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Hiring a web design agency does not have to be hard. Here’s how.

Hiring a web design agency can be a process fraught with risk and no little tension. Here’s how it normally goes: a company has decided internally that they need a new website. The reasons vary but might include ‘we need to better show off a new product offering’, ‘it just looks out of date’, ‘we...

How secure is your WordPress site?

Sometimes, WordPress gets a bad rap. Someone has heard that it’s not secure. A local business had its site taken over by hackers. Isn’t it the most hacked system in the world? WordPress security often feels like the topic du jour. And you know what? It’s likely all true… but not for the reasons you...

Should we still use Google Analytics? What’s the alternative?

I’ve been thinking about Google Analytics. I know – it’s the fun stuff. For years I would install Google Analytics on client websites without a second thought. It offers a huge range of analytical tools for clients who – with an amount of time on their hands – could set up a ton of different...

ThriveCart for sales, FetchApp for fulfilment – together at last!

Recently I’ve been working with a client who has a successful business selling downloadable materials for speech therapists. They’re collections of materials that help speech therapists run therapy sessions either in person or – as has been more relevant for the past 18 months – online. The client opened up a new sales channel and...

Thanks for your concern, Instagram …

… but really, I’m fine.

Not TickTockDesign Any More. Yikes.

This is David Horn Design. I’m David Horn. See what I’ve done there? But my company used to be called TickTockDesign. Different, but it’s the same thing. It’s just me, some trusted colleagues, a fresh installation of WordPress and some full-strength decaffeinated coffee. So why the change? There are 2 main reasons which together meant...

Thinking of redesigning your website? Here’s the checklist that all MD’s and owners need

This article appears in full over at Consult VIA – you can read my thoughts on redesigning your website from the perspective of an MD or business owner. Interesting stuff … although yeah, I would say that! We’re all tempted by the website redesign. The promise of instant rejuvenation and that ‘new website smell’. It’s...

The Guardian’s hiring …

I do like it when big media companies reach out to the developer community for hiring!

Pricing for e-commerce web projects

Hi there – I’d like an e-commerce site just like someothershop.com. How much would that cost me? It’s a common enough question, and one that always leads your average freelance web designer to take a deep breath and sigh “Well, let me see … ‘. There are many factors that influence the cost of an...

Creating Facebook Ad Campaigns

… boy, this has become an occasional blog! And this is just a quick note to let you know I’ve written a new article over on my blog for website owners. It’s a pretty basic guide to getting up and running with Facebook Ads. There’s a good bit of info in there, covering setting up...

Site Launch: Direct Vintage – online vintage furniture

This is a nice looking site (if I say so myself!), and a fun project to be involved in. Direct Vintage sell vintage style furniture online … it’s actually a joint venture I’m involved in. TickTockDesign are providing marketing services for the site – as well as all the web design and development, so a...

The Case for a Dedicated Mobile Website

Sometimes, a responsive web design is not the most appropriate way to develop a company’s mobile presence. There, I said it. Recently, all the talk is about responsive design – justifiably for the most part; it is a genuinely significant change for a lot of clients who now need to consider how and where their...