Websites, SEO, hosting, internet protection and storage.

Web design

We’ve dealt with many website designers over the years and fended off many a SEO (search engine optimisation) company also.  The latter always profess that ‘we can get you onto page one of Google’.  After the 10th claim that day who do you believe?  Largely that’s rhetorical; for us the answer lay with our web developer Dan Davies who created the site you’re interacting with now.

End to end the project to create this site took little over 4 weeks and the on-going SEO objectives have been clearly laid out by Dan.  We wanted the responsibility to create content on a whim, and for each of our interactions with our own website to strengthen and widen our SEO net.  Now we have a total content managed system (CMS) coupled with a designer that will be there for us as and when I get over excited and press buttons I shouldn’t press

You can find Dan by clicking on the image below.  If you’re on Skype look for ‘darfuria’ in the UK.

Dan Davies aka darfuria

Dan Davies aka darfuria

Here’s how Dan describes his services…

I am a fast-working website developer with a passion for creating clean, easy-to-use websites built on the WordPress platform. I have recently moved from commercial website development to freelance/self-employment to enable me to focus more on expanding my WordPress development skills.
I am friendly and flexible, and have experience with working with clients and companies of different sizes, from all fields of work. From static websites and blogs to eCommerce and social networking, I am confident I can innovate and help find a solution for you.

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Web hosting and domain name registrations

Whilst we never had any issues with our previous host, we decided to test the market to establish if another host could offer equal to or better than the service we had enjoyed for several years.  I took Dan Davies’ lead and swapped to a host business based out of the US and already I have noticed that any questions raised by their ‘ticket’ system gets answered much, much quicker than I’ve ever seen before.

I create these tickets not because the service fails me but rather through our basic knowledge of all things internet based…I guess we could be classed as high maintenance clients through our inexperience not because we’re overly needy.

Most wonderful though is their pricing policies, their clear communication style, customer service is superb and friendly approach to their clients – this beds well with us here at Box of Frogs, it’s the same style we adopt when dealing with our clients.

Yes, they’re in the US but as long as all the above falls into place, they could sit on the moon for all we care.

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Protecting yourself from a Trojan Horse, internet worm or viruses is vital for the continued healthy running of your internet and computers either at work or at home.  As well as keeping our firewalls up to date and virus checking software, we recently learned of a business hell-bent on helping you protect your connections and to help speed up your browsing.

There are some significant global businesses that are using OpenDNS.  Here at Box of Frogs, we’ve signed up and have not noticed any detrimental affects.

Here’s a direct quote from their site…

OpenDNS is the world’s leading provider of Internet navigation and security.  Make your network safer, faster, smarter and more reliable without the cost and complexity of traditional security services.




Use OpenDNS

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Never underestimate the ability for technology to come along and kick you right where it hurts; and this usually happens at those critical moments.

You’ve taken THE most magnificent photograph, penned the last paragraph in a novel that’s taken years to complete or the Revenue people come knocking at your door to audit the last 6 years accounts.  Off to answer the door, make a cuppa, answer a call of nature and you come back to find you screen has gone a beautiful shade of blue or it’s restarting for some unknown reason.  You then discover that all your work has gone to the ether graveyard.  But wait!  I have an answer for you.

Like hunting for property it’s all about Location-Location-Location, well the same is true for all thing IT, Backup-Backup-Backup.

We’re photographers, image makers and stylists with a dread and loathing to throw anything away and as storage is so cheap our Backup workflow means that we have on-site (at home) duplicates of all our work on multiple hard-drives, DVD’s and over the last 5 years I’ve been utilising a service from Mediafire

Here’s a direct quote from their website…

‘How can MediaFire help you?

Mediafire is the simplest file hosting service built for businesses, professionals, musicians, artists, students or anyone in between.

Share your files through just one site without ever having to worry about disk space, hosting, or bandwidth again. MediaFire was specifically designed to be extremely simple to upload files and instantly manage and share them from any computer. ‘

From a users perspective we know that no matter what happens we have off-site storage that is free, unlimited in storage space albeit with the occasional advert being shown and protected from nosey people.  Further, if we wish we can share any file or files by directly emailing a link to those we want to share with.  As attractive, if we’re out of the country we can utilise any computer anywhere in the World and gain access to our files.

We back everything up now from letters, spreadsheets, access databases, photographs – anything all organised as we want them; client, family, friends etc etc.

We encourage everyone to have a backup strategy and would heartily recommend Mediafire for ease of use, storage capacity and cost.


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