It’s a strange thing, but in this business (the software/web development business), one of the bizarre side effects is that you get to see the working details of a myriad of different business types. Sometimes this can be less than inspiring, sometimes it’s amazing… and sometimes it’s just, well… unexpected.
Recently, we were lucky enough to be invited to Young People’s Trust For the Environment’s official website launch in London at the Houses of Parliament. After developing the new site for YPTE they wanted to do an official launch of their new website and invited Tim and Sam along to the event. Other guests at the event included YPTE presidents such as Steve Backshall, Jessica Morden MP and Dan Byles MP.
Data has been transmitted over distances via non-electronic means since the beginning of communication, be it smoke signals, beacons, reflected light or flags. It wasn’t until 1791 that the first successful semaphore network was invented by Frenchman Claude Chappe, transmiting the message “si vous réussissez, vous serez bientôt couverts de gloire” (If you succeed, you will soon bask in glory) between Brulon and Parce, a distance of nearly 10 miles.
However, the real game changer was electricity – the early 1800s saw various experiments and trials using electrical telegraphs but it wasn’t until 1844 when Samuel Morse sent the message “WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT” from the Capitol in Washington to the old Mt. Clare Depot in Baltimore that the idea of long distance or even global communications became a real possibility. The overland telegraph connected the west coast of the United States to the east coast by 24 October 1861, bringing an end to the Pony Express. Continue reading
We have recently developed a new website and property management system for Woodstock Suites. Woodstock Suites wanted not just a website but also a system that customers can go onto, view properties, find available dates, book and pay for their stay.
The system is a bespoke ‘Ruby on Rails’ application, it takes advantage of the latest technologies and recent advancements in search engine optimisation to be able to give visitors a fast, fluid experience whilst giving excellent search engine rankings.
We gave the website a simple design giving it a clean modern feel and leaving room to add additional properties without having to redesign the whole site. The website is also responsive so works well on any device.
We have just launched a new website for Young People’s Trust For The Environment (YPTE). YPTE are a charity that aim to encourage young people’s understanding of the environment and the need for sustainability. The YPTE website is a high traffic website used by thousands of people everyday. The site has hundreds of factsheets and learning resources for children, teenagers, teachers and parents, the resources cover everything from animals to environmental issues.
When we were approached by YPTE we wanted to come up with a clean and simple design that could easily be used by various users and age groups across a multitude of devices. The website is responsive therefore it adapts to the device that the user is viewing it on whether is is a desktop computer, tablet or mobile, helping to make YPTE’s learning resources very accessible.
Here at Ziontech we are once again supporting pupils from local schools in completing their work experience with us. During their time with us they will first come up with an idea of a topic for their website. They will then come up with the site content and complete some HTML and CSS tutorials before going on to code their own website.
Last week we were lucky to have Laura Cairns from Sturminster Newton High School completing her work experience with us. She decided to produce a website on a band she liked. With little past experience in web development, Laura managed to produce this very impressive website in just a week:
To view the website click here.
Today, June 10th 2014, sees the launch of a new domain for UK customers. The ‘.uk’ domain name is now available and will prove an additional benefit for people searching for online businesses or retailers specifically in the UK. Plus it leads to shorter domain names as a whole!
We are very pleased to announce that, as Google Partners Ziontech now have three certified individuals! After passing the Fundamentals Exam back in February, last week Steph went on to pass the Search Advanced Exam, with a score of 83%. She is now the third certified member of the Ziontech team, along with Rachel and Tim. To become a qualified individual you need to pass two of the Google Adwords exams, the fundamentals exam and one of two advanced exams. Steph, Rachel and Tim have all taken and passed the Fundamentals and Search Advanced Exam with Tim also having passed the Display Advertising Exam. Continue reading
Here at Ziontech, we have recently been reviewing the traffic and performance of our client’s websites. The most interesting thing we noticed in doing this review was the massive increase we saw in mobile traffic to these websites. Over the past few years the percentage of people using mobile devices as opposed to desktop computers to browse the web has risen by a significant amount and is continuing to rise. This was also reflected in our review, every single website saw an increase in the amount people viewing it on a mobile device some with mobile traffic taking up a large percentage of the website’s overall traffic, with an enormous increase of more than 100% over the past year!
With the use of mobile to browse the web constantly on the rise, more and more websites are being designed to adapt to the device they are being viewed on. You may feel that your website works fine on your mobile device and in terms of functionality, it probably does. However, what we also saw and found very interesting during our review was that, although the websites do still work on mobile, the user did not stay on the site for long or immediately left if it did not take well to being viewed on a mobile device. If a user visits your website and it doesn’t look as they would expect it to or if it’s not very user friendly because they have to zoom in to read text they will often leave or find another website and it’s unlikely that they will return. It is important that once a user visits your site that they don’t immediately leave. Continue reading