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If you're based in Pontypridd or Pontville and are interested in Web Design we like to keep you informed as to what is happening in the microcosm that is TCRM. We offer Web Design services to the world and yes that does include Pontypridd and Pontville. For website design that screams quality contact TCRM.
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News March 2018

We have come to a decision, after months of deliberation. The question was should we open an area office in Moscow or New York or both. We have decided in fact to do neither and focus all our efforts in Bridgend. Our reasons are long and complicated but in summary we find the fiscal policy in the Russian Federation to be nonaligned with our core values and would compromise some of our fundamental principles in monetary matters. As to the New York office part of the problem is more fundamental, in fact the part of fundamental that is the problem is mental, make up the rest yourself. We understand Trump/Putin might have wasted a considerable amount of time discussing the project but we must be true to ourselves and to our neo liberal snowflake values.

So the real question this month is does this news contain anything that is news, well yes. We are having a new radiator fitted in the office, the radiator in question is being fitted by the best plumber in Bridgend and yes he is a customer of TCRM. Dave Finney, a plumber of distinction and a nice guy to boot.

As a little aside, TCRM has a number of other sites that we look after just because they are of use to the area, so if you want some info on Porthcawl scoot over to Welcome To Porthcawl  (, there is a business directory on the site so it you know of any business that is not listed on the site ask them to register.

Have a great month

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New Ecommerce Site for Hair Replacement Solutions

TCRM are proud to announce the launch of a new e-commerce site for Hair replacement solutions.

Their mission is to bring our customers the highest quality in human hair replacement systems. They only use the best materials on the market. They aim to provide you with a hair system that is durable, looks natural and totally undetectable, stylish and contemporary to make you look your best! Experience the difference with Hair Systems that look and feel natural from experts in the Non Surgical Hair Replacement industry.

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A new brochure site for Ancoa Scaffolding Ltd

Ancoa are a professional, family run business. They provide both Domestic and Commercial Scaffolding solutions to companies and homes across the UK, specialising in the South Wales area and beyond.

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Google Chrome and SSL

The big news this month (forgetting Brexit, Diana, North Korea and Trump) is the decision of google to start flagging insecure connections within their Chrome browser.In essence this means if your site has no ssl certificate Chrome (and no doubt all other browsers in time) will tell your customers that your site has security issues.

We in TCRM have already informed our customer base of this change and we offer an ssl encryption option at a very competitive price, if you think you need this facility and we think you will please contact us ASAP.

If you want to read more detail on this subject here are a few articles that will help.

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News December 2017

The end of 2017, what a year. I did hope I would wake up like Bobby in Dallas and it was all a dream but no, Grenfell Tower, Trump, North Korea and the other one which cannot be mentioned were all true! I hope 2018 will mend some of the troubles in our world. I do not mind being at work for a few days between Christmas and the New Year. Hardly anyone around, clients mostly don't need us, it's dead quiet and I get a chance to catch up on all my admin and start the new year without a backlog. I can work a few hours and then go and enjoy some family time  There can be a few disturbances, the phone ringing with a customer who has lost access to his email and yes a few minutes later we have sorted his problem out. Customer service when you appreciated is very easy and bringing a smile during the Christmas period always make you feel better.

I started this News with an idea of a list of items why TCRM sites are better that the competition, it’s funny that when you look at websites most people will thing the better they look the better they will perform, but the odd thing is this:

  1. Design is an opinion, quite often the design our customer chooses may not be the design that we would choose but it is just an opinion, so is it that important? Well yes, in that it has to be professional, based on good design principles but design a) over design b) is often a simple choice
  2. “Google” is a computer program with over 400 measures, not one of them is the design good as how could “Google”  know, it is a computer program.

This brings us to a conclusion, the design has to be “Good” but two good designs will be as good as each other.

Let me list a few things outside design that will affect how google sees your web site

  1. Load Speed
  2. Semantic Markup
  3. CSS3 Compliance
  4. XHTML 1.1 Standards
  5. DNS Prefetch
  6. Graphics Compression
  7. Defer and asynch script loading
  8. Above the fold load speed.

We could go on but you get the idea, what is really important in web sites if often under the hood, and yes we are experts in under the hood stuff.

Sorry to add a boring bit at the bottom but it is important to you and your sites.

Have a great New Year and of course a prosperous 2018.


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A new brochure site for Chris Ross Chiropractic

TCRM are proud to announce a new brochure site for Chris Ross Chiropractic.

Many people today have still yet to see the benefits of Chiropractic care but if you have tried and found that other more traditional medical treatment suggestions have not worked or that you feel that you have not been given enough attention, care or time to explain your condition, then we will work with you wholeheartedly to establish the cause of the problem and to provide a solution with safe, drug free treatment which is tailored to suit each individual patient that we see.

