Client Questions Answered – What is a 404 Error?

Image of a 404 error

We’ve all typed in the address of a website or web page more times than we care to remember. Often, when we try to find what we are looking for, we don’t. We must have all seen a page with the words ‘Page not found – 404 Error’ much like the one shown here. So what’s this all about?

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2012 – the year of the mobile

Responsive Design on ipad and iphone

There can be little doubt that this has been the year that mobile internet usage has stopped being something that only the teenagers do and become mainstream. Numerous tatistics on mobile internet usage from early 2012 suggest that around 30% of all internet usage is from a mobile phone*. It is widely expected that most people will use the internet via a mobile device in 2013.

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Christmas 2012 Opening Hours

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We’re all going to have a well earned rest this festive period. So the office will be closed from 5pm on Friday 21st December 2012 till 9am Wednesday 2nd January 2013. So from Steve, Lee, Sami, Andy and Nigel we’d like to wish everyone a peaceful and relaxing Christmas and New Year. Let’s hope it will be a prosperous 2013 for us all.

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Are you a cookie monster?

TheCookieMonster

On the 26th May 2012 the one year ‘grace’ period for websites and their owners, to comply with the revised Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations, which came into force in the UK on 26 May 2011, to address new EU requirements. The new requirements and ICO guidelines make it clear that organisations and companies in the UK must get permission to store cookies on users computers.

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Why do websites go down in search results?

Why has my website gone down in the rankings

A common question for us to be asked is ‘why a website goes down in Google, Bing or Yahoo search results?’. There are a huge number of reasons, but here are some of the most common ones, including a video explaining how Google actually goes about performing a keyword search and delivering the results.

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Google adds a personal touch to search results

Google +

Earlier this month Google moved a step closer to bringing social media and internet search results together. An update called ‘Search plus Your World’ effectively integrate Google+ and search results, so that Google+ circles, photos, posts and more will be integrated into search results to create a more personal and tailored experience

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Website load time and why it matters

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No one likes to be left waiting. Everyone is busy these days and the internet, with the enormous number of websites and information available at the click of a mouse (or movement of a finger!) is the most time-critical of all. Ten years ago, before we all had broadband, it was normal to wait a few seconds for pages to load. But now we can download movies and songs in seconds, we expect websites to load almost instantaneously.

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Why creating a website is like buying a car

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I like cars, I also like websites (duh!). I suppose I’m a bit of a petrol head. I rode motorcycles for 10 years before getting my first car (an old Datsun 120Y for £50). Since then I’ve had several cars, upping my budget each time till, in my late forties, I bougth a 2004 Mazda RX-8. I’ve always liked them and realised I could actually afford one and it does what I need. I still have it and use it day to day.

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FREE web presence review

search engine optimisation

At Verulam Web Design we are passionate about improving our clients’ web presence. Many businesses come to us because they get little or no business from their website and wonder why. So we are now offering a FREE half-hour web presence review for anyone interested in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of their online presence.

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WordPress .org or .com?

wordpress blogging and cms platform

Something that regularly causes confusion is the differnece between the .org and .com versions of Wordpress. So let’s clear that up. Frst what is Wordpress? Well, wordpress.org provide the open-source software that anyone can download and install on a server (or have it done for you).

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