Scott Cole, a Norwich based Web Designer and Developer, creating brilliant things.

Scott Cole
Web Designer
& Developer

A blog about web designer things

How to evaluate your website without help from a web or UX designer

It’s 2018. A new year. You’ve written your 2018 business plan and you’re full of hope for the year ahead. There’s one task you know that’s extremely crucial to success this year and it’s a task you want to get ahead of – evaluating and redesigning/re-working your website to maximise its potential. I’ll discuss how […]

Minimalist Navigation on a mobile can help a great deal, but not just hiding menus away off the screen.

In general, what is minimalism? Well, that depends. Music, Art, the way you live – really, they each have different meanings when it comes to minimalism. I’m a fan of The Minimalists – Their podcasts are great and they have some great tips for most people to live more fulfilling lives, even if you don’t […]

Bluehost WordPress SMTP problem with Contact Forms and how I fixed it

It’s possible other people have faced this Bluehost WordPress SMTP problem. I don’t currently host with Bluehost, but I’ve had a client who is and I faced problems that seem specific to Bluehost. It seems the problem only showed itself when the MX Record was set for Gmail to handle the emails (a popular option […]

How to get the most out of your first meeting with a web designer and the questions web designer will ask

So you’ve got your first meeting with a web designer coming up. They’re going to craft you an amazing website that’s going to boost your business. But, you’re wondering what questions web designers ask in these meetings and how you can prepare best. I’ve read a number of articles that tackle this topic from a […]

Quick mockup of a website showing a lot of negative space in web design

You’ve seen websites that seem sparse yet they’re engaging and still convey the message that’s intended (sometimes more effectively). How does the designer achieve it? More importantly, how can you implement negative space in web design if you’ve not got any experience with it? I’ll share some actionable tips to implement negative space in your […]

When to use Wikipedia for faster blog post research rather than traditional research

Using Wikipedia for blog research? OK, that might be a controversial title, but I’ll explain. This is just a short post to demonstrate how you CAN use Wikipedia for faster blog post research. I’ve read a lot of blog posts about, well, writing blog posts. A few of them were about how you should do […]

Is it time for a website redesign

How often should I redesign my website? It’s a question I’ve seen before, and I’ve read articles about it too (for example, this one from Spinweb in 2014). As a web designer, I’ll know when I want to redesign my website. But that’s really non-specific and doesn’t help answer the question of how often you […]

Super quick on-page SEO optimisations list

SEO begins at the discovery stage (see my post about 6 steps web designers take that you need to know if you want to know more about the overall process). But on-page SEO optimisation is one of the most important aspects if you want the search engines to be able to read your page correctly. […]

Image optimisation full quality

I’ve been optimising lots of images lately. There’re a few optimisations I do most simply because they give me the best results in a small amount of time. I thought I’d put a few of the quickest image optimisation tips in writing to help you make your websites load faster. I’ve aimed this at people […]

How can this local business with personality mirror that on their website?

Local websites are perhaps more important than many people realise. But how can you improve the website experience for local customers? There’s a thriving trend of customers using local businesses lately. I recently read this article by Liberis about consumer attitudes; the headline is that 80% of consumers plan on using more local businesses in […]