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New Brochure Website for Mainport Training

TCRM are proud to announce a new brochure site for Mainport Industrial Training.

Mainport Training, established for over 20 years, offer a wide range of industrial training courses at regional accredited training centres and numerous training sites throughout the UK. Serving the construction, utilities, transport, manufacturing, logistics, quarrying, local authorities, civil engineering, petrochemical, offshore, engineering, agricultural, aviation, railway, waste and other sectors, Mainport Training is one of the UK’s major providers and also has an expanding overseas client list.

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The Nicholls Arms - A new site by TCRM

TCRM are proud to announce the launch of a new brochure site for "The Nicholls Arms".

The Nicholls Arms is a traditional country pub in the village of Coytrahen, Bridgend. The Nicholls Arms is a grade 2 listed building that dates back to the 18th Century. When you enter the Nicholls Arms it is like stepping back in time especially with the photographic history and memorabilia around the pub.

Louise & Mark Turner welcomes you to the Nicholls Arms, where you will feel at home with the cosy chesterfield sofas and roaring log fires on the cold days.

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News July 2015

When we quote for a web site we include quite a few teccie specifications that are on the whole ignored or at least not understood, so this month we wanted to try to explain a few of the terms.

This is going to get a bit(lot) nerdy but stay with us, we hope the information will enlighten you a little.

So here we go, geek hat, sandals and socks at the ready, trekky tickets booked.:

Meta Data: Is the data contained in the header, it offers information about the current web page that a visitor is currently on, it helps google and such decide what the page is for.
Responsive design: The ability to view your website on various devices such as computers/ipads/smartphones etc.
Content Management System: Also known as CMS, this is the backend tool for managing a site’s content Using CMS makes it easier to change the site’s content.
Semantically correct mark up: Document may be enclosed within span or div elements with meaningful class names such as enquiry, or find us here.
Navigation: It means menus, links and things, ensuring you customers can easily get around your web site.
Cascading Style Sheets: This is the system used to separate the design from the content allowing the html to be as simple as possible to improve search engine positioning.
HTTPS: This is a protocol which allows encryption between the clients browser and the server, this minimises password theft.
Web Standards: Standards are specifications recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for standardizing website construction.
XHTML: Stands for Extensible Hypertext Mark-up Language. Basically, XHTML is a standard, that has been rewritten to comply with XML rules.
XHTML 1.1 Strict compliancy, one of modern standards that web sites should adhere to, google likes this.

So there you go, you are now a little more knowledgeable and can impress your friends and family.

And... yes..... before you ask..... TCRM web sites do all the above.

And... What has this picture got to do with anything, well it hasn't, we just like it

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News June 2015

We are sure everyone is being inundated with sales calls, stating the world is ending if your web site is not mobile/tablet friendly and if you give them loads of money they will fix it.

However, there are a few things to think about before acting. Just for a change we’ll look at some of the reasons not to change.

Your web site may already pass most of the tests google like. If you don’t know, ask us and we’ll check for you.
If your demographic does not use mobile/smartphones is there a need? We have one or two customers that this may apply to.
If you are thinking of an upgrade/redesign of your site, why not roll it all up together?
You do not like making money that much and you have far too much business anyway.

Ok, we are being a little tongue in cheek but they are a few reasons why not to upgrade. If anyone but google had the formula that google uses to position your site they would be as rich as google itself, so on the whole these phone calls are plain marketing calls trying to panic you into spending money but they are not necessarily wrong.

However, let us look at the other side of the coin!

There are many reasons for having a mobile/tablet friendly site and let us look at them and see if it affects your business:

1.    Mobile/ Tablet usage is going through the roof, well over 50% of browsing now happens on mobile devices, so many of your customers might not be seeing your products well presented.
2.    Positive user experience on your web site is essential, if your site is not mobile friendly it is like having a shop with the lights off for over half your customers, clearly a very bad business decision.
3.    Responsive design  (which is the most popular way of achieving mobile/tablet friendly web sites) has SEO advantages, so your google position can be affected by how good your mobile setup is. How much it affects your site is not well known but it certainly does have an effect.
4.    You could use your new mobile friendly site in you advertising, run a promotion saying your site is now mobile friendly, this will stimulate traffic which is what you want!

Web sites age, if your web site is more than a few years old it may very well need a refresh so what are you waiting for. Give us a ring and let’s talk.

Have a great month

TCRM provide Pontycymmer, Pontypool and Pontypridd Web Design. If you are from the Transantarctic Mountains region, sorry we cannot help as Andrea hates the cold otherwise no problem, contact us for that great web site

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