United Networks Website development, SEO and Online Marketing in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia 2017-11-16T15:09:04Z https://unitednetworksonline.com/feed/atom/ WordPress United Networks https://unitednetworksonline.com <![CDATA[Rynoh’s New Look]]> http://unitednetworksonline.com/?p=4074 2017-11-16T15:09:04Z 2017-11-16T15:02:42Z It’s been a while since we posted, but that’s because we’ve been so busy! We wanted to take a few minutes and tell you about Rynoh.com, one of the new websites we launched earlier this year. Rynoh gave us a lot of leeway in the design phase of the project. They wanted something clean, fast, […]

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Rynoh

It’s been a while since we posted, but that’s because we’ve been so busy! We wanted to take a few minutes and tell you about Rynoh.com, one of the new websites we launched earlier this year.

Kristen Littlewood - Rynoh

If you are in business, you need a good website. If you need a good website, you need United Networks. It is not enough for a site to just be pretty, nor is it enough for a site to just have pages of content. A good – better yet – a successful site finds the perfect balance between both to achieve results. The team at United Networks excels in finding that balance and delivering results for its clients. You will be hard-pressed to find a WordPress development company that offers the same level of service, reliability, and expertise – let alone at such affordable rates. Trust me, I’ve tried several and they do not compare! United Networks is hands down the best around and I highly recommend them whenever I can.

Kristen Littlewood Vice President of Marketing Rynoh November 16, 2017

Rynoh gave us a lot of leeway in the design phase of the project. They wanted something clean, fast, and simple, that clearly conveyed who they are as a company and what their products and services have to offer. We took the opportunity to create some unique elements for them, such as the icons seen below that represent the different modules within their product.

 

 

 

Their new site also includes fun animation effects and a custom mobile menu. They’ve since joined our WordPress maintenance service, Barrel Roll, and we’ve continued to optimize and maintain their site. So far this year, Rynoh’s site sessions are up 19.15% and their organic traffic is up almost 40% compared to the previous period when the old version of their website was live.

RynohLive is a patented, web-based, “bridge application” that has revolutionized escrow account management practices. RynohLive integrates with the agent’s escrow accounting software and their online banking (read only) to provide the industry’s premiere escrow and financial security software solution. They offer continuous end-to-end account auditing, daily reconciliation, transaction monitoring, anti-fraud algorithms and built-in automated reporting. Be sure to check out their new website at www.rynoh.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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United Networks https://unitednetworksonline.com <![CDATA[Big Changes = Big Improvements for Dean Supply]]> http://unitednetworksonline.com/?p=3985 2017-02-02T16:13:57Z 2017-01-30T19:05:01Z Way back in 2015 we received a contact form submission from Michael at Dean Supply, a restaurant supply store located in Cleveland, and we followed up. Since then we’ve been working with them regularly to improve their Shopify webstore, culminating in the launch of a brand new site a few months ago. The new design was […]

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Way back in 2015 we received a contact form submission from Michael at Dean Supply, a restaurant supply store located in Cleveland, and we followed up. Since then we’ve been working with them regularly to improve their Shopify webstore, culminating in the launch of a brand new site a few months ago.

Michael DeSatnik - Dean Supply

Once the United Networks redesign went live, we saw an immediate increase in every category.  Site visits, time on site, page visits, conversions, and repeat orders. Every month we continue to set new records for our ecommerce business.  Plus, it’s nice to have a website where we are complimented on a daily basis.  We can not thank United Networks enough for the success we have seen and are already planning for the next phase.  Stay tuned!

Michael wrote a much longer testimonial which can be found here. Thanks for the kind words!

Michael DeSatnik Head of Ecommerce Dean Supply February 2, 2017

The new design was a big departure from their existing theme, as you can see below in the before/after graphic. It features a tighter header, more advanced mega menu, cleaner and more unified typography, and improved technical performance, among many other changes.

