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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

Posidacious
Cloud-based Property Maintenance Management Portal

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

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

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, including spreadsheet creation, websites, computer networking, PC’s and Mac’s, mobile phones, CCTV and a VOIP telephone system. You name it!

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

Positive Steps Care & Support
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 small team. Email, website, CRM system, mobile phones, CCTV cameras at their construction sites.

Top Glass Glazing
Ad-hoc technical support for the business’ Mac computer, office software 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)

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

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Three (non-technical) SEO things everyone can do to improve their website

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.


Do you find yourself asking the question: “How can I improve the SEO of my website?”. Does Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) seem like a black art? Does it seem like whatever you do, nothing improves?

Perhaps you feel you don’t have time to contribute to the growth of your website?

Naturally, there are hundreds of areas that Google (and other search engines) look at when ranking your website. Many are beyond your control such as the location of the user carrying out the search or the popularity of competitor websites. There are some things you can do that are in your power though.

Read on for three tips to improve the SEO of your website.

1. Provide better content

Search engines know how long a visitor stays on your site. When a visitor stays on your site for more than just a few seconds, it can suggest that the content is interesting enough to potentially provide the information the visitor was looking for.

You are the expert

You are the expert in your field, not me. So I will leave the examples up to you to consider. BUT, what if you wrote content for your site that satisfied the visitor? Perhaps you are answering a question that they need to know the answer too? Maybe it’s a special vegetarian recipe? Perhaps your content explains to the visitor how to make a better golf swing?

Whatever it is, it is down to you to provide the information in a legible way so that your site visitor does not depart quickly going back to Google for alternative answers.

Think about the websites you visit that answer your questions or you simply enjoy reading. What is it about them that makes the site tick?

Content that answers specific questions

When answering specific questions such as pricing details, or the location of your premises, make it clear and obvious. Provide a table of pricing for your pricing structure or a map of your location with the address clearly visible.

There’s nothing worse than a searcher landing on your website to find the address of your premises, not finding it so going back to Google and clicking on another website (say Yell for instance) that does show your address. What do you think Google is thinking about that simple question? It’s not good.

Some sites sell stuff online. So, okay writing stories or articles for these sites might not be the best way forward, but you should ensure that each product text is well written and clear. This will help people stay on the site and encourage people to stay longer and even purchase!

Be the giver

Providing good content in Google’s eyes has a lot to do with what you give the visitor. If you write stuff that is useful then you are one step closer to SEO heaven. Google will also look at links you provide in your copy. you need to create internal links (links to other pages on your site) in your copy, and also links to external sources that might enhance what you have written.

For instance, in SEO circles I often refer to Neil Patel since he is undoubtedly an expert in this field. Some of the videos he produces are spot on so it’s worth checking him out.

2. Consider the structure of your content

Don’t write content that is hard to read. Here’s hoping that this post can be read easily otherwise I’m in trouble!

What I mean by structure is that you should write content that is broken up nicely into paragraphs and sectioned off with appropriately titled headings.

Don’t write a 1000 word article with no paragraphs!

Maybe it needs images or a video to help get your point across. Images can break up the content making it easier on the eyes. Try it!

3. Write more often, and regularly

You think it’s okay to write a new article every six months, do you? Sorry, but if you want to have a non-technical impact on your website, then you need to produce new content or update old content at regular intervals.

Not all websites benefit from writing content such as news stories, articles or tips and tricks. But, if you are not an SEO expert then writing could be the way forward for you. See below about how it has affect our website for a real-life example

How often should I create new content?

The old adage of ‘How long is a piece of string’ comes to mind. It’s whatever suits you and your business. if your content is long and complex to write, then once or twice a month might be enough. If you writer shorter snippets of copy, then several times a week might be the way to go.

What we have done

For us, at Anything I.T. we had several aims one year ago to raise our standing on the search engines. I’m happy to say that we are making excellent progress towards these goals.

