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Multi-Tools for Camping and Hiking

 

All kinds of different safety tools and camping gear accessories are available on the market today. Swiss Army Knives is famous for their high quality and relatively expensive items, while many other companies make lower-cost outdoor utensils, sometimes of questionable quality. Multitools are great for camping, as they are based on the basic Swiss Army Knife premise (lots of little attachments on a single tool with many different functions). One mutli-tool I recently picked up was a 7-In-1 safety tool from HighGear, Inc. It’s not anywhere as fancy as a Swiss Army Knife-type item, but it is still pretty decent! For your backpack, I recommend  The PNW Packable Backpack. I have been using it for years now!

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The HighGear 7-In-1 Safety Tool is a useful basic survival tool for old and young alike. I received the the 7-In-1 as a Christmas present and eagerly opened it, wondering if it would be just another outdoors gimmick or something actually useful. There are far too many cheap, trashy outdoors products that wouldn’t help much (if at all) in an emergency or survival situation. For instance, last year I received a hand crank portable radio and flashlight combo. A good idea on paper, maybe, but the hand crank was the weak point and snapped off after the second turn of the handle-definitely not a good purchase from my point of view. However, the 7-In-1 does not rely on such gimmicky devices for its functionality, so I was less apprehensive upon receiving it.

The 7-In-1 is made of durable plastic, upon which is fitted a compass, LED light, magnifying class, mirror, and LCD display with temperature (Celsius or Fahrenheit) and a whistle. A neck lanyard is also included so the tool may be worn like a necklace. Unfortunately, a battery is required for the LCD display-it would be more useful if it ran just off of solar, like the small solar powered calculators. The device is fairly ergonomic and well-designed, it feels sturdy and easy to use. The mirror and magnifying glass are attached on little arms that swing out of the tool when pulled, remaining secreted away in the tool when not being used. HigGear has added little button on the side of the LCD display to allow the user to adjust the time or temperature degrees (Celsius or Farenheit). The LED is quite bright, supposedly it is not for sustained use (like a flashlight) but it certainly lights up the night. There is a little metal ‘button-like’ nob on the tool, near the LED button, that is the thermometer sensor-obviously it will display a considerably higher temperature if one keeps their finger over it by accident. The battery is kept in a twist-top/screwtop holder on the back of the 7-In-1 tool and seems to be snugly fit in, thus lowering the chance of it being lost on a bumpy bike ride or rapid mountain descent.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the 7-In-1 survival tool from HighGear. It’s more of a general purpose, safety tool than a true survival tool, but it is quite useful nonetheless. A great present for seasoned outdoors enthusiasts or the budding Boy Scout alike!

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Why a Good Web Design is Essential for Your New Business

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Small business owners often make the mistake of paying for cheap web design. Cheap web design generally details a lackluster design, difficult navigation and zero benefit for search engine placement.
So why is a good design important for a business website?

Reason 1: To capture a visitor’s attention

Just like the old saying goes “don’t judge a book by its cover”. Unfortunately, the majority of people will make their decision based on the design jacket of a book – this goes equally so for a website.

You only have a few split seconds to capture a visitor’s attention; a cheap design will look unprofessional and result in the visitor leaving soon after landing on your page. A great design, however, will keep them locked in and will get them to dig deeper into your website which can later result in a sale. Men doing some web hosting Canada reviews know more about this.

Reason 2: Easy navigation lets customers find their products and services

Good design for a business website goes well beyond just the visual appeal – it also needs great navigation. Navigation is the process that a visitor will take to find your products and services; if your navigation is difficult than they will give up and leave.

From the ground up, have your business website built with the end user in mind. Make the navigation process from landing page to check out a simple as possible – don’t make them think. Use common web practices and call-to-action to help guide your visitor throughout your website.

Reason 3: Great design give you room to expand

Another essential reason why your business needs a good web design is that in the result that your business becomes successful you will be able to expand without growing pains. A bad design will show itself as it increasingly becomes clunky and difficult for new visitors.

Avoid the growing pains at your business by laying a strong framework into your design that will be flexible in the future. Ensure that every element that you integrate into your website (such as a shopping cart) will be able to process the increase in customers and will be reliable for the future.

