Websites

A website is a collection of computer files held on a server and sent to your web browser in the form of pages. These pages may contain text, images and even small interactive programs.

There is a lot of talk about Web(2.0), (pronounced: Web two point naught), and even Web(3.0). Cutting through the hype, Web(2.0) is about dynamic content driven websites like this one. Such sites are used for on-line banking, shopping, discussion groups, blogs, document stores and much more.

I have no idea what Web(3.0) is, but when I find a good defintion, I'll post it here.

Website hosting

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Are you a small or micro business looking for your first website? Then ask us about our website design and hosting service especially for small and micro businesses. We provide many features as standard, and best of all, you can edit your content without the need for special software.

Web Master Service

Are you a Web Master and want to set up Drupal sites for your clients but are worried about keeping the installation secure and up to date?  Then consider using Tech-Trends as your hosting service. We do the technical management and updates leaving you to concentrate on your clients requirements.

Geolocation

HTML5 now provides interesting ways to determine your location.
This opens the door to some novel website customisation. For example, it is possible to display content based upon the visitor location, perhaps to offer local phone numbers, or to display restaurants in close proximity to the user.

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A good reason to work with Tech-Trends?

We make no attempt to hide the fact that Tech-Trends is a small English registered limited company employing only the two directors. You can find that out easily enough at companies house , so why pretend otherwise. If you chose to work with a small business like us you may well have some reasonable concerns about continuity of service and support, especially if you want to work on a project that is critical to your business delivery. If you are thinking of working with us and would like to understand how we address such concerns, then read on.

Website Survey

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If you are unhappy with your current website, the first step to sorting it out has to be a thorough understanding of your business needs in-conjunction with a an equally thorough review of your site.

Website Rescue

Website rescue

A problem is that many people have access to someone who will “set up your website” for a nominal fee because they are thinking of running their own business as a “web designer”. Some of these people while be highly talented and you will get a bargain. Unfortunately this is not always the case, and you will get a site that does not perform to your expectations. At some point your budding web designer will admit defeat, or you loose confidence in them and decide to seek help.

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Mobile Friendly Websites

Mobile friendly

Many websites are not at all friendly for visitors using mobile devices or tablet computers. The current craze for QR codes reveals that many website owners are being very lazy in this regard: when the QR code is scanned using a smartphone your are nearly always taken to an mobile unfriendly landing page. This tech-note describes the approach we chose when updating the Tech-Trends website to make it more mobile friendly.

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Custom Web Apps

In the early days of Personal Computers (yes I was there in those heady computer crash ridden days) if there was a number crunching task that needed doing regularly it was commonplace to write a computer program to make the job easy and give a reasonably nice printed output.

If you lacked the computer skills to write it yourself then you got someone else to do it for you. Looking back writing such programs was an interesting sideline to the day day job. Then spreadsheets became available and the market disappeared. Or did it?

Web Standards

Standards for the web are set by the World Wide Web Consortium www.w3c.org. Essentially the W3C set standards for both the webpages that make up the internet, and the web browsers used to view those pages. Websites and browsers that meet the standards are often described as compliant. We have seen the look of horror on the faces of some website owners when they realise just what unusable means in practise. Meeting standards really does matter, and this does not include any legal obligation that organisations may also be under to ensure accessibility of information to all users.

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