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What is Mobile-First Indexing?

Google just announced that they’re beginning to implement a full-scale roll out of their “mobile-first indexing” protocol, after a long period of testing and experimentation with limited roll-outs.

Mobile Phone

By this, Google means that its system of crawlers that help the search engine discover and “index” (collect into a searchable list) websites will attempt to do so using the mobile-friendly version of a site first rather than the historically-used desktop version. Put simply – on the current desktop-first indexing system, Google will look at your site from a desktop perspective first and determine its ranking signals from what it finds, proving subsequent boosts for sites with mobile-friendly views. On the new system, Google will look at your site from a mobile perspective first and determine its ranking signals from what it finds. It will fall back to a site’s desktop view if no mobile-friendly view exists or in certain other scenarios.

Overall, this shift shouldn’t impact rankings much (in theory) – but it is a fundamental shift in how Google thinks about web content. To put it in perspective, Google is effectively now approaching the web as a mobile utility over a desktop utility. This is a natural progression given that since 2015, the majority of Google’s traffic and searches have come from mobile users. Google has advocated good mobile-friendly design for years by teaching and by ranking boosts.

This change will roll out in waves, with webmasters receiving notifications via Google Search Console when their property has made the switch.

So what should you do if you are switched to this new system? The answer, right now, is not to panic. As stated above – not much should change. Of course if your site isn’t responsive (adapts well to different screen sizes) or if you don’t have a dedicated mobile version, then your non-mobile-friendly desktop content will no longer rank quite as well and you may want to take some action to update the site in preparation. Thankfully, mobile-first and mobile-friendly design has been in the web developer’s consciousness for years, and Google has increasingly encouraged a mobile-friendly web – so this isn’t coming out of nowhere, and the majority of modern sites already meet the requirements for at least basic mobile friendliness.

So for the most part, everything should be fine. For webmasters and web developers, going forward an increased focus on responsive design (a good approach so as to ensure that mobile content and desktop content don’t differ in a significant way) and mobile-first optimisation (load times, page speed, navigation, readability, etc) will be important. Overall, this is just a natural step forward for Google and the web, and a long-term boon for the increasing number of mobile web users.

Jonno

Tidy Recruitment

Tidy Design is now recruiting! After confirmation of new projects and a heavier workload, we have decided now is the time to recruit an extra person to share the task list and become a full time member of the Tidy Family.

tidy design offices port solent

We are looking for someone to join our small but highly motivated web dev team based in Port Solent, Portsmouth. Your day-to-day tasks will include working on a mix of new and existing projects. These include small bespoke brochure sites (HTML,CSS,JS,PHP) to working on larger projects (WooCommerce, WordPress, Electron, Angular JS, SQL). There will be a mixed bag of tasks fuelled by an office Nespresso machine. If you enjoy programming, quality coffee, new web technologies and a quirky office environment then please contact us today.

Web Design Portsmouth

At Tidy, we pride ourselves on being a friendly, fun and professional company. Each of us have our own unique set of talents and we are looking to welcome another individual who can bring their own set of skills and hopefully develop and nurture their talents furthermore.

If you believe this job role would suit you, please email rosie@tidydesign.com your CV and cover letter.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Rosie

What is GDPR?

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is being introduced on 25th May 2018. With the launch of this looming, many people are still confused as what to expect and look out for once these new regulations are in place.

Tidy Data

Here is a brief overview of some of the changes which are coming our way shortly;

Penalties

GDPR brings with it large penalties for not conforming to the new regulations. If you were to have a security breach under the currently existing Data Protection Act your company could be met with a maximum fine of £500,000. Once the new EU GDPR regulations come into effect these fines increase to €20,000,000, or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever is greater.

GDPR User Rights

With GDPR comes more rights for users. One of these rights being the Right to Access, this gives to user the right to ask whether or not personal data concerning them is being processed, where and for what purpose. With this right the user will also have to be granted a copy of the personal data, free of charge, in an electronic format. As an eye opener to exactly what type of information is collected about yourself and how it’s used, it could be a worthwhile exercise to use your right to view this information.

A user can also use their right to be forgotten (also know and Data Erasure), if a user moves forward with this action, then as a business or organisation you would have to cease further dissemination of the data, and potentially have third parties halt processing of the data.

Remember, to save yourself from any unnecessary headaches, collected data should be adequate, relevant and limited. If the information you need can be achieved by collecting less data, do so.

GDPR Breach Notifications

Currently it can typically take two months to get to the bottom of a security breach, under the new regulations this timeline becomes much stricter. Businesses will now have only 3 days to report any security breach which is likely to pose ‘a risk for the rights and freedoms of individuals’. If a security breach has been flagged you would then need to pass on the complete details of which citizens’ data were impacted by the breach.

