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Websites

Premier Construction SW Limited
Construction company operating in the whole of the South West of the UK
Website design, website hosting, tech support, telecoms

Positive Steps Care & Support Limited
A care and support provider operating out of Plymouth, UK
Website design, website hosting, website support, I.T. support, telecoms

Bryce Properties
High-quality student accommodation close to the University of Plymouth
Website design, website hosting, website support, I.T. support, telecoms

The Bryce Properties website is an ‘old-fashioned’ hand-coded site. Written in PHP. We recently added to the site a Booking process which involves data input from the user and the result is then emailed in an email with a spreadsheet attached.

Posidacious
Cloud-based Property Maintenance Management Portal

Also written in PHP with a database ‘back-end’.

Top Glass Glazing
Glazier serving Plymouth and surrounding areas.
Website design, website hosting, website support, I.T. support

Another hand-coded website.

Harbourside House
A beautiful holiday cottage serving up to 8 people near Torpoint in Cornwall
Website design, website hosting

Savvy Student Lets
This is a student property website which has videos and virtual tours displaying the available properties.

Photography by Alison (tech support only)
A local to Plymouth photographer providing excellent wedding photography

Parallel Coaching (website support only)
Fitness coaching, working our of Devon but serving the whole world!

Marjon Students
A student rental property website, part of the Bryce Properties portfolio

 

Technical Support (for business)

Charanna Estates Ltd
Technical support for the team in the form of our “I.T. Manager” service, including spreadsheet creation, websites, computer support and networking, PC’s and Mac’s, mobile phones, CCTV and a VOIP telephone system, broadband in over 50 properties. You name it!

Includes the design and implementation of new technical processes to aide this growing business.

Positive Steps Care & Support Limited
Technical support for the team, including website, computer networking, PC’s, mobile phones, Office software and a VOIP telephone system.

Premier Construction SW Limited
Technical support for the team. Email, website, CRM system, mobile phones, CCTV cameras at their construction sites. Includes the setup and management of their Social Media channels.

Top Glass Glazing
Ad-hoc technical support for the business’ Mac computer, office software, website and emails.

Converse Online
Email hosting and support

Custom Fluid Power
Ad-hoc tech support and website construction (in progress)

Stiltskin Theatre
Ad-hoc I.T. support.

Xarri Ltd
Technical support (emails, Office 365 etc) to this freehold management business

Welcome Two
Providing Microsoft 365 business services (Business email, OneDrive) and technical support.

Various
Providing set up and ongoing monitoring of Google and Facebook advertising campaigns.

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An introduction to Microsoft To Do

Introduction

Microsoft To Do was an unknown to me until my friend Neil who runs another I.T. company over at Total ICT mentioned it, that is.

Like many other professionals, I struggled with keeping tabs on tasks, when I had to do them and so on.

I’ve been using Microsoft To Do successfully (in my opinion!) for several months now and I felt it time to shed a little light on this gem of an application.

Overview

Below you’ll find some screenshots and video of how to use the application. But here in this overview, I’ll quickly explain what it can do.

Microsoft To Do can be installed onto most computers, mobile devices and tablets that I know of. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to be available on Linux operating systems.

It is, however, available on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices.

Once you have the application installed, sign in with your email account, possibly your personal Hotmail, Live or Outlook account. Or if like me you have an Office 365 for Business subscription, sign in with that one. Often called a ‘Workplace or School’ account by Microsoft.

Microsoft To Do allows you to create Tasks. Well, that’s good Jonathan! Thanks! Yeah, okay. But it does more than that of course. You can add details to each task, set reminders, set due dates, assign someone else (in your organisation, add a file, links, star a task to make it important, flag an email in your email account to bring it into Microsoft To Do ‘Flagged Items’, repeat tasks and more.

Suffice to say, it should satisfy most of us whether we are a worker, a hobbyist, or just want something plain and simple to manage home life.

The fact that you can install Microsoft To Do on your home computer and on your phone and see the same information replicated across those devices is a very useful feature. Out and about? Perhaps with a customer? Or shopping at the supermarket? Check the Microsoft To Do task you created earlier while at home. The information is there.

