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How To Set Up An E-Mail Account on an Android Phone

This article will explain how to set-up your email on your Android phone.

Please note: The steps to set up your mailbox on your Android phone may differ slightly depending on the Android device that you have. The below instructions have been created using the Samsung Galaxy S device, and might vary slightly from other devices.

To set-up your Android Smartphone device to send and receive email, please do the following:

Step 1 – Click on Email icon in the main menu.


Step 2 – If this is the first time adding an email account, you will be immediately prompted to add a new account. If you already have an account created, click on the Options button, then Accounts button to create a new account.

Step 3 – Type your Email address and Password then click on Next button to continue.


Step 4 – Click on the POP3 account or the IMAP account depending on the type you want to use.

Note – Typically we would expect you to use the ‘POP3’ option here.

Step 5 – Fill in the following details:

  • Your full email address in the User name field.
  • Your email address password in the Password field.
  • If you have selected POP3 then type in pop.example.co.uk into the POP3 server field.
  • If you have selected IMAP then type in imap.examle.co.uk into the IMAP server field.
  • 143 for IMAP and 110 for POP3 as the Port number.


Click on the Next button.

Step 6 – Fill in the following details:

  • smtp.123-reg.co.uk in the SMTP Server field.
  • 25 as the Port number.
  • Click on the Require sign-in tick box.
  • Your full email address in the User name field.
  • Your email address password in the Password field.


Click on the Next button.

Your Android device will now check your settings with the server. Select the email checking frequency settings and click on the Next button.

Step 7 – Enter a name for the account. The account name is there for you to easily identify the email account in your phone if you have multiple email accounts set up.  


Step 8 – Click Finish set-up to finish the set-up.

By | May 26th, 2014|E-Mails|Comments Off on How To Set Up An E-Mail Account on an Android Phone

Top Tips For Creating a Google Plus Profile For Your Business

It was not too long ago that your options for letting customers know how to find you were fairly simple. A combination of making sure that you were in the phone directory and taking out an add in the local newspaper every now and again, along with word of mouth advertising was all that it needed to ensure that your local customers knew all about you.

Today however, small business owners are faced with a completely revolutionised marketplace with stiff competition and customers who do not have the time or effort needed to go hunting to find the services or products that you business offers. Therefore if you want to make sure that customers find you regularly, the ability get your name in front of them as easily and cheaply as possible is absolutely essential.

The Wonder of Google +

It is perhaps little surprise that Google want us to use their social media platform above all others and as such business owners need to prioritise the creation of their Google Webmaster Toolsbusiness profile.

You can set up a Google Plus business profile yourself for FREE, and once your account goes live, not only will potential customers be able to find your account when using Google +, they will also be able to find you when using when using Google Maps and of course Google Search, regardless of the device they are using to search the net.

As well as being free to set up, the best news about creating a Google + profile for you business is the fact that it is quick and easy to set up.

By following these steps, you will be able to create your account in double quick time.

How to Set Up Your Google + Business Profile

  1. The 1st step towards creating create a Google Plus page, you must first have a personal profile (create yours by clicking here). From your profile you can click “Pages” in the left-hand menu, and you’re on your way.
  2. The 2nd step involves choosing a category that defines your business. If you’re a location-based business, like a restaurant or clothing shop, you’ll likely select “local business or store.” Entering your phone number will allow Google to find your business, confirm the information you enter is correct, and find your location on Google maps. Enter your external website, select who your content is appropriate for, review Google Plus terms and select continue. You now have a Google Plus page.
  3. The 3rd step to create a Google Plus page involves filling out your page to make it informative for followers (and potential customers). This includes describing your business, entering contact information like an email address and phone number, as well as choosing a branded profile photo (often a company’s logo).
  4. The 4th and final step involves putting a little bit of extra effort into making sure that you page is visually appealing. Add appropriate branding, from a captivating cover photo to interesting photos and videos that show what you’re all about. Also, include external links to your other web properties (website, Pinterest page, Tumblr, etc.) to help your Google search placement.

Taking Things To Another Level

Once your account has been created and verified with Google (they will usually send a postcard with a verification number to your business address), you will be ideally positioned to take full advantage of the all the features and tools which are available through G+.

Make sure that you promote your Google + profile by having a visible link to it from your website, include it within your e-mail signature, etc. It’s important to remember that just because it is easier to for people to find you because of your profile, does not mean that it will promote itself.

Some Tips To Engage

If you can find the time, try to engage with people. By adding people to your circles and following them, there is every chance that they will follow you back and then the channels of conversation will be open. Ultimately, this is the goal of all social media marketing – to create relationships and connections to build a loyal base of customers.

