Our latest studio news
and website launches.

Website launch - Novo Amor

Earlier this year we launched a new WordPress website for Novo Amor.

Website launch - Little Additions

Earlier this year we launched Little Additions for a NHS midwide called Lene Comerford.

The future of advertising

The average person gets bombarded with over 1,700 banner ads per month, but only sees half of them. They're a hassle and interruption to your task, which is no wonder why in the span of just one year, from 2018 to 2019, the total number of devices with ad blockers rose from 142 million to 615 million.

Starting your own company

A few people have asked how to start your own company, so I've shared a few of my tips below:

Website launch - Mustard Seeds

Mustard Seeds approached Hand Coded Studio to build a new website for it's online teaching material. The new website needed to be responsive, fit with the current branding and allow subscriptions for international users.

Security and Privacy in 2019

In collaboration with lead designer Phil Bettany, we built the MODE Tracker website which displays visual scorecards for clear & credible stakeholder communication. The application uses a custom database and bespoke Content Management System.

Website launch – Murray Property Group

Richard Murray, owner of Murray Property Group, approached Hand Coded Studio for a brand new website design and build. Having worked with us before, he knew our dedicated approach to the process and commitment to build an excellent website.

Website launch – MODE-Tracker

In collaboration with lead designer Phil Bettany, we built the MODE Tracker website which displays visual scorecards for clear & credible stakeholder communication. The application uses a custom database and bespoke Content Management System.

Chiddingfold Baptist Church website

Chiddingfold Baptist Church approached Hand Coded Studio in 2017 looking for a new website. Their existing website was dated and staff were unable to update content.

Website launch – Emmanuel Croydon

Emmanuel Croydon approached Hand Coded Studio earlier this year looking for a new website. Their existing website had started to look old, and had become very cumbersome to maintain.

New Alexa Skill

During December we worked with Cornerstone Church Kingston to launch a new Alexa Skill which allows users to listen to sermons from the Church's online library.

The Prince's Trust charity

The Youth Index, sponsored by Macquarie, is a national survey that gauges young people’s wellbeing across a range of areas from family life to physical health. Using our iterative digital process, we crafted a visually-beautiful and user-focused interactive quiz, for users to participate and discover a relevant case study.

Website launch - TnT Ministries

TnT Ministries approached Hand Coded Studio to build a ticketing website to sell tickets for international training events. The new website needed to be responsive, fit with the current branding and allow tickets to be sold in multiple currencies.

Product launch - MyChurch Media

We're very excited to launch a new product called 'MyChurch Media'. The service stores and distributes church’s sermons via a podcast and developer API. This means that developers can easily and quickly embed content into websites, applications and phone apps.

Website launch - Cornerstone Church Kingston

Cornerstone Church Kingston approached Hand Coded Studio with an exciting and vibrant brief. They wanted us to design and build them a brand new website for their community based Church in Kingston.

Hand Coded Web Agency process

We take a structured approach to web design. Our development process was created to ensure every project is delivered on-time and on-budget. Once your web design project kicks off, here’s what to expect:

Website checklist before launch

Launching a new website can be daunting, and fraught will little niggles. The website design and development has all been leading to this launch stage! Below is a list of tasks you can complete to ensure a smooth website launch.

Planning a New Website?

Before contacting a web design agency, it's best to think about what you wish to achieve. In one sentence try to summarise what you need a new website for, and what you want the website to achieve. Set some goals and aims for the project and think about how you will measure the success of the website.

Alternative Content Management Systems

WordPress was originally built as a blogging platform, and has morphed over the years in to an all round Content Management System (CMS). Although superior to other CMS’s on the market, it can feel complicated if incorrectly configured.

Is Laravel the best PHP framework?

If you're a PHP developer you've probably heard of Yii, CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Slim and Symfony. Each has it's own ethos & aims, and each has it's own set of pros and cons. Web developers will fight over the best framework, but usually it's just a matter of personal preference.

How to secure WordPress websites

By it's very nature, the internet is open - and is therefore under threat from hackers, brute-force attacks, malware and phishing. Security is imperative when running a website, and needs to be considered at every stage. Website security includes your web server, the CMS, your additional files, database structure, password length and staff awareness.

SEO - Learn about Meta Descriptions

The tags in the provides metadata about the HTML document. Metadata are machine readable, and won't be displayed on the page. Metadata usually specifies the page description; author; the date of publication or the date of the last update; keywords, etc. Thankfully it's supported by all the common browsers including Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Opera, and Safari.

7 Online SEO Statistics

Search Engine Optimisation, or SEO for short, helps your website creep up the rankings on search engines. There's no exact science, but there are a series of things you and your web company can do to increase website traffic.

WannaCry ransomware - Patches save lives

WannaCry ransomware comes in 2 parts. The first part – the EternalBlue exploit kit which was created by the US National Security Agency in order to use Windows operating system vulnerabilities. The second part – an encryptor that is downloaded to a computer after it has been infected.

What is wireframing?

Wireframing is an essential part of the web design process. Sometimes it goes on behind the scenes, but it'll have ramifications of you don't put the work in at the start. This blog posts seeks to expose why web designers, and developers, should be wireframing in the project life cycle.

4 ways to make your website faster

Slow websites are a pain, especially when trying to complete time critical tasks. For example, a slow SatNav becomes almost useless when trying to navigate. Before starting, it’s best to measure your website speed. This can be done by one of these free services: Pingdom, PageSpeed Insights and YSlow. Not only will they give your website a score, they’ll also provide some tips to improve speed.

How can I optimise my website for search engines?

In 2017 optimising your website for search engines is essential, if not critical. Its primary function is to drive more visits to a website that convert into sales. Search Engine Optimisation, commonly referred to as SEO, has been around since search engines began.

Website security - The AA

The data obtained by Motherboard contains 117,000 unique email addresses, including names, addresses, IP addresses and payment information. The data also includes some hashed passwords, but thankfully no passwords are stored in plain text.

What is https, and does my website need it?

Google has recently announced that websites that use HTTP will be labelled as insecure if you collect user personal data or take online payments. This won’t affect how your website operates, but it may change how users perceive your website. To jump to the answer quickly, the answer is yes. 9 times out of 10 it’s best to have your website using HTTPS.

Website launch – MADE-BY

In February 2014 MADE-BY approached Hand Coded Studio to ask if we could build their new website. MADE-BY works with fashion and textile brands who want to improve the full lifecycle impact of their collections, from raw materials to finished products and beyond. This support comes in the form of bespoke consultancy services, long-term partnerships, and our free-to-use, publicly available tools.

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