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Hints, tips and knowledge resource area for all topics covering brand, digital, data, marketing & SEO

Do you want quality leads and sales for your business?

Here are three unique solutions for the lifecycle of your business.

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(Position now filled) Job Vacancy – Front End Web Developer

(Position now filled) 5and3 are now searching for a web developer with exceptional HTML/CSS & JS skills. Experience with Laravel and Vue.js and some PHP/SQL would be a bonus.

Salary £24,000 – £34,000 (depending on experience) + bonus + benefits.

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10 reasons why you should choose 5and3

We’ve successfully delivered over 1000 tailored projects for our clients. Here are 10 Reasons why you should choose 5and3 ahead of other brand, web and digital agencies.

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5 reasons why you should rebrand

Company growth, new vision, new strategy or bad reputation! Read these five points when considering the rebrand of your business.

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User experience vs User interface design

Our Creative Director shares his thoughts on the difference and importance of user experience and user interface design

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How to start a branding design project

We share our project experience, process and difficulties that we went through when creating and developing the brand 'The Spot' a personal trainer and wellness Centre in Surrey.

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Creating a successful cross-platform, cross-media brand

When it comes to branding, client demands are increasing and the majority of the extra work placed on to the designer revolves around client expectations in a changing digital world.

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Web, development & technical jargon buster

Even more acronyms, buzzwords and jargon. Do you know what HTTPs, Hosting or Caching is?

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Busting website design acronyms & digital jargon

Google is awash with web jargon, acronyms and buzzwords. Do you know your UI from your UX?

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The best logo designs aren’t cheap

To produce the best logo design takes experience and experience comes at a price.

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Experienced Web & Systems Developer

Now searching for a talented web and systems developer with PHP, SQL and Laravel experience to work within a small and driven West Sussex based team.

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How long does it take to create and launch a website?

The length of time it takes to create a website depends upon its size and complexity.

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The website design process

How a website ‘looks’ is an important process in website design, but it isn’t the first step to consider. Far from it.

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Print is dead. Are you sure?

The days of printed materials are far from being over

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Website, Investment, Asset

How and why you should assign values to your website and all of its user interactions.

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How to get your Google API Key

Not sure how to get your Google API Key? This quick guide explains step-by-step how you can create a Google Cloud Console project and obtain the API key.

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Generate leads and improve sales from your website

A website is one of the main conversion points for your business marketing.

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How to achieve a great website design for your business

I’m often asked how to design a website. Invariably and quite often is the case, that this question actually means ‘how do you produce a bespoke website that generates leads?'

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Effective Website Testing with Robot Framework and Selenium

This article will guide you through how to setup the open-source Robot Framework, together with Selenium, to enable you to apply rigour, security and effectiveness into your development, deployment and release processes, particularly for web projects.

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We won Silver: Surrey Digital Awards 2018 – Best Lifestyle and Culture website

We’re looking forward to our night out at the Surrey Digital Awards. Fingers crossed for The Spot website, nominated in the ‘BEST WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE’ category.

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How much does a brand logo design cost?

A brand logo is the starting point of your identity and should stand the test of time, be functional and most importantly, give the right impression about your product or business.

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Facebook glitch: Redirecting personal pages and business accounts

Early this-morning many Facebook pages have been redirected to the Co-Founder of Facebook Chris Hughes. Many personal and business profiles and pages containing digits are not able to be accessed.

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Do things better than your competitors

“‘stand-out from the crowd’, boring! If there’s one thing that bothers me it’s when a people say, I want to ‘stand-out from the crowd’ or ‘stand-out from my competitors.’”

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Beat the fraudsters. Barclays’ message for online security

An interesting and worthwhile tv commercial and video from Barclays regarding online security and the importance of HTTPS on websites.

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Typography in Logo Design

Typography design is fundamental to creating a great logo. Unless you are a super brand who has spent years developing, honing, improving and marketing their brand presence like the global brand Apple, most brands will need ‘typography’ within their logo.

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What is Link Juice Or Link Equity?

Link juice simply is a way to describe how website links (internal and external) pass and share equity around the world wide web.

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Full time Graphic Designer wanted (Position now filled)

This position has now been filled by a kick-ass digital designer named 'David.'

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Increase business turnover and profitability by 500%

How? By improving business processes and implementing structured data

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Are you awesome? Ambitious web developers required [Position now filled]

Junior to Mid weight – Position now filled

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Triple award-winners
Sussex digital awards 2017

Gold and two bronze awards – bespoke responsive website design and development Sussex Digital Awards April 2017. And now Silver award in the Surrey Digital Awards :)

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How to improve Google ranking without being penalised

Knowing how to improve your website's Google ranking isn't easy, is it?

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Important changes & SEO Benefits

Is your website secured by HTTPS with SSL/TLS and certificates yet?

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How do you restore a WordPress website after it has been hacked?

Addressing WordPress' vulnerability and security issues. A wordpress website becomes the vicitm of hackers, and on more than one occasion. Find out how we resolved the problem…

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Are your saved Adobe Photoshop files missing their extension names?

Are you a frustrated Adobe software user, in particular with Photoshop, who is continually having to go to your finder and add file extensions manually?

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12 ways to make your website faster for improved Google rankings

A 5and3 website case study for ideas, inspiration and a guide to improving your website's speed for optimal website performance and Google ranking power.

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What is HTML and how has it changed?

I've been playing around with HTML for around 10 years now and have been blown away by how much has changed in that time.

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East Grinstead Foodbank
– A good (local) cause

We decided back in December that rather than spending money on our usual cards and gifts for our clients, we would look for a local good cause to donate to instead.

