Web Programming

Update or start again with your website?

Posted on September 18, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Over time websites can become outdated and if you have tried to add more and more to it, you may find that it is all a little disjointed and looks a bit messy. It may be that your business have changed over the last few years and you feel that you have outgrown your current site, or that you want to take advantage of the new technology and functionality that can be incorporated in to your site.

Sometimes you have to evaluate whether it is worth updating your current site or actually starting again. This is especially true if you are going to be using a different agency or programmer to develop your site as often it can take them longer to work out how the site has been programmed and update it that way rather than starting again.

If you do decide to start again you can often use the same content you have on your site, just change the layout and update content where needed. This should be much easier than when you first had the site designed as you will have more of an idea of what works and what you need to include in our site this time round.

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Are you being charged a fair price for your website?

Posted on July 18, 2018 at 10:25 am

When it comes to website design and programming, costs can vary drastically from a few hundred pounds upwards of tens of thousands of pounds. The price you pay will often be based on the functionality that is required within your site and who you use to do it.

You can chose to go with a web agency for your website construction. Although this is often the move expensive route you may find that work gets completed quicker and that the company is able to offer a range of services such as design, programing, search engine optimisation and other marketing services.

Using someone who is self-employed my mean you do not have to pay as much but you may find that they are restricted in how many different services they offer you. For example, some programmers are not designers or marketing experts so you will need to find someone else who can work alongside them and you.

It is important to remember then when it comes to web programming, things are not always as straight forward as they may appear and it can be easy to think that you are being over charged for what may appear to be a simple change. This is often not the case but you can always get a second opinion if you feel you need to.

 

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Working with someone else’s code

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 10:46 am

If you are a programmer it is often hard to be able to work out how another programmed has designed a site to work. Not all programmers work in the same way and you may find that nothing is labelled and so you have to follow a trail of processes to find the bit of code you need to change.

If you are taking over a website project, bear in mind that any work you do may take a little longer to complete than it would on a site you have programmed. Some of this you may have to take on the chin, but other costs you may be able to pass on to the client.

Before starting any work, take a full back up of the site so should anything go wrong you have a copy of it that you can refer back to. Next start to have a good look through the front and back end of the website and try and familiarise yourself with how it all works and what functionality it has. This will make it easier to work on in the future. If you are struggling then you may need to speak to your client and advise them that to change the existing code is going to be a big job so therefore it may be better to build either the site or part of it again.

 

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What is a website tender?

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 1:47 pm

If you are looking to have a website developed then you may consider putting the project out to tender. This is where you write up a specification for what you want your website to be and to do and then ask for companies or individuals to quote for it based on the information you have given. It is a great way to obtain a number of quotations without having to meet with each company one and one and going over what you require numerous times.

A tender document can be as long or short as you want it to be but obviously the more information you give the prospective web designers / developers, the more accurate their quote will be able to be and the more likely you are to get the website you set out to achieve.

Tender documents usually have a deadline in which your quotation needs to be in by. If you are planning on tendering for work often, then it may be useful to set up a template that you can base your reply on. Be sure to refer back to the specification in your quote and state exactly what is included and also what would be an additional extra in the reply.

 

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Testing a website before setting it live

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 10:40 pm

Any good website programmer should thoroughly test the website they have built before passing it back over to the client. Although this is the correct procedure, unfortunate this does not always happen or it does but the programmer may have missed something (often they are a little too close to the project). If you are the client having a website created then I would strongly urge you to test the site yourself and if possible also have a few other people test it that maybe have not seen it before.

Setting a website live that has problems, doesn’t work properly or broken links can be detrimental to a new business and not only lose you instant custom but future business. If you do come across any issues note them down. Once you have a complete list, then pass them on to the programmer to fix. Ideally you want to try and give them all the issues in one go as it will be quicker for them to fix them all in one go.

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Be website savvy

Posted on July 31, 2017 at 8:43 pm

With a large majority of us using the internet for online shopping and banking, there has been a massive increase with online fraud. Unfortunately many of us are simply not aware of what to look out for and innocently could be giving away our person details to these fraudsters, opening ourselves up to spam and worse still fraud.

When visiting a website it is vital that you know what to look out for. If the site redirects you on to another site and looks odd, then it probably is odd so don’t use it. Never click a link that has been sent to you without confirming it is genuine. If in doubt, visit the site through your browser by searching on Google for the website.

If the website is asking for person details, always check that you are using a secure connection as open wifi networks can sometimes be compromised.

All too often people get calls from companies claiming they have an issue with their computer and that they can talk you through how to fix it. Internet companies do not do this unless you have registered a fault with them, so if in doubt hang up the phone and call the usual number for your internet provider.

 

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Adding a blog to your website

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 11:28 am

You may have seen websites that have blogs on them and wonder what they are all about. Blogs are added to websites for a number of reasons; some are added because the creator feels that some of the information would be useful and of interest to their viewers and some are created purely for marketing purposes, to improve the onsite SEO and help improve the website rankings in the search engines.

When considering adding a blog to your website you should try and ensure that your blog will do both. Yes you can have a blog purely to satisfy the need for fresh, relevant content on your site, but if you can make the blog useful and of interest then that has to be better.

If you have an accountancy website for example, then your visitors may find it very useful to have a blog that contains latest industry news such as changes to the tax allowances, employment laws and company car rules and regulations. It may also be useful to include a calendar with useful dates such as tax deadlines and VAT submissions etc. This way you are adding fresh, relevant content to your site but you are also adding content that will be read and possibly even shared.

 

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Tips to becoming a better front end web developer

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Regardless of if you have years of front end web development or if you are just starting out, there are many tips and advice that can help you take your career to the next level and become a better programmer.

Often one of the biggest mistakes many programmers make, regardless of experience, is to not plan their projects in advance. It may seem pointless and time consuming but planning and preparation can save you a lot of time and avoid costly mistakes later on down the line.

Firstly create a site map of the website to show all the pages and forms etc needed. You may want to also create a template visual showing labels for banners, ads, menus etc. Once you have this you can start to work on what plugins or programming is required for each section. If you are using WordPress for example, then you will need to find a template that fits and that you can amend. You will also need to check that the plugins that you are going to be using are compatible with the newest version of WordPress.

Always produce visuals for the client to sign off this can show them what they can expect the site to look like and rule out any errors from the start.

 

 

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Website programmer reviews

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 4:27 pm

If you are looking for a company or a programmer to create a website for you then I would strongly recommend that you try and obtain reviews before agreeing to go with them. You should be able to see working examples of websites they have created and if possibly, try and find out what the brief was. Some programmers are only that and will not get involved in web marketing, but to get a website to truly work well then the programmer needs to have some knowledge or need to be able to work closely with a website marketer to ensure that all the elements are there to allow the site to be optimised as it should.

If you have any concerns then it may be advised to go to a company that offers the whole process as the optimisation and marketing of the website is vital to get the site to perform as it needs to, to be successful.

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Checking the progress of your website

Posted on July 19, 2016 at 10:43 am

When you have a website live, it is important to check on the progress it is making. You may be keeping track of all the enquiries and sales but are you looking into your rankings on the search engines and the traffic to your site. Sales is often a numbers game, the more visitors you get to the site the more sales you receive. When analysing the traffic to your site, see where the visitors has come from, where they found your website.

It may be that the majority of your traffic is coming through the social media websites and that this is an avenue that works well for you. If so, you may wish to invest more time and money into this marketing avenue.

You can rent software that will tell you where your website is ranking for certain search terms. This can save a huge amount of time by you not having to do it manually.

 

 

 

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