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Personal Training Market Harborough (Update)

Personal Trainer Market Harborough (Update)

Brilliant update, we had a visit from Nick today to go through some SEO training

He was so proud to show off his new livery, fantastic work by Katie and Adam at Reflex Design

Super stoked to be on this journey with Nick

Caged Fish, Not just web design

 

Personal Trainer in Market Harborough. Goal-Driven and Results-Based Personal Training. Health, Fitness, Fat Loss and Muscle Gain goals catered for.

Personal Trainer Market Harborough

PT Market Harborough

Contact us HERE

Personal Training Market Harborough

Personal Training Market Harborough

Fantastic to be on a client’s journey, local PT Nick Buxton approached us to help with his vision of his brand.

 

Here at Caged Fish, we have created the following

  1. New logo, brand colours
  2. Apparel Designs
  3. Leaflet and poster design
  4. Website
  5. Vehicle Livery

 

Personal Trainer in Market Harborough. Goal-Driven and Results-Based Personal Training. Health, Fitness, Fat Loss and Muscle Gain goals catered for.

Personal Training Market Harborough

PT Market Harborough

Contact us HERE

Market Harborough Mortgages new site launch

Market Harborough Mortgages great new site launched

We love working with local businesses and this site was a pleasure to work on. Their original site was built using Squarespace and did not reflect the professionalism of the company

We created a bespoke design using the WordPress platform

Subtle use of stock and their own imagery created a fresh professional look

Harborough Mortgages

Professional, friendly & efficient mortgage solutions
Founded in July 2012, Harborough mortgages aims to offer professional, friendly, and efficient solutions for arranging mortgages and insurances. With over 14 years of experience in the financial services industry, we have access to the entire UK mortgage market. Our knowledge and relationships with banks, building societies, and speciality lenders will ensure you get the best and most appropriate deal for your circumstances.

Market Harborough Mortgages

Fantastic new site launched for Harborough Mortgages

Contact us HERE

We create unique WordPress websites for Leicester businesses

We create unique WordPress websites for Leicester businesses

In addition to being one of Leicester’s major web design agencies, Caged Fish has built a process from the beginning to the end of your project to achieve maximum results. We can tailor the web design to fit your specific needs. Every single one of our websites is designed in Photoshop and then converted into a WordPress installation, so we can really bring your vision to life.

  • Because we build our websites on WordPress, we can give you a content management system that is flexible and can grow as your needs do.
  • Each and every website we create here in Leicester is fully optimized for all mobile devices, so you can view your website wherever you are, at any time.
  • Websites that are fully optimized for search engine optimization. All our websites are created with SEO in mind and are fully indexed and ready to be listed in Google.
  • Creating a website that stands out from the competition
  • Our website designs are built with the user in mind, converting visitors into customers.
We create unique WordPress websites for Leicester businesses

We create unique WordPress websites for Leicester businesses

Contact us HERE

Should you support Internet Explorer?

Should you support Internet Explorer?

Short answer: No, you shouldn’t.

There are many drawbacks to using Internet Explorer, which is very unpopular. The following is a list of some of them.
Despite being universally unpopular, the latest Windows 10 computers that we use today still come with Internet Explorer installed by default. Although for some, it is simply used to install Firefox, Chrome or any other browser, for others, it is installed by default in Cybercafés which often force users to browse with it.
Several big websites, including YouTube, GitHub, CodePen, and Apple, no longer support the Internet Explorer browser. CSS Tricks, which teaches developers how to support IE visually, has decided to stop supporting it.

Should you support Internet Explorer

IE should be dropped for various reasons, ranging from insufficient support to lack of technical coherence.

History
Back in 1995, Microsoft shipped the first version of Internet Explorer. Internet browsers (other than Netscape Navigator) hardly competed with each other. IE became indispensable after Microsoft included a free version of IE with every version of Windows OS. It became so essential that we would often receive pop-ups, toasters, and dialogue saying, “This only works in Internet Explorer”. Can you imagine?

Even so, Microsoft did not provide all the improvements needed to keep IE current a few years later. However, as updates surfaced, more and more odd quirks were added to the web browser. Rather than leveraging the power of the web, users and developers resented it because the web increased accessibility and features, while the browser did not.
In an attempt to follow through, Microsoft introduced Pocket Internet Explorer and IE Mobile for Windows phones, which were greatly criticized for the difficulty of implementing basic features compared to other existing browsers.

