FAQ or Fiction



Is it really necessary for a small company to have website?

Can I really make SEO work for me?
Can blogging really benefit my company?
Is this all just a waste of time and is any of this profitable?

In a very Dr. Phil-ish candidness, you bet your butt they do!  And here’s why:

1. I’ve said this to potential clients, current clients, on previous blogs and to my friends…YOU NEED A WEBSITE!  Whether you live in a big city or small town, the truth is that most of the world doesn’t know you exist.  Unless your business has a product or service that is exclusive to your geographical region, you need to expand not only your mind but also your client list and profit margin. How else can a small company in Nebraska acquire a client in Maine?

2. If you have sneakers, you need laces.  Since you need a website, you need SEO.  It’s the only way to get higher rankings in the major search engines for your company with limitless advertising. Yes, it can be a little time-consuming at first if doing so yourself (or you can just hire someone to do it…see www.jpdesigntheory.com) but it is worth the time and your dimes.
3. Do you see the visual example of a necessary principle?  The more you or someone else writes about your company and services/products  exposure expansion & growth.

4. It’s evident from all the market growth and promotion of social media, it is not only big now but it’s here to stay.Customers are savvy enough now to use it to their advantage and that directly benefits your company if you get on board. Especially since customers are utilizing all the tools the worldwide web offers to discuss product/service experiences and research them prior to purchase.
In the end, I hope these answers to common questions help you to understand the importance and necessity of websites, SEO and blogging.  Can’t wait to see YOU on the www!

How To Remove The Background Of An Image Using Photoshop

Have you ever wondered how some websites are able to integrate images so seamlessly with the background of the page that they just blend in?

Most of those websites accomplish this by removing the original background of the image and either making it transparent (see-through) or changing it to another color or another background all-together. It’s all matched to the theme of the website.

For example, notice the pastor and elder of the First Church of the Living God website (created by Design Theory) in the image below. They blend right in with the clouds in the background.

Today, I will be showing you how to remove the background of an image easily and quickly with Adobe Photoshop.

* Before you start, make sure you have opened an image in Photoshop (File > Open) *

Step 1: Select the Magic Wand Tool

Select the Magic Wand tool, located in the left menu bar.

Step 2: Configure the Magic Wand Tool

Once you have selected the Magic Wand tool, you will need to configure it using the options located near the top menu bar. For basic background removal, tolerance is the only option you need to concern yourself with in the Magic Wand configuration options. Tolerance determines how closely to match colors, and a higher tolerance means a larger selection. For this example, I used a value of 70 for tolerance because if you use anything lower you will get an ugly jagged-edged blue border around the image.

Step 3: Select the Background with the Magic Wand Tool

Now that you have selected the Magic Wand tool and configured its tolerance level, you will need to select the background in the image. Click anywhere in the background of the image and the Magic Wand will automatically detect the colors of the image, and, if there aren’t too many different colors in the image, it will detect the background. Now you see why they call it the “Magic” Wand! In this case, the background is almost a solid blue so the Magic Wand has no trouble detecting the background, and it only takes one click. If the background is not solid, or is busier than the background in this particular example, you will have to hold the shift key while you click on each color that is part of the background (Hold shift + left click). This is a basic tutorial, however, so I won’t be diving into how to do that now.

Step 4: Delete the Background

Now that you have selected the Magic Wand tool, set its tolerance level and selected the background, you simply hit the delete key and voila, no background! You are now free to use this image with just about any background you can think of.

Here is an example of what I did with my tiger:

As you can see, I replaced the background with a solid black color and added some text of a company I made up. This is an example of how you could implement this tiger picture as a logo/header element on your website. There are a lot of other ways to use this skill to make your websites look very professional and seamless.

If you have this skill and use it for your own professional application, please share your experience. If not, was this tutorial helpful to you?

Tips for Creating an Attractive and User-friendly Website

Do you have difficulty getting visitors to come to your website?

