Is your website secure?

Is your website secure?

I woke up this morning to over 900 notices of login attempts to my website – so I thought I’d do a video of the solution, to promote my hosting and maintenance business. You might need to go full screen.

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What are you doing this weekend?

What are you doing this weekend?

Well, I’ll tell you what I’m doing. I’m heading to the Yorkshire Wolds – a lovely part of the world – for the Moonbeams Folk Festival held at the Wold Top Brewery.

A folk festival at a brewery. What’s not to like?

There’s a great line-up, including Peatbog Faeries * Breabach * Nizlopi * Martyn Joseph.

There’s a yummy menu at the Peacecake Cafe

There’s Wold Top Brewery’s specially made Moonbeams Ale.

And it’s hosted by the very lovely Leila Cooper.

All the details are on Moonbeams website – which we’ve recently given a makeover and made responsive. That means it works well, is easy to read and navigate on any device – desktop, laptop, tablet or phone.

Hope to see you there!

Mobile friendly website for Amelie and Friends

Mobile friendly website for Amelie and Friends

Amelie and Friends Mobile Friendly Website by Blue Gekko

Amelie and Friends Mobile Friendly Website by Blue Gekko

There’s a fantastic restaurant down in Chichester, Amelie and Friends. The Sunday Telegraph lists it in its Top 500 Restaurants in Great Britain and Ireland, and it has been awarded the coveted Bib Gourmand in the 2014 Michelin Guide.

And it now has a brand-new mobile friendly website to complement its existing desktop version.

The main features of a mobile friendly website are

  • Customers can tap the screen to call
  • The text is larger and easier to read
  • The navigation buttons are large and easy to tap
  • The zoom feature is disabled – there’s no need. Everything fits in the screen.
  • Up and down scrolling only makes everything easy to read and follow.

But three of the main BENEFITS to a business of a mobile friendly website are

  • People are going to find it really easy to call you. Tap Tap – you’ve got a customer.
  • People are going to find it really easy to find you. Google Maps and in-built satnavs make it really easy for your customers to find you.
  • People looking for you on their phone are much more likely to want to buy from you now, rather than just browsing on their laptop.

This is important for any business now, as a third or more of your website traffic will be on a mobile phone. But it is particularly important for restaurants because

  • the percentage of visitors on a mobile is higher
  • mobile users looking at a restaurant website are more likely to be on the move and much, much more likely to want to eat in the next hour.

So if you’re looking for somewhere to eat in Sussex go to Amelie and Friends’ new mobile website. You’ll find it really easy to phone them up to book a table; and the navigation icon will show you the way to get there.

Mouth-watering website launch: The Hull Cake

Mouth-watering website launch: The Hull Cake

The Hull Cake responsive website by Blue GekkoThere were three aims with this website

  • To make it display well and be easy to use for visitors on a mobile site.
  • To showcase the many, many examples of stunning, beautifully made cakes The Hull Cake had provided for its very spoiled clients
  • To make it easy for a potential customer to get in touch

The first aim was a given. All new Blue Gekko websites are responsive now. That means they configure according to the device they are being viewed from.  That means that whether they are being viewed on a laptop, a tablet or a mobile phone they will be quick to load, easy to read and easy to navigate

To achieve the showcase the main focus of the site is the two gallery pages – one for wedding cakes, the second for other celebrations – which display the cake images so well. The cakes are all on display on the page, but click on one of the images and a sumptious slideshow starts.

The Hull Cake responsive website by Blue Gekko tap to call buttonTo achieve the third aim – make it easy to get in touch – the contact phone number is available throughout the site, and a big link to the contact us page is at the foot of all other pages.

But there’s also a bit of magic that only a responsive website can bring.  On mobile phone there’s a “Tap To Call” button. That means that a mobile visitor just needs to do a couple of taps with their thumb and The Hull Cake’s phone is ringing. If you resize your browser on your laptop narrower and narrower – when it gets smaller than it would be on a tablet you can see the Tap To Call button appear out of nowhere.

Magic? Not really, but the magic happens when your visitors go “Tap Tap Call” – because you’ve got a customer.

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