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3 Reasons Why WordPress Is Perfect For Your Website

Have you heard of WordPress? Even if the answer is no, there is every chance that you have browsed or used a website that has been designed using WordPress.

For business users, this platform not only leads to user friendly experiences, it is also ‘Google friendly’ which can be hugely important

A Little History Lesson

WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.Blogging

What Can WordPress Be Used For?

WordPress started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins and widgets and themes,
WordPress is limited only by your imagination.

If therefore you are looking for a company to establish a professional easy to manage website then you may want to consider using WordPress as your platform and below you can find out 3 reasons why.

  1. Maximise Your Company: With a close degree of communication between you and our designers we can use WordPress to create a unique design which will help to enhance your company profile.
  2. Effective Infrastructure: Your website infrastructure can play a pivotal role in regards to the success of your business and can bring massive change to your online fortunes due to the excellent results obtained from a search engine optimisation perspective, WordPress works particularly well.
  3. High Quality Performance: With so many options out there for people looking to build and manage their website, choosing the right web design company to design your site is very important. Our high quality web designs have been used by companies in all sectors and in all lines of work. We cut no corners during the full web design process and this ensures that your web site will be designed to perform at its optimum level.

Further Information

If you’d like to speak to us regarding any of our services, including our WordPress web designs, please give us a call on 01883 372488 or contact us via Facebook and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.

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By | February 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 3 Reasons Why WordPress Is Perfect For Your Website

Would Instagram Be Useful For Your Business?

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’? If your business can tap into the visual aspect of your products or services, the creation of an Instagram account can offer the perfect method of spreading the good word about your company.

Why Instagram?

Despite launching only 5 years ago, the popularity of Instagram has exploded and it can now play a pivotal role in growing any online presence.2017-01-10_1353

With an estimated average of 500,000,000 daily users*, it now has the backing of Facebook and is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.

Key Differences

Unlike other popular social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, Instagram has been designed to be completely image-led. It is this key difference that has played a pivotal role in becoming so popular.

Whereas it can be difficult trying to choose the right words for Facebook or narrow down your Twitter update to 140 characters without losing your message, Instagram offers the pure power of sharing images.

In addition to allowing users to post images, Instagram’s filters and editing options mean that almost anyone can become a skilled artist to create images which are stunning and designed to capture the attention of your audience.

Driving Traffic To Your Website

Although Instagram does not offer the opportunity to post links within your Instagram posts, you do have the option to add links to your website into the profile section of your account. When done correctly, you can help to direct potential customers quickly and easily to your website.

Further Information

Footprint Web Design has been at the forefront of web design, development and marketing 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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*Source – https://www.statista.com/statistics/253577/number-of-monthly-active-instagram-users/

By | February 1st, 2017|Social Media|Comments Off on Would Instagram Be Useful For Your Business?

5 Twitter Tips To Help Your Business

Twitter offers the ideal platform to provide and view a flow of information. Creating a Twitter account offers the perfect conduit to let your clients know about upcoming deals or events, interact with people personally (dealing with both praise and grievance) and reach an international audience.

Setting up a Twitter could not be easier, follow the URL www.twitter.com, enter your details and you’re away! However, if you don’t have the time to create and maintain your Twitter presence, the Footprint Web Design can do this all for you.

To help you along the way, we have drawn up 5 ways Twitter can be used to help your business.

No 1 – Spreading The Word

Tell the world what you’re doing, what’s coming up, success stories or ask your followers to get involved. Set quizzes and questions that’ll get people onto your website and sharing your details.5 Twitter Tips To Help Your Business

No. 2 – Market Research

Looking for some feedback? Your Twitter audience are your clients; ask their opinion directly and you’ll have the right answer (you will also have made your clients feel valued).

No. 3 – Monitor Your Market Sector

Following your competitors and other names in your industry is a great way to keep abreast of progress, changes and market trends.

No. 4 – Easy Access to Customer Views

It’s now commonplace for businesses to allow their clients to contact them through Twitter. Praise on Twitter can reap huge benefits in terms of swelling your number of followers. Conversely, if someone complains publicly? You can deal with it instantly – letting everyone know your side of the issue and how you propose to deal with it. People who complain are generally just looking for someone to listen; do that and you’ll turn a negative into a positive every time.