The benefits of the improved design became apparent almost immediately after the launch back in August. Comparing the five months after the launch with the five months before, Dean Supply saw a 41.66% increase in user sessions, a 29.23% increase in transactions with a 50% increase in unit quantity, and a 47.55% in revenue.

Those numbers are fantastic, but comparing the five months after launch to the same time in the previous year produces even more staggering figures: 125% more sessions, 183.41% increase in transactions, and a 158.24% increase in revenue.

Not all of the improvements were due to the launch of the new theme, however. Dean Supply has run some successful marketing campaigns and we’ve worked with them to implement a number of technical and design changes over the past few years, but it’s clear that the new design is working and paying huge dividends.

The Dean Supply website includes a ton of great functionality for their customers. Some examples include the option to pickup in the store, wishlists, live search, powerful product filtering, custom tabbed product descriptions, and smart product recommendations. Be sure to check it out a www.shopatdean.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Dean Supply Before & After (With nifty interactive slider!)

  • Before-Dean Supply
    After-Dean Supply
    Before Dean Supply After

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United Networks https://unitednetworksonline.com <![CDATA[A New Site For The New Leaf]]> http://unitednetworksonline.com/?p=3969 2017-01-17T14:39:40Z 2017-01-17T14:39:40Z We love working with unique and passionate businesses, and The New Leaf, a flower shop in the exciting Chelsea district of Norfolk, Virginia, is exactly that. Throughout the process of developing their site we went through numerous designs and styles of typography until we landed on just the right combination. We created dozens of custom graphics […]

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The New Leaf Ghent

We love working with unique and passionate businesses, and The New Leaf, a flower shop in the exciting Chelsea district of Norfolk, Virginia, is exactly that.

Throughout the process of developing their site we went through numerous designs and styles of typography until we landed on just the right combination. We created dozens of custom graphics to showcase their unique arrangements and setup a review section that pops because people love The New Leaf.

Unlike many other flower shops, The New Leaf doesn’t list specific arrangements for sale on their website. That’s because they want to be sure each customer gets the freshest, most unique arrangements possible on the day of their order. To help facilitate this, we created a “How to Order” page that gives customers information on the process and a form to get in touch with the pros.

We finally have a web site that we are really proud of, and United Networks made that happen! We get tons of compliments from our customers on the site!

Laurel & Sarah Owners The New Leaf January 17, 2017

The new design is working. Comparing three months after launching back in May to the three months prior, The New Leaf has seen a 25% increase in website users and a 32% decrease in their bounce rate. The bounce rate on mobile dropped by almost 50% and organic search traffic is up almost 13%.

Not long after the launch of their site The New Leaf became a Barrel Roll member and has received ongoing WordPress maintenance since to keep their site running smoothly, up to date, and secure.

The New Leaf in Ghent in one of Norfolk’s premier flower shops. They create wonderfully unique arrangements for all kinds of events. Be sure to check out their website at http://www.newleafghent.com and follow them on Facebook.

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United Networks https://unitednetworksonline.com <![CDATA[Rush Passport Center: All Things Passport Expediting]]> http://unitednetworksonline.com/?p=3919 2016-08-08T15:20:31Z 2016-08-08T15:20:31Z As part of our Barrel Roll WordPress maintenance service we often work with members to improve their sites and sometimes those conversations lead to new projects. That’s exactly what happened when the folks behind RushPassportCenter.com (RPC) approached us to develop their project, a community resource covering everything you need to know about expediting your passport.The project […]

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RushPassportCenter.com

As part of our Barrel Roll WordPress maintenance service we often work with members to improve their sites and sometimes those conversations lead to new projects. That’s exactly what happened when the folks behind RushPassportCenter.com (RPC) approached us to develop their project, a community resource covering everything you need to know about expediting your passport.

The project began with brainstorming the concept and doing keyword research to determine what content would be included at launch. We created a number of layouts for RPC to choose from and once the selection was made, development began in earnest.

