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The Village Websmith - Customer Comments for Oxwich, , South Wales

@1st Site for Life & Health Coaches
Sharon Lunn Naturopath
Sharon has been a customer since 2003, this being the third site that we have created for her.

This represents a new direction for Sharon, departing from her main role as a colon hydrotherapist towards online consultations in lifestyle, diet and maturopathic remedies.
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@1st Site for Plant Sales
Brian's business is in refurbishing and renting/re-selling powered access plant. We met when he accosted me in the roadway of the estate that he works on. I had just left the unit of another client there. "Are you the bloke that does web sites?" he asked. We went on from there.

Brian now happily manages his own stock levels and site content for himself, finding it easy and quick to keep on top of his site as well as his business.
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Gareth's secret is Diane's freedom
Want to Know a Secret?
James North has money, and he knows it doesn't buy happiness. He's been a rock for his wayward wife and troubled daughter - but that doesn't stop him wanting Diane.

James and Diane have something in common: they always put family first. Which means that what happens in the back of James's Mercedes is a really, really bad idea. Or is it?
The GP Performance website changed dramatically with a simple facelift.

@1st Site for Motorcycle Repair Shops
DB Moto Repairs
DB Motorcycles came to us through face to face meetings in the Bemsee paddock.

This site went live in 2020 and they have another, sister site with us to promote the domestic appliance side of their business.
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@1st Site for Mobile Hairdressers
LA Creative Hair
Louise Armstrong is a highly experienced, creative mobile hairdresser in and around Chepstow. When Covid 19 had a dramatic effect on her business, Louise took on some domestic cleaning jobs to make ends meet.

Luckily, one of the jobs she took on was my office, so I was able to explain the benefits of promotion via the web in order to be in pole position for work when travel and contact restrictions were lifted. Louise liked the idea and this site went live in 2020.
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Updating your website is the real key to success in Aberdeen.

Have you updated your website lately? Well if you haven't, prehaps you are wondering why the phone doesn't ring as often as it used to... The real key to success with your website is to keep the content updated little and often. All businesses evolve, products and services change in reaction to your market, so let people know that you are on the ball.

Incidentally, the search engines also like this approach. The algorithms they use to analyse the relative merits of websites are very complex, but are designed to ensure that the people that use their services are offered sites that quickly deliver high quality, relevant and up to date information.

The Middle Way

In an ideal world all work would be done by Friday. Unfortunately, none of us is Robinson Crusoe and we have to balance tasks with the time available. The understanding of this is what led to the creation of the Webinthebox® product and the Village Websmith structure. Your website gets kept up to date through a collaborative approach where you do what you have the time and resources to do, then we pick up the rest. You pay only for the help you really need and your website keeps you ahead of your competitors.

Customers in Aberdeen should all update regularly.

@1st Site for Domestic Appliance Service Business
DB Appliances
DB Appliances is the sister site for DB Moto Repairs and both sites were designed to have an overall corporate look and common graphics while giving very different content and page structures.

The customer came to us via direct contact in the Bemsee paddock.
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@1st Site for Window Cleaners
Envirotec Solutions
Envirotec cleaned the windows at the pub next door to our office. One day, I mentioned to the guy cleaning the windows that there was something missing off his van. He asked me what and I told him it was the address of his web site.

We had a chuckle and he came into the office for a chat, following which he engaged us to create his web site and we engaged him to clean the office windows. It's nice when things work out like that.
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The writing's on the wall… the bedroom wall
All That Mullarkey
He loves a little wildness in a woman and he's in the right place at the right time to enjoy Cleo's. But it's Cleo who has to pick up the pieces of a marriage based on a lie and the lasting repercussions of that night.

Torn between laid-back Justin and control freak Gav, she's a free spirit that life is trying to tie down. But the rewards are worth it!
@1st Site for After School Activity Clubs
After School Club
The after school club is managed by the wife of an existing customer who asked us to make something that was fun to look at but carried a serious message.

The site was published in 2018.
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Whatever love means
Is This Love
But when Lyddie's teenage sweetheart Jed Cassius returns to Middledip, he brings news that shakes the Rix family to their core. Jed's life is shrouded in mystery, particularly his job, but despite his strange background, Tamara can't help being intrigued by him.

