Hiring A Webmaster

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Keeping your website up to date requires time and knowledge. Two things we have plenty of!

  • Do you find yourself delving into your website's instruction manual every time you need to update the content?
  • Do you worry that updating your website may break it or affect it's search engine ranking?
  • Do you consider website updates as an unproductive use of your time?

You're not alone!

It's not uncommon to fear your website. You've spent a lot of money getting the most functional website, with a modern design, but now you don't want to 'break' it, trying to update the content or submitting your latest news article. Now is the time to consider an outsourced webmaster to take care of it for you. From as little as £35 per month you would have piece of mind that the updates you want can be made quickly, allowing you to carry on being productive.

Our basic maintenance package offers you email and phone support with a response within 24 hours* This includes 1 hour's support per month which would typically cover the posting of one news article a week, or the addition of 2 photo gallery albums per month but the updates would be entirely up to you.

In addition, you can boost your maintenance package to include SEO support, additional hours support, quicker response times and a daily backup of your website files. We can even tailor a package to suit your needs, call Richard today on 01295 278216 or email contact@samui.co.uk and employ a webmaster today!

* response times are based on Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.30pm


Only 2% of school websites are 'good'

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A recent study of school websites, across England, showed just 2% of the secondary schools examined passed the speed test.

Primary school websites faired slightly better at 9% but the research by Cogent demonstrates that schools can do a lot more to improve their websites for both prospective parents and current parents.

We are offering a FREE review of your website to help you get the most from it. Contact Richard on 01295 278216 or email contact@samui.co.uk and let us put you in the top 2%.

Website speed is a key factor in today's world of instant access but it's not the only consideration. Having a responsive website that allows visitors to view the website on any device is a major consideration in this digital age. With 62% of adults now possessing a smartphone it's fair to conclude that the majority of parents will try accessing your website via a mobile or tablet. Being able to find the information they need, on smaller screens, is therefore imperative. The Cogent study found that nearly two thirds of its sample did not have a responsive website, from both the Primary and Secondary school sector.

Being mobile-friendly does not require costly development of an app or necessarily a redesign. Ask about our mobile friendly conversion to get your current site up to date.

2 click rule

This research has presented many striking statistics, some that could be predicted, but the content review shows the most immediate action requirements for many. The DfE have published guidance on what must be present on school websites but over half of websites reviewed failed to comply with providing a named contact, accessible within 2 clicks. A school website offers parents a means of engagement but knowing who to contact, when and how, not only assists parents but also school administration staff. No contact details or having the information deep inside the website forms a barrier of frustration to your user as well as failing to comply with DfE guidance.

Having developed several school websites we are in a position to advise on such necessities. Bringing your website inline with national standards should be a Summer priority, so start with a FREE assessment of your current website. Call Richard on 01295 278216 or email contact@samui.co.uk.


Look What You Could Have Won....

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Do you ever get the feeling that your website is underperforming, out of date or just sluggish?

Don't settle for second best, make sure you get the top prize with a modern website built around todays standards, with the help of samuidesign.co.uk.

What Are Todays Standards?

Here are the top 5 items to consider when comparing your website to todays standards.

  • Is your website mobile friendly?
  • Is your website built for speed?
  • Is your website optimised for search engines?
  • Is your website coded with security in mind?
  • Does your website encourage a call to action? 

Why Act Today?

The start of the new tax year allows companies to assess their priorities for the coming year and decide how best to invest their capital. The importance of digital marketing should be a key priority for a modern business and, spent wisely, can make the difference between you walking away with the top prize or being left with that 'look what you could have won' feeling!

On April 21st Google introduced the 'mobile friendly' benefit, boosting websites search rankings, that pass their mobile friendly test. Combined with the fact that they already favour speedy websites and those running off a secure connection, updating your website today will ensure that you are competitive now and ready to take advantage of Google's progressive lean towards modern websites.

Let the Samui team assess your website for FREE, contact us today at contact@samui.co.uk or call Richard on +44 (0)1295 278216 to ensure you are one step ahead!


