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Help us help the First Base Agency get through winter
 
by Kit Allen
9 Oct 2017
 

Help us help the First Base Agency get through winter


This vital, local service is struggling and could really benefit from a little help.

Chrome security warnings: our response
 
by James Miodonski
6 Sep 2017
 

Chrome security warnings: our response


We’re dealing with the latest Google update before it hits – free of charge.

How time flies
 
by James Miodonski
14 Jul 2017
 

How time flies


Spring 2012 – a little over 5 years ago. Kit & I met up with a cocky, spotty young oik in Kings Coffee Shop, Dumfries, for a cuppa.

Creatomatic blitz the Annan Raft Race
 
by Kit Allen
27 Jun 2017
 

Creatomatic blitz the Annan Raft Race


We’re not altogether certain that we can count this as part of our ‘award-winning’ blurb, mind…

Skeleton Staff – 11th & 12th May 2017
 
by James Miodonski
10 May 2017
 

Skeleton Staff – 11th & 12th May 2017


Chris McW’s getting married in the summer and is jetting off to sunny Spain this weekend for his stag do.

Avoiding Design By Committee
 
by Kit Allen
22 Mar 2017
 

Avoiding Design By Committee


How to stop your thoroughbred horse from turning into a camel.

We’re Hiring – Junior Developer Role
 
by Kit Allen
1 Feb 2017
 

We’re Hiring – Junior Developer Role


Creatomatic are looking for a junior web designer/developer to join the busy team here at our Annan office

Moving on up
 
by Kit Allen
7 Jan 2017
 

Moving on up


We’ve levelled up to a new office – come see us soon.

Giving a little back for Christmas
 
by James Miodonski
19 Dec 2016
 

Giving a little back for Christmas


This year, we decided to break with tradition in Creatomatic HQ In lieu of our usual frivolous Secret Santa, we each selected a charity and made a donation to it. Here’s our list for 2016: Kit – Red Cross in Aleppo. If you’ve been keeping in touch with current events you’ll know that the situation […]

Site launched for Easterbrook LIVE
 
by James Miodonski
6 Sep 2016
 

Site launched for Easterbrook LIVE


Welcome to the new side of the Easterbrook Hall

Gmail Migration
 
by James Miodonski
30 Aug 2016
 

Gmail Migration


This morning I’m busy migrating another of our client’s email from the old, shonky and unreliable mail host we inherited them on across to Gmail.

Website launched for SB Rail
 
by Kit Allen
3 Aug 2016
 

Website launched for SB Rail


We’ve designed, developed launched a new website, with an online catalogue of rail maintenance equipment, case studies, team biographies and careers information, for SB Rail.

Logo & Business Cards for Aerial Outlook
 
by James Miodonski
5 Jul 2016
 

Logo & Business Cards for Aerial Outlook


Paul’s just finished putting the final touches to a new logo & branding for Aerial Outlook, a local drone-pilot business.

Best Employers Winners
 
by Kit Allen
24 Jun 2016
 

Best Employers Winners


This week we were both humbled and gratified to be the recipients of two CX Projects Business Awards at their annual prize-giving ceremony.

2016 CX Project Business Awards Finalists
 
by Kit Allen
17 Jun 2016
 

2016 CX Project Business Awards Finalists


Creatomatic are in the list of finalists for the ‘Best Employer’ and ‘Most Innovative Business’ awards

Creating One-to-Many Email Forwarding in Google Apps
 
by James Miodonski
20 Apr 2016
 

Creating One-to-Many Email Forwarding in Google Apps


Google have a fairly long history of building amazing systems, not telling people about them and not making a huge amount of technical support information public either.  Instead, they rely on – superbly manned, I hasten to add – support forums on a Q&A type basis, with an ever growing knowledge base resource to sift through. […]

Trophy Boss website launched
 
by James Miodonski
23 Feb 2016
 

Trophy Boss website launched


Another eCommerce site live Yesterday saw the much anticipated launch of a whopping big e-commerce site we’ve been busy working away on for the last few months.

