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A belated Happy New Year to you all. Now that all the decorations are down, the mince pies have been eaten and you've broken all your New Years resolutions, it's time to get down to business and helping it grow. Customers ask me, "How often should I redo my website?" and what I tell them is: "About every 3 years". Why every three years? The internet is such a fast paced medium, that what was fresh and up-to-date...

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So busy, in fact, that we don't even have enough time to do what we tell all our clients to do. To keep their website up to date. What have we been doing lately? As well as managing and updating a number of client websites (including The Mid Devon Network, The Association of British Science Writers, Pain UK, Optimum Brasses, The Exe Valley Mission Community, Hebron Hall and Gweini), we've also launched the new website for St Albans Arts Club...

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One of the many projects we've been developing over the past year or so is a new tool for Independent Local Businesses that we have called "Un-chained". So, what is Un-chained? Un-chained is a platform that allows customers to find an independent business close to them. Whether that's an independent coffee shop, restaurant, decorator or a financial advisor... we're here for you. How do I get on Un-chained? If you're...

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This past year has been so busy that we're struggling to keep our own website up to date. After all, it's far more important that we keep your's up to date! A few months ago - back in June 2019 - we put the new Tiverton Canal website live and ... well, I'll let them tell you in their own words: We are all excited at Tiverton Canal Co . . as today we launch our all-NEW website. . . Listening to feedback, a lot of people wanted...

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Been so busy lately, that we've even been too busy to do any shameless self promotion! One of the projects we've been working on was for the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) who've been a regular client of ours for a few years now. We've given their site a slight revamp, which took a lot of work! Here's what they said about us: "Dave has managed our site for a while and we’ve had a great relationship...

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When you set up a new website with us, including revamping a current website, we'll offer you free website hosting for 12 months. That's right, free website hosting for the first 12 months for new website customers. You don't even have to renew it after 12 months. I don't need a new website, you say? Well, what if we could beat your current website hosting deal? If you have a Wordpress, Joomla or static HTML website, we can probably...

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If you run a website and you haven't heard of the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) legislation that comes into force on 25th May 2018 - then where have you been? I'm not a legal expert, so this advice should not be treated as legally binding, and is given as simply my understanding of the new law. What is it? Do you remember a few years ago when people fought for the right to be forgotten by search engines and social media platforms?...

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As you may know, we are based in the historic market town of Tiverton, Devon, so understandably we get a fair number of customers in the local area. In the past few months we've been working on websites for two quite different but also similar accommodation providers based just outside of town. Deepaller Farm Bed and Breakfast Deepaller Farm is a small sheep farm set in the beautiful rolling devon countryside about 3 miles from the historic...

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It actually all took place a few weeks ago now, but the FMI Consulting website is now live. FMI Consulting is an Authorised Reseller of the Nimble eLearning Solution, who also provide advice and services to get their customers on the road to success in the creation and management of their online training. "Dave Burton brought technical capability and practical creativity to our web site.  He took our brief, brand, words and images and produced...

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I'm reminded of a Baz Luhman song from the late 1990s. "Everybody's Free (to wear sunscreen)", the song proudly begins as the singer (well, it's not really singing) reels of a list of advice that he's heard over his lifetime. At one point in his song he makes the statement "Prices will rise, politicians will fallander and you too will get old. When you do, you'll fantasise that when you were younger, prices were reasonable,...

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A lot of companies will assume that by just having a website, they will see an increase in business – and although this may be the case for some businesses – it may not be true for yours. In fact, a recent article suggests that a bad website could actually harm your business. It is important to realise that having a website is not necessarily going to suddenly make your company a global success, rivalling even the mighty Google. It could,...

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Is it worth using social media? These days, it seems that every business has those trendy little social media links to Facebook or Twitter and despite their popularity, the purpose of these kinds of websites is lost on large portions of the population. So why is it that social media has been snapped up by so many businesses and is it something that your business should be doing? Facebook Currently there are 26 milliion people using Facebook...

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If you are thinking of setting up a website you will need to think about several factors before you set up the site. Some of the questions you will need to consider are outlined below: What is the goal of your website? What do you want your website to achieve? Are you looking to increase sales or to raise awareness? Are you aiming to enhance your customer's experience by providing better after-sales care? Is your website one that you want customers...

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How long is a piece of string? The price of a website will depend on whether your site is simple 'static HTML' website or whether it uses a content management system. We deal with two kinds of site: Static sites and Content managed sites. Please see the article: 'What is a content management system?' for more information about the differences between these two kinds of site. Static HTML websites Static HTML websites start...

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Do you have a lot of events coming up that you want to put on your website? or do you find that you simply don't have the time to be constantly taking events down from your website? Then you might benefit from our dynamic events system. It's quite simple, you enter in the details of your event into the content management system. Once the date of your event has passed, it will automatically be hidden from the public, meaning that your site...

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Like any design project, the time it takes to set up a website can vary considerably. The vast majority of web projects are completed within 2-3 months of contact, but this can depend on several factors. The longest part of any project is the design phase, especially when a larger group of people is involved in the decision making process. Delays can occur when waiting for feedback from all committee or council members. Speeding up the web design...

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What Are Website Standards? These days it's not good enough to just have a website. These days sites need to meet certain minimum standards. Doive Designs work to meet as many of the web site standards as possible including those listed below: W3C HTML 5 compliance The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) are responsible for setting standards for the internet. Compliance means that all browsers should display the site in the same way. All of...

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A Content Management System (or CMS) is a system that allows you to control the content of your website quickly and easily. Typically, you will be provided with log in details which allow you to access an admin area of your site. You can then use this area to change the wording and pictures on your site using a simple text editor which makes updating your site no more complicated than using Microsoft Word or an online email provider like GoogleMail. We...

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A domain name (or URL) is the human readable address of your website. It usually takes the form of (www.mywebsitename.co.uk) or similar. There are no right or wrong domain names, but some may be more successful than others. Here are a few tips to help you decide... Short vs Long web address? Generally speaking the key is whether your customer will remember your website address. Short website addresses are often easier to remember, but unless your...

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Google provide a lot of free resources that can be quickly and easily used on your website. Here are a few reasons why Google Analytics and it's sister Google Webmaster Tools can benefit your website. If you are looking for Google Analytics, click here... What is Google Analytics? Google Analytics is a free and powerful tool that can be used to track how well your website is doing. It goes way beyond simply counting how many people are...

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