Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Blogger doesn't recognise the word 'blog'?

So, whilst writing a blog article (Can anyone use a mobility scooter?) for a client, we discovered something quite amusing.|

For some unknown reason, Blogger doesn't recognise the word 'blog' in its spell-check!

Intentional or a slight oversight on their part? Does anyone know?

Do you have any better examples of words not being recognised? Post them below and we'll give a free website* to the best comment.

Shameless Plug

As an aside, if you like the content of the article, why not contact us for about our blog authoring services?

They're terribly exciting don't you know!

*Competition closes 31/12/2099. Prize may differ from that mentioned. EasierThan reserves the right to substitute a lollipop for any prize offered.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Customer Focus (Mobility Scooters, Blackpool)

Read Mobility Workshop provide all manner of mobility scooter, powered and manual wheelchair services to Blackpool and nearby towns.

Their affordable pricing combined with a friendly and professional approach to mobility scooters makes them a great choice for anyone living in or visiting Blackpool or the Fylde Coast area.

Mobility Scooters

Their mobility scooter services include:
They also offer a wheelchair hire service in the Blackpool area, along with repairs and sales of new and used wheelcahirs.


As well as their main website, they have a blog which offers useful information such as tips on things to look out for when you hire a mobility scooter and FAQs relating to using a scooter in the UK.

Blackpool and the Fylde

From their base in Thornton Cleveleys, they operate in Bispham, Blackpool, Fleetwood, Garstang, Hambleton, Kirkham, Knott End, Lytham St Annes, Pilling, Poulton-le-Fylde, Warton and Wesham.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Business Website Design, Preston, Lancashire

Looking for a reliable web developer local to the Preston area? EasierThan Website Design have a number of satisfied clients based in Preston and the wider Lancashire area.

With over 15 years experience, we offer reasonably priced web design with an emphasis on functionality, usability and most importantly, making sure the site achieves your goals.

Whether you're looking for business website design, an eBay or eCommerce shop or support for an existing third party website, we'll work hard to make the internet work for you!

All of our web design solutions include domain name registration, hosting and email addresses as standard, all charged for at a favourable annual rate.

Example Websites

Here are a few examples of websites created for Preston based businesses:

Please visit our website for more examples of our website design in Preston and surrounding areas. 

Preston and Beyond

EasierThan Website Design provide web design and support to businesses throughout the Preston area, including Ashton-on-Ribble, Bamber Bridge, Chorley, Fulwood, Ingol, Lea, Leyland, Longridge, Longton, Lostock Hall, Penwortham, Preston, Ribbleton and Walton-le-Dale.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

New Look Website

After being on the back burner for several months, we've finally gotten round to refreshing the EasierThan website.

As well as web design, the new look also now includes tabs for SEO Services and Business Software (soon to be completed).

Search Engine Optimisation

After a quieter few months since Google's last search algorithm release, we thought it was about time we made some effort to get the site back up and showing in search results again.

Like the plumber with a dripping tap at home, we're guilty of happily providing the service for customers, but not getting round to it ourselves.

Hopefully, with freshly optimised pages and a renewed vigour for making regular social media updates, the phone will start ringing once more.

Want a Website?

So if you live in the Blackpool, Preston, Lancaster or wider Lancashire area and you're looking for reasonably priced Website Design, why not give us a call.

More fascinating updates coming soon.Watch this space!

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Code Tip #3 - Classic ASP Image Resizer (with options for cropping, padding, colouring and saving)

Like many other developers we're very comfortable using classic ASP and on the whole it does everything we need.

We know we should start moving across to VB.Net, but can't see many real benefits to compensate for the required learning curve.

The Problem

We'd like to be able to quickly and easily resize images and ASP doesn't offer any native commands, whereas VB.Net does.

After scouring the internet we came across a free ASP resizer from Pieter Cooreman, developer of a Classic ASP website content management system called QuickerSite.

His solution was simple. Use an aspx page to do the work and call it from a normal asp page.

Our Solution

We tried it and it worked perfectly, but there were a couple of things we wanted it to do that Pieter's code didn't, so we adapted it to include more querystring options, annotation and instructions.

