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Complete Design Winner #1

Welcome back to the new look Little Hero Designs

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Wow it’s been a long time coming but Little Hero Designs – LHD is finally back up and running. The reason why it’s taken so long, because I have literally been run off my feet with migrations and designs. It seems that in the last 6 months there has been a massive leap from Blogger to WordPress and I am amazed at the emails I receive each week requesting quotes.

I find it hard to believe the business is in it’s 8th year but here we are, it’s come a long way in that time and thankfully growing stronger and stronger.

As you can see LHD has a new look, I’ve consulted quite a few people to get their feedback on my views and ideas. More than once I considered going for a completely different more “modern” look but all feedback was overwhelming for keeping it “soft” & “warm” and most definitely keep a butterfly.

I have big things planned for LHD & LHH but as always my clients come first. As long as I am designing, migrating and rescuing  my own plans will wait.

There are a few things that still need to be “tweaked” but they will come in time. In the meantime if you notice any errors or read the same thing 3 times then let me know. You know how it is when you read the same thing repeatedly, even the most basic mistake can be missed.

I’ve decided to blog both here and on LHH in an effort to keep content relevant to each business. From time to time I may post the same content in each blog but we’ll see how it goes.

I’ve started to add some of my portfolio which includes work such as design, migrations, hack fixes and WordPress repairs. As you can imagine there is a lot to choose from so it’s a time consuming process but slowly and surely I will get them all up.

Now for some exciting news, to celebrate the re-launch of Little Hero Designs we will be having an amazing sale on most of our services. Keep watching here, Facebook and Twitter for details!

Michellequill

Complete Design Winner #2

Natural New Age Mum

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Our Services for Natural New Age Mum

  • Blogger to WordPress Migration
  • Design & layout
  • Custom CSS & PHP
  • Analytics

Sonia wanted to move from WordPress.com to Self Hosted WordPress but retain elements of her original design. She needed to retain the image of the crystal which instantly allowed readers to recognise her blog. Importantly Sonia wanted a non cluttered but earthy feeling look to integrate with her passion of a Happy, Healthy and Holistic life. [/box]

 

Complete Design Winner #3

Little Bento Shop

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Our Services for Little Bento Shop

  • Design & layout
  • Custom CSS & PHP
  • Graphics
  • Social media graphics
  • Facebook graphics
  • e-Commerce configuration
  • Australian postage and shipping facilities[/box]
[box type=”bio”] “With Little Bento Shop – we wanted to go with something ‘cuter’ for the style of shop I own, but also wanted to keep the layout similar to Little Bento Blog so readers knew that when visiting the shop and blog they were complimenting each other. Setup was so quick, and Michelle was there step by step as I learnt how to use the system. When I needed an advertisement I sent Michelle the requirements and within a few hours I had my advertisement for a magazine!” [/box]

 

Complete Design Winner #2

Little Bento Blog

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Our Services for Little Bento Blog

  • Blogger to WordPress migration
  • Design & layout
  • Custom CSS & PHP
  • Graphics
  • Social media graphics
  • Facebook graphics
  • Url change 6 months after migration[/box]
[box type=”bio”] “As Little Bento Blog grew, I knew I needed something to set me apart from every other WordPress themed blogger. I spoke to Little Hero Designs and told them that I needed something that was clean, professional but also unique. Not like any other blog in Australia! I wanted something, stylish but also not going to age quickly. Something that when readers and brands look at my site, they go wow every time! I changed my mind about three times before we found the perfect look! I sent Michelle the brief and she  designed the logo exactly how I had dreamed.[/box]

 

 

 

Complete Design Winner #1

Jenn Unger

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[box] Our Services for Jenn Unger

  • Blogger to WordPress Migration
  • Complete custom design x 2
  • Layout
  • Domain name change[/box]
[author] [author_image timthumb=’off’]http://jennunger.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/jennunger.com-button.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Michelle from Little Hero Designs & Hosting has been a brilliant support for my blog. Not only is she prompt and polite, she has assisted me with two redesigns, reassured me when I was convinced I had been hacked and fixed more than a few bits of dodgy coding when I’ve gotten it wrong. [/author_info] [/author]

 

eCommerce traps – What you need to know

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eCommerce Traps

eCommerce shops are extremely popular amongst SAHM’s & WAHM’s and more and more women in particular are opening shops to generate extra income for their family. Sadly though many are caught in eCommerce hosting nightmares which they unwittingly fell into.

We’ve had an amazing amount of people wanting to move to Little Hero Hosting and have their website re-designed by Little Hero Designs but have been upset to learn that their eCommerce software has them trapped into hosting they cannot move from. Worse still they are paying an insane amount of $ and are given little to no control – ie no cPanel.

When considering an eCommerce shop there are some questions to consider.

  • Does the software only work on their provided hosting or can you move if needed?
  • What do I get in my price & what can I do?
  • Can you add a blog if needed?
  • Can you access the MYSQL & file system?
  • Can you FTP?
  • How do you update the software?
  • Can I create email addresses
  • Can I make server based backups?
  • Does the host have script installers?
  • Can you try different software to find what is best for you?
  • Is the price comparable to regular hosting?
If working with a eCommerce website designer/developer and they recommend certain software or hosting ask why, if they only offer one type of software ask them why and what it means by asking the above questions. On the design side, are they a “one trick wonder” whose shops all look amazingly similar. Sadly there are a lot of these “designers” popping up all over FaceBook offering what seems like an attractive deal but once you start looking into the details there are multiple issues.

eCommerce Shop

Please research very carefully before committing to any “package deal” – this includes designers who say you can only use their “approved” hosting, you should ALWAYS have the freedom to use the hosting provider you choose and not who the “designers” say. Sadly it often turns out that the prices are over inflated – quite often so the designer gets a good “cut” and you don’t get any control at all.

