Tutorials

The way many web design agencies bang on about HTML and CSS and other techno-babble you’d be forgiven for thinking they expect you to understand it all.

Building websites and maintaining an effective digital marketing strategy is hard work. We’ve produced these tutorials to demystify the jargon and help you get more out of the web.

At EggCup we know you hire a web designer or digital marketing agency to handle these things for you. But that doesn’t mean you have to be kept in the dark! It doesn’t matter whether you’re one of our clients or not; we’re always happy to share our knowledge, so grab your teaspoon and dig in!

How to secure a WordPress website: a beginners tutorial

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Read these 10 easy steps to learn how to secure a WordPress website. You’ll only need basic WordPress admin skills to put these simple security measures in place. Do it now, before it’s too late!

Choose the best WordPress plugins for your website

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In the world of WordPress, being free doesn’t mean it’s rubbish — WordPress itself is free of course! But there are bad plugins out there (some of which aren’t even free!). So how do you choose the best plugins for your website?

How to set up WordPress & configure basic settings: a beginners tutorial

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WordPress is pretty well configured out of the box (especially for SEO), but there are a few settings you should give some attention to if you want to make your WordPress website work harder for you. If you can give a little bit of time to considering these settings carefully, you’ll make your website more appealing to search engines and make it harder for spammers to gain a foothold too.

How to spot spam WordPress comments: a beginners tutorial

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Writing blog posts for your business is a brilliant way of building a conversation around your brand. But not all comments are created equal; if you publish spam comments on your website you’ll be sending out a signal to other spammers that you are a soft target. Worse than this, you might even find your site being downrated by Google too. Read this tutorial to learn how to spot spammy comments.

Optimising images for the web

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Images are a great thing to add to your website. They add colour, catch the eye, and help to break up long blocks of text. But the first rule of using images on the web effectively is to use them sparingly. The second rule is to make sure they’re as small (in terms of file size) as possible. Read this tutorial to learn more about optimising images for the web.

Use your website to build a mailing list: a beginners tutorial

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If you aren’t currently using your website to build a mailing list, you really are missing a trick. At EggCup Web Design we understand the power of social media and use it everyday to build relationships with new clients. But despite what the doomsayers might say, email definitely isn’t dead.

Build your mailing list by building trust

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As website owners we have very little time to earn the trust of our visitors. Just one little slip-up can damage a fledgling relationship beyond repair. Always remember that your website visitors are only a click away from hitting that ‘back’ button and disappearing forever. Don’t undermine user trust to […]

How to choose a domain name for your business: a beginners tutorial

Choosing a brand name is difficult enough. But it can be even harder to pick up a domain that encapsulates your brand, is memorable and easy to type, and most importantly — still available! But what hurdles will you need to clear in order to find the right domain name for your business?