Web development trends

With the world of technology and online marketing ever expanding it is clear to see that web developers need to stay on top of their game to ensure that they can offer their customers the most up to date functionality and a great website that can compete with their rivals online. This year there are some new trends and some existing trends which are set to grow. Push notifications have been growing in popularity over the last 12-24 months. You may have noticed that when you go on to some websites you will see a box asking if it is ok to send you notifications. These are often used on mobile devices but can also be on desktop versions. These push notifications can allow you to instantly notify your customer of a sale, a special offer or a recent news article. There are a number of ways in which you can add a push notification to your website, mostly through written in to the code... Read More »

Getting your website Christmas ready

If you have a business in the retail sector then you will already have started the Christmas countdown. Many businesses change the look and theme of their website over the festive period, this may include banners, the countdown to Christmas or showcasing Christmas themed products. One idea that works really well for retailers is to have a Christmas advent calendar on your website. Each day someone visits they get to click on a door and reveal a new offer. The offer may be a discount code, a freebie or entry into a prize draw. Not only does this make your site fun and more interactive it entices people to come back to your site every day. It may be worth also having daily deals as another way of encouraging people to come back to the site. Many websites in the retail industry see a rise in traffic as they approach Christmas so you need to be sure that your current hosting package can cope with... Read More »

Using an app for your business needs

Most businesses can benefit from using a mobile or tablet application to help with their business. Whether it be to assist with administration or product sales there really is an app for everything! And if there isn’t a suitable app out there you could always create one. A great app for pretty much all self-employed people would be an accounting app to keep track of income and expenditure to help when it comes to completing a self-assessment. There are many different apps that can help with this including apps where you can photograph and store your receipts in date order as well as produce and send out invoices to customers. You can even link these apps to your business bank account to check whether you’ve been paid on time for each invoice. These really would save a lot of time and worry about the admin involved with being self-employed. If you have a business where you need to schedule appointments with customers then there are... Read More »

Using themes in WordPress

WordPress is one of the, if not the most popular free open source content management system. It is based on PHP and MySQL and is very easy to use and adaptable. Many web developers use WordPress to develop websites for their clients due to its flexibility and the opportunity to expand over time. It also offers a very user-friendly interface for the client to use when updating content, adding products or managing orders. The basic WordPress install comes with a number of themes. These themes are very basic and are often not used unless purely to create a very simple blog site. Most web developers create their own theme or find one that they can purchase to use for a project. There are literally thousands of different WordPress themes on the market, some are free (often for personal use) and others are charged for. When searching for a theme you need to make sure that it can be adapted in a way that will suit... Read More »

The cost of creating an App for your business

With so many people now using smart devices for their browsing and shopping, it is clear to see why a number of businesses are investing money in to creating an app for the Android and IOS stores. An app can be created to give your customers a way of browsing using personalised experiences. It can be created to give them a login to parts of your site and can often be used to send push notifications to them when needed. The cost of creating an app can vary drastically depending on what you want it to do. If you are a fairly small business, a simple app to mimic your website may cost in the region of £8000- £10000 but if you want to build a login area, set up personalisation and notifications then you may be looking at a lot more. Many of the big players will have spent close to, if not exceeding a million pounds on the creation of their app. Just... Read More »