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Cookies and what you need to know about them

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Cookies and what you need to know about them

This website, as almost all websites do, uses cookies,  to help provide you with the best experience when you visit.

Cookies are simply small text files which are placed on your pc, laptop or mobile phone when you browse a website.

The cookies help us to:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Save you having to login every time you visit the site
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Offer you free services/content (thanks to advertising)
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Personalise our site to you to help you get what you need faster
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our Cookies

Website Function Cookies

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Making our shopping basket and checkout work
  • Determining if you are logged in or not
  • Remembering your search settings
  • Remembering if you have accepted our terms and conditions
  • Showing you which pages you have recently visited
  • Allowing you to add comments to our site
  • Tailoring content to your needs
  • Remembering your preferences such as colours, text size and layout
  • Remembering if we have already asked you certain questions (e.g. you declined to use our app or take our survey)

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

  • Google
  • Youtube
  • Embedly
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily ‘Like’? or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies are set by:

  • AddThis – provide us with lots of sharing buttons all in one neat package

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Site Improvement Cookies

We regularly test new designs or site features on our site. We do this by showing slightly different versions of our website to different people and anonymously monitoring how our site visitors respond to these different versions. Ultimately this helps us to offer you a better website.

We use:

  • Chartbeat.com
  • VisualRevenue.com

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called “analyticsâ€? programs also tell us if , on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

We use:

  • Google Analytics
  • chartbeat.com

Advertising Cookies

Cookies are widely used in online advertising. Neither us, advertisers or our advertising partners can gain personally identifiable information from these cookies. We only work with advertising partners who work to accepted privacy standards such as http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/iab-good-practice-principles

You can learn more about online advertising at http://www.youronlinechoices.com. You can opt-out of almost all advertising cookies at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices although we would prefer that you didn’ as ultimately adverts help keep much of the internet free. It is also worth noting that opting out of advertising cookies will not mean you won’t see adverts, just simply that they won’t be tailored to you any longer.

We use:

  • DoubleClick – owned by Google

Banner Adverts

We fund our site by showing adverts as you browse our site. These adverts are usually managed by a partner specialising in providing adverts for multiple sites. Invariably these partners place cookies to collect anonymous data about the websites you visits so they can personalise the adverts to you, ensure that you don’t see the same adverts too frequently and ultimately report to advertisers on which adverts are working. Our partners include:

Remarketing Cookies

You may notice that sometimes after visiting a site you see increased numbers of adverts from the site you visited. This is because advertisers, including ourselves pay for these adverts. The technology to do this is made possible by cookies and as such we may place a so called “remarketing cookieâ€? during your visit. We use these adverts to offer special offers etc to encourage you to come back to our site. Don’t worry we are unable to proactively reach out to you as the whole process is entirely anonymised. You can opt out of these cookies at anytime as explained above.

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites

 

This article on the Irish Web Design website called ‘Cookies and what you need to know about them’ contains content that fiest appeared appeared in the Irish Examiner

http://www.irishexaminer.com/info/cookiepolicy/

Plains of Kildare

Grants available for websites

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Business Expansion Grants

Grants available for websites for businesses trading more than 18 months

The Business Expansion Grant is designed to assist the business in it’s growth phase after the initial 18 month start-up period. Micro enterprises that have availed of a Priming Grant are ineligible to apply for a Business Expansion Grant until 18 months after the final drawdown date of the Priming Grant, except in exceptional circumstances.

Business Expansion Grants may be awarded to sole traders, partnerships or limited companies that fulfil the following criteria:

  • Located within the CEB’s geographic area;
  • A business, which on growth, may or may not have the capacity to fit the Enterprise Ireland portfolio;
  • A business employing up to 10 employees;
  • A manufacturing or internationally traded service business;
  • A domestically traded service business with the potential to trade internationally.

The maximum Business Expansion Grant payable must not exceed 50% of the investment or €150,000, whichever is the lesser.

