The Antidote to Lockdown - Positivity!

It’s in the Orphans DNA to think positively and creatively. Priority one is staying healthy. Next, on an individual as well as business level, we have more of the once precious commodity of time, so let’s make the best of this period of unwelcome business interruption.


The advent of GDPR has swept through the consciousness of nearly every business to a far greater degree than most legislative changes. Could this in part be down to the prominent message ‘substantial fines’ should organisations fall short in their implementation? It has certainly focussed the minds.

Top Digital Marketing Tips

Read our digital marketer, Gareth's, top digital marketing tips...

New website heads up the rankings

Fiona Davies from Woodlands Self Store has kindly shared her experience of making sure her site is well positioned in Google, an important objective when this newly set up business approached Orphans to develop the website. Here she explains what worked for them.

Web design as detailed as the shoes themselves

Our friends Sara and Nick crackle with new ideas. The concept of Billy Ruffian (there's a great story behind the name) is all theirs. So too are the shoes, beautifully designed and hand made. Not very many of them, but so nice they are building a loyal following.

Bespoke systems for... us!

Happily we're generally quite busy working flat out on our customers' behalf. But periodically we come up for air and can slot in a little development for ourselves. Believe me there's a lot more we'd like to do but such is our unswerving dedication to customer work! Generally the context is that you look at off the shelf options available on the market.

Bespoke production data software

We get on famously with our good friends at Growth in their business was making it harder to keep track of numbers in terms of time spent on projects and also stock consumption and replenishment.

Software at the HEART

We have a very long association with

Paid for ads - paying their way?

Paying for traffic to your site is not likely to be an ambition but for many businesses it is a necessary path to reach customers who turn to Google to find sites which do just what you do. Just to increase the inevitability of the decision the proportion of paid for ads Google displays has also increased.

Can we recommend a good photographer?

There's nothing which drains the colour from our designer's faces more then when a customer declares that 'I've got the pics with me ... on my phone!' It's just that we've worked on many a site where for budgetary reasons (mainly) we've had to head down the stock library route. Try as we might there's something unmistakeably familiar about these images!

Basic SEO for website owners

There are lots of little things that website owners can do to give their site the best shot at outperforming its competition in search engines.