Hiddleston Joiners website launched
 
by James Miodonski
10 Feb 2016
 

Hiddleston Joiners website launched


We’re very proud to announce that a new website for Hiddleston Joiners of Terregles has just gone live after many weeks of hard work on all sides.   A thoroughly lovely job to work on from start to finish.  Proper, top quality craftsmanship, a final end product that was a joy to photograph and a […]

Making WordPress Work For You
 
by James Hall
14 Jan 2016
 

Making WordPress Work For You


We’ve made WordPress our platform of choice, so much so it now powers 99%+ of our public-facing websites.

New website for SCENEgineering
 
by James Miodonski
18 Dec 2015
 

New website for SCENEgineering


A complete digital for Glasgow based SCENEgineering

Creatomatic leads the way with Living Wage deal
 
by James Miodonski
11 Dec 2015
 

Creatomatic leads the way with Living Wage deal


So we made the local paper again this morning, complete with fresh mug-shots and everything.

Making columns easier with Columnomatic
 
by Kit Allen
10 Dec 2015
 

Making columns easier with Columnomatic


Making it easy to drop columns into WordPress, with a single click.

Creatomatic are officially Living Wage Employers
 
by James Miodonski
4 Nov 2015
 

Creatomatic are officially Living Wage Employers


This morning we – like many other businesses locally – received a letter from Dumfries & Galloway Council urging us to consider joining them as an official Living Wage Employer.

Creatomatic is 3. (And a bit.)
 
by Kit Allen
13 Oct 2015
 

Creatomatic is 3. (And a bit.)


It’s becoming an informal tradition that we mark company birthdays with a) a full-on night on the town, and b) a quick round-up of what we’ve been up to over the last 12 months. While we managed Part A quite effectively – with the collective team taken to the uber friendly Electric Fields festival, at […]

Where is your website hosted?
 
by James Miodonski
22 Sep 2015
 

Where is your website hosted?


One of the first things we check when troubleshooting a new client’s website – where are you currently hosted. Here’s why.

Fond farewell to Megan
 
by James Miodonski
28 Aug 2015
 

Fond farewell to Megan


We’re saying bye to our favourite designery person ever today.

Server Upgrades & Possible Downtime – 24/06/2015
 
by James Miodonski
24 Jun 2015
 

Server Upgrades & Possible Downtime – 24/06/2015


Kit & James H are on-site throughout to oversee this process though, so it should be back online and running before they leave tonight.

New site launched for DnG24
 
by James Miodonski
12 May 2015
 

New site launched for DnG24


We’ve been hard at work to make the new DnG24 website an outstanding resource for the latest news in Dumfries and Galloway. Full case study will be coming soon, but in the mean time, check out the brand new site at www.dng24.co.uk – it’s a cracker.

How to use Column Shortcodes in WordPress
 
by Kit Allen
6 Apr 2015
 

How to use Column Shortcodes in WordPress


Quite often when we’re putting sites together, we’ll need to put content into columns. There’s a few ways to skin this particular cat – we can split content into separate boxes in WordPress, or use the ‘more’ tag as a flag to split content into two columns – but if the site requires something more […]

How to use WordPress Galleries
 
by Kit Allen
25 Mar 2015
 

How to use WordPress Galleries


Just one of a series of screencasts we’ll be producing over the following months to help with common WordPress issues.

Creatomatic and Sigma
 
by Kit Allen
9 Mar 2015
 

Creatomatic and Sigma


We’re pleased to announce that as of Monday 2nd March 2015, Sigma Internet has become a part of Creatomatic

We’re back
 
by James Miodonski
5 Jan 2015
 

We’re back


That’s everyone at Creatomatic back at our desks again this morning after a long-needed and much welcomed couple of weeks off.

Christmas opening hours
 
by Kit Allen
19 Dec 2014
 

Christmas opening hours


Creatomatic will be closed from Friday 19th December and will re-open on Monday 5th January.

London in the Sky
 
by Chris McWhinnie
12 Sep 2014
 

London in the Sky


We’ve been working closely with Events in the Sky this past few months, transforming their online presence and specifically working on branding their public event; London in the Sky. 

