Category Archives: Website Design

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5 steps to prepare your website for Brexit

August 16, 2019

At present, the UK is due to leave the European Union as of 31st October 2019. Even though the vote to leave Brexit was way back in June 2016, much uncertainty remains even at this late point in the process. Learning how to prepare your website for the implications of Brexit should be considered. Firstly, understanding how Brexit will affect your business as a whole is vital. We’ve found some useful articles to help fellow business owners here and herebrexit website ready

 

1. Trade

If you run an e-commerce site, purchase products from the UK or engage in any trade across the EU then you’ll likely suffer from higher prices, longer shipping and custom hold-ups and in turn hiked prices for your customers. It may be useful to contact UK suppliers and providers that you engage in to seek assurances. Back in January, Amazon, the largest marketplace in the UK noted that businesses trading on the platform should prepare in case of a no deal Brexit. This remains a real challenge but while there are many uncertainties, this may present a chance for Irish companies to promote buying Irish. If the expected skyrocketing of prices from the UK comes to fruition then there may be a huge potential to bring customers back shopping locally instead of using Amazon, Ebay and other online platforms.

2. Data Protection

Data protection has been heavily in the limelight in recent years. This is mainly due to the GDPR changes that came into place in May 2018. EU wide regulations were updated to protect user data processed by organisations and many businesses were forced to take action in order to meet these stricter guidelines. With the UK leaving the EU, this may require some further thought especially if you own or run a website and process data to or from the UK. If storing any of this data, using a newsletter service such as Mailchimp or taking payments from UK customers then you may need to consider reviewing and amending your existing processes and terms. You can read more on this on https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/bf5200-data-management/.

3. Currency

Since the Brexit vote was announced, pound sterling has been volatile to say the least. The conversion from € to £ has gone from £1.28 to £1.06 over this period and how it will continue remains unclear. As a website owner and especially if dealing with currency conversions, it’s vital to prepare for a worst case scenario. This PDF can help you prepare in detail.

4. Growth and Expansion

Growing your online business within the UK market again remains unclear but in order to protect your business, preparing for a worst case scenario is advised. Many companies may struggle just to stay afloat after a potentially hard Brexit so future plans to expand in another market will need to be examined in a realistic manner. 

5. Website Security

As GDPR is now a vital area of many websites, a critical component on this is ensuring data stored and processed is fully secure. The implications of a data breach can be catastrophic for businesses. A secure website allows you peace of mind that data held is fully secure and allows you to focus on other key areas such as website sales. The storage of this data should be treated as a potential serious security issue. If you have any questions regarding the website hosting or data storage then please use our contact form to send a message – https://2cubed.ie/contact/

At 2Cubed Web Design & Development, we are on hand to assist you with any required changes to your website which may be impacted as a result of Brexit. In addition, we also offer a number of services to help you grow your online presence. Check out our list of services and our website process – https://2cubed.ie/services/

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Website Specification

When you are deciding on a new website, it’s important to take into consideration a number of factors. As you can see on the graphic below, we’ve created a simple process to assist with this. This planning process is critical to ensure you have a clear picture in mind for a new website. Failing to cover these steps before a website is created can lead to items or processes to be overlooked and cause problems down the line.

At 2Cubed, we want to ensure you have a clear picture in mind when considering a new website and we can assist you fully with this process to ensure success. 

What to consider?

Planning and building a new website is a complicated matter. Items can be overlooked and when a specification is not clear. A good starting point is to look at some websites you admire and list why you think so. 

Design or Redesign?

Are you looking for a completely new design or a refresh of what you currently have? 

Expectations

It’s crucial to consider your expectations when planning on a new website build. What is it that you are looking to achieve with the new site? Do you have any goals or ambitions for what you’re looking to achieve?

Information

What is your company all about? By documenting this, you can make it clear to your web design agency what you are all about and by using tag-lines, slogans, mottos etc to allow end users understand your ethos.

Budget

A new website is a huge investment and you’ll need to ensure you consider this carefully when developing a website specification. Defining a budget allows your agency to consider the expectations vs budget and help you plan accordingly.

Timeline / Deadline

Deadlines are a crucial are of the website specification. Setting a deadline firstly allows the entire project to be split into separate deliverables to keep all parties on the same page and to also ensure your expectations are met.

Functionality

Will your website users need to register? Are you selling products? At this point it’s beneficial to consider each and every element. 

UI / UX

After you decide on budgets, timelines and functionality, how will this all transition into front end user interface and user experience? Many times, consideration of these factors is left aside and may become an issue in future as the website is out the to the world.

