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  • Website Design & Social Media - Kent and London

    What do we do? Websites, fully responsive sites bespoke, made just for you. No templates here.... What else? Social Media Marketing - Facebook, Twitter etc we do it all. With a proven successful portfolio we can promote your event, business or service. Who are we? Sisters Clare & Tina, we work as a team to get you the very best results. Call us today 01322551395 or email info@medden.co.uk

  • Social Media

    Did you know we offer Social Media Marketing. We have a proven portfolio of great results for our clients on all social media platforms. So i you have a Facebook Business page and you cant get those likes up or page reaches above 100 then give us a call. Or maybe you haven't even got a business page, don't worry we can set it all up for you. Give us a call on 01322551394 for more details.

  • We did it again... Bexley Awards

    We have been shortlisted in the Bexley Business Awards 2017 for Best Tech company and in the Social Media and Marketing category. Still a long way to go but thrilled to be shortlisted.

  • What a busy start....

    Well January already gone and we have been busy bees in the office. Two sites out the door and one ready to go live very soon. We have a few great new projects to run with in February so as usual there is no rest for us. We would have it no other way.

  • Google to penalise mobile sites using intrusive pop-ups

    So yet again Google is shaking things up. Not long ago they said they would only rank mobile ready (responsive designed) websites highly and all others will start to lose their rankings. Anyone who has spoken to me over the last year will know all about this as I am always telling my clients the importance of responsive design, but what is this latest announcement?

  • Reflection

    It's at this time of year I take a look back at the past 11 months and look at how we have been doing as a company. It's hard sometimes to remember to do this as we get so busy in the office. Don't get me wrong I love being busy but sometimes we just need some time to catch a breath.

    Being a small family run business we do not take on hundreds of clients at a time, we tend to focus on a few so that we can really get involved with the clients dream to get online. Because we spend so much time on our clients website we often neglect our own.

  • So a little bit longer to wait...

    As you know we are finalists in the Bexley Business Awards for Best Technology Company 2016. We feel this is great recognition of our family business. We had our interview with the Judges this week so now we just have to wait until June to find out if we have won. We are really proud to be in the same category as other great companies in the area.

    So watch this space.

  • Image Usage on Websites

    Something I get asked a lot about is image use on a website. It still fascinates me after 10 years of running my own business that so many are unaware of copyright law regarding images. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard the phrase “But its on Google so it must be free to use!”

    The simple fact is no its not free to use!!! Google index images just as they index written content and as such they have millions if not billions of images that look available. If you want to use something for a website then you have quite a few legal options open to you.

  • Why Responsive Mobile Ready Design Should Be Standard

    First of all what is responsive design? Responsive design is a website that responds to the way you are being viewed – so will adapt to a phone, tablet or large screen pc without losing design or functionality features.

    We keep getting calls from prospective clients asking us how much extra we charge for responsive mobile ready design. Our simple answer is nothing extra!!! We feel, as most good designers/developers do, that mobile responsive sites should be the only types of sites created now. After all search engines like Google are demanding it so why shouldn't you?

  • Bexley Awards Finalist

    Bexley Business Awards FinalistWe are so excited to have been named a finalist in the Bexley Business Awards 2016 for Best Technology Company. Its our 2nd year as a finalist, last year in the category for Customer Services. We hope that this year we win but as ever we are up against some amazing companies. Fingers and toes crossed.

  • What to ask when talking to a Website Developer/Designer.

    I wrote a blog on this back in 2013 and to be honest not a huge amount has changed in respect of finding a good designer but as design and development have changed over the years there are some key things you need to do and ask when looking for a good one.

    As I said before, choosing a website design company that is right for you isn’t just as straight forward as picking one that is highly ranked on review sites or had the coolest looking website or even the best portfolio.

  • Client Retention

    So I was looking through some old contracts and generally having a good sort out when I realised that the only files I was archiving were clients that had either closed down or gone in a different direction. Then I noticed that there were not that many files to archive at all. So I got to thinking how many of my clients are still with us from when I started 8 years ago? The percentage was quite high. So then I looked further and looked at how many clients were still with us that were start ups and that is when it hit me. Our client retention is actually very high.

  • Recall your emails!

    Have you ever sent an email and then had that panic feeling? Nooooooo I didn't mean to send that etc – I think we all have. I know I once sent an email meant for my husband, Simon, to a client called Simon asking what he thought about a particular website update and told him that we had sausages for dinner. Luckily the client saw the funny said. He did say he thought I was a but forward by calling him “Hun” but he did quite fancy the sausages!!!

  • The importance of a contract

    You would be surprised how many people come to me to discuss a redesign and tell me they do not have a contract with their existing developer. It baffles me how this happens. As a developer I have a standard contract that I insist the client signs before we begin work. This is to protect them just as much as it is to protect me. I do not know any good developer who doesn't insist on a signed contract. If you are in negotiations with a developer at the moment and they don't require a contract I would question why? Will you own the website at the end of completion?

  • Google Search Change Could Cause 'Mobilegeddon'

    So you may have heard the news - Google are changing their mobile algorithm to take into account “mobile friendly” websites from tomorrow. You may have heard it called responsive design – we have written a blog on it in the past too. We have been developing our websites like this for the past 18 months because we knew this day would come. Some clients have also updated their old sites to make sure they were ready. How will this effect you if you have a site that isn't responsive?

