A good web design brief

A website can mean many things to many people and will need to achieve different goals for different business needs. It’s vitally important, when you first contact a web design company, that you have some kind of brief, even if that brief is just a few business goals you’d like to fulfil. We get a lot of calls and emails from people that ask us one simple question - how much will it cost to build me a website? To fully understand the scope of this question let’s compare it...[ read more ]

Web design with ROI

Why do I need a website, surely it’s just money I don’t need to spend when times are hard? This is a comment we hear a lot, especially in these times of austerity, but your website should make you money, not loose you money. A while ago we built a website for an IFA in Hampshire called Protection & investment Ltd. They had an old, not so well designed website with a lot of very technical IFA text that wasn’t very customer friendly. The goal was to create a new...[ read more ]

The Apple App Store

It’s been coming for a while but last week the new apple app store finally arrived. Will it change the face of applications and the way we buy software...maybe. The ease of buying apps on the iPhone and iPad has now come to the desktop and with it it has brought a wealth of good design. Just look at some of the top categories in the store and you can see many well designed icons, some amazing UI design and beautifully crafted interfaces. When you have so many apps in...[ read more ]

New year, new website

While your feeling fresh and full of energy for the new year ahead why not think about extending some of that energy to your website. Websites can become tired, no matter how good the web design, and we all benefit from a little reinvigoration from time to time. A rethink of your main goals in life, a renewed enthusiasm for becoming a lean mean fighting machine, the thought of trimming down and sprucing up your image, all these thoughts of self improvement for the coming year can also be attributed...[ read more ]

Happy New Year!

A happy New Year to all our clients from kc web design ltd. We hope it’s a cracking year for all of you!

Improve your website in 30 mins

Take 30 mins out of your busy day, grab a pen and a piece of paper, pop the kettle on and sit down in front of your website. Chances are you may not have done that for a while so get your pen ready and start using your site as one of your users. As you’re browsing your site think about your users and try and do what they would do. Keep that pen handy and every time you get stuck, can’t find a link, don’t know what to do...[ read more ]

Is wikileaks a good website?

Ignore the media frenzy and what you actually have is a website that delivers important content pretty well. It’s all about information - it has nothing to sell, it doesn’t need to get you registering or leaving your details for anything and you don’t download anything. It’s all about the content. As a website it does do what it’s supposed to do very well. When you get to the site you know it’s Wikileaks, the logo is prominent and the page is well laid out. As a user you’ve visited...[ read more ]

Working with Offersthebest

kc web design ltd are proud to be helping OffersTheBEST.com launch their new service. We haven’t been along for the whole journey but we have worked hard with them to get the website ready for their launch day. OffersTheBEST.com came to kc web design as a local Kent business based in Canterbury. They needed a proactive web design company to take over the final stages of building and completing the website to get it ready for a specific launch day on 13th December. We’ve worked hard with OffersTheBEST.com over the...[ read more ]

UK snow effects retail sales

UK High Street sales were dented by the cold snap last week, research suggests. The impact was worst mid-week, when shopper numbers dropped 12-17%, according to research firm Experian. But don’t let retail high street sales get you down, online sales are rocketing with one million in sales being spent online in a single minute during cyber Monday last week. With the lead up to Xmas now in full swing it pays to make sure your website is up to date, looking good and working at full steam. When millions...[ read more ]

Web design for Kent businesses

Kc web design Ltd can supply new start-up business’s in Kent with a website for as little as £500 + vat. A simple 5 page website to get you started on the web that will give you a professionally designed web presence won’t cost you as much as you think. If you’re just getting your business started in Kent and need to get your brand online then kc web design can offer a uniquely designed website for only £500 + vat. If you need ecommerce or something a little more...[ read more ]

How much is an ecommerce website?