Can Tamara find a balance between her love for Lyddie and growing feelings for Jed, or will she discover that some kinds of love just don't mix?
@1st Site for Specialist Cleaning Contractors
Pristine Carpet Care
Pristine Carpet Care has been with us as a customer since 2003.

This is the fifth rebuild that their site has had and became necessary when the company added a raft of new services such as upholstery, hard floor and patio/driveway cleaning to their portfolio.
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Sunday Times bestseller
The Little Village Christmas
Alexia Kennedy - interior decorator extraordinaire - has been tasked with giving the little village of Middledip the community café it's always dreamed of.

After months of fundraising, the villagers can't wait to see work get started - but disaster strikes when every last penny is stolen. With Middledip up in arms at how this could have happened, Alexia feels ready to admit defeat.
Is Your Web Site Feeling its Age?
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From the frosty cottages of Middledip to the snowy peaks of Switzerland
Let it Snow
This Christmas, the villagers of Middledip are off on a very Swiss adventure… Family means everything to Lily Cortez and her sister Zinnia, and growing up in their non-conventional family unit, they and their two mums couldn't have been closer.

So it's a bolt out of the blue when Lily finds her father wasn't the anonymous one-night stand she'd always believed - and she is in fact the result of her mum's reckless affair with a married man.
Winner of the Goldsboro Books Contemporary Romantic Novel Award
A Summer to Remember
WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.

WHERE? Nelson's Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and - most importantly - no problems!
Kindle UK #1 bestseller
The Christmas Promise
For Ava Bliss, it's going to be a Christmas to remember&helip; On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava Blissham. Sparks fly, and not necessarily good ones…

On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava Blissham. Sparks fly, and not necessarily good ones.
@1st Site for Groundwork Contractors
EP Clark
EP Clark has been a customer since 2005, first of all indirectly through our franchisee in Sussex, then later, when she gave up web work, directly through ourselves.

This latest revision of their site was published in 2017, showcasing their groundwork, drainage and surfacing contractor business.
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@1st Site for Sports & Exercise
Yoshinkai UK
This @1st Site customer runs Chen Style Tai Chi classes and came to us having been recommended by an existing customer.

The site went live in June 2021
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Shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel Award and the Readers' Best Romantic Read Award
Dream a Little Dream
Dominic Christy has dreams of his own. Diagnosed as suffering from a rare sleep disorder, having lost his live-in girlfriend and the job he adored as an Air Traffic Controller, he's single minded in his aims. He has money, and plans for the Centre that don't include Liza and her team.

But dreams have a way of shifting and changing and Dominic's growing fascination with Liza threatens to reshape his. And then it's time to wake up to the truth…
Is Your Web Site "Simple" DIY Task?
The Real Cost of "Free"
  • How much could you earn in that time?
  • Does your site advertise someone else?
  • Who gets sued if there's a data breach?
  • Are the words and images powerful?
  • How 'free' is the next level of performance?

St Peter's School in South Weald has saved a substantial sum on printing and duplicating through enlightened use of its website.

With a new website for the new year, your school can really brighten up its image, always a help in attracting new parents. Not only that, used to its best effect, your website can replace much of the printed and duplicated material currently sent home with pupils or sent out by post.

Our School Already Has a Website and We Have No Budget!

No budget? No problem! With Webinthebox? from The Village Websmith, there is a new pay as you go option that dramatically reduces the cash outlay for a new website. For a typical school Webinthebox? site, such as St Peter's Primary School, South Weald, this costs just ?30 per month - a pound a day! OK, we ask for the first 6 months in advance, but then you pay nothing until month 7. That is purely because all our costs are incurred at the beginning of the process, so smoothing out cashflow helps us keep costs down.

Already got a website? No problem! Starting with a facelift, we can take over the management of your existing site, adding our own content management system, keeping the bits you like and updating the bits you don't like in the process.

So What Does the School Get For Its Money?

  • Website creation and content transfer/upload/creation comprising (for example):
    • Home page
    • Essential information
    • Admissions Policy page
    • School Uniform page
    • Curriculum Aims page
    • BREEAM page
    • News and events
    • Calendar of Events page
    • Extra Curricular Activities page
    • Newsletter page/?blog
    • School Association Info page
    • School lunches menu
    • School Governors page
    • Photo/artwork gallery
    • Extended Services page
    • Document Download page
    • Enquiries Form page
    • Education Links page
    • Head Teacher?s Message of the Day page
  • Full content management system
  • Graphics suite creation
  • Choice of
    • Eight content updates per year
    • Eight content management coaching sessions per year
  • Website facelift and makeover every other year
  • Automatic hosting renewals
  • Automatic domain name renewals
  • Up to five mailboxes (if required)

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A Christmas Gift
Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine's struggled to make ends meet.