WordPress 4.0 is out
 
by Chris McWhinnie
4 Sep 2014
 

WordPress 4.0 is out


Some really nice improvements in the new version, including a really smooth embed system for embeddable content (videos, tweets, etc). Such as this one here:

Creatomatic ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
 
by Kit Allen
27 Aug 2014
 

Creatomatic ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


I love my team. And they love me too (We also made a donation to the Motor Neuron Disease Association; you can too, if you want to help a very good cause.) Kit

Now we are two
 
by Kit Allen
1 Aug 2014
 

Now we are two


While there’s no ukeleles in this years birthday blog post, it’s a good time to have a wee recap of where we are in 2014.

Natural Power
 
by Chris McWhinnie
14 Jul 2014
 

Natural Power


We’re delighted to announce that Creatomatic will be working with Natural Power to redevelop their corporate and internal websites over 2014-2015.

Introducing Superfast Search
 
by Kit Allen
30 Apr 2014
 

Introducing Superfast Search


Our own, home-grown solution to better search within WordPress.

Easy WordPress sprites with CSprite
 
by James Hall
15 Mar 2014
 

Easy WordPress sprites with CSprite


People don’t like waiting, especially when it comes to loading websites. James, our lead developer has a solution.

Creatomatic’s Christmas Hampers
 
by Kit Allen
10 Jan 2014
 

Creatomatic’s Christmas Hampers


Last month we thought we’d go above and beyond sending out cards, and properly spoil some of our favourite clients.

Happy Christmas from Creatomatic
 
by Kit Allen
20 Dec 2013
 

Happy Christmas from Creatomatic


Our opening hours and support details for the Christmas 2013 period.

Why not to work at Creatomatic
 
by Kit Allen
23 Oct 2013
 

Why not to work at Creatomatic


It’s all good, until the musical fascism kicks in.

Viva the mobile revolution
 
by Kit Allen
18 Oct 2013
 

Viva the mobile revolution


A question we get asked a lot lately is: ‘Will my site work on my phone?’ It will indeed. Here’s how.

Creatomatic climb Ben Nevis
 
by James Miodonski
25 Sep 2013
 

Creatomatic climb Ben Nevis


Well, 50% of us did at least.

Creatomatic Is One
 
by Kit Allen
1 Aug 2013
 

Creatomatic Is One


Looking back over our first year in business – with bonus video content. You’re welcome.

Say hello to Tweetomatic
 
by James Hall
2 Jul 2013
 

Say hello to Tweetomatic


Introducing Tweetomatic – the easy way to get your Tweets to display on your WordPress website again

Blasts from the Past
 
by James Miodonski
25 Mar 2013
 

Blasts from the Past


While I fear this may have a ring of ‘you had to be there…’ about it, frankly I’m short on blog-worthy material this week and I’m afraid it’ll just have to do.

Pre-launch Checklist
 
by Chris McWhinnie
12 Feb 2013
 

Pre-launch Checklist


Here is Creatomatic’s pre-launch checklist, which we carry out on every web project before it goes live. It’s basically a cross-browser checklist, covering everything from Internet Explorer 7 (no more IE6!) to whatever is currently Flavour Of The Month (currently: iPhone 5 with its wacky longer screen).

Why is yell.com always at the top of Google?
 
by James Miodonski
11 Feb 2013
 

Why is yell.com always at the top of Google?


Another post from our Q&A series – if you have a question for us, please drop us a note to [email protected] or by filling in the Quick Contact form. Why is yell.com / Wikipedia.com / BBC.co.uk / etc always at the top of Google? Depends what you class as ‘nearly always top’. Anyone can take […]

Products listed in more than one category, does Google see it as duplicate content?
 
by James Miodonski
7 Feb 2013
 

Products listed in more than one category, does Google see it as duplicate content?


We’ve decided to run a series of short Q&A type posts around web design, search engine optimisation and all such things.  If you have a question you’d like to ask, please drop us a note either via the quick contact form or to [email protected] So, to kick things off – we’ll go with… If i […]

Some Thoughts About SEO
 
by James Miodonski
1 Feb 2013
 

Some Thoughts About SEO


I get asked a lot of similar questions about SEO, so to help I put together this very brief and basic guide to search engines, websites and generally helping the two to get along nicely.

