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Well... next week is shaping up to be an exciting week with my BNI Chapter, Lynnovation meeting up again in the real world since the start of the pandemic. We've been meeting weekly on zoom for help, support and of course the referals for pretty much 2 years now and personally I can't wait to get back in person!

A very special thanks to "Andy (the only printer I'll ever need) Hoare" of aj-print.co.uk for your services producing the new DayBuild® Websites banner which I'm sure will wow both members and visitors alike.

...and as if that wasn't enough, I will be presenting "It’s Domain Event!" where you can learn about how on earth a website can be built in just a single day while shedding light on domains, hosting and SSL certificates.

Our next meeting will be on Friday the 4th February at St John's Church in the Walks, King's Lynn at 09:30am, if you want to attend the presentation, and you're interested how referral networking can help your business just email hello@daybuild.website and I'll be happy to arrange a personal VIP visit.

According to Wikipedia: "Rome wasn't built in a day" is an adage attesting to the need for time to create great things. It is the usual English translation of a medieval French phrase, Rome ne fu[t] pas faite toute en un jour, from the collection Li Proverbe au Vilain, published around 1190.[1] The modern French form is «Rome ne s'est pas faite en un jour».

The problem with conventional webdesign methods

For many years this adage was too the case for website design, indeed when building you a website your webdesigner will be invariably spinning many plates at once. The customer will often think in terms of just what's on "that page" at "that time" whereas your webdesigner will be thinking "how will this work with the rest of the site?", "how will this look on a mobile device?", "will this page load fast enough?". The symbiosis between webdesigner and client when building a website would often fall in to a plethora of miscommunication via email and phone due to this common misalignment of goals and objectives.

Wouldn't it be easier to build a website together?

It seems so obvious to me now, after building websites in a single day since 2018, that clients simply prefer it that way. The proverbial "left-a-bit, right-a-bit" is so indicative to web designer and client working together as a team, web designers know websites and clients know their businesses.

Brexit freight ferry firm appears all geared up – to deliver pizzas

You may remember the story in the Guardian from early 2019 where the “startup” company hired to operate extra ferries as part of no-deal Brexit planning had no ships and furthermore had terms and conditions from a fast food delivery firm on their website (https://www.theguardian.com/..), this was obviously a case of temporary content being copy and pasted on to that page and subsequently being overlooked during proof reading. The scary thing is that this happens all the time!

Now I'm not saying you should watch your webdesigner like a hawk just in case they make a similar mistake, far from it, trust in their experience, it's what they do, I'm just advocating a partnership between web designer and client.

Ok ...so can we get back to building Rome in a day?

So we've all now learnt the phrase "Rome ne fu[t] pas faite toute en un jour" was the medieval French phrase for "Rome wasn't built in a day" and that building a website with your website designer is so much more productive than when you both go it alone, and in summary less confusion and miscommunication leads to more speed and thus the DayBuild® Website becomes just the obvious way to build a website.

Websites from 1999

The year was 1999, Floppy disks were king, DayBuild® Website's Marc Simmons was building websites using nothing more than HTML, Windows Notepad and Internet Explorer 5.0. These websites were built offline using tables (not DIVs and CSS like today) and then uploaded over FTP using 2 ISDN lines at a whopping 128 Kbps :) - We didn't have to worry about responsiveness as the smartphone didn't come along until 2007, ("An iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator. An iPod, a phone … Are you getting it?").

The year was 1999, Floppy disks were king, DayBuild® Website's Marc Simmons was building websites.

The process of building an old school website

Working on a Windows 98SE Computer (later updated to Windows 2000) Tables were coded in Windows Notepad to a screen resolution of typically 800x600, Menus were usually built in to iFrames and Images were commonly created using Macromedia Fireworks, this would later become Adobe Fireworks eventually to be replaced by Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. The customer would be shown their website for approval offline, and following final confirmation, the site would be uploaded using Cute FTP ready to be viewed on Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.

Updates to customers' websites had to be carried out by us, CMS websites weren't quite there in 1999.

Back then it would have been hard to imagine websites building websites over the internet with the customer watching via their webcam as we do today, but that's what makes DayBuild® Websites possible ...welcome to the future! :)

Over 20 years of happy customers

Those of you who are local to King's Lynn may recognise some of the companies in this archive, if your company is here give us a call, you're well overdue a redesign! ;) - As well as our first international website, Château Beaumont les Courgès, France we were fortunate enough to land Wright On Productions for journalist and TV presenter Matthew Wright.