To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local performaing arts college. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine's grateful for the help. But there's something about Joe she can't quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?
@1st Site for Specialist Cleaning Contractors
DJ Cooper Cleaning
Another cleaning specialist that needed a web site was Duncan Cooper who cleans stone, brick and concrete, removing traffic film, graffiti and bird fouling among other things.

Duncan was introduced by an existing customer who specialises in re-decorating historical buildings using authentic methods and materials.
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@1st Site for Electric & Gas Maintenance Contractors
This @1st Site customer was introduced to us through face to face contact at Bemsee meetings.

They maintain commercial laundry systems in the south of England. The site is nearly ready to go live.
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Is Your Web Site a Money Pit?
Value for Money?
  • Are you paying too much for 'clicks'?
  • How much does every new customer cost you?
  • Do you get bills that you don't understand?
  • Would you be more comfortble with a fixed monthly cost?

@1st Site for Car Maintenance & Cleaning
Mark's Car Valeting
Since 2015, I have been hosting and maintaining a site for the Guest House in Symonds Yat that is the business of Mark's family.

Since Covid-19 has caused a disastrous drop in that business, Mark has had to go back to what he used to do full time, and has always kept on in the background, valeting vehicles.
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Discover Middledip
Starting Over
She's moving on from her old life and into the perfect cottage in the country. Miles Rattenbury's passions? Old cars and new women! Romance? He's into fun rather than commitment. When Tess crashes the Freelander into his breakdown truck, they find that they're nearly neighbours yet worlds apart.

Despite her overprotective parents and a suddenly attentive Olly, she discovers the joys of village life and even forms an unlikely friendship with Miles. Then, just as their relationship develops into something deeper, an old flame comes looking for him… Is their love strong enough to overcome the past? Or will it take more than either of them is prepared to give?


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@1st Site for Security Door & Shutter Manufacturer
Bison Roller Doors
I bumped into Mark on the industrial estate where he works and I have a storage unit. It was a nice sunny day so we sat in the sun chatting about this and that. Naturally, business cards changed hands and a week or so later, I had a call from Mark asking me to visit and talk over the creation of a web site for his business.

That was in 2017 and ever since I have been doing all the content management, regular updates and some site photography for Bison.
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Test images for the conversions page
This is where the information goes when we can get some.

Is Your Site Lovely But Seldom Seen?
How's Your Traffic?
  • Satisfied with the number of visitors you get?
  • Are they all viable prospective customers?
  • Do you get too many calls from out of your area?
  • Too many calls for work you don't do?
  • Would you like to target your promotions more accurately?

Elle and Lucas are in the same boat
The Wedding Proposal
Lucas Rose hates secrets… he prides himself on his ability to lay his cards on the table and he expects nothing less in return. He's furious when his summer working as a divemaster is interrupted by the arrival of Elle, his ex, all thanks to his Uncle Simon's misguided attempts at matchmaking…

Forced to live in close proximity, it's hard to ignore what they had shared before Lucas's wedding proposal scared Elle away. But then a phone call from England allows Lucas a rare glimpse of the true Elle. Can he deal with Elle's closely guarded past when it finally comes to light?(Paperback includes a free digital copy. See details within the paperback.)
Shortlisted for the Contemporary Romantic Novel Award
Just for the Holidays
"Effortlessly engaging…a magical must!" Heat

The #1 bestselling author returns for summer! Grab your sun hat, a cool glass of wine, and the only book you need on holiday…
"Last week I asked you for some info to help me add more text to my website. Within a couple of days a CD with all the info was delivered to me (and it was over a bank holiday). Thanks Neil, the site looks great."

International Property Developer
"Has we was starting a new business and neither of us had the first idea how to set up website or really how to use internet very well Niel was very patient and understanding that we were computer illiterate he did all the hard work and we reap the benefits "

Motorcycle Restorer, Monmouthshire
"You have been patient when we have been unsure of exactly what we wanted and you have been pleasantly pushy in ensuring that deadlines were kept.

The end result is that we have a website that is professional, customer friendly and following the training session that you provided, easy for us to maintain ourselves.

