Testing your website speed – an SEO factor
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by Stuart Walton
2w ago
There are reckoned to be over 200 SEO ranking factors and one, without doubt, is loading speed. When I redesigned this website recently, I included some Manchester drone footage of Castlefield on the Home page, sat smugly back and marvelled at it. But. When I tested the website on GTMetrix, a page loading speed for the Home page was recorded at Grade D, a slip from its previous design at Grade A. The culprit? The drone video. It’s now gone. GTMetrix is a very useful browser tool. Register and you can set your location to London, pop in your URL (or your rivals’ websites) and see the speed anal ..read more
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Dress well, say little, don’t be disrespected
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by Stuart Walton
2w ago
I’ve become quite the pocket-book philosopher in the past 18 months. So much so, that a cursory glance at Instagram, Facebook or TikTok sees me inundated with stoic advice, tips for success and, the most common, healing. If you fall off a bike (as I did last year), break an arm or leg, sympathetic attention and advice flows in. Mental health Suffer from mental health and you soon find out who is really in your circle. Who’s got your back, so to speak. This past 18 months has been revelatory in self-discovery. I’ve found out who can be trusted, who will salve you in times of need and realised t ..read more
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How to start a business in 2024
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by Stuart Walton
1M ago
I am about to launch a new business, details of which will emerge shortly. I thought then I’d write a post about how to start a business in 2024. Knowing what I know now, I have easy steps for myself (and you, if you fancy starting a business) to follow: Buy a domain name. We always recommend sourcing one on 20i, screen grabbing the name and letting Gareth set the domain, emails and site up. Try to avoid hyphens, make it fairly short (3 words are optimum) and purchase .com or .co.uk for one year or more, Get a logo with the name and an icon designed, we do this cost-effectively. It’s worth re ..read more
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Ho Chi Minh City week one, the adventure of a lifetime
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by Stuart Walton
1M ago
3 weeks in Vietnam You’ve probably noticed that I’m spending 3 weeks on work and leisure in Vietnam. I arrived last Friday and was whisked to the Mekong Delta by Annie, a former colleague and great friend, for two nights and I’ve blogged about that here. We arrived back at Annie’s bougie apartment block almost a week ago now and I’ve fully immersed myself in the coffee, tea, culinary and cultural scene of Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City and can state, hand on heart, it’s the best place I’ve ever been to. Why? The people are so friendly and warm, like the weather. The heat is oppressive, though the l ..read more
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Mixing work and pleasure in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam
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by Stuart Walton
1M ago
About 8 months ago, my mate and former colleague Annie mentioned in a Facebook messenger conversation that I should come and visit her in Ho Chi Minh City (former Saigon) and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. I was keen, as I worked with Annie for almost 3 years in a nice school in Bolton. Most teachers are not pleasant people at all (more toxic than a British river) but I knew Annie was different. I looked online at flight prices, made some mental notes and went back to diurnal life in Manchester. Fast forward to April 2024 and another message came in from Annie and this time I acted. I carped the ..read more
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Manchester raises £2.8 million in tourist taxes in one year
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by Stuart Walton
1M ago
Tourist taxes landed in Manchester Manchester introduced a tourist tax in April 2023, to some surprise. Who would want to go to Manchester instead of Mallorca or Malta, for alliterative effect, many asked. And yet. Once the smirks had subsided and the mirth dissipated, the scheme has been a success. So far, in just one year, £2.8 million has been raised at a £1 levy per night. That equates (obviously) to 2.8 million visitors to this city, our web design headquarters. Start delving deep and it’s not difficult to understand why however. Take the football clubs here – Manchester City and Manchest ..read more
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How to start or grow a business – the website is the horse before the cart
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by Stuart Walton
1M ago
You may have a good business idea and are wondering where to start in terms of marketing your products, services, expertise. Here, we will hopefully explain: How to start or grow a business. Social media is ready and able to do this for you but it is a supplement not a solution, it is a part of a launch and growth strategy, just as a website is not a blueprint for success. You need a blended plan – a mixture of print, social and online advertising. I’d argue though that a website should come first It is the horse – before the proverbial cart. Why? It gives your new (or established) company dig ..read more
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Taking the Man out of Manchester
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by Stuart Walton
4M ago
Today, on a bright but breezy February Sunday, I opened the Trainline app and booked a day out in Chester. It’s a city I’ve not visited for about 25 years, I reckon. When we lived in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Derby or Hanley were closer, but we made the occasional drive to Chester and I had fond memories of the place. First things first, Chester is just 50 minutes away by train from Manchester Victoria, which is just a 15 minute walk from home in Miles Platting. I’d visited Leeds and Liverpool, before Christmas, in a resolution to do this each and every Sunday. But like the NY Resolutions ..read more
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How and why magnificent Manchester exudes good energy
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by Stuart Walton
4M ago
Yung Wylin – “Good Energy” One song I’ve latched readily on to in recent months is by Yung Wylin – “Good Energy”. I play it often and it’s become something of a motif for life in Manchester. You’ve probably heard snippets of it on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok reels but the full YouTube version is here: I think what is so great about it is not only its sound but its lyrics. So what has this got to do with a Manchester web designer? Manchester has good energy, by the bucketload. It’s a place I lived close to from 1987 to 1996, as an English teacher working at Crompton House in Shaw, Oldham; F ..read more
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How to choose a web designer in Manchester
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by Stuart Walton
5M ago
How to choose a web designer in Manchester I’ve not sat and physically counted, obviously, but a quick Google search yields 100 + results for web design Manchester. No wonder. It’s an area that is expanding, with a city centre that is booming and many businesses are keen to ride the surf of population and economic expansion. Park up and look up. The skyline is awash with new residential towers, co-living and co-working spaces with huge demand for rental apartments and homes to buy. Manchattan It’s been called Manchattan, locally. Some object to the way it’s changed and there is clear evidence ..read more
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