Blog posts written by Mike

To what extent is Brexit affecting our businesses?

To what extent is Brexit affecting our businesses?

Lets all just stay positive and keep busy with our own internal business improvements until a decision is made and we can all finally get on with our business lives!
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September 27, 2019
How green is IT

How green is IT

The industry is undergoing a dramatic growth spurt since the 2000 .com boom contributing about 0.3% of global CO2 emissions.
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July 11, 2019

Payment Service Directive AKA PSD2

Payment Service Directive AKA PSD2

Also known as the Payment Services Directive 1, it was a European Union directive designed to regulate payment services and payment service providers in all EU and EEA Member States.
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June 13, 2019
The importance of fresh content for your SEO

The importance of fresh content for your SEO

From the obvious like writing regular blog posts and articles to the not so usual like allowing comments on your pages it all goes towards making your site more popular in the eyes of the search engines.
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February 27, 2019
How speed affects your website

How speed affects your website

Google as well as the other search engines will take the loading speed of your site as a factor when ranking your website on their search engines.
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February 25, 2019
CYBERSECURITY But do you feel secure?

CYBERSECURITY But do you feel secure?

In a world with fast-growing advancements in technology (at an exponential rate) we find ourselves delving deep into the cavern of the cyber world.
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October 25, 2018
TRUSTPILOT RATING EXCELLENT!

TRUSTPILOT RATING EXCELLENT!

Excellent 5 star TrustPilot multi award wining website design company, covering Central and North London areas for over 19 years
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June 26, 2018
Magento vs Shopify

Magento vs Shopify

Choosing the right solution for your own business needs is a daunting process to say the least. Everyone will give you their own opinion, which does not necessarily reflect your price and expectations of your individual online vision. So here are some questions to consider before taking the plunge.
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June 18, 2018
Is your WordPress website GDPR compliant?

Is your WordPress website GDPR compliant?

Update your privacy policy page to include the latest requirements. Be sure to include a line stating that a user can request all of their personal data be removed/updated or a copy of what you hold on record a copy of which can be requested.
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May 22, 2018
What is an apprenticeship?

What is an apprenticeship?

Tired of being stuck in a classroom? What is an apprenticeship you ask? Not sure if university is the right option for you? Not to worry! If you are age 16 or over there is the fantastic opportunity of gaining quality, practical and on the job experience in the working sector of your choice WHILE […]
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July 25, 2016
Long, Lost Logo Lookalikes

Long, Lost Logo Lookalikes

As more and more companies are becoming popular, more logos are being designed in the process. This has lead to some strangely-similar logo designs. Similar looking logos have been spotted from the book “The Alphabet in Design: Trademarks and Symbols of the World” (published in the late 1980s) and gained popularity through social media such […]
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July 13, 2016
IconBuffet – Free Icons, Stock Icons, Custom Icon Design

IconBuffet – Free Icons, Stock Icons, Custom Icon Design

I was doing some spring cleaning in my folders and stumbled upon my old sets from iconbuffet, anyone remember iconbuffet? If not here is a brief explanation that was written after some research was done after the site died. …the once-popular social web site Iconbuffet.com dedicated to collecting and sharing web icons has been languishing […]
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June 7, 2016
45 Free fonts for graphic designers

45 Free fonts for graphic designers

This is another round-up of some of our current favourite free fonts. We present you with a nice and varied selection of free fonts. Including scripts, serifs, and a range of ligatures. These fonts will give you greater flexibility in your mockups, and add to your toolbox of typography. If you use them in a […]
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April 13, 2016
What’s it like to work within a web design team

What’s it like to work within a web design team

Webdezign is more than just a company that makes fancy webpages or complex systems.
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April 1, 2016
Websites with Free Stock Photos

Websites with Free Stock Photos

With cameras now being predominantly digital, everyone can take pictures and lots of people are happy to share those with others.
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November 27, 2015
Florian Csizmazia – das Junior Developer

Florian Csizmazia – das Junior Developer

Born in Vienna I started to develop my skills in web design and development in kindergarten. Building websites for Nike, Coca Cola and Starbucks at the age of five was not as thrilling as you might think and so I went for a bigger challenge...
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September 29, 2015
Using the new Google plus badges

Using the new Google plus badges

I just wanted to download the Google+ badges and update the graphic on my site, not become a developer or learn how to connect my facebook login with the google+ hangout...
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September 8, 2015
Peter Persiel – Our guy at SAP

Peter Persiel – Our guy at SAP

I’m Peter and I have worked for Webdezign in 2012 for about a month. My hometown Luneburg is located next to the lovely Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
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September 7, 2015
New responsive website launched… finally!