Personally Identifiable Information (PII data)

GDPR has expanded the definition of PII data to include a much broader range of information. Under the new definition the following data types are now included under the PII data umbrella:

IP addresses
Health data
DNA (genetic data)
Photos
Social media posts
Lifestyle preferences

Explicit Consent Required

Gone are the days of checkboxes which users have to opt out of instead of checking to opt in. Under a sometimes confusing guise where a user gives consent by having a pre-ticked checkbox opt them in many companies have used this tactic to grow their user databases, until now. Under GDPR consent must be gained through a clear ‘positive opt in’ checkbox.

EU or not EU?

These regulations affect the citizens of European countries, a question that’s being asked by many is “does Brexit mean that this isn’t something as a UK business we should worry about?”. The affirmative answer here is “yes!” worry about it. The regulations aren’t set on European companies, but European citizens, as you can’t always guarantee where your users are coming from the best assumption to work under is that every person you deal with is a European citizen. This way you can’t slip under anywhere and you also become more prepared for the future, as these regulations will surely make their way across the world in the upcoming years, be ready, be well prepared.

A Final Note

This is just the tip of a very in-depth and unfortunately vague implementation of new regulations. Be sure to continue your research on this subject matter as any mistake from the 25th of May onwards can be very costly.

If you feel like your website could use a security check or an informed eye to view any data collection points before the 25th of May please contact us. We can arrange a time to check your site and make any amendments needed.

Luke

Art Doodles

They say that your biggest critic (apart from yourself) is your children. As an adult, we shy aware from confrontation, criticism and candidness. Our children however are blunt, brutal and bullish. Not that this is a bad thing. To hear both of my sons say that Mummy’s macaroni cheese is the best in the world, is a compliment like no other. To hear however, that they would prefer Daddy to draw them a picture because Mummy’s not very good at it, well its a good job that I’m thick skinned. At least they are honest!

alien sketch colour in

It is no surprise that Mike is a great illustrator. As well as doing doodles at home, he has also illustrated for clients including NHS MyMaternity, and illustrated his own childrens books. Not a day goes by without either of our children asking him to draw something for them. Latest themes include Ghostbusters, aliens and scary clowns. Mike refused to draw the latter! I am proud to say that my eldest son Isaac, is following in Mike’s footsteps and is great at drawing. Where at the age of 30, I still draw stick men, Isaac, aged 6, can draw hugely detailed sea creatures, rockets, monsters, aliens… the list goes on. He even won the schools colouring in competition for his year group at Christmas time.

isaac ward portsmouth

Drawing is a massive part of both our business and family life. Had Mike not have been so creative, I doubt Tidy Design would be where it is today. His creativeness has influenced most projects that we have been fortunate to have been involved in. And with Isaac following in his footsteps, we need not worry about his future either. A mini member, is just what Tidy is looking for!

Here are some recent examples of Mike’s sketches for the kids;

alien head sketch

cartoon frog sketch

ghostbuster logo sketch

monster head sketch

ghostbuster man sketch

zombie cartoon swketch

Gandalf the wizard sketch illustration

Rosie

The Beast from the East

We survived it…..’The Beast from the East’ followed by ‘Storm Emma’. What a whirlwind of a few days we have had. After leaving work early on Thursday to beat the snow, Mike made the decision that it was too treacherous to come into work on Friday. It was touch and go for a while as although the forecast predicted snow for our area, it took ages for it to finally arrive.

Finally Portsmouth had joined the rest of the country, and we were eventually ‘snowed in’. For us we enjoyed a lovely prolonged three day weekend. We had copious of snowball fights with like-minded neighbours, we played numerous games of Frustration with the kids (when we were not outside), and we doused ourselves with an ongoing supply of tea and hot chocolate. Even the cat, who has never seen snow before, had a mini fight in the garden with it. Evidently the snow won, as she promptly came back inside the warm house.

Back to work on Monday morning, and most evidence of the white powdery cold stuff has gone…..apart from a small sad remnant of the neighbours snowman in the front garden. For us I believe we have had the best scenario. A three day weekend with snow on Thursday, fun on Friday, and all gone by Saturday. We are well aware that other people in the UK however have had a very hard time of it. With the news reporting water shortage, power failures, school closures, food shortages and treacherous road conditions, I feel we have got off with it very lightly.

Fortunately for us, we have not had a major day of catching up because of our day off on Friday. The majority of our clients were also like minded and either took the day off, or had limited staff in. The kids are back to school, work is back to normal and we are back to our normal ‘Monday morning rush out the door’ routine.We can only hope that those in the worst affected parts of the UK will get back to normality as quickly as us. Looking out into the garden this morning was the welcome site of blooming daffodils…..nothing says ‘Spring and Hope’ more!

