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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.......

What are plugins?

WordPress is a bit of a blank canvas, waiting for a painting. When setting up your wordpress site, we will not only build a design stylesheet to give the right look & feel to the site, but also look for the right ‘Plugins’ to enhance the functionality of your site.

1. Google Analytics for WordPress

This little plugin allows Google to assess who visits your site, how the find you, and friendly referral sites. You can track adword campaigns, and get reports on demand, or emailed weekly, monthly or whenever you want.

2. All In One SEO Package

This allows more flexibility in designing page titles, and other factors which will help find you in Google. A must if you want to be found!

3. Exclude pages

If your site is large, you might not want all the clutter of every page being visible on the menu bar. With this one, you can hide pages from the menu, and link to them where it’s more approriate, perhaps through an image.

4. Registered Only

This restricts specific pages to users who are logged in. You can issue user details or allow people to register to gain access.

5. Contact Form

Instead of an email address, why not have a contact form, with the details you need to get the best information from the visitor. You can have plenty of different entry boxes, and include anti-spammer ‘Captcha’ boxes. The contents of their entries are then emailed to you.

6. Registration Form

If you’re looking for new clients, or to collect emails etc for a mailing list, the registration form allows you to do this easily. Details are then emailed to you.

7. Widgetlogic

You see the little boxes on the left or right of the website. These contain a variety of headlines, links, images etc. You can choose which ones appear on which pages, and end up with a selection to choose from. You may not want the same on your home page as other pages for example. You can even have specific messages depending on where visitors arrive from.

8. SWF-Object / flash video player.

This allows you to put flash moving images onto your site for dynamic moving content.

9. Calendar

This allows you to display a calendar of events,or bookings, or simply availability. You update it as & when you want.

10. Admin Management

This makes management of pages & posts much more user friendly.

11. Flash Album / Lazyest Gallery.

These allow slide shows either within your pages, or on the sidebar.

12. Log User Access

Allows you to track which users have been into the site, and when.

13. RSS fetcher

This is a great plugin for getting RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds from other websites. Be it news, or weather, or magazine articles online, there are thousands available, many industry specific.

14. Theme my login

Normally if a user logs in, they go to their ‘Dashboard’ screen in their control panel. With this plugin, the user can stay on the same page, or be redirected anywhere you want. Makes for a much cleaner, simpler navigation for logged in users.

15. User Lockers

How many times do you think someone ought to be able to try their password before being locked out? With this, you can set the limit, and they have to follow a ‘lost password’ link to reset it via their email address.

16. WP-Ecommerce

You can sell online, or simply display your categorised articles in an easily sortable system. It’s as big as you want!