David W. - RPC

We've never had a developer this easy to work with and this thorough. They literally started with nothing and soon created our branding, logos, and brand new website. We appreciate that they worked so hard to understand the details of our business and then turned those details into easy-to-understand language for customers. We are thrilled with the results and plan to expand our relationship with more development projects.

David W. Team Leader VitalDocs August 6, 2016

We worked with RPC to develop and rank a list of target keywords and created the content for the new site, giving them a solid foundation for launch. Custom featured images were created for the posts and an expansive list of the best Registered Passport Expediters was created with a user-friendly rating system included. We optimized the site with state-of-the-art caching to make sure it ranks well and loads quickly.

Our team also created a sharp logo for their new brand and integrated that into the site. Favicons were implemented and color schemes put in place to match throughout the site.

Rush Passport Center

Rush Passport Center is now the premier community resource for information about expediting passports and the Registered Passport Expediters who help make the process easier. Keep an eye on the site as we’re working with them to development even more excited new features!

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United Networks https://unitednetworksonline.com <![CDATA[A Brand New Design For The Norfolk Sister City Association]]> http://unitednetworksonline.com/?p=3887 2016-03-22T17:25:57Z 2016-03-22T17:19:31Z Five years ago, before responsive website design was mainstream, we developed a lovely, vibrant, non-responsive website for the Norfolk Sister City Association (NSCA). As the organization has grown and technology has evolved, so have the needs of their users.Today we’re excited to share with you the newly re-designed NSCA website! It’s fully responsive, has a powerful, […]

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Norfolk Sister City Association

Five years ago, before responsive website design was mainstream, we developed a lovely, vibrant, non-responsive website for the Norfolk Sister City Association (NSCA). As the organization has grown and technology has evolved, so have the needs of their users.

Jennifer Priest - Norfolk Sister City Association

United Networks has worked with three executive directors during their tenure as web designer for Norfolk Sister City Association. Through two website updates, training of two directors, implementation of a new membership database and general graphics support, they have displayed the highest levels of professionalism, patience and good humor. I have referred United Networks to other businesses and non-profits and will continue to do so at every opportunity.  

Jennifer Priest Executive Director Norfolk Sister City Association March 22, 2016

Today we’re excited to share with you the newly re-designed NSCA website! It’s fully responsive, has a powerful, full-width layout, and integrates their event system among others. The homepage shows views of each sister and friendship city with the word “Welcome” in their native language. It includes a powerful mobile menu that makes site navigation easy on phones. It’s performance and search engine optimized so it’s found easily and loads quickly.

In the time since the new website was launched, NSCA has seen a 57% increase in sessions. Not bad! We’re looking forward to seeing all the things the Norfolk Sister City Association will do with their new website.

The Norfolk Sister City Association is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy organization that creates and strengthens partnerships between the City of Norfolk, VA and its international partner communities. Check them out on Facebook and be sure to visit their new website at www.norfolksistercities.org!

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United Networks https://unitednetworksonline.com <![CDATA[Norfolk, VA Named Google’s 2015 Virginia eCity]]> http://unitednetworksonline.com/?p=3876 2015-12-29T17:10:29Z 2015-12-29T17:10:09Z Google has announced their 2015 eCity winners, and our home town of Norfolk has topped the list in Virginia! Google describes the award thusly:Google’s eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state. These cities’ businesses are using the web to find new customers, connect with existing customers and fuel their local economies.The report […]

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Google eCity 2015 - Norfolk, VAGoogle has announced their 2015 eCity winners, and our home town of Norfolk has topped the list in Virginia

Google describes the award thusly:

Google’s eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state. These cities’ businesses are using the web to find new customers, connect with existing customers and fuel their local economies.

The report was created by looking at which cities in each state had the most companies using Google AdWords as a percentage of the population of a given city. From that shortlist, a random sampling of businesses in each city was analyzed and rated based on factors such as whether or not each company had a website, blog, or a social network presence. More on the methodology here. The city with the highest overall rating won. Go Norfolk!