New responsive website launched… finally!

Building your own website when you are a web design company is like the mechanic who drives about in an old and battered car that is for ever being scheduled to be fixed up, but never does.
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August 11, 2015
Florian Malapel – le French Resistance

Florian Malapel – le French Resistance

I’m Florian Malapel, french dude born in the North of France in 1993, I always been interested by everything which concern computer science.
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July 24, 2015
Top 10 reasons why your web design should be responsive (RWD)

Top 10 reasons why your web design should be responsive (RWD)

If you have heard or read about responsive websites, but don’t believe that your site needs to be updated in this manner, you may be missing out.
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January 26, 2015
Magento E-commerce For Fashion Retailers

Magento E-commerce For Fashion Retailers

Industry experts are in agreement that Magento has the ability to save time, allow you to offer a more engaging service to your client and it can help your firm to save money, due to the open source nature of the platform.
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January 22, 2015
10 Mac Apps/Utility tools to help with web design and development + windows

10 Mac Apps/Utility tools to help with web design and development + windows

We all have our little gems that we use to save us time and minimise repetetive tasks in our day to day work.
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September 30, 2014
Matthias Knoll – Website Designer to Developer

Matthias Knoll – Website Designer to Developer

To finish my course I had to do a one term internship. I always wanted to live abroad and this was my chance. I sent out about a 150 applications for internships and as luck would have it, Mike Yan from Active Webdezign replied and offered me a place.
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September 26, 2014
Web designers in London

Web designers in London

Our team of web designers in London who founded Active Webdezign fifteen years ago have all been able to evolve and grow with the company thanks somewhat to its location.
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September 22, 2014
Ed The Intern doing work experience

Ed The Intern doing work experience

What happens when you have a London lad and three web designers in the office while the boss is away? We had Edward visit for work experience a few weeks ago and we tasked him with creating a promo video for webdezign.
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January 10, 2014
Zsolt Hari – The Hungry one

Zsolt Hari – The Hungry one

I am Zsolt from Hungary, and no I am not hungry. :) I worked in London for 6 months in 2007 as a junior programmer.
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September 27, 2013
Andreas Paech – The english student, AKAI

Andreas Paech – The english student, AKAI

My name is Andreas Paech. I was born in Berlin 1993, but grew up in the area of Lüneburg. I was (unfortunately) only in London for six weeks from March to Mid-April 2013.
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September 26, 2013
Lebinh Ngo – Our Food Taster

Lebinh Ngo – Our Food Taster

Hi I’m Lebinh Ngo, I am a multimedia designer born and raised in London. I have always been passionate about new media during my teens, mucking in and customising my social media pages. Creating fan sites, interactive CD roms...
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September 23, 2013
Alex Mardapittas – Our man in China

Alex Mardapittas – Our man in China

I'm Alexis Mardapittas. I worked at Webdezign for about 1yr? I've lost a lot of my memory since then. Editors note: that was in fairness all the way back in 2003-2004.
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September 20, 2013
Luke Williams – The Young Gun

Luke Williams – The Young Gun

I'm Luke Williams, a North London-er born and bred, and I first joined Active Webdezign on a two-week work experience placement in 2006 when I was 16. I'd been making websites since I was 11 so it made sense to pursue...
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September 13, 2013
What lies beyond Webdezign?

What lies beyond Webdezign?

I've decided to try and track down some of the web designers and web developers we have had at Webdezign over the years I've been here.
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September 12, 2013
How to Create an impressive WordPress Gallery on your site

How to Create an impressive WordPress Gallery on your site

Nowadays, there are countless websites out there ! Some websites clearly stand out and attract more and more visitors every day.
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August 5, 2013
How to setup your domain’s email in Gmail

How to setup your domain’s email in Gmail

We had a client in this afternoon who was wondering how to setup her email; hosted with ourselves, in some kind of email client. She found the webmail installed on the server hard to use, a very common complaint.
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July 12, 2013
Benefits of building your website in London

Benefits of building your website in London

It has been fifteen years since Active Webdezign opened its doors and modem connection to the world of the Internet. Being a web design company based in London, we were fortunate enough to have clients come to us for our services right from the word go.
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May 29, 2013
We use WordPress

We use WordPress

Wordpress is one of the biggest and most popular content management system in the world and it's available in 53 languages. It is an excellent software, initially made for blogging...
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November 16, 2012
We are utilising responsive design!

