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Jeffrey Allen Consulting

"Tokyo Web Designs really provided us with great solutions for our website. Everything was explained to us along the way and at every step we were provided with creative options to choose from plus give our own input. We really felt like a partner from the start to the finish of the project. The thing that impressed us the most was the level of personalized service we received. Every request or question that we had throughout the process was handled quickly and professionally. We wholeheartedly recommend Tokyo Web Designs to anyone who is seeking help in developing a website." - Jeffrey Allen Consulting

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MacMillan LanguageHouse

"We were looking to give one of our best selling products a branded presence on the web and provide our customers with added support for the product. Tokyo Web Designs not only helped us with all our requests, but also provided us with some very good suggestions on how to improve the look and impact of the site. It was a pleasure working with them and we appreciate all the hard work they put into our project." - Darren Halliday, Sales & Marketing Manager

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Parts Agent Australia

"To have a successful business you need to have the right people and right associates to give you a competitive edge. Tokyo Web Designs have given our growing company that edge. They created exactly what we wanted. No fuss and no bother. They created clean, simple, Internet shop front that worked. Now we are able to give potential customers easy access to our business and information to generate sales." - Cliff Lugton, Director

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The Flying Pieman

"Starting online sales requires a high level of specialist knowledge and expertise. The feedback and suggestions we received from Tokyo Web Designs during this process were invaluable. From start to finish everything was very transparent and initial discussions of what we wanted and how best to achieve it were very free flowing in both directions. With all the other challenges we had in preparing for our transition into selling online, this was one area which was stress-free. For foreigners in Japan looking to start an online store, I would recommend looking no further than Tokyo Web Designs." - The Flying Pieman ミートパイ ストア

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Orange Road English

"Tokyo Web Designs provided just what we needed! We now have an easy to maintain website for our 大宮 英会話 教室 (English Conversation School). One feature we especially like is the blog which allows us to post ビジネス英会話 (Business English) conversation study tips and advice for our students."

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Over time you are going to see more search engine result listings on Google Japan similar to the example below, showing rating information, number of reviews, price ranges, and a whole lot more information that Google thinks will give better search results. These are called Rich Snippets and website owners should pay attention because early evidence suggests that such listings have a higher click through rate than generic descriptions.

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Rich Snippets are implemented into your page via either of two open source annotated web markup formats that Google recognizes; RDFa and microformats. For the specifics on how to implement each format it is best to consult the Google Rich Snippets documentation.

These are just some of the types of information that RDFa and microformats can organize:

Information about people

E.g. information about a persons name, locality, role, even photo can all be organized. Especially useful for social networking applications like Linked In.

Information about products

E.g. brand, category, and description.

Information about businesses

E.g. address, telephone, postal code.

Information about reviews

E.g. reviewer, review date, numerical ranking.

Information about images

E.g. creative commons licensing.

No doubt many websites already contain much of this information. But the important thing about RDFa and microformats is that they standardize the way this information is represented. It is a part of what geeks like to call the movement towards the “semantic web”.

How can you test your RDfa or microformat code to see how it will display on the screen? Fortunately Google provides a handy Rich Snippets Testing Tool.

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7 Things to Consider

We hope these articles help you when choosing a web designer consultant in Japan or abroad.

  • 1. Website Localization?
  • Localization means adapting your website to succeed in a specific country or region. If you are looking to create a Japanese web site design, there are good reasons to seek assistance from a Japan website designer with experience in the local environment ...continued

  • 2. The 0.05 Second Rule
  • "You don`t get a second chance to make a first impression". Most of us are familiar with that old advice. Recent research is revealing how quickly that first impression of your website is actually formed ...continued

  • 3. All That Glitters Isn't Gold
  • It`s easy to be impressed by many of the slick, FLASH and Javascript powered "eye-candy" web templates available for download at seemingly attractive prices. But there are some inconvenient truths which you should be aware of before taking the cookie cutter route ...continued

  • 4. DIY Web Building Pitfalls
  • Thanks to web page editors like Dreamweaver, putting a website online is now easy. Building a GOOD website is still difficult ...continued

  • 5. Don't Make Me Think!
  • This is Web Usability expert Steve Krug`s golden rule. He explains "..if Web pages are going to be effective, they have to work most of their magic at a glance. And the best way to do this is to create pages that are self-evident, or at least self-explanatory"...continued

  • 6. If a Tree Falls in the Forest..
  • This is the beginning to a rather well known philosophical riddle that raises questions about whether something can exist if it is not capable of being perceived. We'd like to change the question and ask "if a website exists in cyberspace but nobody can find it, does it really serve a purpose?" ...continued

  • 7. Standards-schmandards?
  • At Tokyo Web Designs we are continually surprised by the number of websites we see that appear to have been put together with no regard to valid web standards. This is disappointing considering that it isn`t really hard to do so and the benefits of "clean" coding practices are potentially great ...continued

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