Rosie Ward

My Maternity Website

Over the past few months Tidy Design has been working closely with NHS England to design and develop a web based portal for expecting mums. It was great to receive some glowing feedback from the project manager yesterday…

“We chose to work with Tidy Design as they had designed another local maternity app ‘mybirthplace.org’. We have been so impressed with the experience we have had; having regular updates and contact with the team. When we have wanted changes made these have been undertaken in a timely manner and we always experienced a very professional and dedicated team… Thank you so much for your amazing work!” – Donna Evans (NHS NORTH EAST HAMPSHIRE AND FARNHAM)

You can find out more about My Maternity at mymaternity.org.uk. Below I have uploaded a batch of illustrations I created for this project:

Have a great Feb and best wishes from us all here!

Mike

Goodbye January!

I think as February approaches, everyone sighs a relief that the long, cold and wet month of January is finally over. I think the only person that I know that likes January is my niece, as her birthday happens to be slap bang in the middle of the month.

So what has Team Tidy done to make this month a little more perkier?!? Well Jonno just recently returned from his first trip to Amsterdam…he loved it so much, that he is booking to go back in July.

Luke is hoping to book a trip to New York in April to watch the UFC (if like me, you have no idea what this stands for, a quick Google search confirms that is means ‘Ultimate Fighting Championship’). And Mike and I have a booked a family Summer holiday for us and the kids.

I have always been a firm believer that you need to have something to look forward to. You could argue that you should be living now and not in the future, but the the thought that in a few months time I will be sitting on a sandy beach where the only problem that may arise is the indecision of which cocktail to drink, does put a smile on my face.

After a long Christmas break and the passing of New Year, it always feels like a new beginning. New projects are coming in, old projects are drawing to a close, and new business ideas are circulating around the office. January is a tough month for most of us, but its also a month that gives life a major spring clean. Dry January is a big example of this, as is diets and exercise. So maybe we shouldn’t be too hard on the first month of the year. Just look at what its provided so far…..new Tidy projects, booked holidays and half price bedside cabinets. Not bad for a long, cold and wet month!

Rosie

A quick festive update…

We are finally here… December! Since our last blog post, Team Tidy has been extremely busy with several new and existing projects. Jonno has been a trooper developing and supporting software for Kidney Research UK.

Luke has been busy designing a new and exciting web app, MyMaternity, which enables women to make informed decisions on where they can have their babies.

Mike’s feet rarely touch the ground and has had two meetings and a conference in the past week alone. And as for me, I have been dealing with VAT deadlines, payroll, invoicing and the incredibly important task of hanging the tinsel up.

We have settled nicely into our lovely new office at Port Solent, and we are building some nice friendships with other fellow businesses within the building. Julie, the manageress of Pure Offices regularly puts on a coffee morning, with the last one being held on Halloween. Each office could enter the pumpkin carving competition, and we are very proud to announce that Mike won the competition with his fantastic design!

I have now informed him that we will be entering the gingerbread house competition which is being held at the office Christmas get together, much to his dismay.

Mike has also put his creative flare to good use, with some amazing illustrations that he drew for the project MyMaternity. For all the parents out there who have had a baby of their own, we know that during pregnancy we become obsessed over how big our baby is compared to a fruit or vegetable. Mike has drawn 36 illustrations all of fruit and veg, which enables the user of MyMaternity to see what size her baby is during her weeks of pregnancy. We are still however unsure what a Swiss Chard is, even after several Google searches of it.

We now have less than 3 weeks left till the big day, and with home and the office decorated with all sorts of festive treats, we are ready for the main event. Our workload however is far from complete… With impending deadlines and more meetings in the diary, we are still firing on all cylinders and there is no chance of winding down just yet. But when it reaches the evening of the 22nd December, you can be sure that we will all be well and truly ‘clocked off’ for a gloriously long week and a bit.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, thank you for reading.

Rosie

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Our Tidy Design office will be closing on Friday 22nd December (mid-day), and re-opening on Wednesday 3rd January 2018. If anything urgent crops up during the festive holidays then please do email support[at]tidydesign.com, we will get back to you ASAP!

Albatross Paragliding

We are very proud to see the launch of one of our new websites… Albatross Paragliding! This website was commissioned by a client whom we manage a couple of sites for. These include ET Games, and MonkeyPuzzle.

The spec for Albatross Paragliding, was to have something simple and to include a paragliding video as a central element within the site. The video sees Dave (the instructor) paraglide over the stunning scenery of Hampshire.

Overall, the new site and logo took Mike a few days, and we feel the simplistic look gives the site a fun, fresh and exhilarating look. The pictures and video have also provided a great topic of interest within the office….would you or wouldn’t you?!?!

Rosie

Grapevine – Pen Sketch

Following my recent olive tree pen sketch post I thought I would upload these grapevine sketches, here I decided to record my illustration using a short photo time-lapse. Enjoy!

Grapevine Pen Sketch 01

Grapevine Pen Sketch 02

Grapevine Pen Sketch 03

Grapevine Pen Sketch 04

Grapevine Pen Sketch 05

Please feel free to post your comments below or check out our tidy illustration page. I am planning to add loads more sketches, paintings and other creative stuff over the coming weeks/months so please stay tuned – thanks for visiting!

Mike