EU Cookie Law Finally Dies and Goes Away
 
by James Miodonski
31 Jan 2013
 

EU Cookie Law Finally Dies and Goes Away


According to Silktide, who we’ve linked to before on the subject, it appears that the ridiculous EU Cookie Law is dead. Got to love their take on it: http://blog.silktide.com/2013/01/the-stupid-cookie-law-is-dead-at-last/

How to Remove a Page From Google’s Index
 
by James Miodonski
25 Jan 2013
 

How to Remove a Page From Google’s Index


Most sites will have pages that their owners would rather were kept out of the public domain, e.g. expired or seasonal offers, obsolete products, pages under construction etc. So, what do you do if you discover just such a page showing up in Google, that you’d really rather wasn’t there?

We found love in an old book place*
 
by Kit Allen
18 Jan 2013
 

We found love in an old book place*


This week, we launched a slightly refreshed WordPress retrofit for the local legends at The Bookshop in Wigtown. (For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting this establishment, it’s like a real-life Black Books, but bigger. And with more wine. The Bookshop Facebook page gives an excellent flavour of the place).

An open letter to Triumph Motorcycles
 
by James Miodonski
14 Jan 2013
 

An open letter to Triumph Motorcycles


Dear Triumph Motorcycles, Your Twitter account (@TriumphOfficial) has so far amassed just short of 11,000 followers – despite the fact you’ve not put out a single tweet.  We couldn’t help but think that you’re missing an enormous trick by not engaging with all of these people who voluntarily registered their interest in your products.

Creatomatic Christmas 2012
 
by Chris McWhinnie
20 Dec 2012
 

Creatomatic Christmas 2012


Creatomatic would like to wish all our customers past and present a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Why do you want a website?
 
by Kit Allen
24 Oct 2012
 

Why do you want a website?


It’s the first question we ask all our potential clients at the very first meeting, and one that’s often met with a look of confusion and the odd raised eyebrow.

Add to Basket or Add to Cart?
 
by James Miodonski
12 Oct 2012
 

Add to Basket or Add to Cart?


It’s probably not a topic of huge debate around most dinner tables, but in the cut-throat world of eCommerce every little helps. Even the smallest advantage over your online competition can make the difference between bagging a sale and your user wandering off to buy elsewhere, and personally I’m very much of the opinion that […]

Logging some common SEO myths
 
by James Miodonski
27 Sep 2012
 

Logging some common SEO myths


In a former life, I was responsible for the day-to-day running of a group of large forestry websites.  As such, I had a fairly active presence on various online forums around the web relating to trees, timber and all things forestry.  One of these hangouts is a place called ArbTalk, where I still occasionally drop […]

Adding a User to Google Analytics
 
by James Miodonski
16 Sep 2012
 

Adding a User to Google Analytics


Step by step guide to adding a user to your existing Google Analytics account to allow them to view your data. These instructions refer to the new version of Google Analytics.

Duplicate content, an explanation
 
by James Miodonski
3 Sep 2012
 

Duplicate content, an explanation


Is duplicate content ruining your life? Probably not, however duplicate content is a huge problem on the web, not least of which because it causes no end of confusion among website owners.  James explains exactly what constitutes as duplicate content, and (more importantly) how to fix / avoid it.

Welcome to the new site!
 
by Kit Allen
23 Aug 2012
 

Welcome to the new site!


It’s a late-night launch for the first version of Creatomatic.co.uk. As we type this, it’s 11:30pm, and we’ve been working on the site for fourteen and a half hours.

Some musings on our little company…
 
by Kit Allen
30 Jul 2012
 

Some musings on our little company…


Personally speaking: I hate the phrase ‘mission statement’. Personally speaking. It’s excessively corporate, impersonal, utterly devoid of meaning, and somewhat ugly.

Welcome to Creatomatic
 
by Kit Allen
2 Jul 2012
 

Welcome to Creatomatic


With less than a month to go until our official launch, we figured it was probably time to start practising what we preach, and using our blog.

Google Penguin Update
 
by James Miodonski
7 May 2012
 

Google Penguin Update


24th April 2012 saw the release of the latest algorithmic update from Google, this time code-named the ‘Google Penguin Update‘. Thousands of website owners across the world witnessed a huge shift in their rankings since the update, indicating that this was in fact another large-scale movement by Google, and not one of their smaller ‘Google […]