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Calculating road travel distances using Google's distance matrix API and PHP

Our taxi and courier client contacted us to develop an online pricing calculator that would reliably calculate the distance between two locations (pickup and drop-off points). It would allow the user (customer) a choice of vehicle types ie. bike, van, car for the parcel(s) and provide an estimated delivery cost based upon the locations and vehicle types chosen through their website.

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Drupa Exhibition stand design for our client River Graphics

The event was a resounding success…

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Implementing a related projects area to a website's portfolio

We have created an interesting way for users to navigate around our project/work portfolio page…

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We love it when our clients' are happy with our work

Our client cellXica are over the moon with their stand and meeting room at Mobile World Congress 2016

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It's all about caring this Christmas

…please share a thought over the festive period for those people who may not have the luxuries that we all take for granted…

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What is a responsive website?

Effectively, it is a website that adapts itself to the device you're viewing on, whether it be desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile.

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So this is our first news article of 2015!

It's almost spring and we're all wondering were the time has gone as you probably are too. Both branding, digital and technical sides of 5and3 have been flat out since Christmas. We look forward to sharing with you, over the next few months, a number of projects:

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Yes, we are still here

…and no, we haven't disappeared in an attempt to compete with the John Lewis and Sainsbury's ad agencies!

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Pay in a snap with Cash on Tap

Refreshing revolution in mobile payments from EE

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How to be the best Web Designer

Great website designers have the discipline not to jump right into the shiny stuff. Focus on site structure and UX (User Expereince) are their first thoughts and good planning leads to a brilliant web solution.

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The Truth. Who causes free pitching?

Agencies and designers are often asked to pitch creative ideas for free. Is it right or wrong?

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Who will be Karting champion…

The build up and office banter has began before next weeks Go Karting challenge

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3 day deadline to design, artwork and print a corporate brochure.

We delivered a bespoke brochure design and printed solution within 3 days and in time for our client, Arnold & Baldwin Chartered Surveyors, who was attending a corporate exhibition.

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Make your website work harder for your business.

How well does your website perform in these key areas…

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How do you win at digital marketing?

An insightful article into digital marketing, Red Bull are clever!

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Typographic recruitment advertising

The team at 5and3 have recently designed a typographic recruitment advertisement for Arnold & Baldwin Chartered Surveyors.

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A Website solution fit for any touch screen device

It's been over a month since we posted our last website project. In this time our branding and digital team have created an awesome new brand identity, designed a fantastic brochure and produced an extremely user-friendly and multilingual website for our new client Controllis.

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SagePAY form integration

A test page to illustrate how to implement a PHP solution and effectively test a SagePAY Form Integration. Read on…

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iOS6 or iOS7

Once you switch you can't go back! Despite over 200 million downloads, many are unhappy with the changes to the operating system

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Three SEO tips to drive more traffic to your website

Follow these three SEO tips to drive more traffic to your website. They could even land you on Google's front page!

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Colour selection can have a huge impact on a brand

Design trends and cultural associations can influence our colour choices

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Award-winning experts

5 Star Reviews on Google

Rob Gentry

Chris and his team at 5and3 instantly understood our requirements, they developed our concept and produced outstanding work within the timescales required. It feels like 5and3 are an extension to our company rather than a contractor. Having a single source for my branding, digital marketing, website and business systems integration needs makes my life easier. With 5and3 It just works, I would without doubt recommend their services and can see why they have won numerous awards for their work.

James Christian

I personally cannot recommend 5and3, Chris , Simon and their team highly enough. I have worked with them for seven years, they are passionate about design, but also have the technical knowledge to make your website work for you.

Craig Trowse

I can not recommend highly enough Chris, Simon and the whole team at 5 and 3 for there excellent work creating my new website. They have been a pleasure working with from the 1st meeting through to completion of the website. I'm thrilled with the final product and wish the whole team great success for the future. I won't hesitate in recommending the professional, team to anyone who needs help promoting their business. Thanks again Craig

Andrew Moore

A slightly different testimonial on 5&3 as I was working for them with a client, but I wanted to tell you about the results they produced for that client. The work I produced was used in a brochure and the branding for the company in question and the product they showed me was outstanding. The way the pictures and video were integrated into the branding of the company showed a highly professional and creative process that I have come to expect from 5 & 3 as an award winning company. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending 5 & 3 and will do so in the future.

Joe Arnold

I have been using the services of Chris Heighton for over 10 years. I can honestly say he is one of the most genuine people I know. His designs are brilliant. He also takes the time to listen and understand the brief. He is now fully versed on life as a Chartered Surveyor, and I know he loves the property industry. The 5and3 team have recently undertaken a full rebrand and website build. The branding included all stationery, marketing collateral and also specialist wall paper, window art and pictures for our new head office. It looks stunning. They fully manage our SEO and online presence. In the last 12 months we have doubled our instructions. I have also introduced 5and3 to several friends and customers (as long as they don’t conflict!). Keep away you surveyors he is mine! 😁 Anyway. 100% use 5and3. They are amazing. You never know, you may end up snowboarding with Chris like I did if you are lucky! Nostravia!

Andy Edwards

I've been working with 5and3 since 2009 and have been impressed by their enthusiasm and energy for the projects they work on. Precision Technology Supplies use their services for Branding, Brochure Design, Web Styling and many other related areas. We wouldn't use any else.

Jon Hodges

5and3 have been our main marketing and development solutions provider for over 10 years now. They’ve produced, for me and my sales team, various marketing collateral from brochures to technical data sheets photography to presentations, posters to exhibition displays, website design, development including server-side solutions. The team are very approachable, hardworking and always prepared to deliver last minute. They have no problem delivering creative or technical solutions for demanding multimillion revenue organisations.

Phil Gimmock

Great service, fast response and good design ideas for our brochure, highly recommended.

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