%name web design
web design

The mystery, the mystique, the wonder and awe of watching a domain name become a website used to enthrall me. It still does in fact. Someone buys a domain name for £7.19 and within a week it’s a living, breathing digital presence. I used to think that was beyond me

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%name blogging
freelance copywriter

Before I get accused of vested interests, I’ll come clean, as I’m always an open book, that yes blogging is good for your business and it is for mine too. I get paid reasonably well to do something I enjoy and am reasonably good at: writing. When I used to

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web design

That title may sound a bit odd, coming from this Norwich web designer and copywriter, even self-deprecatory to a point of self-defeating but it’s true. A website won’t make you any money. It won’t pay the bills, your mortgage, your car loan and feed you at all. Let me explain,

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%name what's app
web design

When I begin a web design project, I often ask “Do you use What’s App” and 97% of the time, the answer is “yes I do.” Good I think. That means files, photos and text can be ported quickly between myself and the client with me even having it minimised

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freelance writer

So what happened in yesterday’s budget for housing, announced by the wan Philip Hammond, a man with less colour in his complexion than Banquo’s ghost? Quite a few points actually. 1 Help to Buy Help to Buy was extended for a further 2 years to 2023. It’s a scheme that

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web design

Some times less is more. Brevity in a message can speak louder than a scripted call to action. Same with websites. The problem is though that one page websites – those you land on, scroll through and feel compelled to act upon – can be financially onerous for a start

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web design

If you use Google Analytics for managing your own website, or tracking those you manage, you will recognise this scenario. The Home page records most visits, which you’d expect if it’s linked to your business card, your LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook bios, closely followed in 90% of cases by the

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web design

I’m a big user of LinkedIn, where I enjoy the company of fellow cynics and often tut, frown or even comment on the sermons that are spouted there. Two in the past week have caught my eye: can you guess or do you not give a damn? I’ll tell you

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freelance copywriter

Seismic shifts happened last Thursday in my personal and business world, in that a man who’s worn iOS blinkers since the iPhone 4’s launch in 2010 has moved to the dark side, Android. Let me explain first why this was so chasmic a move. It reads like a long brag,

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web design

Despite my prices being “affordable” I occasionally get asked if I’d accept a fixed monthly payment for a new or redesigned website, and I’ve thought about this and decided to trial it. All my WordPress sites come with free hosting for Year One, with a nominal £30 being levied in

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property listing

Fancy a room (or rooms) with a view? We can’t promise EM Forster’s Florence but this 4 bedroomed first floor maisonette in Wimbledon has a very pleasing outlook. The property is tucked amongst similar Victorian and Edwardian bay-windowed housing stock on Trinity Road, on the corner of Faraday Road. The

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web design

Seasons of mists and mellow flooriness. I’ll come clean – flooriness is not a word but to get some loose connection with Keats’ “To Autumn” I had to bend rules. I used to despise autumn with a passion and there’s still aspects of it that irk. Declining light levels, shorter

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freelance copywriter

Web design is skilful. It is at times a frustrating process, from initial set up of domain, to pointing nameservers, arranging hosting, to propagation to installing themes and plugins. Naively, I used to think it was about buying a domain, installing WordPress, buying a theme and oof the website is

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web design

Aftercare- and why it matters with web design. I thought I’d explain how I operate and how some web designers behave, exemplifying what you get after your payment has been credited and your website shines bright like a diamond. On all devices. I back up your website daily within the

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web design

Time is a great healer, they say and it’s true. Time heals and gives perspective and sometimes when I think back over recent events, I get a little bit sad about what happened from 2013 onwards to my teaching career. But there’s absolutely no need to be – because my

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web design

I was debating for weeks whether to get a new MacBook Pro or an iPad Pro, because when we were holidaying in the north Pennines, work didn’t stop. It’s not because I didn’t want to turn off from writing, social media and web design, more that I’ve crafted a reputation

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property writing

What marks you out as different as an estate agent? Is it the fact your staff don’t drive Minis? Is it because your fee structure is openly displayed on your website? Is it because your social media is engaging and active? Or does your office look lovely to those who

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%name apple
web design

10 years is a massive length of time in technology – remember 2008 was when everyone craved a BlackBerry for BBM and that QWERTY keyboard, before Apple killed it with the iPhone 3GS in 2009. Boris Johnson became Mayor of London and David Davis resigned in 2008 – so some

