Designing and Hosting Your Site – A Quick Guide for E-commerce

The world of e-commerce is a very competitive one, and in order to help your site rise above the competition, you need to go the extra mile in aesthetics and performance. However, knowing which areas need to be improved or how exactly to innovate is not always easy. With a little exploration of the current trends in hosting and web design it can give you the clues you need to make your online presence stand out.

Incorporating your customers in your online ecosystem has become a dominant trend in the online marketing business. It’s not just about selling a product, but about crafting a narrative around your business, and allowing people to create and tell their own personal stories. Brands have created incredibly media -rich experiences that are customer focused. It is not just about the quality of the product, but about the people and the experiences that are built around it. Give your clients an opportunity to talk about how they interact with your company. It is engaging and it makes for great marketing material.

As touch screen becomes more universal, and responsive design becomes a “must” in the industry, new opportunities arise when it comes to designing your site. The traditional horizontal scrolling website is a result of hardware limitations from the early years of the internet. Those hardware limitations are no longer present. The majority of devices out there can scroll any which way and it is important to take advantage of those resources.Creative menus, navigation bars and content on all sides of the screen are all interesting ways to embrace new technologies.However, it’s important to take the diversity of the devices into account. Compatibility comes before design, so you need something that’s innovative and works on the widest range of devices possible.

Performance is also something that you cannot afford to ignore; after all, if you want to create notable user experiences you need the resources to do so. A dedicated server will allow you to have a significant amount of horsepower. This power is ideal for hosting video and other media assets; maybe even a community blogging platform on top of your regular website. Latency is also imperative to take into account. The further your servers are from you and your customer, the slower they’re going to run. So choose a hosting companythat operates in the same market as you do. A slow website can be detrimental to the overall experience and it does not reflect well on your brand.

A modern website is more than just a page on the internet. It needs to be an experience, a ride, a community. Comment sections, blogs, social media, anything you can do in order to enhance the interactions between your brand and your customers are going to pay off in the form of engagement. Once you’ve taken the time to create a customer centred platform, you’ll start to see changes in your relationship with your clients. You just need to take that first step.

Incredible Dogs

Dogs are considered to be man’s best friend and there are countless reasons why this is so. Our four-legged pals keep us warm on cold nights, bring us our post, accompany us on walks and greet us after a long day with a wagging tail and pure affection. There have been many examples of dogs being not just faithful and loyal friends but heroes as well. Here are some amazing stories of heroic pooches from around the world:

Counter-terror raid in Paris

You might have heard the sad story of a police dog from France named Diesel who was killed in Paris after a series of co-ordinated attacks on the city that killed 130 people.

The German Shepherd, who was aged 7, was shot multiple times in a raid on an apartment to find the perpetrator of this heinous atrocity. A veterinary charity in the UK awarded Diesel the highest level of posthumous honour for animals for his brave actions that day. Of course, our pets are all heroes to us. Why not treat your hero to special Dog Collars and Leads from ?

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Saved from snakes

In India, an incredible dog gave up his own life to protect his family of 8 people from a group of 4 cobras that were trying to enter the family home. The Doberman didn’t think twice about fighting off the four snakes in a gruesome battle that lasted several hours. He was bitten repeatedly and sadly died, but not before killing all of the snakes. The family say they owe him their lives and will remember him until they die.

The Recycling Dog

In England, there is a Boxer called Paris who likes nothing better than collecting cans and plastic bottles when out walking and placing them in the nearest recycling bin. Her owner says she has never been trained to do this but has been doing this wonderful job since she was a puppy.

Apprehending a violent criminal

A police dog from California named Sultan made the ultimate sacrifice after being shot in the neck when he entered a property in the search for a dangerous criminal. He was a German Shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix and was given a hero’s funeral at which hundreds of mourners attended.

The faithful friend

True devotion is demonstrated in this next story of a miniature Schnauzer called Sissy who was caught on CCTV walking 20 blocks to a hospital she’d never been to before in search of her owner. Her owner had been taken ill with cancer a fortnight earlier. The loyal and loving pup was found waiting in the hospital lobby. What an incredible example of devotion!

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The 3-legged military dog

A retired U.S Marine Corps dog called Lucca was awarded one of the military’s top medals for carrying out a whopping 400 missions. What’s even more remarkable was that she carried on working after losing a leg to an IED explosion in Afghanistan. She worked on operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, doing dangerous work sniffing out bombs and protecting the troops.

