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    Paul 5:58 pm on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Latest website goes live – http://www.eastwoodconstruction.co.uk see http://www.pauldjones.co.uk for more info.

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    Paul 6:42 pm on August 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    So #MCC has yet another website. Is it worth the money? only a tax paying resident can answer that one. Do I think its worth the money?
    Well, firstly I don’t know how much it cost, yet. And secondly, no – why? well where to start…

    Monmouthshire council have for several years shown a backward thought process in web, e-commerce and information to its citizens. This has not changed since the council made me redundant, and I am sure it will continue for the life of its current leaders (I use this word in the loosest sense)

    The website has been built on WordPress, and very badly (see loading times as example) and the page content has been forgotten as an after thought – see comments of dead pages missing links and my personal attempt to register left be fed up waiting. When I tried to reset a password, I got a reCaptcha error – a Council using this – the most ANTI ACCESSIBLE test on the planet – and they use this badly to stop access – not on purpose but due to lack of skills, knowledge and professional experience…

    Over all the website is bland, dull and almost useless. Speed is slow to donkey like, graphics boring and lifeless – overall for a local authority website, I give this 2/10 better than the last attempt, but a country mile from the days of my sites and being 2nd in Wales. They may get 20th* if they are lucky next March, unless some serious work is done soon…

    • Yes there are still 20 authorities in Wales…

    Value for money? No of course not… if this site cost more then £5,000 they and the tax payer have been ripped off. The reality is I bet it cost well over £20k…

    Mcc’s problem is still a basic lack of professional Web staff and anyone that know what is needed, how to do it, and when – simple problems that only experience can deliver. Something no one has at Mcc, it still appears.

    They might as well launch a wikki and let the tax payers populate it themselves, at least it will be by the people for the people…

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    Paul 3:18 pm on September 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Today I came across Havering Council’s website. I brought back memories of Mcc (Monmouthshire) and the plans we had for the website. Looking at http://www.havering.gov.uk and comparing it to the rubbish incarnation of Mcc at present I thought to myself, it was like polar opposites. How to create a usable and attractive site, and then what Monmouthshire have served up, a mess, no that’s not right, an ugly unusable mess… It really goes to show that developing usable, attractive and functional websites is NOT all programming geeks hidden away in a building with an anachronism and dodgy director of ill repute – it takes skill and eye for what works and what customers want/need – most of which many council are way off with.

    Congratulations to Having Council and a very good site, if I recall this year’s results correctly that also did very well with SOCitm.

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    Paul 11:20 am on September 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    So Go Daddy’s sites did all go down yesterday. What can be done to stop Anonymous group and their careless leader from continuing to use illegal measures to intimidate people or companies that they don’t like. Time to track them down and make arrests..?

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    Paul 3:45 pm on February 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The state of Local authority sites… When will council website managers learn how to create a website fit for use? Never I suspect… I am fed up being led to PDF or Word downloads that could easily be a webpage. Why or Why do council’s employ unqualified fools to make or maintain websites. Rule of thumb, if you can’t design a site – you can not run one…
    Soon I will be publishing my plans of how Welsh councils and Government should use the web and all associated media such as the social variety…

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      Paul 4:52 pm on February 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I have had a few tweets about this post, it appears that many readers are totally missing the point I have made, or tried to make. As a designer it is your job to make the journey as easy as possible within a website.
      It appears developers don’t share this view, but as the customer is always correct, in this instance, I too am correct, and PDF’s and Word documents must be removed where ever and when ever possible…
      It is only acceptable on todays web to have files to download when they are required as “downloads” or the document size is so large that only a link is realistic, and when the website has an explanation of the contents, a description of the file type and size along with suitable download times (averages) so a user is in complete control. This is what good design is about, something it appears developers of today think nothing about!
      Good thing that User Experience and Journey designers like myself exist then…

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    Paul 9:37 am on July 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Great resource – 107 Best Websites On The Web http://bit.ly/mQeYvH

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    Paul 12:07 pm on July 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Need to find a domain name to register? Use http://nameninja.com/ to find great ideas based on words you type in to search with, very easy to use and comes up with some very usable domains. Also tells you which names are available and which are taken…

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    Paul 12:00 am on July 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Twitter account hacked tonight, why do people bother? should hunt them down… All back to normal, passwords all changed!

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