Eight Twenty Design's Blog

A blog about a mixture of website design, SEO, hosting and other bits and bobs. If you like what you find on my blog follow me on twitter for more (don't be afraid to ask for advice, I don't bite). Like something a little more technical? See my StackExchange profile.

  • Pushing New Features isn't Always a Good Idea Tim Baker Tuesday 4 March 2014 @ 15:59

    Everyone loves new things, when they work well that is. With jotText one of the most common problems is managing the demand for new features and the deliver-ability of said features.  It is no good...

  • Introducing Acacia Lodge of Henley Care Management Tim Baker Wednesday 29 January 2014 @ 01:54

    I've been working hard recently, no Christmas break as it would so happen. Henley Care Management are the newest of my clients, with a simple idea. To create a care home website for Acacia Lodge...

  • Infographic: The Art of Contact Forms Tim Baker Sunday 19 January 2014 @ 22:08

    I don't often share the work of other blogs, however this infographic is particularly good. From The Small Business Blog originally, you don't need to be a rocket scientist to see how simple...

  • Time for Some Inspiration Part 2 Construction Tim Baker Tuesday 14 January 2014 @ 01:20

    Following on from my original website inspiration post for restaurants, I thought I would pick a somewhat different theme, construction and real estate. Interestingly, unlike restaurants small real...

  • Why Should I Bother with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Tim Baker Sunday 12 January 2014 @ 18:35

    So you've got a great business, and it's doing fairly well (congratulations!) but you can't figure out how Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) will help you or why you need it. There is a misconception with SEO,...

  • How Much Is In The Breaking Bad Lock Up Tim Baker Monday 30 December 2013 @ 02:13

    Breaking Bad came to its rather sharp conclusion last year. Walter White got what he deserved some would argue, others might suggest it wasn't quite Breaking Bad enough. Over the Christmas period I treated...

  • Time for Some Inspiration Part 1 Restaurants Tim Baker Tuesday 24 December 2013 @ 01:20

    I recently had a client ask me where they should go for inspiration on how they want their website to look and work. In truth my answer wasn't that great. Reason being finding inspiration is very...

  • How to Get Article's Intro Image in Joomla using PHP Tim Baker Monday 23 December 2013 @ 16:00

    I struggled to find a solution to this on Stack Overflow and other sites, which was efficient and reliable so once I did come up with something I thought I better share the solution. The Aim: To get...

  • Guide for Using Google Analytics - The Basics Tim Baker Friday 20 December 2013 @ 11:25

    What is Google Analytics? Google Analytics is an incredibly easy to use service provided by Google to understand how people are using your website. You can easily see how many people have viewed...

  • My Biggest Project to Date Tim Baker Thursday 28 November 2013 @ 21:32

    I love new and exciting projects, ones which haven't been done before, ones which let you really get your teeth stuck into. There has been a lot of work in getting Eight Twenty Design's newest...

  • Site Update: Less is More Tim Baker Wednesday 20 November 2013 @ 12:56

    I have always been a keen believer in less is more. When I started Eight Twenty Design my services were broad, I did an awful lot of different things, however I must confess over time the site has...

  • An (Overdue) Redesign of the Site Tim Baker Monday 18 November 2013 @ 02:44

    Sometimes incremental upgrades aren't enough, every so often a website needs a completely fresh look. That is what has happened to this site very recently. Although slightly long in the making, the...

  • WH Smith, a True Example of Poor Website Management Tim Baker Monday 21 October 2013 @ 11:49

    After several days offline WH Smith's website is now back up and running after having put up a simple holding page notice (with typos!) in its place, but did WH Smith handle this correctly? Firstly, I...

  • Focusing in on SEO Tim Baker Thursday 10 October 2013 @ 20:27

    Search Engine Optimisation, or SEO is getting significantly hard, but easier at the same time. The overall aim could not be easier now, as quote by Google, build for the user, not for the robots...

