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Website Ownership Realities

According to a joint study conducted by Nielsen and WebVisible, 44% of small businesses do not have websites. So what is stopping these business owners from getting on the web?

There are a variety of possible reasons that vary from cost, technical ability, perceived usefulness, and preference for other methods of advertising. The biggest obstacle overall seems to be misinformation. All around the web, there are many myths that scare business owners away from launching their own websites…

Websites Are Inexpensive

Probably the most common deterrent is cost. Many businesses think that they cannot afford professional web development, along with all of the other upfront and ongoing fees that come with having a website. There are many options out there in all price ranges.

You Dont Need To Be Technologically Savvy

Many business owners also think that a person needs to be technologically savvy in order maintain the website after it is launched. However, this is also not true.

A good portion of websites today are built around content management systems (CMS), which enable you to easily edit content, all without any advanced skills. In fact, if you are familiar with using word-processing software, such as Microsoft Word, you will be easily able to use many content management systems.

Your Customers Are Online

For businesses that target a wide array of customers in various geographical regions, the need to have a website is fairly obvious. However, if your customers come primarily from your local community, you might not think it necessary to create a website.

But according to the study, your customers ARE using search engines to find you and are often frustrated at not being able to locate information about their local businesses. Also, because of not being able to find the businesses that they are looking for, they might choose to go to a competing business.

An overwhelming majority of searchers (92%) say they are happy with the results they get when using search engines, despite the fact that 39% report frequently not being able to locate a particular known business. Webvisible said this means that while searchers don’t always find the specific business, they may choose to contact a similar business with a stronger online presence.

So, why might local customers look for your business’ website online? Some reasons include:

  • additional information about your products or services
  • exact store location and directions
  • contact information such as a phone number, fax, or email
  • store hours

Traditional Advertising Methods

According to the study, many small businesses still rely heavily on traditional methods of advertising such as placing ads in the local newsletter or yellow pages. But the study also showed that people who are looking for companies are moving away from these methods in favor of the internet. So if potential customers are moving online, you should consider moving your business online as well.

Additionally, internet advertising has proven very useful and cost-effective. Some reasons why you need to consider the internet in your marketing strategies include:

  1. You can reach more people. Your website can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. So you can definitely reach more people than via other offline advertising methods.
  2. Your website works 24/7. A website is also available all the time. What this means is that when you close up shop for the day, or late at night when newsletters are no longer being distributed, your website is online, easily accessible by all of your potential customers.
  3. A website is cost-effective and sustainable. Advertising in the newsletter or yellow pages can be very expensive. But worst of all, it only lasts a short period of time. The yellow pages is typically only used 1-2 years, and newspapers are typically discarded within 1-7 days. With a website, you have a longer period of time to recoup your investment. And, based on the nature of the web and search engines, you will be able to take advantage of free advertising.

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Turn Off Windows Security Center

Windows XP has a built in security center that monitors the activities or existence of Automatic Updates, Windows Firewall and virus protection provided by third party anti virus software.

When one or more security component do not been installed, or been disabled or turned off, or not working, Windows Security Center will highlight the section in yellow or red for warning and critical attention. Security Center service will also pop up a warning message with red or yellow icon that your computer might be at risk at notification area (system tray).

Security Center in Windows XP can be disabled or turned off so that the system will not monitor or check whether or not the antivirus software existed, properly installed and running, or whether the firewall and Automatic Updates been disabled or bypassed.

  1. Click on Start button, then select Control Panel.
  2. Select “Administrator Tools” (if you don’t see it, double click on “Performance and Maintenance” first).
  3. Double click “Services”.
  4. Find and double click on the service named “Security Center”. Alternatively right click on “Security Center”, and select “Properties” on right click menu.
  5. In the “General” tab, beside the “Startup type:”, change the setting from Automatic to “Disabled”. This will permanently disable Security Center forever, even after you reboot and restart the computer system.
  6. The click on “Stop” button at the bottom of the dialog window to stop Security Center immediately during current log on session.

After disable the Security Center, you won’t be any security warning (Your computer might be at risk, and etc) nag again. By turning it off, your system may be expose to virus, malware and spyware threat too if your anti virus program is not functioning unknowingly or accidentally.

To enable or turn Security Center back on, simply select “Automatic” at step 5 above. If you want to run Security Center for a while or immediately after set to “Automatic” as Startup type, click on “Start” button.

xp-installing update 1 of 1

Google will have a bazillion different listing s for this, all complicated processes. Maybe i just got lucky with this one, but try it first!

My problem was an install from windows update the often gets corrupted, xml4. Whenever I shut down my computer, Windows says it is installing update 1 of 1. It toggled between the message of “Installing update 1 of 1″ and a don’t turn off the computer, it would shut down by itself. But it will stay on that until I force shut down, and still be there whenever I want to restart or shutdown. If this is you:

  1. Disable automatic updates > google it
  2. Download “msxml4-KB936181-enu.exe” from the Microsoft site, not Windows Update.
  3. Run the program > Remove
  4. Reboot
  5. Run the program again > Install
  6. Turn on Automatic Updates. I left automatic updates OFF, but the problem should be fixed so you shouldn’t have to.

Refund Policy

ecoclients.com requires 50% of the estimated project cost in advance and the balance upon acceptance of product but prior to upload to your server. For all projects less than $500, we require 100% payment.
You will never have to accept something you don’t like. We work with you from the beginning in a way that usually permits us to surprise you with something pleasing pretty quickly. In the instance where we have determined that this just isn’t working out, we send you back 90 % of your advance payment. We keep 10% as gateway and bank expenses.

In case we have to refund your initial payment, we ask that intellectual property rights be respected: Our product ownership stays with us unless it is paid for in full.

We do not offer refund for pre approved design work.

The 50% balance payment is due not later than 10 days after project completion.

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Our Commitment To Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.

The Information We Collect:

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the [company name] website. On some pages, you can order products, make requests, and register to receive materials. The types of personal information collected at these pages are:

    Name
    Address
    Email address
    Phone number
    Credit/Debit Card Information
    (etc.)

On some pages, you can submit information about other people. For example, if you order a gift online and want it sent directly to the recipient, you will need to submit the recipient’s address. In this circumstance, the types of personal information collected are:

    Name
    Address
    Phone Number
    (etc.)

The Way We Use Information:

We use the information you provide about yourself when placing an order only to complete that order. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.

We use the information you provide about someone else when placing an order only to ship the product and to confirm delivery. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.

We offer gift-cards by which you can personalize a product you order for another person. Information you provide to us to create a gift-card is only used for that purpose, and it is only disclosed to the person receiving the gift.

We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

You can register with our website if you would like to receive our catalog as well as updates on our new products and services. Information you submit on our website will not be used for this purpose unless you fill out the registration form.

We use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website and to share with advertisers. For example, we may tell an advertiser that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, or that Y number of men and Z number of women filled out our registration form, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

Our Commitment To Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Our Commitment To Children’s Privacy:

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information

You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by [description of the company access procedure]. We use this procedure to better safeguard your information.

You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us a request that credibly shows error.

To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

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Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please call us at 877-904/1419 or send us an email.

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