Windows 10 gets it right

The Windows 10 that Microsoft previewed yesterday is everything its predecessor should have been: it adapts between tablets and laptops, provides a consistent performance across phones and Xbox, and works as fast as the interfaces people have become used to from Google and Apple. That it is accompanied by holographic goggles even shows nostalgic, vaulting ambition from Microsoft.


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Gamergate abuse target starts help site

A games developer who had to leave her home after receiving threats at the height of the Gamergate furore has set up Gamergate Abuse Targeta support group for other victims.

Zoe Quinn said abuse online was seen as less serious than in the “real world”.

She said her group, Crash Override, helped people to prevent attacks online, as well as to deal with them when they did arise.

Caroline Criado-Perez, herself a victim of online abuse, said she would have “loved” such a service.


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Xbox, Sony hackers hit by hack attack

Hacking group Lizard Squad has been hit by an embarrassing attack that exposed the entire database of people who signed up to use its services.

The group claimed to have knocked the Xbox and PlayStation gaming networks offline over Christmas.   XBox Sony Hackers

Soon after, it set up a website that let anyone who paid use its software to deluge other sites with data.

The attack that exposed the customer list is one of several aimed at the group and its tools.

Investigative journalist Brian Krebs broke the news that the database behind the Lizard Stresser tool had been compromised. The Stresser let those who paid use it to overwhelm websites or kick people offline by bombarding the sites they were using with data.


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Gym Website Design & Development

Simon Harvey, the owner of Spalding-based Everybody’s Gym contacted us just before Christmas.  He shared with us hisEverybody's Gym - Trainers plans for a total re-design of his website.  Simon’s vision was to capture the very essence of what his gym has to offer in respect of being totally driven to provide an on-trend experience regardless of exercisers’ goals.

Officially founded in 1994, Everybody’s Gym has enjoyed helping thousands of local Spalding residents with their fitness goals. Privately owned for over 21 years the club has evolved at its town centre location to become the modern and extensive health club it is today.

Remaining independent has always allowed Everybody’s Gym to  cater for the health and fitness needs of Spalding exercisers.

Unique to Everybody’s Gym, members can show their gym card to get discounts at many local shops and services.

Between Drive By Websites & Everybody’s Gym, we think that the design of Simon’s new website is amazing – we hope you agree –

All websites designed and built by Drive By Websites are responsive which means that visitors to our clients sites have an optimal viewing experience.


Hot off the website press

Over the years, its amazing how many biz owners website designers will have the privilege to meet.   Everything from hotel owners, training companies, plumbers and electricians, agricultural suppliers and gyms.

To be able to design a website for each and every business category, it goes without saying that its a prerequisite to not only get to know the owner of the business but also the very nature of what the business owner actually does. Its all interesting stuff but, on occasions, its information that could be a life saver literatally which leads on to a website we recently developed on behalf of D B Fire Safety Limited –

D B Fire Safety Limited

We met David a month or so ago.   We know now! but did you know that its a legal requirement for all businesses to appoint a responsible person, to carry out a fire risk assessment and to ensure that all staff receive training in general fire safety awareness?

David has over 21 years experience in the fire safety industry.  He  understands the difficulties you may find in navigating your way through the minefield that is fire safety legislation He provides businesses and organisations with comprehensive fire safety support without the pressure of trying to sell fire extinguishers or fire alarm systems!!

The support he provides is totally independent of any other commercial interests other than the provision of your fire risk assessment and the opportunity to train you and your staff in fire safety.

For more information, visit


We would like to get to know you and what your business is all about.  For more information in respect of how Drive By Websites can help your business, please feel free to call us on 01775 761512 or visit

All Local Businesses Will Have A Voice

National companies have a huge amount of selling power from their TV, newspaper and magazine advertising together with online marketing. It’s extremely difficult for the small business owner to compete.Keep trade local

According to the Federation of Small Businesses: “Small businesses are the heart of the local community. They generate wealth, employment and opportunity. Using independent businesses on and off the High Street brings growth and income to communities and celebrates the diversity that small independent businesses can deliver.”

Spalding Links is a community based platform which will include not only High Street local businesses but also local tradesmen, hairdressers, professional business owners not trading from the High Street – ALL local businesses will have a voice.

Spalding Links
The aim of Spalding Links is to encourage and empower, the consumer, to buy local and, in turn, contribute and make a positive impact on our local economy.

Together with an array of  businesses to browse, there will also be  events, job opportunities, deals & discounts, hints and tips penned by local people covering a wide-range of topics such as money matters, health & beauty, vets & pets, legal advice etc

The actual launch of Spalding Links will be January 2015.

