Monday, October 29, 2007

New Website Launched

939 Design launch a new brand and new website for Virtual Server Warehouse a brand of Intrahost and part of the Intragroup of companies.
The virtual private server packages offer complete peace of mind. They combine reliable hardware and a secure data centre environment with a first class service. Whichever virtual hosting package you choose, you can be sure of real support.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Google Pagerank Update (Official 2007)

Hooray! It's finally happened. We've been waiting so long and it's here... suspected all the websites we've built over the last year or two have been ranked pretty good (between PR5 and PR6 for index pages and PR3 - Pr4 for interior pages - depending on the nature of the website and the popularity of the pages.)

This makes us happy, obviously, because it re-enforces that the way we build websites is good*

Adopting standards based design and neat CSS is the future!

(Any body who doesn't get that last statement, please email me so I can set you on the straight and narrow.)

That said, too much emphasis can be placed on Google Page Rank. Your sites will still be indexed, appear in searches, get found for Pete's sake (who ever Pete is!) It's not the end of he world, just the beginning.

*Google Page Rank does not discriminate between good CSS websites and and table-based layouts - sacrilegious I know. Please no emails on this subject or I will have to kill you.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Finding yourself - on Google!

Finding yourself on Google is easy!

Well it is if you build a good website, link to the right places, update your content regularly and about a million other little things. As web designers we are always trying to improve the organic search results from Google (and other search engines), here's the latest standings:

web designer hessle #1
web designer hull #2
web designer east yorkshire #1
web designer yorkshire #17
web designer uk #63

web design hessle #1
web design hull #2
web design east yorkshire #3
web design yorkshire #20
web design uk #77

web hosting hessle #5
web hosting hull #3
web hosting east yorkshire #1
web hosting yorkshire #12
web hosting uk #-

search engine optimization hessle #4
search engine optimization hull #2
search engine optimization east yorkshire #5
search engine optimization yorkshire #9
search engine optimization uk #9

seo hessle #5
seo hull #9
seo east yorkshire #3
seo yorkshire #37
seo uk #-

Try searching for your services related to location and see how well you do.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Rissington Podcast

At last a 'funny' podcast about web design and development from 2 guys who know what they are talking about and amazingly enough have a sense of humour!
Messrs Oxton and Hicks, broadcasting from the ex-RAF base in Upper Rissington, UK.Think of this as a geek version of Gardeners Question Time. with questions, be they concerning semantic HTML, CSS, cheese, cookery or whatever is on your minds.
Worth a listen - these guys have faces for radio.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Website Awards

The Alan Johnson (built by 939 Design Limited) website has been nominated as a finalist in the British Computer Society MP Website Awards 2007

Because IT is now integral to successful parliamentary communication and public engagement, the British Computer Society (BCS), as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, is awarding the best MP websites in three categories:

- Design
- Engagement
- Accessibility

There will also be an award for the website selected as overall winner and which is considered to integrate the very best of all three categories.

Judging of all MP Websites was undertaken by the BCS and key political journalists including Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail, Patrick Wintour of the Guardian, Michael Kallenbach of UK Press Gazette and - to ensure broad appeal to all ages - Matthew Darroch Thompson (aka Webster) of The Oldie. And because accessibility is vital in engaging people with disabilities, all sites were also appraised by AbilityNet, the national charity that helps disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology.

Judges looked for MP's websites that successfully engage and excite, yet usefully inform with honourable purpose. In addition, judging criteria took into account ease of navigation, accessibility and effective use of modern media techniques such as blogs, pod or video casts and instant messaging.

Fingers crossed!

Monday, October 08, 2007

SEO for CSS Design Yorkshire

The CSS Design Yorkshire website has never had any specific SEO work carried out since inception. It was built to the usual web standards using proper title and alt tags and all the rest of those good practice web development tricks but never received the special SEO treatment, mainly due to time constrains. That said, the results are quite encouraging! Perhaps it's time to weave some SEO 'black magic'?

Organic search results on Google...

css design yorkshire - #1

css web design - #17
web design yorkshire - #7
css web design yorkshire - #1
css web design gallery - #8
web design gallery - #37
css web design showcase - #15