Grants over €80,000 and up to €150,000 shall be the exception and shall only apply in the case of projects that clearly demonstrate a potential to graduate to Enterprise Ireland and / or to export internationally.

In all other cases, the maximum grant shall be 50% of the investment of €80,000, whichever is the lesser.

Subject to the 50% limit, a maximum grant of up to €15,000 per full time job created shall apply in respect of any employment support grant aid.

Expenditure may be considered under the following headings:

  • Capital Items: These include fit out of workspace, office equipment, machinery, computer costs, hardware and software etc. (Note acquisition of building and purchase of mobile assets are excluded from grant aid).
  • Salary Costs: For first year of employment. This to be paid out in two instalments. The first instalment at the commencement of employment and the second instalment once the employment has continued in existence for a period of six months. The level of grant support should reflect the salary scale proposed for the employment being generated. It is anticipated that only quality jobs attracting salaries in excess of €40,000 will be eligible for the maximum €15,000 grant support with appropriately scaled back grants offered in accordance with proposed salary for lower paid positions. Staff recruitment costs may also be considered eligible for grant aid.
  • Rental / Accommodation Costs: For first year of project. (Note where rental space is already subsidised by an investment of public funds then grant support should reflect the differential between the market rate and subsidised rate). Rental costs may be paid up front subject to receipt by the Board of signed lease / rental agreements.
  • Utility Costs: These include installation costs for telephone and broadband. (Note mobile phone costs are excluded).
  • Marketing Costs: These include packaging, brochures, business cards, trade fairs, website design and development, and other marketing initiatives.
  • Consultancy Costs: These include design fees, patent costs, architect, accountant and legal fees.
  • Business Specific Training: Costs here refer to specialised management or key personnel training programmes that are required to ensure the growth of the business. Such courses should not be generally available under the Board’s general training programmes.

Grants available for websites

Grants available for websites – Irish Web Design

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Tourism Ireland Website

IIA STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO TOURISM IRELAND AWARDING CONTRACT TO LONDON BASED COMPANY

In response to the Tourism Ireland decision to spend €2.5million on the development of the new Tourism Ireland website www.Ireland.com the Irish Internet Association on behalf of its members would like to express its serious disappointment that an agency of the state have preferred to employ the services of a London web development company over an Irish one.

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There are a number of points that need to be addressed. Firstly, as a country in a job crisis we should be doing everything in our powers to support jobs locally. On principle as well as in practice, this ethos should be of highest importance for government agencies leading by example. In this specific instance, IIA members were shortlisted for this tender and we know that domestic rates are far more competitive that those reportedly paid. In accepting that price is not the only factor and that technical merit was the other criteria used, it is worth noting that on the subjective yet technical issue of design and user experience, the general view is that there are already some basic user experience shortcomings with this site.

Secondly, we must look at the broader ramifications of this decision. The majority of global technology companies have elected Ireland as their European base given the high quality of talent here. Beyond the specifics of this particular case, the political message that this decision is sending out to the world is counter-productive and anti-jobs. On the one hand, we have the IDA and Government Ministers working to increase foreign direct investment with a strong focus on the technology industry. On the other hand, in this single decision, we have a state agency saying that it is not possible to secure high quality and good value web design and development services here.

Tourism Ireland is responsible for attracting visitors to Ireland. Holiday tourism is important but so too is business and education tourism. They are asking people to visit a vibrant and welcoming country but is it also one that is so insecure about itself, so lacking in faith in its own people that when given the choice they will partner with a foreign company rather than an Irish one? The argument that this spend represents less than 10% of its total budget for the year is reminiscent of boom years when pockets were deep. The measure of value in these straitened times should surely not be that they got it for a small % of a large amount but rather that they got it for the very best possible price and in doing so factored in the multiplier effect of keeping those jobs in Ireland and promoting the world class standards that exist within our country.