 

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United Networks https://unitednetworksonline.com <![CDATA[App-A-Cab Featured on HR Business Weekly]]> http://unitednetworksonline.com/?p=3871 2015-12-14T17:08:12Z 2015-12-14T17:08:12Z Check out the interview between HR Business Weekly and one of our clients, App-A-Cab! The website we designed for them is featured in the video and Judy has some advice for starting a business. Be sure to follow HR Business Weekly and App-A-Cab on Facebook.

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Check out the interview between HR Business Weekly and one of our clients, App-A-Cab! The website we designed for them is featured in the video and Judy has some advice for starting a business. Be sure to follow HR Business Weekly and App-A-Cab on Facebook.

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United Networks https://unitednetworksonline.com <![CDATA[Announcing Barrel Roll: Comprehensive WordPress Support]]> http://unitednetworksonline.com/?p=3862 2015-11-30T19:15:49Z 2015-11-30T19:15:49Z After months of development and testing we’re excited to announce the launch of Barrel Roll, our new managed WordPress support service! Why we built Barrel Roll For years we’ve been regularly maintaining our client’s websites every few months but that’s just not enough to ensure a reliable, secure, and up-to-date online presence. We want the […]

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Barrel Roll - Comprehensive WordPress SupportAfter months of development and testing we’re excited to announce the launch of Barrel Roll, our new managed WordPress support service!

Why we built Barrel Roll

For years we’ve been regularly maintaining our client’s websites every few months but that’s just not enough to ensure a reliable, secure, and up-to-date online presence. We want the best for our clients, and that means ongoing maintenance and support without gaps.

How Barrel Roll works

We offer three Membership Plans: Standard, Advanced, and Premium. Each gives you access to our stellar tech support team, automated off-site backups, WordPress core and plugin updates, and 24/7 security monitoring. Once you’ve signed up you’ll be charged for your first month and then renewed automatically every month after that. There are no cancellation fees and you can cancel, downgrade, or upgrade your plan at any time.

The stats

WordPress now powers 25% of all websites. According to WordPress’ own stats, 53.3% of installations aren’t running the latest major version. That’s tens of millions of websites that need attention, and who knows how many plugins have been neglected. Is yours one of them?

Learn More and Sign Up!

There’s a lot more information over at the Barrel Roll website. We’ve done our best to keep it simple while providing all of the coverage that you’ll need for your site.

Read the AnnouncementChoose a Plan!

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United Networks https://unitednetworksonline.com <![CDATA[WordPress Powers 25% of All Websites]]> http://unitednetworksonline.com/?p=3850 2015-11-11T17:34:29Z 2015-11-11T17:31:10Z We’ve been recommending WordPress to our clients for years now, and it looks like we’re not the only ones.This month WordPress has achieved an impressive milestone; it’s now the platform of choice for more than 25% of the websites on the Internet. That’s impressive, and the number should actually be higher because that figure doesn’t take into account […]

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We’ve been recommending WordPress to our clients for years now, and it looks like we’re not the only ones.

WordPress has 25% of the market. Even Rudy is impressed.

Even Rudy is impressed.

This month WordPress has achieved an impressive milestone; it’s now the platform of choice for more than 25% of the websites on the Internet. That’s impressive, and the number should actually be higher because that figure doesn’t take into account the millions of smaller blogs that don’t get much traffic.

WordPress is not only popular with bloggers but it’s the market leader at every level; from Fortune 500 companies to government agencies, WordPress’ reach is truly staggering. The growth shows no signs of slowing as the community continues to build impressive software and with 57.4% of the market not using any CMS, there is a lot of potential for expansion. This is all good news for our clients who are almost exclusively using WordPress. It means more developers working on great plugins and themes and more features coming to the core platform itself.

