Website Design Cheltenham booked by Dyslexia Author Sarah Cowell

Website Design Cheltenham has been booked to help Dyslexia Author Sarah Cowell

Website Design Cheltenham has been booked to help Dyslexia Author Sarah Cowell

Dyslexia author, tutor and assessor Sarah Cowell has just had two new books published- a dyslexia spelling workbook entitled Zebras Spell Really Well and a dyslexia maths workbook entitled Times Tables – It’s a doddle.

To make the most of Sarah Cowell’s hard work she needed her ecommerce website to be updated, but also given a fresh look and feel along with search engine optimisation so that prospective purchasers can find her new books in the first place.

To find someone with the skills and abilities – at an affordable rate she asked her Cotswolds bookkeeping and small business accountants at ESB Accountancy if they knew someone with the attributes. As Cheltenham Website Design built, search engine optimised and continue their online marketing of their own website they kindly recommended ourselves as being up to the job.

So Sarah approached us last month to achieve her goals. We thus set about updating and improving her online bookshop and redesigning key pages of her website to reflect her artistic requirements. As well as of course improving her optimisation.

As a result of our optimisation exploits Sarah Cowell has already has achieved a couple of first page rankings on Google for several of her dyslexia target keyword phrases.

We never guarantee ranking results, but given that we have been working at search engine optimisation for over two decades now we have a pretty good idea how to achieve positive results.

Sarah Cowell is a qualified Dyslexia Assessor, tutor and author who has written a growing number of books and wordkbooks. She is currently helping a growing number of local authorities including Gloucestershire to diagnose children and adults with dyslexia and create a learning framework to help them progress.

If you want your organisation’s website to make you more traffic, leads and sales by improving your search engine optimisation and online digital marketing, please contact us NOW or ring us on now on 01242 521967 to see how we can help you to make money as well!
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Website Design Cheltenham supports Safer Internet Day

Website Design in Cheltenham is backing Safer Internet Day which is building online safety practices with young people

Website Design in Cheltenham is backing Safer Internet Day which is building online safety practices with young people
Many organisations including Website Design Cheltenham around the UK are contributing to the important work on making the internet a safer place for everyone

Tuesday 6 February marks Safer Internet Day 2018. Using the hashtag #SID2018, organisations globally will celebrate the safe and positive use of technology.

In Britain, the UK Safer Internet Centre, will be coordinating the activities of over 100 countries to “unite for a better internet”. Last year’s #SID2017 initiative saw its highest engagement with 1,645 UK organisations supporting the event. Some 42% of children aged 8-17 and 23% of parents heard about the day in 2017, and this year we hope to see more people aware and presented with the online resources to help young people navigate the web effectively and safely.

To achieve this, tech businesses can easily support the initiative by promoting and raising awareness through social media and using #SID2018. Some organisations will be going the extra mile by running events and creating resources that will be getting updated on an ongoing basis.

For example, the South West Grid for Learning run sessions for children, staff and parents throughout the year. Activities such as this mean a lot more schools directly working to involve parents actively, including online safety in the curriculum, and even empowering students in peer-to-peer activities to help each other stay safe.

Safe and secure environment

The idea of supporting #SID2018 is that we work throughout the year to ensure the internet is a safe, secure environment for young people at all times. This is not to negate the ongoing challenge that new technologies emerge every year, which adds complexity to this issue. Nonetheless, we need to understand that this evolving environment is one that our young children must move with, as it is likely to be them who will be using these technologies most in their future jobs, lives and relationships.

In a time where the UK must fill a digital skills gap, an acute understanding and practice of online safety education must evolve in parallel with the innovation of new products and services. This will enable individuals now and in the future to be safe, active digital citizens.

A number of organisations working in partnership with UK industry to tackle illegal content issues, such as WePROTECT, Global Alliance and the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), are excellent sources of information. The Royal Foundation’s Cyberbullying Taskforce has also set up a new code for children which offers simple steps to help tackle cyber bullying – Stop, speak, support.

There are also technical solutions provided by online services such as Google’s Safe Search function and YouTube Kids, as well as Instagram’s keyword moderation tool which allows parents and users to block comments that contain inappropriate language.

SME Cyber Prevention Glos Client Tops Google Rankings

Our SME Cyber Prevention Client in Gloucestershire Cyber139 is topping Google’s search results rankings.

Our SME Cyber Prevention Client in Gloucestershire Cyber139 is topping Google's search results rankings.
Not only does Website Design Cheltenham’s client Cyber139 top Google search results rankings – they also appear at number 2, number 3, number 4 and number 5- which is nearly as good as the Beatles’ invasion and domination of the US singles record charts in 1964.

