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Ch-ch-ch-Changes at Run on Sun!

01/30/16

  07:17:00 pm, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 522 words  
Categories: All About Solar Power, Ranting

Ch-ch-ch-Changes at Run on Sun!

The new year is nearly a month old so we thought it was time to highlight a few of the changes that we have made around here (with apologies to the late, great, and deeply missed, David Bowie)…

We're mobile friendly!

Run on Sun website as seen on an iPhone 4

We’re Mobile Friendly!

Ok, this was way more of a struggle than we thought it would be!  Two years ago, when we rolled out the vastly revised website, no one was really talking about the need to design website with smartphones in mind.  In 2013, 15% of our traffic came from mobile (i.e., smartphones) but by 2015 that percentage had nearly doubled to 28%, and the trend line was moving toward more and more potential engagement via mobile devices.

On top of that, Google announced last year that it would take into consideration whether your web page was “mobile friendly” in how it ranked your page in users’ search results!  Ouch!!

So that meant that our terribly expensive web designer and code guru, aka me, would need to embark on an effort to make our website work on little tiny screens without having to pinch the screen to see what was going on.  Now that sounds easy enough, but suffice it to say that in reality, not so much.  The good news is that now our site should work well on all of your devices - from the largest desktop to an iPhone 4.  (Here’s an amazing fact - according to Google Analytics, 127 different types of mobile devices have accessed our website already this year!  So perhaps the result was worth the pain.)

We hope the changes will make the site (including this blog)  more useful to all of our visitors.  Please let us know what you think!

We are Expanding on the Westside!

You may have also noticed that our website is now sporting an additional telephone number!  We have been looking to expand our presence on the Westside of LA County (even extending into Ventura County for appropriately sized projects) and this year we are rolling out a 310 area code phone number to help make that a bit more concrete.  In the coming months we will have more to say about our Westside presence, but for now, give us a call at 310-584-7755 and say hi!

We’ve Added a Perpetually Growing FAQ Page!

Last, and yeah, pretty much least, we have finally broken down and created a Solar FAQ page on the website.  I know, FAQ pages are sort of web design 1.0, and I don’t really know why I was so resistive to doing this for so long, but someone, who shall remain nameless (but her initials are Laurel Hamilton) insisted that we needed to do this and so, it is now a reality.  (Well, at this present moment it is still very much a work in progress, but when it is completely finished it will be amazing!)

Actually, I’m hoping that this page especially is never complete, since there are always new things to learn in solar.  Check out the new Solar FAQ page here, and feel free to let us know what questions you would like us to answer!

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Jim Jenal is the Founder & CEO of Run on Sun, Pasadena's premier installer and integrator of top-of-the-line solar power installations.
Run on Sun also offers solar consulting services, working with consumers, utilities, and municipalities to help them make solar power affordable and reliable.

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