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Another Website Developed by FCDM, this time for the Irish Shorthorn Society Posted by: of FCDM Website Design Ltd
At the start of 2014, The Irish Shorthorn Society came to FCDM looking for a full website re-design. Basically what the team at ISS were after was 2 websites in 1. First off they needed a landing page and on the landing page you have a choice – A. Beef Shorthorns or B. Milking Shorthorns. After this we needed to create 2 similar but different websites for both milking and beef.

The project itself was more complicated than a standard brochure website, as we had to develop many features, some pretty unusual, such as:

• A Calving Calculator that predicts when your calf will be born
• Add your profile – fellow breeders can sign up and advertise their livestock online
• An Events Calendar that shows the user any upcoming ISS events
• Search Box
• Newsletter Sign up
• Jquery rotating banner
• In addition to the above we had to code some highly complex sign up forms

Giving the complex nature of the website, it all went very smoothly in the end and the guys and girls at The Irish Shorthorn Society are thrilled with their new website.

With the website now designed and coded we are ready to begin the SEO (search engine optimisation) work. See at FCDM we don’t just build a website, launch it and hope for the best. Some of our hardest work goes on behind the scenes after the site is actually launched. This is when we begin the SEO, we manually go through page by page configuring meta data, descriptions, titles, image tags and so on.

We would just like to say a big thank you to everyone at The Irish Shorthorn Society and would like to wish you all the best from the team at FCDM. To view the website click here

FCDM or Full Circle Digital Marketing is an award winning Graphic Design Company Dublin, Ireland. FCDM have a team of highly qualified graphic designers.

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Graphic Design Company Dublin
FCDM have a team of highly qualified and experienced graphic designers that are available in our offices located in Dublin and throughout the world.

Brand Recognition


When building a website our designers pay extreme attention to detail, keeping in mind the business’s logo, website and overall business industry. We believe strongly in company branding. Graphic design is a major element to the success of your website, this is what tells you apart from your competitors thus creating Brand recognition.

Creativity


The designers at FCDM have strong conceptual skills and the ability to quickly develop creative solutions to visual communications problems. We pride ourselves in being able to envision and produce the picture that others can only express with their words. The designers are always giving the freedom to spend as much time as they like to brainstorm a new project before any graphic design takes place. We understand that creative thinking allows great ideas to surface and they use this opportunity to express their creative skills.

Typography Skills


FCDM understand the fundamentals of typography are essential for effectively using type as a design element particularly for print, logo design and brand identity. Our designers have developed a keen eye for typography. We understand the relationship between text and negative space, and how serifs and ligatures allow the letters to flow together gracefully. We believe that making the right typographic choices is as important as any other design option.

In need of a Graphic Design company? Feel free to contact FCDM today for a free consultation. Our Dublin phone number is +3531 5253188
Web Development Company based in Dublin. FCDM or Full Circle Digital Marketing is an award winning web development company based in Dublin, Ireland.

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Web Development Company based in Dublin
FCDM is an internationally recognised brand with offices in Athlone and Dublin Ireland, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and America. Over the years we have built up a client base that ranges from small local businesses to house hold names such as Smiles Dental and Insure4less.ie.

We have created many websites for local businesses in Dublin and Nationwide


FCDM has worked with many local clients over the years. We developed a website for Bizquip furniture and office equipment in Sandyford Business Park. Bizquip.ie relies heavily on the internet for their business success. FCDM learned the exact requirements of Bizquip and created a website based on their needs. We built a website for flowers.ie that has become Ireland’s leading online flower store. Flowers.ie went from being a couple of small shops around Dublin to a worldwide delivery service and now have over 75% of business through online sales. I am sure if your are from Dublin you may be familiar with Dental experts Smiles Dental? Since becoming a client of FCDM the company has shown tremendous growth, with our assistance they now No. 1 ranking for generic search term – Dentist in Dublin. These are just some examples of the many websites we created for local business in Dublin. For more details or to get a free consultation please call 01 5253188 today


Why choose FCDM, a Web Development Company based in Dublin?