So, without further ado, here’s how to use the app including a short video. Enjoy.

How to use Microsoft To Do

Microsoft To Do My Day
Microsoft To Do My Day

When you Add to your Day, the task will appear on your home screen, your My Day screen

Microsoft To Do
Microsoft To Do
Microsoft To Do task list with options
Microsoft To Do task list with options

You can create Groups which contain Lists which contain Tasks. Lists can have their own icon/emoji

Microsoft To Do Planned
Microsoft To Do Planned

Planned tasks show up when a task has a Due date or a Reminder

Here is what the app looks like on my iPhone 7 Plus phone

Microsoft To Do iOS
Microsoft To Do iOS
Microsoft To Do iOS
Microsoft To Do iOS

Since my screenshots contain real information I thought it best to hide some of the lists!

Microsoft To Do iOS
Microsoft To Do iOS
Microsoft To Do iOS
Microsoft To Do iOS
Microsoft To Do iOS
Microsoft To Do iOS

That’s a quick introduction to Microsoft To Do. I like it. I hope you do too.

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Coronavirus and how it affects the service provided by Anything I.T.

How does the coronavirus outbreak affect the service that Anything I.T. provides its customers? Note: When I talk about Anything I.T. I’m also talking about its collaborators in the Geek Collective: Comtec ICT and Hello Simon.

What effect? Hopefully very little!

Much of what we do at Anything I.T. and the Geek Collective is proactive work which thankfully can be carried out from the ‘comfort’ of our home offices.

Of course, some services cannot be reasonably carried out at this time without breaking the governments ‘stay at home‘ statement of the 23rd March 2020. Those services might be the installation of a new telephone system, network cabling to an office or fixing a broken computer.

Aside from a few limitations, Anything I.T. can still help your business come out the other side by helping you work proactively on the technical aspects of your business.

Such services might include:

  • Website creation, updating, upgrading, content creation
  • Setup and configuration of business-class email and cloud storage systems (we can help install on your computers remotely)
  • Cloud telecommunications systems to help you work from home
  • Customised Excel spreadsheets
  • PDF document creation to send out to your customers
  • Logo and print design
  • Automated backup systems
  • Remote support for your business computers
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
  • Social Media help

Get in touch today to find out how we can proactively help your business come out the other side running, not walking.

You can request a video conference with us too!

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Technical things you can do while staying at home during the Coronavirus outbreak

Article by: Jonathan Burrows
Date: 23/03/2020
Length: 5 minutes

Quote: “When times are bad is when the real entrepreneurs emerge.” – Robert Kiyosaki

Here are a few technical tips and things to do while at home to support your business through coronavirus.

Summary

For most businesses, this is at best a trying time, one in which it will be hard to get through unscathed. But what would life for your business be like when you come out the other end?

That’s up to you, of course, however, there are some technical things you can do to put your business in a much better place when we say goodbye to COVID-19. At least from a technical standpoint.

No excuses, it’s time to learn!

What we will cover

  • Cloud storage
  • Communications
  • SEO for your website
  • Security
  • Learn something new

Cloud Storage

Probably most of you will have some sort of cloud storage in place. This is where you save files to a specific folder on your computer hard drive (such as OneDrive – Personal, and the file is automatically uploaded to the cloud.

If you don’t have cloud storage you might want to look into it. Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive are just a few.

If you can only work with files by using Microsoft Office, then consider OneDrive since some plans come with a subscription to Office 365.

Dropbox has a web version of Office built in so that’s handy too. Google Drive has its own version of web programs to create and edit documents and spreadsheets.

The point about this post though is to encourage you to look into cloud storage if you haven’t got it and to take a closer look if you do.

Tip: Check folders on your computer that are outside the cloud storage folders such as your Desktop as these are not synchronised by default. If you lost your computer or the hard drive died then those files will be lost!

Anything I.T. and Hello Comtec provide business versions of OneDrive and Google Drive. Get in touch to find out how these products can help you.

Communications

Have a look at the way you communicate with your potential customers and existing customers. Here are several things to look into and research yourself:

Cloud telecommunications

Move your phone system away from antiquated and immovable hard-wired systems into your office/home (such as a BT line) to cloud-based telecommunications such as Number Club by Hello Comtec. Contact them on their website or us here at Anything I.T.