We’ve had clients having to re-design an entire site because of the eCommerce hosting nightmare they have found themselves in and the limitations of the design. More than one client have been ripped off by “designers” who use “approved” hosting only to find out that they are paying far more than they should be and worse still with no standard hosting features available. Some have found that they can’t access their hosting because the “designer” controls it under their own package. One client even had to contact the designer/host just to make a new page!

While it may appear to be an attractive deal and convenient to just use one of these packages please understand the potential consequences and avoid these eCommerce hosting traps. It might take time to organise and do your research but you will be grateful you have in the long run.

Three Quarters Full

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Our Services for Three Quarters Full

  • URL website rename
  • Design customisation and tweaking
  • Banner, logo and grab me button design
  • Custom CSS & PHP
  • Layout
  • Custom colours
  • Ongoing site management

Kyla wanted to move her blog from an old url for a fresh new start while retaining posts and links. Her design needed to be easy to navigate but reflect the personal aspect of her blog. [/box]

 

Competition

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Our lucky winners have been drawn!

Our winners are……

Congratulations to the 3 of you!

Thank you to everyone who entered. We will be running more competitions soon so keep checking back here, on Facebook & Twitter.

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We are holding a a very special competition to celebrate Michelle’s 21st (cough cough) birthday.

1st Prize Includes:
WordPress blog design/customisation
Logo and web banner
Facebook welcome page & profile images
1 yr Free Hosting
1 yr Free .com Domain!

2nd Prize Includes: 1 year starter hosting package

3rd Prize Includes: 6 months starter hosting package

To Enter:
1. Fill in the registration form below

2. Go to LHH Facebook & “like” the competition image, then post on your FB wall or “fan” page tagging us & saying I want to win the LHD/LHH Design & Hosting comp.

For extra entries:
1. Get your friends to post your name on our LHH Facebook Page – 1 referral = 1 extra entry.

2. On Twitter tweet -I’ve entered to win a complete web design & hosting package from @LittleHeroHost http://bit.ly/nYYDMe (Ends 5/10 5pm)

3.  Get your friends to follow us on twitter & mention your name to us in a DM. 1 referral = 1 extra entry.

Competition closes 5th Oct 5pm AEST. Winner will be drawn at random.org.

*conditions apply

When your friends post on our wall or DM they must remain as followers to count as an entry for you, not just “like/follow” post then “dislike/unfollow” Entries from this method will not be counted

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Complete Design Winner #2

Tea Time With Mrs Tully

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Our Services for Tea Time with Mrs Tully

  • Blogger design
  • Design customisation and tweaking
  • Banner, logo and grab me button design
  • Facebook Graphics
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Little Hero Designs – Turning Dreams Into Reality

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Little Hero Designs specialises in creating web pages that have a personal, unique touch. We believe in friendly, fast efficient service with input from our customers every step of the way. We work with you to create that perfect site no matter what your needs may be. We understand that web design is personal and must be tailored to customer’s specific needs so we design all sites from a blank canvas without the use of ready made templates unless we are asked to modify pre-existing sites or software.

Our services incorporate design for:

  • Business Sites
  • eCommerce or online shops
  • Blogs – including Blogger to WordPress Migration
  • Community information Sites
  • Charity sites
  • Forums
  • Memorial Sites
  • Family sites
  • Logo’s & Web Buttons
  • Web Graphics
  • Memorial & remembrance graphics

As well as the creation of a brand new website, Little Hero Designs can also help improve the look of your existing or brand new website to help you stand out from the crowd with our customisation services. We have had experience in customising a variety of sites including:

  • Blogger to WordPress Migration
  • WordPress blogs/websites
  • Blogger design
  • phpbb forums
  • Opencart
  • Oscommerce shops
  • PrestaShops

Little Hero Designs can also provide:

  • Newsletter Facilities
  • Ongoing Support
  • Site Upgrades
  • Site maintenance
  • Business Support
  • Advice on Business Registration

While our prices may be lower than other design businesses our work is of the highest standard and this is reflected in repeat business and new business arising by word of mouth from happy customers. We aim to make owning a web site affordable to everyone. We do not believe in putting excessive mark-ups on our pricing, and will keep prices as low as we can.

Little Hero Designs offers the complete package for your needs, not only do we create beautiful websites we also offer affordable domain name registration and hosting packages from just $2.95 with our sister site Little Hero Hosting. Our .com.au .net.au domains are just $29.95 for 2 years while our top level .com .net .org .info domains are just $9.95 for 1 yr. To see our full range of hosting packages & domain names please visit Little Hero Hosting.

All of our packages include the use of SEO techniques which maximises your exposure on search engines such as Google and yahoo. These techniques are essential for your site to be a success and give your website maximum exposure amongst your competitors. We understand that Memorial and Personal site owners may choose not to use SEO services.

If you would like more information on how you can get your own site up and running please email us for an obligation free consultation to discuss your needs.

We look forward to working with you to create the site you have been dreaming of.

Little Hero Designs – “Turning Dreams Into Reality”