Category Archives: Blog

Woopa Design Blog Posts

Useful apps to help your business grow

Many small business owners have difficulty managing their work tasks. To do these monumental tasks, a handy tool is needed to maximise productivity and utilise resources. Fortunately, there are already many apps out there that can help you make your business grow. By using apps, you can propel your business to greater success faster. Today we’ve chosen seven different business apps that’ll help you do just that. Let’s get started.

1. Evernote – Web, iOS, Android: If you have ever felt frustrated when you have lost an important notebook or document, you should consider using Evernote. It’s a digital notebook that can keeps track of your ideas so you can use them again in the future and avoid losing important notes. This app is used for not only jotting down your ideas but also saving your bookmarked webpage to an offline note. With various browser extensions, you will be able to use every single feature of Evernote in your browser.

https://evernote.com/

2. Slack – Web, iOS, Android: Slack has become popular for its simple, intuitive interface with great communication features. For example, rather than digging through your emails to find a conversation/document, you can simply use the Slack search tool to find what you need.

https://slack.com/

3. Wunderlist – iOS, Android: Paper job bag lists are almost obsolete. Today people feel more comfortable with digital documents. With Wanderlist you can manage your to-do lists online, keep track of your lists more easily, and access your lists from anywhere. If you are interested in this app, download it. It’s free to use. But if you want more functionality, you can download the premium version, which allows you to set up unlimited tasks, and so on.

https://www.wunderlist.com/

4. Wave – Web, iOS: Wave is a better accounting option for small businesses on a budget than any other app out there at present. This app will get your job done if your accounting needs are simple and you have only a handful of employees. Plus, it’s free. If you need premium support and payroll, then there is also a premium paid version available.

https://www.waveapps.com/

5. Toggle – iOS, Android: Toggle is the best time-tracking app for anyone – employers, employees, contractors, etc. This app will help you keep track of your daily activities. One great thing is you can use this app from anywhere and it’s 100% free.

https://toggl.com/

6. Sunrise Calendar – iOS, Android: This app helps you keep track of everything going on in your business life. So far, it’s one of the best designed calendar apps. By using this, your business schedules will be trackable from anywhere.

http://blog.sunrise.am/

7. MindMeister – Web, iOs, Android: MindMeister is one of the best mind mapping tools out there for organising your plans, ideas and more with a simple interface. With MindMeister, you can brainstorm content ideas and share them with your team.

https://www.mindmeister.com

Having these great tools is important if you are a business owner wanting to grow your business efficiently. Many small business owners still think that getting an app is expensive and a waste of time, but it’s actually not. There are many ways to find great and affordable apps that benefit you in an easy and cheap way. So, go for it! If there is any productivity app that you think we missed, please tell us in the comments below.

Get a .nz domain to protect your company/brand

Do you hold a .nz domain name? The shorter .nz domain name, for example yourcompany.nz, is simple to use and easy to remember. Since the shorter .nz domains were released about two years ago, usage has increased a great deal. Maybe it’s time for you to consider registering the shorter version as well to increase your visibility and to protect your brand name.

Sounds like overkill? Not really… It is very important to build trust and credibility with your customers. According to the latest research conducted by NZRS Ltd., 97 percent of Kiwis online rely on the internet when looking for information or services. They perceive .co.nz or .nz domain names as representing locals and feel safer engaging a Kiwi business over an international company.

So you’ve already got a .co.nz domain name? That’s great. However, your competition still has a chance to take your .nz domain. By registering the .nz domain, you will eliminate the possibility of losing any website traffic and will build strong credibility with your customers.

To register an additional .nz domain, simply contact us – we are happy to help. We can easily redirect the new .nz domain name to your existing .co.nz domain. So when visitors type in your new yourcompany.nz domain in the internet browser they will be redirected to the existing yourcompany.co.nz domain.

If you have any questions feel free to drop it as a comment below and we will get back to you or contact us direct.

