New Logo and Website for Spirit Bride Ministries

by Admin 27. July 2012 12:47

Stephane recently approached Xplore Studio to design and develop a new logo and website for Spirit Bride Ministries.

Throughout the project we shared in Stephane's journey of hope and commitment. The end product being a joyfull celebration of our God's unwaivering love for all his children.

Pay www.spiritbride.co.za a visit and Share in Stephane's dreams of joy.

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Tips on boosting your business

by Admin 25. July 2011 02:39

Jacob Cass, a 23 year old graphic designer is featuring #1 on the Google search engine only by searching a few keyword for his business. “I don’t do any advertising at all” says Cass, “All of my business comes through my Web site”.

What he does possess: a Web site, justcreativedesign.com, that tops the results when you type “freelance graphic designer NYC” and its variations into Google, a feat Cass achieved through back-end fiddling, weekly blogging on design topics and intelligent site architecture.

According to a recent study by Optify, the first three organic (nonpaid) results in a Google search get 58.4 percent of clicks, with more than half of those going to the first entry. As a result, Cass never has to look for work; he claims to receive a half-million site visits a month ,and 15 substantial project leads a week.


If creating your own Web site has been on your someday-maybe list, it may be time to move that to-do up a few spots. If you’re a self-employed or creative professional, you already know that it’s essential to attracting new clients, showcasing your latest work and telling potential customers where to find you. If your career is corporate, a Web site isn’t going to replace Ye Olde Resume, but it’s a great place to showcase what a catch you are for employers.

 

So here it is, quick easy steps to create your own website:

 

STEP 1: Buy your domain name

This is an annual fee to keep your name out there. To host your website on the web, will cost you a minimum monthly fee. Contact Xplore Studio to help you set this up.

 

STEP 2: Map out your content

To improve your site’s visibility, you may also want to link up your Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts.

 

“It’s absolutely crucial that anyone building a personal Web site integrate their social destinations into their site,” says Anthony Zarro, founder and managing partner of Drive Action Digital, a digital marketing agency. “You’re creating content that lives in multiple places that link to one another, which improves your SEO [search engine optimization].”

 

So can putting a blog on your site. As Cass can attest, a news stream rife with target keywords can drive traffic to your site through social media channels and searches. Cass regularly blasts his articles on design topics to the 42,267 Twitter followers who know him as @justcreative.

 

STEP 3: Choose a look and feel

This is where we come in… getting to know you better by sharing thoughts on what works best, what looks great and how to get there. Xplore Studio provide you with a flat image of the website and you decide if it works for you before we do the actual development on it. Xplore Studio also offer setup for WordPress websites and blogs at a minimal rate.

 

STEP 4: Remember, it’s all about you

“Any site, whether it’s a personal or brand site, should be emblematic of who you are,” says Zarro. “It should tell your story the way you want it to be told.”

 

STEP 5: Promote yourself

Once your site is built and optimized, don’t be shy. Put the URL in your e-mail signature and on your social media profiles. Get your friends to “like” it on Facebook and “plus one” you on Google+. If you do blog, send your posts out over your social media channels.

 

Contact Xplore Studio and we can help you to setup all the above at a cost-effective rate!

 

Marlene

 

We give credit to you.com for the above references used

 

 

 

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Does your business need a website redesign?

by Admin 8. June 2011 08:14

There are probably dozens and dozens of reasons people supply about why they do (or, gasp! do not) need their website redesigned.

Here are a few of the most likely issues confronting your website, though:

1. Your current Website’s design is outdated.


This is the most common reason, and users know in an instant if a website is up to date or not, simply by the way that it looks. Websites with fuzzy or broken images, hard to read text and outdated layout are often skipped right over as web surfers often automatically assume that the website is years old and will have nothing valuable to offer. Think about it in real-life terms. If you see a dilapidated building on the street, with it’s sign barely hanging on and boarded up windows, are you likely to even give it a second glance, let alone attempt to go inside?

2. People aren’t sticking around.

 

While a design can be up to date aesthetically, it may be lacking in functionality, and so users are getting confused when they first get to the site and subsequently are turned away. Your site needs to immediately demonstrate its purpose. Internet users are impatient and don’t like to search around on pages for what they’re looking for, they want it presented clearly and concisely the moment they arrive.

3. Not enough traffic.

 

Of course, you may find yourself with a nice looking site, and it may even be functional, but you’re just not seeing any traffic. If your site has been around for awhile, a lack of traffic indicates that you’re not doing well with the search engines. This could be caused by the fact that your site wasn’t built correctly, or that you need to work on the content presented therein.

4. Your company has grown.

 

This is one of the better reasons to redesign. Your company is growing, whether in your physical store locations or online, and you need to expand to accomodate this growth.

(Xplore Studio gives credit to ClickNathan)

 

So if you think that your website might be due for a redesign, contact us at Xplore Studio and we can find a cost effective solution that fits your budget.

Andrea

 

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Website for Gospel Singer Gwendoline

by Admin 23. November 2010 07:01

Gwendoline is a gospel singer and you can feel her presence as she enters the room.

I personally love the look of this website – especially the patterned background. For that added personal touch we used photos of Gwendoline throughout her website – these gorgeous photos did wonders for the look and feel.

We added some functionality to her website by integrating sound clips of her songs as well as a calendar where she can add and remove shows.

The website gives Gwendoline the freedom to add and edit her information as she sees fit and that was a huge bonus for her.

It has been great working with Gwendoline -  to see God’s presence in her every deed and her talent that she is devoting solely to Him. Truly an inspiration to us all!

Andrea

 

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Elegant Dining Design

by Admin 28. May 2010 06:25

This is an absolute beautiful restaurant in the heart of Durbanville and we always love doing designs and development for businesses within our community. Do yourself a favour and visit Pistachio for an elegant dining experience that will leave a lasting impression.

The trick with this website was to capture the detail of the restaurant’s interior on their website. We loved the freedom Wilma Basson, owner of Pistachio, gave us to play around with the detail.

Watch this space for Wilma’s other business, a quaint coffee shop called Chocolat. We are also whisking our wand of graphic design, web development and corporate identity on this project.

Please go and visit Pistachio’s website and view their mouth watering menu at www.pistachio.co.za.


Marlene

 

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Clients | Graphic Design | Websites

Construction has never looked this good

by Admin 26. May 2010 08:18

When Jannie Kotze, owner of Top Living Construction approached Xplore Studio for the revamp of their construction website, our design team needed to get our creative juices flowing seeing as men in hard hats don’t usually get your imagination going. Well, unless the company is called Chip and Dales.

Top Living Construction wanted a
professional and elegant look which projected the services they deliver. We worked with their original blue colour and played around with the grey to give the website
that professional edge.

We are especially
very proud of the “About Us” page where each of their personnel members has their own resume. For the group photo we decided to do something fun and photoshopped them into the infamous  photo of “Construction Workers Lunching on a Crossbeam”. We had a blast
with these exceptional clients and if I ever need any construction related services done their number will be the first one on my list.

Although a construction website can seem relatively cold, Top Living believes in that
personal touch and this is exactly why we are busy implementing a blog
for them.

We believe in
long term relationships and would like to thank Top Living Construction for trusting Xplore Studio to shape their brand and corporate identity. We look after all their design and development needs from business cards to signage design. Also, if you find yourself in the Northern Suburbs please check out their great marketing exposure on the bus stops down Durban Road. Of course, Xplore Studio is responsible for the design and print
work.

Please contact
Top Living Construction for all your residential, commercial and industrial construction and remodeling projects. You can contact them on (021) 979 5713 or alternatively info@top-living.co.za.

Marlene

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