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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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In part 1 and 2 we discussed taking your time, flashy elements, calls to action, paying too much or too little and the importance of staying up to date. In the third and final instalment of our 'How to Avoid Common Small Business Web Design Mistakes' article, we discuss targeting your customers and doing it yourself. 6. Don't target everyone Who are your target users, who is most likely to be using your website? If you are aiming at a...

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We've recently completed a brand new website for Chingford Drive and Patio Cleaning Services. The new website provides the London based company with a website that they can update themselves using the popular Wordpress Content Management System. The company specialises in cleaning driveways and patios that have become worse for ware over time whether due to neglect or simply due to ware and tare and, for a fledgling company have an impressive range...

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Recent stats suggest that a growing number of SMEs (Small-Medium sized Enterprises) are settng up with only an online presence, a recent survey carried out by Freelancer.co.uk found. The 32% rise in businesses trading exclusively only comes a year after the launch of a government scheme that aims on increasing the amount of firms exporting their products and services outside of the UK. This growth in online exclusivity comes as more and more high...

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If you're anything like me, you are probably always trying to work out how to get your website noticed. This can be really tricky especially if you are in a competitive market place. So how is it that any website get's itself noticed? Well, with the old SEO mark up techniques with their associated keywords becoming increasingly less relevant in 2013, it seems that the new way is through social media and forums. As it always has been, the...

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Like for any other purchase you make for your business, I'm sure you don't like spending money if you don't need to. So you're not going to spend a lot of money on a website if you don't need to. There are, as there have been since the early days of the internet, a lot of free website providers. So why would anyone pay lots of money for a website? That's a good question and one with a complicated answer. Is it really free? There...

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