The number of visitors has risen by twofold and our rankings for chosen keyword phrases have increased to the point where two are consistently on page 1 of Google results and the others are slowly rising as well.

Below is a search result for “IT Support Plymouth”. It’s lovely to see our site second only to the University of Plymouth (after the adverts and location results of course). One year ago we were on page 10!

How have we done this?

You might notice from the Blog section of our site that we have written around 17 blogs in the last year and a bit. Most of which are fairly in-depth technical articles and tips. FREE stuff we want to share with other small business owners out there.

Not only do we write these blogs but we share them on social media and encourage discussion by asking questions that don’t prompt yes or no answers. Getting into discussion with people and providing free stuff for others has been one of the aims of the blog writing.

Like I said earlier, blogging is not for everyone but I would strongly suggest looking at it.

The Geek Collective

SEO or Search Engine Optimisation is just one of the services that Anything I.T. and its colleagues within the Geek Collective provide.

Simon Pykett of the Geek Collective is particularly adept at onsite SEO and is a website design and SEO freelancer.

Neil Tancock is a specialist in providing telecoms and computing help for businesses across the UK. And we have him in Plymouth!

Jonathan Burrows (that’s me!) is a systems and support guy.

Quote: “The Geek Collective is an established and credible body of industry professionals who are expert in their specific arena. We are distinct in how we deliver our services and we have come together as professional individuals, to provide our highly trusted services as one collective.”
Source: https://geekcollective.co.uk/

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The Geek Collective

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.


Who are the Geek Collective?

In a moment, I’ll go into some detail about the three ‘geeks’ behind the Geek Collective. For now here is a quick summary of how the Geek Collective can benefit you, the customer.

Benefits

For the most part, the Geek Collective is an unseen entity (for now) because it’s just three guys in Plymouth (UK) who are techies and whose skills cross a large range of technical areas. Each running their own business.

But how does this benefit you, the customer?

Simply put it means there is a support network behind the business you choose to implement some sort of technical service.

Be it website design through Anything I.T. or Hello Simon, or implementing a modern (and yet cost-efficient) telecoms system through Hello Comtec. Or still more an I.T. Support service through Anything I.T. or Hello Comtec!

Because of the way everything technical works these days, there is a natural crossover between all the supposedly separate areas.

But this is not true in reality.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you want a nice new website made by an award-winning designer (that’s Simon at Hello Simon by the way). That’s great because he will design you a smashing site fit for purpose.

But what if you also said, I need help with the emails on the domain name we own as well. Or perhaps you also mention to Simon that you are moving to a new office and could do with help setting up the technical aspects such as network cabling, broadband and router, new PC’s and so on.

The good news is Simon won’t answer you by saying, “Sorry I can’t help”, he’ll say, I’ve got just the person! And he will pass you on to one of the other two in our little network.

Why would we do this?

First of all, it’s great to be able to offer each of our customers that we can literally do ‘anything I.T.’ related.

But quite frankly it’s really nice to have other geek friends to work with whom we trust.

Trust is an important thing in friendships and also in business. Especially since some of the services we offer could be construed as a competitive crossover into one of the other businesses!

But that doesn’t stop us because we know that the benefits to us and our clients is huge.

More about the three of us and what we offer

From left to right: Neil Tancock of Hello Comtec; Simon Pykett of Hello Simon; and Jonathan Burrows of Anything I.T.
Here we are geeking out and drinking coffee

You can obviously find out more from our websites and Facebook/LinkedIn pages so here is a summary of each:

Jonathan Burrows of Anything I.T.

The Anything I.T. website (circa early 2020)

Browse this site for more about what we can do and also our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Anything I.T. was set up by Jonathan Burrows in a rejuvenated format during 2019 having let the business idle along since the mid-noughties!

Jonathan got into computing in the early ’90s when his uncle brought him a PC. He was very excited about this until he opened up the box, only to find that the PC needed putting together first!

In those days without the World-Wide Web, he had to rely on books to help him build his first Windows 3.11 computer. Fun times!

