The Blog celebrates 15 years in business: 2005-2020

Birthday cake - 15 years

During the past 15 years we’ve helped over 300 businesses to represent themselves in the best way possible online and we’re continuing to strive forward, embracing new trends and technologies, as they appear.

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Reserved .UK domain names ends 25th June 2019

uk domain namesThe .UK top level domain became available for general purchase from 10 June 2014 by Nominet. (Nominet is responsible for all UK domain name registrations and had up until that date only provided second-level domains such as or

Since their release, entitlement to register any .uk domain has been with the registrant of the equivalent domain name. This has given business owners first opportunity to register the domain, ahead of anybody else.

But this was only for a period of 5 years; from 25th June 2019, .UK domain names can be registered by anybody, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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New competitive choice for bottled gas in north Norfolk

Bacton Gas Terminal, north Norfolk

Bacton Gas Terminal

North Norfolk Bottled GasDespite the presence of the very prominent gas terminal at Bacton, many north Norfolk towns and villages remain unconnected to mains gas. Bottled gas provides a perfect alternative.

LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) Propane gas bottles are used throughout north Norfolk.

Domestic consumers use bottled gas for heating and cooking. Holiday makers use bottled gas for their caravans and motorhomes. Bottled gas is a popular choice for pubs, cafes and restaurants – and many other businesses. Other uses include barbecues, patio heaters and swimming pool heaters.

Coastal Gas Supplies was recently established to provide domestic customers and businesses with a brand new, more competitive alternative: AvantiGasCoastal Gas Supplies now deliver AvantiGas to a large area of north Norfolk.

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Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)Obligatory disclaimer: we are web designers, not lawyers – so what follows does not represent legal advice. If you require legal advice, always consult a qualified legal expert. The objective of this post is to raise awareness of the forthcoming implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and to provide an introduction to the regulation.

By 25th May 2018 all EU businesses will be required to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This new legislation supersedes the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and has been designed by the EU to strengthen individuals’ rights regarding the collection, use and storage of their personal data.

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Should your website display a cookie consent notice?

CookiesIn May 2011, a European Union (EU) Directive was adopted by all EU member countries to protect consumer privacy online. In the UK, the rules on cookies are covered by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations. The Regulations were revised in 2011, and the ICO is responsible for enforcing these rules.

Requirements state:

  • Inform users if they are using browser cookies
  • Detail what data is gathered using cookies and how the data is used (sometimes in a privacy policy)
  • Gather user consent to the use of cookies

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What business information does your website legally need to display?

UK law includes a range of legislation which requires websites to display specific information about their business (or organisation). Rules also apply to other areas of your business such as signs, stationery, invoices, emails and promotional material. Entities such as registered charities and voluntary organisations have other requirements.

If you’re running a business, the requirements vary according to the legal entity of your business (for example, whether it’s a limited company, partnership or a sole trader). If in doubt, seek professional advice from a legal expert about the precise requirements for your website. In addition to seeking advice from a legal expert, relevant information is often also available online at websites such as the UK Government website.

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Hints and tips when choosing a domain name

Choosing a domain nameWhen starting a new web design project, one of the first, most important decisions is choosing a domain name.

This will be your website address, and often, will be used in email addresses too. Here are a few essential points to always consider:

1. Does it reflect what your business does?

Your domain name should closely match your brand, product or service. Choosing the right domain name will create a good first impression. Think about how your domain name will be perceived when presented in search engine results pages.

2. Will people easily remember it?

People will type your domain name to go directly to your website or when composing an email. It needs to be easy to type, to spell and to communicate verbally. Avoid numbers, long words, more than 3 words, words which are difficult to spell – and hyphens.

3. Is it future-proof?

Your domain name should be able to stand the test of time and not limit your business scope in the future. Prepare for any possible diversification your business may later take. It is possible to switch domains in the future but this can often require significant work, time and expense.

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Twitter profile pictures go circular

Following a major redesign of the Twitter interface, Twitter profile pictures have gone circular.

Your Twitter profile picture is very often your logo or brand identity. What worked as a square may no longer work when cropped as a circle. It’s best to take a look and judge for yourself. If any adjustments are required, edit as required and upload your new version.

Here’s a good example of before and after:

Circular Twitter profile picture - logo cropped

Circular Twitter profile picture

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Secure your website with SSL – HTTPS

Two years have passed since Google announced that website security would become a ranking signal, influencing the position of pages shown in search engine results.

Secure your website with SSL - HTTPSWhen a website uses SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) security, information sent between the user’s browser and the hosting server is encrypted and therefore less likely to be intercepted or exploited. With SSL security you’re providing your customers with a safe and secure environment on your website.

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Speed up your website

“The need for speed” has become a mantra with Google. Now, more than ever, it’s vitally important that your web pages serve up to visitors quickly.

Not only will your website visitors thank you, but Google will also reward your pages with a little bit of extra Google goodness, giving your pages an advantage in search engine results pages. Most visitors to your website are impatient and will soon press the ‘back’ button if your pages are slow to load.

WP Rocket - faster websites

If your website is powered by WordPress strong consideration should be given to employing a ‘caching’ plug-in such as WP Rocket to speed up your pages. On all the pages we’ve tested this on, there’s been a significant increase in speed.

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