Facebook Page Messaging

You can have your Facebook Page (you do have a Facebook Page don’t you?) automatically reply with a customised message to anyone that starts a conversation. You can also setup Frequently Asked Questions so visitors can get the answers they need quickly without having to wait for you to respond.

You might want to also integrate Instagram into your Facebook since you can receive and reply to messages all in one place.

Improve your email communications with Office 365 for Business

Office 365 for Business comes with business-class email. A stable and full-featured product. More on that elsewhere.

SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) for your website

Now that you are stuck at home for a few weeks, why not focus a little on your website?

Check your SEO

Check your SEO for your site by using tools such as Ubersuggest. Once you get familiar with this tool you can then work on your site content to reflect your goals.

Blogging and article writing

Now is the time to create a few articles or blogs of useful information to help your website visitors.

By creating several blogs you can improve the way Google (etc) see your website and therefore improve the visibility of it on search results.

You can normally set each blog with a publish date sometime in the future so you could write about future events coming up and delay their publishing until later.

The important thing here is to write useful information that people will read.

You might also want to try creating video blogs too.

Update your main pages

Take a look at the content on your website pages also. Tweak and improve them. Make sure the content is relevant to what the topic is about. Google likes to see websites updated regularly.

Google My Business

Do you have a Google My Business listing?

Seeing your business in what some people call the ‘map’ section of results can be quite important. Google My Business is yet another way you can improve your online visibility.

If your business has a physical address, then that will help how you appear on the map but the address will need to be verified, usually by way of a postcard sent by Google to the address with a code that needs to be entered into your Google My Business console.

Security

How secure are your computers and the data they have stored on them? Perhaps they should be removed from public view?

Who has access to business files and documents? Did you forget to remove sharing for someone who left the company? Check it now.

Are your anti-virus programs up-to-date? Check them.

What about GDPR? In most small businesses you can check what you have to do to be compliant at the ICO website. There is a Registration self-assessment on the ICO website which will take you through some steps to help you decide if you need to pay a fee or not.

Learn something new

Learn something new. For me, I’m self-teaching myself a new programming language called React. For you? Maybe you have always wanted to get to know more about SEO, or HTML, or how to speed up your computer or to understand your computer network.

Now is the time and there is plenty of information and tutorial websites to help you. Here are just a few:

  • Lynda.com (Business, Higher Education, Programming, Photography, Business and much more)
  • Codecademy.com (Programming)
  • Hubspot.com (Marketing, Sales, SEO, Social Media)
  • Udemy.com (From Programming to Photography, Marketing to Personal Development)

Finally

This post is really just a way of stimulating your mind to get you doing some technical things to help your business and to put it into a better position when coronavirus isolation ends.

Feel free to get in touch if you need any help:

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Automated Backup Service

Anything I.T. and the Geek Collective provide an I.T. Support service and Website design to business clients in Plymouth, South West of the UK.


Considerations, Types of Backups, Implications, Assessments, Restoration

Note: A PDF version of this post can be found here: Automated Backup Service This document will likely be updated from time to time so information is up-to-date and current.

This post contains questions which are not necessarily answered here but provide an opportunity to create a proper plan to keep company data safe. Liaising with Anything I.T. to do this can save time, money and stress.

Considerations

Consider the following when planning a backup strategy.

  • Is an ‘on-premises’ backup sufficient?
  • Is a manual periodic/random backup taken off-site enough?
  • Does the nature of the business expect any off-site backups (such as remote backups) to be encrypted?
  • How much space in Gigabytes will be required (see Assessments below)? Think future-proofing an increase in disk space.
  • Choice of types of backups (see below Types of Backups).
  • How often should a backup be taken?
  • Who oversees/performs the backups? If it is an external company, do you get reports from them regarding current status?
  • Consider hard copy documents such as signed paperwork. Should these be scanned and saved into a folder that gets backed up?
  • Is there sensitive information within the files being backed up? Does your company GDPR policy take into account the remote storage of this information?
  • Are files containing sensitive information stored in a secure Cloud location such as Dropbox, OneDrive for Business or Google Drive?
  • If a file is corrupted somehow (perhaps by virus or computer malfunction), how do you plan to re-create that file? Or is that not possible?
  • Are email mailboxes backed up? Typically, Gmail, Office 365 is not backed up by the provider

Types of Backups

Essentially, there are three types of backups:

A Full Backup

This backup when it runs, backups up every file that is selected in the backup job. Backups can often take a long time since we are backing up every file regardless of whether that file has changed since the last backup.

