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Filtered search for online shops

Calendar Posted 28th January 2014 | Category: Web Design | Feed Icon

James

Here's a quick spotlight on a feature we've added to a few e-commerce sites recently. The filtered search lets users select product values with tick boxes to narrow down the results until they find what they need.

You may have seen similar features on websites like Amazon, B&Q and Staples. It's a popular feature across e-commerce site because it makes things easier for customers.

All of these websites let you filter your search results further by selecting from a list of values. This can include price range, average customer rating, colour or size. Read more...

Responsive websites for mobile and tablet users

Calendar Posted 22nd January 2014 | Category: Web Design | Feed Icon

Ben

You may have heard the term 'responsive design' in relation to websites. This is the increasingly common solution to the problem of how to make your website look good on different devices. The 'responsive' part of the term refers to the fact that the website dimensions are automatically altered depending on the dimensions of your screen. It's all one website but 'responds' differently depending on the user's device, so they get the best experience possible.

The unstoppable rise of mobile internet usage

Few people are surprised about the growth of mobile internet usage, especially with increasing network speeds and the popularity of tablet devices since Apple's iPad launch. As the devices themselves become not just more prevalent but better at what they do, the usage will only continue to increase.

Our own website statistics reflect this trend, as our Google Analytics graph below shows. This is a simple graph showing the number of mobile and tablet visits to our website from January 2010 to December 2013 per month (click the image to see a full version including labels). Read more...

How to auto-fill addresses online from a postcode

Calendar Posted 17th December 2013 | Category: Web Design | Feed Icon

Ben

When you've bought products and entered your address online, you've probably typed a postcode and selected your address from a list. It's a familiar feature with online shops, but you may not know how to add it to your own website.

We've applied this functionality to websites and online applications to save users' time and improve the accuracy of addresses. We use Postcode Anywhere to provide this service within our address forms because we've found it easy to use and cost-effective for our clients.

How we use Postcode Anywhere

We recently launched a new online shop for The Cheeseworks, which incorporates a postcode 'lookup' feature in the billing and delivery address forms of the checkout process. Instead of having to type their whole address, customers just enter a postcode and look up their address in a list. Read more...

11 ways to make your site easy to use

Calendar Posted 15th August 2013 | Category: Web Design | Feed Icon

Ben

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...

About our hosting services

Calendar Posted 15th April 2013 | Category: Web Design | Feed Icon

Ben

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...

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