New European Cookie Laws


Many of my web design clients are probably wondering if the new European laws that define what details web sites can record in plain text files called cookies that recently came into force on the 26 May 2012 applies to their business web site, the answer in most cases is yes, but please don’t worry you are not going to get into trouble.

Although the sites in most cases don’t place a cookie in a visitors browser cache it is still a good idea to actually let them know this not happening, in order to build trust with visitors and comply with the new laws, during the next few weeks I will study the guidelines on the Information Commissioners Office ICO web site and create a simple affordable solution that I can easily roll out across all of my clients web sites in order to comply with the new laws and provide visitors with clear information that the web site does not place any type of cookie in the browsers cache.

At the moment most of the governments web sites are not compliant with the new European cookie laws, so the ICO are not going to take legal action against none compliant web sites they are going to monitor the situation and offer help instead, which is not surprising really considering that very few web sites are already compliant, so it would be a nightmare if not impossible to force millions of web site owners to comply, it is better to point out the positives and encourage people to become compliant as a best practice for greater transparency and improved security for visitors to their site.

Informing visitors whether the web site they are visiting is placing cookies in their browsers cache or not is definitely going to allow visitors to make more informed choices as they browse the web in the future, as more web sites become compliant which in turn will make it harder for those who do abuse cookies to operate making the web safer.

Check back for any further news and updates.

New Web Site Launched For Vehicle Inspection Pits UK Ltd


I have just completed another web design project for a new client who runs a small local business Vehicle Inspection Pits UK Ltd who specialise in maufacturing prefabricated vehicle inspection pits for commercial garages and MOT testing stations on a national level.

With no proper internet presence the project was for a single page web site in order to get their foot on the ladder and begin to build their online presence and raise the profile of the business and market their products and services more effectively and make it easier for for existing customers to get in touch and attract new customers as well.


RSS News Feed Added


As part of the web site update I have added an RSS feed to the site to make it easier for web hosting customers and web design clients to keep up to date with news about the products and services that we have to offer here at Source Host and news about new web design projects that I have recently completed, with automatic updates each time the feed is updated without having to visit the web site to check for news.

Using the RSS news feed is very easy, just click on the little icon in your browsers tool bar or the one at the bottom of this page to visit the news feed directly. The news feed contains snippet or quick summary of each news item displayed here in this page to make it easy to scan them quickly for news that is of interest. If you want to get updated automatically every time the feed is updated you need to subscribe to the news feed.

Subscribing to the news feed is very easy, and only takes a few mouse clicks, first navigate to the feed and then click on the link at the top of the news feed page that is marked “Subscribe to this feed” to add the feed to your Favourites Centre in the Internet Explorer web browser. Under the Mozilla Firefox web browser click on the button that is marked “Subscribe Now” to bookmark the feed and under the Opera web browser click on the button that is marked “Subscribe” to bookmark the news feed. Unfortunately Google Chrome does not play ball you will need to use a feed reader.

Source Host Web Site Updated


While I was busy resolving the issue with the VPS customisation UI I also took the time to update the web site to reflect all of the recent changes to the system and the services and products on offer here at Source Host web site and also make a few tweaks and changes to the web site to tidy it up the look of the site at the same time.

Apart from giving the look of the main part of the web site a lift the greatest changes have been to the Customer Control Panel interface in order to provide access to management and administration tools for all of the new products and services like the dedicated servers and VPS servers and it looks absolutely great.

I am really pleased with the changes to the customer control panel it has really made a big difference to the look which is much cleaner and a lot nicer as well as making it easier to locate and navigate around the different sections to manage any products, addons or services and renewals etc, within the customer control panel, providing a much more attractive environment and user friendly interface when you need to manage any aspects of your Source Host customer account.

The Help & Support section within the customer control panel was also in a broken state and I am glad to announce that I have now resolved the issues and everything is now working as expected, when a page containing questions and answers loads in your browser the pages are no longer broken and all of the answers are closed and when you click on a question to reveal the answer it appears within a lightbox and the page is greyed out so you can focus on the answer without distraction and it looks great!

VPS Customisation And Purchase Fixed


I am glad to report that the issue with the VPS customisation that had occured since a recent update has now been resolved! and it is now possible to create your own customised VPS server or servers using the brand new UI (User Interface) with snazzy draggable sliders shown in the image here on the right
Just like those in the adverts on TV for cheap loans!

Our VPS provide the perfect solution for advanced websites, apps and programmes that require increased flexibility, power and control, without the cost of a dedicated server, VPS are ideal for small businesses and agencies demanding cutting edge technology at a great price. Using the latest Dell and Intel hardware for maximum performance and uptime.

VPS Customisation And Purchase Broken

At the moment due to a recent upgrade to the VPS section of the store that allows customers to customise a VPS is broken and the prices do not update to reflect the selections visitors make and the add to basket button is broken so it is not even possible to buy VPS servers at the moment. I have now started to update the site to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, once the updates are applied, customers will be able to use “Sliiiders” to create a customised VPS server to your own specification.
I will post an update here as soon as the issue is resolved.

Apple Trojan Infections

Visitors and customers who are running an Apple laptop or desktop PC or tablet PCs should make sure that their operating system is fully updated and patched and any security software is updated as well such as antivirus and firewall definitions, more than half a million Apple computers have been infected with the Flashback Trojan, according to Doctor Web a Russian anti–virus firm. The reportclaims that about 600,000 Macs have installed the malware – potentially allowing them to be hijacked and used as a “botnet” you can read more here BBC News web site and you can also find links to web sites where you download tools to remove the malware.

New Web Site Launched For Andrews Limousines

I have just completed another new web site project for a new client who already owned a web site which was looking dated although the site was only a couple of years old, it was an improvement on the previous version which was done in flash and made it basically invisible to search engines at the time it was published. The design brief was quite challenging because my client liked the look of a web site that basically broke all the rules the pages contained a tiny amount of text the main navigation was at the bottom of the page so it is actually out of sight when the homepage loads. After hours of work I created a design and layout for the pages that looked nice and presented the business in a professional manner and make it easy for visitors to find information about the services they offer as well as attracting new customers.

New Web Site Launched For Ansdell House Clinic

Another web design project completed and launched successfully, the project was for a new client who runs local clinic providing ostepathy and complementary treatments, their existing web site looked dated and they had decided to start again and have a new web site. The new web site has a very clean and uncluttered design and the web site content is divided into sections, the main navigation panel contains links to all the sections of the site and the pages within them to make it easy for visitors to find the information they seek or to get in touch and make enquiries and hopefully lead to them becoming a client/patient at Ansdell House Clinic in the future.

Virtual Private Servers Now Available!

I am please to announce that I am now able to offer Virtual Private Servers at very affordable prices.

Virtual Private Servers are the perfect solution for advanced websites, apps and programmes that require increased flexibility, power and control, without the cost of a dedicated server, VPS are ideal for small businesses and agencies demanding cutting edge VPS technology at a great price. All VPS use the latest Dell and Intel hardware for maximum performance and uptime and come with full root access as standard for maximum control and flexibility.

Please note this service is no longer available.