As I sit here writing this I cannot believe that we are already at the end of 2017. This year has flown by! In the last couple weeks I have been working with clients to help them prepare their end-of-year gifts as well as been working on our own way of saying thank you to our clients.
This year is special because it marks 5 years of not only being in business, but growing in business. Five years ago, when I started Creare, I never would have thought it would grow into the company it is today. A company that our family depends on for our everyday, and that so many small businesses across the US depend on for their website needs.
If you are one of those businesses who trust us with your website design, development and management, THANK YOU. We know there are a lot of people and companies out there, and the fact that you selected us is humbling. As I’ve see our business grow year-over-year, I’m always excited, flattered and honored, not only to see the growth, but also to see how many new friends we’ve made and businesses (and organizations) we’ve helped.
The growth hasn’t come easily, and it’s not always pretty. But, I’m proud of it. Whether working normal hours when we have childcare, or working from the hospital after delivering a child, or grabbing hours during swim lessons, naps and after bedtime, I’ve managed to find the time that is needed to get the job done. Why? Because I love what I do.
Web Design Changes.
This year we’ve seen a lot of changes in the web design and web development world, as we see every year. Mobile has had even more of a focus, as everyone is constantly on the go. Google has cracked down on rankings, penalizing you by dropping your search results if your site isn’t optimized for mobile. Page load time has become a large indicator of how well you will rank – and good, clean code and proper image hosting helps you there. From a design standpoint you’ve seen a bit of a move away from the “standard” navigation across the top to either keeping a pancake with a slide-out menu on all devices or having a left side navigation, there have been changes in how we “use” websites, and so how we also design them.
For our website, I wanted to play with “blocks” and so used that concept in putting together our left side navigation and the way we wrote the content for the various pages, so it would all work together. I enjoy reading up on industry happenings, trends, etc. and I love working with clients to bring their ideas and visions to life, and to marry what they want with a design that will help take their business to the next level.
So, since we are in the season of thanks, I want to say thank you to each of you for trusting Nic and I with your business needs, and allowing us to provide you with our expertise and recommendations so that we can help your business grow. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and wish you a very happy and healthy 2018.
Be on the lookout for our snail mail thank you’s or this little UPS man delivering packages of thanks.
Thank you again for trusting us with all your web design needs.