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07Aug 18 

6 ways to grow your food business

So you've nailed the farmer’s markets, your products are well known locally, maybe on the shelves of your local shop, but how do you take the next step to grow your food business? You love your product, you're passionate about your product, but Monday morning comes and you have to go back to your day job. You spend your time there trying to work out how you can make your food business pay a decent enough wage to allow you to escape working for someone else and take the reins yourself. This co...

12Apr 18 

Get more sellers by improving your estate agency website

With increased competition from online estate agents, local estate agents need to work doubly hard to compete. Online estate agents have invested heavily in their websites and therefore there’s a lot to takeaway for local estate agents looking to attract sellers in their area. Check out any of the leading online estate agents and you’ll see they all emphasise:Fixed pricing Reviews Free, no obligation valuationThey present the benefits of their services up front and make it eas...

14Feb 18 

Sell more by making your WooCommerce store mobile friendly

If you have a WooCommerce store, it's designed to be mobile friendly out of the box (just one of the many reasons we love it) but there’s still so much more you can do beyond the basics. Did you know that 60% of time online in the UK is now spent on mobiles? Mobile usage overtook desktop in 2014, but plenty of online shops are still playing catch up. Here’s what you can do to make your WooCommerce site as amazing as possible for mobile visitors... Test your WooCommerce store on mobile dev...

17Jan 18 

10 reasons people are leaving your website straight away

People leaving your website straight away is bad news. There’s never a time where you’d want someone to leave your website, but now it’s more important than ever thanks (or no thanks) to Google’s RankBrain. RankBrain is a complicated animal, but in a nutshell, Google are now paying closer attention if people click to your website from search results then immediately click back again. If someone does this, it’s a sign that your website didn’t satisfy them, and it’s likely Google wi...

20Oct 17 

Website security – is your business at risk?

Website security isn’t the most exciting topic, we get it! But not thinking about it could put your business at serious risk. Your website is a valuable business asset, and if compromised, it puts your business reputation on the line, plus potentially your customer privacy. With GDPR rapidly approaching, securing your website is now more important than ever. If your site is targeted, you could lose revenue for every day that it's down. What's more, sites that are compromised are penalised in...

15Sep 17 

Add Apple Pay to WooCommerce to boost conversions

We’re massive fans of WooCommerce for a whole host of reasons. It’s easy to use, highly customisable, secure and amazingly, it’s free! Recently WooCommerce got even better thanks to the addition of Apple Pay as a payment method. Why add Apple Pay? For users with iPhones, Apple Pay provides one of the easiest and quickest ways to make a purchase. The more obstacles you can remove on the path to purchase, the better. With Apple Pay, buyers don’t have to get up to find their credit card...

23Aug 17 

Are you ready for GDPR?

New privacy regulations are coming in next year and many companies are unprepared. The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will come into force on May 25th 2018. Although it might seem a long way off, the new regulations are much more involved than current UK Data Protection Act rules, so there’s lots for businesses to do in preparation. Although it's unlikely, those who don't comply could be hit with huge fines – up to 20 million euros or 4% of turnover, whichever is higher. Who is...

16Feb 17 

Bespoke WordPress themes vs WordPress templates

Thinking about buying an off-the-shelf WordPress template or wondering if a bespoke Wordpress theme would be better? In this blog we cover the pros and cons of both. Turnaround time Wordpress templates can be a great option for small businesses just starting out. Those that are tech savvy could have a simple site up and running within a few hours, providing they have the content ready. On the other hand a bespoke theme would take longer to develop, but it would be entirely tailored to your bu...

13Feb 17 

Is 2017 the time to go HTTPS with an SSL certificate?

We first wrote about SSL certificates way back in 2014. That was when Google first announced that they would be starting to use HTTPS as a ranking signal in their algorithms. In 2015, we talked about the subject again, after Firefox announced they would stop displaying sites that were not secure. Back then, we concluded it wasn’t essential to install an SSL certificate if you didn’t run an ecommerce website. Now, things have moved on, so it may be worth reconsidering an SSL certificate fo...

21Dec 16 

4 things to know before setting up a WordPress store

Before you can set up your WordPress store you’ll need to setup your Wordpress website and install an ecommerce plugin. Our plugin of choice is WooCommerce. Once you've done that, here’s a checklist for getting your WordPress store up and running. WordPress store checklist 1) Product descriptions Write product descriptions that are clear and easy to read. They should include everything your prospective customer will need to know to make a decision about buying your product, including: ...

19Oct 16 

4 ways to improve your WooCommerce product pages

Want to sell more from your WooCommerce shop? Here are four ways to improve your product pages. 1. Write a good product description When you’re selling online, you are relying on your product description to do the selling for you, so a good description of your product is crucial. Make sure it is... Unique Google doesn’t like duplicate content, so it is important for search engine optimisation to write a unique description, especially if you sell the same product as another online shop. ...

30Sep 16 

New website for solicitors Gregg Latchams

The new website for solicitors Gregg Latchams was a project that created some interesting challenges. The Bristol (and London) based solicitors firm offer legal services to SMEs, private individuals and business owners and provide an extensive number of services and sector expertise to a variety of clients. Add to this a team of nearly 50 highly experienced advisors and you begin to see the scale of this forward thinking practice. One of the challenges for the new website was how to ensure that...

22Sep 16 

New website is key for future growth of Agricultural Society

Established over 150 years ago, the Mid-Somerset Agricultural Society exists to support the mid-Somerset farming community. The society hosts many fund-raising events, one of which is the Mid Somerset Show – the largest free agricultural show in the South West. Sponsorship, membership and fundraising are vital to the survival of the society and it was decided (quite rightly) that a new website would be instrumental in reaching a modern audience. New website helps improve marketing Tasked wi...

07Sep 16 

WooCommerce review - why we use WooCommerce for our ecommerce clients

We’ve already talked in detail about why we prefer to work with WooCommerce. In this blog post we’ll look at the advantages of WooCommerce for our clients, after all, they’re the ones that will be using WooCommerce on a daily basis. WooCommerce review 1) It’s easy to use WooCommerce is as easy to use as WordPress. WordPress is one of the most intuitive content management systems, and WooCommerce uses the same interface, making managing your products and stock easy and stress free. Ad...

31Aug 16 

Refreshing new online shopping platform for Somerset water specialists

Glastonbury Spring Water have been supplying customers with their very own refreshing, natural spring water for nearly 30 years. Nestled at the foot of the iconic Glastonbury Tor, they provide a range of cost-effective drinking water solutions (from water coolers to bottled water) to homes and businesses across the South West. Glastonbury Spring Water Sales Director, David Lem contacted Cognique to discuss the development of a new website. The existing Glastonbury Spring Water website had a n...

22Mar 16 

Where is my website traffic coming from?

Ever wondered where your website traffic comes from? How do people find you and end up on your site? Thankfully, it’s easy (and free!) to find out with Google Analytics. If you don’t have Google Analytics yet, here’s how to set it up. How to check your website traffic Once your website is set up on Google Analytics, head to Acquisition > Overview in the left hand side menu. From here you will see an overview of all the different sources that are sending traffic to your website....