Mobile Websites – The Stats Are Staggering

The future is mobile friendly with the provision of Superfast 4G.  Over the past couple of years or so, we have changed the way we shop, bank, communicate and even watch TV.  The writer of this blog has recently returned from a weekend break in London which is living proof that Smartphone users take more photos than on any other device.   According to the stats provided by www.ofcom.org.uk 60% of adults say that they use their Smartphone most of all to take a pic, rising to 89% of 16-24 year olds.  Just over one in five adults (22%) mostly use their digital camera. From August 2013 to August 2014, people in the UK took an estimated 1.2 billion ‘selfies’.

Ofcom reported that in March 2015, two-thirds of people owned a Smartphone using it for almost twoTime Spent Online hours every day to browse the internet, access their social media, bank and to shop online.  This figure compared with just over an hour spent online using their laptop and PC.

On the 21st April last year, Google announced that if your website doesn’t pass the mobile friendliness test, it will feature less prominently on its search engine results.  In a blog, the company stated that “this will have a significant impact in our search results.  Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimised for their devices”.

At the same time last year, research began to show that visits to retail websites via mobile devices had overtaken desktop traffic for the first time.  Mobile commerce now accounts for 36% of the UK e-retail sales, rising to 40% for clothing and apparel websites.

At Drive By Websites HQ, we regularly develop and maintain completely unique responsive websites which re-size and re-proportion according to the browsing devices.

Drive By Websites’ choice of platform to use for mobile friendly websites is WordPress because:

  • ease of user – you can easily make updates.
  • sites can be managed from any computer or device
  • search engines love WordPress sites
  • there’s no HTML or FTP software required (for the end user)
  • websites are designed to be future-proofed and grow along with the development of the business.

Drive By Websites securely hosts and manages over 150 mobile friendly websites mainly locally but nationally too.

Drive By Websites offer a fast turnaround, we are affordable and easy to get along with.  Please feel free to get in touch by calling us on 01775 761512.

 

 

 

 

Peterborough Training Company Website

Drive By Websites has recently designed and built a responsive website on behalf of Anglia Professional APT logoTraining based in Peterborough.  The Company offers courses in Accounts & Finance and Legal Services.

The client’s requirements were wide-ranging.

Peterborough-based apt’s website requirements

  • A faster opening speed with the inclusion of the Viewer Relative Page Processor.
  • A built in hidden content optimiser to help improve the website’s ranking with little effort or expense.
  • An email course booking form
  • Sidebar testimonials
  • Hidden page for an employers’ area
  • Integrated blog with sign up facility
  • Facebook newsfeed
  • Book exams facility
  • Sign up to newsletter button
  • Click to Call button
  • Student Network to include:
    • Students’ login facility and PayPal link to pay for course fees
    • APT policies and procedures
    • Study materials
    • Course information pack
    • Notices from tutors
    • Student blog
    • Student sign up
    • Tutors to have access to the student site for adding downloads to courses

Accounting Level 4 Course

CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law & Practice

Anglia Professional Training works with the AAT (the Association of Accounting Technicians), CIMA (the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) which enables students to further their careers in accounting, bookkeeping and finance.

If you are looking for a career in law, then Anglia Professional Training offers CILEx qualifications namely Level 3 courses – Certificate in Law & Practice, and  Professional Diploma in Law & Practice.

For more information, please visit http://apt4u.training/

If you are in the market for a mobile-friendly website with specific requirements, then please feel free to call Drive By Websites on Spalding 01775 761512

Holiday Accommodation Website Has Made The Switch

The owner of Mackinder Farms Holiday Accommodation, an existing client, has made the switch from the original Drive By system to a mobile Mackinder Farms Sceneryfriendly solution.  Mackinder Farms Holiday Accommodation, comprising seven holiday lets, is perfectly situated down a lane opposite Selby Golf Club.

Mackinder Farms Holiday Accommodation is well served by the motorway network and is within an hour’s drive of Leeds, Hull, Harrogate and the famous Yorkshire Dales, the Wolds and the many historic houses and churches within the county. Last, but by no means least, the ancient city of York is within easy reach either by bus, car or train in less than half an hour.

For more information and to book your holiday, please visit http://www.mackinderfarmsholidayaccommodation.co.uk/

The site comes equipped with a click to call button.Mackinder Farms Click to Call Button

The inclusion of a click to call button is proving to be extremely popular.

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 and one of these is a “Click To Call” button.

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

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”.

Love Your Dog & Love Your Lawn – Check Out Wee Patch Restore

It’s been fun designing and building the website for Wee Patch Restore Wee Patch Restore Logo– http://www.weepatchrestore.co.uk/

Wee Patch Restore is a three-in-one spray to mask and repair doggy urine burn on your lawn.

