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5 genuine reasons to stop using social share buttons - This is what I found out about them

Should I use social share buttons on my blog? Or, should I STOP using social share buttons on my blog? It’s a question I’ve wondered about lately. I thought I’d share my findings with you. Hopefully, it’ll help you make a decision for your own website and whether you need those social share buttons. I’m […]

Supercharge your website contact info - a few thoughts and tips on how to make your website contact information accessible to your visitors

Website contact information. Sometimes, you’re trying to contact a company and their phone number is just hidden away, never to be found. Personally, I find it quite frustrating. Especially when I have to go through what feels like 5000 support FAQs before they’ll let me have a number or email address. So, with that in […]

April 20, 2018 | Scott Cole

5 top WordPress plugins that will give advantages now

Every website, every company, is going to have a different list of requirements when it comes to functionality. That’s a given. However, there are a few plugins I’ll typically install on any website I create for a client. These are WordPress plugins that tend to give immediate advantages. So, what are my 5 top WordPress […]

Why having a mobile first website is crucial to business growth.

What is mobile first? Well, you probably have heard of mobile responsiveness when it comes to websites. It just means a website is built for desktop browsers but will transform gracefully for mobile devices. That’s great, and it has a wealth of benefits. Some of those benefits are the same as the ones I’ll talk […]

February 22, 2018 | Scott Cole

5 quick WordPress speed boosting tips - Getting started on making your WordPress site faster

What is this for? I’m a big fan of making sure websites are optimised well for speed (as well as many other things). I also understand that not everyone has the time to learn about slightly more complex and time-consuming methods for improving website speed. So, I thought I’d throw together these 5 quick WordPress […]

January 22, 2018 | Scott Cole

How to evaluate your website without help from a web or UX designer

It’s 2018. A new year. You’ve written your 2018 business plan and you’re full of hope for the year ahead. There’s one task you know that’s extremely crucial to success this year and it’s a task youwant to get ahead of – evaluating and redesigning/re-working your website to maximise its potential. I’ll discuss how to […]

January 5, 2018 | Scott Cole

Minimalist Navigation on a mobile can help a great deal, but not just hiding menus away off the screen.

In general, what is minimalism? Well, that depends. Music, Art, the way you live – really, they each have different meanings when it comes to minimalism. I’m a fan of The Minimalists – Their podcasts are great and they have some great tips for most people to live more fulfilling lives, even if you don’t […]

December 14, 2017 | Scott Cole

Bluehost WordPress SMTP problem with Contact Forms and how I fixed it

It’s possible other people have faced this Bluehost WordPress SMTP problem. I don’t currently host with Bluehost, but I’ve had a client who is and I faced problems that seem specific to Bluehost. It seems the problem only showed itself when the MX Record was set for Gmail to handle the emails (a popular option […]

November 29, 2017 | Scott Cole

5 questions web designers ask - How to prepare

So you’ve got your first meeting with a web designer coming up. They’re going to craft you an amazing website that’s going to boost your business. But, you’re wondering what questions web designers ask in these meetings and how you can prepare best. I’ve read a number of articles that tackle this topic from a […]

September 22, 2017 | Scott Cole

Negative space web design - How to implement it

You’ve seen websites that seem sparse yet they’re engaging and still convey the message that’s intended (sometimes more effectively). How does the designer achieve it? More importantly, how can you implement negative space in web design if you’ve not got any experience with it? I’ll share some actionable tips to implement negative space in your […]

September 6, 2017 | Scott Cole

When to use Wikipedia for faster blog post research rather than traditional research

Using Wikipedia for blog research? OK, that might be a controversial title, but I’ll explain. This is just a short post to demonstrate how you CAN use Wikipedia for faster blog post research. I’ve read a lot of blog posts about, well, writing blog posts. A few of them were about how you should do […]

August 17, 2017 | Scott Cole

Is it time for a website redesign

How often should I redesign my website? It’s a question I’ve seen before, and I’ve read articles about it too (for example, this one from Spinweb in 2014). As a web designer, I’ll know when I want to redesign my website. But that’s really non-specific and doesn’t help answer the question of how often you […]

August 14, 2017 | Scott Cole

The super quick on-page SEO optimisations list

SEO begins at the discovery stage (see my post about 6 steps web designers take that you need to know if you want to know more about the overall process). But on-page SEO optimisation is one of the most important aspects if you want the search engines to be able to read your page correctly. […]

August 9, 2017 | Scott Cole

4 Awesome image optimisation tips for faster websites

I’ve been optimising lots of images lately. There’re a few optimisations I do most simply because they give me the best results in a small amount of time. I thought I’d put a few of the quickest image optimisation tips in writing to help you make your websites load faster. I’ve aimed this at people […]

August 1, 2017 | Scott Cole

How to give your local customers better website experiences

Local websites are perhaps more important than many people realise. But how can you improve the website experience for local customers? There’s a thriving trend of customers using local businesses lately. I recently read this article by Liberis about consumer attitudes; the headline is that 80% of consumers plan on using more local businesses in […]

July 31, 2017 | Scott Cole

6 Steps Web Designers Take That You Need To Know

You’ve realised you need a website. Good choice as it’s well accepted that’s not a choice for businesses anymore. But you might find yourself asking what steps web designers take. When you contact a web designer to get a quote and start the process (whether they’re working by themselves, or it’s an agency) they’ll probably […]

July 27, 2017 | Scott Cole