Yearly Archives: 2015

Training your members of staff

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 11:05 am

All businesses should have some sort of training program for staff. This isn’t just for new staff. But each individual should have their own personalised training programme. It may be that the training required should all be done in house by a supervisor or manager or they may be required to attend a training course ran by a third party of the manufactures.

Training is vital to not only improve an employee’s skill set but to ensure that they are up to date with all the latest safety laws, technical procedures and new technology that may affect their job role.

If you are an employee and have not received any on the job or outside training then you may wish to bring it up with your employer. You may wish to recommend courses you feel would benefit you and explain to your manager or the business owner why you wish to attend.

 

 

Posted in Business Services

Creating a responsive web design

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 7:55 pm

You may have heard of the term, responsive web design or RWD. This basically means that your website has been programmed in such a way that it can recognise the device it is being viewed on and adapt the site accordingly. This will include scaling images, text and buttons to allow the viewer to still be able to easily navigate through the site regardless as to whether they are on a mobile phone, tablet or PC.

There are many programming technique that need to be used in order to accomplish this such as using pt instead of px when programming font sizes in the CSS file. This allows the font to be scaled in proportion to the rest of the site without affecting the layout.

If you are unsure as to whether your website is responsive then check with your programmer as you may even be losing ranking positions if it isn’t.

Posted in Design

Training for the self employed in business

Posted on May 29, 2015 at 8:06 pm

If you are self employed or run your own business you should always still consider going on training or refresher courses. It is all to easy to get a little complacent when you are self employed and forget that it is vital to keep up to date with advances in your industry whether it be technology or the legal side.

Many companies offer courses to business owners or self employed people to allow them to get themselves up to scratch with these advances and will guide them through recent changes and up and coming changes that may affect them in their role.

You may even consider taking a course that is not within your business industry such as accounting to allow you to have a better overview of your finances and how to work out tax etc. This will not only give you more confidence to check how the business is performing but also may save you accountancy fees when it comes to year end.

Posted in Business Services

The cost of web design

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 8:50 pm

People often ask the question, how much does a website cost? There is no way to put a figure on this as it can vary from a few pounds a month to thousands depending on what is to be achieved by the site, the size and complexity of it and the company you use. There are companies out there that offer websites for as little as £10 per month, but if you really want a website that is going to attract customers and give you the flexibility then these are not for you. You do often get what you pay for in terms of website design and therefore do not always be tempted to go with the cheapest.

You need to know exactly what you are being quoted for and therefore may need to spend a bit of time researching certain terminology such as Search Engine Optimisation or off site Link Building.

Once you have a few quotes, do not be scared to ask if you are unsure what something is after all you will be paying for it so need to have and overview of what you can expect to get from the end result.

Posted in Design

Taking your website mobile

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Much of website browsing is now done on mobile phones or tablets, therefore making it increasingly important to ensure that your website looks and works correctly when viewed on such device. There are many ways to make your website acceptable to mobile users and the basic is making sure that your sire is programmed using mobile friendly code. This can be achieved by not using pixels for font size or widths for example, but instead using em or percentages.

You could have a mobile version of your website created, which may cost a little extra but will ensure that your site is compatible with mobile users and allows them to navigate through your site with ease. Either option is acceptable, it all depends on how far you want to go.

If you are unsure as to if your website is currently mobile friendly then ask your developer to check for you and if not, request a quote from them as to how much it will cost to make it compatible.

Posted in Design

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