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A local graphic and web design studio servicing
Perth’s southern suburbs Rockingham, Baldivis, Mandurah
and the Peel Region of Western Australia.

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A brand is more than just your logo, It’s how people feel when they interact with your business…

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Improve Your Ranking – 3 Reasons Why You Need SSL


If you want to improve your ranking SSL is a must…

First, let’s start with what is SSL.

SSL (aka “Secure Sockets Layer”) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browser remain private.

A SSL Certificate helps you secure transactions and communications to your website. This protects customers’ credit cards, passwords and sensitive data.

Using a SSL Certificates activates the green padlock so your customers can trust that your website is secure.


3 Reasons Why You Need SSL

1. Google Standard

Google indexes and rewards sites that use SSL – if you want to improve your ranking SSL is a must.

2. Fully Secure Website

An SSL Certificate connected to your site, will secure your website with the highest levels of encryption, protecting your customers and their data.

3. Customer Confidence

70% of online shoppers cancel transactions due to lack of trust
75% of shoppers believe security logos increase trustworthiness of the site
79% of shoppers expect to see a security seal on a site’s home page


What You Need to Know About Chrome 62 and SSL

Starting in July 2018, the Chrome browser will begin labeling sites that do not use HTTPS as “Not secure”.

Google is getting ready to release a new version of their popular Chrome browser, version 62 (Chrome has approximately 60% of the market share) which will begin to indicate that a page is not secure if it contains a form, but does not have SSL-enabled.

So if you do not have an SSL Certificate you will soon have the words NOT SECURE in bright red letters in front of your website address which could impact public perception of your website and lead to lost website traffic and sales.

If you’re interested in learning more about SSL,
please contact creative imagery on 1300 886 065.

The importance of using high resolution images for printing

Did you email creative imagery an image and our reply was… sorry we cant use that image for printing?

The reason for this is the image resolution. When sending your artwork to printers they require all images to be 300 dpi for a quality outcome.

DPI (Dots per inch) refers to the number of ‘dots’ or pixels per each inch of a printed document. Inches, millimetres or centimetres is the actual size (either printed or scanned) of an image.

When designing files intended for offset printing, it is essential that all images in your artwork are high resolution. Have you ever seen printed material that contains pixelated or blurry images? This is often caused by incorporating low resolution images.


An example of a 300 dpi image at 100%
and a
low resolution 72 dpi image placed at 100%.


Downloading images from the internet?

First of all, if you downloaded your image from the internet without permission you risk Copyright infringement. Secondly, most images downloaded from the internet are low resolution images (72 dpi) not suitable for printing. Image resolution is the term used to describe the detail an image holds. The higher resolution means the more detail in the image.


Why Resizing isn’t the answer

All artwork design programs allow you to resize an image you are working on. But it’s important to understand why simply resizing a low resolution image will not produce a true high resolution image. When you resize and make a low resolution image larger to meet the printing specifications of 300 dpi, all you are really doing is stretching the image.

Since high resolution images are based upon the number of pixels an image contains, resizing will not create more pixels it will only make each pixel larger by stretching it. The only way to ensure perfect high quality printing of your photos and images is to start with a high resolution image.


Using Digital Cameras

Most digital cameras settings are saved by default as 72 dpi images. This is because a computer monitor only needs to display an image at 72 dpi. What looks great on your screen at 100% will not print well.

If you want to use photographs from your digital camera in your print job, you need to set your camera on the highest resolution possible. A higher resolution will mean better photos, but it will also mean that your camera can store fewer of them. Because the individual size of each photo will be larger.


If you have any questions regarding image resolution, please contact Creative Imagery on 1300 886 065 or click here to visit our website

Paying too much on your printer/copier running costs?

Thanks to Mike many of our customers have received savings of up to 70% on their overall printer running costs.

Established in 1992, Coastal Business Equipment are a well established supplier of copiers and printers.

Mike has 45 years’ experience in the office equipment industry. His background consists of running the service departments of 4 major office equipment dealers here in Perth and for the last 15 years he has specialised in the sales of Copiers and Printers.

Coastal Business Equipment supply & service an area encompassing Joondalup to Bunbury and inland to Narrogin.

Please do not hesitate in contacting Mike at Coastal Business Equipment for a Free Print Audit.


Coastal Business Equipment services include;

• New & Refurbished Photocopiers
• Laser Printers
• Fax Machines
• Scanners
• Multifunction Devices
• Electronic Whiteboards
• Commercial Shredders & Laminators
• Toner Cartridges & Consumables
• Authorised Kyocera, Fuji Xerox & Fellowes warranty agents
• Service & Repairs to all brands of Laser Printers & Copiers
• Service Agreements available on all Copiers & Printers
• Free Print Audits – save up to 70% on your current in-house printing and copying costs.