The resulting image resizer will do the following:

  • Accept and convert jpeg, png, gif and bitmap files.
  • Convert images at a relative size to a given width or height.
  • Resize to a fixed width, either cropping or padding (with colour) the resulting image if the dimensions differ.
  • Add special effects including greyscale and sepia.
  • Output the resulting jpg to either the screen, a file or both.

All you need to do is call it from your ASP page with the relevant querystring values.

Instructions / Download

Download the zip file here: ClassicASPImageResizer.zip

Unzip the file to a folder on your server / local machine and run the default.asp for instructions and to see the code in action.


This solution was originally developed by Pieter Cooreman, QuickerSite (Classic ASP Website CMS). It was adapted and republished by David Barton, EasierThan Website Design.

The script is offered freely and no liability is accepted by either party for any issues arising from the downloading, installing or use of it.

If you find the script useful, backlinks and / or a beer (see original ASP Image Resizer page) would be much appreciated, but are not necessary.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Single Page Websites (Capturing Specific Searches)

There are a number of cases where single page websites are suitable for a business.

For example, where you want to target a specific Google search for a service or product or where there isn't much you need to say about your business and / or you just want the site as a reference to point potential customers to that you have gained elsewhere.

It is all depends on the number of keywords and phrases you want to appear in a Google search for. The more products or services you offer and the greater the competition in your target area, the more web pages you will need.

Specific Keyword Sites

The following three stand-alone sites are examples of capturing very specific searches with links to direct potential customers to the main website:

Holding Websites

A single page website featuring your logo, business name, address and telephone numbers can also be useful as a holding page for an email address or domain registration where you want to reserve a domain name, but aren't ready to create a website yet.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Code Tip #2 - Rounded borders on images in CSS3 without putting them in background (or using overflow:hidden;)

It's been a long time coming, but this is our second coding offering. It was discovered after trawling through the internet and not finding quite the right solution for a problem.

The scenario is a familiar one. You want to add a rounded border and perhaps a drop shadow to an image, but the required CSS3 isn't supported in all browsers.

There are a number of solutions out there that put the image in the background to solve the problem, but our images were part of the page content and we wanted them to be easily available for printing. Another solution uses overflow:hidden;, but we found that was not reliable across all browsers.

The Problem

Just to recap, this is the code that we would expect to be supported, but isn't:

    .image_rounded_shadow {
        margin: 5px 5px 5px 5px;
        padding: 10px 10px 10px 10px;
        border: solid 1px #BDBED9;
        box-shadow: 1px 1px 6px #888888;
        -webkit-box-shadow: 1px 1px 6px #888888;
        -moz-box-shadow: 1px 1px 6px #888888;


    <img class="image_rounded_shadow" src="[Your Image]"/>

Which produces the following result:

The Solution

After trying a number of solutions suggested on-line, we hit upon using a span and effectively applying the border-radius twice, which seemed to work nicely.

    .image_rounded_shadow {
        display: inline-block;
        margin: 5px 5px 5px 5px;
        padding: 10px 10px 10px 10px;
        border: solid 1px #BDBED9;
        box-shadow: 1px 1px 6px #888888;
        -webkit-box-shadow: 1px 1px 6px #888888;
        -moz-box-shadow: 1px 1px 6px #888888;

    .image_rounded_shadow img {
        margin: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
        padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px;

    <span class="image_rounded_shadow"><img src="[Your Image]"/></span>

Which produces the desired result:


Take note that the border-radius for the img tag is smaller in relation to the border-radius being applied to the span. You will need to experiment if you wish to use a different radius.

No doubt, this post will not be relevant forever as browsers catch up, but for now this appears to work in IE, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari and all the mobile browsers we tried.


If it works for you, spread the word and perhaps add a link somewhere back to this page.

If you have any questions, submit them below, but please make sure you've read the whole post before asking for assistance.

For Interest

The building pictured is Angkor Wat (minus scaffolding) in Cambodia, probably one of the most impressive driveways in the world.