21st January 2019No Comments

The Difference Between a Template and Bespoke Website

If your website was built using WordPress, it’s likely to have been developed:

  1. From scratch as a bespoke website
  2. Using a customisable theme

Usually, the decision to use a bespoke design or customised theme boils down to budget and timeframe. Let’s explore the pros and cons of each.

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9th December 2018No Comments

Fancy Rubbish Your Website Can Do Without

When you’re building a website, how do you decide what features to include? Here are some things you should strike off your website wish list.

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31st October 20182 Comments

Happy New Year: Your Website Is Vulnerable!

On 1st January 2019, PHP 5 reaches ‘end-of-life’. This means that the developers will no longer be updating or patching the software, even if security holes are discovered.

Websites that run on PHP 5 will be vulnerable to any future security holes that hackers discover.

Find out whether your site might be affected and what you need to do.

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25th October 2018No Comments

Freelancing With International Clients

Since I started freelancing in 2013, I’ve worked with hundreds of clients. Most of which are overseas, and include clients from Austria, Australia, Andorra, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, India, Isle of Man, Norway, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Uganda and the USA.

Most of my initial freelance work came through Upwork, which is why such a high percentage of my clients aren’t based in the UK. I now work with a mix of international clients both on and off the platform.

Freelancers can be nervous about working with clients abroad. There are more factors to consider, but for the most part it’s similar to working with a local client.

Here are some ‘gotchas’ to watch out for and tips to help your international projects go smoothly.

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17th August 2018No Comments

Two Features Every WordPress Site Should Have

Every website running WordPress, or just about any other CMS for that matter, should have some security and backup system in place. Whenever I log in to a new client’s WordPress site, these are the very first things that I check.

I am continually surprised by the number of client sites I access that have no security or backup system in place.

If you’re building your first website, or having it built for you, what should be making sure is in place?

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15th August 2018No Comments

What Is Caching?

If you run a website, it’s likely that you’ll come across the terms cache or caching at some point. If you have worked with a web designer or developer, they have probably asked you to “clear your browser cache” at some point.

So what exactly is a cache and how does it affect your website?

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6th August 2018No Comments

Can You Afford To Rely On Your Host’s Backup?

“If my website host offers backups, why do I need a separate backup plugin?” This is a question I’m asked frequently.

I would always recommend setting up a separate backup plugin that regularly, and automatically, backs up your WordPress site to an off-server location.

I’ve talked about the importance of backups before but let’s have a quick look at some of the reasons you shouldn’t rely on your host’s backups.

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15th July 2018No Comments

Is Bad Typography Making Your Website Unreadable?

I love seeing good typography on the web.

At it’s best, well-set type can make paragraphs read effortlessly, making an otherwise fairly typical design something unforgettable. At it’s worst, poor typography can make text difficult to read and create a clunky reading experience.

Find out what some of the most common web typography issues are and help to prevent them on your website.

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13th July 2018No Comments

How To Choose A Web Host

One of the most confusing topics for website owners can be who to host their website with. There are so many companies available, offering a wide range of services at different price points. How do you know which service is most appropriate for your website?

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18th August 2017No Comments

How To Avoid Chrome’s ‘Not Secure’ Warning

Google's Search Console users have started to receive emails stating that Chrome will be displaying new warnings to users on non-HTTPS pages from October onwards. The new Chrome 'Not Secure' warnings will be triggered when users enter text into any form on any page that's served as http:// rather than https://. What does this mean for you and your website?

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