Tourism Ireland’s new website was designed by Hugo and Cat — a creative agency for a digital world.

To quote their own website:

“Creativity from Insight

Consumer engagement. Conversion. Advocacy. A full house in buzzword bingo – but they’re what our clients come to us for.

We’re a digital creative agency specialising in content marketing, experience design and technology, underpinned by strategic planning. We’re all about big ideas without a big attitude, so you’ll get to know the people creating the work that gets your audience talking.

Why not stop by and say hello?”

Originally published on the IIA website

Bock The Robber had an amusing take on the whole farce:

At first glance it appears that the cat did most of the work, and a very well paid cat he is indeed, while Hugo did most of the talking. But what a talker Hugo is, persuading the Tourism Ireland management that a website should cost €2.5 million to design and build.

How appropriate for this pantomime.

Hugo and Cat

Let’s say the cat is on a hundred grand a year, which is good money by any standards in a time of austerity, especially when all you need to survive is the odd fish-bone. This means that the moggy needed to spend 25 years working on the project, which, you’ll agree, uses up several of his lives.

Two and a half million buckaroonies for a website isn’t chickenfeed. but hold on. A man like Hugo would have no ordinary cat. Any feline in his world would be the very cream of cat programmers, so let’s say he’s on a grand a day, because he’s worth it. That means he spent 2,500 days developing this website. Giving him weekends off to prowl the rooftops flashing the dosh at the lady cats — Loadsamoney!! — he still spent a full ten years on the job. That must be a hell of a website, wouldn’t you think?

Well, yes, you would think so, but you’d be wrong. This is the most confused, ill-functioning website you might ever have seen. It starts nowhere and it goes nowhere. It looks like somebody stole it and crashed it into a wall. If there’s a wrong way to do it, a right way to screw it up, nobody does it like us, and so, in their wisdom, the authorities awarded the contract to a London-based firm, rather than a local developer, even though their tender was not the lowest. Not that there’s anything wrong with a firm simply because it’s based in London, but since there’s no shortage of developers in Ireland, it seems surprising that Tourism Ireland couldn’t find a single one that came within a whisker of Hugo and his feline friend. Nobody was up to scratch.

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Of course, the formidable managerial intellects at Tourism Ireland weren’t satisfied with spending the two and a half million on Hugo’s cat. They also decided that they should buy the domain name ireland.com from the Irish Times for half a million euros.

For some reason, they felt it was better to have an American domain representing Ireland than our own .ie extension.

Why?

I don’t know. This doesn’t seem like a decision based on professional advice, but of course, as usual, I might be wrong. I’d be very interested to hear what professional advice they had when they drew up the request for proposals. Were any web professionals involved in preparing the tender documents? What factors persuaded Tourism Ireland to award the contract to a company whose tender was not the lowest? What personnel prepared the detailed specification ? Did any external consultants assist in completion of the specification? Did any external consultants assist in evaluation of the completed design to ensure compliance with the brief? If so, who did these consultants work for?

So many questions.

One question has finally been answered, of course.

We now know that a cat can most certainly laugh.

Originally published on Bock

Irish Web Design notes that the website does not perform very well on mobile devices and smart phones.

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Solutions for Website Security

Irish Web Design are please to announce that they have created a series of packages to provide a high level of security to small to medium business websites.

The packages are designed especially for WordPress based information, blog, news and e-commerce on-line shop websites.

 

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Irish Web Design described the packages as consisting of the three S’s: Scan, Secure Survey.

The website security measures involve scanning the websites for issues, securing the site and finally setting up a surveillance system to monitor the website in the longer term.

It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of websites around the globe that are running the WordPress software have been infected by malicious software.

Some of the software infects the computers of visitors, who may find a realistic looking ‘Anti Virus Scanner’ pop up on their computer.

The owner is informed that his machine is infected and this software will remove the threats and provide on-going security.