The barking dog who alerted the cops

This is an older story but still legendary. In 1928, a police dog in Manhattan pulled his unconscious owner out of a fire and barked non-stop until the police arrived and resuscitated the man. The amazing dog called Max pulled the burning clothes away from his owner before dragging him to safety and alerting people with his barking.

Ideas for using beige in decoration

The beige is a neutral color that helps create a serene and luminous decoration. You can use it in many different ways in any room of the house, although if you are not sure how to do it, let’s guide you a little through some ideas that will help you introduce this color in your decoration.

It is a very grateful color and with many possibilities. Let’s discover some of them! Continue reading Ideas for using beige in decoration

Next time I will say I watched it

After going to a friends, the other night for our monthly get together with 6 of our other mates I had to go home to do a bit of film research, Why? I hear you ask. Well because I admitted quite loudly to my friends that I had never seen the film ‘Pulp Fiction’. The look of horror on their faces you would have thought I had just told them that I had decided to move to the South Pole to live with the Penguins.

Well after the hysteria had calmed down I was told in no uncertain terms that I had to sit and watch the film immediately. So that is exactly what I did. I watched the whole film whilst seven of my closest friends watched me constantly to see what my reaction was to every little scene. It was very off-putting. Well of course there was an after showing grilling from them all where they wanted to know my favourite bits, so I thought I would share them with you.

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  • The dance at Jack Rabbit Slim’s – what a delivery by Uma and John. As is common with Tarantino films there is always a pop-culture reference somewhere in the films and this one will definitely stick in my mind. Choosing Chuck Berry’s ‘You Never Can Tell’ added to this great scene. If only I could pull off something like that when I go to which is one of my favourite Cheltenham Nightclubs!
  • I shot Marvin – I wasn’t expecting this action-packed film to have such a funny moment and probably one of those awkward funny moments when you feel like you shouldn’t actually be laughing but you can’t help yourself. Marvin is shot in the face after the gun accidentally goes off during an everyday conversation with Vincent.

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  • Samuel L Jacksons scene reciting the Ezekiel 25:17 passage is pure genius and Jackson delivers it incredibly which is probably why it has been noted as one of his most memorable acting moments. I know actors are paid to learn and repeat lines but to remember the whole passage and deliver it with such emotion and conviction is testament to the actors’ skills.

I could go on and on about some of the amazing scenes in this film, but they are probably my top three. I was so impressed that I may even have a Pulp Fiction themed party for my next birthday. I had better get practicing that dance routine!

Learning from our past mistakes

The old saying that ‘An English man’s house is his castle’ is one that seems to have stood the test of time and throughout the ages the materials used in building property and the methods utilised in their construction has adapted. These adaptations either occur from finding quicker, safer and more cost-effective ways of doing things or as a reaction to something that has happened – usually something negative. The Great Fire of London is one such disaster. The methods and materials used nowadays by Gloucester Roofers like are a far cry from those used back in London in 1666. Here are a few facts about the event:

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  • It is thought the fire broke out in a bakery in Pudding Lane.
  • In total the fire lasted for four days from 2nd to 5th September and around 13,000 homes and 87 churches were destroyed during that time and it is estimated that 70,000 became instantly homeless.
  • One of the main reasons the fire spread so quickly was due to the materials used in the construction of the buildings – wood and straw, and the fact that they were built so closely together. Another possible reason was because immediately before the fire started the city had experienced a period of drought that itself had lasted for around 10 months.
  • We are aware of how the events unfolded during those fateful days because newspapers wrote about the events and numerous people detailed what happened in their personal diaries. This included the well-known writer Samuel Pepys. Many artists also portrayed the fire in their works for a few years following on from the impact it had on the city.
  • Tackling the fire was virtually impossible as it quickly became out of control. The only items people had at their disposal was metal buckets filled with water and water squirters.
  • Those people who lost their homes in the fire had to live in tents in the surrounding fields whilst their homes were rebuilt. During this period of construction the houses were built further apart and materials such as bricks were used rather than wood, both to help prevent a disaster on this scale from ever happening again.

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  • A monument was designed by Sir Christopher Wren to mark the event and those who lost their lives and can still be seen in London today.
  • In 1668 as a direct result of the fire New fire prevention regulations were approved by Parliament.

What does being an auto electrician involve?

As cars have become more complicated in recent years, they rely on an ever wider range of electrical and electronic systems. These control the vehicle’s performance, look after safety systems, ensure the comfort of the occupants and more besides.

