Blog

The Evolution of my Web Design Experience

I’ve not written many posts about my personal experiences in the field of web design and development, so I thought I’d start getting a little more personal.

I’ve been helping local businesses in the Cayman Islands, the UK and the US promote their local presence through online web media and designing beautiful experiences for them since 2010.

I started off designing websites back in 1999. Back then, you couldn’t just install WordPress and a theme to get started. Content Management Systems weren’t really a thing. I had notepad and Internet Explorer. I had to code my websites in HTML and design graphics for them in MS Paint. And I loved doing it.


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9th November 2018
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Gutenberg, WordPress, Plugins, Blog

WordPress 5.0 Beta vs. Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption 2

WordPress 5.0 Beta 1 - Now Available!

This week saw the release of WordPress 5.0 Beta with Gutenberg as standard. And what a week to drop the beta with Red Dead Redemption 2 being released today! All other major games developers have clearly avoided any releases this week due to this massive long-awaited title hitting the shelves. If you haven’t heard of this new game from Rockstar, come out from the rock you’ve been hiding under and check out the hype! It’s slated as being the “game of a generation” and has received top ratings from all of the big games reviewers. I for one am excited to don-poncho and hunker down this weekend with my copy.

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26th October 2018
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Gutenberg, Plugins, Blog, CMS

What Is Gutenberg?

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of Gutenberg. No, not the project to digitise the written word. This is a new editing tool for WordPress. It’s had a lot of hype and there’s mixed opinions out there as to whether it’s going to deliver on expectations and provide the level of functionality that the WordPress community desires. In this post I’m going to provide an overview of what Gutenberg is, what it will do, how to install it and have a play and what the overall verdict is from the critics.

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18th October 2018
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WordPress, Blog

13 Ways To Increase Your WordPress Page Speed

As you know, we think WordPress is a fantastic CMS. But when it comes to managing page load speeds, there are several factors that can contribute to your site being slow.

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13th September 2018
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Hosting, WordPress, Blog

Why Is Page Load Speed Important?

How long do you think you have to make an impression on a website visitor? Well, to give you an idea, consider how long you might spend on a website’s home page once you land on it. The average time a visitor spends on a landing page is 10 seconds before they decide to continue or bounce. 10 seconds!

So out of that 10 seconds, you don’t want your website to take up any more time than is necessary. You need your website to load as quickly as possible.

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10th September 2018
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SSL, Hosting, Domain Names, Blog

The Difference Between A Domain Name and Web Hosting

If you are looking to setup your first website, or you already have a website, you may know that there are 2 things you must have; a domain name and web hosting.

But what’s the difference?

This is something clients ask me all the time. And I get it - it’s not very clear. Domain names and web hosting can often be confused as being one and the same thing. But they are quite different! Let’s have a look at what they are and their differences.

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9th July 2018
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WooCommerce, CMS, Blog, Plugins, eCommerce

9 Reasons Why You Should Use WooCommerce For Your eCommerce Website

WooCommerce has been an increasingly popular choice as an ecommerce platform since it was first created. It quickly became the most used e-commerce tool in the world.

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1st July 2018
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GDPR, Blog

Think You’re Safe From The GDPR Outside Of The EU? Think Again!

I’m sure by now you’ve seen “GDPR” in the headlines. The GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation is a set of new laws intended to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU). It came into effect on May 25th 2018. It is new legislation relating to personal data and how it’s stored.

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21st June 2018
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SSL, SEO, Hosting, Plugins, WordPress, Security, Blog

5 Steps To Install SSL On Your WordPress Website

If you’re using WordPress and you haven’t enabled HTTPS yet there’s a few steps you should follow. Google issued a final warning for any websites not using HTTPS by October 2018 stating that it will display a warning for visitors. There’s really no better time to make the switch to HTTPS. Your search rankings will likely be affected and if you’re running WooCommerce then you definitely need SSL.

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13th June 2018
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SEO, Hosting, Security, SSL, Blog

What Type of SSL Certificate Does Your Website Need?

Domain names, hosting and SSL Certificates - it’s all a bit confusing! What I can tell you straight off the bat is that it’s now an essential tool for both security and SEO to have an SSL certificate for your website, even if you’re not running an ecommerce store. In this post I’ll run through the different SSL certificate options and I’ll spare you as much jargon as I can!

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11th June 2018
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