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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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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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