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n5gooner
3rd January 2010, 17:26
Afternoon everyone,


I trust you all had a good Christmas and a great New Year.

So a quick update about my plan b, well I've been run of my feet!

I've just posted an article on the financial forum as I'm looking for an umbrella company because I'm taking on two contractors to help me. Moved into a new office just before Christmas, and my first day there is tomorrow!! The new office will allow us to take on bigger jobs.

http://www.easyslidescanning.co.uk is attracting lots of hits each day, we've a new site being built by a marketing company which will give us a more professional appearance. This will enable us to approach bigger organisations.

So far things seem to be going ok, we've plenty of work lined up for the new year now.

But boy, it sure does cost enough setting these things up !!!!

Fred Bloggs
3rd January 2010, 17:35
Well done with plan B. Sounds like a budding plan A to me.

Zippy
3rd January 2010, 17:38
Congratulations n5gooner. :yay:

You shouldn't need an umbrella co as that is the problem of your contractors. If you are worried about your contractors not getting paid then avoid recommending brollies that may have gone out of business in the last year or two, and then reappeared under another name.

Good luck in 2010.

norrahe
3rd January 2010, 17:40
Congratulations n5gooner. :yay:

You shouldn't need an umbrella co as that is the problem of your contractors. If you are worried about your contractors not getting paid then avoid recommending brollies that may have gone out of business in the last year or two, and then reappeared under another name.

Good luck in 2010.

Also avoid offshore brollies.

AtW
3rd January 2010, 17:42
Nice one Gooner!

Word of the wise - create your own unique brand that you "own", like say "SKA News", this way you will be instantly recogniseable :tongue

n5gooner
3rd January 2010, 17:50
thanks guys!!!


One question, the new site which as I said is being built is here http://www.digiscanltd.com/index.php its not finished by any means, not advertised etc.

It displays correctly on a PC using chrome, ie, safari, however when I look at it on my shiny new Mac bookpro, the formatting is lost on the central icons and I've no graphics.

Has anyone got a Mac they could check it on, or is it my Mac, I need to know to let the marketing company know......

Thanks again.

Zippy
3rd January 2010, 17:57
Sorry. Le Mac is dead so can't check it for you. Shouldn't the marketing company be checking this? I assume you are paying them a lot of money for this site.

OrangeHopper
3rd January 2010, 18:00
Has anyone got a Mac they could check it on, or is it my Mac, I need to know to let the marketing company know......

Looks ok on mine : 10.6.2, Safari 4.0.4, Firefox 3.0.15.

n5gooner
3rd January 2010, 18:00
Sorry. Le Mac is dead so can't check it for you. Shouldn't the marketing company be checking this? I assume you are paying them a lot of money for this site.


yes they should, but are closed over Christmas, I was checking today and noticed, however its now working, very odd!!!

p.s. the photos are not of me!!! I do however need to get a photo session booked!

NickFitz
3rd January 2010, 18:11
Congratulations! :yay:



One question, the new site which as I said is being built is here http://www.digiscanltd.com/index.php its not finished by any means, not advertised etc.

It displays correctly on a PC using chrome, ie, safari, however when I look at it on my shiny new Mac bookpro, the formatting is lost on the central icons and I've no graphics.

Has anyone got a Mac they could check it on, or is it my Mac, I need to know to let the marketing company know......


Here's a screenshot of the site (http://www.nickfitz.co.uk/temp/digiscanltd.com.png) taken on my MacBook running Safari 4.0.3 (6531.9) under SnowLeopard (OS X 10.6). The mouse was over the Cine/DVD conversion bit, hence the mouseover highlight there.

n5gooner
3rd January 2010, 18:15
Congratulations! :yay:



Here's a screenshot of the site (http://www.nickfitz.co.uk/temp/digiscanltd.com.png) taken on my MacBook running Safari 4.0.3 (6531.9) under SnowLeopard (OS X 10.6). The mouse was over the Cine/DVD conversion bit, hence the mouseover highlight there.

Thanks - all working now!

Zippy
3rd January 2010, 18:27
Thanks - all working now!

Excellent :D

I'll be happy to test it when it's all finished (if that would help)

n5gooner
3rd January 2010, 18:35
Excellent :D

I'll be happy to test it when it's all finished (if that would help)

thank you I'll let you know, what are your first impressions though ?

Zippy
3rd January 2010, 18:50
thank you I'll let you know, what are your first impressions though ?

Nice and clean. :)
You need to stick alt tags on your images (you've used images to describe some of your services - your phone number at the top is contained in an image)
Stick margins on the text in column 2
Don't use the words 'click here' as a link
On the contact form the continue link should be a nice obvious Send Mail (or similar) button
You should have a general email address that people can contact without using a form (a pain for you, I know :))

MrMark
3rd January 2010, 19:06
Excellent news - Well done! :banana:

RichardCranium
3rd January 2010, 19:07
thank you I'll let you know, what are your first impressions though ?Edit: I wrote the following, then realised I'd reviewed the wrong web site! :suicide:

Have someone competent spell check those pages.


