Summer is here – *checks window* – sort of. Anyway, we’ve got an iPad Mini to give away and we want to see what you can produce with our new Website Builder. Between now and July 18th we want you to upload a screenshot of the homepage of the site you’ve built along with the URL to our Facebook page. The site must have been built using our Website Builder (or our old UK2 Sitebuilder) and be hosted with UK2.net to be eligible. Once you’ve uploaded your screenshot, get your friends, family and passers by to vote for it!
The top 3 sites with the most public votes will each win a great prize!
1st prize: iPad Mini
2nd prize: Voucher for Amazon.co.uk worth £50
3rd prize: A free 1-year extension on your UK2 Sitebuilder/Website Builder package
If you are thinking of starting your own personal or business website, there’s plenty of time to get on board and submit your homepage. Website Builder is an easy-to-use piece of software that lets you build a website on screen, either from scratch or using one of 200+ customisable templates. It comes with a free domain name and web hosting, making it an all-in-one package for getting online.
Our latest Youtube campaign explains how easy it is to use our new Website Builder plus it also talks about some of the benefits this new tool offers SMEs.
The new website builder is the perfect hosting solution for small sized businesses who are looking to create their own professional-looking websites without hiring a web developer. The drag ‘n’ drop site-building software is so easy-to-use – Simply choose your template, add your content and publish your website.
Our new Website Builder is all you and your business needs to succeed online. It’s perfect for small business websites and for entrepreneurs who do not possess the technical know-how and/or the relevant computer coding experience to create a website from scratch.
Instagram is one of the most popular platforms today that allows online photo sharing and social networking. Just released in 2010, Instagram currently has 100 million active users with 40 million photos uploaded and shared everyday.
While many praise Instagram for its advantages in promoting a business, this trendy app also has disadvantages. Here are several reasons why Instagram may not be a great marketing vehicle:
1. Not everybody has an iOS or Android phones. Although Android and iOS are the top two most widely used smartphone operating systems, with a combined 87.6% of smartphones shipped worldwide, it is problematic that Instagram is only available as an iPhone and Android app. This photo sharing app excludes mobile users who have Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, or Linux. There is still a great percentage of consumers that you will not be able to reach when you use Instagram in promoting your business.
2. It is a highly technological tool. Business owners using Instagram must ensure they are producing professional pictures of their products or services and giving the correct message to their audience. Posting the perfect image can be done through trial and error but you have to consider whether the time you spent in perfecting the photo could have been put to better use.
3. Instagram has limited features. Instagram enables users to resize images and enhance pictures through a variety of filters, 18 effects in all, such as X-Pro II, Rise, or Early Bird. However, each new option needs to be installed, or has a fee. As an entrepreneur, you have to be smart with where you put your money. True, Instagram can be an amazing tool for marketing but there are other social media platforms which you can use and are completely free.
4. Loss of copyright ownership. Olivier Laurent of the British Journal of Photography wrote an article about the risk of social media, particularly Instagram, to professional photographers. Instagram is a great venue to store, caption and share photos but the fear of Facebook using Instagram to generate revenues makes photographers rethink how they use the photo sharing app. According to John Stanmeyer, one of the original founders of the VII Photo agency, “We’ve become complacent with the only commodity we have as photographers – our copyright – in our near unfettered embrace of sharing our content with for-profit companies such as Instagram.”
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