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Business Development with your Website

Your business – in this day and age – is not complete without a great looking website, and a website that looks small on a phone, is not great.  This creates a bad outlook toward your business development.

Upgrading Websites is a key service we offer

One of our key services is in upgrading websites as part of a business development plan.  Whether you want the same content, but a revamp of the design, making it responsive, improving the look of your content and imagery.  Or if you want something brand spanking new for your business!

Over 50% of online viewing is now done on mobile phones.  It’s because they are pretty much always to hand.  You don’t go and get your laptop or sit at a desk, when you can just pick up your phone and check on something.

Someone might send you a link on social media or text and you tap it to look.  But if you have to zoom in to look at it, the experience is poor right from the start.

Business Development – growing your website

So here at 79DESIGN we like to work with businesses who wish to improve their online presence.  Better use of images, interactive on their social media, and make their website really ‘pop’ on a mobile phone.

The difference can be amazing!

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We perform website audits for companies, but sometimes the really obvious stuff is whether it works nice on a phone.  If the text is tiny and the menu is untappable, then it is not good at all.  We can help with this Business Development to transform your website – to make it really buzz on screen.

So what’s next for your website?

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We can help.
01775 894479

Give us a call, talk us through the issues you have got, and let’s make your business development grow, and your website look outstanding for your customers.

Our homepage is our core Web Designer area, and can lead you to all the areas we build your website an online presence.  Here we can help with your Social Media, your SEO, and build you a website you are really proud to own.

Don’t hesitate.  Let’s make your business develop correctly, at least from an online perspective!

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Launching Just Ask

Today we are launching Just Ask – a brand new way for us to interactively answer common and less common website questions to clients and interested parties too.

We receive Livechat, and can answer questions instantly there, but we would love to have answers given on our Instagram – so you post to us on our website, and we can post a video on Instagram, mentioning you, and following you, with the answer.  Let’s grow the Just Ask community.

A brand new interactive way to respond to you

It’s brand new, so let’s see what happens.  If we can help people with little issues.

Visit our Just Ask page, submit your question, with or without your Email (which will never be shared) and we will try to answer your question.

just askBurning questions for web, SEO and social media

Questions such as how quickly can we build your website, do we do logos, do we just use WordPress or other tools, can we help with your social media – if you have a burning question, or one that is a little “left field”, Just Ask us.

The plan is to post answers on Instagram.  An “almost” live video to give you a personal response.  We may begin to combine them and put them on YouTube as well.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT JUSTASK

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What is Google My Business – GMB?

google my business gmbMaybe you have a website, but do you have a Google My Business page?  Some businesses do, but they are not managed properly.  Amazingly, some don’t have one.

So what is Google My Business?

It’s a very useful tool to give customer very quick access to high level information about yourself, directly within the Google search results.  Details like:

  • Google Reviews
  • Website link
  • Map of your location
  • Photos of your business
  • Links to other services
  • Opening Times.

Customers often click directly on these, rather than in the search results itself.

Sometimes a company sets it up for you, but never makes full use of it – doesn’t add photos, or the opening hours, or other common issues.  So how to you gain access to it?

It’s not straight forward, but we have done this for many business.  A Gmail account is needed first, then with that account we (or you) can claim that business.  We have a managed service that can do this for you, and then we can manage your GMB page, adding photos, adding news stories (for mobile devices), and much more.

It’s a very smart thing to have.  It looks really good in your Google Search Results.

If you want to check yours, just Google your business name (not the website address), and if you come up, have a look on the right side of the screen.  If you rank ok, it will show your details.  See what comes up, and if it’s not what you want, not to your satisfaction, give is a call: 01775 894479, or use the livechat in the lower right corner of this screen.

It forms part of your website’s SEO, this is because it is your Search Results we are looking at, so if you need information on that, do get in touch with us.

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Breaking the mould in Free Website Audits

Do you know how well your website is performing for you?

The pace at which website design and technology moves on now is staggering.   Many websites fall behind in their SEO, and in its general appearance.

We are here to audit your website

We offer a free website audit service, that we like to call a Website Healthcheck.  This is where we check over the health of your website.  This isn’t just down to speed, or if it looks ok on a phone.  It’s much more than that.  You’d be surprised at the things that can make a website unhealthy.

Our service is great because after we run the Audit, and send you the document, we like to have a chat and see how you feel about it.  If you would like us to resolve issues, we are happy to offer that service to you, but we don’t pressure sell.  We have never done that.  We dislike it ourselves, so it’s not within our remit at all.

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The Audit

Does your homepage have text?  Is it coded correctly.  Does it have vital SEO codes on it – some of you won’t have the first clue what we are talking about here, some might have an idea.  But this is why you “call in the experts”.