We are utilising responsive design!

Instead of creating a new website version for every different device that exists, we can work on making the information itself to be flexible and not the outside form of the website. That is where responsive architecture comes in...
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November 15, 2012
Browser stats, Chrome has overtaken IE

Browser stats, Chrome has overtaken IE

Chrome has overtaken Internet explorer (5+ I assume) as the most popular browser in the world, ending Internet Explorers 13 year domination of the market. And gladly, IE 6 is down to 6 percent worldwide.
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August 17, 2012
The stupid EU cookie law in 2½ minutes

The stupid EU cookie law in 2½ minutes

We have spoken about the new Cookie law in the past but today I stumbled upon a video by Oliver at Silktide explaining this problem in more detail.
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April 23, 2012
Internet Explorer has stopped working

Internet Explorer has stopped working

We had one of those days here in the office! As massive fans of the 'officespace' movie we used a picture of Milton. Please enjoy...
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March 1, 2012
Free ecommerce template using HTML5 and CSS3 animations

Free ecommerce template using HTML5 and CSS3 animations

Christmas is over but I thought we would give away a little something even though it is mid January. I've created an ecommerce template in HTML5 and implemented quite a few CSS3 animations.
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January 10, 2012
Form CSS Free download

Form CSS Free download

You know how you see all these great looking sleek UIs on websites giving away free PSDs.
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December 19, 2011
We are looking for a senior web developer in London

We are looking for a senior web developer in London

We are looking for a motivated developer to join our team. You will be working in a small team where you will get the opportunity to contribute beyond the boundaries of your role.
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November 14, 2011
Round navigation with overlapping CSS3 animations

Round navigation with overlapping CSS3 animations

I had some time to kill on friday afternoon so I decided to try if I could make a navigation that overlaps the neighbouring menu items.
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October 21, 2011
Steve Jobs RIP

Steve Jobs RIP

It has been a difficult year for all of us as it is, and to top it all up Steve Jobs the co-founder of Apple Macintosh computers and our hero of tech has this week passed away.
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October 7, 2011
How to fix position:absolute disappearing in ie

How to fix position:absolute disappearing in ie

If you've experienced this problem you are probably ready to pull your hair out. It is completely random, sometimes it disappears sometime it appears.
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September 2, 2011
Setting up an email account on your BlackBerry

Setting up an email account on your BlackBerry

The process of setting up an email account on your Blackberry is fairly easy.
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July 7, 2011
New cookie laws un-realistic within grace period

New cookie laws un-realistic within grace period

The 25th of May marks what could be a major turning point of the internet's privacy laws. This may change the way websites are developed forever.
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May 31, 2011
20 great free fonts, not the usual suspects

20 great free fonts, not the usual suspects

There is a myriad of great free fonts out there, we've all heard of League Gothic and Museo, but I wanted to list a few fonts that you may have missed.
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December 22, 2010
Webdezign joins the Annual Design Awards

Webdezign joins the Annual Design Awards

When we were approached to join the Annual Design Awards by it's founder, we were delighted. These awards are truly a salute to originality, inspiration and excellence.
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November 4, 2010
Default search in Chrome – how to setup

Default search in Chrome – how to setup

We are not quite sure how you lost them in the first place but Mike managed to do so. So we thought someone else might misplace them and need some help.
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September 16, 2010
The Internet has 234 Million websites, Dec 2009

The Internet has 234 Million websites, Dec 2009

Put simply, if you are not online: You are most definetely missing out on potential clients/customers. Here is a video showing you the state of the internet (and this is 6 months ago):
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June 22, 2010
Google looked different this morning (testing)

Google looked different this morning (testing)

As most of you will know, Google actively A/B tests a multitude of elements and pages at any given time. So why this blog post you ask, well lately I've been seing quite big changes, including the new logo.
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April 20, 2010
The common fonts of the web and why we use them

The common fonts of the web and why we use them

If your computer and browser does not support Verdana it will try and use Arial, if there is no support it will try Helvetica and if all else fails it will use your computers default sans serif font.
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March 30, 2010
YouTube is down – OMG

