The Webforward Blog

Where we write about life at Webforward, what we're up to,
new work and some geeky stuff.

13th April 2017
How to update rsync to the latest version 3.1.1-1

How to update rsync to the latest version 3.1.1-1

I had the task of copying 63TB of data from an old backup server to a new array. The standard versions of Rsync that comes with Centos 6 and 7 do not support “Total Progress” Feature: rsync -a --info=progress2 SOURCE DESTINATION Here is how I updated rsync... read the rest »
7th November 2016
Webforward ‘Highly Commended’ Technology Business Of The Year

Webforward ‘Highly Commended’ Technology Business Of The Year

Last Friday our lovely development team left the comfort of their computers to attend the Tamworth Business and Community Awards ceremony at Drayton Manor Theme Park. We were shortlisted for ‘Technology Business of The Year’ against other small businesses in the Tamworth Borough, and we received the “Highly Commended” Award! The awards evening was beautiful; […]... read the rest »
25th October 2016
Why you need an FAQ page, and how to ace it

Why you need an FAQ page, and how to ace it

FAQ is a pretty common term, but for those not in the know, it stands for ‘frequently asked questions’. So, to be very obvious about it, your FAQ page answers these FAQs, in the hope that it minimises constant enquiries about the same thing... read the rest »
18th October 2016
Creating an awesome Facebook business page

Creating an awesome Facebook business page

There are more than 1 billion active users on Facebook, that’s a market that your business can’t miss out on! And as a basic tool, Facebook is a free marketing arena so you should definitely have a presence there. Having a business account on Facebook is different to having a personal account on Facebook so read on to find out how to ace the business side…... read the rest »
27th September 2016
What do you do if your perfect domain name is already taken?

What do you do if your perfect domain name is already taken?

You’ve come up with that slightly ironic and amusing business name, the name that easily identifies your business, and the name that garners some respect in the industry. You decide to purchase the obvious dream domain name choice, but it’s already been purchased (although not necessarily in use), nightmare, what can you do? Find out from our 3 simple tips for altering the domain name to one that is available... read the rest »
23rd September 2016
Can online reviews be better for business than word-of-mouth?

Can online reviews be better for business than word-of-mouth?

79% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, 70% of consumers consult online reviews before they make a purchase, and 71% of consumers say that online reviews make them feel more comfortable that they are buying the right product for them. So why is it that online reviews now have so much selling power?... read the rest »
13th September 2016
Boost sales by avoiding abandoned shopping baskets

Boost sales by avoiding abandoned shopping baskets

For an eCommerce business, the dreaded abandoned shopping basket gives business owners nightmares! Apparently more than 68% of shopping baskets are abandoned before checkout. So how can you reduce shopping cart abandonment and increase your sales?... read the rest »
6th September 2016
Boost your sales with a new PPC campaign

Boost your sales with a new PPC campaign

Pay-per-click advertising can sometimes get a mixed review. It can be expensive with less effective results than other methods of paid-for online advertising, but if done effectively with some thought put into it, it can prove really affective for achieving your business aims... read the rest »
23rd August 2016
How does SEO relate to my website design?

How does SEO relate to my website design?

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) determines how much your website gets favoured by the big guy in the website world, Google. But how exactly do your website and SEO work together, do they both affect each other?... read the rest »
16th August 2016
Proactive vs. Reactive Social Media

Proactive vs. Reactive Social Media

Making the most of social media and the opportunities it presents for businesses can sometimes feel like a bit of a game. How often should you post, when should you post, should you share other posts, what should you be posting? We’ve discussed some of these topics and today it’s the turn of reactive vs... read the rest »
2nd August 2016
Find your eCommerce niche

Find your eCommerce niche

A niche is the provision of goods and/or services that fit a specific part of the market that may not be covered by ‘mainstream’ providers. If you’ve found a niche then you can target all parts of your communication, marketing and product development to fit this... read the rest »
19th July 2016
How to get more ‘likes’ on your Facebook page

How to get more ‘likes’ on your Facebook page

There are more than 1 billion active Facebook users, that’s a huge audience for your business’ messages! And whilst not all of them are going to be customers, they’re all technically potential customers, so you want to be as engaging as possible to reach them with all the noise from other businesses and interesting things.... read the rest »
12th July 2016
Top marketing tips from Google

Top marketing tips from Google

If you’ve got a website, it’s likely you’re trying to impress to big, bad site that is Google. 88% of internet searches are carried out on Google, that’s about 1... read the rest »
30th June 2016
Sweet Pea Fashion website goes live!

Sweet Pea Fashion website goes live!

We’re very excited to announce the launch of our latest project: a new website and POS system for Bristol based Sweet Pea Fashion. Sweet Pea Fashion is a lovely boutique store based in Westbury-On-Trym, ran by best friends Gemma and Emma... read the rest »
28th June 2016
5 ways to earn the trust of your purchasers

5 ways to earn the trust of your purchasers

What with scares over fraud, returning faulty products and general customer experience, it’s more important than ever to show customers that they can trust your business. Trusting that you supply good quality products or services, that you deliver what you say you deliver and that they won’t be conned is crucial in winning a customer over... read the rest »
26th May 2016
Mobilegeddon 2: your guide to Google’s update

Mobilegeddon 2: your guide to Google’s update

We told you about the changes to Google’s search algorithm last year that penalised websites that weren’t responsive or mobile compatible. In March, Google announced that it would be introducing an update to this, meaning that the signal of last year’s change would be enhanced on mobile search results to ensure that users find even more pages that are mobile-friendly during their browsing... read the rest »