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Jul20139

Bennett Painting Updated

by Joshua Reynolds in Announcements, Design, Development

Bennett Painting's Website
Bennett Painting's Website
JTech put a new coat on Bennett Painting's website. We didn't move any of the furniture, but we touched up some of the trim and added video support. Bennett provides interior and exterior painting services for the Bozeman area.

Hundreds of homes and numerous businesses in the Gallatin Valley sport paint jobs by Bennett. Visit Bennett Painting's website today!
Jul20133

JTech Closed July 4

by Joshua Reynolds in Announcements

Old Glory. Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/essygie/3369530342/sizes/o/">Flickr user Essygie</a>
Old Glory. Photo by Flickr user Essygie
In observance of Independence Day — and to enjoy a day of roasting and leisure, JTech will be closed July 4.

We'll see you on Friday when we return to our work designing, developing, and marketing websites!
Jun201326

Using My JTech

by Joshua Reynolds in Announcements, Design

Fig. 1. The docket (click the thumbnail for a better view).
Fig. 1. The docket (click the thumbnail for a better view).
Fig. 2. My JTech on an iPad.
Fig. 2. My JTech on an iPad.
Fig. 3. My JTech on an iPhone.
Fig. 3. My JTech on an iPhone.
Introducing Drawers
This is the second article in a series about My JTech, our forthcoming Control Center replacement that integrates content management and other web services under one roof.

My JTech features a new interface for managing your site’s content. This month’s article will provide an overview of the new interface — how it works and what you can expect.

An important piece of our new interface is an element that we call a drawer. Drawers serve a similar purpose as the small slip in the Control Center and contain all your website’s content. When you open a drawer, it slides open atop the existing page and any other open drawers.

When you have multiple drawers open, a docket at the top of the screen shows you which drawer you are currently viewing. For instance: you opened your Events page. From there, you went to your Photo Gallery. And then you looked at a specific Photo Detail. This path between drawers is highlighted as a series of tabs to help you keep your place as you navigate deep into your website’s content. See Fig. 1.

Drawers are extremely flexible. Each drawer fills the full width of your screen, no matter how large or small. The content within the drawer is intelligently arranged into an appropriate number of columns for the size of your screen — giving you an optimal experience on all of your computers and devices. See Fig. 1 & 2.

Within each drawer, you’ll see your Page’s content and content from any related pages. To use the example above, the Events page shows a preview of the Photo Gallery and allows you to select a specific photo without navigating away from Events. To publish any changes you make from a drawer, just click Save — your changes will immediately be propagated to your website.

From the flexible, responsive design to the related content featured on each drawer — we’ve deliberately considered each piece of My JTech to make it simple, powerful, and intuitive.

Past Issues of the JTech Dispatch on our Website

We send the first shipment from the presses to your inbox. The second shipment gets saved in our website's archives. Photo credit: Library of Congress
We send the first shipment from the presses to your inbox. The second shipment gets saved in our website's archives. Photo credit: Library of Congress
The JTech Dispatch is delivered to your inbox every month, come rain or come shine. We've discussed various aspects of web development and internet marketing in the past, and we often find it useful to review articles in previous issues of the Dispatch.

For your convenience, you can find all the back issues of the Dispatch on our website on the About Us page. You can find them listed on the right-hand side of the page, beneath our Announcements and Employment listings.

Introducing Peak Property

Peak Property Logo
Peak Property Logo
We have a new website to share with you — Bozeman's own Peak Property Management. Peak manages investment properties in Bozeman and Belgrade, overseeing their rental and maintenance on an ongoing basis.

Peak Property's new website features a large map displaying available properties in Bozeman and Belgrade. The map shifts its focus based on the properties you've selected via the filtering controls, and pairs with the available property listings for a comprehensive look at Peak's offerings. Peak's website is a knowledge base for tenants and property owners, all wrapped up in a clean and modern package.

www.rentbozeman.com
Jun201325

Using Domain Names for Marketing

by Joshua Reynolds in Optimization, SEM, SEO

When Google, Bing, and other search engines calculate where your website stands in their search engine rankings, they look for two things: relevance and authority. Relevance refers to the quality of your content — that it's written naturally and easy for search engines to parse. 

Authority, in broad strokes, is a popularity contest — how many people are linking to your site, and the quality and respect of those people. This is a simplification, of course, and today we're talking about another way to influence your site's ranking. 

Your domain name is a way to signal your relevance to search engines. If your domain name is an exact match or contains close keywords for the search queries of your customers, it improves your site's ranking in the search results. For instance, we operate greatfallswebsitedesign.com, which shows up high in the search results for Great Falls Website Design. It's still important to have relevant content — the domain name alone won't catapult your search listing to the top.

Another factor which may influence your Authority is the length of your domain registration. By registering your domains for five or ten years, you're signaling a greater investment in your brand than you would by registering for a single year. While no search engine has confirmed that they use this metric, it appears nonetheless to have an influence on search ranking. 
Jun201317

New BZN Yellowstone Landing Page

by Joshua Reynolds in Announcements

Photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/patrickrohe/">Patrick Rohe</a>
Photo credit: Patrick Rohe
JTech recently designed and developed a landing page for Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). We love flying in and out of BZN — the people are friendly and the service convenient. BZN's excellent service has made it increasingly attractive to people from all over the world, and as of 2013 it serves more passengers than any other Montana airport.†

BZN's new landing page focuses on its position as the best gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Due to its close proximity to the park — and because of the wide array of airlines and ground transportation —Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is an easy first choice when planning your vacation to Yellowstone.

