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The importance of SSL, https and security for your website.

SSL may sound familiar to many people but they might not necessarily know what it is. It’s something to do with the Internet, right? SSL means “Secure Sockets Layer”.

Many large and popular websites already have SSL, even though you may not know it. Look at your navigation bar above and you’ll notice a padlock; this means any data transmitted between your browser and the website you’re visiting will be secure.

Simply put, Secure Sockets Layer is used to secure the data transmitted over the internet between your computer and the destination servers. This could be the password you used to log into Facebook or your credit card information when you are purchasing something online, basically any important information you wouldn’t want others to know.

With an SSL certificate, any information that is transmitted becomes encrypted by inserting random characters into the original message making it unreadable to everyone except the intended server. This makes it nearly impossible for hackers to steal your information.

Google now uses your site’s ability to support SSL (or https at the front of yur web address) as a ranking signal and it will have a minor impact in Google search. If you’re interested in protecting your website, contact us today.

https://developers.google.com/web/fundamentals/security/encrypt-in-transit/why-https

A successful website isn’t just pretty face.

Websites are communication tools – they provide information and guidance about your product and service to the world. It’s likely that your website will be the first interaction someone has with your business. That’s a critical moment, and you need to make a good first impression.

That’s why we design websites with the user experience in mind. When someone visits your website they shouldn’t have to think what to do; they should be able to find the information they need quickly and easily in order to achieve the outcome they want, regardless of the device they’re using.

Having a great looking website is no good if people can’t use it.

Imagine never having to update your website again…

Our website management service lets you get on with running your business, safe in the knowledge you’ve got a team of speacialists looking after your website. Let us take the strain so you can focus on what you do best – running your business.

Our comprehensive website management service includes:

  • Plain English Advice
  • Fully Managed Hosting
  • Security Updates
  • Design Services
  • Content updates
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

We use the same corporate-grade website software as The New York Times, Sony, and more. Prices start at £99 pcm.

A revamp for Wigawagaa.com eCommerce website.

We worked with Wiga Wagaa Chillis to revamp their eCommerce website. They now have a modern, usable website, high performing website optimised for Google. Better still, it’s based on WordPress so they can update it themselves!

The responsive design means the website layout adapts to suit PC, tablet or phone.

Revamped  eCommerce website for Wiga wagaa

We kept costs down by using a standard WordPress template and adapting it to suit the client colour palette and branding requirements.

Revamped eCommerce website for Wiga wagaa online shop
We also apply a selection of “plugins” to provide extra functionality. Plugins can enhance security, track visitor numbers and improve the performance of your website.

(Google loves fast websites, so you can check yours with this free online tool – aim for high 80’s or 90’s).

Performance results for  eCommerce website wigawagaa.com

The outcome is a modern looking and high performing website, at low cost. We manage the site for our client and so there’s no fuss when when updating content.

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If you’d like the ability to update your own website without having to wait on — or pay for — a web developer, you need a Content Management System (CMS). A CMS allows you to log in from any computer with internet access and make changes to the content of your website. It also means that the content of your website is always up-to-date (and search engines like to know that you are constantly updating your website).

We recommend WordPress as our preferred CMS for client websites — one of the most popular systems around and used by more than 60 million websites worldwide. WordPress is quick and simple to use — if you can use Microsoft Word you can use WordPress. It currently powers more that 17% of the worlds websites and is a stable and well-supported platform.

Made for your desktop & mobile devices

Are you looking for a CMS that works on computers, tablets and mobile phones? All our sites are built to work on all mobile devices, using the latest responsive web techniques.

Add, edit & delete content in seconds

Updating your website is easy as editing a Word document. Simply login to your secure admin area, make your changes and publish. You can even do it from your mobile phone or tablet with a free app.

Easily control your media

You can upload practically all you want with a Content Management System, whether it’s a short text item, an image gallery, PDF’s or a video it’s all possible, and extremely easy.

W3C standards

All our websites are built to W3C standards to make sure they look and work great on all computers and the latest mobile phones.

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Mobile simplicity is the way forward.

Jeffrey Zeldman, one of the Internet’s foremost proponents of Web Standards, has summarised the Zeldman’s Year In Design for 2015. Interestingly, and perhaps not surprisingly, mobile-first and the simplification of the user interface figure highly. Making websites respond to mobile devices and removing clutter from the screen allows users to find the information they need quickly and easily.

That’s what we provide for our clients, simple smart websites which allow your user to find the information they need to make a decision about your product or service.

Anyway, here’s the list. Compare your own website to these points, and if you’re not happy, get in touch.

  • Mobile is today’s first screen. So design responsively, focusing on content and structure first.
  • Websites and apps alike should remove distractions and let people interact as directly as possible with content.
  • 90 percent of design is typography. And the other 90 percent is whitespace.
  • Boost usability and pleasure with progressive disclosure: menus and functions that appear only when needed.
  • One illustration or original photo beats 100 stock images.
  • Design your system to serve your content, not the other way around.
  • Remove each detail from your design until it breaks.
  • Style is the servant of brand and content. Style without purpose is noise.
  • Nobody waits. Speed is to today’s design what ornament was to yesterday’s.
  • Don’t design to prove you’re clever. Design to make the user think she is.

Also published in Medium

Translated into German (also here) by Mark Sargent

Easyopt.uk — Smart, managed websites for Opticians.

We’ve just launched a new service for Opticians, and Independent Practice owners. It’s called EasyOpt and it’s one of the fast ways you can get your Practice online.

Smart, managed websites for Opticians
Smart, managed websites for Opticians

Leveraging the power of WordPress, EasyOpt offers a fuss-free, pay as you go solution for Independent Practice owners looking to get online quickly.

The great news is that it’s not just for Opticians, any customer who wants to take advantage of the service can!