what is responsive design

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FAQ – What is a responsive website?

Here at Weeare we throw the word responsive around quite a lot, but sometimes we forget that not everyone is a web developer, for that we apologise.

To make your job easier in understanding everything that is the web we have decided to put some articles together to explain some of our most frequently asked questions, and one of those questions is: “what is responsive web design”. In this article we will look at exactly that.

So, What is responsive web design?

Responsive web design is an approach to web design where the developer (us) creates a web page or site that responds to the device that it is being used on. This could be anything from a desktop PC screen, a laptop, an iPad, or a smartphone.

Responsive web design has been around for many years now but I still to this day see websites that are not responsive.

So, What does responsive web design look like?

Well you are looking at it, look at this website on a computer and look at it on your smartphone and you will see a different layout. Many years ago this would mean that you would need a mobile site and a desktop site which was more expensive and a real pain to update because all changes needed to be made twice. Responsive design has changed the need for two separate websites, you only need one site which saves you time and money.

So, Why does my website need to be responsive?

Apart from having to pay for two different sites or updating them both, responsive web design is also better for your users as a responsive design will respond and look great on what ever device that visitor is using, this will then allow them to find the content they were looking for without having to zoom in or out or scroll sideways, which is something that everyone hates.

Having a responsive website will also allow your website to show up higher in the search engines. Google actively punishes websites that are not responsive because they know that users hate them that much. If you have a website that is not responsive then you are frustrating your users and being punished by the search engines.

So, What next?

If your website is not responsive and does cause your users frustration then the next step would be to talk to a creative web agency such as web design wales to see if they can help.


why your email list is important

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Email list, what email list.

If the above sounds like you then you are making a vital mistake in growing your business.

We provide web design Pontypridd and web design services to the rest of wales and part of that service is to help our clients grow their business.  if you don’t have an email marketing list then its time to get one and grow it.  In this article we will look at why your email marketing list is one of the most important things you can have for your business.

One of the biggest mistakes that we see small businesses make is not using the power of email marketing.

An email marketing campaign can keep your customers informed on your business, what it is doing and how your company is moving forward.  Think of tweeting and facebook posts.  When you send those out you want to inform your users, but the fact is that not many people will see those updates because they will be drowned out by other people doing the same.

That is not to say email doesn’t have equal competition because it does.  But email is far more personal, and far more people are going to open and read your update than if it was tweeted.

Email marketing is very direct.  It goes to the person you want and the majority of the time it is opened and read.  With 60% of the web being mobile, there is no better way to reach these people than email. Users smartphones are never too far away.  So imagine your business needs more customers, and you have a offer that is time sensitive.  You could tweet, you could facebook it, but why not send it direct to someone who is interested in your business?

Reach those visitors almost instantly, and get them to purchase your offer with email marketing.  It is that powerful.

Your email list is also personal as you can segregate groups of people into categories, maybe one could be offers, one could be for people of a certain age, another for a certain sex.  Email marketing companies like mail chimp allow you to set up campaigns to do the above.  So if you are not using email marketing to grow your business then you are missing out.

If you would like to discuss email marketing, contact weeare at web design Pontypridd now!

Merthyr Restaurant celebrates 20 years!

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Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the La Bodega in Merthyr Tydfil, the Spanish restaurant has launched a brand new website that is fully responsive across all devices and allows reservations to be taken online.

Over the last 20 years Merthyr Tydfil has changed considerably with an array of businesses opening and closing. During this period we have also seen a massive change in technology and especially web development with the focus in 2016 being on mobile responsiveness and user friendly websites.

La Bodega knew that the majority of its users would find the restaurant by using their mobile devices, so it was of uttermost importance that the new website would be user friendly to those accessing the new website on mobile devices as well as desktop computers.

La Bodega enlisted the help of Merthyr Tydfil’s recently launched web development and digital marketing agency Weeare, who specialise in building search engine friendly websites that are also mobile responsive. The result was a beautiful website that allows users to make bookings from mobile and desktop devices.

Restaurant owner Emilio Ortiz said “I still can’t believe it’s been 20 years since we first opened our doors in Dowlais.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary and launch of the new website, La Bodega is offering a free bottle of wine for reservations made online through the month of June for tables of 4 or more. In order to claim this offer visit www.labodegamerthyr.co.uk or for more information call 01685 384532.

About La Bodega

Emilio Ortiz, the restaurant’s owner and lead chef, has over 40 years of experience in the Spanish tapas and wine bar industry, and is originally from Bilboa, Spain. After successfully bringing a unique range of Spanish cuisine to Merthyr Tydfil, this year celebrates the La Bodega’s 20th anniversary.

If your looking for good restaurants in merthyr then i highly recommend checking out la bodega.

The dreaded google adwords changes 2016

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Recently Google changes their Google Adwords algorithm to show only 4 ads at the top of the search results page and 3 at the bottom of the results. They have eliminated the sidebar ads. This big change has meant that the PPC and SEO game has changed.

SEOs weren’t happy with these changes as organic search results were pushed further down the page. So in this article we are going to look at the winners and losers of the big Google shakeup.

First and foremost, don’t panic. If your running PPC ads, chances are you will benefit from the big shakeup.