Further Information

Thinking about any extra information or off topic items considered outside the above ensures clarity when moving forward with your web design project.

At 2Cubed Web Design & Development, we are on hand to assist you with developing your website specification, helping you to understand in detail what’s involved in a new website project. We also offer a number of services to help you grow your online presence. Check out our list of services – https://2cubed.ie/services/

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What is Structured Data?

June 20, 2019

As structured data becomes more important, you are likely to see the term more and more. So what exactly does it mean? And what does it mean for your website? We’ll explain in more detail below.

Google and other search engines are always working hard to understand the content on your website. By implementing structured data, you can ensure you give the search engines clear and explicit information, allowing more accurate and descriptive search results for the end user.

By doing this, your website visitors may see more rich and interactive results on the search page.

 

You can see more descriptions of these search results by clicking here – https://developers.google.com/search/docs/guides/search-gallery

Most of the major search engines combined to create a special project Schema.org. The Schema.org website gives more info on how this data is populated and show examples of these ‘schemas’ and how they should be used.

Why does this matter?

Structured Data is an important element of SEO nowadays. Any information you provide to Google in a clear and easy manner, means they gain a better understanding of who you are what your website is about and can only help to increase rankings.

At 2Cubed Web Design & Development, we can assist you with any of the needs above, allowing you to take advantage of structured data best practices. We offer a number of services to help you grow your online presence. Check out our list of services – https://2cubed.ie/services/

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Google’s Mobile Search Update

You may have noticed a new layout while searching Google recently on your mobile device. Around the end of May, Google released an updated visual layout for the mobile search results page. This refresh was released to introduce a more modern and user friendly layout. Google say “we’re unveiling a visual refresh of the mobile search results page to better guide you through the information available on the web.” This was referenced on the Google blog here.

The familiar green font on the ads has now been changed to a black label with a simple ‘Ad’ reference. See below for reference:

As you’ll see from the above image, what Google have implemented is an opportunity for companies online to introduce their branding to users on the web before even landing on your site. This is done by using the favicon image which is uploaded on most websites. You’ll generally see this small icon on your browser tab while searching from a desktop or laptop.

What does this mean for me?

In order to take advantage of this update, you’ll need to make sure your website has an active favicon set and specified. There are some rules behind this:

  • Your website and the favicon need to be crawlable to Google (meaning you need to ensure your site is fully accessible to Google’s Spider). This can be a complicated issue, but we can help you with this if required – Contact Us
  • The favicon should be similar to your overall branding on your website. This will allow users to identify and recognise your brand online with ease.
  • Google will resize your favicon to 16px x 16px. They recommend uploading your file in multiples of 48px square to ensure clarity. For example, 48×48 or 96×96 etc.
  • Any favicon that Google see to be inappropriate will be removed and replaced with a default icon image.

At 2Cubed Web Design & Development, we can assist you with any of the needs above, allowing you to take advantage of this latest Google update. We offer a number of services to help you grow your online presence. Check out our list of services – https://2cubed.ie/services/

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Website Speed & User Experience

The link between Website Speed and User Experience

May 22, 2019

There is an intrinsic link between Website Speed and User Experience. There is a direct correlation between website speed & user experience, when the website speed is fast, it can greatly contribute to your website delivering a positive user experience, likewise a slow or frustrating website speed can lead to your website delivering a very negative user experience.

Considering the fact that user experience is one of the main determining factors of a website’s success this in turn means that a huge focus should always be placed on ensuring that your website’s speed is optimised to perform as efficiently as possible.

Here are some key ways to ensure that your website’s speed is fast:

Effectively Optimising Images:

If the images on your website aren’t effectively optimized then they can cause your website speed to suffer greatly. The best way to ensure that your images are optimised correctly is to compress them. Image compression is when you reduce the size of an image file without reducing the quality of the image.

Reduce Redirects

Redirects are instructions that automatically take users to another location. It’s important to only have redirects when necessary as each and every redirect that you have on your website will affect your overall website speed. If you have any existing redirects that are no longer necessary then make sure to remove them to increase your website speed.

Removing / Deleting Old Plugins

If your website currently has plugins installed that have become redundant and/or are no longer active then you should remove them as that will help to make your website load faster. Plugins can be very helpful and provide a range of great functions but be sure to only have the plugins you truly need installed, otherwise the more you have the slower your website speed will be.

Ensuring that your website speed and performance is always efficient as possible is an ongoing battle and something that will have to be done regularly. However the time spent on this is justified as the better your website speed is the better your user experience will be and this in turn will mean that your website will perform all the better and experience more success.

