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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.......

Have you had it with SPAM?

I have. While spam has been around for a while, and internet providers are doing their bit to control it (sometime a bit overzealously), I’d like to introduce you to BLAM.

It’s the same as Spam, ie unsolicited stuff, except this time it appears on websites designed to be interactive, blogs etc. We don’t want it because it takes time to ‘trash’ it, and it poses a risk should it ever get approved by accident, such that our site may get blacklisted, or masses of SPAM starts to be sent.

So, how do you eradicate it? Well, the easiest way is to turn off the ‘comment’ feature if you have it on your website. But you might not want to do this.

Next best is to install some ‘captcha’ systems which ensure any contributions through the site are written by humans. You know the funny letters you are often asked to type in.

Third is to block IP addresses. Most good websites will aloow you to block IP addresses. You can either block individual ones as they BLAM you, or you can install country blockers. Most websites are only after UK readers, or perhaps European ones. So close it down to Eastern Europe, Russia, and China. If you clients dont come from there, then this is probably the number one tool to stop BLAM, and the threats to your site. This is a half an hour job to install on most systems.

Whatever you do, never approve one of these comments! You will be sure to get much, much more.