YouTube is down – OMG

It was a big shock, but somewhat of a sobering revelation to see that YouTube website was down this morning.
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March 25, 2010
Free wordpress 2.9 theme – Bright lemon

Free wordpress 2.9 theme – Bright lemon

Bright Lemon is a free template to use with the open source blog WordPress.
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March 5, 2010
Google to phase out support for IE6

Google to phase out support for IE6

rom the 1st of March 2010 Google are to phase out support for the Internet explorer 6, the so called week link in recent cyber attacks that compromised the Google itself.
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February 3, 2010
Free download – Glossy PSD buttons

Free download – Glossy PSD buttons

We thought we would give away some free glassy buttons! They are made using Photoshop and each button is made up from 2 layers and a text-layer above, each in it's own group.
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January 28, 2010
Free HTML5 template

Free HTML5 template

I've been playing around with some of the new HTML5 elements and ended up with a little template that I thought I would give away.
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January 10, 2010
Google is A/B testing image search

Google is A/B testing image search

We have mentioned google A/B testing their homepage in the past and today we noticed they are up to exciting things on the image search page.
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November 12, 2009
Launch of the all new Back2 ecommerce website

Launch of the all new Back2 ecommerce website

We are proud to announce the most recent launch of the long established central London based ergonomic furniture company Back2.
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November 5, 2009
Google robots.txt defends itself on Halloween

Google robots.txt defends itself on Halloween

Google has decided to add 3 lines into their robots.txt this Halloween
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October 31, 2009
(Yahoo) You nailed it, just a few tiny changes

(Yahoo) You nailed it, just a few tiny changes

Yes we are fully aware that this is viral marketing promoting Yahoo and it's brand, but to be honest; we don't care. This is to spot on not to share with you guys.
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October 29, 2009
Google is A/B testing their homepage

Google is A/B testing their homepage

A few days ago we read about how google was experimenting with their homepage again.
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October 7, 2009
Google Chrome Themes by famous designers

Google Chrome Themes by famous designers

The increasingly popular browser Google Chrome (3.0.195.3 and above only) has just launched a number of themes for their users.
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October 6, 2009
Pro bono work for local charity

Pro bono work for local charity

Our London based web design and development team at Active Webdezign ltd. have been working hard on a charity website that we have donated to theWingate and Finchley football club as part of an ongoing commitment to help out local charities in need.
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September 3, 2009
Table Less Design is not the future it’s the past keep up!

Table Less Design is not the future it’s the past keep up!

In the world of web design, things have changed drastically since the early days of the internet when the online world was the exclusive property of coders and geeks alike. In those days, the aesthetic and graphical qualities of a website were a distant second in the hearts and minds of web users to the […]
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August 30, 2009
Team building day at the Go-Kart track

Team building day at the Go-Kart track

The summer has once again finaly arrived without any sign of a heatwave, but that can be expected in the UK, it's not unusual. Following a stronger 3rd quarter of trading we decided to treat ourselves with a day at the race track in Brewtwood.
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August 20, 2009
Cameron calls Twitts Twats, but what exactly was he implying?

Cameron calls Twitts Twats, but what exactly was he implying?

What a fiasco..>!! David Cameron made a remark, which backfired on him.... Twat! (can i say that?)
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July 30, 2009
Broadband speeds not up to the mark?

Broadband speeds not up to the mark?

It has finally emerged publicly that the speed at which our broadband connections actually operate at, compared with what we are actually paying for, is almost 50% slower on average.
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July 29, 2009
Reading Glasses Direct Launched

Reading Glasses Direct Launched

We recently embarked on an e-commerce project of our own, setting out to prove to ourselves that you can create a successful online retail website from just an idea, hard work and dedication.
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July 23, 2009
Logo not looking the same on screen?

Logo not looking the same on screen?

No matter how happy you are with the colours and design of your company logo, when it comes to displaying it on screen or printing it out you will always find yourself at the mercy of technology. Unfortunately computers cannot see as humans do, and can only function in a mathematical rather than a logical […]
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July 6, 2009
Should I change my browser from Internet Explorer IE 6?

Should I change my browser from Internet Explorer IE 6?

