How to fix the ‘Not secure” message in Google Chrome

Google’s crusade to make the internet more secure for users will pass another key milestone in July when the company releases the latest version of its web browser Google Chrome. Chrome already protects web users from sites that use password and credit card fields and don’t have an SSL digital certificate, flagging up a warning […]

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Land More Business with Landing Pages!

When it comes down to it, your website has just two key functions: to generate interest in your organisation and to turn that interest into action. Or, to put it in web-speak – to maximise traffic and optimise conversions. So, when someone finds your website – whether it’s from a Google search, a paid-for advert, […]

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How to Choose a Web Design Agency That’s Right for Your Business

Your website is likely to be your single most important piece of marketing collateral, so finding the right web design partner to work with is crucial. But with so many agencies offering web design, how can you select one that’s right for your business? If you get it wrong, the consequences can be serious. You’ll […]

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Template or Bespoke? Off-the-shelf website templates vs bespoke design

It’s the first big decision you’ll have to make if you’re planning a new website: will you buy an off-the-shelf design template or invest in having an agency create a bespoke website for you? We’re often asked to advise which route is best and as an agency specialising in bespoke web design, you won’t be […]

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How will GDPR requirements affect your business + FREE legal templates!

As you’ve probably noticed from all the press stories, advice seminars and social media discussion, there’s just a month left until the new GDPR legislation comes into force on 25th May. This will give the data’s owner (usually the person that it’s about) more rights and impose greater fines and penalties on businesses that misuse […]

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Do I need to update WordPress regularly?

Around 1 in 3 of all websites is powered by WordPress, making it one of the most widely used Content Management Systems in the world. As we highlighted in our recent blog, 6 Reasons We Love WordPress, it’s our favourite platform here at MMD, and we use it exclusively for all the sites we develop. […]

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3 Reasons You Need to Update Your Website Regularly

It’s a question we’re frequently asked by clients; “How often do I need to update my website?” While there’s no definitive answer – because every business is unique – as a general rule, we recommend that a website should have fresh content added to it at least once a month. If you can manage updates […]

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Does Your Website Comply with the Cookie Law?

When you visit most websites, mini data files known as ‘cookies’ will place information on your computer’s browser. When you next return to the site, they’ll retrieve it, using it to help improve your interaction with the site and give you a better overall user experience. The Cookie Law is a piece of privacy legislation […]

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6 Reasons We Love WordPress

It’s one of the internet’s biggest success stories, it pre-dates Twitter and Facebook, and it powers nearly 30% of global websites. But it doesn’t have a CEO, and you can’t buy shares in it. We’re talking about WordPress. Originally a blogging platform, over nearly 15 years it’s evolved into one of the world’s most popular […]

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Domain Names Explained!

By enabling customers to find your organisation online, and helping to drive traffic to your website through the search engines, your domain name plays an important role in determining the success of your business. Like your company name and your logo, your domain name is integral to your brand identity. We’re going to share some […]

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SSL Certification: Show Visitors They Can Trust Your Website!

According to recent research, there are currently around 3.77 billion internet users in the world – that’s 50% of the entire population of our planet – and rising! With so many ways to connect, and online interactions increasing exponentially, what keeps the personal data we share over the internet secure and private? The answer is […]

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5 Reasons You Need Premium Hosting for Your Website

You probably go to great lengths to look after your most valuable business assets – staff, buildings, IT systems, vehicles and the like, but what about your website? It’s at the very heart of your business, integral to all your sales and marketing efforts, and it’s likely to represent a significant investment – so have […]

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GDPR Is Nearly Here. Is Your Website Compliant?

OK, we know, you’re totally fed up with hearing about GDPR. To be honest, so are we – which is why we wanted to create a short blog aimed at SME business owners like you that will take no more than 5 minutes to read, and will tell you everything you need to know about […]

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Website ‘Do’s and ‘Don’t’s

Pretty much anyone can have a go at building a website these days, but creating and developing a GREAT website means that you really have to understand what works!  It’s easy to get caught up in the latest design trend at the cost of your content, or to overload your visitors with sound effects, music […]

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Website & branding case study – Bang Consulting

Your website & branding are two of your most important marketing tools – we take a look at a recent case study where Mass Media Design helped deliver a brand new look for one of our clients. Client Bang Consulting – a Hampshire-based marketing agency working with ambitious business owners, who want to outsource their […]

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Does my website need terms and conditions?

