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Reasons to use Hand Coded Studio Web Agency

Hand Coded is a web-focused design & development company in Surrey. Through strong partnerships with clients, we create beautiful websites and lasting digital applications.

Hand Coded understand that your business is equivalent to your baby. We care about our clients, and take great pride in our work.

We want to work with you to help your business grow and flourish. We can help you generate more new business opportunities through expert web design.


11 July 2017

Website security: The AA

The AA have recently released a statement regarding their potential data leak: "We can confirm that the AA was informed of a potential vulnerability involving some AA Shop data on 22nd April 2017."

They added that the issue was fixed on 25th April 2017. The AA state that the data was "only accessed several times".

Click for a few tips for keeping your website and server secure.


04 July 2017

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.


04 July 2017

Reasons to Use a CDN

their geographic location. CDNs also provide protection from large surges in website traffic.

Here are 4 reasons that you may want to implement a CDN on your website.


03 July 2017

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.

We’ll have a call or meeting to confirm your needs and requirements. This will ensure that nothing gets missed and we deliver what’s expected. Regular communication is essential for the project running smoothly.


29 June 2017

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.

Review all headings, paragraphs, links, buttons and company contact details for correct spelling & grammar throughout the website.


26 June 2017

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.

The Google Trends graph shows the rapid increase in the PHP Laravel framework over the past 5 years.


12 June 2017

How to secure WordPress websites

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.

For example, 8% of hacks happened because of weak passwords. This is a easy and quick fix for anyone to do.

HandCoded design and build websites, but we also help with security and maintenance. In this brief blog post we'll explain a few methods of keeping WordPress CMS secure.


02 June 2017

SEO: Learn about Meta Descriptions

A meta description is a short HTML attribute found in the header of the webpage. It's usually 150 characters - including spaces - and displays under the title tag and link in search results. Search engines have limited space and aren’t capable of displaying long meta descriptions.

If all of this seems a minefield, don't panic. Contact Hand Coded to see how we can help grow your websites and improve your rankings on search engines.


31 May 2017