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The market for automotive systems is therefore huge. The effect of this on the motor industry is that general mechanics often don’t have the specialist knowledge needed to maintain all these systems, so we’ve seen a rise in the numbers of specialist auto electricians. But what does this job actually involve?

The job

In the course of their job, an auto electrician might be involved in using specialist equipment to find faults. On newer cars, this might be a case of plugging in a laptop, but on older vehicles, it might mean testing with a multimeter.

It will often be necessary to consult and understand manufacturer’s wiring diagrams and manuals. Once a fault has been addressed by reinstating a connection or replacing a component, then it will be necessary to re-test to ensure the issue has been fixed. In some instances, this might involve taking the car for a road test, so auto electricians need to have motor trade insurance, from a supplier such as qmt motor trade insurers, to ensure the customer’s vehicle is covered.

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Qualifications and skills

What do you need if you’re thinking of becoming an auto electrician? There are few formal qualifications in this area. Most people enter via the apprenticeship route, which will require GCSEs in maths, English and probably a science subject.

You’ll need a reasonable level of physical fitness, as the job may involve lying under vehicles as well as stretching and bending. You will also need good colour vision, as vehicle wiring is invariably colour coded. Good attention to detail is essential, as is the ability to work methodically through a problem to eliminate possible causes.

Good practical skills are required to work with tools and electronic equipment. You will also be required to keep up to date with the latest developments in the industry and have the ability to read and understand technical documentation. Although electricians generally work as part of a team in a garage or workshop, you also need the ability to work independently and rely on your own initiative when required to.

Why locum work helps to reduce pressure on doctors

General practitioners can get bad media coverage. Whether there are complaints about waiting times, working hours or available appointments, there tends to be a relatively large number of negative attention surrounding GPs; however, this can be attributed to the incredible pressure, stress and systemic failings that affect doctors in their everyday work.

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Increasing demand

GPs are struggling to keep up with demands for primary care made on them by patients. The Royal College of GPs recently acknowledged that the number of qualified doctors has fallen since September 2016, due in large part to the increasing strains put upon them.

GPs can be expected to come into contact with upwards of 50 patients per day, with some reporting up to 100. Studies have shown that doctors become unable to make well-informed professional judgement calls after meeting with 30 patients in a day. They are under pressure to deal effectively with patient volumes and, in turn, are fearful of their inability to work to their desired standards and of the possibility that one slip in judgement may cost them their jobs.

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Financially, doctors have reported that the government’s attitude towards the NHS and their practices has caused their incomes and available funds to dangerously dwindle. If they do not have the funds to treat their patients, how are they expected to meet the standards required? Many GPs have admitted that although they love their jobs, their current stressful situations have a severe impact on their family life, mental health and motivation.

GP locum jobs

Many doctors have become locum GPs to help ease the stress and pressure. Locum doctors are always required to fill in for GPs for anything from maternity leave to sickness or holidays. GP locum jobs are varied, flexible, and can provide better pay. Locum GPs can choose their working hours, sometimes limiting themselves to between five and eight hours per day. They can experience a wider range of cases and locations, and they are in great demand. GP Locum Jobs from the GP Locum Agency and similar organisations can provide GPs with a healthier work/life balance.

The advantages of becoming a locum GP are many, including no requirement for long-term commitment, better hours, higher salaries, and the opportunity to widen their career horizons by experiencing different practices and management.

How to build a garden shed?

If gardening is hobby for from a long time, you might have accumulated many tools to keep the garden look beautiful. Don’t you think you should arrange some place in the garden to accumulate them? Brining them into the garden all the way from the home looks tiresome if they are little heavy equipments. If you are planning to arrange some place for the equipments in the garden, then you can just think of garden shed. The current article is all about the factors that you should consider while building the shed in the garden.

Many types of sheds can be built in the garden. Different sheds have different requirements; however, there are common considerations irrespective of the type of the shed you build in your garden.


The amount of space that you should allocate to the shed in the garden is first issue that you face here. It all depends on the equipment you have for the gardening. If you have thoughts buy few more equipments for gardening in the future, it is advisable to leave some extra space in the shed. It always better to build 1/3 larger than your present needs.


Convenience is other key factor that one should consider while building shed in the garden. The items you arrange in the wooden shed should give you convince of fetching the equipment easily. The wooden shed should have directions for building shelves, racks for hanging tools like weed whips, hoes and other tools. Piling up all the equipments in the corner will vain the purpose of the building shed in the garden.


