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Posted 15th August 2013 | Category: Web Design |
1. Don’t use dropdown menus
At first sight, dropdown menus appear to be a good way to structure and present complex website navigation. However visitors are often confused by their use. For instance, we analysed a previous incarnation of our own website which used dropdown menus and quickly realised that nobody clicked on the top level item pages (our most informative pages) because they thought they were just headings for the dropdowns.
The alternative to dropdowns is clear sub-navigational structures in the relevant pages instead. For instance, your "About Us" page could have a sub-menu for "Our Team", "Our Values" etc.
2. Make menu items simple and familiar
Beyond ditching dropdown menus, there are a number of ways to help users navigate your site. Adhering to standard conventions such as presenting a textual menu with familiar items like Home, About Us and Contact Us helps users feel comfortable browsing your site. The use of such pages helps them identify where to go if they have specific questions and actually clarifies the main navigational structure itself. Read more...
Posted 15th April 2013 | Category: Web Design |
As part of our dedicated web services we provide hosting directly to our clients, so you know you've got a 'one stop shop' for all your website needs. We can offer hosting by using the reseller service of Clook, who have been providing our hosting for nine years.
Fast hosting support
Most importantly for our clients, Clook are very quick at getting back to us with support issues. We always get a response within a few minutes, usually helping us to solve the problem straight away. Clook's staff are always clear and helpful, often going beyond their remit.
We still get most of our work from existing clients, and work hard to be transparent and clear with our clients. This is helped by working with Clook since 2004 and their clear communication. Read more...
Posted 8th November 2012 | Category: Web Design |
Having recently undertaken a major overhaul to our own website, a large part of which was aligning the code to HTML5 standards, we stumbled into a minefield of semantics.
Now don't get me wrong, we have no issue <ironic>"understanding"</ironic> headers and footers. We don't fall to pieces whenever we have to consider if a set of links represents a "major" navigational block.
But, where we are consistently having to stop and think is in the definition of articles and sections. What represents a valid article, where should a section stop and start etc etc. This blog isn't intended to help define these things (there are plenty of excellent resources out there already - see HTML5 Doctor or the Mozilla Development Network for instance), but rather as a discussion as to whether the specific semantic elements of HTML5 are worth the effort. Read more...
Posted 26th October 2012 | Category: Web Design |
While every project is different, we recommend a number of suppliers for specialisms like dedicated hosting, search engine tools, email marketing and online payments. Since 2001 we've worked with PayPal, WorldPay, eHSBC and others but we always recommend SagePay for e-commerce sites.
What does a payment provider do?
If you want to take secure card payments online, you have two basic options. An 'all in one' service like PayPal lets you take payments into a PayPal account, which you can then transfer to your own bank. Or you can have an internet payment gateway provider like SagePay which works alongside a merchant account, normally provided by your bank (although SagePay also offer merchant accounts).
Trust and reputation
Protx was bought by Sage and re-branded as SagePay, gaining the advantage of Sage's reputation as a business supplier with its accounting software. SagePay is also recognised by all the major banks and credit card companies, providing a completely secure service that protects your customers and your liability. Read more...
Posted 10th August 2012 | Category: Web Design |
12 of the 52 medals won (so far) by the British Olympics team have been taken for cycling. To use the current Olympics cliche, if the GB cycling team were a nation they'd be joint 7th with France in the gold medal tally (as of today). Add Bradley Wiggins's historic victory as the first Briton to win the Tour de France and you've got a huge success.
British competitive cycling has come a long way under the leadership of Team Principal Dave Brailsford. Along with his team, Brailsford has focussed on building the success of British cycling since Chris Boardman's gold medal in 1992, and the creation of Team Sky in 2009. But how?
It's the little things
The success of GB Cycling is in large part due to Brailsford's relentless focus on marginal gains. As he explained on BBC Breakfast recently: Read more...
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