The winners

Like mentioned above, if you are already running PPC then you will see an increase in traffic as ads showing on the top of Google are likely to get 14x more clicks than ads in the sidebar.

As a advertiser you now also get additional benefits of being able to use ad call out extensions, site link extensions and locations extensions, this was a feature only available to advertisers at the top of the pile previously. This consistency will only help your businesses, as you are able to provide extra information to your customers for the same cost as previously.

PPC ads now look more integrated and native. This allows the ads to blend in and increase your conversion rates. Ads such as Web Design Wales would look like part of the website content rather than stick out like an ad, and users tend not to like ads as much but over the years it has been shown that ads are starting to blend in more.

The losers

The losers of the whole system is going to be the people using SEO in the organic search results from 5-11. Websites in the ranking position of 5-11 were hit by a drop in visitors while positions 8-11 were hit the worst.

The changes to the whole search page mean that on most desktop computer screens that the first organic search result will no longer feature above the fold.

If you have been in search engine optimisation for a while then this will not come as a surprise as the real estate of search engine optimisation has been shrinking for a while.


In this update its clear to see that advertisers using PPC are the real winners while SEO organic results have lost out on some screen space as well as traffic. If your looking to run a PPC campaign on your business then now could be the perfect time. But I wouldn’t forget your SEO strategy yet as SEO is still effective and getting organic results is important to your business.

Best Web Design Services

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need to layout or re-layout your current website?

In today’s rapid world, web design is the front face of your corporation. customers select that internet site that’s more appealing and people-pleasant compared to the one this is old and dull. If customers or clients don’t get attracted in your internet site, they don’t stick to it. To make your internet site appealing and visually attractive for the customers, you need to collect services of professional and truthful IT layout business enterprise.

A good website can make or break your company.  One website provider we recommend are web design newport who offer responsive websites to local and worldwide businesses.

There are literally millions of web design companies to choose from when selecting a new web design for your business.  Selecting a professional design company can mean the difference from a good looking website that converts users into customers to an old, slow and ugly looking website that no one uses because its not responsive and its annoying.

before choosing a web development company you should take a look at their portfolio and compare it to others on the market, if they look old then don’t use them because they are probably using old technology that wont be good for your website, your users or your search engine rankings.

You should also consider price, you should make sure that you are getting good value for your money, this doesn’t mean cheaper it just means that someone offering web design for £250 that makes old websites compared to someone who makes state of the art search friendly websites for £2500 is worth the price.

A good website costs money, if you cant afford a good website then don’t buy a site at all your just wasting your money.  That may sound harsh but its the truth.  You are not going to get a professional to work for a small fee when that professional can improve the amount of customers your business gets exponentially.

Your website should be responsive to allow for mobile search traffic, it should also be easy to use, and run on a well known cms like WordPress as WordPress is easy to use and is great to keep updated.

If your interested in having your website designed then check out the company that i linked to at the start of this article, in my opinion they cover all of the criteria that i have wrote about above, they do great work for affordable prices.  If your interested check out their site, click here.


What is SEO?

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Search Engine Optimisation is the method of increasing a websites search visibility on the search engines.  In this article i will explain to you what SEO is, how it works and how you can use it to benefit your business, so buckle up you’re in for a ride.

SEO is primarily used to drive visitors to your website, this can be for a variety of reasons but eventually it will boil down to making some kind of money.  SEO is used to convert visitors into customers.

Ranking in the search engines is vital for any online/offline business as essentially it is free traffic for that business and not ranking can essential break a business.  If your website doesn’t rank then you can bet your hard earned money that potential customers are spending their money on your competitors.

in order to rank in the search engines you will need:

  • A website that offers a good user experience.
  • A website that is optimised for your keywords
  • Social Signals
  • Quality Backlinks


User Experience

A buzzword for 2016 no doubt, user experience is massive on googles ranking factors and a website that doesn’t offer a good user experience wont rank as well as a site that does.  User experience can be improved by making sure that your website is targeted to the correct visitors and is mobile responsive.

Optimised for Keywords

You will want to make sure that your website is optimised for the right keywords.  Not enough searches or too much competition can mean that no visitors are landing on your website.  Without visitors you may as well not have a website.  So you need to target the correct keywords.

Social Signals

In 2016 your business should be on social media networks and Google and the other search engines know this.  Creating the right “Social Signals” can your websites ranking factor compared to a site with no social signals.  If you own a business then i highly recommend setting up a facebook and twitter account for your business.

  • Quality backlinks
  • Building quality backlinks to your website can take time, but by doing so you are creating a trustable website that Google will find relevant, and because of this your search engine rankings will improve.  Most black hat seo marketers tend to get thousands of backlinks to their websites which can help short term, but long term quality backlinks will be more beneficial to your website.



SEO is such a big topic that i couldn’t cover with just one post so over the course of this blog i will break SEO down into smaller parts.  If your interested in reading more then please keep checking back as i will try to update this site at least weekly.

thanks for reading, comment below.

Learning jQuery

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I know vanila javascript, i have known it for years but a recent job required me to learn jQuery and i must say i was impressed.  Makes javascript a little easier and quicker, and after using it i’m a massive jQuery fan, if you want to learn more i recommend you checkin out dev tips on youtube.  The guy has some great videos:

here is his into into jQuery