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Do I Need The .UK Domain Name?

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Do I Need The .UK Domain Name?

So, you currently own the .co.uk domain name and now you hear that the .uk domain name was launched on the 10th June this year and providers are offering it for sale. What should you do? First off, let’s look at a few facts: The new .uk domain has been automatically reserved for you up until the 10th June 2019. Not only does this apply to .co.uk it’s also for those owning .org.uk, .me.uk, .net.uk, .plc.uk or .ltd.uk domain names. So, there is no need to panic buy! Just as long as the domains remain registered the .uk will be...

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Our Website Gets A Responsive Face Lift

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Our Website Gets A Responsive Face Lift

We’ve re-designed our website to update the content and colour scheme and make it responsive. Hooray! The old website no longer looked good on tablets and mobile phones and nowadays it’s important that any new website works on these devices as a vast majority of people use them for their every day web browsing. If they can’t view your website properly they won’t carry on viewing your site and you can lose sales. So nowadays we design our websites to look good and be easy to use on all platforms, this may take a little...

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The EU Cookie Law in a Nutshell

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The EU Cookie Law in a Nutshell

There’s now a law which all website owners must adhere to or face possible fines of up to £500,000. That’s pretty important so we thought we’d write a post explaining the law and what can be done to make sure you don’t have to pay any fines. Heart Internet, our favourite hosting company explained it like this: “In May 2011 a European Union law was passed stating that websites that leave non-essential cookies on visitors’ devices have to alert the visitor and get acceptance from them. This law applies to both individuals and businesses...

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Word up, Wordcamp 2011!

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It’s been a busy few months at Bespoke. Since our Wordcamp trip to Portsmouth back in July we’ve been helping a couple of local Exeter businesses build and redesign their websites in time for the Christmas shopping season. First to Wordcamp and after a weekend of discussing the hottest plugins, how to accommodate the rise of the use of mobile phones for browsing in our web designs, optimising sites for Google and general WordPress theming, we came away with a host of ideas to help our clients with all their website needs....

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Exeter Architects Launch New Website

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Exeter based architects, GJR Architects have recently released their new content managed website to showcase their architectural services. Based in Clyst Honiton, near Exeter, the firm’s old website looked dated and hadn’t been changed for a fair while. Potential clients viewing the site would miss out on the various showcase projects and range of services they have to offer. With their new WordPress website, not only can users see great photos of the projects they’ve been involved in (courtesy of Tim Pestridge) but the...

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Can WordPress Do No Wrong?

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Our love affair with WordPress as a content management system is still as strong as ever. Of course like any relationship there’s a few ups and downs along the way; new plugins that don’t quite do what you’re after can cause minor tiffs and shopping carts that don’t work after an upgrade can lead to stony silences. But all in all we wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s lightweight, flexible and user friendly – what more could a web designer want? Well, like any good web developer worth their salt we...

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Soul Soother

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There’s something about live music that soothes the soul. Maybe it’s because you focus your attention on the sound and the lyrics to a far greater degree than when you’re listening to it whilst you’re washing up or baking a cake or driving (my usual places). You can’t do anything but listen when you’re at a live gig, there’s no distractions, just you and the music. I’m a lyrics person; I like the lyrics to be meaningful to me; about something I believe in or can connect to. The best songs seem so simple but they’re a multi-faceted work of art...

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Finding some social time

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So your website is up and running and you’re feeling pretty good after all the content you’ve put together. You’ve listened to your web designer harping on about SEO this and keywords that and not only is your website keyword rich, it even has great h1 headers AND unique page meta tags. So now you can sit back and relax and let your customers find you, right? Hmm not so fast; once upon a time that may be on the whole true, but these days with the event of social media there’s just a little bit more work you could to do. The most savvy...

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It’s all in the design

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We’ve been pleased to work on the development of the re-design of Exeter based graphic designers, Carma Creative who have been working hard to produce a well optimised, well written and highly accessible website to showcase their latest graphic design projects. Using Carma’s trademark purple hues, designer Phil Pell gave us a website design after our own hearts; making good use of white space, uncluttered and above all easy to navigate. From this we built him a content managed site in our favourite CMS of the moment, WordPress. We...

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A New Year Spruce Up

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Here’s wishing everyone a healthy & happy New Year! The New Year is traditionally the time to make resolutions which more often than not don’t last beyond the first few weeks of the year. However one of our clients has taken the opportunity of the long break over Christmas to update their website to promote thier business with much longer term goals. When small businesses first start up they find that after a while their company (hopefully!) starts growing and they have more to say on their website, with new products or...

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