Dotcom Systems Shortlisted for SLT 01Awards

It’s a great initiative by Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) to come up with SLT Zero One Awards to recognize digital excellence of institutions, individuals and brands for achievements by leveraging digital technologies.

Dotcom Systems (PVT) Ltd have been shortlisted for Best Digital enabled product/ service.

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How to stay on budget while creating a great website

A great website is much more than something that looks pretty. In reality, a website has to be pleasing to the eyes while being functional and also capable of generating valuable leads. This is why website owners have to pay special attention into how their website budget is utilized. Ideally, a tight budget should not be a problem to create a website with all the right features.

1. Choose a simple design

Complicated designs are expensive for many reasons. If you intend to create a graphic rich site with videos and animations, it’s most likely that your budget will be considerably stretched. In addition, busy designs with too much graphics are not always friendly towards slower internet connections. Therefore, it’s best to settle on simple designs that aren’t overcrowded with too many graphics. They are cheaper to design while being friendly to generating traffic.

2. Choose the right platform

With a massive choice for website platforms, you can make your pick without much hassle. However, the difficult part is to pick a platform that you are comfortable with using. Not every one of us is a web developer and it’s important to settle on a platform that allows you to make changes without having to write code. Platforms such as WordPress is well known to allow website owners to update blogs, images and content on other pages without having to rely on a developer.

3. Optimise your site before completion

What most website owners neglect at the website design stage is search engine optimisation. Unless a website is properly optimised from the start, it could be rather costly to make changes later on. Most SEO services providers will request you to add more content to a website, add Alt tags to images as well as to add keyword rich titles and descriptions. This is why you need to do bit of research and to add SEO friendly elements at the designing stage.

You don’t necessarily have to skimp on any important elements on your website to stick to the budget. Instead, you can simply omit the unnecessary elements to create a fully functional website with all the right features and facilities. Choosing an affordable website design company who will also offer a great website with on page SEO setup will help you get established faster and cheaper.

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Tips to build an eCommerce website

Building an eCommerce website

Building an eCommerce website is considerably different in comparison to other websites. You have to think about the ‘store’ aspect of the website among other things. However, there is a lot that you can learn from the latest trends for websites as well as the practices employed by websites that are successful online shops. Below are some crucial tips to build a great eCommerce website:

1. Choose a simple design

The design of the site is crucial to its success. Choose colors that reflect your brand and a design that is simple yet functional. Ecommerce website design is all about functionality. Choosing the right colors and placement of content, advertisements and links all have to be done with your users’ convenience in mind. The idea is to not overwhelm a potential customer with graphics and animations while letting them find what they need fast.

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2. Make searching easier

As an example eBay offers you the opportunity to refine your search by adding filters to find what you need among thousands of options. While a small business may not need something so elaborate, you may need to take the necessary measures to allow people to find products they need with ease and convenience.

3. Easy navigation

Make navigation as easy as possible within your website. Consider offering a breadcrumb navigation process to allow customers to make changes on their previous steps as they proceed to check out. The last thing a shopper would want is a slow and messy checkout process. With a streamlined navigation process, it will be much easier for them to make their purchases and encourage them to revisit your website more.

4. Be transparent with your charges

Another thing a shopper would dislike is to find hidden charges from shopping at your website. It is best to show whatever charges involved with each purchase so that customers are well aware of the amount they are spending before they authorize it.Hidden charges will only cause you to lose the customer forever along with any referrals.

5. Choose the right payment options

People have different preferences over online payment options. Unless your website is equipped to handle at least a few of the most popular choices, your customers are more likely to get discouraged from making a purchase. In addition, make sure that the gateways are chosen for their reputation as well as popularity. The last thing you would want is a checkout process ending with an ill-reputed payment gateway which could lead to abandoned shopping carts and a bad reputation.

7 Tips for Writing Your Home Page

More people will see your website than will ever see your office. Since the first page most of your visitors will see is your home page, it’s also the most important page. Your home page has only 3 to 5 seconds to capture people attention before they will bounce to another site. Your page must have the right amount of text with the right graphics to grab the visitor’s attention. They are searching for products or service websites because they have a need or a want. Help them find the information quickly and easily to determine if you can provide them a solution.

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Here are some tips for ensuring your home page is effective:

1. Keep it concise.

People don’t read websites. They quickly scan to determine if the information they want might be available. Provide the most important information first without a lot of facts and details. Make your content concise and focused. Provide links to inner pages for in-depth coverage.

2. Use keywords.

Use the right keywords that people use to search for related products or service. Content is still king for search engines determining what sites to rank on the first page of Google. Using the right keywords and providing fresh content is vital.

3. Write copy from the reader’s viewpoint.

Visitors don’t care about you. They care about themselves. You are important because you can help them solve their problem. Count how many times you start a paragraph with “I” or “we.” If it is more than one it’s too many.

4. Easy to Use.

Your visitors should be able to instantly determine where to click on your site to locate the information they want. Hyperlinks should be easy to find. Use good descriptive phrases for labeling buttons.

5. Personalize.

Online videos and logos that show awards, memberships etc. allow people to know how you can help.

6. Use headlines and bulletins.

Long paragraphs of text turn readers off. Provide informative headlines to guide visitors and the search engines to the most important keywords. Bullets break up long-winded paragraphs and guide the reader. Bullets allow people to quickly scan information to find the information they need. Hypertext links can be added to allow visitors to find more in depth information.

7. Proofread your copy.

Errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation detract from your professionalism. Proofread your work, and ask others to do it too. An extra set of eyes may catch mistakes you miss.