5 Tricks to Designing a Medical Web Site

Doctors and dentists are all beginning to realize the importance of creating a web presence, and setting up sites and pages to reflect their practice and expertise. The trouble is, creating a site that will keep people around long enough to decide to make an appointment. We have explored a number of these sites and picked out elements that make them less scary, and more compelling.

For general advice, most people just turn to WebMD or another like minded site. Individual offices are looking to book appointments, not just give out advice, so these need to be a bit more creative.

Background Colors

Start by picking background colors that are soothing and professional, just like in your office. Soft blues and greens are always good or even yellow if you want to portray something more cheerful. Stay away from bold colors, especially reds, as they will invoke anxiety immediately. Offices that are geared for women only may want to try using shades of pink with natural colors for good results.

Pictures

Home pages should not have any kind of photo showing procedures or medical equipment. Instead, they should feature the staff of the office all welcoming and smiling. On subsequent pages you may put relevant pictures to reflect the subject, but  nothing disturbing or graphic. For example, a dentist may show a nice photo of an electric toothbrush and water flosser on his page that talks about dental hygiene.

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The Content

Every page must reference where you are located if you are looking to build local traffic. Think about what a prospective dental patient would Google and then intersperse that throughout the text. If someone has a toothache their Google search would read “dentists in Des Moines” which is the phrase you should use if that is one of your target areas.

Compelling Reads

You only want to provide bare bones medical advice on your website, like with the electric toothbrush picture and how to take better care of your teeth. If you start getting too specific about diseases and treatments, not only are you scaring people, you could be setting yourself up for a law suit. Beyond basic preventive care, the medical advice on your site should be limited to “go see your doctor”.

About Us

What people really want to know when trying to find a doctor or dentist is how the office is run. What are the hours? What types of insurance do you accept? They are wondering where you practiced before and what your credentials are. This should be the focus of a medical website, rather than disease and treatments.

Creating these types of sites is not easy, and will take some time. Remember to include a blog that is updated regularly, talking more about relevant news in your community than the latest treatments for gingivitis. This will make you stand out as a local medical provider who cares, rather than a doctor who is providing a revolving door of medical assistance.

5 Cool Tips Videos That Will Get You YouTube Hits

You never know what is going to make it viral in video these days. Old ladies frying up bologna in the kitchen, babies singing with the family dog, kids wiping out on a skateboard. If you want to create a video that people not will like, but will share, you have to start by getting creative with your content. Humor sells, and with the right combination of useful knowledge, could build you a YouTube following to be proud of.

Tips videos are demonstrations on how to do different things, like cooking for example. Think about something you do every day that would be best explained with a live demonstration, and then make a series of videos to explain them:

  • Grocery shopping tips – if you don’t mind bringing your camera out into the real world, you could create a shopping series of tips videos. Start with searching for coupons on-line, getting the best parking spot and picking a cart that doesn’t squeal. Then take viewers on a fun tour of the way you go about filling your cupboards.
  • Beard trimming tips – This could be a very funny video if you set it up right. A lot of men like the idea of a beard, hence the success of sites like BeardInstitute.com, but are afraid of not knowing how to style it right. You can use dummy heads with glued on hair, or find some real live dummies amongst your friends who don’t mind being your YouTube video guinea pig. Then with a lot of flair, demonstrate the ways you can use a beard trimmer to achieve certain styles.
  • How to give a self pedicure – We don’t want to leave out the ladies, and it is our understanding that painting ones toenails is not as easy as it looks. With sandal weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to create a video on how to get your feet looking perfect for the beach.
  • Photography tips – If you have a knack for taking great pictures, show people how it is done. Demonstrate how shutter speed and flash affect the way a picture turns out. Pick different subject matter like food, sporting events and people, and then create a series of YouTube videos to cover each one.
  • Cleaning tips – Do you have a routine for cleaning your house that stands out? Make a video of how to get to hard to reach ceiling fans, or the outside of second story windows. Tape your effective way of getting stains out of carpet, or dust out of the vents. If you are entertaining as you do demonstrate cleaning tips, people will tune in just for the fun value.

The trick with building a YouTube following is finding that niche that people are interested in watching. If you are able to provide sound advice and be entertaining in the process, your videos will be liked and shared to thousands.