To get a heads up before the launch, check out what Spalding Links has to offer the consumer and you, the business owner.

For more information in respect of how you can get involved, please call 01775 761512 or visit

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Christmas Deadline For Responsive Sites

With Christmas just around the corner, Drive By Websites will be closing our order books for basic brochure style responsive websites on Christmas Friday, 21st November 2014.

We’ve had a very busy and successful year advising our clients on the benefits of making the switch to a responsive solution.  It’s easy to demonstrate the benefits because they are so visual. Clients who are not particularly techie-minded quickly understand how a responsive website will benefit their own business.

The system we use understands the necessity for the highest Google rankings as possible.  This is why the Sitemaps are built onto a website in the language that Google requires for them to be fully optimised.

Another great way of “pleasing Google” is to write a blog (which the author of this post is doing right now). New responsive websites have a built-in SEO friendly blogging system that will easily integrate into your social media.


At Drive By Websites, we cannot stress enough the value of making website updates.  If your site is left static with no updates being made then Google will ignore the site and it will fall down in search engine rankings.  All Drive By Websites have an easy to use content management system which makes website updates a “piece of cake” – we give our clients a User Manual but, in any event, we are on the end of a phone or email to offer assistance.

Going back to the headline here – there is still just time to place an order for your responsive website but time is running out.

For more information and to discuss the options available to you, please give us a call on 01775 761512.


Featuring Yet Another Responsive Site

Here’s another responsive website we have recently designed and developed on behalf of Deeping St James based Devonports Kitchens & Bathrooms.

As a family run business, the owners Stephen and Sara, understand the decisions and considerations that need to be   Devonports Kitchens & Bathroomstaken into account when planning a new bathroom or kitchen. They offer you honest and reliable advice , whether you are requiring their installation services or just wanting to project manage the installation yourself using your own team of tradesmen.

Their showroom is open and spacious with plenty of free car parking spaces outside. You will be made most welcome.  You should visit their showroom – “thank you” cards cover an entire wall.




The last two years has seen a proliferation of “smart” devices like smart-phones, tablets, mini-tablets and, no doubt, numerous gadgets to come – smart watches spring to mind.  With a fast turnaround, there’s still time before Christmas to make the switch to a responsive website – please contact us on 01775 761512 and we will advise you of the options available.


To Switch or not to switch to responsive

Springfields Events Centre in Spalding, Lincolnshire has been a Drive By Websites’ client for some time.

The Centre consists of three multi-functional exhibition and seminar rooms, five acre outdoor show ground and free parking on site. It’s available for hire throughout the year with a choice of catering to suit individual needs.

Springfields Events Centre boasts to be the ideal venue to host any occasion.  The Centre is licensed for civil marriages and partnerships and the centre caters for corporate, business and private celebrations.

Their old Drive By Websites site had become tired and was no longer portraying the true nature of what the Centre has to offer.

The decision was made to upgrade to a responsive website solution.

Demi, Drive By Websites’ in-house designer, designed their new site to complement the Centre’s new branding.  The site was also made far more interactive to include:

  • A Twitter newsfeed
  • An events’ calendar

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Springfields Events Centre are now the proud owners of a responsive website giving visitors to their website an optimal viewing experience when they are using their Smartphones, Tablets and Smartwatches.

According to Neil Baker, Marketing Manager, AddPeople: “Google has already stated that a mobile friendly website will rank higher in a mobile search, and fully endorses responsive web design as a best practice solution

The price we are charging for a responsive 5-page brochure style website is affordable at only £499 plus VAT – this price includes the design and development of a new site, one year’s secure hosting, the content management to make your own updates and, of course, our support thoughout the year.



Free Click To Call Button

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We’ve been busy adding new services to our portfolio and one of them is a “Click To Call” button.

The main aim of Drive By Websites is to help our clients in every way possible to make their businesses as successful as we possibly can by utilising new technology as it comes our way.

According to the Mail Online on the 4th September “We’re A Nation of Smart Phone Shoppers” because visits to retail websites from mobiles has overtaken desktop traffic for the first time.

Thinking this through it became clear that converting Smartphone visitors to a responsive website is very different from converting customers using desktop websites.

Smartphone users are very unlikely to scroll down to complete a contact form – more especially if its lengthy.

Because they have their Smartphone in their hand, it seems logical that they will give you a call.

To use “advertising jargon” – A “click to call” button could make all the difference between getting a new client or losing them forever.

But, before we can install a “click to call” button, you will need a responsive website.
An example of a “click to call” button we have recently installed – please check out using your smartphone, tablet or smartwatch.

Drive By Websites has put together what we think is a rather nice package – a free “click to call” button when you place an order for a responsive website.


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