This led to Jonathan eventually changing career path from one of Retail into the Technology sector including time as a Technical Consultant for a FTSE 500 company and later on a Systems Analyst for a large company in the South West of the UK.

Now, Jonathan is excited about the various opportunities coming his way, including the Geek Collective.

Jonathan’s favourite saying is:

“The more I know, the less I seem to know”

Anything I.T. website – this site!
Anything I.T. Facebook Page
Anything I.T. Linked In Page


Neil Tancock of Hello Comtec

The Hello Comtec website (early 2020)

Neil’s comprehensive understanding of the technology & communications arena has taken him around the world. With an extensive client portfolio and a commitment to reliability, his knowledge of technology systems is something that he doesn’t need to boast about.

Hello Comtec website
Hello Comtec Facebook Page


Simon Pykett of Hello Simon

The Hello Simon website homepage early 2020

Simon has been creating digital content for well over ten years, alongside his role as a Computer Science Teacher. His portfolio is considerable and works with notable individuals in the music, sport and military arenas.

He is now working hard as a freelance creative and studies the dark arts of search engine optimisation.

Hello Simon website
Hello Simon Facebook Page


Finally

So, finally, if you’ve read this far, I commend your efforts! Suffice to say, you are in safe, reliable, technically knowledgeable hands if you choose to use one (or more!) of the Geek Collective to provide technical services for your business/ We are based in Plymouth (UK).

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.

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How can Integrated I.T Support help your business during healthy growth?

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 all love healthy growth in our business. It’s exciting and exhilarating! It can also be a little scary and stressful if you don’t get it right.

Sometimes growth can be quick and sometimes a little slower over a period of time. In either case, if you do not have the processes and framework in place to accommodate the growth, things could go awry.

One area of critical importance is ‘Web/IT/Telecoms’. I’ve grouped them here because if they all hang together nicely then healthy growth can be made so much easier.

Taking an intelligent view and proper planning of your I.T. services can be all the difference to healthy growth and, well, not healthy growth!

How can Anything I.T. help?

Jonathan at Anything I.T. has been a techie since the early 1990’s (showing his age!). With help from collaborators such as Comtec ICT, Anything I.T. can help in all the technical areas of web, IT, telecoms, and indeed other technical services such as door entry systems, CCTV.

We pride ourselves on having an understanding of where our clients are in their cycle of growth. Respecting budgets and areas where they are comfortable.

Aside: Doughnuts can help!

On this point of being comfortable with IT, if a small business is comfortable with a certain aspect of their IT, we are not going to forcibly recommend another way. We will work with our customers in the best way possible. Of course, if the customer is using dated, slow computers not up to the job, then, of course, we will make recommendations.

Some business growth scenarios require the ability to work anywhere. Anything I.T. can set up systems where you can easily access your business emails and files. Also, with telecoms systems such as Wildix (from Comtec ICT), your communications with customers can be seamless and still business-like through web browsers, apps and desktop phones.

Coffee and working

Our Integrated I.T. Support service is a unique blend of traditional support and consultancy and a more closer link with your web and IT provider.

Suffice to say that working with us to ensure healthy growth can not only take some of the stress away but increase the excitement and exhilaration.

Contact us today to have a chat.

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Integrated I.T. Support 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.


What the heck is an Integrated I.T. Support Service? It’s a unique service offered to businesses in the Plymouth area only by Anything I.T. Read on to find out why it is so different and why it can be so beneficial to your business.

Partnering

Partnering with you and your business to create a sustainable long-term I.T. framework. One that can grow with your business without damaging your business finances.

We work alongside you to create a solution that not only satisfies your business need to have trouble-free tech but to accommodate where your business is financially speaking.

Uniqueness

Why is this service different to other I.T. businesses out there?

I.T., Web & Telecoms support services provided by I.T. professionals are often based on a monthly fee to monitor the existing tech setup in your business.

