Monday, 20 April 2015

Google to use mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal.

Google will begin to use mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal.

This move is part of the trend for Google to focus on User Experience factors when ranking sites.
In Google’s own words:
“This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimised for their mobile devices.”

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Windows 7 home users, free online and phone support are disappearing

Microsoft stopped distributing new Win 7 licenses to manufacturers and vendors in October 2014, so don't expect to see many more new PCs pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 now enters its extended support phase. Microsoft will continue to release security patches until January 14, 2020. 

Business PCs with Windows 7 Pro will still be available for sale, and so will OEM keys of the Pro version. Paid support will still be available. Downgrades will be honoured for the business edition of Windows. 
For example, if you purchase a PC with Windows 8.1 Pro, you can still downgrade to Windows 7 Pro.

How the end of support affects you
Regular users will still get security fixes. You can still get Windows 7 Pro licenses if you're planning on purchasing a new system or if you're finally upgrading from Windows XP.

There's no news yet of Windows 7 Pro going off the market. 
Microsoft has promised to give at least a year of advance warning before cutting off sales.

Monday, 9 March 2015

5G will be here in 5 Years (2020)

5G will be here in 5 Years

When can we expect the commercialisation of this superfast network? 
Well, researchers seem to have set a deadline of 2020 to get the 5G network up and running. 
It’s estimated that between 50 billion to 100 billion devices will be connected to the internet by then. 
If speeds are already hitting the dizzying heights of 1TB per second, who knows where we will be come 2020

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Microsoft plans a standalone Office 2016

Microsoft plans a standalone Office 2016 for end of 2015

There was no word on pricing for Office 2016 and no hard release schedule was given, Microsoft expect the new suite to hit general availability in the second half of 2015.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Why Your Business Needs a Website

Why Your Business Needs a Website 

Websites Never Sleep 
Many people surf the web in the evening when most businesses are closed, which is perfectly fine because websites never take a break. 

A website will allow your business or organisation to be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

Having a website is the equivalent of having an employee working around the clock - even weekends and holidays! 

Your Competitor has a Website 
If you are in direct competition with another business that has a website, they have a clear advantage - especially if they are adequately marketing their website. 

A website is a great way to level the playing field. 

"Just Google It" 
More than ever before, people are turning away from traditional means of finding information and looking online, especially by way of mobile devices. 

Access to the Internet using a mobile phone more than doubled between 2010 and 2014, from 24% to 58%. (Source: Office of National Statistics) 

Your business should be at their fingertips when they look in the search engines. 

Websites Improve Customer Confidence & Business Image 
With a professional website, you will improve you overall impression to the public and, in turn, your customers will develop a greater sense of confidence in your business. 

Small Businesses Have Higher Revenue 
Small businesses that have websites are averaging 39% more per year in sales than those not online. That equates to higher revenue for minimal yearly outlay. 

Do You Know 38 Million People? 
In 2014, 38 million adults (76%) in Great Britain accessed the Internet every day. 
(Source: Office of National Statistics) 

Websites Help Establish More Customers 
50% of Internet sales are from new customers. 

Having a website significantly improves your customer reach no matter what services or products you offer. 

Websites Are Not Just Local, They Are Global 
Most small businesses are only able to market to their town and surrounding communities. 
With a website, you can take your goods and services across the UK and around the world, if you choose.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Why a Website is More Important than Social Media ?

Why a Website is More Important than Social Media

1.) You Own Your Website. You Don’t Own Facebook.
What happens if a business owner invests all her time and energy on social network, and then it crashes? (AOL, MySpace)
That’s why a website is more important. No one can take it away. You own it. It will always be there, growing in value like a property investment. 

2.) Finding Your Audience Can Be Difficult.
For social media to work, you have to find your customers and be where they are.
With a great website that’s marketed well, your audience can find you and find the information/products they want to learn about or buy.

3.) A Great Website Works Around The Clock.
There’s this thing in social media about trying to find the best time to post/share and interact with fans and followers. This is one of the big challenges of social business: getting heard through the noise.

But if you have a great website, it’s working for you around the clock. 
Someone looking for your products/services at 2:00 AM? Yep, there’s your website.

4.) Social Media Isn’t Always Good For Selling.
Many business owners don’t realise that social media requires a different mindset. Sales pitches don’t often work. 
Social media is great for listening and providing customer service. 

Final Thought
A social media presence is a must but Social media is not more important than a website. 
A website is more important, primarily because you own it forever and no one can take it away.
You need great website and social media presence for long-lasting business success.

The value of a website with its own domain name for a small business is far more significant than many realise. Not only does it provide the foundation for one’s home page, but it can also be used to point to one’s Facebook or other social media site.  It may even be used for branded domain name email address – a hallmark for a professional business.

Friday, 9 May 2014

THREE BILLIONTH person to come online in early 2014

Just 40 per cent of humanity is online, mostly in rich nations where broadband is fast.

Sometime in the first weeks of 2015, someone will become the three-billionth person to connect to the internet.

So says the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which on Monday emitted a new batch of statistics about how humanity connects.

Person three-billion will probably be in what the ITU calls, but does not offer a definition for, a “developing” country and will probably use a mobile broadband service. That's because ITU says the developing world is now adding internet users at a faster rate than more economically-advanced nations and also because mobile broadband growth is out-stripping fixed line services in the developing world.

Mobile broadband remains a huge growth market, with subscriptions set to reach 2.3 billion by the end of 2014, five times more than in 2008. The Asia-Pacific region alone will account for a billion mobile broadband subs by year's end, but even with that colossal count the region will still only have around 23 per cent of its population online.