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4 Ways A Website Designed In WordPress Can Benefit Your Business

WordPress has grown to become the most popular blogging software in the market and has been around since 2003. Over the last few years, WordPress has also become the platform of choice for many non-blogging websites. There are plenty of ways a website designed in WordPress can benefit your business.

Cost Savings

The business world has become quite competitive and WordPress stands out as a platform that enables you to contribute in a great way to saving costs. Gone are the days when you need to have 4 Ways A Website Designed In WordPress Can Benefit Your Businessyour designer add new content or posts for you or send the most basic text changes. With WordPress, you can make changes on your own, whenever you want and save the money you would have paid your web designer for more important business expenses. Owing to the technology’s simplicity, ease of use and intuitiveness, time spent on formatting is significantly reduced.

Many of WordPress’ features are also very affordable or free to use. With more than enough free plug-ins available, you can efficiently manage your website without a fat budget. Some say it’s as easy as word processing but with far more versatility including audio, graphics, animation, video and other media.

Greater Accessibility

As a cloud based content Management System (CMS), WordPress allows you to manage your site from any Internet enabled computer. This means anyone can change or add content from anywhere in the world, as long as they have Internet access and a browser. You don’t need to fix firewall settings or purchase additional software to manage your site. Moreover, there are plenty of free apps available for android and iOS mobile devices.

The ease of access also provides a way for staff with complementary skills to concurrently maintain different parts of the site. Pages and sections of your website can be independently edited by different individuals and or teams for better efficiency.

Increased Flexibility

WordPress is highly customisable in terms of features and design. You can take advantage of custom created themes to align the front end of your website to your brand. Numerous functionality features also allow it to be easily customised in an array of differ ways.

WordPress websites also have virtually unlimited scalability. This makes it ideal for business as you can add hundreds of thousands of products and pages to your website to meet its growing demands over time. Even with such additions, your sites performance will not be compromised.

Fast and easy updates enable WordPress to keep up with the latest technology and best practices. As it is open source, your WordPress website is not tied down to a specific CMS with your web design contractor. WordPress is used by thousands of skilled developers around the world; you can always count on someone out there to help you develop your site further.

Easy Administration

Administrators with access to the CMS of your website can add multiple users with different access permissions for each user as required. This is especially useful if you have members of your staff who will be responsible for different aspects of your website.

Further Information

If you’d like to speak to use regarding how we can help you to use effective web design techniques 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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The Perfect Web Design Platform

Websites designed in WordPress are absolutely ideal for any business looking to have a content management created on a stable platform and is easy to use.

At Footprint Web Design we will use the latest in design techniques to ensure that your website helps to provide an accurate extension of your company.

Enhanced Company Profile

Over the years we have seen the web evolve and have noticed the constant change in client’s expectations. With its numerous design benefits,WP Logo WordPress allows us to stay ahead of the curve to create tailor made designs to meet the needs of each individual client.

WordPress is a website building system which was originally designed for building web blogs but has now evolved to the stage where it is now an extremely very powerful platform for building standard websites. 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.

Successful SEO Techniques

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.

With its tremendous levels of coding, it provides a great opportunity to achieve some great results, even for competitive terms. WordPress’ open source software is easily managed by non-technical people using its simple content management system not to mention it has massive SEO benefits to improve ranking in Google.

Optimised 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 verycms-265127_1920 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.

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.

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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Adding YouTube Videos To Your Blog – All You Need To Know

Are you looking for a way to brighten up your blogs? No matter how interesting your content may be, finding a way to add something a little different to help break up the text and provide a different way to promote your message can make all the difference.

Thanks to WordPress, the ability to embed a YouTube video into you blog could now simply not be easier.

Embedding a Single Video

All you need to do to be able to quickly embed a YouTube video onto a page or blog is simply to copy the video’s URL from your web browser’s address bar while viewing the video:

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Once you have done this, you just have to paste it on a line by itself in your post/page editor (important note – please ensure that it is not hyperlinked):

Once you have done this YouTube will take care of the rest! Just like we said, it could not be easier!

(important note – please remember that for the video to remain live on your page/post it must remain live on YouTube. If the poster removes the video from YouTube, the URL that you have used will cease to work.)

Can I Change the Dimension of the Video?

You even have the option of changing the default size of the video if you wish, although you need to do something a little different to do this.

Rather than copying and pasting the URL of the video that you are watching on YouTube, instead look a little further down the screen (just below the video itself) and click on the ‘share’ option.

This will automatically generate a couple of lines of code and by opting for the ‘custom size’ option and choosing your required dimensions will update the code accordingly.

All you need to do then is copy all of the code contained within the ‘embed’ box (as highlighted below) and then paste this into the code option of the page rather than directly onto the page itself.

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Can I Embed a Number of Videos?

You certainly can, WordPress offers the ability to You can also embed a YouTube playlist instead of a single video. Simply copy the playlist’s URL from your web browser’s address bar while viewing the playlist:

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Be sure to copy the full URL, including &list=… at the end. That copies the entire playlist instead of a single video.