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web design

I’ve always been madly fixated with property. I bought my first house at 23 in Oldham and have made money from buying, selling, moving ever since. House prices may be unreachable for so many, but for me, investing £18,000 when on a salary of £8000 pa in 1988, it’s been

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web design

I went solo at the beginning of May 2018, having been a partner in a web design company for a year to see if I could continue the success single-handedly. The jury has returned a verdict saying yes you managed it. The web count now stands at thirty in 3

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web design

Which social media channel should I use most to grow a business? is a question I’ve never been asked but for the sake of giving this titular question some clout, I’ll pretend I get asked it daily. 4 years ago when I set out with Get Pro Copy, I’d have

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%name pirate
web design

I’ve always got axes to grind, and my latest of many is the absolute racketeering that goes on in the web design industry. And it is racketeering, trust me. There’s skills involved yes and they take time to build yes. They can be a nightmare with glitches. Rogue plugins can

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%name Shrek
Content Writing

I’ve developed something of a resemblance to Shrek in recent years – the waistline has expanded big time, my grumpiness occasionally rears its head and I sometimes end up with clients who are donkeys: stubborn, answering back and reluctant to pay for work done. But, back in the day, I

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web design

I am a grumpy old troll, I know that. If I was represented as a character in a soap, I’d be a meld of Norris Cole and Roy Cropper, a mixture of OCD and meddling. It’s my way. I sit under bridges waiting for goats to cross and challenge them.

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%name service your website
web design

Would you run a car for five years without a service? No. And yet SMEs, big businesses and sole traders run websites without getting them updated or serviced. But you shouldn’t and here’s why. Logging in to the WP Admin section of a website and clicking Dashboard to see 27

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%name Norwich web designer
web design

COPY. All copy is included in the  web design. By all means, give me ideas, but let me whip the words into shape. HOSTING on fast cloud servers. Free in Year 1, £3 per month in year 2. SOCIAL MEDIA INTEGRATION: I can add your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest

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web design

Cheap website design for small business What a dangerous, foolish title – and the temerity of me pushing the word “cheap” to the front too. Cheap is associated with nasty, “cheap and nasty.” The commonplace “cheap as chips”. Or the slightly more charitable “cheap and cheerful”. But there’s a problem

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%name Google Analytics
SEO

Google Analytics should be on your website – and if it’s not, sort it out please, so I can sleep easily. It’s not a difficult process to set up and it’s made even easier to track when you download the App from the App Store (or if you’re poor, Google

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%name Lorem Ipsum
copywriter

Ah Lorem Ipsum, or Lorem Ipsum Dolor (I think) if I’m feeling expansive – the beige text place filler that says put text here and a sight that many web designers and clients sigh over when they see it. Lorem Ipsum needs replacing you see. And that causes navel gazing

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%name bathroom
web design

I had a superb May as a newbie to this website design malarkey and you can see the 11 I built on my About page, and feedback has been universally good. June has maintained the momentum and I’m working now on North of Winter – a tattoo studio site for a

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%name web design
web design

How much do you charge for web design in Norwich is a question sometimes posed to me by prospective clients and I used to estimate hours needed and charge accordingly. But I read an article today on LinkedIn that really resonated with me as someone is looking to climb ranks and

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%name book
GCSE English marking

The death of controlled assessments and GCSE grades led to increased pressure on schools, their leadership, departments and students to pull out all the stops in a terminal examination – in English, four of them! The days of dishing out past papers a few weeks before Year 11 leave or

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%name online estate agent
property writing

Let me start with a truism – the best estate agent to sell your home is the one who achieves the highest price. Now who will achieve that largely depends on who you trust most – I’ve sold with hybrid, traditional and an online estate agent. So should you use

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%name Berlin
property writing

The suburbs of towns and cities used to be the desirable, in-demand places for families and young professionals. City centres were where you went to work or shop or pursue leisure but always to venture out of at night. Time have changed though and urban living is now in vogue

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%name investment in Liverpool
property writing

If anyone were asked to hazard a guess as to the U.K. city with the highest combined property values, few would offer any other place than London.   Fairly obvious, isn’t it? Astronomical property prices combined with a huge urban population and inward commuting, along with the paucity of building

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%name website
web design

#1 We’ve come a long way from 1991. That’s the year when the first website went live – 27 years ago. Things have moved on greatly since then. John Major was the UK Prime Minister and Bryan Adams broke all music records with 16 weeks at the top of the

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