Setting Up to Teach Your Own Online Class

With the wave of popularity in learning courses online, teachers around the world are trying to bank on that by offering their own private courses. If you were considering making some extra money by teaching a class online, you will first need the right platform. Here are five worth looking into that can help get you started and make it easy for your students to enroll and learn.

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  1. Moodle – Moodle is one of the most used online teaching platforms for good reason. First of all it is free to use. Plus you can install it on your own server or have a third party host it for you. Sometimes referred to as a virtual learning environment, Moodle has everything you need to teach anything, from advanced algebra to online singing lessons.
  2. Claroline – Claroline is also free, but you have no choice in having someone else host it for you. Despite the third party, teachers have plenty of flexibility and can produce assessment activities, give assignments to students and collect them at the end of their course. There is even an option to create forums that allow students to have discussions amongst themselves.
  3. Udemy – This platform for teaching courses online is likely one of the easiest to implement. It is free, but offers a wide array of tools to assist in getting content online and accessible to enrolled students. There is also a virtual classroom feature where an instructor can hold live online sessions. This is a great feature for teaching foreign language online or for an online singing class as the instructor can hear the progress and make real time suggestions for improvement.
  4. RCampus – this web based teaching platform has all of the basics you would need to run a success class online. There is a discussion forum available, but the simplicity of this platform makes it best suited for classes where the student is expected to complete most of the work on their own.
  5. Peer 2 Peer University – P2PU is a great place to figure out if teaching online is right for you before making any type of time or money investment. As an expert, you are invited to create and run a free course as a volunteer. Try this out first if you have reservations about being effective as an online instructor.

Teaching is a valiant career choice, and the internet now offers a unique forum where you can share your knowledge with a diverse group of students. Once you get started on providing valuable lessons for your students, you will be rewarded not only with their exceptional grades, but with high reviews that bring you more enrollments.

Comparing the WiFi Fence With a Wireless Pet Containment System

For decades, pet owners have been able to live in peace knowing that their wireless pet containment system was keeping their dogs safe from straying. These are fantastic devices that harmlessly keep your pet from leaving the yard, without ruining the way your yard looks.

Recently developers have come up with a similar set-up using WiFi connection to control a dogs activities outside. But how do these stack up against the already popular K9 dog fences?

How Does a WiFi Fence Work?

Using a micro-chip transceiver set, and operating on a wireless communication protocol, the WiFi Fence is able to monitor how far from its Smart Station your dog is using a pet link collar. The WiFi Smart Station sets its own perimeter around your property instead of you having to dig a trench around the house. This also allows for you to keep track of where on the property your pet is at all times right from the comfort of your PC or laptop.

Each system includes an advanced Wire Free Smart Station, 1 collar transceiver, 1 waterproof collar, two rechargeable batteries, 50 boundary flags, instruction booklet, comfort contact probes, long hair contact probes and a nylon collar. The construction of the collar and probes is important, as some dogs develop a sensitivity to having metal touching the skin on the back of their neck.

K9 Pet Containment Systems

While the K9 pet containment system may not be as technically fancy as the Wifi one, it does serve its purpose with excellence. Having a look over at k9fencereviews.com for the PetSafe models, you’ll find they’re actually much better rated. The boundary is clearly defined and never changing, which means over time your dog will instinctively know where not to step. The same is not always true with the WiFi system. One drawback is having to disturb your lawn by digging a trench around the yard, but this hole only needs to be a couple of feet deep and will not be noticeable once your grass grows back.

fenceIf you are not convinced, check out reviews of wireless dog fence systems and see what actual users have to say about the products. These have been helping dog lovers for years, and have a proven track record of being effective.

While we do love all things that are taking advantage of advanced technologies, in some instances the old adage of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” holds true. The WiFi fence seems like a cool idea, but with so many variables in signal strength, and no steady boundary for the dog to get used to, you may be taking a chance with your dog’s safety.

New Software Finds a Way to Improve on Archery Competitions

With the sudden surge in popularity for archery, software designers have been jumping on the shooting arrow bandwagon to create programs that help improve the game. These programs are all designed to keep accurate scoring and time for matches. They may not be something the 300 needed when attacking enemies of the state, but they certainly do keep the competitions of today interesting.

