Is your website mobile friendly? A beginners guide

In case you missed the news, Google have made some big changes to their search algorithms for 2017. This gives us a lot of things to be thinking about to keep our websites up to date and working well. Let’s have a quick look at what it means for your website to be mobile friendly and what you can do to check if your website is up to scratch.

What Does Mobile Friendly Actually Mean?
Mobile friendly simply means that your website is easy to view on a mobile device. That could be a mobile phone or tablet computer. This is not a new concept and ‘responsive’ websites have been around for a number of years. This means that when you view a website on a mobile device, the fonts change size and the layout adapts to the screen to make the content easy to read. There is also the issues of the menu; A standard navigation menu doesn’t work well on a mobile. Neither does an over the top homepage with complicated navigation options. That’s why you’ll see most website adopting a ‘hamburger’ style menu icon on mobile (the 3 lines that you click on to make the menu pop out from the side or top of the mobile screen!)

Why Choosing Flywheel Hosting Will Make You Smile

Are you unhappy with your current website host? Is your website slow and underperforming? Are you fed up of dealing with hacked sites, failed updates and poor customer service?

In 2016, we made the decision to start moving all of our customer websites over to Flywheel. Here are a few reasons why we love their hosting service and why we think you’ll love them too!

1. Flywheel’s Servers Are Fast

With our previous hosting environment, we found that server response times were regularly being flagged as a speed issue. This means long page loading times and disappointing speed test results. We work with companies to take their existing Wordpress Websites and optimise the performance of their sites. Moving to Flywheel made an immediate difference to the time it took to request a webpage compared with other hosting platforms. Find out what Flywheel have to say about their blazing fast performance.

4 things to look for in a design agency

If you found this article, then maybe you’ve already decided that you need to invest some money into your online presence. This could be a new website, an advertising campaign or maybe you just need someone to look after it all for you. Finding the right person or design agency to work with is vital to the success of any project.

Let’s take a look at some top things to look for when choosing a team or web developer to work with.

1. Do you get on with the design agency?
The relationship that you create with your designer / agency has the potential to be a long thing. Do you get on with them or do your personalities clash? If you have already started a conversation with them, was it hard work or was it natural. It’s hard to put down in writing exactly what this means, but if your initial impression is not good, then walk away. A few years ago I went to buy a new car so I went with my wife to the local dealership to arrange a test drive. The car was great, but the salesman was really hard work. In the end we walked away and bought a car from somewhere else.

6 email tips that will save you time and money

We all hate checking email, but there are some simple ways to reduce the burden of emails and improve your efficiency. In this article you’ll discover some great tips to make your business emails work for you.

1. Separate your business and personal emails!
This may seem obvious, but I work with a lot of small business owners who only have one email account for everything. If you are like this then you probably also have your one email account set up on your phone and maybe your tablet. So you end up dealing with work emails when you are trying to relax and also get distracted by personal emails when you are trying to work. If you need a new personal email account there are loads of places you can get one for free! I would recommend a free iCloud account if you are an apple user or a free Google Gmail account if you have an android phone.

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