Yearly Archives: 2015

Getting to know WordPress

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 9:57 pm

WordPress is something many people have heard of but aren’t too familiar with. If you’ve remained with your web designer for many years, they may not have mentioned much about WordPress to you, or perhaps they’ve told you it’s no good. That’s understandable; after all, it’s put many designers and developers out of work. Let us explain.

Virtually anyone can make websites nowadays, you don’t actually have to be an experienced designer. With WordPress you can install a theme (which is essentially an off the shelf design) you can add your content to  including logos, information and contact forms among other forms. It just takes some playing with to get used to it.

If you want a simple brochure website without paying over the odds, WordPress could be the answer. But shush… don’t tell your designer you know about it!

Posted in Web Design

Are you overpaying for hosting?

Posted on December 20, 2015 at 10:02 pm

Hosting can often sneak up on us, and it’s only when we’re looking through our emails or invoices when we really start to see that we’ve been ripped off — possibly for years! We recently changed our hosting, and that’s because time moves on quickly. You can get a great hosting package a really great price nowadays, and it’s important to shop around each time your contract nears renewal.

Hosting is something you, as a business owner, have to keep on top of, and if you sit back and relax, years can go by without you even realising just how much you’re paying. Save yourself some serious money, and review your hosting options. If you only have a blog or a brochure website, in most cases, all you will need is the following:

  • A UK Hosting company
  • Automatic backups
  • 24 hour support
  • 50gb diskspace
  • 5 databases
  • FTP Access

Posted in UK Hosting

Getting a website at a cheap price

Posted on October 11, 2015 at 7:08 pm

You don’t always have to pay out a fortune for a good website, especially if you only want a brochure website. It’s ridiculous what some agencies will charge for web design, and we’re going to give you a few tips to get a site that works for you at a cheaper price.

  1. Get a theme – If you’re on WordPress, you can choose a website theme. This is essentially a design with al the elements in place, you just have to add the content. You can then get the site tweaked by programmers if you need to, rather than paying out for a completely new design.
  2. Find a freelancer – There are plenty of good freelancers to be found online, and they’ll often charge considerably less than agencies.
  3. Plan out the content you need and add it yourself. Don’t let a designer get money for doing work that you can do. Uploading content is a big job, but most people can do it if there’s a user-friendly interface.

Posted in Web Design

Using Microsoft PowerPoint

Posted on September 28, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Microsoft PowerPoint is an extensive piece of software, used by schools and businesses around the world. A versatile tool, it can be utilised to create presentations of a professional standard, quickly and easily, reducing the effort required by more traditional methods.

Because PowerPoint is so widely used, it is widely known. Giving a PowerPoint presentation is similar to having a staff meeting, it is a part of the business culture. Because of its popularity, the knowledge of using PowerPoint is almost assumed in office work places.

It makes sense to have this knowledge under your belt too, or at least acquire it on the job. Not just for the reputation, but because it is a useful piece of software in and of itself which can genuinely save you time and effort if you know even just the basics of it.

Having a skill like PowerPoint in your repertoire will save you a lot of hassle in the long-run.

Posted in Software

The Advantages Of Using Excel

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 7:54 pm

Excel is a widely used piece of software. Developed with businesses in mind, it is designed to keep a record of thousands of pieces of data.

The record storage capabilities of excel make it extremely versatile. The software has a search feature which can be used to look up specific entries. It also has a unique numbering and indexing system which allows the user to keep track of entries akin to a filing system.

Excel can also be used to calculate mathematical formulae. This can be of great use to businesses that deal with large quantities of data and that need to manage this data in a logical way.

File formats used by Excel are backwards compatible between versions, increasing its practicality and usability between systems.

Its wide use in many businesses means that learning how to use Excel is a practical skill that will make you valuable as an employee.

Posted in Web Development

Memory Sticks Vs Portable Hard Drives

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 12:01 am

Memory stick and portable hard drives are both fantastic ways in which data can be moved from computer to computer. They are both useful devices and serve the same purpose, but the differences between the formats may mean that one is better suited to a certain task than the other.

Memory Sticks

These are small, portable storage devices. Data can be quickly accessed via a USB connection and can be ready to work on the computer you’ve connected it to in seconds. They are considerably smaller than portable hard drives, but because of their smaller size they have less memory to store data on.

Portable Hard Drives

Larger than memory sticks, but not by much. They are still just as portable and work via a USB connection. Older portable hard drives also require a power cable to be connected to them but these older models are being quickly replaced by USB only formats.

Posted in Hardware

Solid State Drives

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 8:25 pm

Solid State Drives or SSD’s are becoming increasingly common, in business and personal use alike. This relatively new storage technology is being incorporated into many computer systems and is perhaps the main way we will all be storing our data in the future.

A SSD replaces a hard drive in a computer. It provides the same function, just in a different way. They provide data storage silently, with no moving parts and by taking up less space. SSD’s seem to be advantageous over hard drives in almost every way except the price.

SSD’s usually cost six to seven times more, per unit of storage than consumer-grade hard drives. This is probably the biggest deterrent against them at the moment. Although prices are dropping and over time we will see this price difference fall.

They are much faster than hard drives. A standard computer with its operating system installed onto a SSD will go from off to desktop ready in several seconds. Compared to the minute or so it takes a hard drive ready computer.

Posted in Hardware

Using Logically Consistent Information In Websites And Blogs

Posted on May 31, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Keeping your content consistent goes a long way in ensuring your blog is easy to read and worth a return visit. Website and blog consistency involves the nature of the information displayed and its accessibility for the audience.

For a website or blog to be consistent it should follow a few rules.

Does the information follow a logical pattern? A website should generally have a single purpose. Consider what it is you are trying to achieve with your site and stick to it. A website that veers off illogically in different directions is confusing to read and doesn’t retain its audience.

Does the tone of the information remain consistent? This involves the language and tastes within the website or blog. A blog for example, with content that has random spikes regarding the language used will be hard to follow. Examples of this include the apparent random use of crass words or inappropriate use of internet memes.

Posted in Web Design

Using Copyrighted Images In Blogs

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 6:36 pm

As you regularly update a blog it can quickly become a wall of text. There is nothing more un-enticing to look at than a wall of ASCII.

Breaking up this cycle is a great way to make your blog look and feel more interesting, a great way to do this is using images.

Placing images in and around your blog is simple, simply pull the images from the web and place them as you see fit. However there are some things to look out for when doing this. For one certain images are copyrighted which means that you can’t legally use them in a commercial manner without permission from the copyright holder.

If your blog is commercially oriented then using an image owned by someone else may break the copyright. If the copyright owner discovers that this has happened and decides to take legal action, then you may be at risk.

Posted in Web Design

Attract New Visitors With Attractive Web Design

Posted on March 20, 2015 at 4:22 pm

The life blood of a business is its income, and within a website that income comes its visitors. A constantly and steadily increasing stream of new visitors is what generates income for many web based businesses. One of the main ingredients for this to work is making the website attractive.

So how does a web designer go about doing this? One strategy is to work on the visual style of the page. The imagery used, all of the things that the visitor will see. Things like the typography, the types of images, the colours and icons used. These are all factors which add up into making a good-looking web page.

If one is unsure about what exactly to use then try things. Choose things because you like them initially and work from there. Combine your own ideas with ideas from other popular websites and you will eventually formulate a unique style for your page. A page that is visually informed, design wise.

Posted in UK Hosting

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