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If you are uploading your images to your website, it is important to consider the size in both dimensions and file storage size – this is called optimizing your images for the net.

It is important to have your images at the recommended pixel size. If your image is too small, WordPress may stretch your image to fit to its given position on the page and this will result in a blurry image.  If your image is too big, WordPress will use their resizing algorithm to reduce the size of the image to fit into the page which may display an image which isn’t as sharp as you would like, and may also serve up the big full-sized image in the background when the web page loads, leading to a slow loading time and a poor experience for the viewer – perhaps making them click away from your site in frustration.

How to resize for your website.

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Did you know that if your website is owned in Europe, or targeted towards EU citizens then by law you must gain consent from your website visitors to store or receive any information on their computer?

When your visitors view your website,  a very simple text file is downloaded onto their machine – this is called a cookie. Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a ’session cookie’) or for multiple repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in.

WordPress make it simple to adhere to the EU Cookie Law.

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I cannot stress enough the importance of having a different password for each of your internet accounts especially for your Paylpal, banking and any accounts where your credit cards are stored.

However, I  appreciate that the average person is unable to store 100’s of different passwords in their head and we all know that writing them down in a notebook kept in a desk draw beside the computer isn’t a very secure method, so what is the answer?
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Welcome to Pale September, a small web design studio based in Colchester, Essex, dedicated to creating inspirational WordPress.com and bespoke websites for Creatives and the small business or organization.

My aim is to build you a website which is pleasing to the eye, functions in a manner that meets both user and client needs, ranks well with the major search engines and is robust and thus will display well on all current and future browsers and will be accessible to all on whatever device.

I have over 10 years experience and provide a service that is friendly, approachable and professional whether you wish to feel empowered and manage your own website or would prefer to leave your online presence in the hands of a specialist.

WordPress.com

At Pale September, I have chosen to work  with WordPress.com websites .

This is because I like the ease, security and peace of mind that this affords for both my clients and myself .

I can be assured of providing you with a robust website where internet security, back-up of webpages and the future proofing  of your site for devices or web browsers not yet developed is all taken care of by the Happiness Engineers at WordPress.com.

As all software updates are done automatically by WordPress.com and I will be using templates that have already been written by professional designers, it is a very cost efficient way of having a WordPress website/website.

You will own and have complete control at all times of your domain name, email account and website.

Other Services

I can also assist and advise with many other aspects of your online presence including mailing lists, logo, message boards, setting up domain names and email accounts, and e-commerce.

 

 

As a small business owner, it’s really important to be in control of your site, and be able to make changes yourself.  The good news is that WordPress.com is very intuitive and easy to use, and with just a couple of hours of training you can gain the skills you need to make updates and maintain your site yourself.

Create your own WordPress.com website

If you feel confident and would like to create your own WordPress.com website,   I offer an afternoon session in which I will assist you with the set-up of a basic site and provide you with documentation so that you can complete the rest of the site yourself.

This session will include assistance with domain names and email accounts.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information on either of the above.