Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
We’ve launched a brand new website for Best Broadband Providers that compares all the latest broadband providers to help people find the latest offers and best deals.
The website shows all the latest broadband deals in a blog format in addition to displaying each broadband provider’s contact details, reviews and current deals in the broadband directory service.
The website is designed to be easy to use and easy to update so the broadband deals are always up to date!
Take a look here: http://www.best-broadband-providers.co.uk
Sunday, June 10th, 2012
Weymouth Web Design will soon be known as Magical Design!
There are two things I’d like to share with you in this news update. The first is to let you know I’ll be rebranding my business in the upcoming weeks to be called Magical Design!
The change of name is mainly cosmetic to appeal to a wider audience and to reflect the kind of service I offer. It is still me running the business and I’m still based in Weymouth but I’ll be offering some additional services such as search engine optimisation and content creation. I’ll send a full e-mail about this in the next week or so with all the juicy details!
The EU Cookie Law
Disclaimer: I must point out that as this EU Cookie law is a legal matter I can only provide this information in good faith and any actions you decide to take on your website must be your own decision. I recommend reading a bit about the law, possibly even seeking your own legal advice, and reviewing your options before deciding what to do. The information I provide is only intended as a guide and Weymouth Web Design cannot be held responsible for any outcomes of actions taken as a result of this advice.
The EU Cookie Law (the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EU Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011) came in to effect recently. A few of my clients have been asking what this is about, will they break the law if they don’t comply with the law and what can be done to ensure your website complies. There is quite a bit of confusion but I will try and provide some information about it in this e-mail along with options as to what you can do to your website.
The important thing to remember is… DON’T PANIC! There have been rumours about potential large fines for websites ignoring this but the ICO have said themselves they won’t be handing out any fines for websites that don’t comply. They will actively try to get websites to comply (especially when it comes to large government and corporate websites as a priority)
Frequently Asked Questions:
A “cookie” is a file that is stored on your visitor’s computer (or on your computer when you visit a website) that allows the website to remember you if you go back to that website again. This helps website owners track the number of visitors they have to their website (for example with Google Analytics) or to remember if you’ve logged in to an e-commerce website etc… No personal details are recorded so everything is safe and cookies have been used by web browsers since the start of the internet.
Although they are normally harmless there are some cookies known as third-party cookies that can track websites and pages you’ve visit when you leave the site so this new law is aiming to help website visitors with security concerns and to educate them on what cookies are and how your website uses them.
Although the new “implied consent” ruling will cover websites as long as cookies are mentioned in their privacy page (or somewhere easy to find on the website) it is up to you to research the law using the resources I have provided further down this page. Due to the legal nature of this I cannot recommend you do or don’t take action and cannot be held responsible for any advice provided. I recommend you back this up with your own research before deciding which action to take.
Of course, if you want to fully comply with every part of the ruling (including integrating a popup or bar at the top of bottom of your website) I will be able to assist with this for you.
Please take a look at the following pages for further information about this law before deciding what you’d like to do to your website:
Options for Updating Your Website:
There are several options for how you can update your website to comply with the new law if you wish to do so.
As I said above, don’t panic about this, the ICO have said they will not be fining businesses for not complying but, as a web designer, it is my duty to provide you with information about this law and let you know which options are available to you.
If you’d like to change the HTML of your website yourself or get a third party to do so on your behalf then I can provide FTP details (if I host your website) to pass on to them to make any changes.
If you have a monthly maintenance package with me both options are included free of charge. If you don’t have a maintenance package but would still like me to update your website I have two options available:
Option 1: Basic Implied Consent
Price for Option 1 = £25 (1 – 2 hours)
Option 2: Full Compliance Popup Box or Message
Price for Option 2 = £50 (3 – 4 hours)
Lastly, a fourth option is to do nothing (a lot of large corporations and even government sites have yet to do anything about this law). I can’t recommend no action is taken but as the website owner it is up to you to decide if you wish to make any changes of your website or not. If you are in doubt or need additional information I would recommend seeking legal advice due to the nature of this law.
As a web designer I cannot give direct advice on what you should do on a legal matter but I hope you find the resrouces and information in this news article useful to you in learning about this new law and deciding what you should do about it.
What Do I Think Of This Law?
In my opinion the law is a silly idea as it will require millions of websites to make changes to their website when it would be a lot simpler to get the web browser manufacturers to change the way they tell people about cookies instead. It will confuse website visitors if they see a popup every time they visit a site and will cost the UK economy millions of pounds to make every website compliment. I’m sure there must be a simpler way they could have come up with for this law!
The website http://nocookielaw.com/ sums up why this law is such a bad idea but at the end of the day we must remember that it is a law so must be respected as one.
If you have any questions about this please e-mail me at email@example.com and I’ll do my best to help out.
Thursday, January 7th, 2010
Weymouth Web Design are delighted to have redesigned Mark Gerrard’s Pegasus Discos website which has launched today.
Pegasus Discos have an outstanding reputation for providing flexible and reliable disco services throughout Dorset and the neighbouring counties. Run by Mark Gerrard, Pegasus Discos are the preferred supplier for many established local venues.
The website we’ve designed is built around hand drawn disco equipment with lots of different coloured lights that are lighting up the logo. The website content has also been streamlined to make things easy to find and the contact form on every page ensures it is easy for clients to send enquiries to Mark.
Please click here to visit the new Pegasus Discos website.
Monday, November 2nd, 2009
Today we’ve launched a new e-commerce website for www.deppets.co.uk that lets you order customised products for your pets using your own text and images.
Deppets sell personalised pet products for dogs, cats, horses and other animals. They also sell a great range of clothing and gifts that can be embroidered with animal images.
We’ve created a website that allows the visitors to upload images for their designs or enter their own text for items that can be customised. The customers can also choose their colour and size preferences making the shopping experience easy and quick.
The website features a bight, colourful design with a expandable category menu to allow customers to quickly jump to new pages and products.
Please click here to visit the Deppets.co.uk website.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
This month marks the 5th anniversary of Weymouth Web Design being in business and to celebrate we’ve designed a brand new website and logo to give us a fresh new image. Our new site is less corporate and designed to be full of colour and nice little design touches.
We’ve been looking back over the previous designs we’ve used over the last five years for Weymouth Web Design and have put some screenshots below of how our brand has developed.
Current Design (2009)
Our current website has taken several months to complete but we think it has been well worth it!
The new logo features a colourful magic wand on a dark purple space background. The colours play a big role in the design with lots of highlights, glows and starburst effects. We’ve also condensed the amount of pages and content by 50% to allow us to focus more on our portfolio and key services.
Our last design launched in May 2008 and was designed mainly to make our site easier to navigate. We divided the website in to sections based around Web Design, Graphic Design, Hosting and Domain Names. We also tried to make the site visually attractive and easy on the eye.
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