RL Kunz Air System Pros

RL Kunz was using a very old WordPress template that could not be updated easily and was a security risk.  In addition, the site was not responsive and mobile friendly. Along with the team of  Bickley Creative and Small Yet Mighty, the site design was customized and hand-coded, page-by-page, and made responsive and mobile friendly.  In addition, with the emergence of Google’s Chrome displaying notifications that a website may not be safe to browse, the entire site is now behind https.  We couldn’t be more please with how this website transformed into a very proud online presence for RL Kunz!  Please visit https://www.rlkunz.com for all your air system needs!

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Authentic Health – Natural Holistic Health

Several years ago Giraffe Web worked with Brenda Baker when she had a company that performed international adoptions.  She had two websites, A Loving Choice International and Brenda Baker Adopt.  About ten years ago, Brenda shut down her adoption business to continue on her second career as a natural holistic health practitioner.  We crossed paths in late 2015 when after working with two other web designers, her website was not showing up in the search engines, nor did it convey her message clearly.  With WordPress, we were able to create a new simple design, adding photography, blogging and video to her website. She closed down 2016 with a healthy practice and we are pleased to have Brenda as a client and a friend! Please visit her website at https://www.authentichealthsc.com.

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Do You Have a Business License?

Over the past twenty years, I have worked with numerous business startups, mostly from working with these entrepreneurs to create their online presence.  Several times the issue of the mechanics of setting up a business arise. One is licensing, which most builders or tradesman understand they need licensing but most other business owners have no idea about business licenses. The City of Greenville requires a business license if you are operating or doing any business withing the city limits.  If you are registered, every November you will receive a notification from the City for you to pay your licensing fee, which is based on your gross receipts from the year. The fee is due within the first 2 months of the upcoming year.

Every so often the City will drive through town to see if any new signs have been erected, or come into office buildings to look at all the business listings. If your business is listed, they will check to see if you have registered with the City and also paid your Occupancy fee.

Once you are discovered as having operated within the City limits of Greenville without a business license, the penalties can be devastating.  I personally know of two companies who claimed to not have been aware of the business licensing requirement and were assessed in the six figures to pay fees and penalties to comply.  When I incorporated Giraffe Web almost 18 years ago, I at least was already aware of the licensing requirements after having helped numerous business startups.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is backing legislation to coordinate business licensing across the state of South Carolina, as the licensing requirements vary from city-to-city and county-to-county.  This way all business licensing will be uniform and streamlined across the state.  It is unclear if this will result in higher fees for small business owners.

Click here for the City of Greenville business licensing information and forms: http://www.greenvillesc.gov/340/Business-Licenses

If you want to read more, please visit http://www.thestate.com/opinion/op-ed/article72071037.html.

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Google Chrome to mark HTTP pages that collect passwords or credit cards as non-secure

Starting in January, your visitors may drop off your website if they see an insecure message from Google Chrome.  Google announced in September “To help users browse the web safely, Chrome indicates connection security with an icon in the address bar. Historically, Chrome has not explicitly labelled HTTP connections as non-secure. Beginning in January 2017 (Chrome 56), we’ll mark HTTP pages that collect passwords or credit cards as non-secure, as part of a long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure.” Below is an example:








As a precaution, in November, SSL was added to the Giraffe Web hosting servers and most websites qualify for the free version.  If your website does not collect credit card information or have any type of login area to store passwords, then your site should not be alerted as insecure right away. However, our plan is that by the end of the 1st quarter of 2017 is to have all the websites hosted at Giraffe Web behind the https.

All other websites at other webhosts will be evaluated by Giraffe Web on a case-by-case basis, and we will let you know if your webhost offers Free SSL or you need to pay additional fees to enable SSL on your website.

Any questions? Please feel free to contact us at http://www.giraffeweb.net/giraffe-request.php or call us at 864-232-6363.

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What Giraffe Web Accomplished in 2015

As we head into the new year, it helps to reflect on the accomplishments of 2015.  Over 100 websites were worked on/tweaked/created over the past year. This included:

  • Creating new WordPress websites
  • Creating new HTML websites
  • Becoming part of an elite Bullet Proof Local SEO group, made up of the finest group of Local SEO professionals in the world, and implementing even more local SEO for clients of Giraffe Web.
  • General maintenance/updating
  • Converting websites to be mobile responsive
  • Creating mobile web apps to complement existing websites
  • Converting HTML websites to WordPress
  • Converting Joomla websites to WordPress
  • Converting some older WordPress websites back to HTML
  • Updating numerous WordPress Plugins and WordPress updates that occur daily!
  • Moving several Websites for non-clients to new servers after accessing the security and reliability of their webservers

With not even a week into the new year, my dockets are full!  I would like to thank each and every one of my clients and referrals over the past 17 years.  I also would like to thank the wonderful online community of people who have helped answer my questions and continue to support me. Without this community, I would not be where I am today in web design and development.

Cheers to everyone on a new, positive and grateful year!

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Fix Your Bing Map in Facebook

fix-bing-map-in-facebookThis is an easy way to fix your Bing Map that displays in Facebook.

1. Hover above the right-pointing arrow and click the pencil icon to edit the section.

2. Scroll down to the address block, hover over it and click Edit.

3. For address, click on the drop down for “no street address.”

4. Click the ‘x’ to remove the state.

5. Delete the Zip Code.

6. Click “Save Changes”

7. View the page and the address and map should not be displaying, but it will show
Add street address
City State Zip
Click on the link showing above on your Facebook Page

8. Enter your correct address again.

9. Click the box at the bottom of the map if you want it to display.

10. Click “Save Changes.”

Your map should now show the correct location and match your address!

Please share if you found this helpful.

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Website Backup – Latest RipOff

WebsiteBackupWe have had several clients  contact us about paying a $70 bill to the WebsiteBackup Company. These are rip-off solicitations. Please share this with all your business contacts to let them know about this latest scam.

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Pendleton Historic Foundation

In dire need of an update and the ability to update the website easier, the Pendleton Historic Foundation made a huge change for the look and functionality of their website. Moving from a standard html website to WordPress now allows several staff members to update the website as needed.  The Foundation manages two historic homes –  Woodburn Plantation located in Pendleton and Ashtabula, located in nearby Central South Carolina.  For more information and events, please visit http://www.PendletonHistoricFoundation.org.

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Alliance Coaching & Training

Alliance Coaching & Training is a joint effort of Mighty Mouse Productions, Giraffe Web and Bickley Creative.  The client wanted to be able to update all aspects of her website if needed, so the site is created  using WordPress.  We also were able to add a booking plugin for her so she can book consultation times from the website.  Should you need any executive or leadership coaching or training with a highly personal touch, visit Alliance Coaching & Training for more information.

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When Does my Google Listing Expire?

google-businessToday another of my clients asked about their Google listing expiring. I receive  numerous requests from clients who tell me they have up to 10 calls a week telling them their Google listing is about to expire, or has already expired.  Let me set the record straight – your Google listing does not expire.

These are telemarketing calls from a company that is trying to have you pay them to list your business on Google. More than likely, your business is already on Google but may not have all the information, or all the correct information. If it is not, getting it on there is only one part of a planned search engine optimization strategy.

The next time you receive a call like this, ask them their company name – it will not be Google. Ask them what they are really trying to sell to your company. If you receive an e-mail with the same claim, send it to the trash bin.

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