If problems arise, you might call the I.T. company and get them to fix said problem. Later on, maybe months or even years later, another issue or project arises. Perhaps the upgrade of PC’s to a new operating system?

There is a problem that can surface with this rather distant nature of support. That is that the technology in the business is not growing or organically changing with the business as it in itself grows or changes.

In turn, this can cause unwelcome surprises of unexpected costs and critical downtime to the business.

A lot of I.T./Web/Telecoms support assumes a ‘one-size-fits-all’. Unfortunately, that just won’t cut it in this day and age. Anything I.T. assess the current and potential future needs of its clients and works out a solution from there.

No ‘unwelcome surprises’

With our integrated I.T. service, these unwelcome surprises are negated by the very fact that we work much more closely with your business and therefore can anticipate expected changes or growth. This then leads us to be able to inform you of what you might need to do and spend to enable the changes.

Any increase in expenditure (for instance) happens incrementally rather than in one big shock moment.

Not only does this help the business from a financial standpoint but encourages a stress-free peace of mind environment.

With this service, you are getting an ‘IT Manager’ at a fraction of the cost.

Regular communication is a key factor also. We keep in touch with the client often and encourage regular reach outs and meetings with our clients. Requests such as a new spreadsheet to be designed or an email signature made up are all part of this close relationship we wish to build. All helping towards those goals of efficiency and growth.

How integrated I.T. helps your business grow or change

These days businesses have so many technical demands on them. Websites, email accounts, online advertising, analytics, desktop computers (Windows, Mac, Linux), mobile and tablet devices, telephone systems such as PBX’s, social media pages, broadband and Wi-fi, not to mention cybersecurity, door entry and CCTV systems! The list goes on and on.

There are two approaches that a business can take to these scenarios.

  1. Employ or outsource the work to relevant skilled people (such as website developers; I.T. professionals)
  2. Do most of it (or even all) if you are skilled enough and have time yourself with outsourcing some tasks to others

There are potential issues in both situations which I won’t go into too much detail here except to say that scenario one can be fragmented and involved a lot of unnecessary communicating, and scenario two puts a stupid amount of pressure on the business owner whether they enjoy the work or not.

So, to answer point 1 above, using the Anything I.T. Integrated I.T. Support Services service means one point of contact for ALL your tech-related questions, support and demands, thereby cutting out the communication issues mentioned above.

In answer to point 2 above, let’s take the pressure off you so you can concentrate on building your business. I’m not afraid to say it but often those business owners who have some tech knowledge may fiddle and do okay but when push comes to shove may find their skills lacking.

Using this unique service also provides you with a trusted partner in your business to help it grow and change. An I.T. provider which works with you on a daily/weekly/monthly basis to ensure things go smoothly.

Here’s a list (by no means a definitive one!) of products and services we can help you with:

Website Design and Hosting

Need a website? Need another website? Need help with keeping your site(s) up-to-date and compliant? Just one area that is included in our integrated I.T. Support service. More details on what we do web wise here.

Cloud Email and Storage

Reliable and secure email and file storage is now a top priority for businesses everywhere. From 50Gb mailboxes to SharePoint server helping you collaborate with colleagues. Check our recent blog post on the subject.

I.T. Support

Having available to the team four clever and enthusiastic guys (well, two youngsters and two, err experienced chaps), Anything I.T. offers IT skills built up since 1994! Need more information on our I.T. Support service?

Social Media

Setup, advice, advertising. You name it, we do it. Social Media

Telecoms

By collaborating with our partner Comtec ICT, Anything I.T. can now truly provide a fully integrated I.T. service for its clients. Now (incredibly), our clients have a direct extension number to us from their desk phones, mobiles (via the app) and browser! This includes useful chat, conferencing, video calling and screen sharing features

More information can be found on the Hello Comtec website or our Telecoms page here.

How much does it cost?

Without sounding like a politician, it varies greatly from customer to customer!

All we would suggest is get in touch for a pressure-free chat.