The product defuses the harmful effects of ammonia-rich, grass-burning dog urine.

The three-way spot spray consists of:

  1. A colourant which covers up the unsightly dead lawn patches for immediate visual improvement.Wee Patch Restore Dog
  2. Here’s the science.  Dead grass patches quickly become hydrophobic and repel water. Surfactants reduce the incidence of such water repellent soil which helps to break down and wash out the excess ammonia.
  3. The natural seaweed extract stimulates the microbes that exist in soil.  This will help to break down the excess ammonia quickly and improve the conditions for grass to re-grow.

Wee Patch Restore will dry in less than an hour (obviously, this is very much weather dependent); it’s non-toxic and safe for pets and children and there will be no dietary interfence for your dog.

The site is equipped with a “Buy Now” feature.  There’s FREE DELIVERY (UK mainland)

THE ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION TO A FULL-BLOWN E-COMMERCE SITE

There is an alternative solution to investing quite a substantial amount of money to pay for a full-blown e-commerce website when you only have a few products to sell. The affordable solution is what we call an online store.

As you will see by visiting this site, the online store option is perfect if you only have a few products to sell.  Your new site will also come complete with:

  • A mobile friendly solution
  • A content management system to easily make your own updates
  • You can manage your site from any computer or device
  • Search engines just love WordPress websites
  • Secure UK hosting
  • User manual and personal training

Contact us by calling Spalding (01775) 761512 – advice is free and you will find us affordable and easy to get along with.

 

 

Introducing Cloud Walking With Hilary

The team here at Drive By Websites has had a very nice time working with Hilary Peach to design and Cloud Walkers logobuild her new website – http://www.cloudwalkingwithhilary.com. 

Hilary Peach’s background is in nursing and she has recently opened Cloud Walkers in Knight Street, Pinchbeck.  Her specialities are massage therapy and foot care.

Cloud Walkers’ philosophy is “Achieve harmony between mind, body & soul and well-being will follow”.

If you are suffering from pain and tension, Hilary will help to redress the balance to ease the pain and tension which, in turn, will improve tone and condition within your body.   The benefits of massage are to reduce anxiety, improve your mood and relax.  A massage will contribute to a “feel good” sensation.

For more information in respect of how Hilary can help you, please visit her new website – http://www.cloudwalkingwithhilary.com.

We are delighted that Hilary has included a blog within her website because we feel that the modern Bloggingbusiness approach needs to fully embrace the communicative power of the web.  In our experience, a dedicated News/Blog facility is the best way to do this.  Not only does a blog connect you to your customers – whilst simultaneously updating your social media pages in one go – it also feeds a constant reminder to search engines, like Google, that your website is more up to date and relevant than your competitors.  The inclusion of a blog within your website is highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

Industrial Cleaning Company’s Website – Online & Open For Business

Paul, the owner of Cleancare UK Limited – http://cleancareuk.co.uk got in touch with us recently. Paul  has Cleancare Commercial Logoexpanded his business and wanted another website to promote commercial cleaning.   Cleancare Commercial specialises in Evaporator, Warehouse and Cladding cleaning.

Paul took on board our advice in respect of the benefits of a mobile-friendly website.   Perhaps I could reiterate here the announcement that Google made in a blog post on the 21st April last year. “If your site doesn’t pass the mobile friendliness test, then it will feature less prominently on its search engine results”.

Google also stated: “this will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.”

We regularly – here at Drive By Websites HQ – develop and maintain completely unique responsive websites locally and here’s the website we designed and built on behalf of Paul – http://www.cleancarecommercial.co.uk/

 

 

It’s Not Every Day You Meet A Microbiologist !

During the time that Drive By Websites has been trading, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting a diverse range of talented business owners but it goes without saying that Award Consultancy comes tops for a science-related Award Consultancy Logobusiness.  It’s not every day you meet a Microbiologist!

Award Consultancy is a consultancy in cleaning, disinfection techology and environmental microbiology. The business specialisms are:

  • Innovaton – Providing microbiological advice to bring new and existing products to market
  • Testing – Advice on microbiological testing in both the laboratory and field
  • Problem Solving – Assistance with the resolution of hygiene issues
  • Training – Provision of bespoke training and sales presentation packages

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Microbiological issues can arise within healthcare associated infection (HCAI), especially with multi-drug resistant bacteria (MDRO’s) and food in terms of product shelf life and environmental swab failures.

