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Like to keep up with the latest news about web design? We regularly write about the latest trends in website design, SEO and Social Media. We also give tips and hints about how to make the most of your business website online. Take a read through our website design blog for more web design stories of what is happening around the world.

7 seconds is all you get!

7 seconds is all you get!

Grab their attention in those crucial first few seconds! Current analysis suggests that someone visiting your website for the first time will decide whether to stay and explore your website further or leave (never to return) within the first 7 seconds of landing on your home page. That is a sobering thought. It goes some way to explain why websites will often have pop-ups appearing... read more »

15 minutes that could transform your business!

15 minutes that could transform your business!

I had a Zoom call earlier this week with a chap I had met through networking. He had taken advantage of my offer of a 15 minute session to learn about the three things he needed to do to get better rankings with Google. I do not sell SEO, I build websites but I know a lot about what Google is looking for and... read more »

What an Accessibility Audit REALLY is!

What an Accessibility Audit REALLY is!

If you are in Local Government, the Fire Service, the Heritage and Conservation sectors or, in fact any sector that is non-profit and is seen as for the public good, you should read this. UK Government Accessibility Guidelines In 2018, the UK Government published regulations regarding Public Sector Bodies and the accessibility of their websites for people with disabilities. In 2019, The National Association of... read more »

What you see is NOT what you get!

What you see is NOT what you get!

Standards are important When it comes to websites, there are 2 sets of coding standards that should be followed: . One is to do with Coding Standards and one is to do with Accessibility. Both are extremely important to Google. Accessibility is especially important to every publicly-funded body in light of Government guidelines, stipulating that their websites must meet, or at least aim to meet,... read more »

The truth about Templates and your Website!

The truth about Templates and your Website!

If you are talking websites, what does a Template actually do? Well, if you didn’t have one, your website would looks very plain and most likely not work at all! A template controls how the website looks. If you need an Image Gallery, Slideshow etc. you will either use a Plugin to provide the feature or have it coded specifically. If you lack the expertise... read more »

The problem with choosing a website provider...

The problem with choosing a website provider...

... is like buying a car! I know nothing about cars, I can’t even change the oil on mine. When it came to buying my current one (a lovely old Volvo), I asked Simon, a local brilliant mechanic, to look out for one for me. If I didn’t know Simon, I would not know whether one car would be better than another at... read more »

Just do it properly!

Just do it properly!

If you cannot write code yourself but you still want to build websites, what do you do? You buy other people’s code and use that instead. Nothing wrong in that, it is how the vast majority of websites are built. The problem, however, is that when buying other people’s code, you are also buying any coding errors that may be present.  Errors are not the... read more »

Which would you rather spend £2,500 on?

Which would you rather spend £2,500 on?

Let us assume you are a Parish or Town Council. You have to spend £2,500 on one of the following, which would be a better use of that money? 1) An Accessibility Statement which informs disabled visitors to your website of the areas in which your website does not meet their needs 2) A brand new website that fully meets the needs of all the visitors... read more »

Yesterday's presentation and exciting news!

Yesterday's presentation and exciting news!

I really enjoyed giving my 60 min presentation yesterday on Your Website and Google in 2020, thank you so much to everyone who came along! For those who were not able to come along, I have put it up on You Tube, the link to it is in the comments below. I was able to go into more detail than I would normally but even so,... read more »

Everyone has a Why. This is ours.

Everyone has a Why. This is ours.

Celebrating You Clive Loseby Interviewed by Maria Anderson-Contreras https://youtu.be/VAK7qpejFsY Google is Blind. If your website does not work well for blind people, it will not work well for Google. If your website is not accessible you're turning many people away in more ways than one. Clive Loseby is co-founder of Access by Design which is a web company that includes all disabilities and web browsing... read more »

Easy payment scheme now available!

Easy payment scheme now available!

(Please note, in line with good accessibility practice, all links open in the same browser window, please press your browser's Back Button to return to this page) Very challenging times It is incredibly difficult at the moment and will be for some time to come. Nobody knows how long this pandemic will go on for and many people are having to adjust to working from home... read more »

What you DON'T see is what you REALLY get!

What you DON'T see is what you REALLY get!

Anxious times but also an opportunity? The impact from the coronavirus is already being felt by everyone. I can't offer any more advice on staying safe and getting through this very challenging time than is given on a daily basis by many others. In China, the same word is used for both "crisis" and "opportunity" and I wanted to start putting out some content... read more »

Your Website and Google in 60 minutes!

Your Website and Google in 60 minutes!

I am delighted to announce that my Google Tour comes back to Chichester on Tuesday 23rd June. I am going to be speaking at the Chichester Festival of Learning at Chichester College. My slot is 13:30 - 14:30 however it's going to be a packed day, with Ally Berry and Vicky before me and Dawn Shrives after. The Festival runs from Monday 22nd June... read more »

Travel England Tours - fantastic success in its first year!

Travel England Tours - fantastic success in its first year!

Google likes your website to have the right domain Those of you reading this article who have also heard one of my recent talks on “Your website and Google in 2020“ will understand the importance of making sure that your domain extension reflects where you run your business. By the way, if you haven't heard my Google presentation (updated for 2020), please read more »

Your website and Google in 2020 Tour!

Your website and Google in 2020 Tour!

The tour is underway and continues over the year! More dates will be added as they become available! If you are a website owner and want to know how to get higher up Google, then you should come along and hear what Clive has to say!     Date Time Town Venue Link 10/01/2020 0800-1000 Chichester Chichester Park Hotel http://bit.ly/36nkIAL 28/01/2020 0800-1000 Portsmouth Harbour Lights Beefeater http://bit.ly/2Qilycx 06/02/2020 0800-1000 Verwood Breakfast Crane Valley Golf Club http://bit.ly/2N0mfoW 19/02/2020 0800-1000 Hastings Breakfast The Powdermills... read more »

SEO - Stupidly Expensive Obfuscation!

SEO - Stupidly Expensive Obfuscation!

Yes I know. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation but I decided the above definition was more appropriate in many circumstances! Just in case you are not entirely sure what it actually is about, let me explain: "SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization, which is the practice of increasing the quantity and quality of traffic to your website through organic search engine results." Thanks to read more »