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10% off WordPress websites for August

August is here, the eighth month of the year, which means summer is almost over, school is starting soon, and storm season is setting in. We want to make your August a little better, which is why we are offering a 10% discount on all new WordPress websites the entire month of August.

Unfamiliar with WordPress? According to Wikipedia,

WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. WordPress was used by more than 23.3% of the top 10 million websites as of January 2015″

WordPress started in 2003 and has become a strong tool in the hands of web developers. With WordPress, Impact Media Solutions is able to create a professional, clean, mobile-friendly website that works well with Google and the other search engines, all for a cost that is less than a  built from scratch custom website.

Add to that the additional benefit of a 10% off discount, and that’s what we call a win-win.

How can you qualify for the 10% off discount? Receive and agree to a WordPress website proposal between now and August 31, and we will take 10% off the web development costs. It’s that simple.

Here are a few examples of great  websites we have developed with WordPress:

Restaurant Web Design
Riverboat Landing – Restaurant in Wilmington, NC

 

Wilmington.fish Fishing Charters
Wilmington.fish Fishing Charters

 

Real Estate Web Design
Barbara Andrews Real Estate
Web Design
Shon Parker Interior Design in Atlanta, GA

Can I update my own website?

WordPress websites are crazy easy to manage, even for unexperienced users. If you are able to use Microsoft Word, then you will have no problem with the WordPress admin panel.

To get started and claim your 10% discount, contact us for a free website consultation, and we will help you get the process started.

New Mobile Responsive WordPress Website for BikeCycles

We are proud to announce a new mobile responsive WordPress website for BikeCycles of Wilmington, NC.  The old site for BikeCycles looked good and functioned well, but it was not mobile responsive,  and thus it had dropped in SEO since the Google algorithm shift in April.

The new site features a full screen image slider with text overlays and responsive header links.

The old site was a WordPress website, and we were able to update to  a new WordPress theme and make the necessary edits and tweaks to make the mobile functionality work smoothly.

We would love your feedback on how the new site looks and functions!

If your site is in WordPress and is not mobile responsive, then you really have no excuse to not update to a responsive theme. Changing the WordPress theme will enhance your Search Engine rankings, and can be done for a fraction of the cost of a new website build.

Contact us today for an estimate for updating your WordPress theme.

Wall2Wall gets a new web design!

Wordpress Web DesignWe just launched a new web design for Wall 2 Wall Entertainment here in Wilmington, NC! This website is built in WordPress and offers a very exciting media experience. From Video to images, you will see why you should hire Wall 2 Wall for your next event, they really know how to party! They are also running a contest over the next couple of weeks, so if you get a chance you should enter, that is if you plan on getting married any time soon, because it is a giveaway!!

New Web Design for Fit to You!

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Impact Media Solutions has just launched a new website design for Fit to You in Wilmington, NC. Kerri Davis the owner of Fit To You and she has been a client of Impact Media’s for over 7 years, we did her first website, and she came back to get her new one done with us as well. Kerri is a Personal Trainer in Wilmington, NC and her business has had much success since opening in 2007. She is one of the best Personal Trainers I know, and really has some great success stories on her new website of all of the people she has helped over the past few years. I highly recommend her if you are just too busy to get to the gym and need that one on one training, she can come to your home or office and make you sweat! Let us know  what you think of her new responsive web design!

New Web Design for WILM-TV!

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This morning Impact Media Solutions launched a new website for the television station WILM, the CBS affiliate in Wilmington, NC. This project is one that we hope to set standards with, as many of the other TV Station websites can be not so user friendly. When WILM-TV came to Impact Media they were looking to upgrade their website to a clean responsive web design that offered more functionality than they currently had. We worked very hard with them to provide the resources to launch a website that provided all of the needed information, while keeping it easy to use on any device. This website is built with a Content Management System that allows WILM-TV to manage the entire website in house, which keeps their costs down long term, while providing them the luxury of making changes or adding to it anytime they choose.  We invite you to visit their site and let us know what you think!

New eCommerce Website for Extreme Bargains!

Impact Media launches a new eCommerce website for Extreme Bargains out of Lumberton, NC. Extreme Bargains has been a client of Impact Media for 3 years, and this is the second web design we have provided for them. As their company grows their needs have changed, and we have provided them with a platform that is easier for them to manage, and is very easy for their customers to use as well. This website is a testament to where you can go with WordPress and how far along this platform has come. We encourage you to visit www.extremebargains.net and let us know your thoughts!

eCommerce Web Design

New Web Design for Shutter Worx in Wilmington, NC!

Impact Media Solutions has just launched a brand new website for Shutter Worx here in Wilmington, NC. Todd & Sara the owners of Shutter Worx have been clients of Impact Media since 2006 when they designed their first website for their company. That initial custom web design has proven to be a success for them, but with technologies changing we worked with them to provide a brand new web design that is even more functional for them then before and is responsive to mobile devices and tablets. Shutter Worx is a great company that has done some incredible work over the years we have known them. Please have a look at their new website and see their custom solutions. We highly recommend them to you!

