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If you are looking to make some major changes to a page within your website then you need to think carefully before starting. Firstly ensure that you have a full, recent back up of your website that you can easily upload back to the server should you do something that crashes your site. If you have another company that looks after your sever, you may need to ask them to do this so make sure you do any changes at times when you can get hold of them should you need to ask them to revert to a back up. If you are using a content management system, you may wish to duplicate the page first. You can rename the URL and then use this as your test page to make the relevant changes. You can often password protect this page meaning no one can visit it whilst you are in the developmental stages. This will also mean you can share the page with other specific people to view before setting it live. Once you are happy with all the changes, you can copy the code across to your existing page and update it to set the changes live. You […] Read more...



If you have a WordPress site and want to be able to create a test site to make changes to before uploading to the live site then it may not be as easy as you think. Ideally you should be able to download a copy of your database and your files then reload them to the sub domain or new domain, but you also need to remember to change any mentions of the old URL in order to get the site to work correctly. You may be able to do a find and replace in the database in order to get this done or you may have to manually go through and change it. You will also need to consider the HT access file to ensure that it does not try and redirect the test site to the live one. Even if you do all this correctly you can still end up with corruptions and find that the styling is missing from the site or from the admin area. This can be a nightmare and often results in you needing to copy all the files again and re upload them to make sure that it has been fixed. Some hosting […] Read more...



Your website is undoubtedly one of the most visible faces of your business; it’s often the first thing that your customers will see, and we all know that first impressions count. It doesn’t, therefore, take a great leap of imagination to realise that a poorly functioning site featuring bad grammar and spelling mistakes won’t create the best impression and could therefore damage your business, rather than boost your sales. You may think that this is something you can address yourself with a bit of careful self-checking and testing, and many people do – but the slew of sites out there which suffer from the afore-mentioned issues suggests that often, this isn’t done to the required standard. Often that’s through no direct fault of the site owner – you’re often very close to your site and have been involved in it’s development, so actually it’s surprisingly easy to miss mistakes or functional problems; indeed, I’ve even seen self-testers work round a bug or glitch on their site without even realising they’re doing it, as it has become second nature to them. For that reason then, finding someone independent to work through the site and properly test it in an organised manner […] Read more...



Many websites have banner images that are displayed along the top of their site when you first land on it. These banners may rotate or they may be static. Some companies use these banners to have images of their business, staff members or customer testimonials, other companies use these as a way of updating their visitors or sales that may be happening or the launch of a new product. If you rarely change these banners then repeat visitors will tend to start to ignore them. If you use them for placement of events or sales then you may find they are clicked through a lot more. IF you have your banners on an auto scroll you need to get the timing right, you need to allow enough time for the banners to be read and clicked if needed but not too much time that the visitor leaves the page. Always give the visitor the opportunity to click through from banner to banner so if they miss one they can go back without having to wait for it to come round again. Think very carefully about wording and images that you use on your banners as if done correctly they can […] Read more...



When a visitor lands on your website they have already decided on what they would like or expect to see. If they have clicked through from a paid for advert, then they would expect to be taken through to a page that is exactly what was described in the ad. If they have clicked through on to your home page then they will be wanting to be able to quickly and easily navigate through to the section they want to look at. If your website is an e-commerce site then you need to ensure that the checkout process is secure but also easy to complete. Not all people want to have to set up an account to purchase an item or request a brochure / sample for example, so you may instead offer them the option to check out as a guest. Website are always a balance between design, functionality and search engine optimisation. If you concentrate too much on just one of these areas you may find that your site simply doesn’t work as it needs to. Sometimes it is good to take a step back from your site and figure out what it is you actually want people […] Read more...



Many people have moved on from using computers and laptops to access the Internet, and now browse the web through tablets or mobile phones. It’s a simple and convenient way – mobile phones have come a long way in the last twenty years and now it’s possible to access almost as much information as you can from a computer, but without having to own additional devices. The majority of popular and commonly-used websites have separate styles for desktop and mobile browsers to make them easily accessible in both formats. For less used sites, such as small businesses or school websites, there are options to automatically scale the information to fit the screen of a mobile phone. This is ideal for many and usually works without any problems, but it’s important to check it out for yourself to ensure there are no hiccups. A couple of common problems you may encounter include your logo or pictures not fitting the screen properly, text running off the screen or menus disappearing, meaning users are restricted to just your home page. With a quick online search or an alternative mobile version of your logo or header, these problems are usually easy to fix. It […] Read more...


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