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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.......

For the umpteenth time, today I have had not one but two calls from people who have had their web provider hold them to ransom over changes to the website, or preventing the client from changing host provider. Usually this is because the client has been tied into a hosting agreement and without knowing has then become part of a shared hosting pool paid for by the web designer, and then charged back at super inflated prices.

The problem comes when the web developer decides that they aren’t earning enough, and then extorts the client. One today was about to be charged £150 for a few simple updates – half an hour’s work.

So, the lesson: Always have your own hosting You pay for it, you renew it, and you have the admin passwords. Agree up front that you will own the site, and hosting in it’s entirety from day 1, and that all access codes for all levels will be passed to you on completion of the site.

Now if any web developer says that hosting costs more than £100 a year, then you are either after something very special, or they are ripping you off! Hosting with 1and1 internet costs £8 per month incl VAT for unlimited domains, emails, web space. Yes, you’ll pay an admin fee to the developer, but I have just taken someone’s site on who was paying £300 a year for single domain hosting.

Rant over!