This ‘peace of mind’ only costs a very modest amount, typically $10 to $20.

This is a scam, the programme is not real.

What the criminals who are behind the scam want are your credit or debit card details.

They may wait a long time before they use the information gained to empty your account of funds.

There are many variation on these scams, including straightforward blackmail: you want your site back, you will pay.

Irish Web Design have researched the issue and designed a solution to ensure that website owners can sleep at night.

While there can never be an absolute guarantee as situations can change very rapidly the system is designed to provide alerts to any suspicious activity.

Contact Irish Web Design if you want your website audited and secured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solutions for Website Security

Irish Web Design work on Dragons Den

At Irish Web Design we were delighted to have one of our long standing clients appear on the Dragon’s Den recently.

The original Log Holder Company website was purely an information site, and served the business well in its early days of trading.

When Seamus Connolly decided to step up a gear he decided to have an e-commerce website where customers would be able to choose and purchase their log holders online.

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Irish Web Design designed, printed and mounted the sign that appeared with Seamus in the Dragon’s Den, and featured prominently in the final film.

The Log Holder Company logo was created by Irish Web Design based on an idea by the client.

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Despite tight deadlines the website was ready to deal with orders as the show was screened, and was delivered on budget.

New ranges of Log Holders have been introduced and a photo shoot has been booked so that Irish Web Design can create a new set of professional standard photographs.

The new product photos will be used on the online shop and for other promotional purposes such as a new edition of the Log Holder Company’s electronic brochure or e-brochure as they are called.

The site has been well designed when it comes to Search Engine Optomisation, or SEO and began to feature highly on Google straight away.

It was very gratifying to see the Irish Web Design work on Dragons Den, and know that it would serve our client  well.

Visit the Log Holder Company Website Here

Athy Tyre Service Website

Athy Tyre Services Home-Page

Athy Tyre Services Home-Page

Athy Tyre Service Website is now live.

Created in restful greens this project was recently completed for Brendan Loughman.

Brendan runs Athy Tyre Services along with M and L Autoparts on the outskirts of Athy at Bennetsbridge, on the Kilkenny Road leading to Ballylinan.

This long established business has a fine reputation for all things automotive.

Tyres from all major brands including Pirelli, Dunlop, Goodyear, Firestone, Michelin, Continental and Bridgestone are supplied, fitted and balanced for all makes of cars, commercials and agricultural vehicles.

The website also has a section on servicing and repairs.

Irish Web Design are responsible for the information website design, copyrighting, graphic design and original professional photography.

Link to the Athy Tyre Service Website

Athy Tyre Services Home Page in full

Athy Tyre Services Home Page in full

Athy Rowing – Canoeing Club

Athy Rowing – Canoeing Club Winners

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Athy Rowing & Canoeing (ARC) club have been selected as winners of our recent website competition held in conjunction with What’s On Athy magazine.

A large number of applications were received from all sectors of the community but ARC was unanimously picked by our judging panel.

What’s On Athy caught up with Chairman of ARC, Clifford Reid, upon receiving the news.

“We are extremely delighted that our application was selected. The website will open up a whole new avenue for us in terms of promoting not only our club but also advocating the use of Athy’s unique waterways system.

We established the club back in June and since then membership has exploded.
The website will further help us to develop and grow our organisation.

We now have over 60 members participating in the many various disciplines of Rowing or Canoeing and the Club continues to grow rapidly.

The Website will aid us greatly in attracting new members and help highlight what Athy has to offer in terms of outdoor pursuits and water based activities”.

Since its inception, ARC has placed a strong emphasis on safety, training and personal development. Currently, 16 members are training to receive their Level 3 Canoe Skills qualification with the assistance of Outdoor Tourism and Go With The Flow River Adventures.

“I’d like to thank Patricia Berry and the team in Outdoor Tourism for their help over the past few months.

Our club is not just about getting people on the water and having fun.

