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Chemsuccess Resources in Malaysia

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Oranges and Lime offers Web Design for Companies and Corporations in various industries like Chemsuccess Resources in Malaysia.

Chemsuccess came with us with a design that they had in mind. They had a good idea of the type of website they were looking for. They have tried a few web agencies but have had no success. They had the design worked out and we worked out with them how to make their vision come alive.

Screenshots are not enough to convey what this website is like because it has a lot of interacting elements. So here is a video that scrolls down the entire website.

RedLove – Website for Melbourne Nightclub and Bar: Launched!

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One of the great things about designing websites is the variety of businesses we get to design for. Our latest addition to our portfolio is a nightclub, bar and venue in Melbourne, Australia. “Alluring and intimate; RedLove is a venue that functions not only as a Brewhouse, Private Cocktail Bar, Nightclub and Rooftop Bar, but also as an event space for private parties, corporate events, live entertainment, photography, filming and more. Spanning over 3 levels, with 4 bars and 6 VIP Area’s, it is clear that entertainment is the order of business.”

RedLove has a Brewhouse and Kitchen, Private Cocktail Bar, a Musicroom Nightclub and a Rooftop Bar! These are definitely what you need when you are organising an an Exclusive Corporate Event, Product Launches, Film and Photo shoots, Cocktail Events, Engagement Parties, Comedy Nights, Club Nights, Hens Parties, Birthdays and even Weddings!

As part of their expansion and renovation, they approached us a while back to assist them with their web site. They were such a pleasure to work with and we are so happy their website is now ready! Here are snapshots of the website just after it launched: Red Love.

If you are looking for a team to design a website for a Nightclub, a Bar or a Pub, have a chat with us!

How much will it cost me to build a good ‘whatever’ site?

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There are variations to this question. For example: How much does it cost to build a Social Networking site, a Dating Site, a car sales site, a mobile phone exchange site? People used to ask about websites to sell their products and their services locally but now, they want to know how to build a Social Networking site, be the next eBay, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Real Estate site, etc.

These type of questions should be distinguished from questions asked by people who have a business, a service or a product and they need a website to sell them. This question in particular is when the Website itself IS the sole revenue-generating asset of the business.

If you were wondering yourself, and you’ve gone through the trouble of asking for estimates, you’re probably puzzled as to why one developer says, “I can do it for you for under $5000” while another says, “we can do it for no less than $15000”. We, at Oranges and Lime, do both!

You scratch your head and wonder why such a big difference. If you’re like most clients who contact us, then perhaps no one has bothered, or has been able to explain to you what I am about to.

The difference is basically how much the developer is going to code on their own, or with their team, solely for your own project.

If a developer offers to develop your website for under $5000, this would usually indicate to me that they are going to use an Open Source Content Management System like Joomla or Wordpress and then use extensions, plug-ins or template solutions developed by other developers from whom they license the software.

If a developer offers to develop your website for nothing less than say $10000 to $40000 then that would tell me they are intending to use a framework or a Content Management System  like Drupal, where they would develop a functionally and aesthetically-customised website for you.

If a developer offers to develop your website for nothing less than $50000, then this tells me that that developer is likely to develop the website with a team of various skills and code your website from scratch.

It doesn’t mean to say that the more expensive solution is technically better because  a website that may have costed $50000 may not be functionally better than that made under $10000. Some estimates suggest that to develop Joomla, would have taken upwards of millions of dollars if they were to compensate the contributions made by the community for their hours. As to which is best for a client is a complex decision and requires consideration of many items.

The more generic your code is, the more your website is the same with your competitors. What is your advantage? Why should investors and partners do business with you and not your competitors?

Uniqueness and your ability as a business owner to customise your website to suit your users’ needs are going to be a big part of your success.  It is this uniqueness that investors would pay for, why your partners would go with you and why your customers may want to use your website.

To be unique, you need to develop something that others do not have. You need people to code them from scratch. If you pay them, you do it on the condition that you will own the code, or at least that it is clear which code is yours and which is open source or licensed from another entity.

This is the reason for most of the price difference that you are getting when you are asking for a quote. The cheaper the quote is, the more generic and templated that code is, the less of it you actually own.

Here is a quick chart that I sketched on my phone while quickly drafting this article:

Cost of Websites, Uniqueness and IPAt Oranges and Lime, we have made many websites and we offer all types of solutions. Obviously, most clients go for the $5000, a few go for the $10000 plus but we have not secured a $50,000 plus project yet. We came close, but it didn’t happen. Oh well.

If you have more questions about your particular situation however, please fill out an Estimate Form .

 

Should I create a blog using HTML?

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You can create a blog purely with HTML (and CSS) using a program like Adobe Dreamweaver. However, having assisted individuals and businesses set up their blogs, we would highly advise against starting a blog using HTML. You will spend your time putting it together, only to realize very quickly, that it is not a good solution and you need to rebuild it differently. With a HTML blog, as you grow, your work rises exponentially!

For one thing, how can people interact with you? How are they going to comment on your posts? Will you ask them to email you their comment, so you can then update the blog manually? That’s a lot of work, my friend.

You really need a dynamic website or CMS that allows you to log-in, add new blog posts and edit existing ones. A dynamic or CMS website automatically sorts blog posts according to categories, topics or dates, without you having to re-update all the other pages manually.  They also come bundled with many features, including commenting systems.  The more blog posts you write, the more time a dynamic website saves you in the long run.

(This post is based on a question posed to us in Quora: How do I create a Blog using HTML?, 23 August 2015 )

Building Your First Website

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Building your first website can be daunting. If you are about to have your first website put together, you will no doubt have many questions. In this article, I will take you through the major items you need to consider to ensure your first website project goes smoothly.