At FCDM we believe we have had so much success locally due to our talented team, value for money, and the fact that we are just around the corner. Many people who want to build a website for their businesses just Google “Web Design Company” and pick whoever comes up first or whoever is the cheapest. There are 2 major flaws with this method. The obvious flaw would be picking the cheapest. We pride ourselves on building upmarket websites that work on all devices and have suitable content management systems, so the websites owners can make changes to content themselves. Some of the cheaper web development companies build websites in plain HTML, this is not owner friendly and you would need to hire developers to make changes in the future.

The second flaw would be picking a company you don’t know or cannot travel to meet with. Our staff are highly skilled and collage educated in web development and online marketing. Our designers have 20 years combined experience building websites. Our two marketing experts have both Master Degrees in business and marketing and are always available to meet with clients.

So what are you waiting for?


Call now to arrange a free consultation today: 01 5253188. Our office is in; Unit 11F, Riverview Business Park, Nangor Road, Dublin 12.
Website Design Tips. Our Website Design Tips are some of the most important factors you should be aware of before you start building a new website.

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Website Design Tips

Website Design Tip 1. Invest in a professional company logo


Company logos are widely referred to as the most important part of a business. You logo represents your business, on first impressions, your logo it the thing people see before and words are spoken. So firstly when building a website we believe it’s a good tip to invest in a graphic designer to create you a strong company image. We also believe strongly in company branding, so your website should follow the theme of your logo or choose a colour scheme that relates to your logo.

Website Design Tip 2. Acquire a SEO friendly domain name


Before you start building your website you must choose a domain name i.e. www.flowers.ie. Some people will obviously have to pick a domain name that is also there company name i.e. www.barrys.com and this is fine for larger well-known companies. However if say barrys is the business name of a man named Barry that owns a small bike shop in Kerry, he may want consider a domain name more SEO friendly as unless someone actually knows barrys.com his website may not perform well in search results. If I was Barry I would consider buying a this domain: www.barrysbicycles.ie. Here is why; A. you are telling the search engine the website has “bicycles” in the domain which would indicate it sells bicycles. Also notice I use a “.ie” at the end of the domain, this tells the search engine that the “Bicycle” shop is in Ireland as opposed to a “.com” which could be from any country. So just to summarise – Barry went from telling the search engine his website was “Barrys” to telling the search engine his site was “Barrys” “Bicycles” in “Ireland”. In saying all this, don’t get carried away and buy really a long domain name i.e. barrysbikeshopkerry.ie as they are not user friendly, rememberable or good for search engines. Keep it simple and rememberable.

Website Design Tip 3. Consider a CMS if you are serious about SEO and blog wrighting


CMS or Content Management Systems are tools that developers use when coding websites. CMS are user friendly, so whenever the owner needs to make changes to the sites content he/she can login online and do these changes without having to learn HTML (computer code). Content management systems are more complicated to code so will incur more costs initially. However once the site is build you won’t need to phone up your designer every time you need to change phone numbers, content, images or create new pages. For these reasons CMS are great, but if you just want a web page for people to land on with some information about a company then you may not need CMS.
Website Builders. FCDM are Website Builders based in Ireland. This post was written to help people with questions they may have about the website building process.

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Website Builders Ireland
My name is Eoin O Neill and I work for FCDM – Full Circle Digital Marketing. FCDM is one of Ireland’s leading website builders. The team at FCDM have built websites for many local and internationally companies, from small brochure websites for example www.yogaapproach.co.uk, to large ecommerce/shopping websites such as www.flowers.ie.

Whats involved in building a website and what do website builders actually do?


If you are having a new website built I am sure you are going to have many questions, like for example what are the key elements to building a successful website?

Here is a list of the main elements you will need:

A Domain Name:


First of all you need to buy a domain for your website i.e. “”johnsbikes.com”. Domain names are relatively cheap (from €14.99 for a .com to €69.99 for a .ie per year). You can search for or register a domain here: www.register.ie. Note you must have a business number if you want to register a .ie domain.

