Yearly Archives: 2017

How to choose your web developer and designer

Posted on July 28, 2017 at 11:23 am

When it comes to having a new website designed and programmed you will want to find a company or individuals who are capable of handling your project and who have a proven track record of creating websites that are successful.  Web designers vary in price, some charge £30 per hour whilst an agency may charge upwards of £60 per hour and approximately the same for a programmer.

If you decide to outsource your website project to an over seas company then you may be able to make a huge saving but you may also have to consider other points that could delay your project or make it more stressful. You may then have the difficulty with working with someone that lives in a different time zone or may not speak very good English, making it harder to portray exactly what you want and get answers to your questions quickly.

Always have a brief that you can talk through with your designer and programmer and be open to listen to their advice as they are the professionals and often will be able to advise you of better ways of doing things.

Posted in Design

Using on computer for all your IT needs

Posted on May 15, 2017 at 3:21 pm

Computers are used by many of us on a daily basis in work and in our personal live. Many of us now rely on computers and technology for day to day tasks such as making shopping lists, organising our calendars and appointments and even sending out birthday cards and connecting with friends via video chat for example.

The problem is that when we reply on only one machine for all of this, should something go wrong with that machine, as often happens with computers and technology, then we stand to lose everything. Some people don’t have a computer but use their phone or tablet in the same way, often using the calendar to set reminders, again if this is lost or damaged you may be at risk  of not knowing what you are supposed to be doing when and missing appointments.

Ideally you need to ensure that all your data, pictures, calendars, documents and contacts are backed up regularly so you can access them from elsewhere should you need to. Most cloud storage systems offer a service to allow you to do this and some of them offer a certain amount of space free.

Posted in IT Solutions

Having problems with login details?

Posted on April 27, 2017 at 11:42 am

Many of us have hundreds of usernames and passwords for different websites to allow us access to place orders, view order history, track orders or check our online statements. It is not advisable to have the same password for all sites as if your password becomes compromised then you may find that multiple accounts are accessed in quick succession.

If you are trying to log in to a website and find that it is stating your username or password is incorrect, then you need to try and reset it. Some websites will let you do this on screen by answering a few security questions, others will email you a secure link to reset the password.

Ideally you want to be able to keep a list of all passwords and users names buy again, this is not advised as if someone manages to access this list they will be able to get in to all of your accounts.

Why not keep a list of user names and possible clues to a password.  This way at least you can be sure that your user name is correct and have some hope of being able to guess the password.

 

 

Posted in IT Solutions

Is it worth buying an external hard drive?

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 7:22 pm

External hard drives are a storage device that you can plug into your laptop via USB they come in different sizes depending on the content that they are to be used for. Most people buy external hard drives to increase the memory capacity of their computers however they can also be used as a back-up device for smart phones, PCs and cameras. The best thing about this is that once backed up you can store the hard drive away from your other device in a safe place in case anything happens to damage the original documents/photos.

The only issue with this is that you run the risk of something happening to your hard drive and destroying your back up. To get around this you could also back up to a cloud type service to ensure that your information is secure.

External hard drives now are fairly inexpensive so can be a great device to have on hand particularly if you don’t like the security risk of using a cloud storage device, but as with any purchase it’s important to read reviews and shop around to get the best deal that you can to suit your storage needs.

 

Posted in IT Solutions

How can an IT consultant help your business?

Posted on February 28, 2017 at 8:30 pm

The job of an IT consultant is to go in to a business and evaluate their use of IT within the company. IT is a major part of many businesses and can help take them to the next level if used correctly. It is important to record and keep certain documents and files when in business and there are many IT programs that make this easy to do.

Once the consultant has evaluated your current processes and procedures they will usually come up with a plan as to how you can improve them or what software could assist with a particular task.

They often help improve the productivity of staff members by shorting down time it takes to complete certain tasks. This can also give staff a morel boost as often boring task can become automated freeing them up to do the part of the job they enjoy more.

If you have some IT systems in place but feel that they are dated or find that you cannot reply on them then speak to an IT consultant about upgrading your systems. They will also be able to advise you on back up procedures and restoration should it be needed.

 

 

Posted in IT Solutions

Getting used to a new operating system

Posted on January 31, 2017 at 10:37 pm

Many of us use a computer in our work and home life and most home PC’s run off Windows or Mac software. If you have a Windows PC you will probably have been prompted to upgrade to Windows 10 in the past 18 months.

Windows often release updates to their operating system and then once in a while they will release a whole new version of Windows. Windows 8 was a big change from Windows 7 and after a while many people got used to it. Windows 10 was offered as a free upgrade if done within the first 12 months and many people took advantage of this offer. Windows 10 followed the same theme as Windows 8 but many people said that some of the functions that were in 8 were removed in 10.

For some, this was frustrating as they had just got used to the new functions and then they were removed. Windows 10 also seems to have been released without being fully tested, so initially there were a lot of bugs found that required patches to be released by Windows to fix them.

Getting used to a new operating system can be tricky and it is always advisable to try and demo the new version first, or if this is not possible, watch a video to see what the advantages are to upgrading.

Posted in IT Solutions