Have you secured your new shorter, sharper, .uk domain name?

​On 10 June 2014, Nominet (the organisation that manages UK domain names) made .uk domain names available for the first time – alongside .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk and so on. Nominet reserved over 10 million .uk domains for existing domain name holders. This means that, for example, as we held the registration of ‘obrienmedia.co.uk’ prior to 10th June 2014, Nominet reserved the right...
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Keep on top of your data with a business data dashboard

A business data dashboard is an easy to read, one page summary of business information such as sales figures, contact centre performance, or customer growth to name a few. There are many advantages to making your business data available in this way, whether it's to a closed group of key stakeholders or to your whole business through the use of dashboard web apps or real time data shown on TV...
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Responsive design makes Harefield Archers look good on any device

We've been busy putting the finishing touches to a lot of web development projects recently, including a new site incorporating responsive design elements developed for Harefield Archers. The new website, based on the Drupal content management system, incorporated a gallery, blog, events calendar and social media integration that used responsive design techniques to adapt to the screen size...
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We’re taking steps to block SEMalt and referrer spam from our hosting and analytics platforms

Over the past few months we've been seeing an ever increasing amount of "automated" and botnet generated referrer spam coming into websites hosted on our hosting platform and onto sites that we manage on other hosting services on behalf of our customers. This is a global problem affecting websites regardless of the type of site as the "visits" are all automated and generated randomly - so if...
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Google now labels mobile-friendly websites in search results

Google have recently started to indicate whether websites are optimised for mobile visitors when displaying sites on search results pages served to mobile users.  Google have been testing out different methods of indicating whether a website is mobile compatible over recent months, including icons and various text based labels (some indicating that a site was mobile compatible and some...
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Get 10% off business print essentials on Small Business Saturday 2014!

 Small Business Saturday, a day celebrating small businesses up and down the country, is now in it's 2nd year and we’ve got an even better offer this year with 10% off all business print orders over £40 placed on the 6th December 2014.   To get your discount just order online via our Print Shop and use code SBS2014 at the checkout - your discount will...
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Our 5 tips for a successful and social Small Business Saturday

It’s not just retailers that can take advantage of Small Business Saturday, whether you're a service business or a self-employed consultant you can get a boost from Small Business Saturday by getting in front of as many people as possible so make sure your Small Business Saturday is a social one!  Make sure you take full advantage of social media on the day – tweet using...
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Porthcurno, key role in global communications

Way before the Internet, smartphones, and social media a global communications revolution was taking shape in a tiny coastal village in Southwest Cornwall. The invention of the electric telegraph in 1837 has ushered in a roller-coaster of innovation that has shaped the world we live and work in today. The first telegraph cable) was landed in Porthcurno in 1870 and stretched nearly 5,000 miles to...
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Securing your website with an SSL certificate

Google has been saying for a while now that having an SSL Certificate for your website will help it rank better within organic search results.  While it won’t give you a huge advantage over your non-secure competitors there is always the possibility that, in the future, Google will give secured website a larger boost on search results pages as more sites adopt HTTPS.  Google has become a...
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Google has updated it’s Webmaster Guidelines

On Monday 27th October Google published revised guidelines to ask for site owners to modify their robots.txt configuration to allow Google to access additional files that are used to display your website to visitors (these are called CSS and Javascript files) and previously weren't needed for Google to correctly index your website.  Google's new advice is: For optimal rendering and indexing,...
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