It is also involves providing people with technical skills, physical training and personal development.

Patricia and the team have recognised this and have been extremely helpful in assisting us”.

“By next summer we hope to have several of our members gaining a recognised Canoeing Instructor qualification from Canoeing Ireland.

This will not only be highly beneficial to our club but be of great benefit to them in their personal lives.

It will open up employment opportunities for them with the many Outdoor Adventure companies and centres spread throughout the country”.

Mr Reid continued to explain that the club also currently has members pursuing qualifications as Lifeguards and that a Kayaking skills course is commencing in December.

This will then be followed by a Sports First Aid course expected in the new year.

If you are interested in joining Athy Rowing & Canoeing, the club trains 3 times a week.

This consists of Saturday morning on the River at the Boat Slip form 10 am and two week-night sessions in the Gym and Pool.

“The Club is currently open to over 18’s only but it is hoped to extend this to under-age next summer when we have enough qualified people to facilitate it”.

Those interested in joining the can contact Cliff Reid on 087 206 1999 for more information.

Their club website is expected to be up and running within the coming weeks and we would like to wish Athy Rowing & Canoeing the very best for the future and congratulations once more from What’s On Athy.

Athy Rowing & Canoeing Club Athy County Kildare winners of the Irish Web Design ‘win a website competition’.

Visit the Athy Rowing Canoeing Club Website

The website has been constructed with Search Engine Optomisation SEO in mind.

What’s On Athy Magazine Website Relaunched

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What’s On Athy magazine website relaunched

The What’s On Athy website relaunched recently. This was in time to showcase the August issue of the magazine.

An Athy business directory is now part of the website. Businesses and organisations in the area can create a free listing.

The business directory listing can include photographs and links to a website. There are the usual usual address, telephone and email contact details.

There is room for a full description of the business. This should show up well in Google and other search engine results.

A new look and new features for a popular website.

Irish Wed Design Site a hit Down Under

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We are delighted to hear that our clients The Irish Flooring Academy have had contact from a company in Australia looking for suitably qualified carpet and vinyl fitters.

The company was sufficiently impressed by the Academy’s website to ask them to process the applications, carry out preliminary interviews and draw up a short-list of candidates.

Here are the details published on the website which can be visited here: Irish Flooring Academy

The Irish Flooring Academy has been aware for some time that there are many people in the industry who see further training as essential to gaining employment in the difficult economic circumstances that Ireland is currently in.

In an exciting development the Irish Flooring Academy has just received a request from a carpet fitting business in Australia to supply suitably qualified staff for their operation.

Known as ‘Floor Finishers’ in Australia the company, which is located in Queensland, is looking for people who are experienced in dealing with installing a range of materials to a high standard.

The company is part of the largest carpet retailers in Australia with branches in every part of the country.

Floor Finishers are one of the occupations found in the latest Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List issued on the 1 July 2012.

This means that Floor Finishers with recognised skills seeking to work in Australia can apply for a working visa as long as they are being sponsored by an Australian employer.

Maurice Flinter of the Irish Flooring Academy said “It’s a tribute to the reputation of the Irish workforce and recognition of the part played by the Irish Flooring Academy in delivering world class training”.

The Irish Flooring Academy has been asked to facilitate the Australian company by supplying a short list of suitable candidates.

Maurice continued “We are confident that we will be able to deliver the right candidates for this employer and this may well lead to many more vacancies becoming available in the future.”

Those interested in taking part in the process are asked to forward their CV to:

Irish Flooring Academy, Unit Athy Business Campus, Kilkenny Road, Athy, Co Kildare.

Those wanting email should send it to: info (at) irishflooringacademy (Dot) com

CV’s may also be faxed to 059 863 4832.

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A competition not to be missed.

Irish Web Design in conjunction with What’s On Magazines are offering one lucky individual, business or organisation the opportunity to have a professionally designed website created free of charge.

Click here for more information

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