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New WordPress website for DJ Professionals & Video in Wilmington, NC

DJ Professionals & Video came to Impact Media looking for a fresh new web design for their internet marketing. They wanted a website that was versatile and could scale easy for the growth they are experiencing and most important, a website they could manage themselves. After establishing a budget, we decided WordPress was the best solution for their needs and it was a cost effective solution for them as well. We took their 6 year old website, which we had worked on in the past and transformed it into the website they always wanted. It offers clear information on the many geographies that they are in, along with a clear description of all of their services. We encourage you to take a look at some of the features that are available for WordPress, and the flexibility it affords. It truly is a web platform that allows your company to do things not previously available at this price point, and is a great alternative to custom web design when budget is an issue.

Wordpress Web Design

 

Custom Web Design vs. WordPress Themes

I have always found it interesting to watch the reactions people have when they find out the cost of a custom website.  Our process at Impact Media begins with meeting a prospective client and listening to their needs and goals.  Once we have gathered the necessary information, we will put together a proposal that outlines the strategy of how we are going to help them meet those needs and achieve their goals.  We take careful consideration of all the factors and do our best to break everything down into terms that will be easily understood.  This is important because it shows the client that we have a plan.  In some cases, the prospective client is not concerned how we are going to achieve their goals; their primary focus is the cost.  This is a mistake of grandiose proportions.

According to a survey by Folyo.com, a website that helps start-ups connect with web designers, the average website design takes thirty hours.  They estimated the Home page web design will eat up half that time.  Which is why you have to look at all the designer is doing for the price you have been quoted and understand that this is a complicated job.    Gone are the days when you could hire a high school kid who is great with computers to build your website.  If you want to point at all the sites where you can build a website for free, then you have to ask yourself; how good are they if you are paying nothing?

Today’s websites are vastly more complicated to build than three years ago and light years ahead of what it was five years ago.   A web designer and programmer have to take into account that there are three main browsers that the site has to function for including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.  Then they have to take factor in the multiple mobile systems that will be viewing it such as Microsoft Windows, Apple’s iOS, and Google Android.

This is why a good custom website should start at $3,000.  There is so much time and planning that goes into it, trouble shooting to make sure it works properly before launching, and the time it takes to make sure the client approves of each design feature.  A properly built website with a responsive web design should last a business at least three years, possibly longer if proper maintenance is applied to make sure the site complies to the ongoing changes made by net browsers and mobile platforms.  If you breakdown an average website cost of $4,000 by 36 months you are paying less than $112 a month for what is arguably the most important marketing tool you will use.

Now let us throw a monkey wrench into everything and bring up WordPress.  WordPress is typically a template based design software that was originally intended to be a blogging platform, but in the last couple of years has been manipulated into being used as normal business websites.  We will be the first to admit that there are some fantastic looking WordPress templates available and on the surface you might have a hard time differentiating them from a custom web design.  WordPress themes tend to be much cheaper because the level of expertise it takes to customize one is far less than building a website from scratch.  If you listen to novice web designers, they will tell you how WordPress is the greatest addition to web design in recent history and it will take care of all your needs.

Here is the problem with WordPress.  The first major drawback is that it is built with an open source programming language.  Open Source means that the original code has been made public so anyone can add to it and manipulate it.  The kid next door and the big time advertising agency both have the same access to the same code which will expand the possibilities of what can be imagined and created with the programming.  The draw back is anyone can see the code including hackers who have a field day with WordPress sites. No matter how protected you think you are, hackers will always find a new vulnerability with Open Source programming.  The second biggest drawback is the limitations that you face.  While the template may look good and do many things, you are at the mercy of its functionality.  The third major drawback is you lose uniqueness.  It is a template and that means there are other companies out there using the exact same one, possibly your competitor.

You may pay $2,000 to have a professional customize your WordPress template instead of $3,500 for a custom site and feel great about saving $1,500.  Then your site gets hacked and you have to pay a company to go back and reinstall everything into its proper place. It just makes more sense to pay a little more up front for a custom site than having to spend much more in the long run.  With custom you can have your website designed exactly the way you want it with less security issues and in the long run save you a ton of money.

At Impact Media we offer both Custom Web Design & WordPress Design & development, but we want to ensure that you know the difference so that your expectations are met thoroughly and that you get exactly what you are looking for to compliment your Business in every aspect.

 

 

New Church Website for Peasall in Wilmington, NC

Impact Media Solutions has just launched a new website for Pearsall Memorial Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC. Pearsall wanted a new fresh web design, along with being able to independently manage the site themselves, so we worked them to come up with the right fit on the web design, then proceeded to add it into WordPress, so they have full control over their content and can communicate with their congregation at their leisure.

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