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 »

GDPR and what it means for me

If you haven’t heard of GDPR then you must have been hiding over the last few months as it seems to be everywhere. You cannot go online without been asked endlessly through your little application hoard about your consent of late, and may be wondering what it’s being used for. Essentially, every company that holds your data now has to tell you (more or less) exactly what they’re going to do with that data. Although few will make it easy to click through and investigate, it’s worth doing – surprising how far just a little data and tracking can go. In the internet fraternity, did we ever really think our data wasn’t going anywhere? The old adage applies, that if you’re not paying for it, you are the product; certainly the industries that thrive do so on the production of property that can really only legally be defined as intellectual, but is nonetheless such. Content. GDPR lays that bare, if you actually read it. Explicit... Read More »

Finding the right WordPress theme and plugins

If you are developing a website then you may wish to sue WordPress. It is very popular amongst beginners and fully fledged web developers sue to its flexibility and easy to use content management system. Once you have installed WordPress on a website you can then start to personalise it. It does come with a few themes installed but these may not be sufficient for what you need. When looking for a theme to use you need to do plenty of research. Read reviews and look at demos of a live site that uses the theme to see if it is right for you. If you are going to have to pay for then theme then be sure to get in touch with the developers of it to ask any questions you may have before you make the purchase. Checking things such as, how many menus it supports and if it is compatible with other devices is a must. Plugins can be added in to... Read More »

Software updates, are they important?

All computers use some sort of software. Your Windows system is the main operating system but you may also have browsers installed, Adobe packages and Anti-virus software etc too plus many others. Often your computer will notify you of updates available for your chosen software but this only happens when you are connected to the internet. Updates can be released to roll out known bug fixes, security advances and additional functionality. All of these are important and some as they not only allow you to do more with the software but will keep your PC and accounts secure. Some companies make updates mandatory, not allowing you to use the software until you have update it where as others release them as optional. It is sometimes advised to wait a few days after an update has been released until you install it to see if it causes any issues for other users. This allows time for any known update issues to become known or ideally fixed.... Read More »