Before you start looking for a web designer and developer, you need to ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How can your website be of most help to you and your customers?
  2. What are your competitors doing on their website?
  3. How much would you budget to get your first website up and running?

By being clear about these questions, you are able to have productive conversations with web designers and developers you are considering hiring to build your website. To help you find the answers to these questions, let’s discuss the main objective of your website, your competitors and your budget.

THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF YOUR WEBSITE

Considering your stage of business development, your online strategy and thinking about your daily interactions with your customers, what do you need most from a website? What does it need to do for you? If you are a service provider and you just need a website to tell people about your services, show some of your past works and display your contact details, then perhaps you might just need to discuss Static Websites, especially if you have no need to update your website content every two weeks. If, however you have products to sell and you want to provide an online catalogue for your customers to browse, place orders and make payments online, then you will need an e-commerce website, which is a lot more complex.

If you want to constantly publish special announcements or updates to your customers and visitors, maybe you should consider having a blog as well. Blogs are a compilation of short articles arranged in a timely manner: daily, weekly or monthly. They are very useful to engage your customers in topics that are of interest to them, and in which you can provide the necessary expertise to comment and inform them of the latest trends. You can let them know of products or services you may offer to help remedy problems or take advantage of opportunities.

Having the ability to blog allows you to create fresh up-to-date content that is crucial for keeping your audience engaged. You can also post the release of these blog posts to assist your Social Networking strategies using Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and other tools. Fresh content is also an essential component to having search engines index your web pages.

YOUR COMPETITORS

You should have a look at your competitors online. Find their websites using Search Engines or their business cards, flyers, brochures or catalogues. When you visit their website, click around and find out what they are doing and how they are utilising their websites? Are there ideas you might be able to apply on yours? Are there elements of their website that you do not like? Studying how their websites look and how they are structured, may help you get a clear understanding of both the aesthetics and functionality of your own website. This, in turn, will assist you with formulating your requirements to your web- designer or developer.

YOUR BUDGET

Many businesses across diverse industries with a certain type of customers have varying needs and priorities. After you have clarified for yourself what you would like your website to do for you, by having a clear objective and studying your competitors’ websites, you will gain an idea as to what you need to do to compete online.

For example, if your business is in the fashion, shoes or jewellery industry, then you must be prepared to invest more in aesthetics of your website  – much as you would if you are in the finance or advisory industries where the image of success and professionalism are highly regarded.

Further, the more functions your website needs, the more you should expect to invest in the development, testing and support of these functions. E-commerce websites, for example, automate the process of serving your catalogue to your customers, taking orders and accepting payments from your customers. To ensure your online shop is always working as it should, you need to keep it updated, regularly maintained and tested rigorously.

Before you have a chat with prospective web designers and developers, you must have a rough idea of how much you are willing and able to invest in your website. I recommend being up-front with your designers and developers about your budget… even if it is a rough range. I understand you  might have some reservations about ‘showing your cards’ however as web designers and developers ourselves, knowing what our client’s limitations are allows us to explore all the alternatives and find the best solutions for your requirements given your particular budget in the shortest amount of time.

Getting your first website might be a daunting experience. However, by taking the time to prepare by asking yourself the questions outlined in this article, you will be better equipped to find the best solution for your budget and the right team to build your website.

Google’s Panda 4: What does Panda mean for your website?

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What does Panda mean for your website? Panda 4 is the latest update Google made to the way it ranks pages. Panda is designed to reduce the ranking of pages and websites that have duplicate content and/or short content.

As a website owner, this is what you can do to ensure you keep up your page rankings with Google:

  1. Avoid duplicating your content
  2. Create your own content
  3. Articles might benefit from being longer
  4. Use unique title tags and meta descriptions

Quite ironically, this post is likely to be too short for Panda. Sometimes, there’s just no use intentionally padding up every article to suit the preferences of an algorithm.

Have you noticed any changes to your website due to Panda? Keep an eye on your Google Analytics report in the next few weeks or months.

Yes, You Need A Website!

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“For more than a decade now, we have heard that websites are important for business. In 2001, I began approaching small business owners, telling them they needed a website or else they would get left behind. Most were curious but many had no idea of what I was talking about. Now, more than a decade later, an industry study reveals that about half of businesses in Australia still do not have a website! Clearly, many small business owners do not really see or understand the benefits of having a website. Is it just another unnecessary cost? Is it an investment they are able to delay or forgo altogether?”

In this article Marquez Comelab, Managing Director of Oranges and Lime, outlines the three major reasons why and how a website is an important investment that benefits every business that hopes to compete in an increasingly global marketplace….

Read the full article, "Yes, You Need A Website!" from page 12 of The Business West Magazine.

“Business West is a Melbourne Magazine in Australia about local people and local companies making news, and the leaders spearheading Melbourne’s astonishing growth in the West.”

4 Things to do to Protect your Website from Hackers and avoid Website Problems

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Once your website is developed, you still have some responsibilities to ensure that your website continues to run in top condition. Like everything else, a website deteriorates if left unmaintained. Be sure you have arranged for, or have plans and procedures for all of the following:

  1. Backup your files and databases
  2. Do you know how to restore your files and databases when you need to restore them?
  3. Ensure that your CMS and your plug-ins (WordPress), modules (Drupal) and extensions (Joomla?) are up-to-date.
  4. Check your website regularly to make sure it is still functioning as it should.

If you do not take care of these, upgrades to internet browsers, hosting servers and website design and web development standards amongst other things, can affect your website with mild symptoms including your website simply not looking right to more serious problems that leads to the website becoming inoperable and/or the website may even be hacked quite easily.

Performing these tasks are not covered in typical web design and development agreements because they are beyond the scope of designing and developing a website. This is why Oranges and Lime provides these services to all businesses and organisations. Please call us if you need help in any of these.