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04/08/2017

Guest Post: Ready, Steady, Go!

We are lucky enough to work with loads of great people at EngineRoom. One is Emma Wood, who runs INTOtheWeald; a website about events and goings-on in the Weald of Kent. Emma has provided our first guest blog post, about launching a business in the Weald. What she says is very interesting and can of course apply to areas all over the country… In the past few years the business population in the Weald has altered significantly, with more than 86% of last year’s increase created by the registration of trading entities which do not employ people. The impact of e-commerce, insecurity in traditional job markets and the ability to work remotely has led to record numbers of people wanting, or having no choice, to […]
05/04/2017

Choosing a domain name

One of the first things you’ll be asked by any web development company is “what’s the domain name”? If you already have one, then the answer is easy enough. If you’re starting a new project however, it’s worth putting some serious thought in before committing. Here’s a quick checklist to go down when choosing: Common Sense – Make sure it’s easy to remember, not too long and also doesn’t spell something rude when the words are butted up against each other (trust me we’ve seen it before). You have to remember people will type the domain in and you will have to give it to people over the phone. If it includes lots of dashes and letters this could become a nightmare. Capitals – These make […]
02/03/2017

What SSL is and why it’s important

If you’re not that interested in web hosting (and you probably aren’t) then you might not know what SSL is and why it is now becoming more important to have it activated for your site. What is it? SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. There, now you understand it all we can move on! 🙂 All that this actually means is that when you browse to a site with SSL enabled any information that is sent or received is sent over an encrypted link. In addition, your web browser and the web host can identify each other to ensure the data is coming from the correct source. So essentially, if the data gets intercepted between you and the website host the information will be of […]
07/11/2016

Get your site on the Google Index

Okay, so you’ve spent the last few months building and developing your fancy new website. Now you’ve launched it, you need the visitors to start flocking. As I’m sure you’re aware the best way to do this is to come up on Google’s when people search for you. Now getting to the top of Google for specific keywords can be a bit of black art and there are SEO experts out there who can help with this. But sometimes it just isn’t necessary; if you have a well built website which features content that people are going to be interested in, you might pop to the top of Google without too much work. First things first though, we need to make sure Google knows you exist. So […]
03/10/2016

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

Have you ever tried to load an article from search results on your mobile phone whilst relying on 3G or even 2G? It can often end in wildly shaking your phone in the air and ultimately being presented with a broken and nonfunctional half loaded site. Accelerated Mobile Pages aim to improve this and help web articles load up to 10 times faster on mobiles. Added benefits are that the quicker loading increases battery life and that the user can simple swipe to the next article. To allow a page to load instantly, AMP restricts what you can do with the web page. It loads a stripped down version of a page favouring function over form. AMP pages look like a very minimal version of normal web […]