Web Design and SEO Blog

May201314

Websites Need Spring Cleaning Too

by Joshua Reynolds in

Spring pear blossoms. Photo © Felix Wolfstrom.
Spring pear blossoms. Photo © Felix Wolfstrom.
The weather has turned beautiful, and the siren call of spring’s natural beauty beckons us all outdoors from the confines of our offices. Before you succumb to the call of the wild, we urge you to think of your website.

Many of our clients make annual updates to their website in autumn after returning from summer’s adventures. If you make plans for your website now, your website will be fresh and up-to-date at the end of summer instead of competing with other rejuvenated summer folk for our production team’s autumn hours.

Give us a call today: (406)586-7100 or Contact Us with your desired changes.
May20137

Coming Soon: My JTech

by Joshua Reynolds in Announcements, Industry News

My JTech Logo
My JTech Logo
For over a year now we’ve been biting our tongues, waiting to share some exciting news with you. But now the time has finally arrived. We’re building the next generation of the Control Center — My JTech.

In My JTech, editing and publishing your website’s content is now easy on 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 the process of editing and publishing your website’s and content, adding power and polish to all the ways you interact with your content. We rebuilt our file and image management systems to make uploading and editing a breeze. We’ve added tools to help you maintain complicated data behind the scenes, and will be adding a Support section that shows how it all fits together. We’ll be going into all the changes in depth in our monthly newsletter, the JTech Dispatch. Watch this announcement area and please read our newsletter, the dispatch. We can’t wait to share My JTech with you.
Apr201330

Email Setup Guides

by Joshua Reynolds in Tools & Tips

Photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/rachel-johnson/">Rachel Johnson</a>
Photo credit: Rachel Johnson
Rather than announcing a new site, campaign, or hire this week, we wanted to remind everyone that we have a resource available: email setup guides for configuring your machine or device to send and receive mail through your JTech account. Perhaps you're just starting with us, or perhaps you got a new iPad, iPhone, or computer. We hope these guides will make the setup process painless.

Apr201323

JTech Servers Upgraded

by Joshua Reynolds in

JTech just completed an upgrade of some of our web servers' hardware to a new mirrored drive array. Mirrored arrays employ a methodology that keeps the same data on multiple hard drives; if one hard drive fails, the web server will continue to operate normally — with no interruption or loss of data.

We anticipate that this upgrade will give us many years of trouble-free operation from that web server and guard against potential hardware failure. Data safety, reliability, and good service are incredibly important to us.
Apr201318

Introducing Tyler Miller, Project Manager

by Joshua Reynolds in Announcements

We set out to find a new project manager, and in the process met a diverse group of people around the country. Ultimately one of them stood out from the crowd — MSU graduate Tyler Miller.

Tyler brings a love of design, a technical background and an eye for detail to our team. Having majored in photography at MSU, he has a well-developed sense of aesthetics and an ability to manage minutiae. Originally from Pennsylvania, he came to Bozeman for a breath of fresh air, and as many others have done, decided to stay.

He is excited to work in our industry and has a passion for all things web development. A talented communicator in visual and written mediums, he plans to use those skills to help our clients' businesses as they grow and change. Tyler lives in Bozeman with his newlywed wife Lindsey and their two dogs, Buster and Stark.

Join us in welcoming Tyler. We think you'll enjoy working with him!
Apr20139

JTech Marketing Across Montana

by Joshua Reynolds in Optimization, SEM, SEO

JTech Communications
JTech Communications
This week, JTech launched a statewide search marketing campaign promoting our custom website design and development services. What we like to call advanced websites are an integration of cutting-edge web standards, design, optimization, and technical wizardry with a custom content management system that makes your website incredibly easy to maintain.

The new campaign focuses on two aspects of our business: website design and website development throughout the state of Montana. We're proud of the experience and flexibility of our programming team and have now deployed a landing page to highlight those strengths. In addition, we're tying in a companion landing page for JTech's design services to find those who are searching for a visually striking approach.
Apr20139

Search Local Listings

by Joshua Reynolds in Optimization, SEM, SEO, Tools & Tips

People use Google to find the perfect local shop. Photo by <a href="https://unsplash.com/dogancanozturan">Dogancan Ozturan</a>, Unsplash.
People use Google to find the perfect local shop. Photo by Dogancan Ozturan, Unsplash.
With a local search listing, your clients won't need a detective to find your business.
With a local search listing, your clients won't need a detective to find your business.
Search engines are integral to how people use the internet. When we want to find something — how to make the perfect cup of coffee, the lyrics to a song we heard, or the best bars in close proximity to our hotel, most of us will perform a quick Google search.

Searches for a type of business or locale such as ‘coffee shop’ will yield more than ordinary search results: you'll also be shown a map with local coffee houses and a list with their addresses and basic contact information. These are Local Search results, compiled by search engines from data collated from other online business directories, data contained on the businesses’ websites and information submitted directly by businesses to the search engine.

The prominent display of Local Search results means that local listings are important to your business. Receiving a good rank in these listings depends on several factors: consistency, relevance, and the quality of your website. Consistency is based on your business's information being identical wherever it's listed — in other online directories, on your website, and in the search engines. Relevance is how search engines calculate the value of your business and decide on its ranking. A high quality website that is well respected and well connected creates a competitive advantage in search ranking. A well-optimized website and customer reviews of your business on Google+ and Yelp are a great start for proving the quality and relevance of your business.

