Happy 4th of July

Written by WideOpenAdmin on July 1, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Fireworks at Wide Open Communications on 4th of July

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! The Wide Open office will be closed on Monday, the 4th of July. We’ll be back in the office 8am Tuesday the 5th. We wish everyone a safe and awesome Independence Day.

Twin Springs Fruit Farm on Patch.com

Written by WideOpenAdmin on June 24, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Wide Open client, TwinSpringsFruitFarm.com was recently featured on a segment called “Vendor Voices” over at Patch.com. Check it out below.

Easy Image Editing Online

Written by WideOpenAdmin on June 14, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Online Photo Editor Pixlr LogoWide Open is a web design & web hosting company, but on a daily basis we also do website maintenance.  A lot of our daily maintenance includes adding products to online stores which involves some minor image editing (resizing, cropping, ect).  Our hourly rate for maintenance like this is $65/hour.

Many clients ask if there is a way they can do this themselves so they can avoid the maintenance bill (which is understandable).  I used to tell them not unless they own an image editor to resize their images and make them web ready.  But now I have some great news.  There is a website which you can do image editing online.  The website is called Pixlr.com.

This website has been around since 2009, however I just discovered it today.  The site is great as you can do pretty much any kind image editing in PhotoShop on this website.  This website will end up saving you hundreds to thousands in software costs and avoid the computer threats and virius that come with torrents and piracy websites.

You can check out all the details and various tools they offer at Pixlr.com.

Redesigned HockleyAndO’Donnell.com

Written by WideOpenAdmin on May 31, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Hockley and O'Donnell Insurance Company in PAToday we launched the redesigned website for local insurance agency Hockley & O’Donnell located in Gettysburg, PA.

Hockley & O’Donnell have been hosting with Wide Open for a long time and they came to us to update the design we had done for them previously while adding a little “pizazz” and search engine optimization.

We created and added a Flash based header to the site which also links to the sites individual categories.  We also added an RSS reader to the home page to pull the latest news from InsuranceJournal.com.  Lastly we added the Google Analytics code to the site as that was the preferred method Hockley and O’Donnell wanted to use to track their web traffic.

You can check out the entire website at www.HockleyAndODonnell.com.

If you have a website and are thinking of having it redesigned, please e-mail us or call us at 717-337-2424 (or 1-800-521-9688) for a free estimate.

Sony Sends out Debix ID Theft Protection Offer for PSN and Qriocity users.

Written by WideOpenAdmin on May 25, 2011 | Leave a Comment

PSN-AllClear-ID-Plus-LogoIf you are a Sony Playstation Network user, odds are you recieved this email (I personally recieved the email last night about 11:30 pm EST).

Sony has sent out an email to PSN users and Qriocity users offering a free 12 month identity protection service through the Debix Identity Protection Network.  The service is called AllClear ID PLUS which the email explains…

“AllClear ID PLUS is a premium identity protection service that uses advanced technology to deliver alerts to help protect you from identity theft. The service also provides identity theft insurance coverage and hands-on help from expert fraud investigators.”

Sony is offering this service at no charge to eligible account holders whom have active PSN or Qriocity accounts within the US as of April 20, 2011.

This offer is however time senstive.  You have you submit your email to the following link by June 28th, 2011 at 11:59:59 CST.  The email address that you enter into the form MUST match the email on your PSN or Qriocity account.  So if you are a PSN or Qriocity user, you might want to hit it up.  I know I am.

http://us.playstation.com/news/consumeralerts/identity-theft-protection

source: playstation-email.com

Pomona’s was featured on…

Written by WideOpenAdmin on May 16, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Wide Open Communications’ client Marc Jalbert, owner/operator of Pomonas Bakery Cafe recently did an interview with Kathleen Kiick from Community Media (formerly Adams Community Television). Marc talks about the history of Pomona’s, shares his knowledge and love of all things baking and talks about his classes that he teaches at Pomona’s. Check it out!

Marc has also been featured on a local Adams County Blog What’s Eating Gettysburg. Read more about it by clicking here.

$100 Credit Towards Google AdWords!

Written by WideOpenAdmin on May 5, 2011 | Leave a Comment

$100 Coupon for Google AdWords Logo

Do you have anything you want to advertise online?  Your business or your personal site?  A fansite or a non-profit organization? Wide Open can help!  Contact us today and we can create a Google AdWords account for you and also hook you up with a coupon for $100 credit towards your advertising campaign.

AdWords is a GREAT tool to promote your business or product.  When you use AdWords, your ads not only display on Google’s search engine pages, but they also display on other Google owned websites like YouTube and Gmail.  PLUS your ads will display on Google’s Search Partner pages like AOL and Ask.com.  Lastly your ads will display within Google’s AdSense Program, a program created for bloggers and content publishers to display ads on their websites.

Whether your a nationwide company or local company, you can advertise on Google AdWords.  AdWords gives you the ability to target your ads to specific areas.  Your ads can display in every state in the US or just within a 25 mile radius of your local office.  This way your ads are only showing up where you want them to.

The best part about AdWords is you only pay when your ad is clicked.  It could display a thousand times and you don’t have to pay a penny until your ad is clicked.

Please contact us today if you have any questions, comments or want to setup an AdWords account and we’ll give you a coupon code for a $100 credit towards your new AdWords account.  Hope to hear from you soon.

New Sign Out Front

Written by WideOpenAdmin on April 29, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Today, we got a new sign installed in the front of our building located on 233 Buford Ave. Gettysburg, PA 17325. Wide Open created the design of the sign while Martin Design Group phsycially created it and installed it. This sign is an improvement over the last one as the last one didn’t include any of the services we offer. We included that in this design as well as some binary code in the background. If you’re in the Gettysburg area and you’re driving by, give us a honk!

New Wide Open Communications Sign

WOC launches iNet Tech. Group

Written by WideOpenAdmin on April 8, 2011 | Leave a Comment

iNet Technology Group From Gettysburg, PAToday, Wide Open Communications launched a new website for a local business in Gettysburg, PA. iNet Technology Group provides commerical and residental IT services in Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland.  Services range from IT Sales and Solutions to IT Consulting, On-Site Support and even Remote Support.

The website was designed by and is hosted by us. The site is setup and ran on the WordPress platform and has various plug-ins installed including WordPress.com Stats, All-In-One SEO Pack and Sociable.  The site features many search engine optimized pages and also features a blog which the iNet staff will update with daily “Tip of the Day” posts as well as any current news or events going on with the iNet Tech. Group.

You can follow iNetTech on Twitter or Like them on Facebook.

Google Experiments with the +1 Button

Written by WideOpenAdmin on March 31, 2011 | Leave a Comment

This week, Google announced it’s latest experiment, The +1 Button. This button will let other Google users know which sites have been recommended or “Liked” but other Google users.

At the moment, this is only an experiment. If you want to join the experiment and start +1ing pages, you can enroll in the program at google.com/experimental. You will need a Google Profile in order to enroll in the experiment. Wide Open has already enrolled and we +1ed our own site (obviously).

The future of the +1 Button looks bright. Not only will the button have the social media aspect of it by letting other Google users know what’s popular, but the number of +1s will also help sites improve their Google ranking. In the future, they plan to add the +1 Button to the search engine advertisements. This way users can see which ads or sales are positive or are recommended by other users.

Below is video which Google made which explains the +1 Button in further detail. If you sign up for the experiment, be sure to +1 Wide Open Communications!

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