You can treat Google + like a blog, or alternatively, use it to direct people towards your existing blog. Make it worth their while to connect with you by giving them information they want.

Further Information

Footprint Web Design have been at the forefront of web design and development for nearly 20 years. If you are looking for a website that truly represents your business, or advice on how to make your site stand out, then contact us today on 01883 372 488, or via email at info@footprint.co.uk.

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By | May 20th, 2014|Google Plus|Comments Off on Top Tips For Creating a Google Plus Profile For Your Business

A Step By Step Guide To Setting Up An E-Mail Account On An Apple Mac

One of the most common questions we get asked relate to the setting up of e-mail accounts. Previously we have set up a number of guides designed to help you along your way but recently we have received a number of questions asking about setting up an e-mail account on an Apple Mac.

To help guide you through the process of adding an e-mail account to your Mac, we have drawn up a 6 step guide which tells you all that you need to know to set up your account.

Step 1 – Firstly, open ‘Mac Mail’, click on the ‘Mail’ tab from the menu and then click on ‘Preferences’.


Step 2 – After completing step 1, click on the ‘Accounts’ tab which is located at the top of the menu and then click on the ‘+’ button which can be found at the lower left part of the page.

This will open the wizard which will guide you through the e-mail set-up process.


Step 3 – When you arrive at the next screen, a window will open and you will need to enter the name that your recipients will see when they receive emails from you. After adding this to the ‘Full Name’ field, then enter your email address in the ‘Email Address’ field along with your designated password for the e-mail account in the ‘Password’ field .


Step 4 – The next step will involve filling in the ‘Incoming Mail Server’ details and once completed clicking on the ‘Continue’ button:

On Account Type select IMAP. Type a description such as Siteground IMAP Server.

In the Incoming Mail Server field type mail.yourdomainname.com (i.e mail.johnsmith.com) or just yourdomainname.com. Type your full email address in the ‘User Name’ field and your password in the relevant field below.


Step 5 – In the next window you will be prompted to enter your Outgoing Mail Server. Fill in the following details and click the Continue button:

In the description field you can enter ‘My SMTP’.

In the outgoing field type mail.yourdomainname.com (i.e mail.johnsmith.com) or just yourdomainname.com.. Tick both checkboxes for Use only this server and Use Authentication.

Once again enter your full email in the ‘User Name’ field and add the password into the box below.


Step 6 – Once you have entered all details and clicked the ‘Continue’ button you will see an account  summary which highlights all of the details that have been entered previously. You can check here that all of the information is correct and if you find any errors, you will have the option to ‘Go Back’ and correct them.


Once you click the ‘Create’ button you will be able to send and receive emails from your Mac Mail client with your newly established email account.

Further Information

Footprint Web Design have been at the forefront of web design and development for nearly 20 years. If you are looking for a website that truly represents your business, or advice on how to make your site stand out, then contact us today on 01883 372 488, or via email at info@footprint.co.uk.

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By | May 8th, 2014|E-Mails|Comments Off on A Step By Step Guide To Setting Up An E-Mail Account On An Apple Mac

How To Set Up a Google Plus Profile

Within just a short period of time of its launch, Google’s very own social network (known as Google+, or Google Plus) had accumulated over 10 million users, with numbers soon rising to over twice this level.

Whilst the overall number of people using Google + on a regular basis is still a little way below Facebook and Twitter, the numbers are continuing to rise at a fast rate.

By combining the best of Twitter and Facebook along with some benefits all of its own, Google + offers a platform which is easy to join, so why not try it out and see if it is something that you enjoy losing. 

All you need to set up an account is:

  • A Computer
  • An Internet Connection

If you want to give it a try, we have drawn up a simple to follow step-by-step guide on how to join Google +

Step 1: Go to the Google+ website. All sign ins for any Google application are all one sign in. If you have a Google account, sign in, if not, click on Create an account at the bottom of the page.

Step 2: After clicking on the ‘Create a new Google account’ option, you will be presented with a screen where you will need to fill in a number of personal details including:

  • Name
  • Preferred Username
  • Password, Birthday
  • Gender
  • Mobile Phone (optional)
  • Other email address.
  • You will also need to agree to Google’s terms and conditions

Follow the on-screen instructions and click submit.



Step 3: After setting up your account, you will be prompted to continue into Google +.


Step 3: On the next page, Google+ will ask you if you want to add anyone that it thinks you might know to your friends list. This is optional and only needs to be completed if you want to.