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Graphic Web Design

Why Graphic Web Design is more important than you think!

May 20, 2019

Graphic Web Design is a fundamental part of web design, it includes everything from back ground images, banners and button controls to color scheme, text style, and graphics. The impact that graphic design has on your website is merely not just aesthetic as many would first think. In fact the web design can actually be one of the most important factors right alongside SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) when it comes to determining whether your website will be a success or not. This is because people are visual creatures, people buy with their eyes first before anything else, which is exactly why traditional shops and businesses put their products in the window displays for passers by to notice.

Three important things in particular that graphic web design can help you achieve are the following:

Make a great first impression:

When customers first arrive on to your website you need to ensure the first impression they have is a positive one which will encourage them to stay on the site further and engage with the content. If they have a negative first impression they will most likely bounce off the site and statistics show that these people will likely be lost forever as potential customers as most won’t give the website a second chance. As the saying goes “you only get one chance at a first impression”.

Help you to stand out from the competition:

Graphic web design can help you to stand out from your competition. Having a graphic designer in charge of your web design instead of simply using a pre-designed template will mean that your website will have a web design that is bespoke which basically means that your website was developed with a unique web design that no one else has. This of course will help you to stand out from the crowd.

Accurately convey tone to customers:

Is your website meant to have a tone which is professional, lighthearted or humorous for example. The two best ways to convey tone to your customers is through text content and visual content. The latter is where graphic web design becomes important. Effective graphic design can give your website an air of professionalism. Visitors are more likely to consider your product/service to be professional if the overall website gives an appearance of professionalism.

2Cubed understand the importance of graphic web design in the web development process. Please feel free to view our portfolio which contains many of our past website designs for clients. We are very proud of the work we have done and strive to always be the best.

2Cubed have vast experience in creating unique and well-branded websites that promote your business professionally. We design tasteful, functional websites that are designed for and around your company and our award winning web design has created innovative and customer-centric sites that have delivered increased customer satisfaction and produced measurable return-on-investment for our clients. We offer well-designed and appointed websites for all levels of business. We believe that your website should fit your overall branding and company ethos, that’s why we pride ourselves in being ‘your web strategy’.

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5 Great Reasons Why You Should Develop Your Website on WordPress

WordPress is a content management system (CMS), which means it’s designed to help you organize and display the content on your website. The most popular CMS chosen by people to develop their website on is WordPress.

Here’s 5 great reasons why WordPress is the CMS platform of choice for many:

Free to use

WordPress is a free to use platform which means it’s perfect for those on a small budget especially for start up businesses. If you want to buy a specific theme to give your website a unique design there can be a small cost but to use and download the WordPress tool is absolutely free.

Easy to use interface

WordPress are renowned for their easy to use interface. It’s actually a very simple and fast process to get a WordPress website created and up running. While doing the more complex customisations may require some research beforehand most people will be able to get their website from beginning to live in a matter of minutes.  

Secure and Safe

WordPress is a cms that is very secure and safe. This is because WordPress makes it very simple to update your software and ensure it is all up to date. Ensuring your software is up to date will help to keep hackers away from your website. Updating your software couldn’t be easier as all you have to do to update plugins and themes is to click the checkboxes next to them and click the update button. There is also an option to enable auto updates so you won’t have to remember to manually check.

SEO Friendly

WordPress websites rank higher than other types of websites in search engines. Google and other search engines love WordPress and treat it favourably because as WordPress is very SEO friendly. WordPress also allows you the ability to use SEO plugins to further optimise and enhance your website’s SEO.

Easy to Customise

WordPress makes the process of customising your website easy regardless of whether you are tech savvy or not. To effectively use WordPress it is not a requirement to have prior knowledge of designing websites. WordPress offers users the choice of thousands of free templates and themes from which to choose from. WordPress themes are easy to customise and allow you to manually add custom functionality to your website through the use of plugins. This customisation allows you to put your own unique spin on your website.

WordPress is without a doubt the best CMS system to use. To inquire about using the WordPress CMS for your website get in touch with 2Cubed today.

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Google Ads

3 Common Google Ads Mistakes to Avoid Making

Recently we discussed how to evaluate whether your PPC campaign is worth it? In this post we will discuss 3 common Google Ads mistakes that people make all too often in their PPC Campaigns.

Not enough ads per group

Less is certainly not more when it comes to ads in your ad group. Google recommends that it is best practice to have at least three ads per ad group. If you only have one ad then you aren’t giving Google’s machine learning technology the proper chance to analyze and prioritize the ads that are expected to perform better.