Website Hosting:


A website is made up of images and computer code. Website hosting is where all these files are stored in the cloud. You can access these files and images from anywhere in the world via FTP. Normally we would recommend buying a domain and hosting package off the same company. It can complicate things later on if your domain is in one account and the hosting is somewhere else.

Website Design:


Website design is the phrase used to explain what your website looks like or how it appears on internet browsers. Websites are usually designed by graphic designers, depending on the company you choose. At FCDM we have a team of highly trained graphic designers, where as some of the cheaper or budget companies may chance doing the graphics themselves.

Website Development:


Website development is the process of turning the website from an image into a functioning website. This process is carried out by a website coder or developer. We have a team of highly skilled coders here at FCDM, that can build all kinds of websites, apps and programs

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)


What is the point of having a beautiful website if nobody can find it? Ok, here is an example of SEO. last week I done a blog on “Web Development Company based in Athlone” you can see this in our news section www.fcdm.ie/blog/web-development-company-based-athlone. Two days after I posted this blog we appeared in 1st position on Google for the key phrase “Web Development Company based in Athlone” and also in 1st position for the key phrase “Web Development Company Athlone”.

Website Builders Ireland
How is that possible you ask? At FCDM we believe we are the market leaders in SEO in Ireland. Over the years we have perfected the art of search engine optimisation. You are welcome to call anytime and we can show you some more examples of our fantastic SEO work.


I hope this answers your questions on what website builders do. Thinking of building a new website? Feel free to contact FCDM today for a free consultation. Our Dublin phone number is +3531 5253188
Web Development Company based in Athlone. FCDM or Full Circle Digital Marketing is an award winning web development company based in Athlone, County Westmeath.

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Web Development Company based in Athlone
FCDM is an internationally recognised brand with offices in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and America. Over the years we have built up a client base that ranges from small local businesses to house hold names such as Smiles Dental and Flowers.ie.

We have created many websites for local businesses in Athlone


FCDM has worked with many local clients over the years. We have developed 5 websites for A.I.T (Athlone Institute of Technology). We began with one and quickly became the main web developer for the different institutes. Michael one of our designers designed a stunning website for Glendeer Pet Farm, whose online enquiries increased by 70% shortly after the new site was launched. We built Spectrum Paints a new website along with a full search engine optimisation package. We continue working with Spectrum Paints to this day. We re-designed the Athlone Sports Centre website last year as well as building them an email marketing campaign. FCDM also created a brochure website for Athlone Agri Show that showcases the local agricultural show that takes place once a year. Castlemine Farm also contacted FCDM about re-branding and they also needed a new online shop built. There online shop continues to grow, with online orders up 50% in 2013. FCDM were also happy to be a part of Castlemine Farm’s success. Also, in 2011 we build an ecommerce website for The Sweet Spot that sells sweets and wedding favours online. We also build a WordPress ecommerce/brochure website for Dress Sense, a local dress boutique.

Why choose FCDM, a Web Development Company based in Athlone?


At FCDM we believe we have had so much success locally due to our talented team, value for money, and the fact that we are just around the corner. Many people who want to build a website for their businesses just Google “Web Design Company” and pick whoever comes up first or whoever is the cheapest. There are 2 major flaws with this method. The obvious flaw would be picking the cheapest. We pride ourselves on building upmarket websites that work on all devices and have suitable content management systems, so the websites owners can make changes to content themselves. Some of the cheaper web development companies build websites in plain HTML, this is not owner friendly and you would need to hire developers to make changes in the future.

The second flaw would be picking a company you don’t know or cannot travel to meet with. Our staff are highly skilled and collage educated in web development and online marketing. Our designers have 20 years combined experience building websites. Our two marketing experts have both Master Degrees in business and marketing and are always available to meet with clients.

So what are you waiting for?


Call now to arrange a free consultation today: +353 90 6493740. Our office is in; Suite 3 Block B, Gateway Center, Tuam Road, Athlone, Co Roscommon.
Best Web Design Strategy for 2014. Having a solid strategy when building a new website is extremely important. Read what we believe to be the best web design strategy in 2014.