  • "The Best Mobile App" Tim Baker Thursday 3 October 2013 @ 15:34

    Great news, our new SMS service, jotText has just been named the "Best Mobile App" in JotForms developer competition! Our web based application, jotText lets you receive SMS notifications when you...

  • Say Hello to jotText Tim Baker Saturday 21 September 2013 @ 22:10

    jotText is our new service allowing users, web masters and business owners to send SMS messages to people have previously responded to your forms on JotForm. Simple as 1,2,3. And super cheap. The...

  • Changes to Our Web Hosting Tim Baker Saturday 11 May 2013 @ 12:22

    We have had a fantastic start to the year, completing some great new sites. We are also pleased that we are able to offer a in-house hosting for all of our clients, however we are due to make some...

  • Adobe CC: Changing of an Era Tim Baker Tuesday 7 May 2013 @ 20:49

    Yesterday Adobe announced they are soon scraping Creative Suite (CS), in favor of a new solution named Creative Cloud (CC), and as the name suggests cloud computing is very much an integral part of...

  • WebOS Applications End-of-life Tim Baker Sunday 24 March 2013 @ 01:05

    As we have previously announced, our WebOS app support has come to an end already. However during this next week these apps will cease to work any longer, this is so we can focus on what we are...

  • The Best (Free) Tools to Maintain your Website Tim Baker Sunday 24 March 2013 @ 00:07

    The web is a crowded place, and standing out is hard. What's even harder is knowing what is of any use to help you grow; here are the best free tools to help you make sure your getting the attention you...

  • Mission: To Be the Most Reliable Website Design Company Possible Tim Baker Saturday 2 February 2013 @ 20:39

    If you didn't know already, UK's banks have once again been hit by technical problems, over the past 2 years there have been more and more high profile attacks on websites. But it's not just high...

  • Concept: The Next Windows Tim Baker Sunday 20 January 2013 @ 16:03

    Spotted by the likes of Mashable, The Verge, and Business Insider this design concept by Andrew Kim for the next Windows really does say a lot about the state Microsoft is currently in. I'm a...

  • My Allergy Translator: The New App for people with allergies Tim Baker Saturday 19 January 2013 @ 00:33

    Dealing with allergies is not easy at the best of times, eating abroad is especially difficult. There's many of tools out there to help people with allergies, but we noticed there was a severe lack...

  • Creating Our Own Web Hosting Tim Baker Sunday 30 December 2012 @ 23:03

    After a very successful latter half of 2012, we are pleased to announce the formation of our own web hosting offering - Eight Twenty Hosting. We hope we can offer something very few other cans,...

  • Web highlights: Olympic Camera's Tim Baker Sunday 30 December 2012 @ 19:27

    In the spirit of the Olympics, did you notice those balloons which took off at the start of the opening ceremony? Well I did, and I was left intrigued when we saw the closing image of "2012" over...

  • WebOS has found its new use - Controlling MRI equipment Tim Baker Monday 12 December 2011 @ 21:55

    Just a few days ago it was announced that WebOS would be going open source after it failed to take off in HP's hands. I was a great fan of WebOS but I honestly failed to see who would pick up the...

  • Introducing CaPNotifier Tim Baker Thursday 10 November 2011 @ 22:51

    That's right, our first Windows based software since having moved away from WebOS. As announced on our Twitter account a few days ago, this new Windows Utility Software is now available for download.Simple...

  • What the End of WebOS Means for us and Your Applications Tim Baker Friday 19 August 2011 @ 20:50

    Updated: (24/09/2011)Since HP has now had a management reshuffle, our application development has been halted and awaits news on the future of WebOS. Once we know in more detail the future of WebOS we...

  • Why has my WebOS app stopped working? Tim Baker Thursday 11 August 2011 @ 22:01

    On the 24/09/2011 we announced that our WebOs applications would be discontinued. This was a direct result of HP ending their hardware support for the platform, effectively putting to bed the WebOS...

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