IE has been a dead browser since 2016. We must take that into account first. Windows Edge, Microsoft’s replacement, was released in 2015. Although EdgeHTML at the time was still a proprietary engine, it was a massive improvement over IE. A Chromium-based version of EdgeHTML was later released in 2019.
Despite this, IE has been losing popularity over time due to more accessible browsers, such as Google Chrome (2008), Firefox (2002), and Safari (2003). With better features, user interfaces, accessibility, and browsing speed, these newer browsers have driven the market elsewhere (away from IE). It’s not surprising that today, Internet Explorer usage is 1.8%. This is due to several factors.

Here are some reasons not to use Internet Explorer
People love things that move forward – IE doesn’t. On top of that, it slows things down a lot. These are a bunch of reasons to stop using/supporting IE.

Features not included
Browser compatibility table from MDN for the Fetch API.

Personal Training Market Harborough
JavaScript
2020 has arrived. Among the most popular programming languages is JavaScript. Popularity grew with the release of ES6 features, which added a bunch of sweet, functional syntax to JS. Unfortunately, IE couldn’t support these features. Edge is a much more modern replacement provided by Microsoft, so we cannot blame them. Even HTML/CSS extremist developers today have difficulty building great websites without utilizing JavaScript’s power.
HTML and CSS
Every feature of IE is lacking. There are many amazing websites that become “nice” on Internet Explorer once they are created. Let’s take the following example as an example of this lack of support:
Visit https://caniuse.com/
and click on any of the recently added features

Take a look at the first column of the table with the header IE. What do you see? A bright red colour (or orange).
IE cannot only keep up with standards, but it also forces developers to put in a lot of effort for little reward.
Browser APIs
Polyfills could be used to support web APIs on IE, according to some. Despite this, there are many APIs that cannot be polyfilled. Because of this, they aren’t supported by IE. Here are some API comparisons between browsers.
IE has a difficult time being supported, and its tools provide little assistance.
With IE 12, you get some standard developer tools like Console, DOM inspector, Network, and Performance, but they feel very sluggish compared to the other browsers.
Performance
In order to know that IE cannot compete with current performance standards, we don’t need benchmark results. JavaScript isn’t supported by IE 7, as we mentioned before. As a result, JavaScript needs to be transpired to an older version, or polyfills must be used to support some of the features. As a result, performance problems may arise due to these additions.
Security issues
Security issues have plagued IE since 2016. They have been very concerning for users. It has even been deemed a security threat. This is made worse by the fact that IE may have trouble receiving security updates.
Lack of updates
The extended support for IE 11 ends in October 2025, and IE 10 is considered dead. There is a very slow update rate for IE 11. The updates will be security-related rather than feature-related. Microsoft is placing more emphasis on Edge, which competes with most of the modern browsers.

Forsaken by Microsoft

Is it worth using a tool whose creator has abandoned it?
As a better, faster, and more modern alternative, Microsoft strongly recommends users switch to Edge. “All the latest features and updates will only be available in Edge,” Microsoft announced in Fall 2015.

In a recent rant post, Microsoft’s Principal Program Manager, Chris Jackson, spoke about the perils of using Internet Explorer and how people have moved on. Internet Explorer is not easily abandoned, however. IE11 is still shipped with a lot of devices, and it still runs certain file types and protocols by default on Windows.
Extremely labour-intensive and costly

Limitations to opportunities
As a result of Microsoft’s deprecation of IE in 2015, a lot of features have emerged on the modern web. As a result, the web has become much faster and easier to use. There were many suggestions for efficient ways of building websites, all of which will not work in IE.
Because of IE’s lack of support, we, as developers, tend to force backwards compatibility by checking to see if an API exists before using it. In turn, this results in great inefficiency and forces companies to provide users with different experiences when using unsupported browsers.
You might want to write a framework or library that can be used by browsers that rely on proxy features, such as MobX and Vue3. It will be necessary to maintain backwards-compatible versions that can work with old browsers.

There’s no reason you shouldn’t abandon it, either.
You are not required to follow the big fish. You must, however, be fine with all the work needed to make 0.2 per cent of your users happy if you still support IE by choice (not for business purposes).

In IE11, even Gmail does not work correctly. Well, you’ll have to use another program to check your mail.
Because these large tech companies separated themselves from IE, their decision should be followed. Among those who chose progress over compatibility with IE:

Dev.to
GitHub
Stack Overflow
Zendesk
Atlassian
YouTube
Meetup
Slack
Trello
Discord
Spotify
Yahoo

Conclusion
What’s next?

