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websites, printing, mailing, social media, and other advertising solutions. So even if you have little-to-no experience in advertising, we can help you produce a specifically tailored solution, delivered to your audience.
 
Below are resources we hope are clear, useful, and educative. However, feel free to contact us if you have questions or would like to discuss our products and services.
 
  Printing
    When you print a piece of mail or literature, there are several factors you should take into consideration, such as:
     
   
  Format: what would you like to print? A postcard to mail? A menu for your restaurant? A brochure to put on your counter?
  Size: even though sizes are standardized for business cards, postcards, brochures, etc., you can have any of our products in any size or shape.
  Colors: we can print in 1, 2, 3, or 4 colors (printing in 4 colors is also known as a full-color process). When printing in 1, 2, or 3 colors, white isn't counted; so a 2-color print will have white, plus two other colors.
  Bleeds: if you want the printed area (pictures, colors, etc.) to extend to the borders of your print media, you want full bleeds and we can do that.
  Single- or Double-Sided: sometimes you want to print on one side of the paper to save money or both sides to maximize your message.
  Paper Weight: this is the thickness of the paper and can vary from text paper (like magazine paper) to cover paper (like a heavy greeting card).
  Coating: we can coat your print media in an aqueous coating, UV gloss coating, and, for some products, a poly-coat. This improves durability and protects your piece from smudging and humidity.
  Folding / Scoring: depending on what you print, you may consider having us fold it or score it (see below for options). Scoring puts a crease in the paper for later folding by you or your team.
  Turnaround Times: they vary for each product. We need artwork submitted and approved by 11am CST, then the clock starts ticking the next business day (see below for timelines).
     
  Folding Options
    Below are the various folding options we offer:
     
   
     
  Printing Process Timeline
    The time and process it takes to print something is relatively simple. It involves several steps necessary to ensure the best, expected results. The process can be summarized like this:
     
   
  Create Your Artwork: this can be done in two ways, either you create the artwork and send it to us, or we can create it for you.
  We Create a Proof: after the design, we send you a proof of what the completed print job will look like. Here, you look over the design and we can make any revisions and corrections you want.
  You Approve the Proof: If you see that everything is in order and there are no more revisions or corrections, you approve the proof and tell us to proceed with the printing.
  We Start Printing: Here, we start the actual printing process and the clock starts ticking on the turnaround times (see below for timelines).
  We Ship the Product: Depending on the product, we will ship the product to you or you'll pick it up. Shipping costs depends on what you order, where you have it shipped to, and the shipping method.
     
  Turnaround Times
    The turnaround time depends on what you order, how fast we print it, and where you want to ship it. We have different options on turnaround times and a good rule of thumb is the faster you want it, the higher the production costs.
     
   
     
   
     
   
     
   
     
  Direct Mail
    The US Postal Service has enacted lower postage rates for users of bulk mail. In order to qualify for these rates, mailers must process, format, sort, and address the mail in specific ways, which reduces the handling required by the postal service. All you have to provide is a list of households, businesses, or organizations you'd like to mail to and we'll take care of the rest.
     
  Websites
    A website is a collection of related web pages containing images, videos, or other digital information. A website is hosted on at least one web server, accessible via a network, such as the Internet, through an Internet address (domain) known as a Uniform Resource Locator (URL). All publicly accessible websites collectively constitute the World Wide Web. Webpages are accessed and transported with the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). The user's application, often a web browser (i.e., Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari), renders the page content according to its HTML markup instructions onto a screen.
     
    The pages of a website can usually be accessed from a simple Uniform Resource Locator (URL) called the homepage. The URLs of the pages organize them into a hierarchy, although hyperlinking between them conveys the reader's perceived site structure and guides the reader's navigation of the site.
     
  Domains
    A domain name is the address people use to go to your website; for example, yahoo.com, redcross.org, and madworks.com are examples of domain names. A domain name is an identification label that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority, or control in the Internet.
     
    An important purpose of domain names is to provide easily recognizable and memorable names to websites. There are various extensions to a domain name you may select; for example, .com, .org, .net, etc. When you purchase a domain name, you register the name with a central, worldwide organization and you own it, usually for a year. You then have to renew your domain name registration, at least yearly.
     
  Hosting
    Hosting is an on-line storage service for your website. It reserves space on the Internet for your information, images, video, etc. and makes it accessible to visitors via the World Wide Web. Hosting is necessary to show your website to people who types in your domain name. Web hosts are companies that provide space on a server they own or lease for use by their clients.
     
  E-mail
    With a domain and hosting, you will have e-mail capabilities for your website. You'll be able to create an e-mail, such as your-name@your-domain.com, and then send and receive messages through that address.
     
  Social Media
    The term "social media" refers to the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue. Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein define social media as "a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content."
     
    Some of the more popular social media websites are Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Social media are media for social interaction, as a superset beyond social communication. Enabled by ubiquitously accessible and scalable communication techniques, social media substantially change the way of communication between organizations, communities, as well as individuals.