Importanct of Mobile for Dentists, Doctors and Others in the Health Profession

Smartphones and mobile business are important for all businesses – not just those in the mdeical and health professions.

Not just emergency services that have high searches on mobile phones, but particularly important for busy workers and commuters, so if you are missing out on mobile visitors review what your website looks like on a smartphone.

For more on medical mobile websites have a look at this page dentist mobile website.

Desktops are nearly universal in UK doctors' offices, and smartphones have also become a part of most physicians' jobs. More than 80% of doctors in the country now use a smartphone regularly for profession-related reasons while at work. Physicians in the UK have also jumped on the social media bandwagon, with almost two-thirds accessing sites such as Wikipedia and YouTube for professional purposes. Credits: Article: Smartphones Enter UK Physicians' Offices


It looks like UK physicians are following the worldwide trend of doctors’ offices going mobile, as an August 2014 survey by M3 Research for Cello Health Insight found that 82% of physicians in the country used smartphones for professional purposes. This trailed only desktops, which had become a staple in most doctors’ offices: 97% of respondents accessed such devices at work. SHARE SHARE THIS Despite their portability, which desktops don’t have, laptops ranked a distant third, with nearly half of the percentage of respondents for smartphones. Tablets trailed at 34%. And—no huge shocker here—smartphones had replaced general mobile phones, used by just 14% for professional purposes. Respondents noted that they often turned to smartphones and tablets to search for information and communicate with peers—as well as when their desktop or laptop was being slow. Social media had also made its way into the office, with almost two-thirds of UK doctors saying they accessed such sites for professional purposes. Among physicians who had jumped on the social media bandwagon, information mecca Wikipedia was the most-used platform, with just under half of respondents using the site for work-related reasons in the past month. YouTube ranked second, at 23%. However, Cello noted a shift in doctors’ social preferences over the past four years. Wikipedia and YouTube usage had actually plateaued or even fallen, while the percentage of respondents who used Twitter and Facebook—sites that allow for easier receiving and sharing of info—rose. LinkedIn also saw an 11-percentage-point increase between 2011 and 2014. – See more at: http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1011264#sthash.kcLUdefq.dpuf

Study Shows Most Websites Were Not Secure

We ran an automatic software analysis of WordPress websites in an area that interests us.  The average result was 3 out of 8. Some scored 1 out of  8. Even with 7 out of 8 you are at risk to hackers.

Unfortunately hacking is one of the growth businesses in the world.

To be honest even if you deal with all 8 of these weaknesses there are still risks out there. The unsocial thing is you get the hackers to move to the next website! So make sure you have up to date website backups. Do back ups before you change anything on your website.

The key measures are:

  1. Do you have admin as a logon
  2. Have you updated to latest wordpress version
  3. Installation script accessible and in default location
  4. Readme file is accessible and in default location
  5. The wpconfig file is present in the default location
  6. Upgrade script still exists.
  7. Uploads directory still exists.
  8. Malware present

General advice is to ask your websmaster to assure you that all the above have been dealt with.

Passwords. Make sure they are complex. For a random password generator. http://www.random.org/passwords/ Good to use 15 length.

In todays world it is OK to write them down and keep them by your computer. The risk is via the internet.

It is also a good idea to update any plugins you have.

If you are unsure whether you have a problem or not email me the domain URL and your email.

 

Five Website Design Mistakes I Have Seen Over The Last Week

Five Website Design Mistakes I Have Seen Over The Last Week 

Whilst reviewing various websites in the area I am living in I saw a lot of poor website design, as well as some good ones! This is not special to the area, we see it in every niche and area we look at. So one piece of advice to everyone is to load up your website as a visitor – NOT as an owner and think what could be improved.

A good alternative is to ask your better half or someone else to look at the website and feedback their comments. If you have some social media clients, ask them for feedback with perhaps a prize draw or voucher. This is good on two levels, you are interacting with your clients and secondly getting some good feedback.

This will provide good feedback from your existing clients, but it is the potential client thinking that is important. That is where a  good website designer can help.

So read and think – and as always ACT!

If you prefer – view / listen to this video

Five Website Design Mistakes Not To Make

 Website design software is everywhere, and so are website design companies.  You can even design your own website for free, if you so desire, on many different site builders.  Considering the many options that exist, it’s completely understandable that small business owners often feel a sense of confusion when it comes to building a website.  While there are many extremely desirable elements to website design, there are also some things you should avoid.  Here are five website design mistakes you should be careful never to make.

 

Mistake #5:  Using PDF Files Instead of Pages

 It might be tempting to scan existing documents into pdf format and upload them onto your website.  Give visitors a link to click, and up comes your pdf. Easy, right?  Wrong!  People hate finding pdf’s on websites.  They take a long time to load, and they can be hard to read.  Take the time to create a new page that contains the pertinent information.  You can build links and backlinks, add great photos, and make your page a pleasure to visit instead of an irritation.  Annoyed visitors leave a site and look for a better one – so skip the pdf’s.

 

Mistake #4:  Using Bookish Text

 People want information fast.  They want to scan your site and see whether you have what they are looking for.  So:

 

  • Do not  make your site look like the page of a book.  Keep it interesting.
  • Use photos and vary the text size to highlight different areas of your page.
  • Use bulleted lists and quick paragraphs with headers that tell the visitor  what they’re going to find under that heading.
  • Make your  site interactive.  The more fun people have when they visit your site, the more successful it will be.

 

Mistake #3:  Building A Flashy Site That Is Too Complicated For Users To Navigate

 You can have the most beautiful looking website in the world, but without elements that are properly built using proven website design techniques, your site will be just more pretty pictures – and the internet is full of those!  People want to go to a site, find what they are looking for, and leave.  The better and faster the internet gets, the faster people expect sites to work.

 

Mistake #2:  Preventing Smartphone Users From Accessing Your Site

 This is a relatively new mistake in website design, and if you’ve got a website now, it’s worth looking into.  Can people who surf the web on their iPhone, Droid, Blackberry or other smartphone get into your site?  Can they find what they’re looking for, and navigate well?  If not, your site needs first aid.  Fast.

Mobile website are particularly important in certain areas like Indian Restaurants or Locksmiths where 40% of searches are on mobile devices.

Mistake #1:  Not Hiring A Professional To Handle Website Design

 You might want to help your buddy who is learning about website design build his portfolio by building you a website, and while that might be OK if he has some experienced guidance, it also might ruin your chances of ending up with a great site that is both user friendly and high ranking.  These days, website design is about a lot more than looking good.  Hire a professional, and your site will do exactly what you need it to – gain you business, and increase your bottom line.

 

We would obviously put the Mistake 1 in, but certainly consider the other 4. Why not contact us for what the options are for your website.