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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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

Announcing the South Lincs Arts Directory

The future for local art-related ventures is The South Lincs Arts Directory.  The Directory has  exceptional versitality.  It’s been created to give people from South Holland and the Borough of Boston an opportunity to search for local arts and heritage.  The Directory includes listings of both professional and voluntary artists, organisations, venues and groups who are locally-based in, or work in, Boston Borough and South Holland.

Get ListedAre you an artist?  Act now to get listed by simply clicking here to input your details.  There’s an easy form to complete – you can even add your listing from your Smartphone.  Your details will be moderated by the webmaster.

Maybe you have an event coming up in South Holland or Boston Borough?  The South Lincs Arts Directory is the website to visit.  It’s easy to search for artists, arts’ organisations, groups and even venues.  The database is being updated all the time as new listings are added.

South Lincs Arts Directory Get ListedSouth Lincs Arts Directory is also a great opportunity if you are interested in joining an amateur arts group or taking lessons or classes in an art form?  Browse the South Lincs Arts Directory and search the listings for artists, organisations, venues and groups.  You will find that they will be either based in or work in our local area.

Spalding Links LogoDrive By Websites is proud to have been given the opportunity to design and build the website on behalf of Transported Art – southlincsartsdirectory.co.uk.  Our inspiration for the site was taken from www.spaldinglinks.co.uk a site we designed and built in 2015.

The additional features we included are:

  • The site is responsive which means that the site is mobile friendly and can be viewed on any hand held device.
  • Listings can be added from a mobile phone and moderated by the webmaster.
  • A randomised image gallery on the home page.

 

 

 

Lincolnshire Based Under Floor Heating Company’s Responsive Website

Drive By Websites has recently designed and built a responsive website on behalf of a family run business which was set up in 2007 with over 20 years’ experience.

Quadring in Lincolnshire based, Flow Screed Floors, specialise in the installation of under floor heating  Flow Screed Floorstogether with free flowing anhydrite calcium sulphate flowing screeds.

The company’s screeds are ideal for sub floor levelling because they provide a smooth,  flat level surface ready for the application of floor coverings such as tiles and most other finishes.

Flow Screed Floors carries out work for both the domestic and the commercial market.  The floors are used in a wide range of sectors such as new builds, extensions, barn conversions, flats, apartments, schools, sports halls, community centres and hospitals.

We are delighted that Steve Dobney, the business owner, took our advice and is embracing the communicative power of the web with the inclusion of a dedicated News/Blog  solution.  By writing his blogs, Steve will be connecting with visitors to his website while simultaneously updating his social media pages all in one go.  The inclusion of a blog feeds a constant reminder to search engines such as Google that your website is more up to date and relevant than your competitors

For more information in respect of how Flow Screed Floors can be of service to you, please visit http://www.flowscreedfloors.co.uk

 

 

 

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