No. 5 – Grow Your Audience

Twitter has allowed businesses to reach a global client market. The above points will all help you work towards getting your name out there; to potential client sources you didn’t even know existed. Inciting your existing followers to share your posts and feed back using “hashtags” (which we’ll go into in the next blog) will ensure their followers become your followers.

Further Information

If you’d like to speak to use regarding how we can help you to use social media to grow your company, give us a call on 01883 372488 or contact us via Facebook and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.

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By | January 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 5 Twitter Tips To Help Your Business

Never Underestimate The Importance of Mobile Optimised Websites

Having a website optimised for display on a mobile phone is no longer just an idea. Recent changes in policy by Google in regards to how they display mobile device search results will leave you falling behind your competitors if your website is not mobile optimised.

Why Has Google Made This Change?

As many as 80% of all internet users now own a smart phone?* Previously, Google has added websites to its search results, regardless of how mobile friendly they are. However, this has all changedGoogle.

Google is quoted with the following:

“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 optimised for their devices.”

For more on this please visit the following link – http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/finding-more-mobile-friendly-search.html

What Does Mobile Optimised Actually Mean?

The mobile optimisation of a website means that your standard ‘desktop’ website will be converted into a specific user-friendly format. These can easilyMobile Optimised be read on any smart mobile device.

This conversion will ensure that all of the hard work is done for the user, ensuring they get the best possible experience when visiting your website.

The need for ‘zooming’ in order to read the content will be eliminated and the navigation will become far easier, therefore minimising the risk of hitting the wrong link.

How Can We Help?

The need to design websites which display to their
optimum abilities has never been greater. This is an aspect of web design in which we possess great experience.

To achieve the best possible results, creating a responsive web design will ensure that your website is optimised for display on all platforms. These designs ensure that as well as your normal ‘desktop’ version, in an addition you will receive a ‘mobile’ version. This is where the term ‘responsive’ comes in.

Due to the way in which the designs are created the browser will be able to identify the type of device being used to view the website and will display the correct version accordingly.

Contact Us

If you would like more information regarding the creation of a mobile friendly version of your website, please contact us on Tel. No. 01883 372488 or via e-mail info@footprint.co.uk at we will be happy to run through your options.

*Source – http://www.smartinsights.com/mobile-marketing/mobile-marketing-analytics/mobile-marketing-statistics/

Further Information

If you’d like to speak to use regarding how we can help you to use web design to grow your company, give us a call on 01883 372488 or contact us via Facebook and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.

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By | January 19th, 2017|Mobile|Comments Off on Never Underestimate The Importance of Mobile Optimised Websites

3 Reasons Why Your Business Needs To Use a Digital Agency

We understand that outsourcing work which you believe can be completed in-house may not seem like a good use of valuable resources. However, the question must be asked, if you decide to keep things in-house, can you dedicate the necessary time to be successful?

Let’s be honest, digital marketing isn’t easy. In order to succeed, it takes time and effort, something that few businesses can afford on top of their core work.

Below we have outlined 4 of the main reasons we believe outsourcing work to a reputable digital agency (such as ourselves!) is a great use of your finances.

No. 1 – Reducing The Workload

All businesses are faced with one insurmountable issue – there are only so many hours in the day!3 Reasons Why Your Business Needs To Use a Digital Agency

Staying up to date with essential work can be tough enough. Adding additional work into the mix can be very time consuming and a distraction.

Outsource work such as website maintenance, SEO, Social Media management and content creation. You can then can focus on the aspects of your work which need your attention.

No. 2 – Reaching Areas Other Agencies Cannot Reach

Can you justify paying the money needed to access some of the more important tools relating to online marketing?

Simple economics highlight the fact that it’s nearly always far more economical for agencies to pay for the best digital marketing software and services.

Whilst any business can gain access to almost any online tool, digital agencies are able to offer the chance to tap into the best in class tools due to those same tools being used across a large array of clients.

No. 3 – Offering a Fresh Pair of Eyes

The truth is that your own personal perspective of your business and reality may not be the same thing.

Sometimes, a fresh pair of eyes and some outside input can help to take your business in new directions which can really push things forward.

An agency such as Footprint Web Design can help deliver a clear and fresh perspective of any business.

Further Information

Footprint specialise in creating bespoke websites designed to help take your business to another level. We have been providing web design Surrey since 1998 and if you’d like to speak to us regarding any of our services, give us a call on 01883 372488 or contact us via Facebook and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.

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