Enjoy the collection, we're sorry the images are so small they were used as thumbnail links for much smaller screen resolutions than we use today. We couldn't link to the live sites as most don't exist anymore or have been updated many times over the years by other web designers. Looking for something a little more modern? View our portfolio

It's a website built in a single day! We will build you a fast, affordable, website over Zoom while you watch. The simple idea behind the DayBuild® is ...if it can be done in a day ...you can have it! - and now available on subscription for just £55.00+VAT per month, and that's not all...

Want to avoid upfront webdesign costs?

When we first launched the DayBuild® Website back in 2018 our premier goal was to make webdesign both transparent and affordable. Since then we've worked hard to stick to that ethos with the zippy 1Hr Website, WEBCARE by DayBuild® and now introducing DayBuild® SUBSCRIPTION.

Now even more affordable DayBuild® SUBSCRIPTION
For just £55+VAT per month you get:

The idea behind DayBuild® SUBSCRIPTION is to wrap everything up in to one simple monthly bill. No more yearly domain, hosting or SSL bills popping up out of the blue!

...and in case you didn't notice we're even throwing in WEBCARE by DayBuild® completely FREE of charge, that's worth £9.99+VAT per month in its self!

UPDATED 08-09-2021: After listening to the feedback of our clients we've now added 45 Minutes FREE Website Updates Per Month** We are talking Super Smashing value here folks! :)

Why does website design have to be so complicated?

You'd be forgiven for thinking that navigating the arduous technobabble of having a new website built is a challenge in itself, there's domain names and hosting to think about, "Do I need an SSL Certificate?", "What is an SSL Certificate!?", and that's all before you even start thinking about your content! Wouldn't it be easier if you could just, oh I don't know, pay for the website, full stop.

How can I pay for my website?

So what's the difference between a DayBuild® Website and DayBuild® SUBSCRIPTION? The only difference is how your billed.

*12 month minimum term applies, rolling 30 days thereafter. If cancelled all services will cease and your website will be archived. **non-rolling credit - works can be spread over months - Website edits beyond scope carried out for clients are charged at £45+VAT per hour. Terms & Conditions Apply.

Just for reading this post enter the Promotion Code SUB10 to get an extra 10% off for the first 3 months! :)

At DayBuild® Websites Ltd, we contribute 1% of our revenue to carbon removal. At DayBuild® Websites Ltd, we believe businesses can play a critically important role in helping fight climate change. We’re proud to fund next-generation carbon removal.

DayBuild® Websites Ltd is part of Stripe Climate, a coalition of businesses accelerating carbon removal

No company can stop climate change by itself. Stripe Climate aggregates funds from forward-thinking businesses around the world to increase demand for carbon removal.

We support a portfolio of emerging technologies that remove CO₂ from the atmosphere

Stripe Climate works with a multidisciplinary group of scientific experts to find and evaluate the most promising carbon removal technologies. Below are two examples from our broader portfolio.

Most new technology is expensive at first. Early adopters such as DayBuild® Websites Ltd help promising new carbon removal technologies lower their costs and scale up quickly.

Learn more about how we're helping to remove CO₂ from the atmosphere .

So in most cases "I know a guy" is still ok for most business needs but these days especially since the COVID19 pandemic, mainly thanks to home working, the world has become much smaller. In this Zoom and Teams powered new normal the fact that, in my case, I'm a webdesigner based in King's Lynn Norfolk really doesn't matter one iota.

Webdesign in Kings Lynn

As well as building websites for businesses in and around King's Lynn and surrounding areas such as Dersingham, Hunstanton, Heacham, Wisbech, Peterborough, you get the idea. Based in King's Lynn we can build you a website within as little as one hour wherever you are in the world, as long as you have an Internet connection and speak English we can build your new business website.

When it comes to building websites all over the world we think it's important to work to your local timezone, please let us know at the time of booking and we will make arrangements to work within your local business hours.

Need a local website designer in Norfolk?

Yes of course we still build websites locally in King's Lynn, Norfolk. We always enjoy building a Kings Lynn Webdesign as we haven't forgotten our roots.

For most clients we meet online but if you're local to Kings Lynn we're happy to meet in person to discuss your website design needs.

A website built in a single day while you watch over Zoom

Who needs a local webdesigner when we can build your new website anywhere in the world where there's an Internet connection, how amazing is that! You're probably already using Zoom in your day to day business life post COVID19 so you'll already be ready to have your new affordable and super zippy website built ...and don't forget we work to your local timezone.

The simple idea behind the DayBuild® is ...if it can be done in a day ...you can have it!

