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  • AB Testing

    A/B testing

    034 marketing 1Want to make change to your website? Are you sure that the changes you make will improve your sites performance? This is where A/B testing can help you by giving you the facts on what effect changes will make to your site.

    A/B testing your website to test functionality and see what effect the changes you make to your website. Making variation or changes to you website page and then displaying the new page to a percentage or your audience and then comparing the effect it has on the viewer compared to the original. You might want to make a small simple change like changing the colour of a headline, add a button or try a different call to action banner. By seeing which has a greater effect to the viewer help you make decisions which variation is working best for your site and viewer. The can be done by monitoring the viewers time spent on the page or the click through rate compared to the original. This is specially valuable for marketing pages or shopping sites. A/B testing requires volume of traffic to your website to compare against. The more traffic you get to your page you want the test the sooner you will get a clear result.

    Small changes to the conversion rate of a e-commerce website can improve growth and profit. For instance if 10% of visitors complete a purchase on your site then a 5% increase would mean you conversion rate would increase to 10.5%.

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  • Are you src set?

    srcset retina image

    Load retina image on your site with the correct resolution and size for the device.

    When it comes to loading images we all want to display the best quality we can on our website. But doesn’t mean loading the biggest image you have expecting one image does all. Downloading huge image when only a smaller image is required would only slow down your site and user experience. Also downloading an image that is too small to then use at a larger size would pixelate and look poor quality.

  • Features and plugins

    Add more functionality to your website.

    027 web maintenanceYou can add additional functionality and integration to your website such as a simple slider or gallery. Maybe even the option to add photos to your website direct from your smart phone. You can add forms or complete surveys to generate user interactivity and collect user details. Add a shop to allow customers to choose and purchase your products online. A forum to offer users the chance to search and discuss various subjects. Ticket system so subscribers can request support and you can reply directly to their questions. Here are some of the top plugin extensions for Joomla. Here are some of the latest featured plugins for WordPress.

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  • Linking APIs

    Linking APIs to your website

    026 uxAPI stands for Applciation Programming Interface and are used to communicate with other services. Sometimes your site need to connect to these services via an API method to send or retrived or certain data. You might use an API to retrived data such as product details, weather information map data, the latest sports results, authentication and profile data from other sites such as Facebook or Twitter. Using an API is a was to ensure that the connection is secure and limited only to those services called with the appropriate API information. By using these API servcies you can pull a lot more up to date onto your site and display information that would be interesting and informative to your viewer. Here are some examples of the top APIs frequently used on website.

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  • Refreshing your website

    website refresh

    Refreshing your web design with css styling

    CSS style changes and fine tweaking for site content

  • Website security

    Security on your website

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    Protect your wesbite and content on your website. Most web hosting option now offer and SSL to encrypt the data viewer in a browser. This helps secure data being transferred but there are a lot more things you can do to improve security even further. 

    Recaptcha on forms with require a secure code to be entered before submitting. This can prevent some bots and hackers.

    Updates your htaccess on CMS website can lock out certain bots. Software can be added to your CMS website to help create and improve this. Some even add firewall to the website and can blokc repeat offenders and hack attempts.

    Use unique and complex passwords for each site you visit and don't repeat them. See our article on password security.

    When running a CMS website, one of the most important things to do is keep the site up to date. Wicko Design can help maintain your websiteand keep it up to date.

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