URL: Tall John's House

The Tall John's House website invites you to stay in their elegant Georgian manor house, located in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Situated in Llangorse Lake Valley and surrounded by some of the best walking country in the UK, Tall John's House is ideal for a romantic break.

Tall John’s House has been shaped by British naval history. The famous Admiral Hamilton used his substantial prize money to create a wonderful Georgian manor house in the late 19th century.

In the 1950s another admiral, Watson, bought the house and it is still in the Watson family’s possession. It now has all the comforts of the 21st century but has kept its character from the past six hundred years.

As you will all know by now, people all over the UK are experiencing either complete loss of broadband, or intermittent faults such as emails failing to send, web sites not being found, calls from friends or colleagues saying they are unable to email you (often suggesting this is your fault - don't be angry with them, this just means they are unaware the UK is under attack by the "Mirai Worm Botnet" and it is highly likely their router is infected).

Instead, share the following information with them and encourage them to check their own ISP's outages map at http://downdetector.co.uk  - I guarantee their ISP will be showing faults nationwide... (because they ALL are)

So, everyone needs to relax a bit - there is nothing you, or anyone else, can do about these issues at this time - although I will share some information later in this article that may help you mitigate the issues you are experiencing for a while at least...

Many businesses, both small and large, have a website designed and built, get it online and then just forget about it, assuming that was all that was required and it is now "someone else's problem"

With some larger companies, once the site is built and online they often assign it to their I.T. budget and think no more about it. Whereas they should really assign it to the Marketing budget (The IT Department should be looking after the computers and network on your premises, their job is to keep your office systems running. While the Marketing Department should be in charge of all things to do with marketing - and a website is definitely marketing!).

Those websites can never succeed, they can never bring a Return On Investment...

Unfortunately, just like owning a car, your website will continue to require you to allocate resources and money on an ongoing basis.

Here are 6 costing and resource factors to keep in mind if you wish your website to be a productive asset to your company:

There are basically two types of website available...

  1. 1. "Template" sites that can be bought very cheaply, but will look like many other sites that use the same template.
  2. 2. "Custom" websites, designed from scratch specifically for your business, to give your business a unique web presence.

The first is very cheap, and for many small businesses that is a very tempting way to put their business online.

The second costs more, but will be unique and make your business stand out from the crowd.

Which should you choose for your business?

At some point, any business owner is going to need to think about getting a website for their business - or about having their old website updated...

At this point a business owner might be tempted to go the "DIY" route after seeing so many adverts for Website Builders that can "build your website in minutes" and tell you "no experience necessary"...

Is this a good idea for you or your company?

Answer 1:
Possibly - if your budget is so tight you can only spare a few pounds to create a website that will represent your company and/or brand all over the globe - then yes, go for it. Just don't expect the site to be unique, as many other businesses will also be using the identical template that you chose when creating your DIY website at one of the online website builders, where you choose a template then add your own text etc.

Twitter is a great marketing tool, but to use it effectively you first need followers. Not just ANY old followers either, but followers who have expressed an interest in your industry sector...

Either by using keywords or phrases relevant to your industry in their Twitter Bio or their tweets, or are following companies in the same industry sector as yourself and so are more likely to be interested in your products and/or services..

Our Twitter Promotion Service searches Twitter to find you targeted twitter followers that are relevant to your business.

We run our Twitter Promotion service 7 days a week to grow your Twitter audience so you can increase the reach of your website, elevating your company's authority and generating more interest worldwide.

If you use a CMS (Content Management System) such as Joomla or Wordpress you have the option to manage your own website via an Admin interface without needing the technical expertise normally associated with HTML only websites, where you would need to learn how to code in HTML, JAVA and PHP.

Instead, with a CMS such as Joomla or Wordpress, you use a WYSIWYG editor from inside the Admin Area to make changes to your pages, much in the same way you might edit a Word document.

While this makes things much easier for you, or your staff, to keep your website content up to date, many site owners neglect the "other side of the coin", which is the monitoring and updating of the CMS itself, and its components, plugins and modules (i.e. the "system" required to run your website).