Who is it for?

Certainly for business in the local area of Plymouth and further afield if the circumstances suit both our business and our clients’.

It is also likely that businesses with several employees and/or a decent turnover would benefit most.

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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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From not being listed on Google to who knows where!

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.


So the Anything I.T. website has just been launched, but the website is not even listed in the Google Index (more on that another time)!

This means that even searching on Google for “Anything I.T. Plymouth” doesn’t reveal our site!

Clicking through the search results does not find our site at all!

So I’ve made a short video to accompany this blog post (watch below) and our plan is to make certain changes and take actions on the site in the hope that over the next few weeks (even months perhaps) we can show you some results of our search engine optimisation on our own website!

Fingers crossed? Or some experience and skill?

Watch this space!

Video of our starting point.

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Setting up your E-Commerce Store

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.


It is certainly possible for the “average” store owner to set up their own Shopify store online. Of course, it being an E-commerce website it would require the aspect to sell relevant products from your business.

With this, comes a lot of time adding products, product codes, photos, prices, discounts and many more aspects to adding products, which some store owners unfortunately might not have time for.

The first step would be to acquire a Domain Name suitable for your business brand. There are also ways to use existing Domain Names or current live websites to enable the domain as “The New Website” which will, of course, be an E-commerce website and potentially be completely different to the website you already have.

After the Domain Name purchase, the following steps are; Adding the Domain Name to Shopify, SSL Certificate, Shop Configuration, Website Configuration, and then working with Sales Channels. An in-depth guide on all of these will be below.

However, there are also many other potential hurdles you will need to overcome to do all this. All these (below items) can take time but with a certain amount of technical know-how (which can be learned) can provide to be slightly easier to get your site to the finishing post.

Domain Name

Firstly, in my opinion, you will require the “Domain Name” but everything is equally important. Most business owners will already have one.
With getting a Domain Name first, it will give you the ability to have a small or larger understanding of the product or website you will ultimately develop.

Example 1: “Shop for Life” which would be perfect for an e-commerce built website to be using Shopify for this. (to provide the ability to sell)

Example 2: “BoatRentalSouthWest.co.uk” could potentially have a “seaside theme” and to give the website the ability to advertise “boats to rent”

With this, you can get a good understanding of the website and what steps you require to create a professional e-commerce website.

  1. The preferred method of installing Shopify into your website is to purchase a new domain name (low cost). You can do this through any domain re-seller such as GoDaddy, Fasthosts, Google Domains.
    In fact Google Domains has an option to set up your store via the Google Domains Dashboard: with Shopify.

2. Set up the technical aspects of the domain (DNS settings) and then configuration inside Shopify, to ensure the domain name actually works and everything is in place, an advisory test of the live website would be recommended.

DNS (Domain Name Service) is normally configured automatically for you during the setting up of the Shopify store.
Please keep in mind that on some occasions these settings might need to be configured manually.

The Domain Name Service is a hierarchical and decentralized naming system for computers, services, or other resources connected to the Internet or a private network.
It associates various information with domain names assigned to each of the participating entities.
There are many reasons you might want to use a third-party DNS server, from parental controls and security features to speed and reliability improvements. You can change the DNS server for your entire home network on your router, or set it individually on a PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android device, Chromebook, or many other devices.
If you change the DNS server on your router, every other device on your network will use it.

SSL Certificate

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral. SSL is an industry standard and is used by millions of websites in the protection of their online transactions with their customers.

There are several ways to set up SSL (the little padlock in the browser address bar) which is a requirement for Shopify to work. In most cases, this is an option within the Shopify settings area that needs to be configured.
“the little padlock” in generic terms means the connection to this website is secure, which for obvious reasons is a positive thing.

You can also:

  1. Host with a dedicated IP address
  2. Buy a certificate
  3. Activate the certificate
  4. Install the certificate
  5. Update your site to use HTTPS

Or: install an external ‘recommended program’ that can help with instructions on and how to set up SSL.