Internet Explorer IE is one of the oldest and best known web browsers in the world. This is largely thanks to the popularity of Microsoft software in general and the Windows operating system in particular, with which various versions of  IE have been associated for years. However IE6, which was released in 2001 to coincide […]
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June 13, 2009
sIFR and What it Is

sIFR and What it Is

Update: sIFR is a thing of the past, see @sifr for more info. As broadband continues to improve, the internet is becoming ever more a multimedia platform. However, most commercial sites rely primarily on pure text in order to get the message across to users and search engines alike. Such text-based communication has its limitations, […]
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June 1, 2009
Team building extravanganza – crocodile burger BBQ and poker

Team building extravanganza – crocodile burger BBQ and poker

This Friday we gathered the troops of webzign and invited some of our friends over for a barbeque and poker evening at the office. All went well until our barbeque captain went to answer the phone...
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May 11, 2009
How do I optimise images for Google?

How do I optimise images for Google?

“How do I optimise images” you ask. For companies with an online presence, attracting site visitors is largely about achieving the highest possible ranking position in search engine results through search engine optimisation (SEO). The classic trick of keyword management on-page is but the tip of the iceberg in the evolving world of search engine […]
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May 2, 2009
Safe Typography on the Web

Safe Typography on the Web

Lets have a a talk about Typography on the Web. We have all seen websites that look as though they were created by someone with no sense of colour and on which some if not all of the text is barely legible. Most of us tend to spend very little time on such sites, hitting […]
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April 30, 2009
Website hosting in London

Website hosting in London

The Webdezign policy on hosting for our clients websites has always been to achieve the highest standard available in the market. Offering safe, reliable and up to date hosting co-located inside the most up do date facilities.
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March 14, 2009
Spam spam spam and more spam, where does it come from?

Spam spam spam and more spam, where does it come from?

Spam Spam Spam and Spam... the only encounter I had of that phrase in past years was the famous Monty Python sketch (I have added the video below for fun and for those of you who have never seen it).
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March 12, 2009
So you got a creative brief, now what

So you got a creative brief, now what

We know it can seem a bit daunting with some of the questions but this process should be fun, and if you do it correctly; it really will be. We promise!
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March 3, 2009
Arbras Gallery new ecommerce development project

Arbras Gallery new ecommerce development project

Webdezign are proud to have been chosen to take on the new ecommerce and web design project for one of our oldest returning clients.
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February 26, 2009
Domain Privacy Protection

Domain Privacy Protection

Some people who own a domain name may already be aware that their personal details are openly available via the who-is database of domain registrants (e.g. www.whois-search.com). This is quite a worrying thought...
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January 29, 2009
Webdezign launches website 2.0.1

Webdezign launches website 2.0.1

The team at Webdezign have been very busy building new websites for our clients during 2008. It was only down to the determination of the guys to use their own scarce moments of spare time, that we finally managed to go live on Thursday the 9th of January at around midnight.
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January 9, 2009
How big is the Pie?

How big is the Pie?

Online retail sales to reach £25.5 Billion Pounds in 2009 With a recession looming the general consensus of opinion is ecommerce will benefit rather than be impacted by the recession.
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December 23, 2008
BetterJPEG Tutorial

BetterJPEG Tutorial

Welcome to our series of tutorials on using the BetterJPEG software. Here you'll learn how to resize, crop and watermark images, as well as performing these operation in batch.
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November 4, 2008
Outlook Express: Setting up your email client on a PC

Outlook Express: Setting up your email client on a PC

Follow the step by step guide on how to set up Outlook Express to use an existing email address:
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October 16, 2008
Setting up a POP3 account in Outlook 2007 on Windows XP

Setting up a POP3 account in Outlook 2007 on Windows XP

Our quick guide shows you how you can use the Outlook Express application to access an existing email address. This means you can keep organised using Outlook Express's calendar and contact list, but your clients can contact you via your personalised address.
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Outlook 2002-2003: Setting up a POP email account

Outlook 2002-2003: Setting up a POP email account

This following article describes how to set up a POP email account for BT Business Email in Outlook 2002/2003
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How to resize your images using PIXresizer

How to resize your images using PIXresizer

Follow our step-by-step guide to resize images in bulk using the free software, PIXresizer. It's so easy that, whether you're a technical wizard or an online novice, you'll find it simple to resize all your images at once to fit your site.
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August 28, 2008
Anoushka G e-commerce site launched

Anoushka G e-commerce site launched

As one of our most established clients, Anoushka G knew from experience that they could rely on Active Webdezign to revamp their website. After all, they instructed us to develop everything from their logo design to their brochures when they were starting out.
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July 17, 2008
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