Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

We would like to wish all of our customers, followers, friends and family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you for your continued support, and we hope that you and your families have a wonderful and memorable festive period.

We’ll be taking a well deserved break between the 21st December 2016 and the 4th January 2017.

Thanks again, and see you in the New Year.

Merry Christmas!

From all at Knavesmire IT

Domain Name Price Increases

Back in November 2015, Nominet, the company responsible for all .UK domains, declared that it would be raising its wholesale domain prices and removing the multi-year discount. These changes are taking place on Tuesday, 1 March, and will put Nominet prices on par with international registries and their domain prices.

Russell Haworth, CEO of Nominet, said in a statement:

“We’re committed to running a first-class service for .UK registrants, including our renowned customer service, and we’re doing more than ever before to ensure the .UK space is safe and trusted home for all. But costs have risen considerably since we last changed the price, and we need to compete in a promotion-driven industry.”

Because Nominet are raising their prices, we have to raise our prices. From 1 March, the prices will be £8.50 per year for, and extensions.

.UK domains will not be affected.

On the same date the price of our .com domains will also increase to £15.00 per year.

Unfortunately this price increase is unavoidable, but we will endeavour to keep our price at the lowest possible point for our customers.

New Fundraising Total for 2014!

We just wanted to update you all now that all of our fundraising from 2014 has been completed and collected.

We’ve managed to raise a staggering £1,150.00 for the PKD Charity, which will go towards providing much needed support for renal patients, will help fund vital research into renal medicine, and will undoubtedly help the charity to continue doing their outstanding work.

Thank you so much to everyone that has helped us to reach that total, and to everyone that have supported us with coverage, social media shares and likes, and general encouragement.

We’ve Raised £1000 for the PKD Charity

We’ve Raised £1000 for the PKD Charity

On 1st January 2014 we committed to raise a target of £1000 for the Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Charity, who fund vital research into a common renal condition as well as offering support to patients and their families.

The Knavesmire IT team set out to run the Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon on the 12th October 2014, and along the way run in the Major Series Bramham 5K Mud Run, Jane Tomlinson Hull, Burnley, Leeds and York 10K’s, and the BUPA Great Yorkshire Run 10K in Sheffield. We are proud to have completed every single one, with a marathon finish time of 4 hours 57 minutes.

We are pleased to announce that as of the 1st November 2014 we managed to hit our target, and would like to thank all of those who kindly donated, with a special mention to one of our customers – AG Channels, for their kind donation to get us to our target.

Don’t worry though, as the JustGiving page will remain active until the 12th January 2015 so that you can continue to make much needed donations to this great cause.

If you would like to find out more about PKD then please spare a moment to visit the PKD Charity online.

Thanks again everyone, we couldn’t have done it without you!

Don’t over think your website

The number one most common problem we come across during the website design and build process is that customers massively overthink their website.

They want too much from it (and usually without paying for it).

Imaging a shop window. Let’s say it’s the shop window of your favourite high-street retailer. They use eye-catching design to grab your attention, they feature new and fashionable products, they use simple but effective graphic design, and that’s about it.

It’s highly unlikely that as part of that display you will find every scrap of detail about each individual product – barcode, product name, item description, sizes available, conversion chart for sizes, colour choices, price range, etc.

Instead, that minimalist but well thought-out window design has the sole purpose of grabbing your attention and getting you to go into the store to find out more.

Your website needs to take exactly the same approach.

Your website is in fact your shop window. It is the place where you need to grab the attention of passing visitors, and make them want to contact you to find out more.

Less, as they say, is more.

Provide your potential customers (visitors) with enough information to wet their appetite, and give them easy ways to get in touch with you to find out more.

The getting in touch part is essential. Why? Because once they contact you they have taken the first step in creating a relationship with you. And it is relationships that make money.

So, think about your website. Have you made the fatal mistake like so many others and shoehorned every last scrap of information onto your web pages?

If you have then it may be time for a rethink of your strategy.