Then, paste it on a line by itself in the post/page editor (to embed with a URL).

(important note – be sure to replace the URL listed here with the URL of your video, and the code is on a line by itself).

Once you have followed the steps above, your playlist will look something like this:

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 | September 15th, 2015|Wordpress|Comments Off on Adding YouTube Videos To Your Blog – All You Need To Know

5 Ways WordPress Plugins Can Improve Your Website

Just when you thought that WordPress couldn’t get any better, we’re here to tell you that it can. If there were not already enough benefits to help separate this exceptional CMS from the pack, the constant ability of its community to keep coming up with ways to improve its experience really does elevate it to another level.

The user friendliness of the platform alone should be enough to help persuade you that WordPress is the way forward for your website but if that is not enough on its WP Logoown, there are literally tens of thousands of WordPress plug-in, themes and widgets out there, just waiting to take your website to a higher level.

To help narrow down your choices, we have worked together to come up with our current top 5 favourites.

So, in no particular order, welcome to the top 5 Footprint WordPress plug-in recommendations.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

“Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.”

There are many pretenders to the crown but the truth is that there is only one king when it comes to credible and successful SEO plug-ins.

Amazingly simple to install and use, this plug-inis as comprehensive as it gets and even better – its free!!

Akismet

“Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen”

One of the very few drawbacks of WordPress is the spam that can be pointed in its direction. Fortunately with the creation of Akismet, you can say goodbye to this problem as well!

Akismet is a free plug-in which offers the ability to block almost every spam comment directed to your website. Installation of this plug-inwill ensure that you never again have to waste countless hours sorting though 100s of pointless spammy comments.

Better WP Security

“The easiest, most effective way to secure WordPress. Improve the security of any WordPress site in seconds.”

Online security should be of the utmost importance for all webmaster and with the creation of the Better WP Security plug-in, you will have access to a plug-inwhich is not only easy to install and set up, it is also incredibly effective.

Offering an effective solution against all manner of attacks, this needs to be right at the top of your list.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

“Display a list of related posts on your site based on a powerful unique algorithm. Earn money by including sponsored content!”

Bounce rate can be the scourge of many online businesses but the addition of this plug-in will give you the best possible chance of keeping your visitors on your website by displaying the perfect articles to the perfect user at the perfect time!

The ‘Yet Another Related Posts’ plug-in does a truly excellent job of doing exactly what it says on the tin and its customisation options ensure that it is very easy to fit the related posts in with the design of your site.

Digg Digg

“Your all in one share buttons plug-in. Add a floating bar with share buttons to your blog. Just like Mashable!”

Unless you have been living in outer space, the importance of social networking simply cannot have passed you by. As such it is essential that you offer you web visitors to the easiest possible way to share your content and Digg Digg is one of the best sharing button plug-ins around.

Digg Digg is a social sharing bar that slides gracefully down your posts providing your web visitor with the chance to share whatever they like, wherever they like!

Have We Missed Anything?

These are just a tiny percentage of the free plugins that are currently available and which represent some of our current favourites. Do you have any favourites of your own or do you feel as though something should have forced its way into our top 10? Get in touch to let us know what you think.

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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WordPress – Introducing a Modern New Design

Just when we thought that WordPress could not become any more impressive…..

As we all know, WordPress is a constantly evolving entity and with the recently introduced WordPress 3.8 update, offers a bright and fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard with a greater emphasis on user friendliness.

Say goodbye to a subdued appearance and a dreary shades of grey colour scheme and say hello to a bigger, bolder, more colourful design to help keep your company’s website at the cutting edge of design technology!

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Modern Appearance

The newly designed WordPress dashboard offers users a fresh, uncluttered design which embraces exceptional levels of clarify whilst remaining an air of simplicity.

Updated Typography

To complement the new design a new typeface has been utilised. The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is absolutely ideal for both desktop and mobile viewing alike.

Improved Contrast

No liberties have been taken in regards to legibility to create the new WordPress design. With enhanced contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.


WordPress on every device

The days of only being able to use a desktop computer to access the internet are now long gone. Fortunately, the WordPress interface has evolved and regardless of responsivewhether you are access the internet via your smartphone, laptop, phone, tablet, notebook or desktop, WordPress will adapt and you’ll feel right at home.

High definition at high speed

Not only is WordPress now sharper than ever with new vector-based icons that scale to your screen, a change in design now ensures that the pages load significantly faster than in the past.

 

 

 


Admin colour schemes to match your personality

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The powerful new WordPress update also includes the ability to tailor the colour scheme with 8 new colours available.

Colour schemes can be easily previewed and changed through the profile page.


Twenty Fourteen, a sleek new magazine theme

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Turn your blog into a magazine

You now have the ability to create a beautiful magazine-style site with WordPress and Twenty Fourteen. Simply choose a grid or a slider to display featured content on your homepage and then customize your site with three widget areas or change your layout with two page templates.

With a striking design that does not compromise our trademark simplicity, Twenty Fourteen is WordPress’ most potent default them yet.

For more information regarding the new WordPress update please click here.

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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