The Future of WordPress

WordPress powers over 25% of websites on the internet. Originally a simple blogging platform, it has become the world’s most powerful CMS (Content Management System) and is widely used as a fully-fledged application framework.

You may wonder: What will happen to WordPress in the future?

To understand the future direction of WordPress, we need to take a look at the demands of the current business world.

Many people in the Internet Marketing industry are familiar enough with technology that they can run and maintain their own sites. If you’re a business owner and don’t have the time or budget to properly maintain a complex site, WordPress could be the best option for your situation. It can be installed in simple steps and allows you to maintain your site on the backend with clean HTML and a CSS layout.

There are also new features coming up on the WordPress platform – such as REST API and PHP7. With these new technologies, building a website should be much easier, cheaper, and faster –  not only for enterprise level websites, but also web applications. This will also fulfil developers’ demands, enabling them to start building a site with WordPress rather than try and build it from scratch.

At Woopa design, we have spent a lot of time working with WordPress, and can see very clearly where this platform is heading. Maybe you have a different perspective? Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions below.

5 Essentials for your eCommerce site

Running an eCommerce website is not always easy. There are sales to make, orders to fill, and payments to receive. All these functions should be working simultaneously.

Instead of talking about the advantages of online stores, let’s take a look at 5 home page ‘design and layout essentials’ that could really improve your visitors’ experience – and your profits.

1. Clear Logo

A clear and stylish logo provides reassurance and builds trust with your customers. A quality home page displaying minimal features means that visitors are more likely to press ‘Buy’ without hesitation.

2. Latest News and Frequent Product Updates

When visitors land on your home page they might measure your site’s credibility by looking at upcoming events and recent product updates. It’s very important that your site always provides regular updates – whether it’s news, new products, a sales period, promotions or events. Don’t make it too hard for visitors to find your exclusive deals and hot prices. If customers find your site lacking in sales or updates, they might leave to another online store. One second may not seem like a big deal, but it can sometimes mean a huge loss in sales for your business.

3. Product Selection

Obviously, most start-ups cannot afford to have product selections like Amazon or Zappos. Interestingly though, having too many choices might lead to a loss in sales. Limiting the selections on offer, can make your visitors feel at ease on your site. A search box is then recommended to help customers navigate your site.

4. Payment System Options

Online stores commonly use credit cards, debit cards, gift vouchers, ‘cash on pickup’ or PayPal as their main payment system. You can easily find these payment icons in the footer, or on the top right corner on many sites. Customers may visit your site from all over the world, so your website should display your preferred payment options clearly.

5. Store Finder

A ‘store finder’ page is a must-have for online stores that may have several retailers in different geographical locations.  Visitors sometimes visit your website just to find out where your nearest store is, before heading there to make their purchase.

when-to-redesign-your-website

When to redesign your website

These days, your customers’ first impression of your business is often based on your website. If your site is not ‘up to scratch’ then you should seriously consider a redesign. It requires a good deal of thought, time, and potentially money, but the benefits can be enormous.

A ‘redesign’ doesn’t necessarily mean that you completely scrap your old website and start anew. Laying out your homepage, or other key pages, differently may be sufficient to help customers find your company’s information easier. Sometimes adding headlines or illustrative images can provide a big return. A complete new ‘look and feel’ for your website is not always required.

While you can find many reasons to revamp your website, here are some times when you should definitely get your redesign plans off the ground.

 

Rebranding is necessary for your business
If your business has undergone rebranding, you’ll most certainly need to redesign your website. And rebranding isn’t always just about a new logo and colours – it often will require an update of the content on your website, as well – so don’t forget that aspect of your website makeover.

Your website is old and outdated, and your competition has updated their website to look like new
These days, technology changes faster and faster. If you had a website built 3 years ago, it probably looks outdated already. This could result in your competition stealing your customer base with their new websites. If so, it might be time to play catch-up – and then take one step ahead of them to boost your business.
If your website looks old and worn, and oozes the ‘last updated in 2012 factor’, it might be time to consider a refresh so customers know that you still value their business.

