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JARGON BUSTING: What is a CMS?

Why is Social Proof so important for your website?

Many of us have heard about social proof, many have probably used it but why don't small business owners use it on their website? Just a small addition such as...

WHAT TO DO: If you’ve had a website online and you’re not feeling the benefit

Web Design ‘F pattern’ concept

5 top tips to improve WordPress security in 5 minutes

As you should know by now, making WordPress security easy and stressing it’s importance is something of a passion of ours here at Showcase. So, here are 5 quick fire…

All In One WP Security & Firewall Tool

This simple tool is designed to help you quickly and easily configure the settings on your installation of All in One WP Security and Firewall. This, for us, is the...

HOW TO: Setup and configure the All In One WP Security Plugin

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5 best wordpress security plugins

If you’re looking to secure your wordpress website, there’s a plethora of security plugins on the wordpress marketplace – both free and paid.

What is a WordPress Care Plan and Why Should You Have one?

SSL – What is it and why should you have it?

SSL is an important modern feature of the online world and it's being pushed by all the big search engines including Google as it's a proactive step towards protecting the...

Lastpass – Improve your cyber security

Improve the overall strength of your passwords and stay secure online with Lastpass. Key features include: There's a free version which stores upto 20 passwords which will give you a...

Top Tip to consider when buying domain names

When purchasing a domain name, there's a few things you consider before you rush out and make a purchase that may not help you further down the line. Here's a...

Server Updates – possible warning on email accounts

As part of our ongoing attempts to improve the services we provide for our clients, we are currently in the process of upgrading our servers to make them faster and...

WordPress Update – 4.6 Released – Pepper Adams

It’s arrived! The latest WordPress update which promises to be faster and more efficient to all involved in using it to host and publish their content – whether for a website…

Bye-bye to CMS Made Simple Websites

It’s with a heavy heart that we have to release this announcement. We are no longer going to be developing websites in CMS Made Simple unless we are specifically asked…

Is the Concept of the Homepage Dead?

In this article, we will explore the concept of the homepage and the misconceptions around having a homepage. In olden times, say 3-4 years ago, it was important to have…

Why get bespoke Terms & Conditions?

Often seen as an unnecessary expense by small business owners at the outset of their business, terms and conditions have time and again proven to be a great investment and…

Website Handovers – Do’s and Don’ts

So this is it, the big day! Your website that you have lovingly crafted with the help of your trusty web development team is about to go live. Any minute…

Media Queries – What are they and Why should you care?

Media queries didn’t exist a few years ago but now are essential and fundamental elements of modern web design. Let’s explore them and how they can impact your business. In…

Essential Rules to Keep Your Logo Design Brilliant – Part 6 – Colours

This is part 6 of our mini series in logo design. If you’ve missed part 5 and earlier parts, you can click here to be taken back to part 1….

Essential Rules to Keep Your Logo Design Brilliant – Part 5 – Orientation

This is part 5 in our logo design mini series. If you missed part 4 on logo sizing, you can click here and catch up. Again, I briefly touched on…

What is Split Testing?

We’ve been asked a few times recently to explain the concept of split testing and why someone would consider it. Here we’ll delve into the murky world of systematic visual…

Essential Rules to Keep Your Logo Design Brilliant – Part 4 – Size Matters

This is part 4 of our logo design concepts mini series and although we touched on this before with embroidery, it’s important to note that size matters! If you’ve missed…

What is Above-the-Fold?

‘Above the fold’ is a phrase often banded about by marketeers and the concept is something very useful to each and every website owner. Here we’ll explore the roots of…

Essential Rules to Keep Your Logo Design Brilliant – Part 3 – Image/Text/Both

This post is part 3 of our logo design series. I recommend you look at part 2 first so you know what elements we’ve already covered. It’s very important for…

Essential Rules to Keep Your Logo Design Brilliant – Part 2 – Meaning

This is the continuation of our mini-series of posts regarding logo design and the considerations around it. If you missed Part 1, I would recommend going back and starting there….