Incremental Backup

This backup job backs up every file that has been changed or newly created since the last Incremental backup. This kind of backup is faster to implement but it can take longer to find specific files if lost since they could be anywhere amongst any number of Incremental backups.

Differential Backup

A differential backup backs up change or newly created files since the last full backup.

Implications

Valuable Resources

What is a valuable document, file, email, or resource in this description? Usually, one that would cause either a little distress at losing the resource (the effort to re-create it) or significant distress due to the nature of the resource (a signed PDF contract document, or an accounting database for instance) and/or a significant effort to recreate the resource. Often, the information contained in this files is a ‘one-off’ such as that might be contained in an email or a signed document.

Re-creating the resource

The implication of re-creating a resource can have a negative impact on a business. Firstly, by way of the time spent to re-create the resource, and secondly, by way of the negative impact on the individual’s well-being (“I already created this document, it took me two days”).

In the case of loss of an accounting database, then this loss would be significant and the knock-on effect on the business should not be underestimated.

Assessments

To come up with a purchase plan for Anything I.T. remote backup, we need to find out how much disk space the client is currently using for valuable documents

  • How much disk space usage per user will be required?
  • Which are the most valuable files/folders (and where they are located)?
  • Record which are sensitive files/folders (and where they are located)
  • Are email mailboxes being backed up?

Restoration

Who and How?

  • How are restores carried out?
  • Who provides this service?
  • Is there an additional cost in the case of disaster recovery?

Anything I.T. carries out the restoration of individual lost or corrupted files as part of the monthly cost of the service (see price list or quote provided).

Disaster Recovery

In the case of a disaster (complete catastrophic loss of data), there is a charge of £75 (as at Feb 2020) per hour to recover. For up-to-date pricing, please refer to our price list.

Any questions?

Contact us at Anything I.T. on the details below:

Email: support@anythingit.net

Phone: 01752 422954

Note: A PDF version of this post can be found here: Automated Backup Service This document will likely be updated from time to time so information is up-to-date and current.

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Atomic Habits in Business Technology

Anything I.T. and the Geek Collective provide an I.T. Support service and Website design to business clients in Plymouth, South West of the UK.


Atomic Habits is a book I’m currently reading and it just makes perfect sense! James Clear talks about how these small decisions or habits can be amazing catalysts in the long run to boost your business.

So how can you make small atomic decisions? Read on!

Small habitual actions

Small habitual actions producing long-term, sustainable results. Success in I.T. is often about making small decisions and changes, rather than high-impact decisions.

As you read this article consider what actions you take automatically that perhaps haven’t been beneficial to you and your business.

Atomic habits in I.T – Just make stopping and thinking a habit before making a decision.

Future thinking

Keeping the future of your business in mind when making technology decisions will not only help reduce embarrassing future high expenses but provide a fantastic tech platform for growth.

I wrote on my personal blog about the concept of Future Thinking. It needs a little more work but I believe the ideas are extremely pertinent to business too.

Small (yet important) choices

Small choices can make all the difference. Did you decide to put off upgrading your file storage systems, web and email hosting last year? Maybe, you now pay the price by:

  • Website reliability and speed issues
  • An inordinate amount of spam in your inbox(es)
  • Too much time taken up with getting colleagues information which they could have had access to with an upgraded system. This could also include failure to provide important contacts with the right information quickly enough, losing sales or important deals in the process
  • Loss of documents or other data due to failure to implement a good backup strategy (by the way, syncing services like Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive are not good enough, I’ll explain later)

Concerns of present costs should not outweigh future-benefits

Are you in this for the long-term or not? Do you intend to be in business for more than a year? I should hope so! Then you need to spend some serious mental energies on your IT/web/telecoms systems. Making the right decision doesn’t even need to be expensive!

