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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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We make a lot of content managed websites and one of the most common things we are asked is how can they add an image to the page. While most of the websites we produce use a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) text editor, sometimes the images our clients are trying to upload are simply too large. If you have Photoshop or Paintshop Pro then it's easy to do, but many people don't. If you have Microsoft Word, though, there is a little trick...

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As we welcome in the New Year, dust off our computers and prepare for what may be another exciting year for Doive Designs, we thought that we should let you know about some of the exciting changes coming up. Early this year (2014) the world of domain names is changing and opening up hundreds of new domain extensions like: .London .Wales .Scot .Football .Shop .Ltd .Website and many many more... So what does this mean for you?...

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If you love a good curry, then our latest website launches might be ones you'll want to check out. Over the past few month's we've been working with local Indian takeaway Curry Spice and it's sister tandoori restaurant Gate of India in Tiverton to create a couple of simple business websites to promote their services online. Ali Chand, or Mr Ali as he is know to his friends and regulars, has run the award winning Gate of India Tandoori...

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It has been decided by Nominet, the organisation who manage UK domain names including .co.uk and .org.uk that they intend to launch the top level .uk domain for registration, following a similar move by their French and German counterparts. The move had previously been shelved over concerns that it could be both confusing and costly to businesses that may feel compelled to secure the new addresses in addition to their current CO.UK domains. What...

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Earlier this week we opened the doors, as it were, to another of this year's major projects. This time it was the brand new website for non-profit organisation Creative Ministries International (CMI) CMI Trust is an international non-profit organization that is committed to helping improve the lives of children who have been deprived, lost and forgotten, with hope and love. This is achieved through a number of mediums: Providing Humanitarian...

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We're happy to unveil the long awaited Ashford Back and Wellness Centre website, the second chiropractic website that we've done in Ashford over the past year or so. Ashford Back and Wellness Centre is, though, a place where you can get far more than just chiropractic care including massage and other therapies. Owned and run by Ashford based chiropractor Simon Marshall, with his wife Rachel (who also runs photography business, Simon Thomas Photography)...

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It seems that the UK is in the midst of an enterpreneurial boom with e-commerce websites increasing by nearly 20% in the last year. A recent survey of 300 thousand businesses carried out by freelance job advertiser, Freelancer.co.uk, the entrepreneurial boom is not restricted to the South, with new start ups being just as likely in the North. The biggest growth in micro-business start ups has been in the Newcastle and Brighton where growth of 24%...

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Astonishingly it seems that customers are willing to pay slightly more for products or services if the company has a good grasp on Social Media. Recent research suggests that, businesses and consumers are actually opting to pay up to 10% more for brands that offer intereresting and engaging content on their social media feeds. The study by Axonn Research showed that 67% of people questioned were more likely to purchase from brands that they enjoy...

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Devon based P. D. Moore Ltd is a long-established family firm well-respected in the plumbing industry for 25 years. They provide industrial and domestic plumbing services ranging from maintenance of existing systems though to design and installation of large-scale pipework systems. They pride themselves on building close working relationships with their customers and it is this that allows them to use their wealth of experience to provide the perfect...

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Alternative text is invisible for most website visitors but to a minority it is of utmost importance So, what exactly do I mean by "alternative text" and why is it so important? Alternative text is text inserted into the code of a website that is visible if the image doesn't load properly or whilst it is loading, but for partially sighted or blind users it is far more than that. Screen Readers When a blind or partially sighted visitor...

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A couple of years ago, this article would have been about pharmaceuticals but I doubt that there is a single person reading this who thought that for a second and for good reason. The news today is that 52% of tablet computers in the UK are now owned by women, which just 12 months ago wasn’t the case. So why have people started moving towards tablet computers and is it just a fad? I believe that the main reason that people are moving towards...

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Love it or hate it, the social network is here to stay. Over the weekend, the social media world was overcome with Wimbledon fever as British users began to remember what it is that they loved about the sport, something that they haven’t been able to do since the 1930s, thanks to a certain Andy Murray. According to the BBC, some 6.6 million comments were tweeted on Twitter on the topic during the 2 week championship. So, what is it about Tweeting...

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In this article, we'll be discussing why you why blogging can be beneficial to your website. 1. Blogs are regularly updated The first reason why having a blog can be beneficial to your website is because blogs are updated regularly. After all, a blog (or web log) is effectively an online journal or diary, so the content is generally up to date and topical. What should I write about? The key to a good blog is to write about what you have...

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