What are you paying for with a new website?

What are you paying for with a new website?

So you want a new website. Good choice! We think websites are good things, and new ones almost always offer a lot of opportunities to a business for improving and enhancing how they communicate with customers. The next step for our clients is almost always to figure out how much that exciting new website is going to cost them. This, of course, is where things get real: what is the project budget, and how much does a particular designer charge? What’s the cost/benefit analysis on all this? Assessing design costs …

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Why WordPress is great for SEO

According to W3techs, WordPress powers 60% of all the websites (with a known content management system) on the internet. A service doesn’t reach that kind of market share on usability and good advertising alone. WordPress works, and it works well. We’re going to focus on the SEO benefits that come with using WordPress, and why it is our CMS of choice for carrying out Search Engine Optimisation projects. Out of the box: All WordPress sites come with readymade SEO features that some other services do not. One such feature allows …

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How to Write a High-Quality Web Design Brief

A project is like a journey. Each has a destination, and the aim is to reach that place on time and on budget. This never happens by accident. A well written web brief is how to avoid detours, accidents and traffic jams. It will save time – and result in clearer quotes! When setting out on any trip, most of us will also work out a route: turn right here, continue for fifteen miles there. It matters to us that we reach our end-point quickly, efficiently and with a minimum …

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Why have a blog?

Why keep a blog?

What does a blog add to your website? Is it really necessary or just an optional addition? In this post, I am going to put forward some strong points for the addition of a blog to every website. The figures Statistics show that a blog can really help your business to grow. Businesses with blogs have around 55% more visitors to their website. This alone should be a great reason to add a blog to your website, more visitors means more chances to gain customers and sales. Gain credibility A …

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The Future of the VR Web Experience

With the launch of hardware like the Oculus Rift, 2016 is the year VR (Virtual Reality) is finally coming home. VR is already being used in the tech industry with press conferences being streamed in VR and being hosted on VR social networks such as AltspaceVR.  VR is going to have a huge impact in the gaming industry, but how will VR be used effectively on the Web? Virtual Reality & Web Design Currently the web and VR might not seem like a great mix, and VR would not be …

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The Repetition of UI Patterns

One of the side effects of responsive design has meant that a lot of sites look similar and we are seeing repetition of UI Patterns. Responsive design isn’t solely to blame however. The huge rise of WordPress sites and the booming WordPress the me market has also contributed to it. Having a similar look and layout isn’t necessarily a bad thing. That’s because we’ve changed the way we consume the web, which has resulted in a lot of common UI design patterns. Design patterns have matured and as such, there’s …

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Responsive Web Design

Not long ago, websites were typically designed for laptop and desktop screen resolutions. This worked fine until the advent of web capable smart phones and tablets.  Responsive Web Design is becoming more and more popular due to the rise of mobile internet usage, in fact it’s now becoming less of a trend and more of a best practice. Web designers approached the new challenge with a myriad of solutions, the clear winner, however, was Ethan Marcotte’s seminal article on Responsive Web Design back in May of 2010. Responsive web design has changed a lot since …

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Build a website in 1 day!

Our one day WordPress training workshop transforms WP beginners into savvy WP users with a shiny new online presence in a single day Over the course of the WordPress workshop you’ll be provided with all that you need to create a professional looking website. You’ll receive the tools, the skills and the knowledge. If you want to know how to effectively use your website to manage your content, then this is the masterclass for you. Kimberley Leary has more than a decade’s worth of experience with WordPress. Today she happily shares her knowledge …

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Why Social Media Buttons Don’t Work!

Most people creating a new website will ask me at some point where the social media buttons will go. But is sticking the same tired and gaudy social buttons on every page of our new website really the best way? Here’s why we don’t think so. Distraction When creating a website it’s considered best practice for each page to have one clearly defined goal. That could be anything from adding a product to the basket, signing up for a newsletter, subscribing to a blog, watching a video, filling in a …

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