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Do small businesses need a website, does it even matter?

Do small businesses need a website, does it even matter?

Knowing your strengths A small business website is the "bread and butter" for any budding entrepreneur, it's the hub of all business activity. Think of a bicycle wheel, all spokes lead to the centre. Your social media pages, email campaigns, print materials and all...

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Why Managed Website Hosting is great for business

Why Managed Website Hosting is great for business

Managed Website Hosting and the key to success When it comes to hosting and maintaining the health of your website, you'll need a well structured 'tried and tested' strategy in order to succeed. For some businesses, this can often be incredibly challenging and very...

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Goodbye Google+, can I still rescue my data?

Goodbye Google+, can I still rescue my data?

Goodbye Google+ From April 2nd 2019, all Google+ content (personal) will start vanishing for good from the world wide web. We've known for some time that the search engine giant had planned to "sunset" the consumer side of its social network, and for several reasons....

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Improve your website traffic

Improve your website traffic

Struggling to be seen? A common mistake is to overlook your SEO (the process of affecting the visibility of the web page in a search engines unpaid results, for example Google results). Business owners are coming to realise that in order to be successful…

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Securing your home network, the basics

Securing your home network, the basics

The basics of any home setup Many computer users don't actually realise it, but their routers are the most important electronic device in their home. Routers link most of their devices together and to the outside world, so it has a highly privileged position that...

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Apple Campus 2, new heights

Apple Campus 2, new heights

Apple® have announced that Apple Park, the company's new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April 2017. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six months, and construction of the buildings and parklands is...

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SSL and your website

SSL and your website

SSL. So you might of heard of those three little letters, but did you know that they can really benefit your website? If the answer is no, then this information could be invaluable for your business in the pursuit of brand confidence. What is SSL? Secure Sockets...

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The all new Tile Slim tracker

The all new Tile Slim tracker

The popular, Bluetooth-connected lost item finder "Tile" is introducing a new product dubbed “Tile Slim”. It’s designed to be kept in your wallet, so you can find it (your wallet) if it ever goes missing. The device – which the company claims is the world’s thinnest...

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Hello from Facebook Aquila drone

Hello from Facebook Aquila drone

Facebook has revealed its first full-scale drone, which it plans to use to provide internet access in remote parts of the world. Code-named “Aquila”, the solar-powered drone will be able to fly without landing for three months at a time, using a laser to beam it's...

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Is your website secure?

Is your website secure?

One of the topics we very often find ourselves talking about at Cotswold Web Design is website security. There isn’t a day that goes by, that we aren’t hearing about vulnerabilities in some shape or form. Hacking is regularly performed by auto…

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SPAM, how do we combat it?

SPAM, how do we combat it?

It is common place today for us all to receive unsolicited or undesirable email (otherwise known as spam). Email campaigns that offer fantastic deals and discounts, genuine retailers trying to tempt us to generate their online sales targets. This is great…

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Field Notes for business

Field Notes for business

None of us like to think about catastrophe, but when emergency strikes, will you be prepared? Sure, you have bandages, water, dog food, and duct tape, but in a no-internet situation, how will you continue to blog? FIELD NOTES is how, these handy little scribbling...

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Your website photography

Your website photography

Photography should never be overlooked, your website is the first port of call for potential customers and is responsible for that all important first impression. Your website should ooze the quality each page deserves, after all your website could make it…

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Advertising blue pills again?

Advertising blue pills again?

While larger companies invest heavily in their online security, small businesses need to understand the importance of cyber security too. According to our security partners approximately 30,000 websites are hacked every single day…

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Faithless, hackers ruthless

Faithless, hackers ruthless

2016 is seeing ever rising reports of “cyber attack”, which can come in many guises:- DDOS attack, virus, malware and SQL Injection being of the most recent – all with the same objective to steal your data. Thousands of British music fans have had their personal…

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What makes a great logo?

What makes a great logo?

What do your logo colours say about your company? The most prominent brands in the world are defined by their colors. Think of McDonald’s golden arches, the name Red Letter, and Nike slogan... These companies, and many others, strategically use colors in their logo,...

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A history of Google Doodles

A history of Google Doodles

Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google  homepage to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists. Who chooses what doodles will be created and how do you decide...

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Raspberry Pi Arcade Gaming?

Raspberry Pi Arcade Gaming?

We have seen some pretty cool projects completed with the Raspberry Pi, this has to be one of our favourites. You will never be bored again with this fantastic little arcade machine! This Raspberry Pi-powered kit combines an Adafruit Sharp PiTFT 2.8" display, mini...

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Polygons and graphic design

Polygons and graphic design

Being involved in graphic design, every now and again we see patterns and trends emerging. One of the big trends is low poly art, the art of taking a photo (or graphic piece), carefully tracing the contours and converting it into triangular…

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Just what is Graphene?

Just what is Graphene?

If you've ever drawn with a pencil, you've probably made graphene. The world's thinnest material is set to revolutionise almost every part of everyday life. Fascination with this material stems from its remarkable physical properties and the potential applications...

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Responsibly responsive

Responsibly responsive

Responding to your customers and how they are next going to shop or browse your online services should be at the forefront of every business. After all, your website is an extension of your storefront, in some cases the only storefront that you may have…

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