Apart from building the shed in good space with great convince building the shed in the right style is also very important. Some says that even the stylish sheds are an eyesore to the beautiful garden. You should choose a shed that matches your garden and property as well. You can make a choice between different styles of sheds like salt box, ginger bread and even colonial. Adding right looks to your shed as important as anything. Adding windows and roof for shed will enhance its appearance for sure. Make sure that you give due consideration to the looks of your home, if you are the owner who takes pride of looks of your home.


Most of the hose owners consider sheds that are made up of wood for their sheds. If you are one among them, you should take few factors into consideration. A serious gardener will find it very irritating to search the entire garden for the tools when needed. He loves to keep the things accumulated at one place and this is the junction where sheds comes in. Most of us look at size and looks when we consider planning for the wooden shed in the garden. You overlook the functionality of the wooden gardens when you build it. When you plan wooden garden, you check if it has full open side door so that you can easily take out garden carter outside easily. You can also consider having potter bench especially if you have potter plants.

How to Get High Grades on Math and English Subjects

Some students aren’t particularly that good in English and math subjects. Here are some ways by which you can change that grade F to grade A.


First of all understanding the theory of the subject and knowing the concepts is the key to getting good grades. If you know how to solve a problem then you can easily improve your math grade. And in English if you know the theory and concepts you can easily ace the subject.

But the biggest problem of going to a public school is that you don’t get enough attention from the teacher and hence are not able to understand the concept itself. This leads to your grades deteriorating and sliding towards F, so what can the solution be?


Recently a research was done by the School of Psychology and Human Development, IOE. They found that the teachers are better able to focus on the students in smaller size class rooms, unlike those in normal schools. Furthermore, students are also able to interact actively with their teachers in this way. This research also went on to show that those students who are academically weaker are usually less engaged in the larger classes.

So how can you gain access to a smaller class room where the teacher’s attention is solely focused on you and s/he is committed to making you understand the basic concepts? Here is where the idea of tutoring comes in.


By taking admission in an English tuition centre you can get help in scoring marks in this subject which is not exactly your first language.

Mathematics is a subject in which you can’t get good simply by studying. In order to improve your grade you have to understand the theory and know how to solve the problem so put yourself in tutoring and join a math tuition center.

Many tuition centers emphasize on the risks of the use of calculators by primary school children. Kids use calculators as a way to find answers easily and just write the final answers from calculators and don’t show sufficient working to explain the method. In this way they lose marks. Another mistake people usually make is the failure to use brackets and other countless silly mistakes. By tutoring you can easily do enough practice to lower the chances of such mistakes and hence gain better grades.

The importance of regular vehicle maintenance

When you own a vehicle, there’s a lot more involved than just driving it from A to B and back again. Regular maintenance is incredibly important, or you could be storing up serious future problems that could lead you to being severely out of pocket and off the road.

Regular maintenance is important to reduce the risk of problems building up and to make the driving quality of your vehicle much better. Many vehicle owners fail to do this, whether down to laziness or a simple lack of knowledge. Often, these vital maintenance tasks are straightforward and even those with little or no knowledge can carry out basic jobs on their vehicle. This way, your car will be better placed to pass its MOT with flying colours each year, giving you more peace of mind. For a Gloucester MOT service, visit

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Here are some of the most important maintenance tasks you should learn to carry out:

Regular fluid checks – checking fluid levels is essential, such as coolant, transmission fluid and oil. When these levels are running low, they should be topped immediately to avoid your engine overheating or parts wearing out against each other.

Oil changes – your engine needs oil to stay healthy so you must ensure that oil levels are adequate for smooth engine running. Oil should be changed at around every 3000 miles to prevent engine problems and to help it perform as smoothly as possible.

Tyre pressures – again another crucial element of regular vehicle maintenance. If you have incorrect tyre pressure, this can lead to above normal wear and tear of the tyres and uneven wear as well. Too much air can make tyres more prone to blowing out. To find your perfect tyre pressure level, check your vehicle’s handbook.

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Engine air filter – if there is dirt and debris in your engine’s air filter, it can shorten its lifespan and reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 10%. An air hose will do the trick to blow out any accumulated dust or dirt.

These simple maintenance tasks will reduce the risk of more serious problems building up unnoticed until something goes bang! It might seem like a headache, especially for those with little time but just remember the potential cost should something serious go wrong and the inconvenience of being left without your vehicle. Not to mention the safety risks by driving a car with potential issues.