BZN: Yellowstoneairport.com

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport busiest in state
Jun201310

IME Online: Payment Automation & More

by Joshua Reynolds in Announcements, Development

JTech recently completed an overhaul to the signup and administrative tools for Independent Marketing Edge (IME), a longtime client. IME provides industry news, metrics, inspiration, and motivation to cinema industry professionals.

Our update to their site focused on adding automated credit card billing to replace a manual invoice system. To accompany this change, we streamlined the account signup process and improved their internal account management tools.

If you're a cinema professional or movie buff, you may find a resource you need at IME:
imeonline.com
Jun20133

Introducing Peak Property

by Joshua Reynolds in Announcements, Design, Development

Peak Property, Bozeman MT
Peak Property, Bozeman MT
We've been buffing and polishing the new website for Bozeman's Peak Property. Peak Property manages investment properties in Bozeman and Belgrade, offering knowledgeable and professional services to maximize the values of the properties they care for and provide a comfortable experience for their tenants.

Their new website is clean and spacious, highlighting available properties on a dynamic map with filters for desirable property traits. Visitors interested in property updates can save their searches for a particular set of attributes and conveniently view properties that match their criteria in the future.

The new website is a great update for one of our long-time customers. We invite you to pay a visit:
rentbozeman.com
May201328

Email Quota Warnings

by Joshua Reynolds in Announcements, Tools & Tips

Credit: The UPS Store, JTech Communications
Credit: The UPS Store, JTech Communications
Do you ever run up against your email's storage limits? We know that storage limitations can sneak up on you; before you know it, your full inbox is refusing to take a single new message. To help you avoid hitting your inbox's limit, we've added an early notification system for all email managed by JTech:

When your inbox is at 85% capacity, we now email you with a warning that you're getting close to capacity.

At 95%, we'll send another warning — in case you missed the last one, you have a last-ditch opportunity to act before emails start bouncing back to their senders.

We hope this helps! And of course, you may simply need a bigger inbox. If that's the problem, don't hesitate to ask us about an upgraded email package.
May201322

Integrating a Blog into an Existing Website

by Joshua Reynolds in Content, Tools & Tips

Does your company maintain a blog? Maybe you do, or maybe you're planning to deploy one. We've noticed that many businesses maintain separate blogs instead of combining the engagement efforts of their blog into their website.

As you may know, one of the best ways to bring customers back to your website is to update frequently to reward visitors with something new when they return. An integrated blog and more frequent updates will not only improve visitor engagement, but will also increase your website's relevance in the eyes of search engines.

To discuss adding a blog to your company's website, call (406) 486-7100 or Contact Us.
May201314

Coming Soon: My JTech

by Joshua Reynolds in

My JTech Logo
My JTech Logo
Mockup of My JTech on a mobile phone. iPhone stock photo © <a href="http://www.apple.com">Apple Inc.</a>
Mockup of My JTech on a mobile phone. iPhone stock photo © Apple Inc.
Mockup of the My JTech Image Manager
Mockup of the My JTech Image Manager
Modernizing the Control Center is just the beginning.
This is the first article in a series about My JTech.

We’re modernizing, simplifying and adding more muscle to the JTech Control Center. This is the first phase of My JTech, an integration of all our services under one roof. We have ambitious plans — closer integration of our webmail service, detailed analytics, notifications, domain services, and more. To get started, we’re very excited to start talking about the changes to the Control Center, which will become available later this year.

The Control Center is receiving a complete visual overhaul, focusing on simplicity and ease of use. In the old Control Center, editing content on your website mostly happened in small containers. Times have changed and so have monitor sizes. In My JTech, editing and publishing your website’s content is now easily executed from any device. The new interface utilizes the entire screen, whether it's a mobile phone or a massive desktop monitor. Expect your smartphone or tablet to work beautifully with My JTech — it has been engineered for easy updating, editing and publishing on the go.

We've streamlined how you edit the deeper layers of your website. When you edit your site’s content in My JTech, related content will appear on the same page. From this single page, you may access all related content sections. As you edit your site, My JTech detects data types (money, addresses, and more) and will validate your data to make sure it conforms — if you accidentally leave without saving, it will remind you to do so.

We've polished and improved every component of the Control Center. To make it easier to work with big and complicated sets of data, we've added advanced search filtering, manual controls to show, hide, and resize columns, a full-window list mode, and dynamic loading of content as you scroll — no more switching between pages required.

We’ve re-envisioned the way you manage and upload images to the Control Center with an array of new features to make uploading and perfecting images for your website better than ever. Uploading is easier than ever, and we’ve added the ability to drag-and-drop your images or other files into the browser. Rotating, zooming and cropping makes it easy to get your image looking just right.

We think you’ll find My JTech powerful and easy-to-use, but we know that all changes can take some time to become familiar with. To help you navigate any confusion with the changes, we're adding a Support section. We'll have helpful videos, walkthroughs and guides there that will help answer questions if they arise.

Our team has been hard at work on this for a long time. We can’t wait to share My JTech with you. We think you’ll love it! Watch for the June Dispatch when we’ll go into more detail about the interface overhaul and the new way of editing and publishing your website’s content.

Email Setup Guides

As part of providing email services to our clients, we’ve developed a comprehensive collection of setup guides for a wide assortment of email clients.

We know setting up email can be tedious, but these guides walk through each step of the process. The next time you’re setting up a new device to read your email, we hope these guides will make the process easy.