Archery Timing Systems

For timed archery competitions the hosts of the event need a way to keep track of each player and the time in which they are allocated. Timed events are usually at two minutes, where the archer has to use his recurve bow to make as many accurate shots as possible. Without the time being displayed prominently, spectators do not get that sense of drama like you do when watching say a basketball game and can see the time counting down.

These timing devices incorporate software and hardware, and are invaluable not only in tracking which archer is up next and how much time they have left to shoot, it helps to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Bow Coach

Developed in Italy, this app for the iPhone helps the beginner archer learn the right shooting techniques. Although it cannot replace getting out there and shooting the recurve bow and arrows for beginners, it is handy for quick tips when you are unsure of something. The same designer has also developed an aerodynamic arrow using dimple points, very similar to the way a golf ball does. A beginner archer may not be ready for this type of enhancement, but a pro may be interested in seeing how far their recurve bow can make it fly.

FalcoEye

This is by far one of the most interesting software developments for archery yet. Developed in Hungary, it allows for accurate scoring within seconds after the arrow hits the canvas. A special target is not needed, as it uses different types of sensor method. The system is also able to broadcast the results in real time to any android phone, letting the archer judge his performance for himself.

Patents are pending on this innovative software system which has already passed the in-field testing system. Once released, it will revolutionize the way in which trainers can teach their students the proper way to handle a recurve bow to get the correct shot each time.

Longbow

Longbow is an archery software program designed to help with the administrative duties of an Archery club. While there are dozens of software solutions for small businesses, this one is designed specifically to help in creating competitions, award schemes, age brackets and even handicapping. This is a great tool for archery clubs who are struggling with creating competitions that are challenging yet fun for their various members.

It was only a matter of time before the software geniuses caught up with the current archery trend. As it does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon, expect there to be even more intuitive software released in the near future, specifically designed for this challenging sport.

Tips For Getting Your YouTube Channel Noticed

YouTube has exceeded all expectations as a video sharing platform, and is now the third most used site on the internet, only falling behind Google (which owns YouTube) and Facebook. Yet, of the tens of thousands of videos uploaded EVERY DAY very few make much more than a small ripple online.

For most people, the purpose of using YouTube is to create a following and incite some buzz. This is not as easy as it sounds. With so much competition, you really need to stand out if you want to achieve the dream of going viral.

Today the internet is all about content, including with videos, especially now that everyone has a video camera in their pocket (their phone!). If you are not creative or don’t have something compelling to share, no one is going to care. Your first mission is to decide on what type of content you are going to focus on, and make sure that it is something that viewers will find valuable.

Now you need to create a way to provide that content that is entertaining. Think about the videos that you watch to the end. What made you stick around? Humor is always going to be sought after, but even that has become overplayed on YouTube.

Use your natural talents. If you can juggle, then share your thoughts as apples fly through the air. Or take online singing lessons and sing your way to YouTube stardom. If you learn how to sing online, you can make any topic interesting by creating a funny jingle around it. Online singing lessons are flexible, and could even help you come up with interesting content for your YouTube channel. Get more training information at MusicalTrainingHQ.com.

Think of it like a live blog, where you want people to come, see what you have going on, and then come back tomorrow and check in again. What makes YouTube better than a blog is that you have the benefit of images to help tell the story. Say you want a site like this one, except all on YouTube. You can physically show the products, sites and other technical devices you are talking about, and even how to use them.

Don’t be afraid to get personal. Some of the most viewed videos (after music videos) are of people in their natural element doing every day things. The trick is to have that gimmick to make you stand out.

The last thing you have to do if you want YouTube success is to share your videos all over the web. Comment on blog posts and leave a link. Have links on your Facebook page. If you already have a website or blog, put links there too. Someone has to start the viral chain, so why not make it start with you?

YouTube was started by 3 young guys with no money and a big dream. After only one year online, they were able to sell their dream to Google for over a billion dollars. A site that was built on a dream that panned out with such success is capable of providing the same for you (maybe not in the billions) if you learn how to use it right.

What Kind Of Mobile Phone Should I Get?

