Privacy is getting serious with GDPR

You will likely already have heard about the new privacy regulations coming into force next May. The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will be in force from 25th May 2018, and has huge implications for businesses small and large. I am in the process of pulling together some guidelines for clients as to how this impacts business websites. At a very broad level, the key questions that we need to…

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A new website for Hexagon

About time too… finally I’ve had the time over the last few weeks to re-do Hexagon’s own branding and website. I took the opportunity to use CSS Grids for the first time – this feature landed in the main browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Edge) this year, so it’s starting to become a viable solution for layouts. It does however mean some fallback CSS is required to ensure a graceful…

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Surveys, text notifications, online payments… taking a look at Gravity Forms add-ons

For those that haven’t yet come across it, Gravity Forms is a WordPress plugin that let’s you easily add forms to your website.  The form on my contact page is created using Gravity Forms. It’s pretty useful in it’s own right – just as a contact form.  But I thought it might be useful to highlight some of the more exciting things that you can do with the help of…

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New resource – high quality photos for free

A new (to me at least) photo resource popped up just recently… Unsplash http://unsplash.com/ – 10 new high resolution, creative commons photos every 10 days; free to use commercially.  You might find it easier to browse through the archive.  Thanks to Alison Thompson for sharing this one. Also – Getty Images – Embed Tool (Non Commercial Use only) Getty have released 35 million images for use through their Embed tool…

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Where are you now & what does success look like?

This post is Step 2 of my series of blog posts, ‘Running a successful website in the real world’.  Click here for more information. The purpose of this post is to gain some idea of what your website is achieving for you at the moment, and working out what success looks like – it simply means that you’ve then got some measure of how the time you are investing in…

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Who controls your business?

I recently read an article on Copyblogger that resonated rather. Count up the number of times you’ve been told that social media is really important for your business.  You must be on Facebook, you must be on Twitter, etc etc.  It’s all pretty overwhelming for a new business owner.  But for some, it’s a quick and easy alternative to an expensive website.  It’s a good way of marketing direct to…

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A free alternative to Akismet?

I recently blogged about anti-spam solutions, and mentioned that I was testing the Anti-spam plugin on my website, in place of Akismet. Just a very quick update – so far, so good! I’ve not received any spam comments through, and aside from the possibility of any false positives (genuine comments getting blocked – my test comment came through fine), it looks like this might be a viable alternative. Next step:…

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Could you use these techniques to double your enquiries too?

Back in October 2012, one of my clients, Linda Jeffreys from Orchard House Interiors, emailed me: “I need to talk to you about optimising my exposure on the search engines I think. Perhaps we could book a ‘phone call if you could suggest a time please.” I’d originally built Linda’s website back in 2011; it had been working well for her, but she wanted to improve rankings – without throwing…

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What do you want your website to do for you?

The answer to this question will determine what you in turn, will need to do for it.  As there is no such thing as a free lunch; likewise there is no such a thing as a free business-generating website. The amount of value you anticipate getting out of your website will help you decide how much time and/or money to put into it. This post is Step 1 of my…

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