Let’s face it – website terms and conditions are not exactly exciting! We know they’re important, but when you’re concentrating on getting your site design and content ‘just right’, the small print is probably not high on your list of priorities. It’s not a legal requirement to publish terms and conditions (also known as T&Cs […]

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Branding Case Study – Dawes Highway Safety

Making sure your business makes the right impression is critical for attracting new customers. Here’s how we worked with Dawes Highway to help them make a real impact. Client: Dawes Highway Safety – a young innovative business in the technology sector. Dawes has designed and patented two products to reduce the risk of serious injury or […]

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Do I need to update my WordPress website?

Is your WordPress site up-to-date? WordPress is one of the most widely used content management systems (CMS) in the world, used by a massive 27% of all websites*. You might be surprised however to find out that WordPress, along with Joomla and Magento were the most hacked CMS platforms from July to September 2016. Of […]

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Case Study – Sandringham Carpets

Continuing our series of case studies, we take a look at a company who were looking to move their image upmarket and whose website was causing them a bit of trouble. They approached Mass Media Design to for some help… The Client Sandringham Carpets supplies  carpets exclusively to the interior design industry. They offer a […]

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What’s in a title?

When it comes to grabbing a potential customer’s attention, the title you choose for your new content is crucial. But beneath the surface, there’s a sneaky bit of html code which is even more important – the title tag. Simply put, the title tag is probably the most essential bit of information within the content […]

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Focusing on your customers – Intelligent Counting

When talking to our clients about how they can best promote themselves, we always recommend that they seek testimonials from their customers – these really help to demonstrate why they’re the right people for the job at hand. In the interests of taking our own medicine, here’s a great example of some of the work […]

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Responsive web design

Responsive design is definitely one of the buzz phrases in the world of web design at the moment. Everyone’s being told that their website should be ‘responsive’ and we’ve been working with a lot of clients recently to ensure their site is up to scratch. But what exactly is responsive web design and why is […]

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Google Chrome, Helvetica Neue and strange characters bug

Helvetica Neue is a really nice, clear font that’s widely used by designers and is now quite frequently used on webpages.  However, it’s not a standard font on Windows and isn’t a “web-safe” font (which means you can assume it’ll be installed on most peoples computers.  For that reason, web developers generally provide an alternative […]

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Common Web Design Mistakes that Break Your SEO

* Over the years I have seen numerous websites ruined by relaunches even in cases where I warned clients to tell me about each and every change planned. In some cases there was a redesign done on the cheap, where I could see some images in Photoshop of how the websites will look. These mock-ups […]

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30 Web Trends of 2013: How Web Design, UX, Blogging…..

* For four years in a row I have been compiling lists of Web trends for a British SEO blog. It was pretty unknown at the beginning but became the the “best” UK SEO blog according to the UK Search Awards. So this is my fifth such post already. I know that it gets published […]

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Google gets into the web design business (maybe…)

While I was checking a few search terms, I found Google ranking on page 4 for ‘Web Design Slough’. I’m pretty sure they’re not getting into the web design business in Slough, but it’s a peculiar search result all the same…

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Website designs for inspiration

Many of our new clients, when we’re discussing various styles of websites like to point to other websites that they like the look of. Often the sites are all fairly similar – clean, fresh designs but they never have the ‘wow’ factor. However, it’s possible to have a clean, fresh design that puts a professional […]

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How to get rid of all your visitors

One of my favourite blogs is Red Cardinal and they have written a great study into how to request car insurance quotes online. With some great screenshots, they’ve shown just how awful some of the major websites make the user experience. Check it out over here: http://www.redcardinal.ie/conversion-optimisation/31-08-2009/how-to-smother-your-prospects-and-kill-your-leads

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New websites can drop dramatically

One of the things we’ve seen time and again is when someone has an old website that hasn’t been updated for months or even years.  They get a new website with wonderful SEO, they put it live fully expecting it to hit page 1 and it ends up lower down than it was originally! Cue […]

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Truly Dreadful Websites – Part 3

This is part of an occasional series looking at some of the poorer websites found on the web today. For the previous post, click here. Today we’re looking at the visual crime that is http://www.msy.com.au/ – “The Name You Can Trust”. I’m not too sure where to start with this one.  It’s a sort of minimalist […]

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