; e-commerce web design, responsive web design, CMS and WordPress website design and development. So if you own a business that is thinking about redesigning your website and need a little help please give us a call. We are located in Albuquerque & Rio Rancho serving local business and national projects as well. In most cases we can design and launch a new website in as little as 5 days. So for a high quality, fast and reliable web design in Albuquerque look no further. If you just have a few questions and would like to chat about it.  Feel free to give us a call as we love hearing from you.  We consider ourselves servants who are blessed to do what they love for a living.  We serve each and every client with the utmost care, respect  and attention to detail.  We take pride in our work and want you to be completely satisfied with your new website.  Call us today if you have been considering a website redesign or are looking to build a new website for your business.  We look forward to serving you. TGS Web Design Albuquerque New Mexico 505-903-4326.

SEO Tips – Crazy SEO Claims

This seems like a good time to send out the warning to all business owners looking to score some extra web traffic. Not all SEO companies are created equal.  If you’re inbox is anything like mine, you receive multiple emails a day that go something like this…

 

Hi, my name is…  I can guarantee you top rankings in major search engine results….  YIKES!  What? 

 

Unless you want to ruin your online reputation and drop off the search results all together.  May I recommend for you to completely avoid companies that make such statements.  Anyone who has been in the SEO game for some time can attest to the fact that the only one who controls the search results are the search engines themselves.  If you are considering an SEO company that claims anything other than that.  May I suggest that you keep looking.

 

There still are many companies out there looking to turn a quick buck at your expense.  Sure, they can get you quick results and take your money.  However, those results can be short lived and the end result can be devastating to any business.  I have worked with many clients who’s websites have been exiled from major search engines all together and now require a complete do-over just to get them back into the game.  This can leave you in in the dead zone for many months and who can afford that? 

 

So for most of you, this is old news.  For those of you just getting started in the world of SEO, buyer beware.  Make sure that you are using a company that is well established and can provide you with measured and reliable results through proven activity that sets you up for long term online success. 

 

 

TGS Web Design & SEO is a local Albuquerque SEO company that focuses on the right activity. We are Google Certified partners that follow the rules of the game with best SEO practices that wont get you in trouble with the search engines. Give us a call today for a free SEO consultation 505-903-4326.

TGS Web Design – Website Redesign

I Know what you are thinking… It’s about time! Well the old saying about the mechanics car needing a tune up is completely true. After having our previous design and blog up for over a decade and after much success, I felt it was due for an overhaul.

 

Welcome to the all new TGS Web Design 2.0. In this latest revamp on the design and structure of my website I really wanted to pay attention to the use of white space. Really opening up the design and layout using larger and more modern fonts and giving breathing room for each element within the design. I love clean design and websites that pay attention to keeping it simple. Simple is the best approach when designing a new website layout. Modern design trends are great, but if you muck it all up with busy text columns and unorganized navigation. Then the value of the message get’s lost quickly.

 

So I hope you enjoy the new clean and very simple site. I look forward to sharing tips and tricks along with my thoughts in the coming years in an effort to help all our clients and subscribers in building a better web. Thank you for taking a quick look at our space and I hope you enjoy the layout.

 

God Bless and Smile – It will make you feel better!

website redesign services

Website Redesign

TGS offers professional website redesign services in Albuquerque NM.  High quality redesign services for your website to bring it up to date.  All of our website designs are completely custom and one-of-a-kind.  We can build your business a website that will accurately share your style and offering in a unique way that is all about you. 

We offer affordable web redesign services and in most projects can deliver a new website in as little as 5 days.  Our rates are very affordable and the level of design quality is truly professional.  So if your website is looking a little dated and could use some freshening up.  Give TGS Web Design a call today and let us redesign your website into something you will be proud of. 

We offer website redesign for all types and size websites.  Ecommerce web design, CMS web design, custom built websites we can handle them all.  So if you have been thinking about redesigning your website, call or email us today for a no obligation consultation on redesigning your website.

We can update your current website to be responsive so that it will display properly on all devices.  Keeping your website compatible for users is also critical to your success online.  So if your website is too small to read when viewing on a mobile device or tablet.  It may be time for a redesign to clean things up.  Almost half of all web traffic is now via tablets and mobile devices.  So if your website is broken when looking at it on your phone then it is time for a website redesign. 

website management services

Website Management

Professional website management services for all size websites.  If you just don’t have the time to dedicate to keeping your website up to date, then give us a call.  We offer professional website management services including graphic changes, photo updates and content updates as well as debugging and website virus removal. 

So if you find that your website is outdated or has incorrect information in it.  We can help you.  Our website management services are quite affordable and are month to month and don’t require a contract.  So if you could benefit from a little more free time, let us manage your website for you.   Professional website management services are available so give us a call to learn more. 

Website monitoring and debugging services are also available.  Because websites are basically software on a computer.  There are times that they can become problematic and need to be updated.  Let the website management team at TGS take care of this for you.  We can monitor your website and make corrections before your customers see them.  Whether it is insuring that a contact form is working or a virus removal, we can protect your business as well as your customers.  We offer monthly maintenance packages starting at just $199 per month.  So don’t let a small bug become a major problem.  Let the experts at TGS Web Design keep your website tuned up and running at it’s best!  Call us today for a no obligation quote for our professional website management services.