Reason 4: Great design helps your search engine placement

Search engine optimization is a widely search subject amongst business owners because it allows them to rank high within search engine placements. A bad design will often come with coding and various elements that will gimp your overall effectiveness of implementing SEO.

From the moment the website is being built you must make sure that it complies with general web practices, uses accurate html tags and has clean CSS to allow the site to run smoothly. A good website design will allow you to then focus on larger SEO factors such as backlinks and content creation – without the headache that they’re ineffective because of cheap on-page optimization and design.

Conclusion

The web is the future of business; it makes no sense to spend so cheaply for your web design when it will really be one of the most important decisions at your business for years to come. This article gave you four different reasons why your business should have a good design; take it and implement it in your business today.

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Decorating with Ikat Designs: 2012 Trend

 

pexels-photo-280221Ikat fabrics are anything but new. Yet, for 2012 they are new again. You may remember learning about the the Silk Road in school. The Silk Road was a trading route covering Europe, Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia, India, China and locations in between. On the Silk Road, or Silk Route, high-quality Ikats were sometimes used as currency. Ikat designs were made with handloom weaving and produced vibrant, worldly patterns. These same patterns are trending for 2012, sometimes in fabrics and also in more unexpected home decor accessories.
Decorating with Ikat Fabrics in 2012

Choose Colorful Ikat Designs on White – Make a bold statement in any room by selecting graphic Ikat prints on white. Choose a vibrant pink or an inky blue from 2011’s blueprint-inspired palette. The graphic Ikat prints work best in uncluttered rooms where you want to make a statement. Try them in a foyer, a formal living room.

Upholstered Furniture – Ikat is traditionally found on fabric, so using it on upholstered furniture is not a far stretch. For the best results, choose small pieces of furniture with Ikat designs including ottomans or side chairs. An entire couch decorated in a bold Ikat design might overwhelm a small space but it would be great in a large living room.

Home Decor Accessories with Ikat – Experiment with color and pattern combinations by using small accessories decorated with Ikat.

* Throw pillows – Look for designs with two or three colors and soft, organic shapes. If you like to sew you can make your own covers for existing pillows rather than replace a perfectly good (but boring) pillow.

* Lampshades – Although they give off light, plain lampshades can often come across as cold and uninviting. How often have you loved a base of a lamp but wished the lampshade were different? Ikat designs are also being used on lampshades, not a common place to see any pattern.

* Table runners – In Ikat table runner gives a little nod to its bigger and older brother, the area rug. Table runners are affordable and a great way to cover a visible surface area in a room without changing the floors. Add some nice  wooden dinnerware sets for a nice finish.

Mix it Up: You can use Ikat fabrics with other patterns in your home. In fact, it looks much better to mix up the occasional Ikat fabric with other patterns than to go crazy with Ikat everywhere in the room.

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Beauty Product Review: Kenzoki Japanese Skincare Products

 

Kenzoki Japanese Skincare Products are a very unique line of products that are based on the concept of reconciling harmony of mind with beauty. The Kenzoki Japanese Skincare line actually consists of four different lines which all have a natural ingredient influencing the product that is ultimately formulated to pleasure the senses.

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The concept behind Kenzoki Japanese Skincare Products is based on Eastern philosophy that supports balancing the mind and body with the senses to achieve energy and Zen. This is the alchemy that birthed the Kenzoki Japanese Skincare Products line.

There are four plants that are instrumental in the success of the Kenzoki Japanese Skincare Products line that are used in the ingredients, and are formulated to please the senses. Rice is used to evoke sensuality, Ginger flower for euphoria, Bamboo leaf for energy, and White lotus for relaxation. Water is extracted from each of these plants, which are cultivated at a laboratory in Asia in a natural habitat.

Once the water from the plants has been extracted it is combined with other organic cosmetic agents such as Japanese medlar tree, bamboo tears, bird wood, yaroow and others. The combination of these unique organic cosmetic agents and the water from the four plants make up the basis of Kenzoki Japanese Skincare Products.

