Whirl Sites Blog

At Whirl Sites we’re passionate about the web, and our blog is a place where we share resources, tips, and interesting links that we think are of value to our existing customers and to everyone else who loves web development as much as we do.

The Simplicity of Whirl Sites, Easy to Use Websites

easy to use websitesFew things are as simple as we’d like them to be.  One small change can too often trigger an avalanche of complications.  Take, for example, a straightforward change to your service offerings or an addition to your product line.  This can have effects throughout your business.  Changes, even relatively small ones, can also necessitate changes to your website.  You don’t want customers or prospects dealing with old information so you need to make any required changes quickly.  Fortunately, Whirl Sites are easy to use websites, which make updates simple.

Quickly Add or Update Text, Pictures, and Even Video

Whether you need to change a word or totally overhaul your content, making changes and additions to your Whirl Site is easy.  All our Whirl Sites are built on the WordPress platform, which is popular for many reasons including its ease of use.  After logging into the editor, you can type your content or paste it in from another source.  You can also swap out pictures or change the size or other attributes of images as needed.  You can even upload videos to your Whirl Site.

Make Updates Yourself Without Special Programs or Knowledge

Having to depend on someone else to perform a task automatically makes that task more complicated.  With Whirl Sites, you don’t have to wait until an IT expert is available to make updates.  You can do it yourself.  Think you don’t have the skills to do it?  That’s nonsense!  If you know how to use Microsoft Word, you can update your Whirl Sites pages.  No coding knowledge or technical experience is required.  And you don’t need to have any special software either.  Everything you need is right there on your site.

Refresh Your Memory Any Time

As simple as the process is, it may not be easily retrievable from your memory.  We get it – you have a lot on your mind!  That’s why we created a series of voice-over webcast tutorials to show you step-by-step how to get it done.  We give you tips on what to do and even what to avoid.  These videos are available for your viewing at any time.  Our videos can also be passed on to others in your business who might work on your website.  The WordPress training videos that we provide eliminate the need for you to explain the process to others you delegate to do work on your site.

As a small business owner, you make the tough decisions.  You deal with the everyday irritation.  You solve the intractable problems.  There are enough difficulties that cannot be avoided so when you find a simple option, you jump on it.  Whirl Sites are easy to use websites that help you get your message out.  Business and organizations in the greater Indianapolis are already benefitting from Whirl Sites.  We’re providing simple, affordable website solutions for businesses and organizations in Avon, Brownsburg, and Fishers.  Keep it simple and give us a Whirl!  We can get your website up in a few days with little effort on your part.  Call today (317-892-9435) or visit us online.

Boost Your Visibility with Google My Business

Google My BusinessDo you ever feel like your business is invisible online?  Like you’re there at the party, so to speak, but no one is talking to you?  Well, maybe it’s all in your head.  But maybe there just might be something to your negative intuitions.  Maybe your business is not enjoying the online interaction that you would expect because you haven’t done all you can to make sure that you are “visible.”  The good news is that with Google My Business this is an easy problem to fix.

What Google My Business Can Do for You

If you have not yet registered your business with Google My Business (formerly Google Places), you could be putting your business at a disadvantage.  That’s because if Google does not recognize that your business exists, it will not appear on maps that are generated when potential customers do a search for businesses of your type in the area.  For example, let’s say you are a mechanic in Indianapolis, Indiana, who has not registered your business. Someone who lives just down the street could search for “car repair” and your shop would not show up on the map of nearby businesses, ever if you are the closest mechanic to the searcher. This means that your business is missing out!

How to Sign Up

Registering your business does not cost you anything and it is easy to do.  Just go to www.google.com/placesforbusiness and following this simple process:

  1. Sign in to your Google account. (If you don’t have a Google email account, you’ll have to create one.)
  2. Fill out the registration form. (Be sure to answer questions accurately.  If something looks fishy, you may be flagged for review, which will delay activation of your listing.)
  3. When filling out the form, you will need to decide how you would like Google to verify the existence of your business. You can do this by phone or by mail.  When you receive your PIN from Google via the method you chose, you will also receive instructions to complete the registration.
  4. Once registration is complete, Google will activate your listing, usually within 12 hours.

It’s that simple.  With an active listing, your business will be included on maps of your surrounding area.  Additionally, your business will also be displayed closer to the top of search results, even if you don’t have a website.  Furthermore, your customers will be able to write a review of your business on Google+.  This really is worth the few minutes of time that it takes to complete the process.  It is just one easy step that can help your business become more visible online.

Another is having a search-friendly website, like a Whirl Sites website.  Whirl Sites, located in Brownsburg, Indiana, offers a simple, inexpensive solution to your website needs.  If you’re ready to take that step, give us a call at 317-892-9435 to find out how easy our process is.

Cheap Standing Desk – DIY Solution For Work

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Do you consider yourself a “hard worker”?

Most of us are certainly not lazy, but the nature of the modern business world in America has most of us sitting all day long, a far cry from what our grandparents consider “hard work”.  For the first time in human history, mankind is sitting for more of life than moving, and its one major cause of our obesity health crisis.  Think about it, did most of your grandparents sit at work all day?
Most of us can’t get away from our desk jobs, but we can make a cheap standing desk to improve our health.

A Solution: Cheap Standing Desk (Stand-up Desk)

Like many of you, my work here at Whirl Sites has me sitting most of the day.  In fact, I get really sore FROM SITTING!  My lower back regularly spasms and forces me to stretch out regularly.

I have a friend who posted on Facebook about his new standing desk (stand-up desk).  This fancy desk has the ability to easily raise and lower to either sit or stand and work.  As I talked with him about it, he told me that he was also able to concentrate better on his feet, and he just felt better overall.  It really got me thinking about my own health, but then things got busy and I forgot about it.

Taking Action Myself: Productivity Boost!

One day I went to a Starbucks to check my email and work for a couple hours.  As is so often the case, there were no available tables.  I reluctantly setup my laptop on a high bar they had setup on a wall and sat in a very uncomfortable stool.  I chose to us it as a standing desk (stand-up desk) instead and noticed over the next couple hours that I was extra productive and able to keep my attention on my task better!  I went home that day and used a box made from lumber out of my garage to boost my desk up temporarily.

It’s been 3 weeks of standing to work and I am telling you, I feel better, I accomplish more, and I am never going back!

Still need convincing? Find out how sitting in your career causes early death in this post by Michael Hyatt.

A DIY Cheap Standing Desk

cheap_standing_deskAfter seeing how expensive standing desks can be, I decided to try to duplicate that Starbucks bar that I loved so much.  I am keeping my sitting desk, but adding this to my office to have another option. My cheap standing desk was just $25!

Parts Needed:

  1. Four IKEA Shelf Brackets (or any bracket)
  2. Flat Closet Door (I got mine for $5 from Habitat’s ReStore)
  3. Screws and anchors (hit studs if possible)

Tools Needed:

  1. Screwdriver
  2. Drill for pilot holes in wall and door

I honestly think we will be selling more websites and setting them up faster because of the desk / bar in this picture.  Hopefully, I’ll live a few more years because of it too!

Brad Murray
Owner, Whirl Sites
brad@whirlsites.com