Understand that https doesn’t mean information on your server is secure, it only protects the TRANSFER of data from your visitor’s computer to yours and the other way too. Once the sensitive data is on your server it’s up to you to keep that data safe (encrypt in the database, etc).

Look for a lock on the browser URL, not the page. After you’ve installed SSL you might want to try adding a lock icon on your pages just to let them know it’s secure if they don’t look in the URL bar.

Shop Configuration

Everything from;

Adding products (including unique product codes & photo’s) to the correct section of the website.

Files upload like SSL Certificate, additional products, business logo and/or sponsors or anything else that you might desire when setting up Shopify.

to;

Setting up the bank account your money is paid into, for verifying your legal status of the company and it’s address, to ensure Google is happy. Also to avoid complaints or confusion with the wrong business addresses and/or bank accounts. Maintaining customer satisfaction and business professionalism.

Also to set up are: Checkout; Notifications; Billing; Shipping setup, Google Analytics, and much more.

Website Customisation

While there are literally thousands of themes to choose from, some free and some paid-for, there will inevitably be some element of changing the source code of the site. This requires some knowledge of HTML, CSS and scripting.

Sales Channels

Sales Channels such as the Facebook and Facebook Messenger Channels are marvellous avenues to promote your products within your Facebook Page and your Facebook Page’s Message system.

All this again needs configuration in the Shopify and Facebook settings.

What to do?

We are more than happy to help on an ad-hoc basis or take the project completely into our hands to provide an end result that you can then hit the ground running with.

Have a look at the E-Commerce page on our website and then Contact us for more information and pricing.

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Who the heck are 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.


We at Anything I.T. are certainly driven to succeed. We work hard to build business that can sustain a high level of client service and expertise.

Our expertise covers a wide range of technical knowledge and at a high level too.

But skills alone don’t cut it. The driving force behind building our business is:

“If we can help our clients grow, become more professional, be more efficient, and succeed; then we in turn will succeed.”

Jonathan (Founder)

Jonathan first got involved in the technical side of computing when his Uncle brought him a new PC back in 1994!

Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately!), the PC was in pieces so Jonathan and his Uncle spent hours and hours putting it together, installing Windows 3.11 and troubleshooting problems (no Google in those days!).

Now, Jonathan is super keen on the ethos of working creatively (not competitively) with clients, and like-minded associates.

Check out his person blog at jonathanburrows.co.uk


Adam (Full Stack Developer)

With a fantastic First in Bsc Computing, Adam is a talented developer with web and data skills to die for.

Since finishing his degree, Adam has been eager to start new projects, learn new skills, and take his career one step further.

What does ‘Full Stack Developer’ mean to you our client? In a nutshell it means someone who can work on ALL things web. From the behind the scenes coding to the HTML that makes the actual visible page. Therefore, you can have faith that Anything I.T. area capable of working on your project, whatever your requirements.

Adam also loves football and coffee!


Alex (E-Commerce/Support)

Alex joins the team in 2019 and specialises in customer support, organisation, and setting up e-commerce online stores.

Alex has a history in retail and has recently set up his own gaming stream on Twitch.tv.

He brings an energy into the team that is freshening and full of belief that we can help our customers succeed.

It’s fair to say he picks up the pieces that others may miss.


Neil (Comtec ICT Services Ltd.)

Neil is our trusted associate from Comtec ICT Services Ltd. Comtec specialises in Internet and Telecomms solutions but with tremendous Computer Support and Training experience too.


You can find more about who the individual members of the team are on the About Us page.

For now, you can be assured that our technical and business experience will ensure a fantastic result for you and a great business relationship.

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WordPress – Quick Tip #1

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.


If your website is using WordPress, then first of all, it’s a great choice. It offers a huge amount of versatility and plugins so you can make WordPress do pretty much anything.

What if you want to adjust one of those mythical dark secrets to help your search engine optimisation?

Here’s a couple of places that are easy to get to that can help.

