We Are Moving!!

Matt Porter Web Design, Columba House, Adastral Park, Ipswich, IP5 3RE

Matt Porter Web Design, Columba House, Adastral Park, Ipswich, IP5 3RE

We are delighted to announce our imminent move to our new office at Adastral Park in Ipswich.

Adastral Park provides the ideal base for our business and will enable us to provide even better services whilst taking advantage of the superior communications offered on the Campus.

Please ensure you let us know you are coming in advance of dropping in as we need to inform reception. When you arrive, you should park in the visitors car park and then go to reception, they will issue you with a temporary pass and let us know you have arrived. Please tell the reception if you are unsure where to go.

We look forward to seeing you there from the 1st of March 2015.

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Hosting Security Update

Today we have reconfigured our servers to block all traffic who’s traffic returns China as their geographic point of origin. I took this decision because every single day our server reports malicious hacking attempts (which we consequently block) from addresses in China. Whilst this is not anything close to a fully fledged cyber war (as the media would like it reported), I would rather not have my inbox filled up with these notifications. We also receive a high number from Russia and Iran, so for safety sake I have also blocked these addresses too.

I decided on this action to protect both my own and my customers websites and emails.

I may also be of interest to note, that some clients had already requested, and consequently implemented on a ‘site only’ basis.

Matt Porter

Managing Director

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The importance of Smartphone friendly websites

Smartphone web sitesAs of the end of 2012, there were 83 million mobile phones in use in the United Kingdom, of these 60% are Smartphones!! That’s roughly 50 million smartphones.

Most of these 50 million people are using their phones for Social Networks, Youtube and email. 5 years ago most business mobile users would be carrying a Blackberry, popular because they easily (sic) integrated with their corporate email systems.

Now, with the advent of the iPhone and current explosion of Android handsets, businesses are now migrating away from Blackberry and moving into using business strength Smartphones.

The Smartphone is not really a new idea, they have been around in the form of a device that could surf the internet and had a colour screen since around 2002. At this time Microsoft quickly dominated the market with Windows Mobile devices. Some were PDA’s with phone capabilities and others with ‘candy bars’ with small screens. Most devices used ‘resistive’ touch screens which required pressure in the form of a stylus. Although useable, these devices attempted to bring a desktop experience to a tiny screen, coupled with poor data connection speeds and expensive data plans, surfing the internet was not really a serious proposition.

Since 2007 mobile internet use has literally exploded. Screens are now ‘capacitive’, which means you don’t have to apply pressure as they work from the electrical current your body generates. The screens themselves have got bigger, brighter and as high definition as your HD TV at home. Along with the hardward improvements, the software experience has become simple and intuitive, so much so that Windows 8 for PC’s actually takes the smartphone experience to the desktop!!! Full circle!

Along with these improvements, data speeds are now in some cases faster than home broadband connections, so finally we can surf on our phones and tablets quickly and simply.

So where does that leave your websites? Well, more and more of your potential customers are finding your website via the search engines, social networks and QR Codes. But what happens when they arrive on your site? Well one of four things is likely to happen:-

1) Your website is displayed in its original form, as intended on full size screen. It works, but it’s going to be difficult to navigate that text, buttons and links that have been miniaturised to fit on your screen. It looks ‘ok’, but could be better.

2) You have paid a company to provide you with a ‘mobile friendly’ microsite. This site scrapes your content from your main site, but it doesn’t always work AND you have paid twice AND you now have to manage TWO websites.

3) Your website was constructed some time ago and might not adhere to web standards. The result is bad publicity for your company as it simply fails to display anything worthwhile.

4) Your website was built using a ‘Responsive’ design. It gracefully and intelligently scales to fit whatever device it is opened on. All the information is there in a readable form. The search engines LOVE it because it adheres to all web standards and your potential customers will love it too. You spend less time maintaining the content, because you only have to do it in ONE place.

So, which solution is ideal? Well option 1 and 2 are going to do the job, but option 4 is what you should be aiming at.

If you would like to discuss making your website Responsive, give me a call on 01473 272002

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Free SEO and Ranking Reports

Have you ever wondered how well your web site really does rank?

Well now you can find out.

Just enter your web site details, the word or phrase you are looking to be found on the internet and we will produce you two free search reports.

1) Ranking Check

We will provide you with a report detailing your place with the top 10 on Google (UK), Bing (UK) and Yahoo (UK).

2) Optimisation Check

We will provide you a report on what steps need to be taken in order to improve your ranking on Google (UK).

Simply provide us with your search term or phrase and your website address.

The reports will be emailed to you in PDF format. Please note this will normally be within 24 hours of your request, but is dependent on our workload.

Important: We will only provide one set of reports per email. Further reports will be chargeable. We reserve the right not to produce the reports. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at ANY time.

By using this service, you agree to these conditions.

 

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Now Rated #1 on Google

Web Design IpswichFront page Google results are absolutely fundamental for businesses trading on the internet today. We have helped many of our customers attain first page results on Google.co.uk and Bing.co.uk.

It therefore follows that we should be achieving first page results for our own website. We have proudly demonstrated this fact with a variety of specific keywords in the past and now are proud to announce that we hold the Number One spot on Google.co.uk for the search phrase ‘Web Designers Ipswich’.

It is very important that we can in effect ‘practice what we preach’, and by hitting number one, we feel we can honestly demonstrate this.

If you are looking to achieve ‘lasting’ search engine results for your business, speak to MPWD today!!

Either email us or call us on 01473 272002.

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Welcome to 2013 from Matt Porter Web Design Limited

Website Design Ipswich - MPWD Limited. Covering Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and LondonThis year is the 10th Anniversary of Matt Porter Web Design, the years have simply flown by, I can’t quite believe I switched on my brand new computer on 7th January 2003 and my new business was born!!

Much has changed with web technology over the last 10 years, who would have imagined we would be SO connected to the internet? Our reliance stretches into all areas of business and life, it’s certainly been quite a ride!

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we have rebuilt our company website, take a look and let me know what you think.

We also have a new page on our website, it’s called Customer Reviews.

It’s there for you to tell potential customers of Matt Porter Web Design what a wonderful service we have provided you.

To write your review, click here. Please note we may edit your review in order for it to fit with the space provided

If you have any questions regarding your current website or proposed future projects, please call me on 01473 272002

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