23 Mar 2018

Hiring in Plymouth! Junior Web Developer

Junior Web Developer

Type: Full Time (will consider Part Time / Job Share)
Hours: 9am – 5:30pm
Based: Plymouth

Job Description

Our small but incredibly busy web development and hosting business is looking for someone to join our new Plymouth team in a junior capacity to assist with all our day to day technical activities. This varied role will rely heavily on your existing technical skills as well as your ability to learn quickly. You’ll need to bring value to the business from week one and be ambitious like us. We will want to grow your skills quickly and you’ll need to be flexible and quick of mind. You’ll sometimes talk to clients on the phone and occasionally attend meetings, so you’ll need to scrub up OK and be comfortable talking to people.

Tasks include:
  • Assisting with support requests relating to our web hosting and domain services
  • Taking on small web development projects for clients
  • Troubleshooting client problems
  • Assisting with our internal technical projects
  • Technical administration of client accounts
Your current skillset

In order to be able to fit into the team and do this job effectively, you will already need a few essential skills~:

  • A proven interest in working with internet technologies – a college project or personal website for example
  • Ability to use Office applications without effort – you’ll have used Word and Excel or equivalent many times
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent numeracy
  • Track record of commitment to working
  • Staying power

There’s a few other things that would make you perfect for the job. If you have any of these skills on top of the above, you’re definitely the sort of person we’re looking for. You’ll be trained in these anyway, but having them will give you a head start:

  • IT Qualifications at A Level or above
  • WordPress experience
  • Understand of HTML
  • Understand of CSS
  • Understand of PHP
  • Understand of SQL
  • Familiarity with Linux, Apache, FTP and other web server tools

If you’d like to apply for this role, please fill in the form below and attach your CV. We’ll get back to you and arrange an interview if we think you’ll fit the team






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20 Dec 2017

Christmas Opening 2017

Another year over and it’s been a busy one here. As well as developing over 30 new websites, we’ve provided daily WordPress maintenance and support for many more. We’ve launched our Corporate WordPress training courses with WPTrain, moved into our new Cambridge office and opened our second base in the West Country to serve our Devon based clients.

We’re taking a well needed break over the Christmas period this year.

We’re closing the doors on Thursday 21st December at 2pm and will be reopening on Wednesday 3rd January at 9:30am.

If you have a WordPress maintenance contract, don’t worry, maintenance will continue as normal. We will also be providing support to clients with a WordPress support contract or hosting account. Don’t forget you can also manage your own web hosting, email accounts, invoices and more by logging into your Watch the Dot account here. You can also check the server status of our standard shared hosting at any time on our Hosting Status page.

We would like to wish you all a peaceful Christmas break and a happy and fruitful 2018!

Christian

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01 Nov 2017

51 Amazing Facts You Probably Don’t Know About WordPress

Throughout the years, WordPress has evolved from a simple blogging platform into a versatile content management system. Today, this open source software tool enables you to create anything between a simple blog and a fully functional website.

The popularity of WordPress has been constantly increasing, as it’s flexible, easy to use, and has many powerful features. Many leading companies, including Forbes, eBay, and The New York Times, have chosen WordPress to power their websites, making it the most used CMS worldwide.

Take a look at this Website Builder infographic to learn some amazing facts that you probably didn’t know about WordPress.

 

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01 Aug 2017

Transfer your .uk Domain Away from Namesco

We sell domain names but they aren’t a part of our core business and we don’t make any meaningful money from them, we provide them as a courtesy to our clients as many of them prefer to have their web services all managed by someone they trust. We are essentially domain provider agnostic. Occasionally people will ask us to transfer their existing domains to us and often they need a bit of help doing this which is fine.

We’re doing that today for a client who is using names.co.uk. Not only are they nearly twice as expensive as pretty much everybody else (£13.99 for a .uk. compared to our £8.99, and we don’t claim to be the cheapest), they also charge £10 + VAT if you wish to change your IPS tag. Changing the IPS tag is the first step in transferring your.uk domain to another registrar, and everybody else* [*that we know of] provides that service free of charge. This should be a simple automated process you can manage yourself. In the case of Namesco, although you still have to do the same work – finding out the tag, entering it into a box and clicking go – they then apparently have to manually change the tag themselves and you then have to pay them £12 for the service. Plus they claim it can take 2 days (it’s usually virtually instant). Namesco are one of the biggest domain registrars in the UK and frankly there’s no excuse for these rip-off charges or substandard service.

If you plan on having your domain name for more than a year you’ll get your money back by transferring away from Namesco to a cheaper provider on the domain cost alone but you’ll have to take the initial hit. (Of course we recommend not going with them in the first place. Choose anyone else!)

If you do decide to transfer away, here’s how you change your IPS tag that you new registrar will provide.

Step 1 – Log into Names.co.uk

  • Once there, navigate to https://admin.names.co.uk/domains.php?ref=domains_header
  • Select your domain that you wish to transfer our

Step 2 – Select Domain Transfers

Step 3 – Select “Click here to change the Nominet tag

See where it says “You can also transfer your domains to us”? You don’t want to do that.

Step 4 – Enter your new Tag

Your new registrar will provide you with a Tag. You can’t transfer your domain without changing this.
Namesco also insist you justify yourself. They will not let you complete the form until you’ve told them why you are going.

Step 5 – Grit your teeth and checkout

Yes, that £10 + VAT is really annoying. But grit your teeth and Proceed to Checkout.

Once you have had a confirmation that your tag has changed, you can now start the transfer to another registrar. If you need assistance moving your domain names, feel free to contact our support team who will be happy to help.

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