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Websites 1: Basic Glossary

In this series of lessons I am going to be covering all aspects of creating, maintaining and having a successful website. The internet is fast moving and mysterious to many, and so in order to make this as useful as possible for as long as possible I am going to attempt to talk about websites without getting too deep into technology. I wanted to start with some basic terms that many of you may be familiar with, but without a firm grasp of, we cannot move forward.

Let’s try and relate these terms to the real world, I want to consider your website as a flat/apartment for me…

Domain: Your domain is sort of like your postal address. It’s the location that people can use in order to find your website. Domains come in many varieties but .COM is the most obvious. The interesting thing about domains is that getting one that matches your business has become incredibly competitive. A number of people go about buying up domain names they think might become valuable in the hopes someone will pay top whack for it, but I have rarely seen this actually transpire. These days I suspect many businesses actually buy their domain first and then register their company.

Hosting: If the domain is like your street address then hosting is the apartment building your flat is in. Hosting companies like Godaddy, 1&1 and more are effectively storing the bits and pieces that comprise your website for the world to see. Hosting is sold to people on the amount of information and visitors a site is likely to have. If you’re hosting is too small then it’s like hosting a party and inviting too many people.

CMS/Platform: CMS stands for Content Management System and in our flat analogy it is the walls, the picture frames and the desks that allow you to place your own collectables. The point of a CMS is rather than having to make a shelf yourself (or code your website) a CMS gives you a framework in which to do this more easily. (Like a furnished flat that just needs your posters)

Templates: Have you ever visited a furniture showroom and wanted to copy a room? That’s sort of what a website template is like. It’s a pre-made and sometimes restrictive item that forces your content to appear a certain way. There are different templates that can be used for different platforms.

Content: These are all the elements that make your website what it is. It’s sort of like how all your personal items and pictures make your home. Many website are actually very similar in their design and it’s the content that makes a good one stand out.

UX: UX stands for User Experience. I’m not sure what they used UX instead of UE but perhaps they thought it would make it sound cooler. UX is essentially like thinking about how to lay our your apartment so that it will be the most desirable and everything will be easy to find.

Algorithms: These are what search engines use to examine your website’s information and help people find it. I guess an algorithm would be like an estate agent, going through your apartment, seeing what you’ve got that others would be interested in and telling the world.

With these basic terms covered, I actually want to go into each of the above in more detail.

Department of International Trade Visits Bronte Precision

Bronte Precision, a sub-contract engineering business in Bradford, West Yorkshire were delighted to receive Lydia Moi, International Trade Advisor for the Department of International Trade.

The Department of International is a relatively new branch of the UK government which is responsible for striking and extending trade agreements with the rest of the world. High profile campaigns such as Exporting Is Great have sought to encourage and advise smaller sized businesses to sell their goods/services abroad.

“I had never heard about the DIT but saw some posters promoting the Exporting Is Great campaign and thought it might be worth a look.” Says Oliver Gwynne, Business Development. “Although Bronte have worked on international projects in the past this has largely been reactionary rather than proactively. I wasn’t really aware on the extent of the support and information available to help a company like ourselves.”

Bronte Precision do not manufacture their own products, but rather working from technical drawings/3D models produce components to their customer’s specifications with a niche in large sized and complex components. “On paper you would not consider our type of business to be straightforward to export, so I was interested in talking to Lydia and asking her advice on what we can do to make that process, easier without investing a lot of time.”

“Although we are only taking our first steps with the DIT, the breadth of support is much larger then I think most companies will be aware of. Although it’s their job to encourage companies to export, the advice offered was very practical, helpful and specific to our organisation and what is realistic to us. I would say to other businesses that even if they are very small and don’t think exporting is for them it would be worth reaching out, you never know what opportunities you may be passing by.”

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Why Large Machining Is Different

One of the most common stories we hear at Bronte is from customers who have sent out large machining to a jobbing machine shop who have struggled with the parts. What makes large machining so different and what factors come into consideration?

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3 New Machinist Vacancies - Bradford, West Yorkshire

It is a very exciting time here at Bronte Precision, this year alone we have moved around our shop floor and invested heavily in a new larger machine, new inspection equipment and the creation of 2 new roles and an apprenticeship. Adding to this we are looking to recruit for 3 roles on our shop floor.

We are looking for time served, experienced machinist with 10 years or more behind them. We want knowledgeable and confident machinists preferably with a background in large sized machining that will be able to quickly slot into our business and become an integral part of our team.

#jobs #machinist #bradford

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How Do Trains Stay On the Tracks?

Britain’s Railways are more popular than ever with over 1.7bn journeys taking place every year and rising. Yet, for all our familiarity with Trains, have you ever considered how they actually stay on the track?

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Bronte transition to new ISO

Bronte Precision are proud to announce that we have successfully transitioned to the new ISO 9001:2015 standard.

"Maintaining high standards is key for any precision engineer and so meeting these new standards is absolutely critical to our business." says Martyn Smith, Trainee Commerial Manager "Working on this transition helped us to reassess many of our policies and procedures and ensure that they were not only meeting the criteria but were being effectively used in the business".

ISO certifications are a globally recognised Quality Assurance Standard and is a reflection on the processes and procedures Bronte have in place which enable us to deliver high quality machining services. Our audit was undertaken by Alcumus ISOQAR, who are an independent 3rd Party UKAS approved Auditor and we will be receiving our updated certificate shortly.

Bronte Precision are a sub-contract manufacturer, machining components to customer's drawings with a focus on large sized and complex components.
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