The <title> tag

The<title> tag is very important in that this is what generally shows up in search results on Google:

Who said you didn’t have control of Google? The highlighted lines come from the <title> tag of those websites. So, first point, imagine being able to use an enticing line to encourage searches to visit YOUR site?

Obviously, you need to remember to be informative about what your site provides but you can twist the words around and test results.

For instance, if you were one of the above sites you could change the <title> tag to be:

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Anyway, I digress since the point of this article was to show you HOW to change this in WordPress!

First, sign in to your WordPress site and click on Settings on the left hand side at the bottom.

You will see this screen:

The first part of the <title> tag is taken from the ‘Site Title’ section and the rest of the <title> tag is taken from the ‘Tagline’.

Why not change yours now?

Questions? Email us or send us a Facebook message!

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Onsite SEO and offsite SEO

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’ve all heard of SEO right? Search Engine Optimisation? But what is ‘Onsite SEO’ and ‘Offsite SEO’?

Getting your website to rank (on the likes of Google or Bing) as highly as possible for certain keywords or phrases is called Search Engine Optimisation.

It is often seen as a dark skill, and extremely difficult to get good ranking. To be fair, for the average website of a small business, it is very difficult!

What this blog entry hopes to help with is to at least give you some guidance on how you can make small changes to best optimise your website.

Onsite SEO

Onsite SEO is stuff you can do to your web pages such as the actual text you write (called ‘content’) and the meta tags of the page.

You may have heard of ‘Content is king‘ and to a large extent it is! Google (we’ll use Google as our search engine of choice for now) has some very clever algorithms which can see whether a website/web page is useful to the potential site visitor.

So that’s the first thing you need to know. Make sure your website content is relevant to the potential site visitor. If you are a garage that specialises in fixing classic cars, then make sure the pages on your site reflect this.

Don’t over populate the site with what you think are the right keywords. Don’t flood your site with ‘classic car repairs’.

Here’s one example that shows how Google knows how good your site is:

First impressions

Let’s say a searcher searches for’ classic car repairs’ and clicks into your site. The searcher has a quick look at your home page but doesn’t get inspired and doesn’t immediately see the information he/she is expecting. The searcher then hits the back button and continues their search for another website.

What do you think Google is going to think about your site now? Would Google be wrong to assume that perhaps your site isn’t a good site to show in the search results? Especially since searchers seem to be going back to search results pretty quickly to look for another site?

So lesson one would be to make sure your site is decent to look at, works well on mobile devices and also has the content once would expect when they search for ‘classic car repairs’.

Meta tags

Just a quick one on meta tags. They are still relevant! The <title> tag and <description> tag are both used to show searchers in the search results. Like this:

In the image above, you can see three organic results (I’m referring to the ones at the bottom of the image). AM-Restorations; Devon Classic CarsHome and Classic Car Resprays, Bodywork and Restoration | car resprays. body …

Let’s take the bottom result as an example. In the HTML code of the site there is the following:

<title>Ian Webb Specialist Cars | Classic Car Specialists in Liskeard, Cornwall</title> 

Editing this code to reflect your site is important. If you use a system such as WordPress, you can change this in settings. Other sites will have similar options to change the title of your page. The same goes for the description tag.

If you have a custom designed site, then you will either have to edit this yourself or get your web designer to do it for you.

That’s enough to be going on with on Onsite SEO. Below is a short description on Offsite SEO.

Offsite SEO

Offsite SEO as the term suggests is SEO relating to your site that happens away from your website. This includes getting links from other sites to yours, setting up a Google account with a business address, phone number, opening hours and so on.

Offsite SEO might also include details about your business on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter.

This side of SEO is huge and deserves another blog post (or three!) on another day. For now, concentrate on your website (Onsite SEO) and how it looks to the visitor.

Does your site retain the visitor for more than a few seconds? Can they find useful information about your services and related topics?

Feel free to comment on this post on Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn if you have any questions.

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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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