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Google & Page Loading Speeds.

Just when we’ve all got our heads around the Google Mobile-Friendly standards (see post 25th June, 2015),  up pops another Google requirement that needs to be addressed – page loading speeds. To be honest page loading speeds have always been important and we’ve always striven to make them the best we can. But this time around, Google have been more than helpful and they’ve developed the PageSpeeds Insight tool. Not only does this tool quickly analyze your URL to see if it meets the standards, it tells you exactly what isn’t passing and what needs to be done to make it right. Simple!

 

How can I find out if my page loading speeds are OK?

You can visit the Google PageSpeed Insights Tool Page, input your Website Address and Google will give you a score out of 100 for both mobile and desktop. They consider anything over 85 to be acceptable, anything under that will need some work to get it up to standard.

 

What work needs to be done if my website scores under 85?

It depends on your website and what Google has picked up as being problematic with it. The best thing to do is to consult an expert to get a full analysis and find out the scale of the work involved.

 

Get in touch with OTC

We’ve fixed these for a more than a few clients now, and have a good working knowledge of what is involved. Often a few small fixes can make a huge difference, sometimes it’s a little more involved. Give us a call on (907) 382-0456 or email us at otcweb@gmail.com so we can review your results and advise you the best course of action

Google Mobile-Friendly Re-designs.

Back in June 2015, we sent out an update on the latest Google requirements for websites to be mobile-friendly. We had a really positive response from clients and since then we’ve been pretty busy updating sites to make sure they meet the Google guidelines. A few of our clients also decided the time was right for a complete re-design to keep them at the top of their game in competitive marketplaces. We’re pretty pleased with the results and so are they. Have a look below and check out the new concepts we came up with.

 

Glacier City Realty

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Check out the full Glacier City Real Estate re-designed Website here.

 

Southeast Exposure Outdoor Adventure Center

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See the full Southeast Exposure re-designed Website here.

 

Montague Marine Research

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View the full Montague Marine Research re-designed Website here.

It’s Been an Epic Alaskan Summer.

It’s lucky we love what we do here at OTC! The summer here in Alaska has been such a good one that we’ve struggled some days to make it to our computer screens. But nothing should stand in the way of great website design and we’ve found ways to keep the work flowing without missing out on too much of 2015’s epic Alaskan summer. With the recent launch of five brand new websites, (as well as 3 complete re-designs… but more about those next week), we think we’ve managed our work/life balance pretty well. Check out the results below;

 

RSA Engineering:

RSA Engineering

We made RSA Engineering a brand new clean, professional and up to date website, with a totally re-organized navigation for ease of use. See their full website here.

 

Tundra Adventure Charters

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OK, we have to admit we’re cheating a little here, we launched Tundra Adventure Charters at the very start of the summer, so technically we worked on it in the springtime. But we’re pretty proud of this one and we wanted to share. Check out the full Tundra website here.

 

The Ted Stevens Foundation:

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We are proud to have been selected by the Ted Stevens Foundation to design and make their new website. The new website has a light, clean, modern design and documents the many contributions and achievements of the late Senator Stevens, as well as being informative about the foundation and what their objectives are. See their full website here.

 

Nenana Raft Adventures

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Nenana is a sister company to the Chugach Outdoor Center website we launched back in December last year. The brief was to make the two websites similar visually and functionally, whilst keeping each company identity separate in terms of colors and branding. See the full website here.

 

Cabins at Denali

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We designed Cabins at Denali a brand new, simple, clean and functional website, that showed off their accommodation options to their best and included a new easy to use reservations system. View the full Cabins at Denali website here.

Is your website mobile-friendly?

You have probably already heard of the term mobile-friendly. A couple of months ago Google dropped a bit of a bombshell into the world of internet search. In their ongoing effort to ensure the best experience for the end-user, they made an update to how websites will rank in mobile search by introducing a ‘mobile-friendly’ factor.

Since then, we’ve been pretty busy here at OTC, working on either updating or re-building client’s websites to make sure they meet the standards.

To explain further…

Many factors contribute to how your website shows up in Google search; website structure, keyword density, user experience, content updates, inbound & outbound links, meta tags, the list goes on. In fact there are over 100 variables. But, up until a couple of months ago, mobile-friendly had not been one of these factors. Now it is, and if you want to continue to rank well in Google mobile searches it is imperative that your website meets the guidelines.

How can I find out if my site is mobile-friendly?

You can visit the Google Mobile-Friendly Test Page, input your URL and Google will give you a report.

What are my options if my site is not mobile-friendly?

Contact OTC to get a full analysis and find out the scale of the work involved.

Some sites may only need a few tweaks and not too many hours on the clock to put them within Google’s guidelines.

Others however may be looking at a re-build, or even an entire new website to bring their business into line with the new requirements.

OTC are here to help!

As we said earlier we’ve spent a busy last couple of months, helping clients get their websites sorted, so we’re ready to help you with yours. Give us a call on (907) 382-0456 or email us at otcweb@gmail.com

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Jet Skiing on Google

Latest job here at OTC is super fun. We are getting getting “Glacier Jet Ski Adventures” to get their business to show on Google ASAP.

Hoping to do a great job and possibly get some great freebies rallying their Jet Ski’s in the sound this summer.

Discounts on trips are available for photographers as we need a few more good shots for their website.

http://www.glacierjetskiadventures.com/

Glacier Jet Ski Adventures