How hard can it be? Mistakes to avoid when building a website

A website is easy to build, right?  With so many ‘off the shelf’ designs available, it would seem anyone could build their own.  However, while there may be some truth in that, what makes a great website stand out?

Here are some of the mistakes you should try and avoid!


If you missed the article ( published a few weeks back about Microsoft disabling a flawed software update that was causing computers to reboot unexpectedly, here’s a recap as it’s still causing issues for our customers. 

If you’ve been impacted, please get in touch so that we can help fix the problem. 

What was the problem?

Great to see that one of our indirect clients appeared on the BBC news recently when the first ever budget flight from London to South America departed from London Gatwick.

BizWise IT provides the IUT support for the business that supplies all air crew to the Norwegian airline based at London Gatwick and Edinburgh. 

The no-frills way of flying is becoming an increasingly common occurrence with compacted seats and food and luggage costing a little extra.  However, it’s offering affordable travel and opening the departure gates for many more people.

It’s almost a daily occurrence.  Just like there are things going on behind closed doors which we don’t know about with Governments, politicans, wars being fought with bombs and bullets, cyber war is a very real thing lying beneath the surface, ready to fire off at any time. 

Consumers are far more likely to trust a business which has a website – in fact 89% do according to research. 

So, what are the top tips for ensuring you have the best window to your business via the world-wide web?

Ensure the domain name reflects your business name as much as possible. There’s no point having a name which bears no relevance to your business name or what your business is about.  If its confusing, then it’s likely to turn prospective customers away.

It’s now common place that most of the time, people use a mobile device to check out their next eatery, or where they can find a certain product or offering, so it’s fair to say that you want your website to be able to perform effectively on all manner of devices. 

Whether it’s a smart phone, tablet, or desktop, your website must be compatible and consistent across all platforms. There’s nothing more frustrating than having to scroll up, down, left, and right on a website that isn’t responsive just to get an idea of all the content.

How can BizWise IT help?

Hackers like to attack at all times and no more so during the festive period. 

Be wary of attachments and links spreading Christmas cheer which may end up spreading Christmas misery if they hold a dark secret.

Social media is currently rife with videos and Christmas card or present deliveries being sent via private message.  What seems so innocent can turn your Christmas into a nightmare, so be warned!  It’s not to say that everything is bah humbug but if it seems a little odd or out of the ordinary from one of your contacts, it most probably is, so be cautious.

It’s been a hectic few months of fixing computers, installing new ones and generally providing lots of IT support to our clients. 

We’ve certainly been finding lots of people are having issues with Windows 7 and Windows 10 updates and the impact it’s having on their internet speed – if you’re experiencing similar, you’re not alone.  So, with Christmas around the corner and a busy time of year for most, make sure you’re prepared for the festive season. 

Cyberattacks continue to make headline news on what seems to be a very regular occurrence. 

The latest story highlights the scale of log-in hijacking.  Research suggests that cyber thieves get their hands on almost 250,000 valid log-in names and passwords for Google accounts each week – that’s a scary statistic, but we don’t help ourselves. 

While it might be a hassle to change your passwords, or have different passwords for different access points, it does pay to be a complex individual!

Are you prepared? Would you know what to do in the event of an emergency…we’re talking IT emergency!

It may not necessarily be something you think about or associate with IT, but just as disasters occur naturally, the same can happen with IT, so it’s a good job to be prepared or at least have some sort of plan in place.

Firstly, look at your business processes.  What fundamentally needs to happen to allow the business to function?  Then you can start to plan how to avoid risks which are most likely to impact those processes.