There are other industries that can also have microbiological problems, for example, leisure.  Viruses such as Norovirus can cause serious issues, for example, in hotels and leisure facilities with a negative impact on business revenues.

For more information, please visit http://www.awardconsultancy.co.uk

You may recall that 21st April 2015 was the date when search engine results would never be the same again.  Google stated, at that time, that they will promote mobile-friendly sites which means that if your site doesn’t pass the mobile friendliness test, then it will feature less prominently on its search engine results.

In a blog post, Google stated that “Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.”

One of Drive By Websites specialisms includes assisting each and every one of our clients in respect of designing and building responsive websites (mobile friendly websites).

For more information, please feel free to give Drive By Websites a call on Spalding 01775 761512 – advice is free.  You will find our prices affordable with a fast turnaround.

Villa in Sri Lanka Website Has Made The Switch To Responsive

Drive By Websites has recently re-themed http://theretreatatbluelagoon.co.uk/ to a responsive, mobile  The Retreat at Blue Lagoonfriendly solution.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon offers a luxury “away from it all” holiday experience.  The accommodation comprises 3 bedrooms each with a super kingsize bed together with two single inflatable airbeds.

The glassy lagoon which is literally on the doorstep hosts abundant and extraordinary wildlife with parakeets, kingfishers, cormorants, sea eagles and mynah birds that roost in the jungle which borders the lagoon.   Monitors, iguanas, chipmonks and leaf monkeys visit the garden during the day and fruit bats fill the skies at dusk.

For more information, please visit http://theretreatatbluelagoon.co.uk/

You may already be aware that 21st April 2015 was the date when Google announced that they will only promote mobile-friendly sites. This means that if your site doesn’t pass the mobile friendliness test, then it will feature less prominently on its search engine results.

Here’s a link how you can test to find out if your website is mobile friendly – https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly

Why WordPress is Drive By Websites’ preferred choice of platform to use for responsive websites such as http://theretreatatbluelagoon.co.uk

  • Ease of use – you can easily make website updates
  • You can manage the site from any computer or device
  • Search engines love WordPress sites
  • There is no HTML or FTP Software required (for you, the end user)
  • Search Engine Optimisation – Drive By Websites will utilise the “SEO” feature on your new website and implement the search engine optimisation in this respect. We will also demonstrate how this can be done on an on-going basis.

If you are looking to make the switch to a mobile friendly website, then please feel free to call Drive By Websites on Spalding (01775) 761512.

 

Security Company’s Mobile Friendly Website

Looking for a security company, then look no further than Lincolnshire based DCS Security Solutions. DCS SecurityDCS is a local, family run company with over 24 years’ experience in the security trade.

The systems offered are:

  • Intruder & Fire Alarm
  • CCTV
  • Access Control
  • Oil Tank & Driveway Alarm
  • Panic Alarm Medical Emergency

The company also installs a wide range of external detectors and beams, both wired and wireless, for securing farms and industrial yards.  These bespoke systems allow for integration with cctv, security lighting, sms text message or monitoring station notification.  For more information, please visit http://www.dcs-securitysolutions.co.uk

The price of all of the sites Drive By Websites design and build includes:

  1. one year’s secure UK hosting together with our 24×7 support (99% uptime guarantee)
  2. daily off-server backups of MySQL Database Data and all website files/images, etc (99% uptime guarantee)
  3. the content management system to easily make your own website updates with a back-up facility to restore any mistaken edits.
  4. update training, a user manual will be provided
  5. our technical support for the year.

 

 

Introducing Troops 2 Trades

It’s been a privilege and an absolute pleasure to have been awarded the contract to work in close association with a Community Interest Company (CIC) to design and build the Lincoln-based, Troops 2 Trades website – http://www.troops2trades.org.uk/

Troops to Trades CIC has been established to give assistance and support to ALL uniformed service veterans and armed forces personnel to make the transition to civilian employment.  This transition assistance can either be at end of their service or during their rehabilitation having suffered illness or injury as a result of their service duty.

This transition period can be the most difficult time in the life of any ex-services person and their families with many failing to make the change successfully.  Many family breakups can be due to insecurity, lack of opportunity and not being able to support their family.

Veterans and their families can become isolated, lonely, insecure and lose their self-respect. The once proud service veterans see themselves as failures.

There’s an untapped resource of skilled plumbers, electricians, mechanics, accountants, project managers, drivers and computer savvy people available across the County of Lincolnshire.

T2T has been set up to aid uniformed veterans to job match their skills to enhance their opportunities. There are also opportunities available to those who are unable to work to a normal daily routine due to medication or infirmity, giving them back some respect, independence and security.

For more information please visit – http://www.troops2trades.org.uk

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