JB Systems– Dedicated to Our Business AND Our Community

JB Systems– Dedicated to Our Business AND Our Community

At JB Systems, we believe in giving back to a community that gives us so much. We’re fortunate to live in a community that values the idea of supporting local businesses. We’re lucky to have the campus communities of UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and Chippewa Valley Technical College nearby so that we can add great, quality graduates to our team. And, anyone who’s worked with us understands our love for coffee, so we’re pretty fortunate to have some great coffee shops in the area, too.

In other words, we’re very grateful for Eau Claire, WI and the greater Chippewa Valley community that shows us support. That’s why JB Systems believes in being community-focused and giving back when we can.

We’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to volunteer at two events in the past month that we’re always excited to be part of.

One of those events was Eau Claire’s annual “Our Spring Clean Up” that took place on May 16th. Our team members joined some of our fellow local businesses in cleaning up the sidewalks and streets of Eau Claire near our company’s location. With about 300 volunteers participating in the event, it’s great to see everyone in the community supporting one another, as well as supporting the growth and upkeep of our town. It reassures us that our business is located in a place that values the word community and the ideas of supporting read more…

GDUSA Recognizes JB Systems’ Custom Web Designs

GDUSA Recognizes JB Systems’ Custom Web Designs

JB Systems is pleased to announce that, for the fourth consecutive year, we have been selected as a winner in Graphic Design USA‘s (GDUSA) 2015 American Web Design Awards. The purpose of the American Web Design Awards, as stated by GDUSA, is to “showcase the power of design in enhancing websites and online communications.” GDUSA was founded in 1963, and is committed to being the leading magazine for creative professionals.

We are beyond excited to accept these awards. It reassures us that we are meeting our goal of providing the best services possible to our clients, and it encourages us to stay creative and innovative in our website designs.

Our designers understand that you have just three seconds to wow any visitor who comes to your website. That’s why it’s crucial to have a design that’s functional and beautiful, in order to keep them from closing their browser on your site. With JB Systems, you can get a custom website that is functional and beautifully designed so that visitors will browse your website and learn more about your company. In fact, we’ll design a website read more…

Creating Engaging Content for Your Visitors

It’s important for companies to have visually appealing and easy to navigate websites. Having a chaotic

and messy website will turn away visitors and potential customers, and in turn, your company may lose revenue. Building a custom website can be expensive, but it’s a worthwhile investment to create a unique experience for site visitors that’s built to meet the needs of your company and your clients.

Having an aesthetically pleasing website isn’t enough, though. If your website doesn’t encourage visitor engagement, then you still won’t see results. Website Magazine agrees with this train of thought, too. You can have all of the most important information written on your site, but if it doesn’t engage your visitors, then the quality of the information almost doesn’t matter.

This begs the question– how do I create engaging content?

There are a variety of ways you can engage viewers on your website. Here are a few:

Use video. Maybe you can create a “How To” video, demonstrating how your product or service works. Maybe you can create a brief, humorous ad that will make your visitors laugh. Whatever it may be, a good, quality video, will encourage visitors to engage with your product or service read more…
Responsive Web Design – It’s Here To Stay

Responsive Web Design – It’s Here To Stay

We’re asked quite often about mobile strategy, compatibility issues, its affect on SEO and more. We’ve been producing Responsive websites since 2013 but thought this article, written exclusively for JB Systems by Ivan Serrano, would bolster our approach and provide some clarity. We hope you enjoy – and thanks to Ivan for providing some third party, unbiased, insight:

Responsive Design – A Summary
The rise of smartphones and tablets has had a huge impact on the design and user experience of a site. Before mobile devices, brands only needed ensure that their site would work across different browsers. Smartphones and tablets, however, offer a completely different experience from a standard desktop. Not only is the screen smaller the mobile devices themselves generally are less powerful, have different resolutions, rely on touch control and generally do not support Flash. More importantly 75 percent of consumers expect brands to have mobile-friendly sites and have no problem navigating away if they cannot find what they are looking for quickly. With mobile Internet usage growing 73 percent from the previous year, it’s no exaggeration to say that mobile is the most important avenue for marketers. While there are several options to making your site mobile-friendly, the preferred method is to implement a responsive design.

What Is Responsive Web Design?
Simply put, responsive web design (RWD) means all content, images and structure of a site will adjust to fit every screen size. Unlike a mobile specific site, an RWD site is built on one domain and a single HTML codebase which is fluidly resized by CSS to adjust to any screen size. Since it is all built on one domain you don’t need to maintain different versions of the site read more…

Another Security Breach in the World of WordPress

wp_security_141210275505_640x360According to Search Engine Journal, see it HERE, over 100,000 WordPress sites have been infected due to a Russian malware attack called SoakSoak. Now, to be fair, this isn’t an attack on the WordPress site itself, rather a plugin for the site called RevSlider that is used in many of the WordPress themes. But you already know enough not to use plugins – right? Unfortunately, this plugin is buried so deep in some of the most popular WordPress templates, users wouldn’t know they are using them.
The not-so-much-talked-about issue is that over 11,000 of these sites have been blacklisted by Google already. So what does this mean for Search Engine Optimization (SEO)?

In a previous post, we had discussed the security vulnerabilities in plug-in based template sites and the latest malware attack is a perfect example. The problem: many of these plug-ins are not easy to update and leaves not just the plug-in but the whole website in jeopardy. Each plug-in (and there are literally hundreds) can be developed by a different business or individual who is responsible for monitoring security threats and creating fixes. If your website “solution” relies on 4 different plugins (not uncommon) that translates into a lot of potential issues read more…

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