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As you may or may not know, new General Data Protection Regulations are being implemented as of 25th May. This will mean that businesses will have to comply with new regulations and if they fail to do so then there are serious penalties in place. WebBoss have created a new, easy to use module to ensure that your website complies with the new GDPR rules.

Double opt-in for newsletters

When your users sign up for a newsletter, they will receive a confirmation email before they are added to your mailing list.

Data requests

New form where users can request a copy of the personal data you hold for hem or they can request their data to be removed in the admin. You can review these requests and action them with a single click.

Cookie policy generator

Generates the cookie policy for you.

Privacy policy generator

Provides resource links to receive templates and allows you to edit within the text editor.

Terms & conditions generator

Similar to the privacy policy generator, this provides resource links to receive templates and allows you to edit within the text editor.

For more information on GDPR

What the new regulations mean in 1 minute [infographic]. https://www.itgovernance.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/EU-GDPR-new.jpg

For more comprehensive information on the GDPR regulations, see the Information Commissioner's Office website

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Website Design Process

| 13th November 2020 | Blogging

Website Design Process

Bean and Gone Theme Website Design  Business Identity: Design is all about communication, so even for a templated design it's helpful to really think about what you're trying to communicate and to whom. I liked the idea of having a trendy coffee shop, whose unique selling point was their high-quality coffee, sustainability focus and atmosphere, something you might not get at a chain coffee shop for example. I also guessed their demographic would be young professionals, maybe on a break from the office (back when we were allowed in offices). Their demographic would be used making online purchases and would be happy to order a coffee in such a way.   So, the key areas the design needed to communicate were: The company would provide quality ingredients, with a heavy emphasis on sustainability and ethics. A trendy young feel and atmosphere. The Company would be privately owned rather than a large chain corporation.   Design:  I first thought about what the user would see when first loading the website. I wanted a nice striking image and a strong call to action to be the first visible section of the website, this would then set the scene for the user as they explored the website further. The image that I chose for this was a bag of coffee beans in a rustic sack on a deep brown background. The image is heavily textured and mood provoking, so it stands out nicely from the background and would feel more tangible to the user. I then had the one call to action over to the right, as that's where the user's eye would naturally move to next.     Continuing on the first page, above the fold, I wanted to communicate the company's identity, without overwhelming them with text or images; a nice clean and simple introduction to the rest of the website. The green curve then draws the user's eye to follow the page further down, if they haven't already clicked the call to action at the top. I used green as it's a colour that represents nature, as well as complimenting the dark brown of the header image.    I wanted to use icon style graphics throughout the site and then have these short bursts of information. The icons could look a little out of place in contrast to the more rustic header image, and so I made sure to use the green colour to tie the two sections together.    Build: During the build is where you can make the information more dynamic. I wanted the ordering options to be bold and so I set them on a dark background, similar to the colour of the header image to create consistency. I then had a product slider underneath that would give the user examples of what they could order. I wanted to create the idea of "I want that, how can I get it" and then present the user with the path to achieve their goal.    It takes a lot more persuasion to get a user to download an app than to use a website. This is seen with all the promotions that come with getting different coffee shop apps.   The website allows the user to order whatever they want and pay for it online, then they can either collect their drink or drink it in the shop. This allows for a contactless payment and is very COVID friendly and a lot of coffee shops are offering this service, however not the independently owned ones. This is another unique quality which sets this website apart from others. This website package is also an extremely affordable option for smaller businesses.   Overall, this website draws a simple yet beautiful design with accessible and useful functionality, perfect for independent businesses to keep their doors open and remain safe. Easily edited, this website can be up and running to take orders in days not weeks, leaving you with one less thing to worry about. Explore this website and our variety of other themes. Interested in having a website with us? Contact us today!  ...

WebBoss New Business Information Feature

| 21st October 2020 | Blogging

WebBoss New Business Information Feature

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| 21st October 2020 | Blogging

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| 28th September 2020 | Blogging

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