Bad Landing Page

While getting a lot of traffic from Google Ads is a good thing, if you aren’t getting conversions out of these hits then it’s simply a waste of money. One big reason why you may be failing to get conversions is if your landing page is poor, if your landing page is poor people will land on your page, be unimpressed and leave without you converting them which means they cost you money and you got nothing in return. To ensure that your landing page is good you should ensure the following:

  • It loads fast
  • It has a clear Call to Action
  • It’s easy to read and navigate
  • It speaks to the audience who your ad is targeted at

Not taking advantage of Location Settings

To ensure that the right people, your target market see your ad you need to configure the location settings. If you only wish for your ad to be seen in a specific county, province or country you can do so through here. For instance, if your ad is aimed at businesses in Wexford then it shouldn’t be appearing in Dublin, Cork etc.. By taking advantage of location settings you can ensure that your budget will be spent on the right places.

By ensuring that you avoid these 3 common Google Ads mistakes you will minimise the risk of wasting your ads budget and greatly increase your chances of getting your target market to see and click on your ads and most importantly get conversions to your website from your successful PPC campaign.

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Importance of Google Reviews for SEO

Whether it’s from word of mouth or testimonials reviews have always been an integral part of a business’s success. The positive impact of great reviews for a business cannot be underestimated nor can the negative impact of bad reviews.

Reviews help potential new customers to decide whether they should choose your business over another, having positive reviews from past clients will instill confidence in them that they will experience the same satisfaction as those before them who left the positive reviews. If your website for instance had no reviews then a customer may feel unsure whether they will receive a good service as they have no past precedent or frame of reference to base their decision off. Having reviews can provide this much needed clarity.

While getting reviews from customers has always been an exercise that is beneficial to businesses, the importance of Google Reviews for SEO has never been greater. By having Google reviews you can actively improve the visibility of your business on Google so this means that Google reviews are good for your SEO.

The reason Google reviews have become so important for SEO is that when people use the Google search engine Google will aim to generate the most relevant and beneficial results for local web searches as the quality and quantity of reviews on Google is one of the most important ranking factors for local SEO. Google looks to see how many reviews your business has and what your current average rating is and from here they will determine where exactly in the listings of the SERP (Search Engine Results Page) you should appear. Google themselves have even stated in the past that the “highest-rated” businesses near you will be returned when you search with local intent. By having your listing appear high with a great rating and a lot of reviews potential customers will be a lot more likely to click on to your website over your competitors and you will be a lot more likely to get conversions from these people.

A great part of any SEO strategy is to ensure that you can regularly get customers to give your business a review.

The best way to encourage people to give your business a review is to ensure the following:

  • Great Customer Service

By offering all customers a great customer service they will be happy and happy customers are a lot more susceptible to give you a positive review and share their good experience.

  • Simple Review Process

As well as ensuring that the customer service you offer is great, the second thing you should do to encourage reviews is to make the actual process of leaving you a review simple, straightforward and easy. The easier the process is the more likely people will be to take a second and give you a review. Don’t make the customer work for it!

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Three Ways Your Web Design May Be Damaging your SEO

3 Ways Your Web Design May Be Damaging your SEO

April 25, 2019

As we have touched on before having a great Web Design employed throughout your website is very important to ensure that your website delivers a great user experience. We all know that a great user experience is great for SEO however if not properly done correctly web design can inadvertently end up actually damaging your SEO.

Three Ways Your Web Design May Be Damaging your SEO that you need to look for are:

Bad or no optimisation of Header Tags

Header tags (H1, H2, H3 etc..) are important for SEO as they help Google to determine what the content on your page is actually about. H1 should always be your page title and H2 tags need to accurately clarify what the page is about and what it contains. The other tags can be used when you go more in-depth.

Image Optimisation

A major factor in any web design is that it needs to visually be beautiful and pleasing to the eye of any user. To ensure that your images are successfully optimised you need to ensure the following three things have been done:

      • Ensure that relevant alt text has been applied to all your images.
      • Ensure that your image is compressed
      • Ensure that you have the correct image format

Non Mobile-Friendly Design

Since Google introduced Mobile-First Indexing the question of whether your website and web design is mobile friendly or not has become an extremely important one. Mobile-First Indexing means that Google will look at how your website performs on mobile first rather than on Desktop and from this judgement they will determine where your website will rank. Therefore if your web design for mobile is poor your SEO will be severely damaged.

If you can ensure that these three things are done then you will greatly reduce the chances of your web design damaging your SEO.