6 Reasons To Outsource Your Company Website

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6 Reasons To Outsource Your Company Website

Is your website outdated? Maybe it’s time for a refresh – but is it a good idea to take on this challenge alone? Here are six reasons why you should consider outsourcing the design and maintenance of your site:

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COST EFFICIENT

Save yourself the salary of a web developer and designer plus the associated cost of recruiting new employees. Maybe you feel that you could build a website in-house, but building a website from scratch can be a difficult and time consuming task. It needs a lot more skill than people often think! Plus, once your new website has been launched the work doesn’t stop there, as it needs regular updates and patches to keep it fresh and secure. Outsourcing to an external team who spend all day writing code can save you the costs involved with learning web development yourself or the expense of hiring your own team. We offer a complete end to end package from initial concept and briefing, design and build, through to the hosting and on-going management. All for an inclusive monthly fee that may surprise you.

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TIME EFFICIENT

It isn’t just building a website that is time consuming – once set up, the maintenance and administration of updates is equally time consuming. Why burden one of your employees with the additional task of maintaining your site when you can outsource this to our team of web professionals? Our service includes all technical updates, management and includes two content updates each month too!

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EXPERTISE 

As a web Development Company with years of experience, we are passionate about design and new technologies. Our team of web professionals are aware of emerging trends and have the know-how to build features to keep your website looking fresh and modern.

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REACH ALL YOUR CUSTOMERS

Is your website Mobile friendly? Does it look as good on today’s smartphones and tablets? Google now penalise websites that are not optimised for users with mobile devices, so it pays to make sure your website works on all devices and operating systems. Will it look good on the next generation of hardware? Take advantage of a web developers’ expertise in responsive design and their immersion in the technological world.

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ENSURE YOUR WEBSITE ALWAYS WORKS

As part of our complete package we will monitor your website 24 hours a day, so that if your site stops working, one of our dedicated team of professionals will know immediately. All of our hosting packages are supported by the ITVET 24 hour, UK based service desk. You can be assured that in the unlikely event of an issue we will be on it straight away, ensuring this vital service continues to be available to your customers.

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SECURITY

Don’t lose your website, or even worse your data! Online threats are increasing all of the time, and more and more websites are being hacked. Without regular updates your site is vulnerable to attacks and viruses. Outsourcing this task to a specialist saves you time and resource. Plus, it keeps your site and data protected. We utilise a whole host of tools and services to monitor and scan your website to ensure the highest level of protection possible.

ITVET website services
Building on our excellent reputation as a market leader in Managed IT & Communications and due to demand from our clients, ITVET are proud to announce the introduction of our new and comprehensive website service team. No matter what your requirement our team of professionals can help.

Website Design from £3,499
ITVET will build you a brand new responsive website, designed to your exact specification and including a content management system. This all-inclusive price represents excellent value, and includes everything from initial consultation and audit of your current website through to launch.

Hosting – from £30 per month
Our website hosting service starts from just £30.00 per month

Fully inclusive package – £150 per month
Host – Hosted on our fully redundant servers in Amazons secure data centre
Maintain – We update and patch your website to keep it secure and running efficiently
Administration – We provide a set number of changes per month to your website content and graphics

Special Offer – save £1,000 on website design when purchased with our full hosting package!

Please contact us today on 01279 464 470 or at [email protected] to explore your hosting & design requirements.

 


Review: The iPad Pro, is bigger always better?

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The biggest debate since the Pro’s release is whether the iPad pro will replace the laptop and what is the functionality of an oversized tablet. We have been road testing Apple’s latest product in the ITVET offices to see if we have any answers.

Size – How big is too big?
Our first reviewer, ITVET Director, Richard Fountain, did have some initial misgivings about whether the size of the new tablet will affect the durability: “The first thing that hits you when you open the box is how big the iPad Pro is. In the hand it feels awkward due to the size, plus the thinness makes it feel like it is fragile and easy to drop. So a robust case might be required depending on the intended use. Don’t get me wrong it is very thin which keeps the weight down, but from a handling perspective it makes it difficult to grip in some respect.” The size seems to be the most commented upon feature in the first reviews. Although it may be uncomfortable to hold, the size of the screen is perfect for sharing. Whether sharing a trailer with friends for an upcoming movie or a sales presentation to your client, the high quality and scale of the screen allows for crystal clear viewing. As our director discovered, this latest edition to the iPad family is a perfect companion when working out of the office as it fits perfectly in an A4 portfolio case that was used before ITVET became paperless. “It was a perfect size for making presentations being fractionally smaller than an A4 piece of paper. Also making it a perfect replacement for A4 notepads for those paper bound diehards”.
So perhaps the question how big is too big, really depends on what you are looking to use the iPad for…

Purpose – Business or pleasure?