 

Mike Lightfoot
1300 271 223
[email protected]
www.coastalbusiness.com.au

 

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Open 8.30 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday

We can save you the Earth We supply Toners & Consumables for all brands of Copiers & Printers

Chrome browser will begin labeling sites that do not use HTTPS as “Not secure”

Starting in July 2018, the Chrome browser will begin labeling sites that do not use HTTPS as “Not secure”.

This represents a significant change and many more people will encounter these Chrome warnings as a result. 

Read the Chrome team’s blog announcement posted on February 8, 2018. The image below, illustrates the upcoming change:

Chrome Not Secure

Chrome has approximately 60% of the market share today across desktop and mobile, so websites without HTTPS should be concerned with how their users will perceive the “Not secure” indicator.

 

The solution is an SSL Certificate.

What is an SSL Certificate?

A SSL (aka “Secure Sockets Layer”) Certificate helps you secure transactions and communications to your website. This protects customers’ credit cards, passwords and sensitive data.

Using an SSL Certificates activates the green padlock so your customers can trust that your website is secure.

If you do not have an SSL Certificate you will soon have the words NOT SECURE in bright red letters in front of your website address which could impact public perception of your website and lead to lost website traffic and sales.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about this solution, please contact creative imagery on 1300 886 065 or email us.

What is responsive web design and why is it important?

responsive web design

Responsive web design is a web page that “responds to” or resizes itself, depending on the type of device it is being viewed on.

It makes your web page look good and easier to use on all devices such as a desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone.

Responsive web design is becoming more important as the amount of mobile traffic now accounts for more than half of total internet traffic.

Today, the mobile is the “first screen” we look at when searching for products or services.

When it comes to search engine rankings, a responsive site is not optional anymore. Google is literally crushing sites that don’t offer a mobile-friendly experience.

 

ADVANTAGES OF RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGN

Excellent User Experience
It is the user experience that enables visitors to view content on any website through the device of their choice. RWD accommodates the busy professional during the day and the wide-awake night owl needing access to your site anytime.

It is Recommended By Google
With 67% search market share, when Google speaks, search marketers listen. Google states that responsive web design is its recommended mobile configuration. It even goes so far as to refer to responsive web design as the industry best practice.

This is because responsive design sites have one URL and the same HTML, regardless of device. This makes it easier and more efficient for Google to crawl, index, and organize content.

Google also prefers responsive web design because content that lives on one website and one URL is much easier for users to share, interact with, and link to than content that lives on a separate mobile site.

 

Is your website design making a great first impression?

 

Not sure if your web site is mobile-friendly?

Contact us on 1300 886 065 or email us for a free mobile-friendly test.

Training Videos for WordPress Websites

Henry Ford once said…

“WHETHER YOU THINK YOU CAN, OR YOU THINK YOU CAN’T – YOU’RE RIGHT”

WordPress is considered the easiest to use CMS, thanks to a very friendly interface.

Managing WordPress is not difficult, yet there are certain things that might not come so easily for you. That is why we have created a library of training videos to help you manage your WordPress website.

 

VIEW OUR TRAINING VIDEOS FOR WORDPRESS HERE

 

What is WordPress?
WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management systems (or CMS) in existence today.

What is CMS?
A content management system (or CMS) is a web application that allows you to self manage (i.e. add/edit/delete pages, modify page titles and add images and URL links) through a client friendly admin panel. This system saves you time and money for any future updates your site may require.

 

Wordpress Websites

Since being released in 2003 there’s no disputing the fact that WordPress is by far the most prominent CMS out there.

If you have decided to go with WordPress, you will definitely be with good company. The New York Times, CNN and eBay all run their websites on the most popular CMS in the world. Today, over 74.6 Million Sites Depend on WordPress.

Is your website design making a great first impression?

 

For more information about WordPress Websites contact creative imagery on 1300 886 065 or email us.

Is your website design making a great first impression?

Over 2 billion people have access to the internet and more than half of those people have 3G mobile phones.

The digital age is well and truly here.  So have you considered whether your website design is making a great first impression?

Today’s customers are more connected, have greater access to choice and are more demanding than ever before. Whether they find out about your business through a friend or via the local newspaper. They want to go to your website and find out more about you before making contact.

So you must ask yourself, does your website design reflect how professional you are? Does it clearly highlight the key factors that set you apart from your competitors? If not, talk to an experienced Perth web designer at Creative Imagery!

Creative Imagery can build websites to suit every business budget, we are a genuinely passionate website design Perth studio with an attention to detail and high level of customer service. In this day and age it’s so important to have a website design that not only looks great, is consistent with your corporate branding, is easy to navigate, ranks well with Google and most importantly converts visitors to your site into customers.

