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What is the best hosting provider?

What is the best hosting provider?

We are Web Designers in Wimbledon, we not only work with locals SW19 clients but clients from all over the UK and they all need quality hosting. Choosing a web hosting service can be a confusing task, with so many web hosting providers out there, offering similar services. A large percentage of Number 8 Create clients are local Wimbledon Start Ups, so we are always recommending and setting up different hosting solutions, some of our more established clients may even need to improve their hosting performance and switch providers as hosting is more than just a place to store your website files, it can have a huge impact on your sites performance from loading speed, security and SEO. Using a good host is extremely important to the success of your website.

We have all seen the advertising from the likes of 123 Reg, 1&1 or Go Daddy. In fact I used to recommend Go Daddy to clients, as their service is stable and their customer service is good. But recently we have discovered a hosting provider who’s customer service is above and beyond and their hosting solution we believe is the best available. We have moved our own websites to them and now point all of our clients in their direction too.

The provider is Siteground – www.siteground.com

For start up’s I recommend the Grow Big package, it’s affordable and a great hosting solution for just £5.75 per month. We personally use their cloud hosting solution, but it does cost a fair bit more, but if you are looking for increased performance to enhance your SEO credentials then it’s worth considering.

Check Siteground out, you will not be disappointed! www.siteground.com

 

Why Your Small Business needs a Professional Website

Why Your Small Business needs a Professional Website

We are Number 8 Create and we are Web Designers in Wimbledon, we specialise in helping Small and Start Up Businesses with Website Design and Branding. We firmly believe a professional website is essential if you want your small or start up business to be a success. Here are 8 points why a professional website is important.

1. YOUR SMALL BUSINESS WILL GAIN CREDIBILITY

This is the most important benefit of a professional website, along with a professionally designed Logo, a website makes up your brand essentials. Today, nearly everyone uses the internet to search for the products or services they need, long have gone the days that the Yellow Pages was the first point of call. Your small business will gain credibility by having a website. Without one, potential customers will go to your competitors that do. If you already have a website but it is “home-made”, having it professionally redesigned will provide your business with a professional image which will inspire even greater confidence. For home-based businesses, this is particularly beneficial since you do not have a store front to promote your products or services.

2. A WEBSITE SAVES YOU MONEY

As a small business owner you probably think you can’t afford a professional website, but you can’t afford NOT to. Although the cost of designing a website varies, once it’s up and running, a website for a small business generally costs under £60 per year for hosting and domain names. Compared with the cost of a newspaper ad, when you consider the potential market you can reach with a website, it is a very cost effective way to promote your business.

3. IT WILL ENABLE YOU TO KEEP YOUR CUSTOMERS INFORMED

Think of your website as being your online brochure or catalogue. It is much easier and quicker to update information about your products and services on your website than in print material, making it an effective way of letting your customers know about the arrival of new products, upcoming events, special promotions, or any new services you now offer. Unlike print ads which quickly become outdated, your website can provide current information and news.

4. IT IS ALWAYS ACCESSIBLE

A website is available to both your regular and potential customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year providing them with the convenience of reviewing your products and services when your store or office is closed. With today’s busy lifestyles, this is a great selling point when making a purchase decision.

5. A WEBSITE MAKES IT POSSIBLE TO TARGET A WIDER MARKET

Whether you provide products or services, your website will provide an alternative location to sell them. As a retailer, a website (eCommerce) is a great place to sell your products to a wider market; even services can be made available globally. Don’t think you’ll be able to sell your products or services online? Don’t forget, even cars and houses sell online!
6. IT PROVIDES A MEDIUM ON WHICH TO SHOWCASE YOUR WORK

No matter what type of business you’re in, a website is a great place to showcase your work. By including a portfolio or image gallery, as well as testimonials about your work, you can demonstrate what makes your business unique.

7. A WEBSITE SAVES YOU TIME

Providing information to your customers takes time, whether it’s on the phone, face-to-face, in a brochure, or in emails. With an online catalogue you can provide lots of information about your products and services. Once your website is up and running, it is available to your customers indefinitely, saving you time. And what is time? Time is money!

8. IT IMPROVES CUSTOMER SERVICE

Maybe you sell environmentally friendly products and would like to share tips on how to recycle, or perhaps you’re an accountant and want to give your clients advice on how to simplify their bookkeeping practices. By including a FAQ page, adding articles or uploading newsletters to answer all your customers’ questions you can keep them up-to-date. What better way to provide them with value added service than by sharing information on your website.

Speak to us today and find out how Number 8 Create can help you launch a professional website!

A cool Barbershop and a Website to match!

A cool Barbershop and a Website to match!