Most websites have images on them.  Are they optimised – what does that even mean?

Well, does your website resize them so on a big screen they are produced big, and on a mobile phone’s smaller screen, does it produce a smaller image.

Note – this is “how it appears” on screen, but literally the actual image – is it a big image.  Unless you know what you are looking for, how can you tell if the image optimization is correct.  Again, call in the experts.  We can look in the code to see if this is happening.  Trust us when we say – image optimization and resizing is very important!

For example, you have a page with a nice big wide photo of your office.  It might be around 1800 pixels wide or there abouts.  But on an iPhone, you might only need an image that is around 500pixels wide.  Your’s might be sending out a 1800pix wide image to that phone.  That’s wrong!  It should not need to do that.

This is usually down to the theme you are using.  It can mean a theme update, but sometimes it means you need a revamp – a new theme.  Uh oh.  Yep.   But after it’s done, this will make it much more Google friendly.

This is what makes it a really Responsive Website.

What else do we check for?  A myriad of items.

SEO Headers and titles

It’s seems rather obvious, but all pages need a title.  Well we come across a lot of websites that don’t have titles on the homepage or internal pages.  Why is it important?  Google needs to know where it is going, on what page it has landed.  If there is no title, there is no clue; or less clues.

This is also where a theme can play a part, as we have found some WordPress themes that assign the wrong codes to the wrong sections within a website.

So we have to try and fix that, and find where your titles are.  Quick example for those that know a bit of HTML: H1, H2, H3, H4.  Maybe you know their purpose is about font size, maybe you know the SEO meanings.

But we have seen websites that have a H1 and a H3, no H2.  Bad!  H2 is H3’s parent.
I know we are getting a bit techy here, but you are hopefully getting our point.

Worry-free Website Audit

A Website Healthcheck looks at all these things, and so much more.  The GREAT thing is that you don’t need to worry about it.  Just visit our Website Healthcheck page, enter a few non-personal details, and we will look into it for you.  Easy.

Pop along to the page, enter your details and let’s get started!

If you prefer to call us and ask us to do this, by all means: 01775 894479.

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how important is a great logo design?

Lincolnshire logo designerWhen you visit a website one of the first things you notice is their logo.

Sometimes you look and think… “what is that?”, sometimes they need to be figured out.  We are more keen on logos that are instantly clear to the customer.  Whether it just uses the right style of font, or the right icon image, has a something distinctively different about it that catches the eye.  It’s very important.

When we look at a logo idea, we take the customer’s colour preferences, the style they want to portray, if they want text only or with an icon.  Everyone has their own ideas.

Logo designer and Website come hand in hand

Along with a logo comes a website too.  So it all has to tie in nicely

Designed many logos and collaborated on many

Over the years we have designed many logos, some from scratch and someone on which we have collaborated or had to reproduce.

Some we designed are for lingerie companies, delivery and courier companies and even a local church.  We also collaborated in a logo for an airsoft manufacturer brand that now sells all over the UK.  We have only recently reproduced a hi-res logo for a supermarket dip and puree brand, as the one on their website was very small, and we needed a bigger version.  This particular website will be launched in a coming months.

Sometimes we use online tools to develop logos and then customise them to be perfect for the client.   At other times we develop logos that are text only, and make them that little bit more special with selective use of fine colours, spacing and other elements to make them unique.

If you have such a requirement, to please get in touch via our Logo Designer page on this website.  Or call 01775 894479.

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Achieving the seemingly impossible

Yesterday (Tuesday) was one of those days when things just aren’t all going to plan.  We had a situation of an ecommerce website that had an upsell section added to it.

So you see the product page you are on, with Buy Now, price and so on – the usual things.  But within that, are check boxes to add other products to the cart… at the same time.  For example:  A radio controlled, with the Upsell of some big batteries and some improved compatible tyres.  The idea is the customer clicks on those too, and when they add to basket, it adds all three items rather than just the one.

Big Sales Upsell Method

It worked for this website many moons ago on a non-Wordpress platform.
This time round they are using a plugin, but it had one major glitch – it didn’t work well for Variables.

If they had the option of Red, Blue and Black, that suddenly made the Checkbox area show TWICE.  We couldn’t mess with the code, and the people behind the plugin said it wasn’t compatible with variables.

They asked us if we could ‘hide’ the first or second set of check boxes, but the answer (or so we thought) was no.

After some research (and a lot of hard work) we are pleased to say we found a fix.  We found a smart method of hiding the second row (literally telling it which row ‘number’ to hide’, but then allow just the first row to show.  It sounded impossible, as the styling code cannot run ‘queries’… (count how many there are, add another piece to the code to highlight the others and then hide them).  This cannot be done within digging into the plugin of someone’s code… which could be over written by an update!