This leaves out of date websites facing security risks.

You have a great website, it looks good, has good copy and some visitors have even told you they like it...

But, you’re still not getting the volume of business you were hoping for...

This could be because you are not using, or are under-using, the most valuable marketing tool on your website; your blog!!!

Why is your blog so important?

It's all about Content Marketing...

Content Marketing is all about sharing content with your target audience. It helps build relationships with your visitors, who are also your potential customers, and used wisely it can increase sales without the need to resort to old-fashioned "hard selling".

When was the last time you added new content to your website? If the answer is "ages ago" then your website is "stale" and visitor statistics are most likely dropping.

All too often we see a business have a lovely new website designed and built, only to then see them leave it to stagnate, with no updates after the day it goes live.

Visitors will not return to your website if the content is never updated. In addition, Google now penalises websites that are no longer "active", making those sites a lot more difficult to find in the search results.

This is really bad for business!

There are many ways to keep your website from becoming stale, and keep it up to date and relevant, and gain better results in Google and Bing. Most importantly your website must be updated regularly.

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New Site: Joylina

Joylina.com

Joylina.com was set up in the year 2000 offering healing and readings, and as an information resource on all things spiritual. Over the years, as Joylina has learnt and grown, it has expanded as she continues to share her knowledge and wisdom.

Whether you are interested in learning about angels, healing, spiritual and psychic development or are just curious, browse away. Perhaps you just have questions such as “what is the difference between a psychic and a clairvoyant” or a spirit guide and an angel, or even “how could they help you”? Perhaps you want to know about your “Life’s Purpose” or are interested in having a reading?

Well you have come to the right place.

Joylina believes we are spiritual beings who have chosen to have a physical incarnation as a human being and that our souls’ live on long after this physical body dies. Part of our purpose is to live rich and fulfilling lives now not someday in the future.

Merch Megan Crafts is a new and exciting company whose aim is to present more products to you promoting all things Welsh.

Merch Megan offer a variety of new goods as well as continuing to provide the old favourites, and with the help of Merch Megan herself, bring a taste of her language and culture into Welsh homes.

This is the second multi-language site we have created recently - the other being Trebinshun House (in 10 languages).

Our brief for this site was that first and foremost it had to bilingual - offering both Welsh and English on all pages and on all shop products.

It also needed to be "responsive" (mobile friendly) and easy to navigate. It also needed to have an Online Store for the company's products - with everything in the store being offered in both Welsh and English.

Reception Desk Online

Reception Desk Online Business are a UK company specialising in furniture manufacturer & designer and kitchen furniture manufacturer & designer.

Made to measure furniture and display units for shops, offices and hotels. 

Magic Kitchens Manchester Ltd., trading as Reception Desk Online, are a medium sized company with 11 years experience in providing high quality units and fittings.

They supply direct from their factory warehouse, meaning no middlemen, no expensive sales and a better deal for their clients.

They sell a wide ranges of furniture to suit every room in the home or the office, they manufacture made to measure reception desks, shop counters, dental cabinetry, optical display units and office desks and cabinets.

The British Astrological & Psychic Society (BAPS)

The British Astrological & Psychic Society are Leaders in excellence in the Astrological and Psychic world, offering an active community of support, education and professional standards.

BAPS was founded in 1976 by Russell Grant, and the Society has been the leading organisation for professionals working as Astrologers, Psychics, Mediums, Palmists, Card Readers and other spiritual and esoteric disciplines.

Our brief for this new website was very specific... It had to be fully "responsive" (mobile friendly) and easy to navigate. It also needed to have an Online Store for courses and a Paid Membership System with upgrade options for the members who go on to become BAPS consultants.

Many people are simply far too lax about online security, with many having no security at all, or at best using free security software that is, in most cases, nothing but "eye candy". Some of the worst offenders are MAC users, living with the mistaken belief that "MACs don't get viruses" - read on and I will explain why that is SO not true...