Kenzoki Japanese Skincare Products consist of excellent products for the face, body, and other specific zones requiring the treatment and skincare only Kenzoki can provide. The carefully chosen aromatherapy effect of Kenzoki Japanese Skincare Products creates a sense of well being upon the user of the product creating feelings of sensuality, relaxation, energy, and euphoria.

The Kenzoki Japanese Skincare Facial products are broken down into several categories. The first one is “First Things First” which includes a Chilly Foaming Cleanser, Creamy Cleansing Cream, Enveloping-Velvety Wash, Clear Eyelid and Lash Gel, and Kenzoki Fresh Lotus Water Spray.

The Kenzoki Japansese Skincare Products for the day include Face Phenomenon Deep Moisturizing Serum, Faceguard Veil, Melts on Contact Face Gel, Creamy-White Day Cream, Cream with a Zing,  dermaroller amazon, Cram with A Sheen, Vital-Ice Cream, and Kenzoki White Rice Cream.

The Kenzoki Japanese Skincare Products for Night include Cosmic Cosmetic Cream, twilight Cream, and White Rice Cream. The Kenzoki “Time to Time Category” includes Invigorating Exfoliating Flakes, Energetic Face Mask, and Kenzoki Sweet and Smooth Lips Duo. The Kenzoki Eyes Only Products include Ice-Cold Eye Cram, and Relaxing Eye Whipped Cream.

Kenzoki Japanese Skincare Products are a beautiful, and effective product for well being and for the art of looking beautiful. The Kenzoki Body Care Product line is as extensive as the Facial Skincare line, however one specific product stands out, and that is Kenzoki Suit Your Mood. Kenzoki Suit Your Mood is a Beneficial Water hydrating spray available in four aromas, which include Energizing Beneficial Water, Blissful Beneficial Water, Relaxing Beneficial Water, and Sensual Beneficial Water, which goes back to their original concept of using the aroma of four corresponding plants to achieve energy and Zen. For more information on Kenzoki Japanese Skincare visit the Web site.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts Created with Love, Just for Him

 

 

Express your love on Valentine’s Day with a handmade natural body care product or basket filled with your body care creations just for your special Valentine. Pour your heart into this Valentine’s Day present, and see his delight as he finds out you’ve created this special Valentine’s Day present just for him. His heart will soar, and he’ll fall in love with you all over again. With these natural, handcrafted gifts of love, this will become his best Valentine’s Day ever.
Cupid’s Massage Oil

This rich natural massage oil will win him over with this special blend from Julia Meadows.

6 oz. Unfragranced body oil (buy or make your own with 4 oz. Hazelnut oil, 4 oz. Safflower oil, ½ oz wheat-
germ oil, 1 tsp. Vitamin E)
1 oz. Evening Primrose oil
½ tsp. Vitamin E
100 drops of essential oil(s), use his favorite scent or create your own blend

Mix all of the natural ingredients and funnel into a decorative glass jar and tie it up with a ribbon. Attach an I-owe-you for a massage with Cupid’s Massage Oil.

Gentleman’s Favorite Morning Splash

Your favorite man will be impressed with this natural and refreshing morning splash from Julie Meadows you’ve created just for him for Valentine’s Day. This is for all skin types.

4 oz. Witch hazel extract
2 oz. mineral water
½ oz. Unflavored vodka
½ oz. Vegetable glycerin
10 drops bergamot, essential oil
10 drops pimento berry, essential oil
10 drops cinnamon, essential oil
10 drops sandalwood, essential oil
dried mixed spice (cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, clove buds, allspice berries, nutmeg, star anise)

Combine the liquid ingredients and stir well. Drop the dried spices into a decorative glass bottle and pour the liquid over them. A piece of decorative ribbon from the craft store will finish off the gift.

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Beer Rinse with Patchouli

Convincing your man to use this natural hair rinse won’t be difficult. He’ll get a kick out of this Valentine’s Gift you’ve created just for him. This Julie Meadows recipe works for both men and women. This natural rinse gives body and shine to hair.

Stir 6 drops of patchouli oil into a glass of beer (flat beer is OK). Pour over washed hair, work in with fingertips, let sit a few minutes, and rinse.

