The Blog

Refined Running Website Launch

Welcome to Refined Running, an inclusive blog dedicated to improving running technique for individuals of all ages, skill levels, and aspirations. Whether you're an adult seeking to enhance your performance, a young enthusiast taking their first steps in this...

A Summer of Website Rescue – SOS

Summer 2021 seems to be where I discover websites (of course, built by others), where they are so crippled with numerous dangerous set up issues, or poor or no maintenance. One other these companies trades over £300k/month through their website, yet it is so dangerous...

Something to do while we are stuck indoors – Build your own church!

So, this idea has been three months in the making. I thought I'd make a model of our village church. From then it grew into something we were planning to print, and issue to the village for people to make their own church to support the roof repair fund. Well, now,...

If you don’t ask, you don’t get! New website for world class comic Tiff Stevenson

Watching Mock the Week, I really think Tiff is funny - So I googled to see what else she's in. Stumbled across her website, which didnt really work, so I emailed her to offer to fix it.  Well, 4 months later, and her new website is up and running. Enjoy!

Website Security ‘Must Haves’ for 2020

Forty years ago, we barely had computers. Twenty years ago we were worried about the millenium bug. Now with the breaking of the Twenties, the age of cyber attacks is well and truly upon us. With daily attacks breaching major websites, revealing customer details in...

Cotswold Childcare – One page website

Lesley from Puddleducks is branching out. With years of daycare expertise, there is now a big demand for ad hoc childcare services which she is satisfying. Take a look at to see if there is anything that can be done for...

PJG Garden Designs – A Labour of love

We've been running for a few months now. Peter came to me referred by Lyn at Martha's Attic. He had a very clunky old html website to sell his beautiful handmade wrought iron garden ornaments and furniture. Starting as a simple e-commerce site, it quickly became...

Wild Grace launches in Woodstock

Sinead took over Wild Grace in the early new year, and has hit the ground running. Her beautiful flowers, gifts, and cards are stunning. A stunning website was needed to complement these.

Video bringing property rentals to life

I was very lucky to be able to pitch to undertake video tours for a local home rental company. With some very clever tech, and just the right camera set up, these properties really do stand out from those with only images. Here's a sample.......

A Spring Clean for

There’s nothing worse than having a website that’s fiddly and time consuming to edit. It makes the task of adding new content a big ordeal and one that you may not look forward to doing, so put it off until tomorrow, or maybe next week… is a community website where people can keep up-to-date with news and events going on within the village. As a service to the village, it also hosts sub sites; including the Bell Ringers, the food market, and a kids zone site.

Having been created by us in 2009, we recently gave the site a big spring clean to improve usability and functionality, having taken on board comments and suggestions made by a wide range of locals and users of the website. We also went over the visual design and imagery to ensure everything was fresh, modern and tidy.

Due to the nature of this website and the need to update, edit and add new information regularly, it was essential that we updated the site to be super accessible and easy-to-edit. Now the website boasts an impressive 320 pages of content; including organisations within the village, a calendar with dates for the diary, local links, small ads and a gallery.

Now, any new content can be added and edited easily and quickly with very little effort, making it much less daunting and less of a chore. This usability and the training and coaching that we provided to the people behind the scenes at mean that the website is now run by a team of editors who take in turn to update, backup and manage the content.

As the website is a community project, it was important to ensure that the running costs were kept at a minimum, which of course Village Web Design made sure was the case! If you’d like to find out how VWD could help you and your website by cutting costs, updating your website image or providing training to you, your colleagues or employees, then get in touch for a friendly chat.