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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

3 Web Trends for 2017

The web has changed a lot since it's inception in 1989. Outlined below are some trends that Hand Coded have spotted in 2017.

Sharing data is one of the web's strongest assets, and should be encouraged wherever possible. Google supports the open web with it's new project called Take Action.

Web developers need to think outside of the normal web browser and prepare for devices without screens.


26 May 2017

What's so good about WordPress?

Did you know that WordPress powers more than 24% of the web (source). In this article, we have compiled a few reasons why you should use WordPress for your website.

You can use WordPress to create a simple blog, and it also allows you to create fully functional websites. It's used by top brands such as Time Magazine, Google, LinkedIn, Sony, Disney, The New York Times, CNN and more.


24 May 2017

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.

Read 10 interesting statistics about Search Engine Optimisation.


23 May 2017