Many years ago MACs were very expensive and very rare - usually only used in the DTP industry, and then rarely connected to the internet. Due to that rarity, virus and malware writers had no real MAC user-base to target. So they wrote their nasty viruses and trojans exclusively for PCs. This led to the belief (still held by many) that MACs do not need security software because MACs don't get viruses...

While this may have been true 10 years or more ago this is really not true now - because MACs now sell in VAST numbers, and, rather than just sitting in DTP offices, they are now all wi-fi ready, constantly connected to the internet and for many are now "the" trendy item to have.

This has resulted in ratio of PCs/MACs now being very similar - so the virus writers and hackers now target BOTH markets equally...

At 7am this morning we launched a brand new multilingual website for our client Trebinshun House. The website is presented in 10 languages including: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Italian, Polish, Russian and Japanese. The website features automatic language switching, so visitors from outside the UK are automatically presented with the website in their own language (provided it is one of the 10 languages installed, else it defaults to English).

Why go Global?

Presenting your company products and services via a multilingual website demonstrates you are thinking about your customers. The bit of extra effort involved on your part (and on the part of your website designer) shows visitors that your company has thought and cared enough about them to offer them your content in their own language. As with all things business, if the customer thinks your company cares about them, then they will be more likely to want to do business with you.

With the growing number of people buying online from all over the world, there really is massive potential to attract them to your business by presenting your website content in their native languages.

Basically there are two types of email; POP and IMAP, and the method you choose to access your email can make a big difference to the way you work, and to the ease with which you can manage your email.

What are POP and IMAP?

POP stands for "Post Office Protocol" - POP simply downloads email directly to your computer, and then deletes the email from the remote server (although you can set it to leave a copy of the server for "x" days). This then allows you to read your emails at any time, even when offline.

If you only ever use one computer/device to access your email, and you backup your computer hard drive regularly, you can manage just fine using POP.

If you do use multiple devices to access your email, POP has a major disadvantage - once your computer has already downloaded and emptied your email contents to its hard drive, you cannot then access those downloaded emails from your other devices.

With scammers and hackers operating at an all time high we all need to do everything we can to keep our computers and devices safe. Many scammers will send attachments via email which, once opened, will infect the host machine and allow the scammers to take control of your computer. Here is a list of attachments you should never open...

If you receive an email with any of the following e-mail attachments, you should never open it, regardless of where the email came from or who sent it to you. Malicious e-mail attachment are the most common method of infecting a computer. Always check the file extension of an e-mail attachment, because it can be disguised as a "Word", PDF or other legitimate document, so double checking is vital.

Here is a list of possible e-mail attachments and their extensions that you should be very wary of:

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Your Childcare

Your Childcare

Your Childcare provides Flexible Childcare Solutions around their Parents and Carers requirements, they work in partnership to ensure that every little person and big persons needs are met.

This provides a winning combination all around, all at a very affordable cost.

Your Childcare know that in today’s society the pressure that parents and carers are put under with work and family commitments is immense. Take a look at what they have to offer, if it’s not listed, talk to them, they will do their very best to cater for your needs, after all that’s what they are best at.

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Hire an Angel

Hire an Angel

Hire An Angel offers a complete service all under one roof, from Domestic & Commercial cleaning to a complete Home Help Service.

Hire an Angel service packages offer support to estate agents, landlords, homeowners and small businesses.

These include Chauffeuring, Virtual Assistants and Housekeepers to name a few, please take a look at how they can help you.

Our brief for this responsive CMS website was firstly that it must be "responsive" (mobile friendly), have some movement in the background elements and be easy to navigate.

We've all seen them, and probably received many of them, and in many cases we have used them ourselves when on holiday - but are email auto-responders bad for business?

When you use an auto-responder an automated message is sent in response to any inbound email to your account informing the sender that you are on holiday or away from your office etc.

The Problem:

However, all too often this response is sent to the wrong person! Because if the message your auto-responder is replying to was a spam email, you can be confirming to the spammer that your address is valid. Or even worse, the spammer had forged their FROM address and your auto-response goes to an innocent party that had never contacted you in the first place. This person may then report your mail as spam - and this can get your email address blacklisted by their ISP - effectively cutting you off from all that ISP's customers...

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