With all the talk of GDPR, it’s easy to get caught up in what you need to be doing in terms of data privacy from May onwards. It goes without saying that irrespective of the size of your business, you should always have a focus on security. We’ve previously discussed website security and in this post we’re going to look at password security and the art of a strong password.
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In the last twelve months, we’ve celebrated our sixth birthday as a company, had staff nominated for publicised awards and worked with a number of a great companies both near and far. 2017 was most certainly great for Tad Web Solutions and we capped off the year by opening up a new position in the company to grow our development team. In doing so, we’re able to work with more
We’re on the lookout for a developer to join our team in the thriving Boho Zone in Middlesbrough. Working as part of a team of three to four, the ideal candidate is flexible, self-managing and willing to learn and adapt. You’ll work on a wide range of projects, including maintenance of existing websites and web-based software as well as the development of new projects. About Tad Web Solutions Founded in
Starting out as a small business, every penny counts. For a new start, a website crafted by a web agency can be one of your most expensive purchases. With the continued rise and development of frameworks like WordPress that allow you to maintain your website on the go, is there really a need for a web designer? Do they justify the cost, which can be over a £1000? Call me
We should be open and clear about the cost of software and the truth is developing bespoke software packages for your company doesn’t come cheap. At Tad Web Solutions we like to be honest with potential clients and where an off-the-shelf solution is available at a much lower cost than developing something from scratch we will suggest it and offer our support, if needed, in setting it up and maintaining
The central focus of Tad Web Solutions is to help our clients improve their business by having a great website that advertises what they do but increasingly via automation, by building cloud-hosted systems that increase productivity, improve customer experience and/or make them stand out as being better and more forward thinking than the competition. What kind of processes should be automated? Simply processes where there is a business case for
A new website can be an exciting prospect, whether it’s the first website, bringing your website online for the first time, or a new website to bring your company into modern web times. Seeing your competitors rebrand themselves and redevelop their website and online presence from the ground up can sometimes make you feel like you need to do the same – you need a new website to stay in
UPDATED 02/11/17 Throughout 2017, there has been news of email hacking and vulnerabilities – you can use the website ‘Have I Been Pwned?‘ to check if your email address has been included in any of the public email ‘dumps’ over the last few years. If it has, this post will run you through the process of migrating to a new email address and securing yourself! —————————– Many of us, myself
A blog or new page on your company website is a great way to expand your footprint online – more content and more posts means more information that can be indexed by search engines, the likes of Google and Bing. It also means your potential customers can find out more about your business and your expert insights. Content they might not always find on your standard website pages. However, there
In our previous post, Meet the MD, you had the opportunity to gain a little bit more insight into how Tad Web Solutions was founded and how it’s managed by Ian Elcoate. Apprenticeships have been and continue to be a key part of our business, so now lets take a few minutes to meet our current apprentice, James. James has been an apprentice for Tad Web Solutions for little over
New data protection regulations will be in force from May 2018 in the form of GDPR and anybody who stores data needs to be aware of what is coming, what it means for them and what measures they need to add to their websites and data storage procedures to comply with the regulations and in doing so protect their clients’ data. We’re currently embarking on this process for Tad Web
Yesterday, the team behind WordPress made their first major release of 2017 – WordPress 4.8, dubbed ‘Evans’. With this being a major release, you’ll need to login to WordPress and update manually. Remember to make a backup of your site before doing so – we recommend contacting your web host if you’re not confident in doing this yourself. So What’s New in WordPress 4.8? WordPress 4.8 incorporates a range of
There are a lot of things that may change significantly in the next year and even the next week, as a this week we will know the result of the General Election. Those of you who know me, know I am rather political but I’m not planning to try and convince you to vote the same way as me but to briefly examine what will happen post-election and post-Brexit assuming the
Time after time now you might have heard that WordPress proudly powers 27% of all websites on the internet. It’s a hugely impressive stat. Just as impressive is the fact that the WordPress repository has over 50,000 plugins that aim to provide extra features and help your business website stand out from the crowd with zero or little knowledge of website coding required. But with 50,000 plugins, comes a lot of time
Prologue: The purpose of this post is not to say “don’t continue your education, become a web designer”, but to remind us all that education is not the only option. I decided the conventional route of tertiary education wasn’t for me. I came into a web agency with no prior experience or knowledge, just the want to learn and use the skills I had been taught in school. It is
Amongst everything else that is part of your job, particularly in a small business, managing the design and development of your website can feel like a step into the unknown. What’s the web design process for me? What do I need to supply? At Tad Web Solutions, we’re open and transparent throughout our whole process and understandably, our clients play a huge role in each of our projects. The process for
In British vernacular, many of us clean our home with a ‘hoover’. Technically we’re actually using a vacuum cleaner, that may or may not be made by the Hoover brand. Similarly, if you’re going to search for something online, a common term is to ‘Google it’ even if you’re using Bing, Quora or DuckDuckGo. To ‘Google it’ has become such a common phrase, to ‘Google’ has become accepted as verb. Don’t
Many of our existing clients and partners will already be familiar with our Managing Director, Ian Elcoate. He plays a hands-on role and is the lead, expert web developer for a number of our projects and works tirelessly as part of the team at Tad Web Solutions to drive our business forward. Lets learn a little more about the life and times of the Managing Director of Tad Web Solutions and
A website can be a huge investment for your business. With that in mind, you’ll want to make sure that your website is working for you and helping you to win more customers. Our team at Tad Web Solutions have compiled this comprehensive website launch checklist. This list is a guide and suitable for if you’re about to launch your website, or if you already have a website available to the