The new Morzine and Back ... Transfers website goes live

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Samui designed and developed the new Morzine and Back ... Transfers website

The aim of this project was to design and develop a fresh, easy to use, responsive to different screen sizes website that would allow the company to provide up to date information to their clients and potential clients at a click of a button.

As such the content of the website is managed by our easy to use Content Management System and includes a Quick Quote Tool enabling clients to get an instant quote online and send their booking request to Morzine and Back ... Transfers by email.
The website also enables Morzine and Back ... Transfers to show client reviews and integrate their social media accounts directly on their website.
View the website on www.morzineandback.co.uk.
If you would like to find out what we can do for your company, please contact us on contact@samui.co.uk or +33 (0)9 81 45 63 87

Ensure that child information is secure - Parents Portal

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There is no doubt the internet provides schools with a powerful resource.

A school website is a multi purpose tool to engage with prospective parents, current parents, governors, staff, inspectors and pupils. Inevitably you will want to promote children's work, advertise events and post documents online whilst considering the security of the information. With a secure parents portal you can protect their information as well as making the most of your website.

A parents portal has the following benefits:

  • Secure area for parents only content
  • Single location for parents to visit
  • Publish pupil project work securely
  • Upload letters, newsletters and documents
  • Link to current school database to save on additional administration
Linking your current school database with the parents portal would allow you to continue managing parents' contact information as you already do, with updates being automatically pushed to the parents portal database, saving duplication of work but keeping the same level of security. School leavers would be removed and new entrants added automatically, each with a unique login allowing for specific content to be delivered upon successful login.

St Andrews School in Pangbourne has been successfully using the Parent Portal with Samui's CMS, becoming a paperless school in the process, thanks to the flexibility and intuitive nature of the parent portal. See what it can do for your school by contacting us at contact@samui.co.uk or by calling Richard Holmes on 01295 278216.


Websites for Associations & Societies

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Samui has developed a custom made website management system specifically designed for associations and societies.

Are You Looking To Update Or Redesign Your Website?

Do You Want To Maintain Your Website Yourselves But Are Increasingly Frustrated With How Difficult This May Be With Your Current Website?

Do You Want To Provide Additional Benefits To Your Members and Web Users Such As An Online Newsletter, A Calendar Of Events, a document library Or A Membership Portal?

Samui has developed a custom made website management system specifically designed for associations and societies, in collaboration with associations. The system is specifically aimed at associations and societies of all sizes, whether national or international to help them manage the vast array of information that they are expected to provide to members and the general public.

It has been developed and improved over many years, and our clients all testify of how easy it is to use. It has been tested extensively by a number of associations and societies already and can be viewed in practice on the website of www.iahs.info and www.hydrology.org.uk and www.britishdams.org

The associations and societies website management system is entirely tailor-made to each organisation's needs and typically includes:

  • Content Management System
  • Calendar of Events
  • Latest News and Email Newsletters
  • Document Management System / Electronic Library
  • Member Registration and Management tool
  • Event Management Tool
  • Picture Gallery
  • Online Shopping Tool
  • Members Portal
  • Help and Support

If you would like to find out more about our web design and development service for associations and societies, please visit our website on http://design.samui.co.uk/associations.php or contact us on contact@samui.co.uk or 01295 278216.


Are You Responsive to Change?

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Is your website responsive to the mobile revolution? Can you target your content to a changing audience?

A website has grown from an information tool to a powerful marketing tool. It represents the business, the people in the business and the audience you wish to target, acting as a shop window to anyone who browse's past. Enticing visitors into your website depends on the content that you offer and the way that you present it but do you have full control over the content that you display?

Samui has been developing a powerful Content Management System that is enabling a growing number of clients to easily update and maintain the content of their website. To find out more about how it can help your business continue reading or call us on 01295 278216 or email us at contact@samui.co.uk .

2014 has very much been focussed on the growing trend of internet browsing taking place on the move across a wide range of devices. With fingertip browsing set to continue your website needs to be as fast paced as your customers, delivering content on any device that is up to date and relevant.

"Responsive" [ri-spon-sive]:adjective: reacting quickly and positively.

When we talk about a responsive website it's generally a reference to having a website that responds to the range of available internet browsing devices, from hand held to widescreen. It's predicted that mobile internet searching will overtake desktop searches during 2015 and if you are not 'reacting quickly and positively' to this trend it will turn into a negative responsive for your business.

