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As the festive season fast approaches, we'd like to thank all of our amazing clients who have helped to make 2012 the most successful year for Doive Designs ever! This year has been the busiest year for Doive Designs that we have ever had, and that's despite the double-dip recession. We've set up more websites this year than in any other since we started in 2005 and we expect 2013 to be even busier. We will be closed over the Christmas...

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According to new research revealed by Communications Regulator Ofcom, people in the UK are more likely to do their shopping online than in any other major country. In the UK, shoppers now spend an average of £1,083 a year on-line from internet retailers, beating Australia whose shoppers spend the second highest at £842. It seems that the UK's love for net shopping is partially driven by their fondness for mobile phones and tablets. Not...

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Over the past few months we've had the pleasure of working on the new website for an organisation looking to provide businesses of all shapes and sizes with advice on the benefits of having an on-line presence. Business M@pper are an independent organisation offering free website advice to businesses of all shapes and sizes. Recent studies have shown that small businesses see on-line sales as one of their biggest concerns, but it needn't be. The...

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This year has certainly been a busy one for us, so we're happy to announce our latest website launch for the London based Stratford Computer Fair. The fair which is now in it's 14th year takes place at Europe's Biggest Shopping Centre, Westfields, just around the corner from The Olympic Park in London. Stratford Computer Fair is not just about the great prices and deals, but is also a great place to meet at the heart of this hive of techy...

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We've recently re-vitalised the Hebron Hall website for the second time and here's what Assistant General Manager, Peter Robertson, had to say about us: "This is the second time we at Hebron Hall have used Dave Burton and Doive Designs to overhaul our website. I have to say the experience was completely hassle free because Dave knew the sort of site and design we were looking for and he delivered!  We now have a site that shows...

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It's been a busy ol' summer at Doive Designs and as we enter the autumn season, we're happy that the new website launches are coming in thick and fast. Today's launch will be good news for anyone looking for a place to stay in Tiverton or Devon in general as the new website is one for a local couple who rent out a couple of charming Scandinavian style lodges, just outside of town in a village called Loxbeare. The lodges sleep up to...

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If you are looking to buy a new house or sell your existing one, then good news! There's a new and independent website which allows you to sell your home without the middle-man. The new website, Gold Leaf Estates is the brain-child of South Wales based enterpreneur Matthew Davies who has plenty of experience in the building industry and is looking to offer free and impartial advice. The website itself is entirely custom made to Matt's specific...

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Last night we launched a new website for Kent based photographers, Simon Thomas Photography. The new website, which is definitely all about the photos, is a true reflection of owners Simon and Rachel's love of photography. Simon, who has loved taking pictures since he was a young lad, aims to capture the occasion in the way that you remember it, by tailoring the experience to their client's specific needs in an informal and friendly way. It...

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Joomla is an open-source content management system used by millions of different websites for a million different purposes. A content management system allows you, the owner of the website, to administer all areas of the website using a simple username and password. So, why do so many people use Joomla? There are 2 main reasons, and the main one is the cost. Being an open-source platform, it can be downloaded and installed for free, with a whole...

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We're proud to say that Adrian Croker, local painter and decorator has a brand new website. When he came to us he was adamant that he just wanted something quick, easy and above all cost effective. So that's exactly what we did. The website, which still meets all the current website standards, is just 4-5 pages in size but is big enough for Adrian to share with his customers (both new and old), what he's all about. If you're after...

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A chiropractic clinic, based in Ashford, Kent has today launched it's new website. Life Chiropractic, run by principal doctor of chiropractic Simon Marshall, provide complete Chiropractic care to the Ashford-area population. They pride themselves on offering the most affordable Chiropractic care and are the only chiropractic clinic in the area to offer a full refund. The main aim of the practice is to change the way people think about their health,...

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If your website uses cookies, which most websites do - at least to some extent, then you may have to ask your customer's permission. What are Cookies? Cookies are little files created by websites to help them store information about your visit on your computer. They act as a kind of short term memory. Most websites use cookies to some extent, whether it is to store the contents of your shopping cart or to keep you logged in. New UK regulations...

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Even if you haven't heard of HTML5, you've probably used it without knowing it. So what is it, and why all the fuss? What is HTML5? HTML (or HyperText Markup Language) is the language of the internet. It is a tag based language which is interpreted by web browsers (like Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome) and used to display web pages. Although it has taken massive strides forward from originally operating as a "text only"...

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According to recent statistics, we did 13.5% of our shopping online in 2010 and according to BCG that is expected to rise to as much as 26% by 2016. If you run a small-medium sized business this figure may concern you, especially if you rely entirely on one-to-one contact with your customers - but it shouldn't. In the UK, Online shopping makes up 8.3% of the total economy - the biggest share of all the G20 countries. That's a share which...

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The undisputed heavy weight champion of the Internet, aka Google, have begun a series of conferences aimed at getting more Welsh small businesses online. Currently just 33% of businesses in Wales currently have access to sell goods or services on the internet. This compares with a 39% UK average. Dan Cobley, Google's UK managing directors addressed a crowd of 400 delegates at Cardiff's Coal Exchange at the free conference on Tuesday, saying...

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In the past few years, there has been an absolutely massive rise in the use of social networking websites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. In the past year a huge number of small businesses and start-ups have started to take advantage of this media as a way of reaching their customers. In fact, the number of SME's taking up use of these websites rose to 91% in 2011, according to a survey carried out by recruitment website PeoplePerHour.com. However,...

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Another of Cardiff's Churches has just relaunched their website. This time it is Emmanuel Baptist Church on the Gabalfa estate in the North of the city. Their congregation is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds, so they are keen to offer a warm welcome to everyone, no matter where they are from or have been through. Their new website reflects their style of worship, in that it is modern and outward facing, with easy access to...

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Internet Explorer 6, initially bundled with Windows XP, is now used by less than 1% of Americans, has been celebrated by the folks at Microsoft with the baking of a cake. If you have no idea why this is such a big deal to web developers, you're probably not the only one - but it has to do with compatibility and website standards. Browsers As you are probably aware, browsers are used to "browse" the World Wide Web. Whether you are...

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We would like to wish all of our customers, past and present - a very Merry Christmas and New Year. We have had another busy year, even despite the difficult financial climate and look forward to working with you again in the near future. We are available up until and including Thursday 22nd December 2011 as normal. We will be closed from Friday 23rd December until Tuesday 3rd January 2012. If you have any urgent issues regarding the hosting of your...

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In a new study, it is claimed that as many as one in three UK small businesses consider e-commerce to be a major threat to their business. More than 3/4 of small businesses in the UK currently sell their products or services on the internet. This figure, whilst seemingly quite high, shows that the United Kingdom is lagging behind our European counterparts when it comes to the uptake of e-commerce. In Italy, for example, as many as 94% of small-medium...

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