Nigel MacDonald

Written by Nigel MacDonald
15th May 2014

Making the website work for everyone

We had great fun designing our new website, great fun and a LOT of blood, sweat and tears, we pride ourselves on always working hard for all our clients and we also work equally as hard when it’s for us.

We hope you like our new website as much as we love it.

However, it wasn’t quite as easy as we thought it was going to be. Our in-house web developer, Liam, has worked tirelessly on this project. Fiddling with the layout, artworking all the graphics from scratch, critiquing the content  and continually tweaking the design – many times we have caught him holding a ruler up to the screen measuring gaps – but I am sure you will agree, this labour of love was well worth it in the end.

When it came to testing the website internally, giving it to all the guys to break, it quickly became apparent that there are still LOTS of different browsers out there, a heck of a lot !

We can comfortably say our site works brilliantly in Google Chrome (our browser of choice by the way), and equally as good in Firefox. It even works well in Safari and some of the lesser know browsers like Opera. One browser we continued to have a problem with was Internet Explorer (IE).

The curse of the ‘geriatric’ Internet Explorer.

In IE 11 the site looks epic, just how we envisaged it when we started on our journey, but if you are unfortunate enough to have an older computer with an old version of IE then we just could NOT make the site work properly.

Then we realised, actually if someone was using an old version of Internet Explorer, then more importantly than our site working for them was the fact that they could be surfing the net unsecurely, opening themselves up to all the nasties out there just waiting for an opportunity to take advantage of you – whether that’s a virus, some spyware, a dodgy phishing email or dastardly Trojan program. This was when we decided to flip it around and take positive action. Rather than waste time trying to fix the site to work well in older versions we would educate – we changed the site layout in anything older than IE9 to include a warning message that you should really look at upgrading your browser – urgently.

We recommend that you use Google Chrome as your browser of choice (it is used by over 50% of frequent surfers now) – you can get this from here www.google.com/chrome

Also, while you are upgrading, you should upgrade your Adobe Flash Player, Java and any other programs you use that work over the internet (a quick google search will help you on how to do this).

If you are unsure and a little worried about what to do next, send us a quick message and we will see what we can do to help.

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