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Silicon Dales Opens Office in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

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(c) Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority

One of 24 Hour Trading’s flagship brands, Silicon Dales, has opened an office in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The new office will give the web design firm a base from which to meet rural business clients and a place in which to train new staff.

The office is located at: Office E, Coach House, Swinithwaite, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 4UH.

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The office complex is part of Swinithwaite Hall Estate and also hosts Berry’s Farm Shop – an excellent cafe, butchery & shop, which delivers tasty consumables produced on the estate farm.

(Image: © Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority)

Silicon Dales URL Restructure

We have restructured the URLs at Silicon Dales, Yorkshire’s Digital Experts, to transport https traffic to http – now that we have moved the online store section to it’s new home at Bodles, we will no longer need to deliver anything via https.

https traffic is marginally slower, so this step is intended to deliver a better user experience to visitors to Silicon Dales, particularly those who access the website looking for our range of code samples and tutorials, whether they be existing clients or simply interested browsers from across the globe.

This is just one step of many we are taking this autumn to push 24 Hour Trading Ltd to the next level, after a very exciting period of business growth.

Car Speakers UK Shop

Our recent launch of the Bodles online UK department store is currently going from strength to strength, with consumers the length and breadth of Britain expressing surprise and elight at our ability to include Express Delivery (via UPS) and VAT in every single price displayed on the website.

Recently, we’ve been pleased to be able to successfully answer web queries from users looking for car speakers which may be delivered across the UK at the Bodles online shop.

If you’re looking for car speakers for UK delivery, then click here.

24 Hour Trading Ltd Now Registered with ICO as a Data Controller

24 Hour Trading Ltd is now registered as a data controller under the Data Protection Act (DPA) by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office.

  • Organisation Name: 24 Hour Trading Ltd
  • Registration Reference: ZA013132

You can see the company registration certificate here.

This means we are certified as having processes which are in compliance with the DPA in all 24 Hour Trading Ltd web properties. You can use our services safe in the knowledge that we will look after your data, such as it is stored.

For more information, you can see the 24 Hour Trading Ltd Privacy Policy document.

Race-Calendar.com and Sportjock® UK Join Forces to Support Britain’s Women Runners

Sportjock Super Sports Bra

Race-Calendar.com has become the newest retailer of Sportjock® sports bras in the United Kingdom.

Race-Calendar.com will stock all sizes and colours of the Sportjock® range, including launch offers on the following popular lines:

Linda Scott of Race-Calendar.com said of the agreement:

“It’s great to be able to bolster women who run with the very best sports bras.

“We already support thousands of British women every day by providing easy to find information about upcoming local races and the latest training tips.

“Adding to the comfort and ease with which women train and compete is very important to the team at Race-Calendar.com.

“This has given a real boost to our efforts to encourage participation in running across the board.

“We’re delighted to be working with Sportjock UK to provide top quality sports bras to our running community.”

6.785 million women play sport once a week in England – that’s just over 30% of the population (Source: Sport England’s Active People Survey).

Captain America Shield – Most Popular Product This Week

Only a handful of weeks ago, we launched the Silicon Dales shop to deliver our great digital ethos to the UK in the form of an online shop where our business clients – and any customer in the UK – could buy from us in confidence that we will include UK delivery and VAT in all of our prices!

But when we were selecting the products to stock in our shop, we didn’t just stop at computer bits and pieces (think graphics cards, motherboards, monitors and more), oh no, we also listed some items which we knew were sure to be popular with people like us out there who have to buy for friends and family online.

We also stocked some useful home items, such as nappies and toys for boys and toys for girls which will help parents with their busy lives!

This week’s most popular product has been a Captain America Shield – a Hasbro toy for anyone who wants to dress up as the Avengers super hero Captain America!

Moving to the Cloud

We’re moving a number of services to the cloud this week, including sections of:

  • Race-Calendar.com
  • SiliconDales.com
  • Your-Story.org

Some elements may take longer to update as a result. All services are still live, however.

Please bear with us while we transition this exciting change: the result will be worth waiting for!

Web Hosting Small Business

Are you a small business which is looking for web hosting? I am sure I can help you to track down just what you need!

