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If you are thinking of having a website created or want to have your current one updated, then you need to think carefully about who you will use. You may already have had recommendations of a company or an individual or even met them at a networking event or other times you may scorer the internet to find someone. There is often a wide selection of programmers you can use, some of whom are self employed and others who work for a large organisation. Self employed programmers tend to be slightly cheaper and you may be able to find someone who is local to you. There are many advantages to using a local web designer and programmer. It can make it easier when it comes to discussing ideas and passing material between each other. If you use a freelancer or someone who is self-employed, then you may find that the project takes a little longer as they will often have other projects that they will be working on. It is always worth doing a bit of research to see if you can find any reviews on them and find examples of their work.  You need to obtain a few quotes […] Read more...



All businesses need to have an online presence in order to be able to compete on a number of platforms. If you do not currently have a website you may have no idea how much it will cost to have one built and the ongoing running costs.   The costs of websites range drastically in price from a few hundred pounds upwards into the tens of thousands of pounds depending on what it needs to be able to do and how big the website will be in terms of the number of pages or products. Some companies will even build a website for free and then charge you a small monthly management fee. In some regards you do often get what you pay for, i.e. if you chose to have a website that only costs £300 the chances are you will be getting a template website that will not have much flexibility in terms of what you can change or add to the site in the future. You may also find it difficult to get these sorts of websites ranked on the search engines such as Google etc as they are often not built with search engine optimisation in mind. […] Read more...



It is very easy to get a bit carried away with the functionality of your website and forget about what the viewers of the site actually want and need. You need to ensure that the customer can carry out certain tasks such as buying an item or enquiring about a service you offer, but always be sure to think about how easy it is for the customer to do so. It can be a great idea to have additional functionality on your site but if it is not easy to use or doesn’t function correctly it can have an adverse effect. You may find that visitors leave your site and do not return because they are put off by issues on the site. Some companies chose not to put too much functionality on their site as they want to be able to get the customer on the phone to really sell what they are offering, so there is a balance and it differs from company to company. When adding in any new part to a website it is very important to carry out sufficient tests prior to setting it live and it may be worth getting other members of staff […] Read more...



It is vital that you work closely with your web programmer in order to get the best out of your site and get a site that not only looks good but functions well too. A web developer will program all the pages to look and function the way they should and often issues arise when the developer and the customer do not communicate properly. It may be that the customer knows exactly want they want but does not convey this correctly to the developer. This may lead to the developer assuming certain things and then finding out that was not what the client wanted. This can end up wasting time and money for everyone involved. When taking through a new website or updates you want to an existing site it is often a good idea to draw a flow chart or sitemap and diagrams of how it should look and what should happen when different links are clicked on etc. This is an opportunity to iron out any issues before the programming starts. Adding in additional features once programming has commenced often results in higher costs. When working with a developer communicate with them and ask their opinion as they […] Read more...



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...


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