Backup key

If Ashley Madison can get hacked, any site can.  It just happened here and it wasn’t pretty. Thankfully, I’d backed up the database and files very recently but while it didn’t take too long to fix, it was a real pain.

Some quick tips for WordPress:
1. Make sure your WordPress version is up to date
2. Update all your plugins
3. Back up your files and database regularly
4. Use strong passwords
5. Install a firewall plugin and scan your WordPress site for problems.

Get in touch for more info or help with backing up your website.

EK Web design domains

Domain extensions

In general, if your business is based in the UK and only serves UK customers, try and choose a domain name. If you feel you want to protect your brand, you can also register the .com alternative and redirect any traffic to the UK version.

There are, of course, all sorts of extensions available now. Apart from the generic names – for example .me for personal sites and .org for non-profit organisation website there are a whole host of funky new top level domains. Whether you’d want to use names like, or is debatable at this stage and the search engine results are uncertain at this stage. If you already own the generic .com or name it can’t hurt to register an alternative if it’s close to your business type but remember the renewal costs add up if you own a few domains.

Typically a domain name with a extension is around £7, and the .com is just under £22 for 2 years (exc VAT). If you are thinking about registering a new domain soon, head over to 123-reg and use the discount code COAFF123 for 10% off domains and COMAFF123 for 10% off .com domains.

10% off .CO.UK domains Use discount code: COAFF123
10% off .COM domains at 123-reg discount code COMAFF123

What’s in a name (a domain name that is)?

It’s all very well saying big brands like Amazon, Ebay and MacDonalds have brand names that are easily identified but things have changed a lot since they were registered and if you’re starting out it’s a better idea to choose something related to what you do. Unless you have a huge marketing budget, pick a domain name that reflects the company or products you’re representing.

Make it easy to remember

Long tail website names that are hard to spell are not going to bring you visitors, so don’t choose something like Shorter names will be easier for potential customers to remember, especially by word of mouth, and while multiple hyphens may not affect search engine optimisation they might be considered spammy. It’s also worth remembering that your domain emails would be too long, harder to type and certainly not memorable.

Grab your ideal name now

Various clients over the years have asked me to register domain names for their new business and find that they’re not available. As long as you don’t infringe any trademarks, there are clever ways to get round this. If you want to call your company Glasgow Tickets and the domain name isn’t available, try
Domain registration examples

Get in touch for more information on domain registration, setting up an account and arranging hosting for your website.

With the recent rollout of Windows 10, there’s a big debate about whether to jump on the free upgrade or stay with your current operating system. Having avoided Win 8.1 altogether, I’m sticking with Win 7 at the moment, at least until the major bugs are ironed out, but I believe 8.1 users might find the upgrade a big advantage.

According to Microsoft “It’s the Windows you know, only better” and “Windows 10 is familiar and easy to use, with lots of similarities to Windows 7 including the Start menu”. win10-screen

The good news is the free Windows 10 upgrade is valid for a year, so if you’re in any doubt, hang off until it’s been rolled out for a while longer.

domain names

You can register a domain name for under £10 and a .com for around £25, but what if you had picked up a name when one-word urls were easy to come by? You could be making a fortune now!

These website domains – Most expensive domain names – have been sold for anywhere from $1.2 million to $13 million, so if you have registered anything like, or over the years and don’t need them any more, now is the time to sell.

Back in the real world, grab your business domain name at or get in touch if you need help setting up your website.

“Starting 21 April 2015, Google Search will be expanding its use of mobile friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in Google Search results. Users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results optimised for their devices.”

Test your site here (opens a new window)

Get in touch if you’d like help to redesign your website to include a responsive layout, for mobiles, tablets and desktops and everything in between.

Google mobile friendly test

EK Website design hosting offer

Save £200 with free website hosting and website maintenance from EK Web.
Applies to the basic hosting & maintenance package for this first year (normally £20 per month or £200 per year).

Or £200 off any of the Silver, Gold and E-commerce maintenance packages for the first year.
Website hosting and maintenance packages are only offered with web design services. Please see Website Management for more details or get in touch.

Offer runs from 15h July 2015 to 14th August 2015.

I have a love/hate relationship with Google, so tend to be logged out of everything when I’m working away. But today I hadn’t done that and after a quick break returned to the search page to find this:

Google doodle birthday

You learn something new every day, even if it’s useless like this wee snippet of information. There was me thinking Google didn’t care either!

The new site is nearly ready and will not only have full details of web design and maintenance packages, there will be a big special offer too!