I just had to let you know how trilled I am with the digital images of my old photos. I spent 2 hours watching them on the TV with the children, I then loaded them on to my pc and “hay presto”

Trying to access www.easyslidescanning.co.uk redirects to the .com version yet the .com version says "...co.uk" at the top left.

You are giving out a .co.uk email address on a .com web site which looks like an odd inconsistency.

I see you are using statcounter.com - is that working OK for you?

I have an 0845 number; it is amazing how many people think it is a premium rate number and won't use it. Can you offer your landline number too? It also adds credibility since the address you give is a PO Box address. Actually, I would never post stuff I own to a PO Box address - this will lose you customers.

Sysman
3rd January 2010, 19:12
Nice site, clean and uncluttered.

There's an inconsistency in the right sidebar - the mouse works over the main images but you need to click on the text rather than the image in the sidebar.

The logo doesn't respond to the mouse - on most sites clicking on the logo takes you to the home page and it's a handy shortcut to have.

I'd not have the blog as ./wordpress - call it ./blog or something else instead. There's no point advertising to the script kiddies what you are running.

Tested on OS X 10.5.8 PPC using
Safari 4.04
Firefox 3.5.6
Opera 10.10

I assume you are planning on not having the urls ending in .php in the live version; it would look cleaner without those.

NickFitz
3rd January 2010, 19:17
p.s. the photos are not of me!!!


The iStockPhoto watermark is a bit of a giveaway, not to mention the stethoscope ;)

RichardCranium
3rd January 2010, 19:28
thank you I'll let you know, what are your first impressions though ?http://www.digiscanltd.com/ just says "Coming Soon!" - is that intentional?

Having given that 01372 telephone number, you may as well provide your postal address (it is a trivial matter to get from one to the other anyway).

On the address form, the Postcode is before the City. Why "City" and not "address line 2"? Also, can you get the country to default to UK?

I created an order and got "Your order has been successfully processed! Your products will arrive at their destination within 2-5 working days" but I had selected payment by cheque.

In the process of placing that order, I don't remember being told where to send my slides.

I take it all those "stockphoto" watermarks will be disappearing?

The link in "Prior to scanning we will prepare your slides using our unique 5-step cleansing process. Click here if you would like to know more about this" does not work as intended. That is worrying (wire brush & Dettol?)

Xenu's Link Sleuth tells me you have at least 4 broken links:
http://www.digiscanltd.com/../im/iconBookMark.jpg
http://www.digiscanltd.com/../im/iconDigitalPhotoFrames.jpg
http://www.digiscanltd.com/../im/iconSignUpCorpAcct.jpg
http://www.digiscanltd.com/www.digiscanltd.com

I - and many others - would be loathe to do business with an online firm that gives out no address.

Posting comments on the blog... there seems to be no security.

oracleslave
3rd January 2010, 19:34
Posting comments on the blog... there seems to be no security.

This would never have happened under the tories

You know you want to :D

n5gooner
3rd January 2010, 19:34
thanks guys, the istock photos are for demos, I'll get 'real' photos done as soon as I can.

re word press, logo clicking, will get all these sorted.

The new site will have the office address and also a 'real' phone number.

I will also update the easyslidescanning site to show the office address and a real phone number, but need to get a second line install for this as I need to distinguish between the two sites for when customers called. (we're keeping both sites running)

statcounter is working well for us, although we also use a click and chat package which give us real time stats.

The customer comments are real comments. But yes should have correct spelling.

Thanks for the comments, I'll let you all know when the new site is up and running.

Zippy
3rd January 2010, 19:35
I turned off Javascript to test the site and now my CUK smilies don't work :D

RichardCranium
3rd January 2010, 19:41
Thanks for the comments, I'll let you all know when the new site is up and running.Well done for working on your Plan B. :bang:

Well done for having the balls to give us the link on here and let us rip it up. :music:

Well done for not getting upset when we rip it up! :banana:

Well done! :yay: Maybe soon you will never have to deal with an agency ever again.

PRC1964
3rd January 2010, 20:31
Nice one Gooner. I'd forgotten you were local to me.

I may well dig out my negatives and get them sent over to you.

TykeMerc
3rd January 2010, 21:12
Well done for working on your Plan B. :bang:

Well done for having the balls to give us the link on here and let us rip it up. :music:

Well done for not getting upset when we rip it up! :banana:

Indeed well done for making it work, I remember the thread where you described the business and I'm glad it's working out.

As to the ripping to bits and suggestions could you find a more competant bunch to help improve a new website than a load of developers, coders, testers and PM's to show up the issues so they can be fixed?

I agree with the various comments posted and continue to wish you luck with the business.

cojak
4th January 2010, 07:37
And just make sure that everything about your company is sorted before you advertise, unlike some incompetents (http://forums.contractoruk.com/general/50655-lester-sybersolve-they-any-good.html)... :D

n5gooner
4th January 2010, 10:12
And just make sure that everything about your company is sorted before you advertise, unlike some incompetents (http://forums.contractoruk.com/general/50655-lester-sybersolve-they-any-good.html)... :D

box ticked!