A question we get asked a lot is “How much does an ecommerce website cost?”. It’s not an easy question but we do have an answer. To get you started in the world of ecommerce kc web design can offer an entry/mid level ecommerce system that includes a CMS backend system to manage products and orders and a front end, uniquely designed with your own web design by us to fit with your brand, that includes features such as cross-selling, wish lists, user ratings and comments, full payment systems including...[ read more ]

PHP guru wanted

Do you have a nerd like passion for coding PHP? Do you know Codeignitor and other PHP frameworks inside out? Can you write perfect hand-written, well commented code and work well with stropy web designers? If you can then we’re looking for you. If you think you’d like to work as part of a small web design studio near Canterbury on a freelance basis then please send us your CV with some examples of websites you’ve developed and a recent example of a page of your best PHP code. Send...[ read more ]

Is your website inaccessible?

A campaign by ‘Fix the Web’ has launched aimed at improving the online experience for people with disabilities. There are an estimated six million disabled and older users in the UK but many sites continue to cause problems. Common issues that arise when disabled users surf the web include: • sites which are incompatible with screen readers • text that is difficult to read • websites that prohibit access for non-mouse users • over-fussy and distracting layouts. Communications minister Ed Vaizey said… A successful digital economy can only be achieved...[ read more ]

Taking control of your website

Gone are the days of web design companies designing websites, handing them over and then charging monthly fees for updating content. If you’re still being charged for content updates then it’s time to think again about taking control of your own website. With good web design comes great responsibility. We have to make sure your brand is represented properly, that your users can achieve the tasks they need to without error or frustration, we have to make sure every part of the site works and behaves as needed to achieve...[ read more ]

Consultancy Clinics

Over the next few months we’re thinking about starting some consultancy clinics. These clinics will be aimed to help local businesses in Kent evaluate their website strategy. Its all very well and good having a website. Everyone has one and so should you. But, your website should be working for your business, it should be bringing in leads or generating revenue. Our consultancy clinics will provide and environment for you to sit down with a web design professional and talk about your website, find out how it could be improved...[ read more ]

UK internet economy worth billions

The internet is worth £100bn a year to the UK economy, a study has concluded. The research, which was commissioned by Google, found that the internet accounts for 7.2% of the UK’s gross domestic product (GDP). The UK, according to the report, is the world’s leading nation for e-commerce. For every £1 spent online to import goods, £2.80 is exported. This is a huge market and something that should not be ignored by small businesses. Even a small e-commerce site, done in the right way for your target market, can...[ read more ]

The importance of redesign

Yahoo Mail is getting its biggest redesign since 2005 to make it a message hub for its 279 million users. Top brands like Yahoo understand the importance of good web design and how it can have a huge impact on your brand and your users perception of your brand, especially in tough markets. When competition is tough its hard to stay in front but a redesign of your website could make all the difference. With good web design a change of look and feel can revitalise a website or brand...[ read more ]

Don’t let your website do nothing

In tough times your website can be a real life-line. Compared to the costs of staff the costs of maintaining a website are minimal. A website can be made to work hard 24 hrs a day and reach customers all over the world if needed. If you have a web presence, make sure your website is working as hard a possible for you. If its just a brochure site and only shows what you do then adapt it and turn it into a lead generator. Adding some clear call to...[ read more ]

Over 2 billion users online

According to a report from the International Telecommunications Union, one third of the world’s population will be online by the end of this year. The report suggests that 71% of people in western countries will be online by the end of 2010. So lets just think about that in terms of the UK. The UK has roughly 61 million residents so about 70% of that would be roughly 42 million give or take a few hundred thousand. In this country alone theres a market place with 42 million users. Thats...[ read more ]

Web design in Kent

At kc web design we work with all sorts of different companies from global blue chip to the local village community site and multi-million pound ecommerce sites to small Wordpress blogs and everything in-between. Being an internet based web design company means we can do business all over the country, in fact we work with companies all over the world, but theres nothing more important than helping local businesses get started on the web. Since we relocated to Kent from Oxford a few years ago we’ve helped all sorts of...[ read more ]