The first thought that may go through your mind is that you’re not marketing enough, but you may be overlooking a common problem. Most people who do a search on Google.com don’t spend very much time deciding whether the website they clicked on is where they want to be. Typically, the decision to stay or go will happen within 7 seconds, which is commonly known as the 7 second rule. To ensure visitors are staying on your website after those first 7 seconds your website needs to have:

1. Easily accessible information

2. A user-friendy layout (clear and concise navigation)

3. An attractive design

Here are some examples of websites that DO NOT provide users with these three important design concepts:


This website has so many design no-nos, I don’t even know where to begin! First off, all of the extra graphics, such as the butterflies, really distract you from what the website is really about. Secondly, the design does not look professional at all, giving it the impression that it was made by a 10 year old. You definitely don’t want that if you’re going to run a professional business. Also, the page loads very slowly because of the plethora of images and moving graphics that are completely unnecessary.


This website suffers from what I call “information overload.” The user doesn’t know where to click. There are just way too many links that are placed everywhere and not organized. This website would be a lot easier to navigate if the designer had grouped the links into categories and displayed them in one menu (e.g., a drop down menu).

Those were examples of BAD website design. Here are some examples of GOOD website design:

First Church of the Living God

This website is one of our own (created by the Design Theory team) and highlights some very good aspects of design. Unlike ChesterTourist.com, the navigation is very clear and concise. If you hover over the links on the navigation bar near the top you will see how much easier the website is to navigate with the links grouped into categories and displayed in a drop-down menu, which is what ChesterTourist.com should have done with their links. As you can see, the website is clearly about a church and the information (our services, media, events, etc.) is easily accessible and presented in an attractive, easy-to-read format.

Preston Dental Care

This is another website that we (the Design Theory team) have designed. Again, the navigation is very clear and concise, and easy-to-read. If you want to find out more about what services Preston Dental Care offers, the link for “Services” is right in front of you in large letters.

A very simple, easy-to-read layout is very important for getting more users to come to your website. I think the worst thing you can do is confuse the user. Your business may have the best product or service in the world, but if you don’t present it in a way that is easily accessible on your website, you will have a lot of trouble getting new customers.

Check out our design portfolio if you want to see more examples of GOOD designs 🙂

What about you? Have you seen any websites recently that you loved, or maybe some you wish you hadn’t seen?

Branding Joneses Style

About a year ago I saw this seemingly interesting film in Redbox on a solo Friday night and since I had no big plans thought why not.  It listed a host of stars including Demi Moore, David Duchovny and Lauren Hutton so I thought it looked promising.  After the first 20 minutes of it I quickly caught on to the main theme/plot and thought how brilliant a concept for a movie & in business!  It’s about what appears to be a classic, wealthy suburban family who seems to have it all.  But as the story unravels, you come to understand that “the family” is commissioned ($$$) by an international marketing company, which I’m sure is a conglomerate of several, to introduce their products into the right market niche via unconventional & REALLY smart methods.  (Yes, you should totally rent it. Check out the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=achUBX71Fj0 ).

So since I’m not a movie critic (at least professionally that is…) you might be wondering why the heck I’m blogging about this.  It’s because the clever concept they employ is all about having confidence when talking about the brands they are selling and consistency of their sales tactics.  And that my friend is what easily translates I gotta have it now to big sales for the product or service.  HOW A BRAND IS REPRESENTED TRULY AFFECTS THE SUCCESS OF WHAT’S BEING SOLD!  Representation of your brand, via your website or print marketing materials, is paramount to supremacy as opposed to mediocrity in your market industry.

Do you have the vision, tenacity and marketing savvy to leverage your brand to all its potential and watch your sales and profit
margins soar?  I’m sure the answer to the latter part of that question is yes but you may not be sure about how to employ the leverage part.  I’m no expert but I do give some noteworthy morsels in my last blog titled http://blog.jpdesigntheory.com/branding-to-dos-tidbits/ .   So take a few maneuvers from my playbook and let me know how implementing just a few works for you, your potential or current clientele, and I look forward to hearing back on the blogs.  Until then…decide if you’ll be Jonesin’ on your competition or if they’ll be Jonesin’ on you.



Why Website Content Is Important [Video Interview]

So here’s my worldwide web, no time to be camera-shy debut.  I hope there are some tidbits that can enlighten & offer clarity of key points to consider from a content writer’s perspective.  These include blogging, web design and branding across all forums of marketing for your business, big or small.   So get some Kettle Corn (love that stuff!), get comfy and enjoy the show.

Why Website Content Is Important [Video Interview] from designtheory on Vimeo.

Interview by Jean Perpillant of Yvonne Barber, both members of Design Theory.