Don't miss out on Queensland Government Grant

If you are a Queensland business, and have some website development or content changes you would like to do, now might be the time.

The Queensland Government has a grant that may be relevant to your business. The available grant amount is a minimum of $2,000 and up to a maximum of $10,000. 

It's on a first come first served basis (subject to satisfying eligibility criteria).


You get what you pay for – a comparison

The following article will compare and contrast the differences between sites created by Online Medical versus those created by a typical website provider. We examine the most important issues that could affect the quality of your website and value of services provided.

As you will see, you truly do get what you pay for – so often you may not be making an "apples to apples" comparison. We think our clients (and their patients) deserve a world class website – which is why we offer such high standards.


Dangers of Compromised Websites

Your website is a valuable prize for cybercriminals. The abuse of sites by bad actors affects both their owners and the greater security ecosystem.

This article a timely reminder that although not all website platforms are created equal, Drupal sites are not invulnerable.

There have been a range of software updates to fix very important security issues discovered in the Drupal CMS in the last 12 months. This is quite unusual historically, but nevertheless - these security issues were significant.


Refining our approach to SEO

Google Analaytics Report

Like all aspects of the continually evolving digital landscape, it makes sense to step back and assess assumptions and default methods of operation from time-to-time.

We recently undertook such a review around our assumptions in relation to Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). For the uninitiated, SEO is the application of a range of work both on the website and on third party websites with a typically stated goal of improving ranking within search results.


How website quality impacts your practice

Site quality is a broad term, with many possible interpretations. Quite simply – it has a different meaning to different people. Online Medical’s definition of site quality focusses on a few broad principles, and can be assessed by discovering the answers to the following questions…


ALERT!: Adobe has announced the End of Life for Business Catalyst

Reminder that Adobe will stop all support for it's Business Catalyst platform.

This means that if you you are currently running a website that is based on Business Catalyst, when support stops it will no longer be available to you or your patients.


Securing your site with HTTPS

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HTTP Secure (HTTPS) allows secure communication on the Internet. Learn about the benefits of HTTPS for your website and how this affects you.


Discover Digital Specialists – SEO Team

Effective SEO requires a dedicated specialist team – as this area of endeavour is astonishingly complex. Our SEO team co-ordinates with the express intent of improving the “natural search result” ranking of your website. The goal is to improve the amount of relevant traffic to your website - so that you have the opportunity to convert them into paying patients, or referring doctors.


News Copywriting Package

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Online Medical is pleased to announce a new service offering. Our News Copywriting Package takes the difficulty out of a task that's problematic for many of our valued clients.


Discover digital specialists – Videographers

Videographer with professional camcorder on tripod

Videographers are quite similar to photographers in many ways. However, they are also aware of the specific requirements of the moving image. There are different challenges that they must overcome. They are experienced with post production techniques and video editing and know how to tell a story through refined use of the medium.


Discover digital specialists – Photographers

Photographers not only have access to high grade photographic equipment, lighting and other tools - they know how to use them. Our photographers are members of the AIPP and are experienced professionals. They know how to work with clients to plan and prepare for the shoot (a major factor in the success of a shoot). They also know how to get the best out of the shoot on the day by helping to manage and direct the various participants.


Discover digital specialists – Copywriters

Copywriter composing text on laptop

Copywriters are wordsmiths who are able to research a topic from scratch and incorporate and expand upon client feedback. They write material that can be used to populate the pages of your website. Copywriters are experienced in writing for the web. They are aware of the best practice techniques such as consideration of audience, and ensuring the page is structured well into digestible chunks of information suited for the reading style of web use.


Discover digital specialists – Developers

Web developer coding on dual screen rig

A Developer is a specialist in technical aspects of code development and is an expert in the use of the Content Management System (CMS). Developers utilise pre-existing module code or create new code as required. They create the functional structure of the site, and populate it with the supplied content as HTML and also create the styling CSS. They understand best practice for development and are able to take approved content and design (along with a brief) to create a functional responsive website that is also extensible.


Discover digital specialists – Designers

Graphic designer creating artwork for website using graphics tablet

A Designer is a specialist in visual arts, with a particular focus on web design - including knowledge of UX / UI principles. Our designers are often capable in a variety of areas, including logo design / brand identity, but their core focus is web design.


The right web design and development company – choose wisely

Code illustrating web development

Choosing a web development company to build your website is a lot like choosing a car.  All cars, hopefully, will take you from A to B – but why do it in a Toyota Corolla when you can do it in a Mercedes C class. The answer is in the look, the feel and the functionality – with the highest quality only achievable by applying specialist expertise.


Why not all CMS are created equal

What is a CMS?

A Content Management Systems (CMS) is a web-based system that is the platform your website is built on. A CMS is intended to allow site editors an easy mechanism to update website content. CMS also offer significant advantages for website developers. 


Enhance your website with Photography

Enhance your website with Photography

Online Medical have professional photographers who have a proven track record in producing exceptional quality images for your website. For your convenience we offer a range of offer Photo and Video Packages.


Best practice – writing for the Web

It’s important to understand the way your site users interact with your website content. The behaviour of people reading web materials is significantly different to people reading print materials. Rather than reading entire articles from start to finish, web users typically scan for information.

Renowned web usability expert Jakob Nielsen found that “on the average webpage, users have time to read at most 28% of the words during an average visit; 20% is more likely”.


Content is King

One of the most important aspects of a practice website is content – the information that you are making available to your patients about their conditions, and the procedures that they will potentially be undergoing.

For you to be seen as the expert in your field (a status that you have spent years of training to achieve) – the content needs to reflect this.  It needs to be comprehensive, accurate and above all else unique.


Automation in the Specialist’s Office

There is currently a huge push by software developers to produce systems that automate processes that hitherto have been performed by humans. Hence the enormous interest and investment in projects such as the driverless car. The simple fact is that humans are fallible, whilst computers are considerably less so. The other significant driving factor of course is cost. The biggest financial burden for any business (a specialist’s practice included) is the personnel that it employs.


Start the New Year with a renewed stride

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Improving your practice, from the interactions with individual patients to the processes employed by your administration staff, is something you should attend to continuously.  So as 2015 draws to a close, it’s an opportunity to assess how you can achieve this. A new website, or the redevelopment of an existing site, is an excellent way to kick off 2016.