Before the nitty-gritty details, here are a couple of questions that must be considered:

How do I know I’m making the right decisions?

How do I know that everything is connecting and ‘hanging together’ correctly?

Seek trusted advice and making atomic decisions. That’s the answer

Consider all your business tech requirements under the following headings:

  • I.T. Systems
  • Web Systems
  • Telecom Systems
  • Bespoke (to your business) Systems
"Just make small (atomic) decisions to head your business in the right direction"

I.T. systems

I.T. systems are the things that you use every day such as turning on the computer and loading a program to carry out our duties. It could be sending and receiving emails, writing letters and printing them, entering data into a finance package, and so on. I.T. systems would include the wireless and cabled Internet connections, printers, webcams and microphones for meetings, the list goes on.

Everything about your I.T. systems must work well. The beauty of a good I.T. system is that you hardly know it’s there because it rarely goes wrong. Poor quality systems often throw up little annoying errors which compound over time and disrupt the flow.

In business, flow is so important (I see another blog post in my future) and choosing the right system to enable better flow is one of those crucial atomic choices you can make.

Network cabling from your router to your PC’s and the correct choice of equipment is essential. From wireless access points to routers, PC’s to Macs, door entry systems to CCTV’s. It’s all got to hang together somehow.

"Just make small (atomic) decisions to head your business in the right direction"

Web systems

These might include the hosting service for your website, the email platform, and how they all interlink with each other.

There are several very good server platforms to host websites and email applications. Amazon Web Services (AWS) being one such. AWS takes the level of server capabilities to another level. AWS might not be the right one for you though. Word of warning, you will need to have a really good understanding of AWS and server technologies to make this work.

You might be better off choosing a hoster who can offer at the very least unlimited bandwidth, unlimited space, and great support when/if things do go wrong.

Many providers of website design and hosting services offer monthly payment options. Anything I.T. and our partner Hello Simon (award-winning freelancer) offer this as a way for our clients to spread the costs of what would normally be a large outlay.

"Just make small (atomic) decisions to head your business in the right direction"

Ask your current provider if your website is hosted on the latest (and speedy) hard disk technology, known as SSD. These hard drives on web servers are super fast, much faster than ‘older’ drives.

Should you choose a website made with WordPress or one that is custom-coded (hand-written programming)? Around a third of websites made today are made with WordPress.

WordPress is now extremely popular because it not only provides the business owner with a way of creating and editing pages on their site but it has a wide range of ‘plugins’ providing versatility.

Anything I.T. providing WordPress Services

Sometimes that is not enough and you need someone to program a website for you. That’s okay. Handwriting a website provides an opportunity to make it do exactly what you want, BUT can be a lot more expensive than a WordPress created site.

Websites by Anything I.T. and Hello Simon

Please also consider how you market your site. Likely, you will need an SEO service like that provider by Hello Simon (SEO). Again, this can be paid for on a monthly basis. In fact, this is highly recommended since SEO is best planned for the long-term.

Telecom Systems

Gone are the days when a fully-featured telephone system costs the earth. I remember not so long ago it would cost a minimum of £1,000 to get started. That was just for the hardware!

Perhaps thousands of pounds plus huge ongoing support costs just so you could put calls on hold, play them a message so they could choose the right department, or transfer calls to another team member. Then you had the BT line and call expenses on top! You’d need ISDN which was expensive as well.

Nowadays, you can pay as little as £20 per team member with unlimited calls with all the features, and more, of a state-of-the-art telephone system! All this in ‘the cloud’ so no expensive BT lines required.

The system we provide is by a very accomplished provider called Wildix.

Anything I.T. and Hello Comtec offer a service called Number Club. Get in touch if this interests you.

"Just make small (atomic) decisions to head your business in the right direction"

Bespoke Systems

From a distance, this looks daunting and you’d be forgiven if you don’t see how this fits in with the topic of atomic habits.

Sometimes businesses need to run software that is pertinent to their business. There are countless numbers of them!

