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3 Things To Know Before Buying A New Computer

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things To Know Before Buying A New Computer

Is it time to upgrade your work computer? If so, you definitely want to be certain and confident that you are buying the right computer system for your investment, especially as this is going to be the computer that you perform your work on. Before visiting your local computer store, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure you get the best performing computer for your money and for your computer needs. A few things to take into consideration before selecting a computer are: What Type of Workstation You Want: Do you have or want a multiple monitor setup? If so, you will want to make sure that the computer you shop for offers a dual display video output. Most dual monitor display outputs can be found on dedicated graphic cards. Graphics cards run off their own processor and video ram, which allows an average computer to perform well enough to power on multiple displays onto your monitors. So, when shopping for a computer that you need for a multiple monitor setup, be sure that it has its own dedicated graphics card unit and not just the motherboard display output. The Hardware Performance: Will you be designing or multiple tasking between many programs? If you are, you will want to look out for a powerful CPU (central processing unit) and RAM size. Rather than purchase a computer that has a dual-core processing chip, consider a computer that has a quad-core or 8-core processor. This will ensure that your computer is powerful enough to handle any design programs and CPU intensive programs. You will also want to be sure that you get a computer with a high RAM size. The more RAM you have, the better your computer will perform when running many programs at once. So, if you are a heavy multitasker, definitely be sure to keep an eye on the RAM size that’s inside of the computer that you select. The Type of Operating System You Need: There are a variety of different operating systems, which means there are only a few ways to determine which operating system you need. The first reason is, if you already have programs that you own and have spent a lot of money on, you will want to see which operating system this program is compatible with. Chances are, you will want to stick with that operating system to avoid having to buy the program again for a different operating system. Also, some operating systems have different hard drive format features. If you already have external hard drives that are formatted for a specific operating system then definitely take this into consideration, as reformatting a hard drive can be pricey and time-consuming. By keeping these three factors into mind when shopping for your next computer, you will be able to shop with confidence, and be certain that you are making the right choice on the computer that you select for your work. So, rather than just listen to a salesman or shop based on brand names, definitely be sure to shop at a store like McMurray Computer Experts Computer Store with these three tips in...

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How To Redesign A Website

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Redesign A Website

Redesigning a website can reinvigorate your client base, presenting a new experience to customers that, if designed correctly, is more secure, more efficient, and easier to use. When redesigning a website, the web designer must focus on individual parts of the greater whole one at a time. Trying to tackle a redesign in one fell swoop can leave a site worse off than when you started. It is only with a methodical approach that a website redesign can truly let your content shine. Analyze the Website The first step of any redesign is to analyze the site itself and identify flaws in both the overall design and the user experience. Many designers and business owners make the mistake of approaching their website as an owner when they should be looking at it from the viewpoint of a customer. Is the landing page easy to navigate? Are large blocks of text broken into smaller, easily digestible chunks? These considerations will allow your site room to flourish while providing an effective front for your business to current and potential customers. Remember — if it is confusing to the designer or to someone experienced with the content, it will be that much more complicated to a new shopper or potential partner. Survey the Architecture A website should be treated like a building — without a proper foundation, a building would crumble at the slightest environmental challenge, and so to will a business fall without a proper website design and effective back end. Analyze the way the pages and content are presented, and look at the HTML (hypertext markup language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) behind the site itself — if the code is cluttered and incomprehensible, the site will likely present this in hackneyed navigation and various navigation errors. Optimize the Content and Navigation Once the back end and design of your site is corrected, make sure the content and navigation is optimized. For instance, if a site is being built for a catering company, the menu and contact information should be the first navigation elements on a page. Present the most important and commonly used information first, and make sure each page has an entrance (i.e. link from another page) and exit (link to another page or navigation panel). Validate, Validate, Validate! Finally, make sure your site is validated for compatibility across multiple browsers. Because the average user can come from a variety of operating systems and browsers, making sure your site is compliant with all the major systems will ensure that your content can be presented to any and all who are interested in your service. After all — your next customer will never make a purchase if they can’t read your...

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