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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....

11Mar 16 

New trade website stacks up for SFL Flues & Chimneys

Barnstaple based SFL Flues & Chimneys has been manufacturing chimney systems for domestic, commercial and industrial markets for 45 years, and are considered to be the premier choice by specifiers, installers and homeowners. Although the business already had a trade website there were a number of issues with it, including a lack of support for mobile devices, difficult to update and lacking in additional functionality now required by the manufacturer. Having successfully launched new web...

01Mar 16 

What search terms are people using to find my website?

If you’ve looked in Google Analytics and seen that people are finding your website through search engines, you might have wondered what they typed in to find you. You may have tried to find the answer within Google Analytics, in which case you probably came across the unhelpful term “(Not provided)” where you expected to see the keywords. So does that mean you’ll never know what people are searching for to find you? Thankfully not! Although Google Analytics no longer displays search t...

12Feb 16 

AllGlass & Glazing website

Established in Crewkerne, Somerset over 30 years ago, AllGlass & Glazing is a trusted local supplier for replacement windows, doors, conservatories, porches, fascias, soffits, guttering and garage doors. Unfortunately their existing glazing website didn't reflect the quality of their products and the professionalism of their service. Few enquiries were received through the site as it was not search optimised and was rarely updated due to the difficulties in making any changes. In addition...

22Jan 16 

Why we use Gravity Forms WordPress plugin

As we mentioned in our best WordPress forms plugins blog, Gravity Forms is our WordPress form plugin of choice. Although we have experimented with other plugins, we now almost exclusively use Gravity Forms for new client sites as we've found it’s by far the best for a whole host of reasons. It’s powerful Gravity Forms are powerful and very well integrated with WordPress. Some clever things you can do include...Allow entire blog posts to be submitted through a form, and saved as a dr...

12Jan 16 

WordPress forms plugins – which are the best?

There are many different ways to add a form to your WordPress website – this post covers some of the most popular options, from basic contact WordPress forms to fully featured customisable plugins. The features, support and pricing models of WordPress forms plugins vary significantly, so it's important to evaluate the options based on your requirements. The best plugin for your business may be entirely different to someone else's. In their simplest form, WordPress forms are ideal for allowi...

26Nov 15 

WordPress ecommerce with WooCommerce

Here at Cognique, we are big fans of the WordPress content management system. It is simple and easy to use, yet has the framework available for enhancements allowing the core features to be built upon to create very complex websites. However the world of WordPress ecommerce has always been a bit of a grey area.  We have evaluated many e-commerce plugins over the years, including WP eCommerce, MarketPress and JigoShop. However we have never found a solution we felt was a true competitor to the d...

18Nov 15 

Does your business need an SSL certificate?

Since we published this article in November 2015, things have moved on considerably. Read our latest blog on the subject for a more accurate answer: Is 2017 the time to go HTTPS with an SSL certificate? Last year in our blog we wrote about how Google were starting to prioritise secure websites (https) over unsecure websites (http) in search rankings. This was part of Google’s wider campaign for https to be used everywhere, and for all information on the web to be transmitted securely. Since ...

23Oct 15 

WooCommerce customisation for new Bobbie Burns website

Bobbie Burns has been a household name for furniture in Bristol since 1929 when the business was owned by the founder Bobbie Burns. Recently the brand has been revitalised by its new owner South West Upholstery with ‘The Bobbie Burns Collection’ in honour of the respected gentleman. As well as selling one-off pieces of retro furniture, they also offer a bespoke furniture range where customers can build their own sofas and chairs online, and then the furniture is made from scratch in t...

20Oct 15 

Redesigned website for engineering company M-CNC

Precision engineering company M-CNC was founded in 2011 by experienced engineer, Mark Wylde. When the business was launched Cognique worked with Mark to develop M-CNC’s corporate identity, as well as designing and building the company's first website. Five years on, the company has gone from strength to strength. With more staff and significantly bigger clients, M-CNC felt they had outgrown their current website. They needed an updated site to reflect their increased expertise and inspire co...

25Sep 15 

How to plan a successful ecommerce Christmas

As I write this there are only 90 days to go until Christmas. So is your ecommerce business ready? The Christmas period offers a massive opportunity for online shops, with more people shopping online than ever before. In the UK last year (2014), 40% of Christmas shopping was done online, with £21.6bn spent on ecommerce websites in the eight weeks leading up to Christmas and a further £810 million spent online on Black Friday alone (Source: IMRG e-Retail Sales Index).To make the most of th...

28Aug 15 

New WordPress website for Helliar Pest Control

GA Helliar and Son have been providing reliable and professional commercial cleaning services to businesses throughout Somerset and Dorset since 1932. As well as cleaning, they also offer a pest control service which up until now was an extra section on their existing cleaning website. They soon realised that the two just don't go together, so they approached us with a simple brief: to create a stand-alone WordPress website for Helliar Pest Control to separate the two businesses.The WordPre...

14Aug 15 

Is referrer spam affecting your website metrics?

If you are a serious business owner or marketer you probably use Google Analytics or another web analytics solution to help you to measure the results of your investment in marketing. However you may have noticed some strange changes in your metrics lately, including:A large increase in recorded traffic A reduction in your average page views per visit Decreased visit duration Higher bounce rate (visits to a single page)One possible cause could be the recent huge upsurge in referre...

21Jul 15 

Three quick and easy website marketing checks

It’s always a good idea to set up web analytics and measure how your business is doing properly, but here are three easy website marketing checks that you can do without opening up any analytics programs. They will give you a valuable insight into how well you are doing online and what other people see when they look at your business on the internet. 1. Where do you rank for your business name? Google your business name - ideally, your website should be number one. If you are not at the top...

09Jul 15 

New LED Architects website and identity

An imaginary fist pump was my inital reaction when I heard that we were going to be given the opportunity to design and build the new LED Architects website. Architects, as we all know, are designers. And as designers they are very visual. They like their work to tell the story with big, interesting and powerful project images – not the usual stock photography you find on every Tom, Dick and Harry's website. This is a web designer's dream, and I was chomping at the bit to get started on it. ...

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