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As of 1 December 2016, Fasthosts (whose website hosting products we provide) is introducing a new process for changing the details of a domain registrant (the individual or organisation that holds registration of a domain). This is due to ICANN (the governing body for top-level domain names) updating its domain transfer policy. The new process applies to any change of domain registrant information. This could be as part of a domain transfer from one...

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Are you looking at setting up a new website? Perhaps it is for an existing business, or for a new business venture that you are looking to run. Maybe it's just an idea you've had that isn't fully developed yet. We've all seen websites that don't work that well and examples of websites that somehow just miss the point. So, to help you on your way, here are some tips for things not to do when setting up your new website: 1. Don't...

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It is often a privilege to work on a wide variety of projects and one of the latest projects we have worked on is for a novel by author Louise Walsh. Set in 1967, Black River follows Harry, a South Wales Echo journalist, as he tries to protect the village of Aberfan from press intrusion in the run up to the first anniversary of the 1966 tip disaster. It was good to work on a website with her for the second time: "Having used Doive Designs...

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Since 2005, we along with Ignite (now Message Wales) have been supporting Gateway Ministries in Rajahmundry, India aka Ignite India. Gateway Ministry is based in Andhra Pradesh and was formed by Rev. V.S.C. Prasad. Pastor Prasad has developed a Christ-centred and Spirit-filled ministry in evangelism, church planting, pastors training, and outreach to the poor and needy in the villages around the city of Rajahmundry. Since partnering in 2005 and under...

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For the second year in a row we are happy to have been involved in the Children of Prisoners Europe's annual campaign. Throughout the month of June, COPE runs an annual pan-European campaign entitled "Not my crime, still my sentence". The objectives of the campaign include: Awareness-raising about the rights and needs of children affected by the imprisonment of a parent Effecting policy change for these children on the local, national...

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The more observant among you will have noticed a trend in some of the posts this year and that is that we've been going through and relaunching a number of our websites. The latest to get an upgrade are long term clients Magnetic Bracelets Wales. Carys Evans, the owner of Magnetic Bracelets Wales first approached us about 5-6 years ago with the aim of setting up an e-commerce website for her business, selling Bioflow Magnetic Bracelets, Wristbands...

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We're always encouraged when our long term clients come back to us to redevelop their websites. After all 4 years is a long time in web design. So when Newport based Teaching4Wales Ltd re-approached us in the Spring of 2016 we were more than happy to help them bring their site up to date. Teaching4Wales, who provide supply and permanent staff to schools and colleges in South Wales, first approached us nearly 10 years ago when we were a fledgeling...

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We are very happy to announce the relaunch of the British Thematic Association (BTA) website which went live last week. The BTA approached us in the Autumn of 2015 and working together, as we often do, with Caffiene Creative Ltd in Penarth whom came up with the sensational design we've worked hard on this new website. The British Thematic Association is a national organisation composed of and supporting theme based collectors and exhibitors from...

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Over the past 6 months or so we've been working with a number of our pre-existing clients to make some major changes to how their websites work. CMI (Creative Ministries International Trust) has been one of these. In the Autumn of last year we began work on turning their website from a brochure site into an e-commerce site, allowing the charity to sell a variety of products online to help raise funds. CMI Trust is an international non-profit...

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Over the past few months we've been working with one of our existing clients to help them to revamp their website to help them meet current standards and trends. Llanishen Evangelical Church, who first approached us to work on their site back in 2010, decided that it was time to give their site a facelift. Six years is a long time in web design, with the focus now on mobile and tablet friendly design which was barely a consideration back when the...

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2015 has been a very busy year for Doive Designs and we must admit that keeping our own website up to date has been a real challenge. So as the year draws to a close, we think that it is long overdue that we do a quick round up on what we've been up to. 1. Mobile Responsive Websites Above and beyond anything else that we've been working on this year have been updates to various websites we manage to make them mobile and tablet friendly,...

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This month we are proud to have been involved with Children Of Prisoners Europe (COPE)'s annual "Not My Crime, Still My Sentence" campaign site which went live at the start of June 2015. Children with imprisoned parents are ordinary children facing unusual life circumstances. Like any other group of children, children separated from a parent in prison experience many different emotions; some even contradictory to those which other children...

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As 2014 draws to a close, we'd like to thank all of our customers for making this another amazing year for Doive Designs & Web Development. This year has been another busy year with many returning customers revamping existing websites and going mobile friendly as the relentless increase of mobile website browsing has overtaken the more traditional PC as the preferred way of using the web. Over the Christmas period we will be closed from Friday...

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Do you need website hosting? If you have a website, or are thinking about setting one up in the near future then the answer is 'YES'. Website hosting is basically rented space on a specified computer known as a server. These servers allow people to access your webpages from anywhere in the world, like you are doing now. During October 2014 we're offering 2 years website hosting for the price of one to our Facebook followers setting up...

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One of the great things about being a website developer is working on new projects and on new technologies. One of our most recent website projects has been one where we developed a car wash directory system. The new website 'Find Car Washes' enables a user to do exactly what the name suggests, 'find car washes' near them. While the premise may sound simple, the challenge of creating a bespoke search system is not a simple one, but I...

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Doive Designs are moving... but not far. We're moving from our current location at 85 Bampton Street to our new address below: 6 Belmont Road, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6AR. Please send all correspondence to the new address effective immediately. The move should not affect any of our hosting or email services as hosting is not done on site. It is possible that we may take a little longer responding to queries and emails during this time. Our...

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At the end of June the webmail interface for all our customers will be updated to a cleaner, more up to date look and feel. Don't panic! All the webmail functionality that you use on a day to day basis will still be there, so you can continue to use webmail as normal - though we'll be on hand if you have any issues. There's absolutely no need to worry about your existing emails and information as all existing mail, contacts, folders...

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In the past week, the National Crime Agency has warned that we may have as little as 14 days in which to prepare ourselves for what could be a significant digital threat. Should we be concerned? While I don't think its time for placards proclaiming "the End is Nigh", it should be taken seriously. After all, the NCA doesn't issue announcements like this lightly. There are millions of hackers and spammers prowling the internet...

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A lot of our websites use a Content Management System (or CMS) which allows you to update the website yourself. This kind of system not only gives you more control over your website, but also saves you money in the longer term because you don't need a web developer for every update - especially when it's only a minor update. In fact, a well designed content management system will let you go way beyond making simple text changes including allowing...

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There are a lot of companies out there which will tell you how important your search engine ranking is and while there is some truth to this, it's not that straight forward. Business Name Searches Firstly, it's relatively easy to get your business highly ranked for the name of your company, unless your company is unfortunate enough to have a company name that is similar to that of a pre-existing one. This is good news for any well established...

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