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best web design strategy for 2014

So what is the best strategy for web design in 2014?


2013 was another great year for website design and development. In particular there was an enormous surge in new website design trends, from some fantastic new web fonts by Google, html5 and css3 tricks to a rise in responsive website design. In 2013, it was estimated 91% of adults own mobile phones, this resulted in more and more businesses turned towards mobile and responsive websites last year, than any other year in history.

With all the advances in website building in 2013, we believe 2014 will be a ground breaking year for new, fresh and innovative websites. Below are a list of the steps FCDM believe to be the essential when building a modern website in 2014

1.) Research your competitors websites


A good strategy would be to see what works for your competitors before you start. If you are building an ecommerce website be sure to investigate all the costs involved in delivery methods, taxes ect. before rushing in.

2.) Build a solid site map


The best strategy in web design is simply to start with your sitemap. Firstly start with a pencil and paper and draw out a list of pages your site needs. I would recommend taking some time to look at your competitor’s websites and seeing what pages they use. We all use the common/generic pages i.e. about us and contact us but FCDM recommend building pages that are more search engine friendly and pages that people will actually search for. For example, if your business is a flower store you should look into creating pages such as Valentines flowers, Mother’s Day flowers or Spring flowers. If you are building a website the more pages that are rich with content, images and build with SEO in mind the better your website will perform in search engines.

Another avenue to explore is to try experimenting with Google AdWords Keyword Planner. This is a handy tool that will help you find keywords or phrases people are searching for in your industry. Once you have selected the keywords you want, build your sitemap with them keywords/phrases in mind.

3.) Consider responsive/mobile design


As I mentioned above responsive design is on the rise and in dramatic fashion, with 70% of FCDM’s clients in 2013 opting for responsive websites compared to 10% in 2012. Yes responsive websites are a little more expensive than the normal sites but more people are now going online on their mobiles rather than taking out the laptop.

4.) Research what content management system would work best for your business?


If you are building a large eCommerce website, Magento CMS would be highly recommended as you can do much more with products, orders, customers and so on. If you were building a simple brochure website we would recommend WordPress CMS. WordPress in my opinion would be more owner friendly than Magento and is easy if you need to write blogs, change banners, edit content ect. It is important to do your research in this topic as it could be a costly mistake if you need to change in the future.

5.) Choosing the right marketing strategy


Once your site is built the most important thing is to get it noticed, right? In getting your business noticed online, marketing and SEO (search engine optimisation) are paramount. Basic SEO, Meta tags, descriptions, titles, that kind of thing must be done. Then follows registering your new site with Google, Yahoo and Bing. When all the basic SEO is completed you may need to run Google Adwords initially to build up a name for your company. I would suggest geting in touch with FCDM or some other Adwords specialists as we are trained professionals in Adwords and can save you money by building cost saving campaigns. Google Chrome vs Internet Explorer Written by Melanie Revins on . Rating: 4.9

Google Chrome vs Internet ExplorerThe news that will not shock techies out there is that Internet Explorer has been defeated as the king of web browsers. Microsoft will now take the second spot despite Redmond’s marketing trying to promote it. This is not good news for Microsoft as now they are the unpopular choice for web browsers.

Google’s Chrome browser has been around for just over three and a half years but already it’s topped Internet Explorer, which has been around since 1995.

According to StatCounter, Google’s Chrome browser now accounts for nearly 33 percent of the market, while Internet Explorer sits just behind at a smidgen under 32 percent. StatCounter has just released figures for Week 20 of 2012. The site puts Google’s Chrome browser at precisely 32.76 percent market share. This would have been a different story just a year ago, where Internet Explorer was top dog at first place, a great distance from its closest competitor, Firefox.

So why does it matter what web browser you use?


The web browser is possibly the most important piece of software on your computer. You spend the majority of time online inside a web browser so it is therefore important you are getting the very best experience possible. Google Chrome promises to deliver the best, such as speed. Chrome is designed to be fast in every possible way, but it doesn’t stop there! Google Chrome is also designed to provide the user with Simplicity, Security, Signing in and many more features, such as Google Translation, access to thousands of apps, extensions, just to name a few.

