2018/06 GDPR. GDPR Everywhere …

2018/06 GDPR.  GDPR Everywhere …

On May 27 the GDPR/DSGVO took complete effect and our websites will never be the same. The law came into effect all the way back in 2016, but we were given a two-year grace period to bring our websites up to standard. For many people the law came from nowhere and compliance was left to the last minute – which was sort of like leaving a homework assignment from 10th grade until the bus ride into school the morning you are going to graduate from high school. :o) Read more

2018/05 So You Want to Build an Online Shop?

2018/05 So You Want to Build an Online Shop?

I was recently asked to assist with the creation of an online shop. I have written here before about building a website, but an online shop raises further interesting questions. The website will not just be a source of information, but will be a place of commerce and legally binding transactions (above and beyond the simple data collection of your name and email address on a form). Read more

2017/06 Do You Really Need a Responsive Website?

2017/06 Do You Really Need a Responsive Website?

Recently a company relaunched their website.  They had a website made for them which is neither responsive nor offers a mobile option off to the side of the desktop version. This company is not a client of ours, but we do know one of the main stakeholders. Interested, we of course asked about the reasoning behind the project.  Was it a soft launch, stealth launch, prelaunch …? Well, we learned that it was none of the above. They had simply taken a long, hard look at their users, a longer look at the needs of those users, website analytics, all the bits and pieces. Then they decided they only needed a desktop friendly website. Read more

2016/04 The Client Worksheet

So you want to have an agency build your website.  Time to get ready.  While it is easy to make the simple complicated, it takes skill to make the complex feel simple. We’ve put together this handy worksheet to help you capture your vision for the project. Think of this document as a business plan for your website. The more information you can give the agency, the better they’ll be able to respond. Please answer each question in a clear and concise manner, and skip any questions that don’t pertain to your project. Read more

2015/12 Do You Need a CMS?

So you want to build, or perhaps re-launch a website.  You have copy, images, tips from your friends and colleagues, probably a good idea about what your competition is doing.  You have a domain name, possibly a hosting company, you have a navigation list and maybe a design idea mapped out in pen.  This you bring with you to your first meeting with the agency you have chosen to realise your website. You think you’ve covered all the bases. Then they ask the question, “Have you given any thought as to the CMS?”  You sit there for a moment and then reply, “CMS? Content management system?” “Yes” they nod. Read more