"SmartPhone" by Android Open Source project. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.
SmartPhone” by Android Open Source project. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

With so many mobile phones now on the market, it can be hard to know which kind that you should get. There are different operating systems on the phones, different sizes, and a ton of different features. Mobile phones are pretty expensive, so you want to make sure that you are happy with your purchase. To do this, it is important to know what kind of mobile phone that you should get. If you are unsure, this post is here to help.

The first thing you should consider when looking for a new mobile phone is what kind of operating system you want on it. If you are unfamiliar with these, there are two major kinds right now – Android and Apple. Apple is the company that essentially started the smartphone revolution, and has continued to lead the way since. Their mobile phones are known for their simplicity and elegance, while also having the latest hardware inside them. If you want a quick smartphone that is easy to use, and is one of the best around, you should consider getting a mobile phone with the Apple iOS operating system. The one catch here however is that the only phones that have this OS are the iPhones. If you don’t like the iPhone, but you still want to go with Apple, you are out of luck.

On the other hand, you could get an Android device. There are a lot of devices that feature the Android operating system, because it is open source. This means that any company can use it, and any developer can make apps for it. Because of this, you have a wide variety of choices when picking a mobile phone, and each one has a large range of capabilities. You are also more likely to find a phone that suits your particular needs and price range, because of all of the options. The one downside is that Android phones are a little harder to learn how to use, but once you get the hang of it, you shouldn’t have too many problems.

You are also going to want to think about what you want to use this phone for mostly. For example, if you plan on typing emails or entire documents, you may want a physical keyboard, like the one you have for your computer, on your phone. Or if you want to take a lot of pictures, you’ll want a device with a great camera and a lot of storage. Or maybe you want to watch videos on your phone, in which case you’ll want a device with a large screen. There are a lot of mobile device options out there, so think about what it is you want before making a purchase.

Lastly, think of the price. The more features you want on your phone, the more it is going to cost. Also think about buying a used or refurbished phone is you want to save a little bit of money. There are a lot of ways for you to get a great mobile device, without breaking your budget.

What To Think About When Buying A New Computer

"Office with computer" by jons2: taken with Sony FD-88 - http://www.pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=7371. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Office with computer” by jons2: taken with Sony FD-88 – http://www.pdphoto.org/PictureDetail.php?mat=&pg=7371. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons.

When you are looking to buy a new computer, there is a lot to think about. As technology continues to advance, there are more and more options every day when it comes to buying a computer. If you don’t get the right type of computer for your needs, you may find that it is harder to accomplish the tasks that you want to do. To keep this from happening, we have compiled a short list of things that you should consider before you purchase a computer. If you can keep the list below in mind, it should help direct you towards the best computer for you.

Primary Use – The main thing to keep in mind when you are buying a new computer is what you are primarily going to be using it for. For example, if you plan on playing a lot of high-end games with this computer, you will probably want something that has a great graphics card, and a fast processor. Or, if you plan on doing a lot of video editing or storing large files on your computer, you’ll want something that has a lot of RAM and storage space. If you just need a computer for basic tasks like checking email and creating some text documents, then you can probably find something that is cheaper. By knowing what you are going to be using the computer for, you can ensure that it comes with all of the things that you’ll need.

Physical Components – Another thing to think about is the physical aspects on the machine. This means things like USB ports, HDMI ports, the type of keyboard, an audio output, etc. You want to make sure that the peripheral items that you have will be able to connect to your new computer without any problems. Also make sure that the computer comes with enough of these ports for your liking. If you have a lot of different USB things that you want to plug in, like your mobile phone for example, you’ll want a computer that has several different USB ports.

Peripherals – If you need to get peripherals to go along with your new computer, now is the time to do it. This way you can make sure they all work and connect to your computer easily. Peripherals are things like your mouse, keyboard, and speakers.  Most computers will be able to handle all types of devices, but it doesn’t hurt to check before you make your purchase.

Price – Lastly, you want to think about the price. The more features and higher-end components you get with your new computer, the higher the price is going to be. If money is not an issue for you, then you don’t need to worry about this. However, for those of you on a budget, you will want to see which things you can remove or downgrade in order to save yourself money. This is where knowing what you really need the computer for comes in handy. Also don’t forget to shop around to make sure that you are getting the best deal possible.

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