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Future Shock provides web hosting on powerful Microsoft Windows 2003 based servers - we do not provide Linux hosting. We offer a number of different hosting plans to suit every budget, with prices as low as £20 per year for basic hosting.

Our servers are provided by Rackspace UK and are located in London data centres operating with at least 99.99% uptime. We provide domain registration and management services - we are a Nominet Member and tag holder (for .uk domains) and JANET Approved ISP Member (for .ac.uk and .gov.uk domains). We are a Comodo SSL partner allowing us to add fantastically priced HTTPS secure encrypted communication to your website in just minutes.

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Clean and Intelligent Web design

Good-looking and user-friendly websites for companies of all sizes

We specialise in the production of reliable, straightforward and easy-to-use solutions which cater to the needs of users.

Whether you just want a simple contact form or a full e-commerce site, we can code it for you.
Expert level programming in ASP.NET, ASP Classic, JavaScript, XML/XSL, HTML and CSS, SQL Server and Microsoft Access. WCAG Accessibility to AAA conformance where required. Search engine friendly and easy to maintain HTML markup. Static Sites, Content Management Systems, and many other project types delivered on time and on budget.

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Search Engines and Offline Marketing

Gaining competitive advantage

From the black arts of web marketing to improving your brand, we can assist in getting your website, and your company, the attention it deserves.

We don't pretend there's a big secret to web marketing. Using basic principles and ethical techniques, we've helped many companies move up in the search engine rankings in competitive markets such as Spanish property and children's clothing. We offer everything from straightforward advice to full online marketing services, including link campaigns and Adwords management. Whatever your budget, and whatever your market, we can help.

We also help with traditional ("offline") marketing - writing press releases, or working with your managers or external marketing consultants to achieve brand objectives.

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Our most recent news

14th October 2013 We have released a new version of our Date Picker product to fix a problem with the newest release of Google Chrome

4th April 2013 We have discontinued our Free Date Picker product after 8 years of service

3rd April 2012 We are pleased to release Worldwide Dispensers a redesigned site to match Rapak and DS Smith PLC design

20th March 2012 Redesigned and released Rapak to match the new look of DS Smith PLC

19th March 2012 Released V2 of TheSupportDirectory

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Working with the Internet since it began!

Knowledge, experience and the ability to listen

We are a small family-run business situated at the edge
of the Peak District in the centre of the UK. We've been trading as Future Shock since 1995 and became a UK private limited company in 2004. We have a very broad range of experience in the design, programming and marketing of both web-based and more traditional media.

We have worked with clients of all scales, ranging from international investment banks and multinational PLCs
to sole traders and personal home sites. We've built
e-commerce sites, estate agent sites, bespoke content managed systems, and information websites. We pride ourselves on delivering sites which best meet our clients' needs - whoever they may be and whatever their budget.

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Website Design Guidelines

Here's a list of things to consider before you even think about commiting the first pixel to cyberspace:

What is the purpose of the website?

It sounds obvious, but a lot of people spend so much time agonising over every design detail that they lose track of what they want their website to do. If your website is supposed to inform people about your organisiation, then make sure that the information is clear, and that people can find it easily. If you are selling something, don't just show people the product, sell it: let people know why they should buy it and, again, make that information clear and easy to find. In particular you should:

  • Make your text clear and concise, and put the important information as high up in your pages as possible so that people can find it quickly.
  • Don't overload the user with too many links: categorise your pages and link accordingly.
  • Make people trust you. Include an "About Us" page and if possible, a bricks & mortar address. See this article on Web Credibility for more details

How will people find it?

This is another thing which you should start thinking about as soon as possible. If you have a large-ish advertising budget then you have nothing to worry about. However, if you want people to be able to find you via free search engine listings, your site will perform better if it has (among other things):

  • a clear link structure - each main category page should link to all the other main pages and each page within a category should link to other pages within the category.
  • links in HTML (i.e. no frames, no graphical buttons, and no flashy javascript navigation bar)
  • minimal HTML styling (this will constrain what you can do with the design, and it is better to hand-code pages rather than use an editor such as Dreamweaver. All of our websites are hand-coded.)
  • lots of good content. If you sell paintbrushes, write some articles about which type is best for what. If you sell property, write some articles about the areas you sell in.

Do you want the site to be accessible to all?

Internet users come in many shapes and sizes, and not all of them can view all websites. In particular, some users may find small text hard to read - you don't need to make all of your text large, but you should make sure the text is not coded in a way that will make it impossible for users to increase the text size via their browser settings. You may also want to consider text-only browser users (including blind internet users) - to cater for these users you need to make sure that all information is available as text in some form. For example, the name of your company should be clearly written somewhere on the page rather than just in a logo.

Do you want a product search feature?

There are various ways to create a search feature, but in general the easiest and best way to allow people to search your products is to have a product database. You need to think very carefully about how to categorise your products and how people will search for them. For example, in a property website, do you want people to be able to search by price and area alone, or do you want to give them more options (number of bedrooms, distance from the town centre, nearest school etc).

Do you want to be able to update the site yourself?

If you decide to go for a product database, then it goes without saying that you will want a secure online "admin suite" where you can update your products. But even if you don't have that, you may want to be able to update certain sections of the site yourself. For example, you could have a "latest news" page, which you could update easily whenever you want. Or you might want a database-driven links section in which you could create new categories and add new links.

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