Your website isn’t responsive (Mobile-Friendly)
If your site isn’t responsive yet, then chances are high you’re losing leads and maybe even customers. Mobile users have made it clear they want to have a great interface on their devices – the same ones they have on desktops – so this should be a major priority for your company if it isn’t already. Smartphone usage nearly doubled in a year and a half, and if you’ve found your website is not responsive yet, you need to consider a redesign.

New functionality should be added
If you want to add a blog, forums, e-commerce, or other major features or tools to your website, a redesign is probably in order. That way, you can ensure that everything flows seamlessly throughout the website.

It’s difficult for customers to find information on your website
If your website customers can’t find what they’re looking for, they’ll leave as soon as possible (and they probably won’t come back). If that’s the case, you’ll definitely want a new website design that’s user-friendly and keeps your current and prospective customers happy.

 

To sum up, it is very important to note that doing a redesign of your website isn’t just another cost. It should be considered as an investment that generates incredible revenues. With the proper redesign, your customer base will grow as well.

Facebook Instant Articles: What does it mean for you?

Facebook recently released Instant Articles, which is a mobile-oriented platform for publishers to have their stories hosted on Facebook servers. This service will shrink the loading time to 10 times faster than a standard Web link. Basically it will allow publishers to post their articles and media directly to Facebook without the need to link to their external news sites – thereby keeping readers on Facebook.

 

Who are the people who really benefit from this? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.

 

Is it good for readers?
From the readers’ point of view, this is a win-win situation for now. Instant Articles will get rid of the current loading time when clicking into an article from the News Feed. That’s why they named it Instant Articles. It will let you read and watch media on Facebook, even supporting a zooming ability on high-res photos.

 

Is it good for publishers?
Publishers still can sell their ads within their articles and keep 100% of the revenue. They can get more benefit from ads while using Facebook’s network. It looks like there is no loss at all for them.
However, there is in fact a downside. With Facebook Instant Articles, sharing and linking is contained within Facebook itself. This means there will be less traffic within a publisher’s own news websites so the result will be less Google Search rates. Therefore, publishers could run the risk of getting less traffic from Google Search instead of getting more Facebook traffic.

 

Is it good for Facebook?
Yes, Facebook will get more control over social content in the world with much faster loading time. A lot of readers and publishers could hang out with their articles on Facebook. With an increased loading speed it, could indeed be the win-win situation Facebook promises.

How to Make a Time Management Plan to Increase Productivity

Trying to meet deadlines with many tasks still to do is a really frustrating and unpleasant time in your life. You have no chance to do your best work – in fact, you can produce your worst. Here are good tips to help you avoid the mental disaster.

1. Prepare in advance

Prepare your work list for the following day. If you plan your day in advance, your subconscious then goes to work on your plans while you sleep.

2. Schedule your time

Scheduling your time often reduces stress and saves energy. If you schedule your time, you will feel in charge of your life. And being in charge really increases your self-esteem!

3. Start early

To increase productivity, start your day early. The more time you think and plan, the more prepared you will be at the work place.

4. Get organisational skills

Practise your organisational skills and use a filing system for everything. For example, with an alphabetical system, you can find your documents or record of your files immediately and this will save your time.

5. Use your Prime Time

Organise your life so that you can do creative work during your own “Prime Time”. Your Prime Time is when you are the most alert and productive. It is very important that you are aware of that time so that you can schedule your most important tasks to make use of it and increase your productivity.

macbook pro

4 Things Apple didn’t really mention about the new MacBook at the March Special Event

Apple introduced the new MacBook series at the latest Special Event and since then, it has attracted a lot of interest from people around the world. The series has an extremely thin design and a new appearance and includes Retina Display and an improvement in keyboard functions. However, the CPU specs are not so fancy compared to the latest Apple products and the fact that there is only one USB-C port may be a possible concern for the next few months. Apple left a fair bit out concerning the new MacBook series so we have summarised 4 things they didn’t discuss well at the last event.