What is Hacking?

| Estimated reading time: 5min 36 secs | We are often saying to our clients – “it’s important to constantly maintain your website from a technical point of view to…

Essential Rules to Keep Your Logo Design Brilliant

We all see logos hundreds of times a day. Whether it be a logo that represents a brand or business, or an event or even a person – logo’s are…

Maintenance – BNI 12/4/16

Our Maintenance services today. How many of you can ‘hand-on-heart’ say you have been into your WordPress or Magento websites recently to see if there are any updates that need…

The 3 ‘P’s – BNI 5/4/16

Today I’d like to talk about the ‘build’ category of services. We build websites. It’s our core business and expertise, and something we love to do. When we look at…

What Hackers Do with Compromised WordPress Sites

Most site owners assume that if their website was targeted by hackers there would be no interesting data to steal such as credit card details, and believe hacking it would…

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Lastpass

Are you always forgetting passwords? Do you wish there was just some way to remember all those passwords and make sure they are all secure at the same time? Say…

Builders Special – BNI 12/04/16

We are running a builders special offer. Notoriously, builders’ websites have been something created by well-wishing friends and family members because they themselves are too busy and / or not…

WordPress security – How attackers gain access

A survey conducted by Wordfence asked the question: If you know how your site was compromised please describe how the attackers gained access. Over 60% of site owners did not…

Example of web enhancement – BNI – 29/03/16

Just this bank holiday weekend, I was in front of my pc working on the website of a well-known TV magician, creating an automated sales funnel. When a user goes…

Website Enhancements – BNI 22/03/16

Enhancing existing websites is one of our favourite things. By website enhancements, I mean anything from fixing things which have broken or changed over time to adding new features. We can carry…

“White Label” explained?

We’ve referred to ‘white label’ across the website and some of you who have seen it may be wondering ‘what on earth is that’? Many years ago, this referred to…

So, you’ve built my website. Now what? – Part Three

In our part 2, we looked at how PPC advertising, among other things, can be useful in gaining a new website much needed initial traffic. Now let us look at…

So, you’ve built my website. Now what? – Part Two

This article is the second instalment in a three-part series. Missed part 1? You can find it here. There are still millions of people who erroneously believe that if you…

Responsive Media Queries for iPhones and iPads only

I had a bit of a bug with this website when I was creating it – basically we wanted to disable our homepage video on mobile devices because of bandwidth…

Formatting workaround for WordPress Global Content

I was just updating the terms and conditions of this very website when I stumbled across an ‘annoyance’ or ‘foible’ of WordPress. When using a Global Content Block to help…

WordPress – Pros and Cons

WordPress is certainly not the only content management system available to website developers, but it is arguably the most famous of website platforms. Millions of satisfied users ranging from casual…

What is Google Analytics and why do I need it?

It is essential to understand the performance of your website; in terms of the numbers of people visiting and what they are doing when on your site. With Google analytics…

What is ecommerce and why should I take note?

In this global village where everything has become digital, it is important to have an online platform. E-commerce is another name for buying and selling on the internet. The biggest…

So, you’ve built my website. Now what? Part 1

It’s certainly very exciting when you have established your business on the world wide web for the first time. But remember merely putting up your website is no guarantee that…

What is a Blog?

In today’s digital age, people from all sorts of backgrounds are all trying to create a blog for themselves. From big companies to small start-up businesses, everyone is busy promoting…

What is Content Management and Why Do You Need It?

To define content management in strict terms, it is the method of organizing and gathering various types of content – text, images, clips, etc. – along with tagging schemes in…

What Am I Paying for When I Pay My Monthly Hosting?

Never before has it been so easy for individuals and businesses to run a website online. There are many free options available for hosting your website, but remember free always…

CSS – What Is It?

The concept of CSS dates back to 1997, when it was created so web developers could easily set apart their web pages’ design from their content. However, it took more…

10 Web Development Phrases Deciphered

Not everyone is a web developer, so it’s completely common if you don’t understand some web development terms that you come across when you plan your website. To help you…

What is SEO?

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is regarded as one of the most popular (or even the most popular) is an online marketing tool. The purpose of SEO is to use…

Habit-Forming

“Successful people do as successful people did” – it’s a new quote I’ve just come up with. It’s based on an age-old concept, outlined in Think and Grow Rich, and…

Automation and Scheduling

Following a very informative meeting with Robin Sharpe of the Entrepeneurs Circle, I feel it’s important to share some of the advertising ideas I learnt, particularly about the options available…

With great website power comes great responsibility

Having the keys to edit your website content is all well and good, but knowing what to do with them is a story in itself…. One of the current trends…

Mobile-geddon

Since the “mobile-first” mantra was coined by Eric Schmidt in 2010, Google have stated that this is the way to go. Many businesses disregarded this advice, and now Google is…

Networking: is it for me and my business?

Part 1 in my “Get the most out of Networking” series – I look at the key questions you need to be asking yourself when considering whether to attend a…

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