Pressed for Words

When a web developer starts to create a website, there are almost limitless ways it can be done. From writing HTML to wrap around the content and then styling them with some CSS and images, through to creating a fully customised Content Management System. So what does Swan Developments do and why? I’m going to answer the second question first, as the why tells us how to decide upon the what.

Our customers want a modern, fast, easy to update website that can have features added without being told “Well, you’re going to have to start all over again!” If they wish to add a page, write a new blog post, or simply alter a price or a phone number, then they really don’t want to have to pay us to do it (although we are happy to take this on!). Equally, if for some reason a customer wants to get someone else to work on their site, they don’t want every web developer to tell them that they’ve never heard of Pink Carrot CMS (I made that up, but it’s a great name!) so they will want their website developed on a “mainstream” content management system.

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Sliding Down the Slippery Slope

Sliders are (almost) everywhere, but should you have one on your site? Simon West gives you the lowdown on this particular slope.

My Favourite Game

Star Trek text game 80x25Time was when a normal screen was 25 rows of green text on a black background, and the text characters were grainy representations of the real thing – which was of course written with a pen.

Today a screen is anything from a cheap smartphone with an 8.5cm, 480 x 320 pixel display right up to a gigantic 215cm UtraHD television with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 (that’s 54 times as many pixels!)

Of course, a website needs to work on each of those screens and everything in between. Thankfully technology today allows us to deliver one website which displays differently depending upon what screen size is detected. This is called a responsive website, because it responds to the device upon which it is being viewed.

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The Website Building Process

Building a wall
Picture by MR926

When you ask your web developer to build you a website, you may wonder what they actually do?

This little post at the very end of the year details the steps we go through at Swan Developments when we start to create a sparkly new website.

You can undertake some of this work yourself, which saves us time and you money.

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A Lesson in Anatomy

Picture By Mikael Häggström
Picture By Mikael Häggström

“What’s in a word?” they say.

If it’s a word that will be seen by your readers, then my answer is “A very great deal”.

When you decide to write something for your website, whether you call it a blog post, a news article or anything else, every word matters and for that matter so does every image.

Each article that carries your name should be written with the same editorial voice, that is, it should sound as if it was written by the same person as the previous article, the one before that and so on.

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Plugins… plugins…

Electric car charging pointIf you talk to a WordPress developer for even a short length of time, you are very likely to hear the word “Plugin”. Many people upon hearing such words just dismiss them as Geekish and don’t worry that they don’t know what on earth their shiny-eyed friend is talking about. However, if you have read this far then the chances are that you actually want to know what they are all about.

Despite the image to the left, they are nothing at all to do with plugs. The 30 second summary is that they are a way to extend the capabilities of WordPress without resorting to writing complex computer code yourself.

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New website

Our new website has been created with a crisp new look and feel. Like all our latest websites it is fully responsive – which means that it displays well whatever screen size you are using. Over the next few days we will be showcasing some of our best sites, so do check back.