All of the above ingredients for the body care recipes can be found at your local natural foods store. Decorative jars, baskets, fillers and ribbons can be found at your local craft store.

If you make all of the recipes, fill a basket with them and fill out the basket with a natural loofah sponge or mitt, a bottle of champagne, and I-Owe-You for a massage using Cupid’s Massage Oil. He’ll fall in love with you all over again on this Valentine’s Day celebration you’ve created just for him.

KNow more about Teddy Kids Kinderopvang in my next post!

Logitech S220 2.1 Speaker System Delivers Quality Sound for Less Than $25

 

Finding quality speakers for your portable audio device, computer, tv, or gaming system can be tough, especially when you’re on a budget. When I decided to upgrade my sound system on my computer, I really only had about $30 to deal with, but I still wanted something decent…so I immediately began looking at Logitech’s offerings. Logitech has a long history of making affordable priced, quality computer accessories, and I have had good experience with them in the past. After extensive research, I decided to purchase the S220 2.1 system, at just below $25 from Amazon.com.

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First Impressions
My very first impression was, “Wow, these are kinda small!” Even though the set includes two satellite speakers with immersive sound as well as sub woofer, everything fit into a box that just barely filled up my small backpack. Once I got the system unpacked and on to my desk, I was impressed by its sleek looks and the cool wired remote that gives easy access to volume control and headphone/mic jacks. Of course, it wouldn’t matter how good it looked if it didn’t sound good, so I wasted no time setting it up…which, by the way, was super easy.

Sound Quality
Once I actually got some tunes pumping through the system, I was blown away at what I had received for under $25. The bass on this little system won’t get you kicked out of your apartment, but it’s snappy enough to enjoy your favorite jazz songs, and it’s got plenty of power to enhance your gaming and DVD watching too. The highs are crisp and clear, and midrange ain’t too shabby. In terms of volume, it might not be great for a large living room, but the Logitech S220 has plenty of juice for filling your dorm room, home office, or small den with better-than-decent quality sound.

The Bottom Line
The Logitech S220 2.1 Speaker System offers a hard to beat combination of affordable sound quality, attractive design, and unique features. Starting at under $25 at Amazon.com, it’s a must buy for the college student looking for a sound system on a budget.

Official specs: 17 W speaker system (4 W per satellite, 9 W subwoofer) , Total RMS power – 17 W RMS, Satellites – 8 W RMS (4 W x 2) , Subwoofer – 9 W RMS

Knight Flyer Agility Gears Up for It’s Fall USDAA Trial

 

It’s that time of year again. Agility trial season is beginning. If you check out any of the agility calendars available online (www.agilityevents.net or www.agilitypremium.com) you can see that, depending on where you live in the states of Louisiana and Texas, and across the country for that matter, you could go to an agility trial every weekend.
Most of you know Knight Flyer Agility, based in Tenaha, TX, holds it’s USDAA shows in January and November of each year. We’re starting the month of September, so that means it’s time to start gearing up for our trial. This year our USDAA trial won’t be using our normal trial location. We are heading a bit further from home than our last show (held in Hallsville). We will be hosting our trial at the beautiful training center in Frankston, TX owned by Terry Dyck, CMStreek.

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CM Streek Agility Training Center, Inc is located at 19386 SH 155 N in Frankston, TX. Frankston is situated two hours southeast of Dallas, and 30 minutes south of Tyler. The site is completely dog fenced, with a covered area and an air conditioned office. Two full outdoor agility rings flank the building with a backdrop of beautiful trees. This location has provided some of the most beautiful agility photos out there. It also provides several locations for portrait shots as well.

At our trial, we will be offering a full slate of classes. This three day trial will have two rounds of Standard, Gamblers and Jumpers, three rounds of Snooker, one round of pairs as well as Local Qualifiers for the 2011 Grand Prix, Performance Grand Prix, Steeplechase and Performance Speed Jumping classes.