 

 

– Better stereo speakers

 

The speaker grills right above the keyboard provide slightly better sound than the older models. On the new MacBook, the speakers blast sound upwards at you.

 

 

– Low-res camera

 

A 480p resolution FaceTime camera is attached this time. It loses out to the other Mac models, which have 720p resolution HD cameras.

 

 

– You need a dongle

 

The new MacBook provides only one port, called USB-C. If you want to connect another USB or anything else, you will need to buy an adapter. Apple has started selling $79 dongles (link)

 

 

– The shiny Apple logo has gone

 

MacBook’s beauty was its shiny Apple logo on the lid that lit up. Now it is a normal metallic one. We’ll miss you shiny logo!
The above are things you might need to know before you actually go to the Apple shop to buy the new MacBook. Hope you guys think carefully and decide wisely.

6 Believable Tech Myths That Aren’t True

The computer IT industry has grown exponentially over recent years – and alongside this growth, a number of myths have appeared that can seem very plausible. So much so, that they have spread throughout cyberspace. We have decided to take a look at some of these tech myths in order to expose them for what they are – myths!

 
 

1. You shouldn’t turn off your computer every day

 

Some believe that turning a computer on and off every day is not good for it. This is wrong! Not only will turning off your computer be easier on your electricity bills, but it will increase the durability of components inside your computer. 

 
 

2. Higher display resolution is better on a smartphone

 

Actually, this is not always true. If there are more than 300 pixels within 1 inch, it is very hard to distinguish the difference with the human eye. Recently LG released its first quad-HD smartphone, the G3, which has a resolution of 2560 * 1440. This is a lot higher than the usual high-end smartphone. But, it looks almost the same.

 
 

3. Don’t charge your phone battery unless it’s fully flat

 

This is wrong. It is not harmful to plug your phone in before the battery is dead. Batteries do get affected by the number of charge cycles but not by plugging your phone in when the battery is half full.

 
 

4. Better cameras have higher megapixels

 

Not really. The real issue is the size of the megapixels not the sheer number of megapixels.

 
 

5. Leaving your phone plugged in destroys the battery

 

Not true. Most smartphone batteries stop charging when they are fully charged.

 
 

6. Mac computers are completely virus free

 

Again, not true. The majority of viruses are currently coded to affect Windows; however it may be in the future that more viruses will be coded for Mac if Mac computers continue to increase in popularity. Actually, a Trojan virus affected thousands of Mac computers in 2012.

Things to know about the new Apple Watch

Before Apple CEO Tim Cook announced their newest wearable technology, Apple’s senior vice president of Design Jony Ive said “Switzerland is in trouble”. Whether he was bragging or not, the new Apple Watch is finally ready and will be available in two different sizes this year. Until then, we won’t be seeing it but its look and potential have already impressed quite a lot of people.

 

One of the watch’s coolest features is that when you lift your wrist the screen automatically turns on. Plus, it supports Siri-powered voice features, allowing you to do things like ‘talk to your wrist’ to respond to messages.

 

Here are the things you can do with the Apple Watch.

 

– Track fitness and health using wrist-facing sensors
– Get iPhone notifications
– Pick up your heart rate
– Apple Pay to buy goods with your watch
– Talk to your wrist via Siri
– Change a variety of themes on the screen
– Turn-by-turn navigation feature
– Display your favourite photos
– Use Tweeter
– Display calendar and music information
– Get vibrated notification

 

In addition to the features above, apps for the Apple Watch will soon draw a lot of attention from the world’s developers. If a sufficient number of apps are developed, in the near future we may understand why Jony thinks Switzerland is in trouble!