The Webforward Blog

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

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 »
23rd May 2016
How email marketing can help your business

How email marketing can help your business

There are lots of numbers thrown around about how effective email marketing is in terms of ROI and sales, but it’s pretty fair to say that it’s a productive and effective form of marketing. Email marketing can come in a number of forms, most people are aware of the e-newsletter, but there are other ways you can use email marketing to boost your business... read the rest »
11th May 2016
How to drive more traffic to your blog

How to drive more traffic to your blog

If you’ve been following all of our advice then you should have a business blog up and running. If that’s a New Year’s Resolution, then what’s stopping you? Anyway, a blog is the best way to send to send traffic to your website for free because of Google’s love of content... read the rest »
26th April 2016
Your definitive guide to: WordPress

Your definitive guide to: WordPress

Most people who have some knowledge of websites and the building/management process will have heard of WordPress. WordPress is an open-source content management system (CMS), so supports the creation, management, organising, publishing, editing and deletion of website content from one central dashboard... read the rest »
19th April 2016
Your definitive guide to: Magento

Your definitive guide to: Magento

Magento is one of a number of open-source application to help build your website. They specialise in providing the tools to create a fully integrated online store, so keep reading on if your business needs or has an eCommerce requirement... read the rest »
5th April 2016
Why I need dedicated server hosting

Why I need dedicated server hosting

Using shared hosting can be a cost-effective solution for your business’ website. Whichever hosting you’re using, whether that’s shared hosting, VPS hosting, or maybe you’re already using dedicated server hosting, as with any part of your business you should regularly audit the performance and cost-effectiveness of each component... read the rest »
29th March 2016
The pros and cons of server-side scripting

The pros and cons of server-side scripting

Script is the code that enables web pages to show something other than static content, in other words, dynamic content. Dynamic content is content that can change on a website based on the person viewing it, depending on their location, device, previous internet history etc... read the rest »
22nd March 2016
How long will be it until my SEO investment starts to pay off?

How long will be it until my SEO investment starts to pay off?

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a key player in the success of your website. Lots of people spend lots of time and effort (and often money) on trying to enhance the SEO in their website, so how long will it be before these investments pay off? Well, as is the answer to a lot of questions, how long is a piece of string? However, the one thing you can’t get with SEO is quick results, so don’t expect anything overnight... read the rest »
15th March 2016
Why should I choose an agency to develop my WordPress website?

Why should I choose an agency to develop my WordPress website?

This is a question we hear quite often, why should I pay a team of developers to build a WordPress website for me when I can do it myself? When getting your business online, you're probably looking to save as much money as possible, so opting for a free version of WordPress can seem tempting. In this guide we'll explain why choosing to get your WordPress solution developed by an agency (us, of course!) will get you much better results than going it alone... read the rest »
8th March 2016
7 steps to secure your website against cyber-attacks

7 steps to secure your website against cyber-attacks

TalkTalk’s security breach in 2015 brought the reality of website security issues to the forefront of the news, and made it a reality to nearly 160,000 people in the UK. And the cyber-attack on the extramarital affairs website Ashley Madison leaked information on around 33 million people, that’s huge! Website security is a real issue, even for big websites taking all of the necessary precautions... read the rest »
23rd February 2016
How to get more referrals for your small business

How to get more referrals for your small business

There are some statistics that you really cannot afford to ignore if you’re trying to run a successful business; 84% of people trust recommendations from friends and family more than all other forms of marketing, 77% of customers are more likely to buy a new product after a recommendation from friends and family, and 80% of businesses say that their customers find out about them through word of mouth marketing. Word of mouth marketing is powerful, and that is the word... read the rest »
18th February 2016
DNS glibc vulnerability – Is your server secure?

DNS glibc vulnerability – Is your server secure?

A vulnerability within the glibc DNS client used by many recent Linux distributions has recently been identified. This vulnerability has the potential to allow malicious access to affected devices and software, allowing a third-party to cause a crash or run malicious code... read the rest »
16th February 2016
Should I use a free website builder?

Should I use a free website builder?

Many online platforms are giving lots of people who wouldn’t traditionally have had the skills or expertise to set up their own websites. And a lot of the time you can find lots of promises that you can set up your website for free... read the rest »
9th February 2016
Extracting a database from a large mysqldump file

Extracting a database from a large mysqldump file

Restoring a single database from a large mysql dump is pretty easy, using the mysql command line client’s –one-database option: mysql -u root -p --one-database db_to_restore < fulldump.sql But what if you don’t want to restore the database, you just want to extract it out of the dump file? Well, that happens to be easy as […]... read the rest »
9th February 2016
Could you pitch your new business idea in 140 characters?

Could you pitch your new business idea in 140 characters?

The big challenge using Twitter as a marketing tool is trying to fit what you want to say into just 140 characters, but sometimes this can help you to hone your messaging and be more direct about what you want to say. But what about a business pitch, could you do this is just 140 characters?... read the rest »