The alternative to Internet Explorer is anything but.
We should not tolerate inefficiency as users or creators. Software is built to make our lives easier. Currently, the web is doing well, and its uprising shouldn’t be constrained by the obligation to support backwards compatibility with a browser that cannot keep up.

New site launch, great business idea, Mobile bike repair

Mobile bike repair

Great site and new business idea, we were asked to create a site for JD bikes to assist the launch of this new business.

A little about them

Bike Repair & Service direct to you

Mobile bike repair Leicestershire

JD Bikes offer the best mobile professional cycle servicing and breakdown straight to your door.

We can come to you at home or at your workplace, 7 days a week. No more hassle of loading your bike into your car and two trips to the nearest bike shop.
Save yourself time, fuel costs, car parking charges. Instead, have your bike collected and returned making life simple and convenient for you and receive personal attentive contact with the technician.

Mobile bike repair

Mobile bike repair

Want to know more? Give us a call HERE

Leicester WordPress developers

Leicester WordPress developers

Over two decades of experience with WordPress gives us the ability to meet any request.

WooCommerce

Plugins such as WooCommerce allow you to build online stores. Modifying it, adding extensions to it, or customizing current ones are all possibilities.

Plugins

Your website would not be complete without plugins. Alternatively, we can design one completely from scratch or modify one that already exists.

WordPress Web Development

Using our expertise in Web Development, our experienced team will provide you with a responsive, aesthetically pleasing, and user-friendly website design. WordPress has been a core part of our business for two decades, so we can deliver anything you need.

WooCommerce Development

It is easy to use for beginners and has many powerful features that have made it the leading eCommerce technology in the world. There are multiple eCommerce solutions available from Caged Fish to fit all of your business needs.

Leicester WordPress developers

Leicester WordPress developers

Want to know more? Give us a call HERE

Thank you Sir Clive Sinclair

Yesterday we said goodbye to a pioneer that probably got us to where we are now, Sir Clive Sinclair died at the age of 81.

Growing up the ZX Spectrum was the first experience of computing for many, Garry Aston Director at Caged Fish used to spend time with the pages of code. Look at where we are now..

An amazing list of inventions, The Spectrum, an affordable pocket calculator and the C5

I found out today he never used his inventions, instead of a calculator he always had a slide rule in his pocket, proper old school

“He released the ZX Spectrum 48K in 1982. Its rubber keys, tinny sound, and strange visuals didn’t hinder its development as a pivotal component of the British video game industry. In addition to Jet Set Willy, Horace Goes Skiing, Chuckie Egg, Saboteur, Knight Lore and Lords of Midnight, these much-loved games are now available in colour.”

Thank you Sir Clive

Thank you Sir Clive

A great reminder of how long we’ve been designing websites

I don’t know about all you guys; we’ve been taking the opportunity during lockdown to have a bit of a sort out.

We’ve had a new phone system and upgraded our internal systems to make our workflow better.

Digging through old paperwork, we came across the first load of Caged Fish accounts.

At the bottom of the box was this disc, excellent memory; this was the 1st year of using Sage accounts, we felt grown up.

We formed in 1999, but before then, a spreadsheet was our only friend.

I am framing this for the office wall, too good to throw away.

A great reminder of how long we've been designing websites

Web design for dentists

Web design for dentists

I was looking through our portfolio of clients recently and realised there is a business sector that we have worked for many times, what is that I hear you ask..

Dentists…

There are many companies out there offering “dental” websites; these normally look very similar to each other; why not engage us to create a stunning new website for your dental practice.

Original websites that are different from ‘identical’ dental websites.
Looking at it, there is very little that can be said about the originality of many dental websites.

There are so many practices to choose from out there, so is a patient more likely to choose a practice that appears original or another stock template type of site?

At Caged Fish Web design Leicester, we are real designers with a solid creative and business vision, so you receive high quality and stunning website that supports all of your digital marketing.

Web design for dentists

Some of our clients below

www.2thdental.co.uk (website, branding)

www.brooksidedental.co.uk (Branding, website, signage)

The coffees always on, give us a call HERE

Web design Leicester dentist

Animation for websites

Animations for websites

At Caged Fish we not only develop websites but we can produce animations for websites too.

Old Market inn Kettering

Old Market inn Kettering

We are pleased to launch the new site for the newly refurbished Old Market Inn in Kettering.

Built using WordPress CMS

 

Also great use of the .pub domain name.

The site can be viewed HERE

Old Market inn Kettering