We have written code like this before, we you tell it ‘ever 4th row to do x’, but this could not be done in that way.

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Smart Website Thinking

So we found another way – a better way.  We shan’t go into the details, as those who wrote it might be asking us for help to make it possible, but it’s a genius bit of coding, only 9 lines long.  They now have a product page with one block of upsell products; better still, they can reduce the price of those upsell products ONLY when it is part of an upsell!

ie  the batteries are £3.99, but if bought with this car, they are £3.49.

We are really proud of the finished result.  It generated big sales for them on the old website, and now they have it on this one, we hope the same will happen.

Smart thinking.  Not giving up.  Paracetamol.

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A Busy Web Designing Week

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It has been an extremely busy week for us.  A whole myriad of things had to be done.  But busy is good!

Video Production and Social Media

Working on Video Production and Editing for a local delivery company, getting it edited and them adding intros and ‘outros'(?), then placing it within their social media and on their own YouTube channel.  That had a few challenges of it’s own, but the results are great.

WordPress Quotation System

We also looked at a new Quotation system whereby you can book online to have your deliveries collected at a certain place, at a certain time, and see immediately what it will cost it.  It’s is a bit of a game changer for this relatively small company.  They are growing rapidly, and work with some well known house hold names – so a tool like this for those and other clients will prove invaluable.  It’s a tool within WordPress, but we have worked with the developer of the tool to make it work perfectly.

Gaming Website Overhaul

As well as many background tasks we perform we also started a website for a local company that hires out games systems.  Believe it or not, they are in Lincolnshire, but also Dorset and London.  Rather spread out.  An exciting website to build, as they hire out all sorts of fun stuff, including those F1 simulators.  One of which was used by Lewis Hamilton no less (with a video to prove it).

Gardening … well more than that!

Some of our clients work with some very well known people too.  One of which is a landscaper and has some a very impressive CV.  More on this as it happens, but David, if you are reading this, we are very excited and hope to create a strong relationship with you.  The photos of homes he has worked on are just outstanding; as well as certain well known “garden attractions”….

Server upgrade

We also had a major hosting server upgrade thanks to our hosting partners.  It was a move that was expected toward the end of the year, but we are pleased that it was pulled forward.  It did cause a couple of hitches here and there, but we are pleased with the final result.  It also means better SSL for our clients, and an improve back-end system.  Just better in so many ways.  Sincere thanks to our hosting partners, particularly Pete.

We don’t stand still here.  Things are always moving forward.  Starting on a new ‘Action Figures’ project next week as well.  Our work os so varied, it’s untrue, but this is why we love it.

Local ECommerce Website

We also met some fine people in Spalding this week who need an ecommerce website – as theirs is “admittedly to them” not the finest in today’s marketplace.  Had a fab meeting with them, and a delicate situation that turned out to break the ice in a brilliant way.

Supermarket brand

Finally we also did some background work on the website overhaul we are producing for a major herb and puree tube brand in supermarkets.  A really good strong relationship there with some great people.  It’s a few months in the making, but man are we excited!

What a week.  So if any of this is the sort of thing you need, from Ecommerce to WordPress, or just to contact us about a meeting, we are right here ready.

Roll on September…. 

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The Difference between us and GoDaddy – the website builder

godaddy website builderYou want a website, you’ve seen the TV ads, and your instinct is Web Builder, cheap, very little per month, and you can do it yourself.  You can create a little account, get started.  Add images and text and away you go.  Pretty soon you will be on Google as that’s what you are told will happen.

Build a website with GoDaddy – yes sounds great.  It kind of is….. unless you are SERIOUS about getting on Google.  Seriously about climbing the ranks, and serious about it being done properly.

Website Builder – knowing the tag options

You see, when you build a website with GoDaddy, the issue is that you don’t know what the dropdown options mean.  For example, you might see H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, Paragraph and so on.  But what do they mean, and how do they play a part in your appearance on Google – after all, is that not the point?  To be found!

So you select H1 and the text is nice a big.  Perfect.  Let’s add another.  Further down, yes add another as the size of that text is great.  But you are unaware of what they might actually mean – what is a H1 – just a font size?  No.

This is where a professional website designer pays off

We know what those entries mean, how they affect your Google ranking.  After many years in the business you get to know these things.  But if you are just starting out and using a ‘Website Builder’, sorry to sound a bit off, you frankly you won’t know.  There is no reason for you to know.

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Won’t it be submitted to Google anyway by GoDaddy?

Nope.  It won’t.  The only way to do that is manually adding it to an account with Google, otherwise, it will take a lot longer for Google to even know you exist!  This is not a Sales Pitch, it’s the truth about getting online with a website.