Oh and their neighbour in Cheltenham GCHQ? Well they have a solitary ranking at the foot of Google’s first page at number 10.

So when you hear defeatists claim that all of the search engine rankings are dominated by the “big boys” and multinationals you now know otherwise.

Is our search engine ranking success “black hat stuffing”? Absolutely not!

We have been search engine optimising websites for nearly 20 years. It is a science, not an art as it is an explainable, repeatable process. Which if followed precisely could be done for you and your organisation as well.

However we say “could” rather than “will” deliberately – as there are no guarantees other than we will try our best for you. Equally these rankings don’t happen overnight. They can take weeks and months to achieve. Sometimes they happen sooner than later, but we never promise instant success. Patience is a necessity, not a virtue.

So, if you want your business’s search engine optimisation and Google digital marketing capabilities to take off into the millions please contact us NOW or ring us on now on 01242 521967 to see how we can help you to make money as well!
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Website Redesigns and Secures Glos Credit Union

Website Design in Cheltenham has redesigned and secured the Gloucestershire Credit Union’s site.

Website Design in Cheltenham has redesigns and secured the Gloucestershire Credit Union's site.Website Design in Cheltenham  has already redesigned and built the Stroud Valley Credit Union‘s website in the County so taking over and upgrading the Glos Credit Union (GCU) site was a natural, logical extension of our secure and reliable services.

The existing GCU site had a series of issues which were highlighted when we had a review meeting at cyber security experts GCHQ a few months ago. As a result the Board of the GCU decided that major action was required to update the site to encourage greater customer usage by improving the security and resultant confidence in the site.

Now the website has a secure online application form so that people can apply for loans at their own convenience rather than relaying on slow, paper based applications. Which should also increase the number of applications.

Credit Unions are community organisations that offer a range of financial services to their members. They are locally based and ethically run offering an affordable way to borrow money as well as a safe and secure place to save it. Credit Unions are for everyone and serve everybody’s financial needs.

Credit union members make regular savings, as little or as much as they wish. These savings then form a common pool of money from which loans are made to members. Members who have been saving for a certain period of time (usually about 12 weeks) can apply for a loan at lower interest rates than those without savings. The interest charged on loans is the credit union’s income.

So, if you want your organisation’s website to make you more traffic, leads and sales by improving your security and reputation, please contact us NOW or ring us on now on 01242 521967 to see how we can help you to make money as well!
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Voice Over Artist secured by Website Design

Voice Over Artist Andy Turvey has had his main website secured by Website Design Cheltenham.

Voice Over Artist Andy Turvey has had his main website secured by Website Design Cheltenham.Website Design in Cheltenham have been helping Andy Turvey with his websites including his main eponymous voiceover site for a number of years.

Having updated his website last year we realised that to maintain his professional status that his side would need to be secured- even though he doesn’t take online books nor maintain personal, sensitive customer data online.

This process also has the added advantage that Google ranks protected and secure websites over unprotected sites as a way of improving overall online reputations.

Then we added a number of other security measures. But what these exactly are are between us and the client.

Cyber security is a growing threat to all businesses- large and small so this area is one where we are increasingly helping our clients.

Large scale cyber security breaches make the headlines but about 70% of organisations are not reporting their worst security incidents- so what is making the news is just a small proportion of the breaches that are actually taking place.

Britain was being targeted by up to 1,000 cyber attacks every hour in 2014. The latest published figures in 2016 don’t even quantify the latest rates- except to say that 24% of ALL businesses they surveyed have had one or more cyber security breaches in the past 12 months.

So, if you want to protect your business’s website and your business processes then please contact us NOW or ring us on now to see how we can help you to make money as well!
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Cyber security in Cheltenham

Cyber security services in Cheltenham

Cyber security services in CheltenhamWebsite Design Cheltenham is pleased to announce that our Managing Director Simon Dye has just completed a Cyber Security Open University course and passed the final assessment with a 94% mark.

This educational attainment epotimises our committment to remain at the cutting edge of technoligal advancements- so you can be sure that we know what we are talking about in helping you.

Large scale cyber security breaches make the headlines but about 70% of organisations are not reporting their worst security incidents- so what is making the news is just a small proportion of the breaches that are actually taking place.

Britain is being targeted by up to 1,000 cyber attacks every hour.