Google Chrome is not stopping there, they have already surpassed Firefox in market share and the latest numbers from StatCounter indicate that Google Chrome 15 has become the most popular browser version in the world.
AnglersWorld.ie – Ecommerce Website Launched Written by Melanie Revins on . Rating: 4.9

FCDM are delighted to announce the launch of our latest ecommerce website – Anglers World.

Anglers World
Anglers World is Ireland’s number one supplier of fishing products. It is a totally owned and run Irish family business. They have grown both in stature and reputation, to become a highly respected player in the angling retail world. With their friendly, knowledgeable sales staff, large stock levels of the best brands in angling and now a top class, professional website – it is easy to see why this angling company continues to be so popular with its customers. FCDM worked closely with Niall and Paul to create the redesigned website.

When FCDM took on this project, Paul and Niall already had a website. FCDM completely revamped this site and also created a new professional company logo.
The team at FCDM created a very user friendly site that is easily navigated. The search bar is now more prominent and customers can easily find the product they require. Furthermore, all the brands have now been categorised. When you click on the brands tab it brings you to a page which displays all the different brand images. Customers can then click on the required brand which brings up a list of the products.

FCDM also added rotating banners, testimonials and a page to buy vouchers. In addition to this, FCDM added live chat , text alerts and an option to sign up for Anglers World newsletters. All of these options have made Anglers World more interactive and thus is providing the company a platform to interact first hand with their customers.

With over 2,000 angling products, this project required a substantial amount of work. FCDM converted the site into Magento which has led to sales being managed very easily. Here is some advantages of using Magento :

• Easy-to-Use Admin System
• Single Page Checkout
• Ship to Multiple Addresses
• Change Prices Site-wide quickly
• Administer Multiple Websites
• Move data easily using DataFlow

FCDM integrated Authipay payment system and customer can now buy multiple products with ease. We also applied all the latest SEO techniques to ensure that Anglers World ranks high in all search engines.

Both teams are very happy with the result and FCDM would like to wish Anglers World the very best success in the future. Professional Company Logo Reviewed by Gina Murphy on . Rating: 4.9

Are you looking for a professional company logo?


Having a professional company logo is vital to your business, whether it is large or small. Logo’s serve many purposes in everyday life, one being to visually communicate with your customers and potential customers. It does this by telling them what it is your company does. It is vital to your company in terms of branding, a logo is what differentials your business from the next one. A company logo reassures your customers and promotes consistency of your products or services.


Professional Company Logo   - Flowers.ie

Branding your business?


Contact FCDM and we will be happy to assist you in your marketing strategy of re-branding your company. We have worked with many companies that have rebranded such as internationally renowned www.flowers.ie. Flowers.ie is the number 1 online flower website in Ireland receiving over 75% of business from online. Flowers is extremely successful in Ireland and overseas markets, its branding is therefore very important to its success.

FCDM have a team of highly qualified designers with years of experience in designing professional company logos. Our designers work with you to gain an understanding of your ideas and your preferences. Its simple, we offer our clients amazing, original and effective logos. FCDM create affordable and creative logos and we pride ourselves on this.
After the initial meeting, our designers go hard at work to create the perfect company logo. We then provide you with a number of alternatives to choose from.

Again its simple, pick the one you love the best. We create outstanding, unique logos for our customers. Each and every logo is a once off. In addition to this we can also create business card templates to match your new company logo.
Here is a logo design we did for Michelle at www.treeco.ie. FCDM and Michelle were delighted with the end result.

Treeco“Eoin turned the vision I had for Treeco into a reality. He is really creative and designed a fabulous logo for me. When I realized how talented he is at graphic design I knew the website design was in great hands.” Michelle, Treeco.ie

Here at FCDM we understand that this logo will be the face of your business so it’s important to get it right. Let us know if you have any modifications, as it’s vital that you the clients are happy.
Need a professional company logo fast? Call FCDM directly and we will be happy to work on your logo. We only create logos that stand out from the rest of the crowd.