The ranking algorithms used by Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Yahoo are constantly being tweaked to produce better, more relevant results. It can be tough to keep your listings in good shape, but JTech is happy to help — just drop us a line and we can make sure you’re getting the most out of Search Local Listings.

JTech Is Hiring

Our team is getting bigger! We’re on the lookout for a web developer to join our production team. The job requires a strong foundation with SQL, PHP, JavaScript, CSS and object-oriented programming. In addition to technical expertise, we need someone who plays well with others — a good communicator who’s eager to learn more and be a key part of a small team. If that piques your interest, the job listing is here.

We’re also looking for a Project Manager. We’re sad to say goodbye to Laura Kirkland, who many of you have worked with. She’s taking off to spend more time with her family, so JTech needs an able replacement. This is a job that requires excellent people skills, organization, and a talent for picking things up on the fly. To learn more, read the job listing.
Apr20133

Employment Opportunities at JTech

by Joshua Reynolds in Announcements, Industry News

We're in the fortunate position of needing additional help and have an opportunity for a web developer to join our production team. We work closely together and require good communication skills in addition to programming proficiency and a desire to learn more. If that sounds like you, have a look at the job listing here.

We also have a desk to fill. Our project manager is leaving to spend more time with her family, so we're looking for a top-notch replacement to fill her role. If you're friendly, organized and an excellent communicator, or know someone who is, please take a closer look here.
Mar201327

Choosing the Most Secure Password

by Joshua Reynolds in Tools & Tips

Use a strong password and we'll take care of the rest. (Photo Credit: JTech)
Use a strong password and we'll take care of the rest. (Photo Credit: JTech)
A good password requires more than bolt cutters to bypass.
A good password requires more than bolt cutters to bypass.
Hopefully, your password isn't on this list. (Photo credit: SplashData)
Hopefully, your password isn't on this list. (Photo credit: SplashData)
As we carry increasingly powerful computers in our pockets and purses and store more and more of our private data in “the cloud”, online security is more important than ever. Many of us still use a single password for everything we do, or use multiple simple passwords and thereby put ourselves at risk of having our information or identity stolen.

One of the easiest ways to protect yourself online is to use well-constructed passwords. To that end, we've put together a set of recommendations to assist you in creating easy-to-remember secure passwords. The more of these suggestions you follow, the better off you will be.

Tip #1: The longer the better. We recommend a minimum of 8 to 10 characters, since longer passwords are stronger. For an easy-to-remember longer password, consider making a phrase (Good example: JTechbigskyElephantStampede).

Tip #2: Include a mixture of lowercase, uppercase, numerals, and symbols. (Good example: jtechbigsky44ElephantStampede!!)

Tip #3: If you're combining words, choose a non-obvious combination that is difficult to guess — avoid song or book titles or amalgamations of two words (Bad example: YellowSubmarine).

Tip #4: Simple substitutions of symbols for letters are no longer a good safeguard against "dictionary" attacks that use known word combinations (Bad example: p@ssw0rd).

Tip #5: Unique passwords are better than re-using your password across multiple accounts. With a unique password, a single site’s security being compromised won’t put your other accounts at risk. However, with so many different passwords it can become easy to lose track of some. To help with this, we recommend using a password manager. Password managers allow you to safely store all of your passwords in an encrypted file and automatically login to websites and other services that require them. Some popular password managers are: 1Password, LastPass, KeePass and DataVault.

If you follow all of these tips, your online data and your identity will be much more secure.

Featured Project

Leadership Montana
Leadership Montana
Leadership Montana's New Website
Leadership Montana's New Website
Leadership Montana
We've just put the finishing touches on Leadership Montana's website, which we're delighted to share with the world. Leadership Montana is an organization based in Billings that brings together leaders (and future leaders) from education, business, and government to cultivate a bright future for Montana.

Their new website is a visually stunning home that does justice to the broad scope of the organization. Registration and payment, sponsorship, and an array of networking features for Leadership Montana members are all built into the site. We love working with the team at Leadership Montana and couldn't be more pleased with the new website.

Take a look! www.leadershipmontana.org
Mar201319

JTech Launches Leadership Montana Website

by Joshua Reynolds in Announcements, Design, Development

Leadership Montana's New Website
Leadership Montana's New Website
It's our great pleasure to announce the new website of statewide non-profit Leadership Montana. At Leadership Montana, community members collaborate with business leaders, government and higher education to envision and build a better future for Montana. Leadership offers a program to cultivate personal growth and leadership skills that in turn develops a network of skilled, well-connected leaders.

JTech Communications started from scratch with Leadership Montana's new website — folding in big skies, beautiful photography, and a complement of useful features. Members can register and pay for leadership classes, pay dues, learn about upcoming events, and stay in touch with other Leadership alumni. The Leadership Montana website also highlights Leadership Montana's sponsors and provides an avenue for interested organizations to become sponsors.

We've loved working with Leadership Montana and are very proud of their new website. Pay it a visit!
www.leadershipmontana.org