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There are many situations where websites offer visitors and customers the facility to download documents such as word documents, excel sheets or PDF’s (Printable Document Format). As a website builder, you may need to provide enormous amounts of information, which customers or visitors may need to refer to again and again. Placing this much text onto your WebPages will result in visitors scrolling endlessly, which can be very frustrating. Allowing them to download the info in one document, means they can save it to their computer for future reference as and when required. It also helps you to keep the design of your pages clean and punchy.
These days, websites without background videos run the risk of appearing old-fashioned. Even dinosaurish,
There’s nothing wrong with dinosaurs, or with looking like one. Dinosaurs are cool. Unless they’re chasing you of course.
But our new background videos have landed, exploded and changed the game. They have wiped out the old standards for beautiful websites, and have replaced them with a new standard that will leave all other websites looking like fossils.
Luckily, both our existing clients and our new ones have access to this brilliant new feature we’ve introduced, and we’d like to share its benefits with you today.
A superhero is only super because he or she stands out amongst the crowd. If we were a planet of flying, teleporting, time-freezing super-strong aliens, then we wouldn’t think there was anything super about us. When it comes to using formatting methods such as bold, italics, capitals or centering, all of these little text-enhancing superheroes will only stand out if they are used sparingly, in the right place, and when absolutely necessary…
Reviews, testimonials, recommendations – we all seek reassurance in them. We might even skip past the good ones just to see if there are any bad ones.Other people are sources of information for us. They can tell us whether this product or service is actually any good or not. Reading their testimonials builds trust in your business.
If I have multiple domain names, will my website rank better on the search engines? Will I be more likely to draw in extra traffic? Will my website become a supercharged powerhouse bursting with domain names that will become a magnet for new business? The answer might not be quite as positive as you would expect, but hopefully we can answer your questions during this article…
Choosing a domain name for your new business may not be as simple as you think. Most people just use their company name, but unless your branding is well recognised, this may work against you…
Is it possible for your business website to look too good? Too polished? Too slick? Too posh?
Perhaps it depends on how slick and posh you already are.
“If a customer fills out a form and adds their email address, what can I do with it?” This is a terrible question, asked by non-GDPR compliant cavemen and cavewoman who still think it’s OK to treat other people’s info as if it’s their own…
You are building a GDPR-friendly email list, and now you want to start sending out newsletters, the professional way. Where do you start?
“Don’t sell your product. Solve their problems.” Mark Cuban’s wise words sum up the art of selling – it is about helping people, fixing problems and improving the lives of others…
iF we’re honest, not many people will accuse you of clownery for not having a proper business email address. But they might not call you professional either…
Building a professional website to grow your business should be easy and seamless from start to end. We offer to build your business website for you, in four easy steps…
When July 2018 hits, Google Chrome will make sure a strong warning will pop up on any website that has not yet updated from “http” to “https”. The warning will include something along the lines of “Website Not Secure”. Here’s how to avoid it.
Documents such as Applications, Information, Guides, Booklets, Detailed Literature, Publications, Product Lists, Product Spec, Accounts Documents, Membership etc., etc………… are common reasons for document downloads.
One other huge benefit will be the carbon footprint reduction. By using digital rather than paper, it’s a greener way of operating, which will be seen in a very positive and favourable light as more and more of us think about the environment and its sustainability. Printing and photocopying are processes, which are both expensive and environmentally unfriendly. Digital documents cut the amount of printing and photo-copying required and enables users to view, save and share documents with customers and colleagues in an entirely digital format. It reduces the need to produce paper, and reduces it’s use, it’s waste, it’s storage (both space and the need for folders etc) and it’s delivery (envelopes, fuel, pollution). The consumption associated with paper is enormous and can be avoided by using digital documents. You don't have to be a tree hugger to want to protect the world you live in.
Your DotGO Website comes with 5MB of storage already included for FREE. This is actually quite a lot of space particularly if you’re using .pdf files, which are very compact. This is generally enough storage for most peoples needs. However if you want to upload a lot of documents then you may need to add extra space, which is available via a simple upgrade from your control panel for just £2.50 per month per 10MB.
We do recommend, if possible to upload documents in .pdf format as being a more compact file format, will download quicker and it will be write protected and so prevents plagiarism.
You can produce PDF’s very easily these days, especially as there are some great free software products, which can create professional quality PDF files from almost any printable document. CutePDF Writer is one of the better products, which you can find very easily online by typing its name into a Google search and then download free. To crate a PDF from a Word documents, simply File> Print > and then from the drop down menu of Printers, (your normal printer will be shown at the top of the list) scroll down and choose CutePDF Writer. It doesn’t actually print the document but just saves a copy of it as a PDF in your chosen folder.
You can use documents in formats: Microsoft Word , PDF, Text files, Zipped files , MS PowerPoint files, Microsoft Excel.
Go to your control panel and in the buttons down the left of the window, click the Upload Files (Manage Pictures and Files). Select “Documents”, browse for your document and click upload. Now - Go to the page on your site where you want the download link to be on and enter the text for the link i.e. an instruction line such as “Click here to download Our Information Guide”. Highlight the text using your mouse and click the yellow link icon in the editor bar. Select File > documents, then select from the drop down list the document you want to link to. Click Add to website. Save the page and click on the text to test the link.
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