We are also lucky enough to have one of the best agility photographers coming to this trial, Tom Bridge of Fast Clicks Photography. Tom is a very talented man, he loves dogs and since his wife competes in agility he knows what competitors like and want. You can see samples of his work at www.fastclicksphoto.com.

Come on out and join us, either as an exhibitor or a spectator! It’s sure to be a fun time at a beautiful location!

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6 Ways to Increase Your Productivity at Work

 

Several good reasons exist for trying to increase your productivity at work. Being more productive should translate into higher earnings, faster promotions, and better job satisfaction. The problem is to discover how to increase your productivity on the job. A few simple hints can go a long way toward raising your productivity several notches above where it is now.
Avoid too many personal discussions at work.

Whether you are talking about your family, your past, or your problems, these conversations slow down your pace and eat away time that could be spent being productive. This same idea holds true whether you are discussing your issues or listening to someone tell theirs. Most of the time, when one person starts to tell their tale, it is not long until the other party starts their own confessions. If you get involved in this type of talking two or three times per day, hours per week can be lost from production time.

Set goals for each part of the day to achieve.

Regardless of your job, you can set a pace to get more done by establishing goals through using an organizer liker Toad Diaries. If you are a dishwasher, look for ways to wash more dishes per hour. This will invariably lead to far more output from an eight hour shift. Setting a goal for the entire day will often meet with failure. Break up the day into smaller pieces. That way, if you have to take a break, you can time your break to coincide with completing the time period for you goal. Use the break like a mini-reward for accomplishing your production goal.

Learn to only focus on your job until it is finished.

People frequently like to help those around them get their work done. However, this is a good way to make them look good and you look bad. It does not matter how much work that you get done in the day if none of it is your assigned job. Stick to your own work until it is completed. After you finish your work, you can be kind to your coworkers and help them with their jobs. Bosses only notice when you do extra work if your work is finished, too.

Pay attention to how other high achievers get a lot done in a day.

Your coworkers are not created equal. Some of them will crank out several times more work in a week than others will get done. Focus on these high performers. Learn their techniques and work ethic. Even if you do not do the same job, you will learn from their hard work model. Most of these people will line up their work so that time is not wasted going from task to task. They will also make sure that any needed materials are available before starting to work. People with high productions learn to not waste time or energy.

Rehearse your job at home.

This may seem a little silly to some people, but practice makes perfect. Watch figure skaters before a performance. They will going through the skating routine in their head and with their bodies. This time is spent thinking about their work. To do a good job quickly, you must have your routine already working in your head. This will lead to easy movements to accomplish tasks. You will be ready to anticipate the next step long before it arrives. As you rehearse the job, new ways to do old tasks may become obvious to you. Integrate these into your job as soon as possible. You may need to make adjustments, but overall, productivity will rise.

Dodge distractions.

Avoid people who like to do practical jokes. They will distract you from your job tasks. Try not to watch coworkers too much. This can cause you miss steps or make mistakes. Try to clear your head from personal problems. Your thoughts need to be on your work to do it well. Turn off the cell phone to prevent being tempted to talk or text on the job. All distractions will lower your job performance and work again increasing productivity.

Free Prescription Discount Cards on the Internet

 
Are you concerned about the high price of prescription medicine? Would you be interested in saving 75% on prescription drugs at your pharmacy? Now you can with free prescription discount cards. Look at the free prescription discount cards on these websites. People can print free prescription discount cards from the websites. The cards can be used at thousands of pharmacies. The cards can be used the day you print them.

FreeDrugDiscountCard.com provides three free prescription drug cards on their website. you also get discounts when you buy vitamin c serum from them.

With these free prescription drug cards people can save up to 75% at more than 54,000 national and regional pharmacies. Some of the participating pharmacies are Walgreens, Kroger, Rite Aid, Eckerd Drugs, Osco, Publix, Sav-On, Winn Dixie, Super Fresh, Target, Longs Drug Store and Albertsons.