Part of our service is submitting you formally to Google.  There are a few areas we do this, and it’s part of our core service to you.

“But it’s cheap, isn’t that better for my business?”

Yes.  Cheap is good.  But we heard a saying many moons ago: “Buy Cheap, Buy Twice”.  If you buy a cheap shirt, a really cheap shirt, and use it a lot, it will look tiresome quickly.  It might not wash too well.  Before you know it, it’s looking worse for wear and you might consider a new one.

But had to bought a better quality one, maybe for a higher cost, it could last you years.  Same with a website.  If you go super cheap for your website design and hosting, it probably won’t go to Google.  You have to *know and understand* all the SEO techniques needed to make your site rank well.  Your service level with your host might not be up to par.  If you want to email them a question, will it take a few hours, or several days to get a reply?

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This is not just about GoDaddy

We are not slating GoDaddy or other Website Builder websites.  They do have their place.  But we are saying if you want a really good service level, fast response from support, a website that is sent to Google, and correctly coded from the start, then doing it yourself is a bad idea.  Get an expert in.  ‘Hire a firm’ as some might say.  Do it properly.

Get the best support, the best HTTPS hosting, mobile friendly website, that is been done correctly, LOCALLY, here in Lincolnshire (unless of course you are reading this elsewhere, like USA where a lot of our traffic has been coming from lately), and do it right.

We are here to help.  Here to host.  Here to design and build.

Let’s do it together.  Call 01775 894479.  Let’s go….

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Skegness is right up our street

Being based in Lincolnshire means we cover a very big area for website design and social media.  One of these areas is Skegness.  We are listed on Yell.com for Website Design, SEO and for Social Media.

It’s about family with websites

One of the reasons we operate in Skegness is because we have family just outside the town, in the small village of Wainfleet.  We are regularly in Skegness, and we many local websites that could do with quite a makeover.  If your Website Design needs a big of ‘spit n polish’ and a glamorous update, we are the company for you.

One of our prides is in our support service.  If you emailed us right now, you would be guaranteed a reply this afternoon (Tuesday 24th).  We feel that if you want help, you won’t want to be waiting around.  We are the same!  In fact only last night we contacted our website hosting partners, and within 20 minutes we got a reply.  You don’t get that with names, Godaddy or the others out there.

This is why our service is absolutely ‘top notch’.  We are serious about websites.  We are serious about SEO. And yes, we are serious about social media.

Seaside town of Skegness – web design

We love the town.  We want to bring more and more of our services to this lovely community that has thrived over the years.  Got the best ice cream in town?  The best coffee house?  Some lovely furniture on the high street, or even down the alley where the Coffee Bean is.  Let’s get you online, so your website looks genius and draws in more business in Skegness.

Skegness mobile websitesGive us a call on 01775 894479.  Email support@79design.org.uk.  Livehat instantly.

OR come and find us on Facebook.  Link is further down this page.

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Internet Sales are changing habits

Have you noticed in the press recently there is talk about the fluctuation in Internet Sales?  More and more people are buying online, researching their products online, and using ecommerce to get the best deals.

We all still like a wander through the shops, taking a day out to go to a big shopping centre.  It’s nice to pick something up and try it out. Sometimes we might even buy it.  But often we look online to see if it is cheaper.  This is when having a great website is key.  Really really KEY!

So what makes a great Internet Sales ECommerce website eh?  Well there are a high number of factors involved.

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Secure Hosting SSL HTTPS

It sounds pretty obviously, but an ecommerce website should be hosted securely, mostly because of the monetary transactions.  Nowadays, ALL websites should be HTTPS website hosted, but alas many still are not.

Easy to Navigation Websites

If your website has poor navigation, who will want to search and look for your products?  They will get bored, frustrated and leave.  All our websites are highly customer-focused.  Many receive over 60,000 hits of traffic a day, because they are so massively popular.

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Mobile Friendly Internet Sales

Again, this sounds obvious but if your website is not designed to work great on a phone, will your customers be happy to browser it on their phone?  Some have the “it’ll do” attitude, but we don’t.  A responsive website is absolutely paramount nowadays, and we are highly established at creating websites for mobile devices, so they look brilliant there at first glance.  Not as an afterthought!

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Product Sales Gateways

We deal with a few different payment gateways, including PayPal and Stripe.  Both are easy to setup, both are secure, and both can be integrated into your website with ease.  We don’t even need to see your PayPal or Stripe account to do it.  Just a few account details and it’s “connected”.

So the Internet Sales market can be easily yours if you need to be there in that marketplace.

If you want to discuss this, please click our livechat in the lower right corner of the screen, or give us a call on 01775 894479, or even our dedicated mobile line, 07521 488074.

We look forward to hearing from you.