From accounting systems to property management portals (by the way, Anything I.T. make one called Posidacious), care home software, car sales.

There are sales systems that help you gain leads and sales sometimes called funnels. Once again, monthly payments are the norm here so if you budget well based on your income then you should do well.

You name it, if you have a business, there’s probably some bespoke software that’s been made for you.

Just be aware of the costs such software as they can be crippling. Maybe you could commission a company to make your own! If you do, you might want to consider something that is cloud-based rather than a piece of software that is installed on your PC.

As for the support of such software, in most cases, you will need to pay for support from the provider, rather than outsource support to a company like Comtec ICT or Anything I.T.

"Just make small (atomic) decisions to head your business in the right direction"

Ask us how bespoke software impacts on your I.T. systems though.

Cloud-based business-class web and I.T. systems

Here are some examples of business-class software and systems that you really should consider, but with relative low-cost impact on your business.

  • Office 365 for Business – Email, cloud storage (OneDrive) and much more, monthly payments from less than £6 per month (Price List)
  • Shopify – An online store anyone can set up for a monthly fee (you can get us to set it up for you)
  • Xero – cloud accounting package, paid monthly, invoices, quotes, reminders, pay directly from the invoice and much more
  • Canva – Make marketing images for social media, business cards and more. There’s a free version and a paid-for version
  • Hootsuite – Manage multiple social media accounts from one program
  • WordPress – A content management system for your website – A WordPress support and management service can be purchased through Anything I.T. – See Price List
"Just make small (atomic) decisions to head your business in the right direction"

Summarisation

I know I’ve repeated myself about making small decisions throughout this post. It bears repeating though! You don’t need to make big, expensive decisions when considering technology. Just a small one here and there to nudge your business in the right direction.

The benefits will astound you. Once more:

"Just make small (atomic) decisions to head your business in the right direction"
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How to use effective I.T. when a business changes

Anything I.T. and the Geek Collective provide an I.T. Support service and Website design to business clients in Plymouth, South West of the UK.


When a business goes through change, there are many factors that the business owner needs to plan for. Employees, office setup and costs, informing customers of the change and so much more.

One aspect that is often overlooked is the web and I.T. the business uses. This could be anything from network cabling in the office to website changes. From the headache of changing email accounts and telecoms (and broadband) providers.

Anything I.T. has experience in the area of business change and could be the one factor that makes things go smoothly for you.

Just a few examples of areas we can help when your business goes through change:

  • Network cabling
  • Routers and modems
  • Patch panels and network switches
  • Setting up secure Wi-fi
  • Phone systems (Maybe you should consider one that can move office with you with minimum fuss?)
  • Computer setup
  • Digital signing
  • Email account changes
  • Website changes
  • Google My Business changes (such as change of address)
  • Social Media amendments and posts
  • Technical training for changes in staff

Our unique Integrated I.T. Support service might be the way to go. Why not have a chat with us today to discuss possibilities?

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New Price List

Anything I.T. and the Geek Collective provide an I.T. Support service and Website design to business clients in Plymouth, South West of the UK.


We have introduced a price list in PDF format that our customers (and indeed prospective customers) can download and view at their leisure.

The list shows most of our popular products and services, if you do not see something then it does not mean we do not provide that service or product. Just ask for more information on what you require.

The list will likely be updated on a regular basis.

It can be found on the Pricing page

Please, if you have any questions or queries, do let us know.

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New (for 2019-2020) Bryce Properties website launched

A few days ago we launched the new Bryce Properties website! The customer is super happy and that is very pleasing for us.

We’ve been working with Bryce Properties for a number of years. In fact, the first version of their website was back in 2008! How time flies!

Who/What is Bryce Properties?

Bryce Properties is a local (to Plymouth – UK) business that rents the highest quality accommodation to students looking for rooms in Plymouth. They have a range of property sizes from one-bedroom flats to ten-bedroom houses.

Eleven years – The evolution of a website.

Have a look at the difference eleven years makes!

2008

Sadly, we don’t have any screenshots of this iteration of the site. Probably a good thing!

2013

The 2013 iteration of the  Bryce Properties website
2013 version of the site

Wow, 2013 was rudimentary by comparison to the 2019 version! Very linear and not a lot going on. I’m not sure about the lurid pink now!