People can enter their name and email address in a form at FreeDrugDiscountCard.com to get their own free prescription cards. A printable membership card is generated. The card is pre-activated. People can use it immediately. Links to a Pharmacy Locator and Medication Pricing are also available on the home page.
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BenefitHouse.com also provides a free prescription savings card on their website. With this free prescription savings card people can save up to 75% on brand name and generic prescription drugs. Participating pharmacies include WalMart, Kmart, Walgreens, Target, Krogers, Rite Aid, Medicine Shoppe, Eckerd Drugs and many other pharmacies.

The free prescription drug card can be used today. People can save money on prescriptions with this card if they don’t have prescription insurance. People can also use this card for savings if they have Medicare or their insurance doesn’t cover prescriptions.
www.BenefitHouse.com/free_prescription_card/default.html

Another free prescription drug card is available at YourRxCard.com. People can save as much as 75% at more than 57,000 national, regional and local pharmacies with Your Rx Card. People can print the card and start saving money on prescriptions today.
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StateDrugCard.com also provides free prescription discount cards. People can save up to 75% at more than 58,000 participating pharmacies on FDA approved drugs.
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TrueRxDiscount.com provides a free discount drug card, the True Care Advantage Pharmacy Discount Card. With the True Care Advantage Pharmacy Discount Card people can save 10% to 60% on prescription drugs nationwide. The card can be used by people of any age.
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People can also save up to 75% at over 56,000 pharmacies with the free NuLegacy Rx Card. NuLegacy also provides a free newsletter to keep members up to date on their program.
www.NuLegacyRxCard.com

With the free Drug Card America discount card people can save up to 50% at more than 45,000 pharmacies. People can fill out a form on the website then print their free Drug Card America prescription discount cards.
www.DrugCardAmerica.com

People can also get free VBS Discount Cards at SaveOnScripts.com. The VBS Discount Card can be used at more than 53,000 pharmacies. There’s a toll free number people can call to find a pharmacy.
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The free Super Rx Card helps people save up to 75% on prescriptions at more than 60,000 pharmacies. The pharmacies include CVS, Safeway, Kroger, Winn Dixie, Walgreens, Target, Sav-On, Eckerds, Publix, Medicine Shoppe, Fred’s and thousands of local pharmacies.
www.SuperRxCard.com

www.DrugCardAmerica.com
www.FreeDrugDiscountCard.com
www.NuLegacyRxCard.com
www.SaveOnScripts.com
www.StateDrugCard.com
www.TrueRxDiscount.com
www.YourRxCard.com

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“Affordable Web Design”

 

Affordable Web Design
Are you looking for “affordable web design” ? Have you given up on the idea of creating a “website” because it’s just too time consuming and tedious? Yet you cant avoid it, you need a “website”. Believe me I understand. Luckily I found a great “web design” firm that specializes in professional and “affordable web design”.

I know it sounds like an oxymoron, professional and “affordable web design” all in one sentence. But it is true. The company is called eLocal Hosting and “web design”. When I say “affordable web design” I mean $1 per day. Really that’s it.

What exactly does $1 per day get you? Well first eLocal Hosting and “web design” starts off with providing a free consultation with an Internet Marketing Consultant. During your consultation they learn your business, your company culture, and philosophy. I know, “affordable web design” that comes with the professional help of an Internet Marketing Consultant, sounds great right? Most of the other “web design” firms claim to offer “affordable web design” but only offer a few templates and some instructions about how you can fill in the blanks.

But wait it gets better, in addition to “affordable web design” and a free consultation, eLocal Hosting and “web design” goes even further. The $1 per day, actually includes a professional copywriter. So now you have “affordable web design” and professional copywriter? That means you don’t have to worry about creating the content in your “website” the copywriter does it all for you. All the content created by eLocal Hosting and “web design’s” copywriters are created to get better placement on the web directories. How much more can you really ask for?

I was amazed with the package. But I guess the people at eLocal believe in pushing the envelope because in addition to “affordable web design” eLocal Hosting and “web design” employ’s some of the most talented “web designers” in the industry. And did I mention that the “web design is affordable”?

When your “website” is finally completed the production team at eLocal Hosting will submit your “website” to Yahoo, Google, and 50 other directories.

So if you are in need of “affordable web design” from web development companies and you don’t want to compromise quality contact eLocal Hosting and “web design” at 1-866-585-1715.