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So the question everyone is asking – can the iPad Pro ever replace a laptop? While it may seem heavier and bulkier than all previous tablet versions, it is much less heavy than carrying a laptop. If your work takes you out of the office regularly it would be ideal to have a slick device that is ‘nearly, but not quite a laptop’ – although I’m not totally convinced how a bigger screen makes this any more of a laptop rival than the previous iPad versions. As Richard found whilst visiting a client, “the Pro was perfect for my presentation but that is only one use and one would not think this a big enough market to make it a success for Apple.” While the Pro is great for on the move it is not ideal for large word processing – trying to type large amounts of text is quite a task. Apple has developed a smart keyboard that would counteract this problem but equally this racks up the price on an already expensive device. The price of the iPad plus the smart keyboard is not that different to the price of a laptop.

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Testing the Apple Pencil

With palm touch rejection and the introduction of the Apple Pencil, many of the new features seem to be design orientated. I did find drawing on the Pro a very enjoyable experience especially with the Apple Pencil. The pencil is very intuitive giving the affect and feeling of drawing on paper. Plus, from the perspective of a left-hander, I found the palm rejection great. Although there is nothing that can replicate the joy of drawing on paper, for practicality the iPad Pro probably wins. The Apple Pencil recognises different pressures so instinctively that sketching and shading feels and looks no different to anything in my sketchbooks. The size does make it uncomfortable and awkward to hold with one hand which would be an inconvenience if drawing on location. However, being able to instantly upload creations to social media or email is beyond useful and I imagine, in a business sense, how valuable it would be have the ability to share ideas so easily.

According to a lot of reviewers the surface Pro has already had many of these features, but as it seems to be the case with Apple, they have arrived late to the party but wearing a very slick outfit that has grabbed everyone’s attention. As it has been with their first smartwatch and adopting force touch in the latest iPhone, Apple grabs technology that already exists, brings it to a mass audience and gets everyone talking about how this is the beginning of the future. It is only since the Pro’s introduction that the laptop’s status is considered threatened – but even with further development could the iPad really ever cause the laptop’s demise?

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For entertainment or home use the Pro’s hefty price tag may not be justifiable. Admittedly, the excellent quality of the speakers and screen image do make for great Netflix viewing. However, the size and weight makes it uncomfortable to sit or relax with, plus the screen feels too big and bright to sit that close to. I did find it effective to watch catch up tv whilst cooking – the speakers were loud enough to fill a room and the screen big enough to see from the other side of the kitchen.

So is bigger better? Sometimes – it really depends on how you use your tablet and what you are looking for. Personally, I found the features and the overall quality perfect and it was the first time I ever realised how inferior my old school iPad 2 really is. For me though, I may consider upgrading but the Pro is slightly too big for what I would use it for.

Features

Dual Screen:
Because of the extreme size, split screens are where the Pro really takes off. The side bar is great for taking notes or quickly checking a second app. Dual screen allows two apps to be used at once, which is great for referencing websites while using the word processing or sketching apps, especially as each screen is about the size of a standard iPad Air.

Keyboard:
Again, thanks to the size of the screen a full sized QWERTY keyboard is available on screen. This is particularly useful when typing email addresses where in the past I have had to switch between the letters, numbers, and symbols options multiple times. However, for word processing I think it would be tiresome to type long documents on a touch screen, even with the additional keys. This may be why Apple released the smart keyboard to run alongside the iPad, as otherwise it would never be a contender to replace the laptop.

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Dual screen feature

Battery life:
The battery life lasted well – although charging takes some time, even when on aeroplane mode. With regards to the Apple Pencil, it did seem strange needing to charge a pencil – although the battery life seems to be very good. It also felt peculiar that it has to be plugged into the charging socket on the iPad itself although the pencil does come with an adaptor so that a standard lightening cable can be used instead. With the pencil jutting out of the end of the iPad this doesn’t seem the safest method of charging but destruction test videos have proven that it is harder to break than it looks. Even, so it just appears awkward and you would have thought that with Apple’s design capabilities, they would have thought of a more inventive way.

Conclusions:
Overall, I would say that practicality is key with the iPad Pro – in some ways it would be the Clarkes’ shoes of the fashion world. While David Attenborough documentaries do look quite spectacular on the Pro, the hefty price tag may be slightly too big to swallow for just Netflix, Facebook and Candy crush. The bigger scale allows for the Pro to be more functional for word processing or creating artwork – but it is less chic or slick as some of the smaller models. It may not be cute but it is much lighter than lugging around a laptop all day, if that is something that you do. In some ways I believe that the Pro is all about sharing – the ease of producing notes or sketches combined with the ability to send ideas back and forth would make discussion (particularly design based) faster and easier. I would say for the ability to present documents, designs and proposals, bigger may be better. Or possibly, bigger means more to share.


 

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