For small organisations the worst breaches cost between £65,000 and £115,000 on average and for large organisations may run to many millions of pounds. These costs can occur as direct financial losses due to fraud or theft; the loss of productivity due to time spent recovering from the effects of a successful attack; or the lost of trust and reputation.

UK small businesses value their reputation as one of their key assets. Yet they are hugely underestimating the likelihood of a cyber breach happening to them and its long term impact:

60% of small businesses surveyed have experienced a cyber breach, but only 29% of those who haven’t experienced a breach cited potential reputational damage as an ‘important’ consideration.

The impact of a cyber breach can be huge and long lasting. 89% of the small businesses surveyed who have experienced a breach said it impacted on their reputation.  Those who experienced a breach said the attack led to:
Brand damage (31%)
Loss of clients (30%)
Ability to win new business (29%)

Cyber prevention is much better than cure

According to one industry report, the number of cyber ransomware attacks increased in 2014 by more than 4,000%, with small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) being the main target due to poor security practices.

The rise in legitimate websites being compromised for the purposes of executing watering hole attacks as a way of delivering malware – including ransomware – means enterprises need to add malware detection to web browsing activities.

Could your business survive a ransomware attack- would your accounts or your customer data be recoverable? Do you know how to safeguard your organisation’s very survival?

So, if you want to increase your ensure your organisation’s continued wellbeing then please contact us NOW or ring us on 01242 521967 now to see how we can help you to make money as well!
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Just Value It rates Website Design Cheltenham

Just Value It asked Website Design in Cheltenham to upgrade their ecommerce systems.

Just Value It asked Website Design in Cheltenham to upgrade their ecommerce systems.Just Value It– one of the leading pawnbrokers in Europe last year asked Website Design in Cheltenham to help them not only redesign and update their website but to improve it’s search engine optimisation and to create new email business systems.

As a result we are pleased to announce that the revised website in now launched with a new Secure Socket Layer (SSL) which will not only let people apply in a safe and secure environment, but also improves the business’s sales conversion rate as this new application process is quicker and more straightforward than the original version.

We have also set up and installed a new email system so that all of the directors and staff can access the applications and emails on all of their devices be they computers, smart phones or ipads so that they always connected to each other, existing customers and new potential borrowers.

Justvalueit.com is a professional firm with membership in the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA).

They are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and are registered with Companies House. Our expert team have over a quarter of a century experience in the pawn brokering business.

Although responsible lenders they have no age restrictions, no income limits, no credit checks and provide fast, private and secure borrowing.

So it’s a case on one professional, responsible, well respected, award winning company helping another one.

So, if you want to increase your business’s website traffic and sales successes then please contact us NOW or ring us on 01242 521967 now to see how we can help you to make money as well!
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Dangers of shopping on non https websites

We wanted to highlight the dangers of shopping on non secure- non https websites.

We wanted to highlight the dangers of shopping on non secure- non https websitesWebsite Design Cheltenham was amazed to come across an otherwise reputable site that didn’t encrypt it’s potential customers’ details.

With cyber hacking happening on a daily basis with the likes of Talk Talk, JP Morgan and Wetherspoons all being victims of abuse we thought that every company with a website was taking it’s customers’ data securely.

Not only is this a moral requirement- it is a legal requirement here in the United Kingdom. You could be liable for a fine by the Data Comissioner to the tune of £500,000. How happy is that at Christmas time?

Things to look for in a secure website

When visiting a website that asks for sensitive information such as credit card numbers or passwords,  is verifying that any information you enter on this site is transmitted and stored properly. Once your information is entered online, it is transmitted as plain text for anyone to intercept. To avoid this, make sure that the website is encrypted over a secure connection.

  • HTTPS

One such sign to look for is in the URL of the website. A secure website’s URL should begin with “https” rather than “http”. The “s” at the end of “http” stands for secure and is using an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) connection. Your information will be encrypted before being sent to a server.

  • THE LOCK ICON

Another sign to look for is the “Lock” icon that is displayed somewhere in the window of your web browser- usually by the URL in your browser.

  • GREEN ADDRESS BAR

Some SSL certificates also activate the green address bar – a visual reminder about an especially secure connection.

A recent survey shows that while some people don’t necessarily know which security signs to look out for, nearly all associate the green address bar with a secure connection.

In fact, 85% of web users state they wouldn’t buy through a website where they weren’t certain their data was being transferred securely.

This illustrates how important it is to have clear and visible security settings so customers will click the “Buy Now” button with confidence.

So, if you want to increase your non secure website’s sales by 600% then please contact us NOW or ring us on 01242 521967 now to see how we can help you to make money as well!
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