Over at Silicon Dales, we regularly work with small businesses who don’t require the kind of scalable cloud hosting solutions we install for the bigger enterprises, and help them to get setup with something which is suitable for their relatively low usage levels.

One of the first things I always say to small business customers is, quite contrary to the advice many people will give you is this: don’t just rush to buy the “business” service when it comes to web hosting as the prices can vary a great deal, and you don’t necessarily “get what you pay for”!


No two hosting providers are created equal and, in fact, hosts which we used to recommend are no longer providing value for money (and vice versa).

So I’m going to make it very simple for small businesses to make a web hosting decision!

If you are looking for hosting capable of installing a 3-5 page website which you are not expecting more than (say) 100 visits per day. And, let’s be honest, most of our small businesses fall into this category! Then you will be able to get away with web hosting which is on the fairly minute end of the spectrum.

Something like 1and1 internet’s basic linux hosting should be sufficient for this.

Click here to visit 1&1 and signup today.

But one thing to pay attention to is email. What sort of email do you need. Almost every project we undertake at Silicon Dales is made significantly more complex by the dreaded email. Setting up email for multiple users is fairly straightforward, but there are vast differences between the service you get from shared hosts on email. Check the numbers of addresses / inboxes you’ll be getting FIRST and make sure they are sufficient for your business, otherwise you could be paying a little extra to “upgrade” in future!

Also check the costs involved for domain hosting too.

Domain Hosting, Web Hosting, Email Hosting… Wait, What?

That is right. You also have domain hosting. In addition to web hosting (where your website’s files actually reside – on a web host) there is also domain hosting (where the records relating to your domain name, and the IP address of the web hosting machine reside – very simply!) and email hosting (the machine upon which your email system is stored, and accessed to send and receive email).

Each of these elements carries a fee, though these fees are often bundled.

The 1&1 product recommended before is usually bundled – click this link for 1&1 web hosting for your small business.

Leave a comment below if you are confused or have questions! If you think you have bigger needs where hosting is concerned, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us over at Silicon Dales, where we’ll be able to help your business find the best solution to your digital needs.

Web Design Newcastle

For some strange reason, Google always seems to deliver Newcastle (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, that is) results to me, even though I am almost always working from my office in the Yorkshire Dales.

For this reason, as Google has begun trying to deliver local search results, when I look online for things like “Web Design” while doing keyword research for our excellent web design business, Silicon Dales, I get a page packed full of results for web design firms in (or targeting) Newcastle.

This is all well and good, but I hope that others who are in the North of England, and are searching for a good web design firm, are able to discover websites like Silicon Dales via Google. If not, they should be!

Silicon Dales is a professional, fast, creative digital agency which provides more than just web design to business customers in the North of England – and around the world – from a base in the UK’s Yorkshire Dales.

If you are in Newcastle – or anywhere else – and you are looking to improve your business website, apps, or digital performance generally, I am sure we can help you. Visit the Silicon Dales website today, and get in touch with me over there.

SEO Optimization Strategies

As a large number of people access our websites – and those which we built over at Silicon Dales, for our clients – through internet search engines, such as Google, a lot of people ask us about our Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategies.

We often find that they are talking about “external SEO” rather than internal SEO. The SEO we do principally is internal – creating a website which conforms to best practice, and making sure the content we produce on our websites, or on behalf of our clients, is absolutely top notch.

We don’t really “do” external SEO, other than the ordinary marketing which doesn’t really fall into the SEO category at all – that is to say promoting your business (and the existence of its website) to anyone and everyone who needs to know about it. The rest, as they say, is history!

SEO Optimization & Strategy Tips

So, our top SEO strategy tips are as follows:


  • Create a standards compliant website
  • Keep it full of relevant and accurate and up to date information about your subject(s)
  • Marketing, marketing, marketing – tell everyone and anyone who needs to know that you have a website – and they will link to it!
  • Advertise offline
  • Advertise online
  • Keep adding new – and relevant – content to your website.
  • Repeat.
  • Use social media to share links to your best content with your customers and colleagues.
  • Don’t reciprocal link.
  • Don’t email people you don’t know asking for links.
  • Focus your energy on making your website better, every day.

Got your own SEO strategies and tips? Leave them below in the comments section!