2016

The 2016 iteration of the  Bryce Properties website
2016 version of the site

Some improvements over 2013 we agree, but still not great compared to today’s version.

2018

2018 Bryce Properties website
2018 Bryce Properties website

In 2018, we made serious improvements to the site. Much more mobile-friendly than previous versions and the introduction of the CSS framework Bootstrap 4 to provide a base to work on.

2019 – Today

Link to the site (as it is today)

Bryce Properties 2019-2020 website
Bryce Properties 2019-2020 website – Home page

This years’ version of the site is a much-improved one. Some of the new features are listed below. The main ones are that it now looks great on large-screen monitors as well as smaller mobile devices.

Check it out yourself

Features

  • Looks great on large screens
  • Looks great on mobile and tablet devices
  • (Expands nicely as the user stretches and decreases the width of the browser window)
  • A top navigation bar providing quick links to different sized properties stays visible regardless of where the visitor is on the page or indeed on the whole site
Top navigation bar(stays at the top during the visit)
  • Completely secure with SSL encryption
Visiting the site is secure via SSL encryption
  • Virtual tours of 15 properties included
Viewing a virtual tour of one of the student houses
  • When enquiring about a specific property, an email is sent to the office team with the property details enquired-for as well as the visitor’s name and contact details. Making it easy for the Bryce team to communicate back to the prospective tenant
Email example received from the website
  • Each property has a tabbed interface providing different information in an easy to navigate way.
Tabbed interface for each property displayed

Technical

For those who really want to know!

Scripting (the programming side of things) – PHP

The scripting language used is PHP. A long-time used scripting language for web developers around the world. This is what enables some of the useful features such as the customised emails that come through to the office.

CSS Framework

Bootstrap 4 is a CSS framework. Basically, it comes with a pre-made look-and-feel, providing items such as buttons and tabs. Bootstrap certainly provides a very handy starting point. However, there is a lot of coding necessary none-the-less! This site contains 5253 files!

5253 files in the site!

Finally

We hope you like the site. It’s just one type of site we work on and in this case, providing regular on-going support and changes.

Other types of websites include WordPress sites where the customer is able to manage the content of their site once it is live, and Shopify, a fully-functional online shop site.

Questions?

Contact us for more information or if you would be interested in us helping you on your website project.

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The Rebirth of Anything I.T.

Anything I.T. and the Geek Collective provide an I.T. Support service and Website design to business clients in Plymouth, South West of the UK.


Anything I.T. was ‘founded’ in 2003 by Jonathan Burrows. At the time we fixed computers and built websites for customers in the Plymouth area. It was okay but ultimately things change and so we moved on to other pastures (not necessarily greener!).

Jonathan continued Anything I.T. part-time while working full-time. This gave him the opportunity to keep up-to-date with various technologies. During that time, he grew his knowledge to encompass Apple Mac, Linux, PHP web development and a lot more.

So where is Anything I.T. now?

At the risk of sounding big-headed (I’m not), I (and the small team we are growing) can do pretty much , well, anything I.T. related. You name it, we can probably do it!

Having said that, if you were to tie us down, then I would say our best areas are in the following:

  1. Web: Design, Build, Customisation, Hosting, Help & Support, Analytics, onsite SEO, E-commerce
  2. Information Technology: Specialising in small-medium business I.T., including remote support, Office application support (Outlook, Word, Excel), computer networking
  3. One-on-one: Small business coaching and solutions. Perhaps you are keen at getting as much I.T. work done yourself as possible? But maybe you just need that little extra help from time to time? Then that’s where we come in

During the summer of 2018, Jonathan decided that going back to full-time on Anything I.T. was the best course and more fully suited his personality and ‘life goals’.


Phoenix (Rebirth)

So, now we are moving into 2019 with renewed enthusiasm (and time!) to provide our clients with a professional and helpful service.

Want to chat? Feel free to message us on here. We will quite happily tell you we don’t think a job is right for us if we feel that way. If that is the case, then we would endeavour to point you in the direction of someone who can help!

Take care,

Jonathan

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