NEWS: We are pleased to announce that Weymouth Web Design has rebranded to Magical Design - Please click here to read all about it!

Best Broadband Provider Website Launched

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

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EU Cookie Law Resources and Advice

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.

Essentially the law recommends that website owners to tell visitors if their website uses cookies and to ask them if they want to allow this or not. The law recommends this is done via a popup when they visit your website or by a message at the top of bottom of the page. However…

The ICO changed the guidelines just before they launched the ruling to say that “implied consent” should be enough to cover most websites. This essentially means that rather than have to force users to agree to allowing cookies to be used when they visit your website (which, to be honest would just confuse most web users) they have now ruled that by visiting your website a visitor it is implying they are giving consent for you to use cookies as long as details of what cookies are being used is shown somewhere on your website (for example on the privacy policy page).

This is great news as it means an intrusive popup or warning message is not necessarily required now (as originally expected) for the majority of websites, as long as the privacy policy page mentions if you use cookies (and which cookies they are) and your website should then comply with this law under the “implied consent” method.

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:

1) What is a cookie?

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.

Originally the law wanted website owners to have a popup appear whenever someone visits the site asking them to confirm if they want to allow cookies to be used. You may have seen this on some websites recently. As you can imagine, having to do this every time you visit a website will confuse and frustrate web users so the ICO changed the guidelines to say that “implied consent” can be used as an alternative providing a privacy policy informs visitors of what cookies are being used and how they can opt out if they wish to.

More information: http://www.ico.gov.uk/news/blog/2012/updated-ico-advice-guidance-e-privacy-directive-eu-cookie-law.aspx

2) Does my website use cookies?

Most websites will use cookies of some kind. Most are harmless and used for analyical data such as Google Analytics. However, if you use Facebook “like” buttons of Twitter “follow” buttons these will also use third party cookies which I recommend you tell visitors about in your privacy policy. I will be offering a full audit service to clients (more details on this further down the page)

3) Will I be breaking the law if I don’t update my website?

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.

4) What can I do to make sure my website is compliment with this new law?

Essentially, if you make sure your privacy policy page provides details of what cookies your website uses (normally just Google Analytics) and there is a link to the privacy page somewhere on your home page this should be enough to cover you on the “implied consent” rule change that the ICO introduced at the last minute.

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.

Resources

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:

ICO – Blog about Implied Consent Changes

ICO – Guidelines for Cookies

The Guardian – Cookies Law Changed Implied Consent

Digital Strategy Consulting – Watered Down EU Cookie Law

http://econsultancy.com/uk/blog/9416-eu-cookie-law-uk-government-crumbles

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.

1) Update your privacy page

If you have a content management system or a website that you can update yourself you can edit the privacy policy page yourself to indicate what cookies are being used on your website.

2) Get a third party to update my website or update your own website

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.

3) Commission Weymouth Web Design to update your website:

If you’d like us to make changes to your website we can update this for you. We are providing 2 options (one for the basic “implied consent” which involves updating your privacy policy and a full compliance option with a popup or bar at the top of your website asking people to confirm they allow cookies to be used). Both options include an audit of your site to find what cookies are being used.

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

With this option I will add or change your privacy policy page to be a “Cookies and Privacy” page with my generic privacy policy text customised for your website. I will also run a full audit of what cookies are used on your site which will also be listed on the privacy page. This will also be linked to your home page so people can find it easily. I’d recommend this option if you just use basic cookies like Google Analytics.

Price for Option 1 = £25 (1 – 2 hours)

Option 2: Full Compliance Popup Box or Message

This option includes all of the above (new/updated privacy policy and full website cookie audit) but with the addition of the implementation of a script to show either a popup box when someone visits your website for the first time or sticky bar at the top of the page to allowing them to opt out of they wish. This option is probably not required for most websites but if you want me to implement this for you I can do so.

Price for Option 2 = £50 (3 – 4 hours)

4) My website doesn’t use cookies

If you don’t use Google Analytics or any software that uses cookies then you are in luck – you don’t have to do anything. If you are unsure if your website uses cookies you can run an audit yourself using online software such as http://www.attacat.co.uk/resources/cookies or we can one on your behalf.

5) Do nothing

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 phil@weymouthwebdesign.com and I’ll do my best to help out.

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New website launched for local company Pegasus Discos

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.

Pegasus Discos

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Brand New Personalised Pet Products E-commerce Shop for Deppets.co.uk

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.

Personalised Pet Products from Deppets

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