So you've got your awesome new website and you're proud as punch and showing it off to the world! But ...what about the Plugin updates? ...and the WordPress updates? ...and the Theme updates? ...not to mention Translation and Site Backups, as well as Potential Security Attacks. Have you thought about Uptime monitoring?

Updating your website

We're not talking about content updates here, rather something equally important but often overlooked, site health. Firstly let's talk about Plugins, think of these as tiny little off-the-shelf programs that run behind the scenes on your website usually providing functionality such as a contact form, image gallery or maybe a fancy menu system. Plugins much like any other software require updates from time to time to stay compatible and protected from possible security threats, Plugins should be checked frequently for available updates.

Next WordPress updates, think of WordPress as your websites operating system very much like Windows or MacOS. Recently WordPress turned 18 and we're currently (at the time of this post) on version 5.8. Again like Plugins WordPress updates are essential to maintain a healthy website. As well as WordPress updates, Translations and Themes also require regular updates.

What about protecting my website?

Over the course of 2020, Wordfence blocked more than 90 billion malicious login attempts from over 57 million unique IP addresses, at a rate of 2,800 attacks per second targeting WordPress. Source https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2021/01/the-wordfence-2020-wordpress-threat-report/.

A combination of Malware & Security Scanning, Backups and Uptime Monitoring is essential for proofing your website from attack. The numbers above certainly are scary but with some simple planning the potential damage can be mitigated should the worst happen. We can also add further protection such as masking your login URL, adding 2FA (2 Factor Authentication), and using a "Limit Login Attempt" plugin.

Can I do all this myself?

The short answer is yes, although be warned sometimes updates for what ever reason don't run smoothly and you could end up with a broken website on your hands without a viable backup. #disaster

Introducing WEBCARE by DayBuild®

WEBCARE by DayBuild® provides comprehensive support and protection for your website on a subscription basis. This service is only suitable for websites built by DayBuild® Websites Ltd.

WEBCARE by DayBuild® is a monthly subscription service designed to look after any website built by us. The service includes:

  1. Monthly Site Backup - (entire site and contents)
  2. Remote Plugin Updates as required
  3. Remote WP Installation Updates as required
  4. Remote Theme Updates as required
  5. Remote Translations Updates as required
  6. Remote Malware & Security Scanning
  7. 24 Hour Uptime Monitoring
  8. Covers ALL of your websites built by us

...all for just £9.99+VAT per month (minimum 12 month contract) - Ask us for details!

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There is a growing number of websites using cookie consent management platforms designed to capture user consent for certain types of cookies. Such platforms inform visitors of the cookies being used by the website to make it clear what a user could be giving consent before they are dropped.

This blog post is prepared for website developers and business owners to give a brief overview of the legislation surrounding website cookie consent, and how to collect user consent lawfully.

What is the associated UK GDPR legislation?

The law around cookies (and similar technologies) is found in the Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) 2003. Although PECR has not changed much over time, the threshold for valid consent is now much higher due to the enforcement of the UK GDPR and that’s the difference. Key to getting it right is transparency.

What are the different purposes of website cookies?

In general, cookies are categorised as either strictly necessary or non-essential. The latter category could include cookies that are functional, performance related, analytical or targeting (marketing). Only those that you consider are needed for the correct operation of your website, don’t need prior consent. For instance, cookies that are used to remember what’s in a shopping basket, would be deemed to be strictly necessary. Whereas non-essential cookies are those you might think are commercially helpful but are not actually necessary to make the website work in accordance with its purpose.

Some cookies are used just for a single session whereas others are persistent and may hang around for days, weeks or years. Regardless, your legal responsibilities do not change. 

What is needed?

Every website that is running non-essential cookies must have a Cookie Consent Management Platform (CMP), that allows users to give consent for their use before they are dropped onto the user’s device. Valid consent requires the user to make an affirmative action to opt-in or accept non-essential cookies which means that all non-essential cookies must be disabled by default. Furthermore, if you are asking users to accept cookies, you must provide them with a corresponding list that describes their purpose. Transparency is key.

Why the fuss and does it matter?

The answer depends on your risk appetite, but you should at least take an informed view. In summer 2019, the ICO updated its own website, issued new guidance, and indicated it was taking a greater interest in the misuse of cookies. But it is not the threat of fines or loss of reputation that should be your motivation to do this properly, it should be to uphold the rights and freedoms of the very people with whom your website interacts.

Despite the image of cookies being delicious items of food, the term is just a euphemism for tracking technologies. Whether you believe they are anonymous bits of code or not, their use is covered by UK legislation that cannot be ignored.