"A CMS that saves you time and works whilst you sleep"

Having a responsive website also means having one that can be managed to maximise your SERP (search engine ranking position), if you can't update the content you can't keep your site up to date. Having the ability to add a news feed or upload your latest photo gallery are simple yet effective methods to keep your website current. These are just 2 tools available with our CMS (Content Management System) that boasts an advanced SEO capability, allowing you to work on your SERP with ease. Our CMS will:

  • automatically generate a sitemap for submission to search engines
  • allow you to update the important meta title and description displayed in search engine results
  • allow you to undertake advanced SEO tweaks such as page prioritisation, setting page language and controlling which pages are indexed.
  • add Open Graph tags to your pages to optimise sharing a page on social media.

These features are over and above the ability to:

  • add, edit and delete pages / site links.
  • manage users and control authorisation of each user
  • add custom web forms to your website

We also have a wide range of tools to add-on to your site that include:

  • a news system including home page ticker
  • a calendar of events
  • a blog
  • a document library
  • a photo gallery including homepage slideshow
  • a case studies / portfolio promotion tool
  • a media library to present videos
  • a members area tool
  • an online shop and booking system

all with integration to social media and with your SERP in mind.

Samui has been working hard to deliver a CMS that saves you time and works whilst you sleep. If you have read this far then it's your turn to be responsive and call us on 01295 278216 or email contact@samui.co.uk.


Be the Black Sheep

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Whilst your competitors flock together, be the black sheep and free yourself, and your website, of the template design.

To establish a presence on the internet you need to stand out and be different, show you have something your competitors don't, and give visitors the WOW factor.

Many off the shelf packages will get you up and running but they won't make you stand out and look different, add to that the additional security threats related to the most popular CMS packages and you quickly become rounded up looking to escape the flock.

Samui is a web design and development company with nearly 15 years experience of designing websites for companies large and small. What may surprise you is how good value we are!

We can design a website for you, with a unique look, designed just for you (we do not use ready-made templates) and a Content Management System for you to update and maintain your website in your own time.

Our Content Management System has been developed and improved over many years, and our clients all testify of how easy it is to use, which means that you won’t need a day’s training everytime you want to update your website.

In addition, we have a number of modules that can be added to your website to help you better manage your business. You may be interested for example in

  • An Online Booking/shopping Facility with online payment facility
  • An Email newsletter that you can send directly from your website and post to your social media account
  • A Calendar of events
  • A Picture gallery or slideshow … and much more

We are located in Saint Jean d’Aulps and would be very happy to review your existing website and discuss with you face to face: how we can help you improve your website, get a higher search engine ranking and/or use Social Media to further promote your business.

If you would like to find out more about us, please visit our website on www.samui.co.uk.


Websites for Schools

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Samui has developed a custom made website management system specifically designed for schools, in collaboration with schools.

Are you looking to update or redesign your website?

Do you want to maintain your website yourselves but are increasingly frustrated with how difficult this may be with your current website?

Do you want to provide additional benefits to your web users such as an online newsletter, a calendar of events or a parents or teachers portal?

Samui has developed a custom made website management system specifically designed for schools, in collaboration with schools. The system is specifically aimed at schools of all sizes to help them manage the vast array of information that they are expected to provide to parents and teachers.

It has been developed and improved over many years, and our clients all testify of how easy it is to use. It has been tested extensively by a number of schools already and can be viewed in practice on the website of www.st-hughs.co.uk and www.standrewspangbourne.co.uk. Both those websites have been re-launched recently and have received instant praise from parents and teachers alike.

The schools website management system is entirely tailor-made to each school's needs and typically includes:

  • Content Management System
  • Calendar of Events
  • Latest News and Email Newsletters
  • Document Management System / Electronic Library
  • Picture Gallery
  • User Registration and Management tool
  • Parents / Teachers Portal
  • Help and Support

 If you would like to find out more about our web design and development service for schools, please visit our website on http://design.samui.co.uk/schools.php or contact Estelle at contact@samui.co.uk or on 01295278216


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