  • Don't give customers what they want... give them what they need.

    So the above statement can be taken in a number of ways. Does it mean that if you come to us and ask about website design and development that we won't listen to you, tell you that all your ideas are wrong and tell you what WE think you should have? No... we wouldn't get very far as a business if we did that.

  • Free Advertising - Recommended Sites

    So you have a beautiful new website and now you need to get some visitors.

    How do you do that?

  • Responsive Design

    Responsive Design

    Recently we had a new client approach us about his existing website. He had a very dated design and was finding that his web developer was very hard to reach and minimal changes were costing a lot of money. Also when he asked them about making his site responsive they wanted to charge him.... lets just say a lot of money.

  • January Over!!!

    Wow January is over all ready - how fast did that go? We have been incredibly busy this past month which is fantastic. We have taken on 3 new clients and are busy building websites for them now. February looks set to bring more work our way and the result of the Bexley Awards will be at the end of the month. Exciting Times at Medden Website Design.

  • Bexley Business Awards - Almost time.

    Our interview for the finalist in Bexley Business Awards 2015 in the Customer Services Category is just around the corner.... Next week in fact... we will keep you posted.

  • Bexley Business Awards - Medden Website Design announced as finalist.

    WOW - JUST WOW - We have just found out that we are finalists in the Bexley Business Awards 2015 in the Customer Services Category. We are buzzing..... On the to next stage in January.

    Judging day in mid January, we have some stiff competition but we are going to give it our all.

  • Website Design - Businesses want more

    So nearly every business these days either has a website or desperately needs one. But these days business was more than just a static brochure site, They want a website that can do much more than just give information and take an enquiry. They want what is called a CMS (content management systems).

  • Christchurch Erith

    We have been really happy to work with Christchurch in Erith to produce their website. As you can imagine being a church they do not have a budget so we were happy to provide the website free of charge and have offered hosting for free also. We try to do at least one project a year for a charitable organisation within the community.

    The Vicar was keen to have a website that she could update on her own and have complete control over. We built the website using Drupal and the overall site was both informative and welcoming.

  • Do I have to have Social Media?

    I get asked this question all the time. Do I need have have facebook, twitter etc.? My answer is always the same. No you don’t have to but I can guarantee that everyone of your main competitors will have it so why be left behind?

    I understand not all of us are in love with facebook or like to tweet every two minutes but if you are running a business surely you can see the benefits of having these options. Its free advertising and free feedback.

  • Christchurch Erith

    We have been really happy to work with Christchurch in Erith to produce their website. As you can imagine being a church they do not have a budget so we were happy to provide the website free of charge and have offered hosting for free also. We try to do at least one project a year for a charitable organisation within the community.

    The Vicar was keen to have a website that she could update on her own and have complete control over. We built the website using Drupal and the overall site was both informative and welcoming.

  • A Good Meeting

    I have many meetings with prospective clients. Some are start ups and are so excited about a new website and have fantastic ideas and the meeting is often very buzzing. These meetings are great but often you have to reel the client in a bit when they say they want a massive social network website and they only have a £200 budget. Although, I do love the enthusiasm and when you then bring ideas to the table that the client hasn’t thought of, you can see that you have helped them develop on an idea.

  • Award Nomination - Mumpreneur 2011

    Happy to announce that Clare Rogers has been nominated for another award this year. Winners are announcing in September.

  • Clare Medden Nominated for BMA Award

    Recently Clare was nominated for a BMA (Business Mum Award). Clare was over the moon to receive the nomination and although she didn't make the shortlist it is very nice to be recognised as a hard working mother in this industry.

  • The Best Drupal Modules

    Ok hold on, rewind, back up a little there....... What the heck is Drupal, and what are these modules you want to tell me all about. Here's a quick overview:

    Drupal is a free, open source, content management system. Put simply, its a platform you can build websites on. The modules are like simple bolt ons that enhance what it can do.

    Here is a list of the modules we use most frequently. It may help those new to Drupal find the best solutions, without having to trawl through piles and piles of other modules.

  • Great website design podcast - Explicit Web

    While browsing through Itunes, came across a brilliant podcast that focuses on everything web design and development.
    If that's your thing, check out the Explicit Web Podcast

  • Who doesn't love a freebie? Some fantastic free software.

    Here are some fantastic utilities that are just so good and best of all they are free.

    You can download nearly all of these in one go from www.ninite.com Just click what you want and download them all in one fell swoop. No tricky installations, no irksome next buttons.

    Dropbox - An online secure backup drive, syncs with your pc disc invisibly. Allows you to collaborate and share files with people. https://www.dropbox.com/

  • Which C.M.S. to choose... Wordpress, Joomla or Drupal?

    There are literally hundreds of Content Management Systems available. All of which simplify running and maintaining a website, but picking which one is right for you is far from a simple process.

    For the purposes of this article, I will limit the selections to the three most widely used open source systems. Namely, Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal.
    Open source means they are freely available to download and modify under a general public license.

  • Ways to make your website successful

    Over the next few weeks we will be running some articles explaining how to make your website successful.

    If you find any of them useful, please link to them or bookmark them.