We are truly delighted with the end result."

Caterer, Billericay
"The school's website has never been easier to use or more informative. It has gone, before you took charge of it, from a gimmick to a really useful tool that is essential in the running of the school. We really appreciate all the time and care you give us and how efficient you are when we ask for any updates. I cannot recommend you enough to other schools."

Head Teacher, local primary school
"Happy to give a very high recommendation to Neil and a very big thank you for all the help he has given us since he revamped our website and through his close attention to detail, we are kept up to date with all the technical bits too! Thanks Neil - looking forward to working with you all the way!"

Motorcycle Dealer, Berkshire
"The updated site is great. Thank you for the speed in which you did this. In fact great does not really cover it - I love it and you have really helped me out ready for my Governors meeting tonight."

Head Teacher, Primary School
"Thanks for all your help over the past year or so in helping to get our team and our sponsors noticed."

Supermoto Racer, Berkshire
"Our site is really getting noticed now, and we have noticed an upturn in enquiries."

Engineering Company, Reading
"Neil has been running my website for years. For someone who doesn't understand a thing about how a website works, if it wasn't for Neil my business would not be where it is today. He has always been there when I have needed him. Very professional, great sense of humour and would certainly recommend him."

Colon Hydrotheraphist, Essex
"Once again you have proved to be reliable, efficient and accurate. Particularly with updating and upgrading our main website, the viewing figures for which have surpassed all expectations.

Your invoices continue to be reasonable and fair, with no over inflated hourly charges attached.

I am sure the excellent working relationship between our two companies will continue to be enjoyed and we won't hesitate to recommend you to others."

Funeral Director, Dagenham
"Thank you so much for creating the new extended schools page on our website. It is exactly what we required and I am amazed at how quickly you completed it.

Our website is a complete asset to our school and really appreciated by parents."

Head Teacher, local primary school
"My sincere thanks for all your incredible effort and time spent in getting the site running, greatly appreciated"

Musician, Bognor Regis, Sussex
"With visitors coming from all over the world to Tintern, to see sights like Tintern Abbey and the Anghiddy Valley Steelworks, we needed a global shop window, which our new web site has given us.

Thank you for making it so easy."

Publican, Tintern, Monmouthshire

"Neil has taken over and updated my website and i am over the moon with it. Always on hand if you have any problems and the kettle is always on when im passing by. It is really good to be able to talk to him face to face and discuss issues with the site etc."

Window Cleaner, Gloucestershire
"I thought I would drop you a line and express our gratitude for the efforts you have made and the professional manner in which you have handled our website.

Although we warned you we were fussy people it seems you have achieved what we were looking for in terms of image, layout and design where others have failed.

We know that one can always rely on you, communicate easily with you at any time and rely on you to meet difficult deadlines."

Funeral Director, Dagenham
"For someone like me who hasn't a clue about how websites work, The Village Websmith has been a breath of fresh air in helping promote my business. Neil is very personable, helpful and has a great sense of humour which helps when I'm trying to update my pages. He sees to all the techy stuff in the background, looks after my domain names and all I have to do is follow his guidance on updating pages. When I get stuck, he's there to help. Most efficient and the best Web Man I've used over the last twenty years!"

Artist and Gallery Owner, Gloucestershire
"Customers couldn't even find our old site online by entering the name in a search engine window, now, in less than three months, we get top ten listings on most of our chosen key phrases."

Motorcycle Tuner, Oxfordshire
"Neil could not have tried harder to give me exactly the website I wanted. I'm thrilled with the result and the positive feedback it attracts. "

Author, Northamptonshire
"Been using Neil since time began. Have even rung him on new year's day for urgent tweaks to which he has always obliged. My Websites do exactly what I want of them and perform well in search rankings. What makes The Village Websmith unique however is the extraordinary customer service and responsive "straight away" nature of Neil. Highly recommend."

Hair Salon Franchisee, Brentwood
"Since the start a few years back Neil has been great and been keeping both our sites up to date with all our testimonials and any changes we wanted resulting in calls every week. I would recommend Neil to anyone who needs a professional to create and look after there website needs. "

Office Clearance Specialist, Essex
"I must say, Neil, you have done a brilliant job on the construction of the new site. It looks really sharp and clean and the images all come up in great detail and very fast too. Michael was right .... you are the maestro !"

Artist, London
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