The Barbering industry seems to have experienced some what of a renaissance recently and we’ve been eager to add a Barbershop website to our portfolio. So we’re pleased when we were asked to design a website for Mancave Barbers in Putney. Mancave wanted a website to help grow it’s brand, it had to be classy, cool and scream the shops ethos.

We often say Photos can make or break a website, poor photos can ruin what could otherwise be a good website. Lucky for us Mancave is a photographers dream, with endless vintage ‘stuff’ to make interesting images.

Take a look at the Mancave Barbers website and if you’re in Putney then pop in for a sharp cut. www.mancavebarbers.co.uk

Multilingual Website Design

Multilingual Website Design

It’s been a while since we added a Blog post, just not had time with all the website builds. At Number 8 Create we’ve recently completed a multilingual website for Villa Lucchesi, a gorgeous villa in Bagni di Lucca, Italy! We were contacted by Villa owners daughter who was based in Wimbledon and looking for a local agency to deal with. The brief was for a site that matched the characteristics of the villa with all the modern features you would expect with a top quality website with one major bespoke feature of being multilingual! Using English as the main language and a simple flag switch to convert the website too Italian, French, German or Russian.

As well as being multilingual this website also features a booking system and of course it’s responsive so automatically adapts to fit any size screen.

Take a look at www.vilallucchesi.com

If your website isn’t responsive then be prepared for Google’s consequences!

If your website isn’t responsive then be prepared for Google’s consequences!

At Number 8 Create we use responsive design as standard! Meaning each and every website we design will automatically adjust to fit what ever size screen it’s being viewed on. Up until now this was mainly for user experience, ease to view and navigate our clients sites and to ensure users don’t leave frustrated not to return! But now there is another reason…if your website isn’t mobile responsive then you will notice it dropping down Google’s mobile search rankings. Yes, Google has made a stand and if your website is dated and doesn’t automatically adjust for mobile viewing then a new website needs to be a priority!

It’s not news that we’re in love with our smartphones. If you use public transport you will notice that 90% of the train carriage or bus spends the entire journey on their smartphone surfing the web or on social media. Back in June 2013, Mobile Marketing quoted research from Deloitte showing that seven in 10 people in the UK owned a smartphone.  Then, in December 2013, Business Insider made the staggering claim that by the end of 2013 there would be two smartphones for every nine people on earth. And, depending on which study you look at, mobile searches are said to account for anything from 25 to 70 per cent of searches online!!

Conclusion? A lot of people are searching for stuff online from a mobile, and that’s not about to change anytime soon.

So why does that matter to Google? Well, like it or hate it, Google is the self-styled cyber police. And now the search engine giant has taken pity on mobile users worldwide who are stabbing at smartphones with their fat fingers, trying to search online. We’ve all been there, trying to look for something online and having to zoom in to use the menu, in the end we just give up! Not having a mobile responsive website could mean you’re losing out on valuable business leads and customers. So in theory Google are doing you a favour!

Google is specifically targeting websites where the text is ‘too small to read’ (causing humans to squint), the links are ‘too close together’ (our chubby human digits can’t tap them easily) and sites that are too wide for the screen. Because having to scroll horizontally is A Bad Thing.  And if you don’t whip your website into shape and make it mobile friendly? Google will shoot your mobile rankings down in flames.

The quickest way to check which pages of your site are mobile friendly is to use Google’s testing tool. Type in the URLs that you want to test (each page of your website can be entered separately), wait a few seconds and you’ll have your answer.

Ideally, you’ll get this message from Google;

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And if your website isn’t so mobile-friendly? The happy green writing changes to red (in case you’ve not appreciated the seriousness of the situation) and your site is labelled ‘Not mobile-friendly’.

Currently most sites seem to be not making the mark because of text that is too small to read, links too close together and basically because it’s a desktop site being viewed on a mobile screen!

Get in touch with us to discuss the redesign of your website as a mobile responsive site which is smartphone friendly!

Our latest Photo Booth Website Design Project

Our latest Photo Booth Website Design Project

Our latest Web Design project was for a new Photo Booth business in SW London. Number 8 Create designed an entire branding package, including Logo, Stationary, Social Media Images and a Website. The Banter Booth offer Photo Booth Hire for weddings, parties and events and needed a website and branding to help attract new customers as well as to host client galleries. The Banter Booth Photo Booth Hire

 

Web Design Wimbledon

Web Design Wimbledon

Web Design Wimbledon SW19  – A post about us! Number 8 Create Web Design are based in London near Wimbledon SW19 and Earlsfield SW18. We provide website design services to clients from all over London and the UK.  If you are looking for a new website that can fit in a tight budget and fully satisfy your requirements, then you’ve come to the right place. Number 8 Create offer a unique web design solution to clients in and around Wimbledon SW19 and across London and the UK.  Our work is carried out to the highest standards, creating beautiful, functional and affordable website design to that meets the expectations of our clients.