Step 4: After completing the previous step, you will be asked if you would like to follow other pages that might interest you. Again, choose if you wish or click Continue. It may prompt you if you don’t pick anything at this point, but you are not obliged to choose anything and can continue if you wish.


Step 5: The next stage of the set-up process will offer you the opportunity to add a photo to your profile. You have two options here, you can either Snap a photo with your webcam or you can upload a photo from your computer.

Click on your choice and follow the on-screen prompts to upload your picture.


Step 6: Once you have uploaded a picture you may also like to complete further information about yourself such as where you went to school or where you work  If you don’t want to complete this, just click Finish. 

Step 7:  You are now ready to start using Google+!!

By | May 1st, 2014|Google Plus|Comments Off on How To Set Up a Google Plus Profile

J & P Plumbing and Heating Case Study


J & P Plumbing and Heating approached us with a view to re-designing their website and optimising its on-line visibility.

They wanted to be found for all appropriate key phrases for areas in London with the goal of increasing the number of organic visitors to their website, allowing them to Untitled4significantly reduce the amount they spent on Google Adwords each month.

In addition to the increase in traffic they also wanted to improve their online conversions to attract more enquiries.

About Them

J & P Plumbing and Heating are a London family run business with a combined 60 years worth of experience in the multi trade industry.

Covering all aspects of the plumbing and electrical work, they offer a 24 hour service specialising in servicing, installation, emergencies and everything in between.

In addition to their Emergency Call out service they provide plumbing, central heating, electrical, roofing, drainage, building, commercial heating and bathroom installation services.

Project Specifications

  • Create a user friendly and informative website showcasing the full range of J & P’s services using WordPress as the Content Management System
  • Migrate all required information across from the existing J & P website
  • Integrate with relevant Social Media – Twitter and Facebook etc
  • Implement on-site optimisation techniques to ensure the website is ‘Google friendly’
  • Add a gallery highlighting previous work
  • Ensure the pricing structure is easily visible for all services

The Plan

To create a very professional-looking website that informs visitors of the full range of services available and encourages them to find out more by submitting a simple Untitled5enquiry form.

J & P offer a comprehensive range of trade services and it was crucial that the website fully emphasized a combination of the services and the areas in which they are available.

Information and Inspiration

We took the view that the website must be able to grab the reader’s attention as they cannot always rely on trusted or familiar branding. This website has been designed to maximise its space and lays its information in a clear and readable way.

We used large, visual tabs and drop down menus on the homepage in order to emphasise the important information available through the website.

Intelligent Styling

As well as having the ability to inform, it is also absolutely essential that we ensure any small business website is designed to look and feel relevant to the subject area, so for J & P we kept a high level of continuity by using the existing business colour scheme along with utilising the trade related imagery to help engage the users with their respective interest and immediately lets them know that they are in the right place.

Search Engine Optimisation

By clearly establishing J & P’s geographical target areas along with the particular services available in each area, we utilised a combination of on-page and off-page techniques to significantly increase the search engine visibility of the website.

SEO Services and Strategies utilised:

  • Targeted keyword phrase research using proven SEO keyword tools to identify the best SEO keyword phrases
  • Deconstructing and reverse-engineering of competitor website SEO strategies and developing SEO countermeasures for targeted keyword phrases
  • Applying fully optimised meta-tag standards to all relevant pages
  • SEO copy writing current on-page content to ensure effective targeting by Search Engine spiders
  • Submission of XML Sitemap to Webmaster Tools format to website core directory 

The Result

Key Points

  • The finished website looks great and offers simple and effective functionality through the use of integrated enquiry forms.
  • We re-thought their keyword strategy;
  • We recommended improvements to their website to maximise the conversion rate of their web traffic;
  • We attained top 10 rankings across the portfolio of keywords over a 6 month period;
  • The number of website visitors has increased by at least 150% per month when compared to the statistics pre re-design and SEO.
  • They are still a very happy client of ours to this day.

By optimising and integrating the existing information used on the original J & P website into the detailed plan of action, we were able to create a quality on-line solution Untitled6tailored specifically to the needs of J & P.

The details provided on the website are accurate, easy to read and form a comprehensive overview of the services available. Initial results have been hugely positive with the number of visitors coming to the website increasing on a monthly basis along with some excellent feedback from customers.

Further Information

Footprint Web Design have been at the forefront of web design and development for nearly 20 years. If you are looking for a website that truly represents your business, or advice on how to make your site stand out, then contact us today on 01883 372 488, or via email at info@footprint.co.uk.

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By | April 21st, 2014|Case Studies|Comments Off on J & P Plumbing and Heating Case Study