Every 74 seconds a new WordPress site goes live within the top 10 million sites online. To put that into perspective, the second fastest growing CMS, Shopify (which we work with as well and often recommend to our eCommerce clients) adds a new customer every 22 minutes.

 

 2011
1 Jan
2012
1 Jan
2013
1 Jan
2014
1 Jan
2015
1 Jan
2015
11 Nov
None76.4%71.0%68.2%64.8%61.7%57.4%
WordPress13.1%15.8%17.4%21.0%23.3%25.0%
Joomla2.6%2.8%2.8%3.2%2.9%2.8%
Drupal1.4%1.9%2.3%1.9%2.0%2.1%
Magento   0.9%1.1%1.2%
Blogger0.6%0.9%1.1%1.2%1.1%1.2%
TYPO30.6%0.6%0.7%0.6%0.6%0.7%

Source: W3techs.com

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United Networks https://unitednetworksonline.com <![CDATA[Seven Sites for Hampton Roads Transportation]]> http://unitednetworksonline.com/?p=3802 2016-02-18T20:03:31Z 2015-09-30T23:48:59Z When you dispatch cabs for six different companies in five cities your websites need to appeal to a lot of different kinds of customers. They'll find you through search engines, websites, advertisements, and word of mouth. They will be using hundreds of different types of devices but most of them will have a single goal: to book a cab.

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Black & White Cabs of Virginia Beach
Hampton Roads Transportation, Inc.
Yellow Cab of Hampton
Black & White Cabs of Norfolk
Yellow Cab of Norfolk
Norfolk Checker Taxi

When you dispatch cabs for six different companies in five cities your websites need to appeal to a lot of different kinds of customers. They’ll find you through search engines, websites,  advertisements, and word of mouth. They will be using hundreds of different types of devices but most of them will have a single goal: to book a cab.

Once again the team at United Networks hit it out of the park! We are so happy with the complete redesign and launch of seven, yes seven websites! United Networks created modern, fresh sites that really impact our market. They certainly are experts in web design and web marketing.

Frank Azzalina Director of Business Development Hampton Roads Transportation, Inc. September 30, 2015

Hampton Roads Transportation, Inc. (HRTI) and the six cab companies needed an overhaul of their websites and they wanted each of them to make it easy for a customer to book a cab right away through a phone call or App-a-Cab, a smartphone app which we developed the website for back in February. We built the responsive websites using a WordPress multisite installation to simplify future updates and management. Each site includes dozens of little touches including customized dynamic headers, the fantastic ShiftNav Mobile Menu, custom fields to make multisite management easier, electronic forms that are stored in the database, and design variations that look great on tablets and phones.

The sites were also search engine and performance optimized, and it has already paid off with massive increases in website traffic since the sites were launched.

215%
Sessions
162%
Users
634%
Organic
On average, the sites have seen a 215.20% increase in sessions, a 162.77% increase in users, and a massive 634.28% increase in organic traffic from search engines comparing a three week time period before and after launch.

These results are due in part to optimization but also because we took the time to create sitemaps, setup 301 redirects for all of the existing links from the old sites, and configured 404 reporting tools to handle anything that was missed. This meant that users rarely saw a broken page and we captured all of the traffic that sites often lose during a transition as significant as this one. We created custom meta language to capture clicks from the organic listings and made sure that everything was seen as mobile friendly and error-free by Google. All of the work has paid off; HRTI and the cab companies are seeing great results. We look forward to working with them in the future and, hopefully, hearing from you when your project is ready!

Hampton Roads Transportation, Inc., has provided state-of-the-art dispatch service and administration for taxicab companies operating throughout Hampton Roads for over 30 years. Check out the new websites for Black & White Cabs of NorfolkBlack & White Cabs of Virginia BeachNorfolk Checker TaxiYellow Cab of NorfolkYellow Cab of HamptonYellow Cab of Newport News, and HRTI. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, too!

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