All our websites are custom designed to suit your needs, reflect your corporate branding, built with a Content Management System (CMS) which allows you to add/edit/delete pages, modify page titles and add images and URL links through a client friendly admin panel when its convenient for you.

Our sites include a blogging system that allows you to easily communicate with customers on a regular basis. This system also has search engine optimisation (SEO) benefits for higher ranking in Google through Blog posts.

No matter what size business you are, when it comes to website design we offer a range of cost effective solutions.

What is a vector graphic and what makes it important?

A vector graphic is a computer image that is created as lines rather than a series of dots. This allows it to be rotated or proportionally scaled.

Unlike JPEGs, GIFs, and BMP images, vector graphics are not made up of a series of dots (known as pixels).

Instead, vector graphics are comprised of paths, which are defined by a start and end point, along with other points, curves, and angles along the way. A path can be a line, a square, a triangle, or a curvy shape.

These paths can be used to create simple drawings or complex diagrams. Paths are even used to define the characters of specific typefaces.

Because vector-based images are not made up of a series of dots, they can be scaled to a larger size and not lose any image quality. If you enlarge up a raster graphic, it will look blocky, or “pixelated.”

When you enlarge a vector graphic, the edges of each object within the graphic stay smooth and clean. This makes vector graphics ideal for logos, which can be small enough to appear on a business card, but can also be scaled to fill a billboard.

Common types of vector graphics include Adobe Illustrator and EPS files.
File extensions: .AI, .EPS, .SVG, .DRW

 

When it comes to printing

Vector art is ideal for printing since the art is made from a series of curves, it will print very crisply even when resized. For instance, one can print a vector logo on a small sheet of copy paper, and then enlarge the same vector logo to billboard size and keep the same crisp quality.

A low-resolution raster graphic would blur or pixelate excessively if it were enlarged from business card size to billboard size.

Technical issues? we highly recommend…Sunset Computers

 

Creative imagery are a team of talented web designers & software developers.

On occasion we can offer assistance with minor technical issues over the phone. HOWEVER.. this is not our primary service.

If you need assistance with technical issues we highly recommend…

Andy Davis from Sunset Computers.

Our personal IT expert has over 26 years experience in the corporate IT world. Having worked both locally and overseas. Andy spent the first half of his career working for corporate blue chip enterprises overseas. The later half working with small to medium enterprises locally.

Andy is dedicated to providing “OUR” customers with the industry’s best practice solutions possible. He offers a fully mobile service where he will visit you and there is no call out fee for local clients. For our not so local clients Andy is able to offer remote access solutions.

He can also offer fixed price quoting as well as hourly rates at your request.


Sunset Computers services include;

  • Service & Support Agreements
  • Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Planning
  • Remote Access Solutions
  • Network & Server Solutions
  • Data Recovery
  • Virus Removal
  • PC Repairs & Upgrades

Click here to email Andy.
Or call Andy Davis directly on 0466 778 931

sunset computers

And as Andy would say “ Don’t let the sunset on your computer problems”

How to add an email signature in Outlook

The presentation of your email signature is just as important as letterhead, it is also one of the most overlooked opportunities for online marketing.

Every email that comes from you or your staff reflects upon your business. A good email signature is simple, informative and professional.

Attention: Before proceeding you must have your new email signature copied to your computer’s clipboard.  To do this, follow these next three steps:

Open the email that has been sent to you with your email signature in the body of the email.

Do not click or try to highlight anything using your mouse.
Using your keyboard only, SELECT ALL by pressing Ctrl-A (the “Ctrl” key and the “A” key at the same time). Everything will turn a color, blue usually.

Then using the keyboard only again, COPY by pressing Ctrl-C (the “Ctrl” key and the “C” key at the same time). You won’t see anything happen, but your email signature will be copied to your computer’s clipboard. Do not use copy-and-paste for anything else until you’ve reached the step in the following instructions where you paste your signature in place.

Step 1: Open Outlook and from the menu bar, select “File”.

Step 2: Select“Options”.

This will bring up the “Outlook Options” dialog box.

Step 3: Select “Mail” and click on “Signatures”….

Step 4: The “Signatures and Stationery” dialog box will open.

Step 5: Select the email account you would like to add the signature to in the “Select signature to edit”. Then in the “Choose default signature section”, make sure the correct E-mail account is selected under E-mail account: From the drop-down lists, select the new signature for New messages: and Replies/forwards:

Step 6: Click your mouse cursor in the “Edit signature” (blank white box below) and then using the keyboard only again,  PASTE by pressing Ctrl-P (the “Ctrl” key and the “P” key at the same time).

Set 7: When finished editing, click Save in the “Select signature to edit” section. and then finally Click OK.

You have now correctly set up your email signature in Outlook.