In conclusion

You must tell users if your website sets cookies, and clearly explain what they do and why. Some cookies are deemed strictly necessary and don’t need prior consent, but all other (non-essential) cookies do. For these you must obtain user consent by affirmative action from the outset and in accordance with the requirements set out in the UK GDPR.

With thanks to our guest contributor, Data Protection Specialist, Phil Brown

There are many options for getting a new website built for your business or project these days, some of which require you to do a little of the work, some of which require you to do much more of the work and others require you to do all of the work! The problem with the latter option is, NEWSFLASH, with the greatest of respect you’re not a webdesigner.🙂

Create your own website with a free website builder

So what’s wrong with create your own website platforms? Although these options look great on the TV ads and certainly appear much cheaper than a professional website the sting is most certainly in the tail. Yes you will get fantastic offers such as free SSL certificate, maybe a free domain name, maybe even a free “Basic” mailbox. …so what’s wrong with that I hear you say, sounds pretty good to me! Well let me explain, with a professional website designer you are tapping in to years of design experience ensuring your visitors get what they’re looking for from your website as well as technical expertise to get your website to behave exactly how you want it to, no matter easy they make something look they’ll always be some unforeseen difficulty. Content and consistency is also of paramount importance to any Webdesign, I’m afraid a picture of your van isn’t going to convince anyone of your plumbing or pet grooming skills. Content is key for Google and other search engines to get the gist of what your website is offering. I mentioned consistency, so often I review a DIY website for a customer and find the same tell tail signs such as inconsistencies in fonts, font sizes or other site wide elements. A professional website designer will setup styles to ensure consistency is always respected even with user edited content.

How much should a website cost?

So this leads us on to the question if you want a website designer to do the job how much should you pay? On the whole websites differ greatly in price usually based on both the complexity of the site and the experience of the webdesigner but other factors such as timescale of works, graphic design or copywriting. Typically a basic 5-6 page website should cost between £300 to £1000 taking the above factors in to consideration. An ecommerce website will usually cost a little bit more as there’s a fair bit more work to do behind the scenes.

Should I trust WordPress?

Is WordPress ok or should I go for a hand-coded website? Considering over 75’000’000 websites currently use WordPress I would say you’re in pretty good hands while also benefitting from a really easy to use user interface and regular security and feature updates. Regarding hand-coded sites, it really depends on the level of complexity required, hand-coded sites remove any compromise but drastically increase cost and reduce longevity.

But what about all those hidden charges? In many cases the less you pay for your website, the more you pay in monthly or annual costs. Always ask about on-going costs when getting website quotes! There are some webdesigners (thankfully not many) out there who unscrupulously make their money in ongoing fees which are often dressed up like Snake Oil in the Wild West – Be Warned!

The basic requirements to run a website are:

  1. Domain Name(s) – You need a .co.uk, .com etc, this is your website address.
  2. Hosting – This is the place where your website lives – Think of it as rented accommodation. There is a choice of Windows or Linux – We have a lot of love for Linux.🙂
  3. SSL Certificate – This stands for “Secure Socket Layer” – This provides the padlock shown in your browser to show your site is safe for visitors.
  4. WordPress – wordpress.org is free – NEVER PAY FOR IT! – Most hosting companies have a facility for installing WordPress and other such apps.
  5. A page builder – This plugin allows us to build your website within a graphical interface. We love Oxygen Builder.🙂

Other optional extras could be:

  1. Security software, usually a paid plugin – I’ve found the best security solution to be a simple 2 factor authentication plugin forcing an extra level of security at login, essential for larger ecommerce sites.
  2. Site backup – Always have a backup plan, things can go wrong either with the server or during a simple update, your webdesigner will ask – do you have a backup? The answer should always be yes!
  3. Custom paid plugins such as booking systems and ticketing systems.

Hopefully this post has answered a few questions but if you would like to find out more about the services and packages we offer please don’t hesitate to get it touch.🙂

From Circuses to Solicitors

Websites come and go...

...especially if you've been building them for over 20 years! We thought is would be fun to list a few of our Pre-Portfolio websites going back to the dawn of time. We've built websites for circuses, solicitors, TV personalities, builders, toy shops, pubs, printers, haulage firms, cleaning companies, over the years we've probably built websites for most industries and this forms a solid foundation for the varied websites we build today.

Most of these websites either moved or shutdown many years ago hence no hyperlinks, but they're still part of our history and that's why we're proud to display them here at the end of our portfolio.

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