Each one of our past clients was completely satisfied with the quality of our service, and we are confident that we have what it takes to meet expectations. If you want to deal with a person and not a faceless company then you’ve come to the right place. If you want someone who will listen to your ideas and understand your business then get in touch today. From purchasing a domain name and setting up emails, to adding images and and bringing your ideas to life, we promise not to complicate matters. We won’t use technical jargon and we will always give you the website you want.

We can help with your complete branding package, we are experts in helping start ups. We can supply logo design, stationary and your website – the base for any business.

People do judge books by covers, your branding and your website are your businesses front cover – first impressions really do count.

Get in touch today!

Another Painting & Decorating Website Complete

Another Painting & Decorating Website Complete

First of all Happy New Year from Number 8 Create!

Our latest website project was for a Painter & Decorator in Surrey – Heritage Decorating Services. The client wanted his old non responsive website re designed along with a new logo, business card, letter head and complement slip.

We ended up with almost a complete re-brand, with a brand name like Heritage we thought that’s exactly how the brand colours and logo had to feel for a strong brand identity.

Working closely with the client we used pastel colour pallet, nice, strong and clean fonts and some great images. The finished article is a responsive website which ties in with the brand and will appeal to the target audience.

Ladies and Gentlemen we present  – Heritage Decorating Services – www.heritagedecoratingservices.co.uk

Number 8 Create is based in wimbledon but we work with clients from all over, what ever your business get in touch to discuss your requirements.

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The importance of a website for your business

The importance of a website for your business

At Number 8 Create we help small businesses establish their brand and one of the most important tools is having a website, but one of the most surprising things when you look at small businesses is how many of them don’t have a website. You would think that in this day and age everybody would know how important a website is for all businesses. Clearly that is not the case. Any business that does not have a website is missing out on one of the most powerful marketing tools available to them.

The main reason that it is important for businesses to have a website is how people are likely to find you. These days most people will go online and research products and companies before they make a purchase, if you don’t have a website you are missing out on all of this potential business. Even if people don’t buy your product online they are still likely to research it online so you have to have a website so these people can learn about your business.

A website is also important because it helps you establish credibility as a business. Most people just assume that you have a website since the vast majority of businesses do, at least the vast majority of big companies do. There are actually still quite a few small businesses that don’t have a website and without one this is exactly what they will remain. If you don’t have a website that you can refer people to potential customers are going to assume that you are a small time company that does not take their business seriously. Once you establish this reputation it is going to be hard to make sales.

A website will not only give you credibility but it will also help to give the impression that your company is bigger and more successful than it may actually be. One of the great things about the internet is that the size of your company does not really matter. There is no reason that you can’t get your site to rank in Google ahead of a large multinational competitor and funnel off some of their traffic. This is a big part of the reason that a website is even more important for a small business than a big one, it tends to level the playing field.

Clearly there are still a lot of small businesses that do not have websites, there are various reasons for this but mostly it comes down to the belief that they are expensive. It is rather surprising how much small business owners believe a website will cost them. There are DIY website options available but we strongly advise against these, when it comes to branding its best to use a professional. If a customer lands on a website that is cluttered, outdated or simply looks unprofessional then that’s the impression they get your business. With so many people now using different sized mobile devices to browse the internet it’s imperative that your website is responsive, meaning it adapts to fit different size screens. Number 8 Create can supply a functional and beautiful website using responsive design as standard, every site we build is crafted to provide an optimal viewing experience on any screen or device.

Number 8 Create Web Design

Number 8 Create Web Design

Number 8 Create is a Wimbledon based Website Design Studio. At Number 8 Create we love designing good looking websites, we believe in clean, modern design and we like to keep our finger on the pulse and are constantly moving with the times with both website technology advancements and design.

We offer website design services for all industries, we are happy to discuss any size project and offer free no obligation quotes. Number 8 Create is based in Southfields, London SW18, close to Wimbledon SW19. We design websites for businesses all over the UK. Don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your website requirements.

A common question we are asked regularly is “how will my website display on mobile” and it’s a very good question. It’s now imperative that all websites are responsive to what ever device or screen size it’s being viewed on. If your website doesn’t display properly on a mobile device, you could be missing out on valuable business leads. A responsive website is one that automatically changes to fit the device it’s being viewed on – and it’s fast becoming a business essential.

Get in touch to discuss your website today!

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