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 »

Does your business need an app?

Many business owners are scratching their heads over if they should develop an app for their business. More and more of the larger firms now have apps that can be easily downloaded from places such as the Android or ITunes store and it often gets business owners wondered if they should be offering their customers the same. Some companies will benefit immediately from having an app, it is an easy way to not only allow your customers to access content and products on your website but it will  also mean you can easily send them notifications if they have agreed to turn them on. Those who think they don’t need a mobile app because their site is mobile friendly are often unaware of the huge potential apps can have over websites. The potential for apps is massive and with much more functionality being available in apps than in HTML websites, the possibilities are endless. Apps can be a fantastic marketing tool and can be tailored... Read More »

Adding additional content to your ecommerce site

If you have an ecommerce website you may feel like you struggle to get all the information on the site without clogging it up with information that may only be relevant to a small number of people. If this information is relevant then it may also be good for your search engine optimisation and improve your rankings but some data such as technical information may not be as important for the search engines. When looking at your product page make sure that you give the customers the main information they need instantly then allowing them the option to get further information should they need to. Some of the best ecommerce websites work by having a picture of the product with a title and short description and price. Below that they often then have a further description, technical specifications or data and possible reviews. Adding read more buttons or putting technical data in downloadable PDF’s will help keep your page tidy without having a negative effect... Read More »

Finding the right accounting software for your business

If you run your own business then you have a choice to make when it comes to accounting. You may wish to employ and accountant or outsource it to an accountancy firm that will already have software that they use. Some people still use spreadsheets to do their accounting, which can start to get a bit long winded if you start to have a lot of transactions that need to be inputted. There are some great off the shelf accountancy software packages such as Sage Pay, Quick Books and Xero. They are range massively on prices and functionality and all of these companies offer packages at different levels meaning you only pay for what you use. Xero for example has three packages, all of which are very similar. Package one, is their basic one which only allows you to do 5 invoices a month and reconcile 20 bank transaction. Their next package is £12 more but gives you unlimited invoices and reconciling as well as... Read More »