This year, National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2017) runs between Monday, March 6th and Friday, March 10th. It’s most likely that you’ll read a lot about National Apprenticeship Week and the benefits of apprenticeships from recruitment agencies, training companies, large organisations and the Government. Apprenticeships are growing to become a more and more viable alternative to the conventional route of entry to work via college and University. There are plans to begin apprenticeships in
How can you as a website owner ensure that your website is secure? More importantly, what is web security? Web security is the cumulative phrase for all of the methods and measure that you can use and enforce to keep the files behind your website and any data of your customers safe. Security should be built into your website from the very beginning, but certain systems, the likes of WordPress,
Web design and web development are both about creating websites, so what’s the big difference? At Tad Web Solutions, we’re experts in web design and web development and many projects often include both elements. Here’s an explanation on how to differentiate these services. What is Web Design? Web design is exactly what it says on the tin – it’s the front-end design of a website. Web design is how a website looks and
With the Chrome 56 release, any website that is not running HTTPS will have a message appear in the location bar that says “Not Secure” on pages that collect passwords or credit card details and the final step in the staged rollout will be that Chrome will label all plain HTTP pages as “Not secure”. What does this mean for your website? Any page on your website that is non-HTTPS and
Happy New Year! Now that the mulled wine has wore off and the Christmas decorations are packed away once more, it’s time to kickstart 2017 for your business online and optimise your website. It’s pivotal, particularly for small businesses, that your website works for you. Here’s our guide to ensuring your website is optimised for the year ahead. That said, please bear in mind that a well optimised website is
As part of the Tad Web Solutions rebrand and marketing strategy, we recently opened an account with Reviews.co.uk. Their website acts as an impartial platform for us to gain valuable insight and feedback from our clients on how we operate, how clients value their end product and most importantly, if they’d recommend us. The fact that this feedback is made public is a bonus – if we’re doing great, then our customers
Update December 2017: Twitter has now fully rolled out an extended character limit for tweets. We’ve updated the content of that post to reflect this. By now you’ve realised that Social Media can prove pivotal to a business. Facebook & Twitter are, for many people, the first point of contact when reaching out to a company. Here’s 5 tips for Twitter success and how to make the most of the
For this part of our Partners series, we caught up with Ben Sanson of Stockton-based brand consultants and design agency, Squegg. We at Tad Web Solutions work closely with the local company on a number of projects. This includes our very own recent rebrand. We’ve had a great response so far, with great credit given to Squegg. Who are Squegg? Squegg are a brand agency from the North East of
This is a first in a series of posts we at Tad Web Solutions will be publishing around our working partners. We pride ourselves on transparency and quality, therefore we select our local partners very carefully. It’s because of the strong working relationships that we build, we’re able to provide turnkey solutions to our clients, all managed by Tad Web Solutions. Meet Mabo Media Mabo Media are a Google Premier
Foreword by Peter Calvert This is the beginning of a series of posts to form an apprentice blog from James on his experience and his progress as a level 2 apprentice as part of the web design team at Tad Web Solutions. James is based in our Teesside office and is working towards a qualification whilst also gaining valuable work-based experience. The Beginning of my Apprentice Blog I joined the
Since forming in 2011, it’s safe to say that we’ve remained very attached to our ‘Mouse and Globe’ logo. It’s one of the few things that have remained a constant throughout the last five years. We’ve refined and improved services, welcomed new staff and moved offices, but the Globe has always been the same. That is, until now.
After I’ve spent twelve months away, it’s good to be back at Tad Web Solutions and a part of the Board of Directors, a company where I started my working life as an apprentice. As Tad Web Solutions turns 5, I’d like to speak on behalf of the company when I say we’re at a very exciting point in our business timeline, here’s why.
MS Office is pretty ubiquitous and lots of the free versions of office software are, in my opinion, pretty rubbish. So we use Office 365 on all machines whether PCs or Macs. The good news with 365 is you automatically get updated versions and this week we have found the bad news is that you get updated versions! We’re currently working with a new client to create a customer management
The joining of businesses and the benefits of business partnerships can include improved efficiency growth. The building of partnerships is the foundation for success; partnerships are what enable many companies to make continuous improvements to products and services, much like ourselves at Tad Web Solutions Ltd. Forming business partnerships seems like the most logical option and in some cases it is. When running a small business with a diverse profit
I had a great meeting with Joanna, the Principle of Stockton VIth Form College, this week. We arranged it based upon a brief conversation we had at an event where I was very impressed by their plan to provide students with work experience and on-the-job education. I’m very keen to work with local educational establishments. We really want to provide opportunities and experience to local young people but as a
Mobile apps for business in todays society are becoming popular than the mobile web, and if you think that mobile apps are for the bigger companies and named brands like Supermarkets or Banks, then your wrong. Smaller businesses are pushing there mobile trends, but not forgetting that a successful mobile plan involves more than just a mobile-friendly website design. Looking from a growth aspect, these days you’ll notice that many small industries
Every now and again, Google updates it’s algorithm to improve the results you get in searches. On April 21st of this year, Google released arguably one of it’s largest updates to date – the Mobile Friendly update. As we continue to manage a vast majority of the websites we create for clients once they’re complete, we occasionally get calls citing ‘my website has dropped down the rankings on Google’ which in
With countless mentions on the news, endorsements from celebrities and the BBC offering to give away one million ‘mini computers’ to school children to assist learning, ‘Should I learn code?’ has become a serious question that all of us should consider.
Some analysts are talking of tablet devices falling out of favour as phone screens become larger and deliver the same functionality. Figures suggest Apple sold 15% fewer iPads in 2014 than they did in 2013. Is the tablet dying? Have tablet sales reached their peak? Worldwide tablet sales are still set to increase according to industry analysts with sales per year as: 2010: 17.6 million 2011: 59.8 million 2012: 124.8 million