I get asked a lot about which platform they should use for their website, and I always recommend WordPress. There’s a number of reasons including, ease of use, flexibility of functionality and the fact that when you have WordPress you OWN your site.
Website builder options such as Wix, Squarespace, Yell, GoDaddy etc. offer some good options for websites, but you’ll be forever paying for a website you’re only RENTING. If you decide to move, you can’t take your site with you and you’ll have to start from scratch. Also, these website builder options will be limited on customisations and many will charge you extra to even use your own domain!
So before you embark on your website build, be sure to do your homework and make sure your platform suits you and your business - and don’t pay excessive monthly fees for something your business relies on but doesn’t own!
What other tips would you like to learn about? Let me know in the comments 👇🏻
1 64 hours ago
I like to pay attention to details. What makes good business a great business? A lot of little things. The only way you can do it well is by acknowledging that details exist. Focus and work hard. Business is a little bit like building a brick wall. Lay one brick at the time but focus on each one properly. Put it down as straight and perfect as possible and repeat it again and again. Move back away from the wall when you finish to see the big picture. Go back and fix whats broken. Then spread the word. Find people who like that wall and are willing to help you to continue. Establish relationships for good and bad. Work with people for people and never forget about the details. .
Today we had a lovely big delivery from Madam Madam Stolz 😍 We've got all your favourites back in stock plus more!! I honestly can't decide which new planter is my favourite 💕 Pop in and have a drool over them, I've been doing it all day 🤤
As a paper crafter I find it very difficult to buy greeting cards, but this year I just haven't been well enough to do much crafting. Therefore, I have just spent far too much on Christmas cards in our local fantastic independent department store. Whilst there, I was 'entertained' by the singing penguins. I managed to resist spending any more - although there were some gorgeous tree decorations.
Who else is already getting busy and run down this festive period? If you own a shop it’s busy, if you’re hosting family it’s busy, if you’re trying to juggle seeing every single person you know - it’s busy! @cfwellbeing have written us a handy guide to having a safe and enjoyable Christmas with the 12 days of well-being. Which one is the most important to you?
10 3818 hours ago
⭐️ MEET THE TRADER ⭐️
As part of our Shop Local Barry page we’d like to introduce some of our brilliant shop owners in Barry, so you can get to know the faces behind the business! 💍 First up we have Jess from @wynterisabellebridal, a bridal shop on Park Crescent. Jess opened her bridal boutique, which is named after her daughter, in September 2016 on her 30th birthday! 🧡
If you’ve driven down Park Crescent you’ll have spotted Jess’ window displays. From her Pride display to Remembrance Sunday and now her current Gavin and Stacey themed Christmas window, they always get lots of comments. Jess says: ‘I want it to be memorable when you drive past, I try and hone in on what people are thinking about’ 🎄
Jess agrees that shopping locally is really important and we should be shouting about our shops in Barry. ‘We’ve got so much going on, we don’t need to leave to get things, it’s here on your doorstep’. ‘Barry is amazing, we have an amazing town and there’s so much rejuvenation, everything we need is here and everything we haven’t got is coming’
🎄🎄Come and join us all in #pontcannamews this evening!!! Can't wait! 🌟🌟MEAD & CHRISTMAS SHOPPING 🌟🌟
Treat will be co-hosting a gorgeously festive evening with our wonderfully talented next door neighbours @blossomandnectar in #pontcannamews 🎄THURS 5TH DECEMBER 6PM TIL 9PM🎄
If you've never tried MEAD before (or even if you have), you won't want to miss this! The flavour combos are INCREDIBLE and when you add it to GIN....WHOA!!! 😃😍🍸🍸🍸Happy days! It's THE next big thing!! Sooo exciting!🙌💕 We'll be open for late night Christmas Shopping, chocolate tasters and generally getting into the spirit of things...literally 😂 @cannadeli will be open for mulled wine, cheese tasting and hamper shopping and @Kiticymru will be open too!! If you couldn't make it to our special evening a couple of weeks ago or you came, loved it and want some more....pop Thurs 5th December in your diary and come join us!! 🎄🥂🍸🛍🌟
It’s not too late to book a space on our Christmas Wreath workshop this Sunday 8th Dec. Last few remaining spaces on the morning and afternoon sessions. £45 per person, price includes all materials needed to create your masterpiece, a hot spiced drink and a fabulous @fftdeli mince pie.
Did you know...
The foxes eyes are specially adapted for night vision. They have something called the tapetum lucidum which reflects light back through the eye, given the fox a clearer image 👀
Who loves a red fox?? 🦊
1 214 December, 2019
Which camp are you in? Real tree or artificial? 🎄Sarah's Fruit & Veg on Park Crescent has some beautiful real Christmas trees in all shapes and sizes, we've heard they are great value too! Get everything you need to have an amazing Christmas right your doorstep in Barry and have a Very Barry Christmas! ⭐️
We had a great time last night at the first @the_clwb event at @annieandlolo! 🎄 We learnt how to make embroidered wreaths with @byrdcrescent, all topped off with some mince pies and Prosecco 🥂 What other types of workshop would you like to see in Barry?
Look what we've got back in stock, whoop whoop! 🙌 These beautiful macrame hangers are made locally by one very talented lady 💕 Not only are they gorgeous, they're also made from 100% recycled cotton 🥰
We've got cream, black, light grey, dark grey and only ONE of the mustard left 💛 Once the mustard has gone we won't get anymore back in, so be quick if you want to bag the last ever one!
3 354 December, 2019
Our Narberth store is 10 years old today , we would like to thank all our customers far and wide for their continued support 😀. Thank you 🙏🏻
1 414 December, 2019
It’s finally done! I had such fun creating this and managed to catch a little glimpse of the process for my next vlog 😁 This is an illustration of the gorgeous Cardiff Castle 🏴 It’s now available in both my shops yaaaaay!
I thought that after my last day of events on Sunday I'd be able to quietly get on with my last couple of commissions and ease myself into Christmas.... but you amazing lot had other ideas and have been buying up every last thing I have left ♥️♥️ I also pleased to say that I've offered every web customer the choice of new outer packaging, or one of these recycled Amazon padded bags (the colouring books my mum is addicted to come in them, so I nabbed them from her), and EVERY SINGLE CUSTOMER had opted for the recycled option ♥️♥️ Supporting small businesses AND saving the planet - you guys are just amazing 🌍😇♻️♥️ Now let's hope the staff at my local Post Office are just as wonderful when I turn up with this giant basket of parcels to be sent by signed for delivery 🙈 #wishmeluck
Busy again today making up some more of the popular cowhide & vintage key clutches for the lovely Pointz Castle Christmas Fair on Sunday. I'll probably be eating my own weight in Christmas pudding icecream too!
Just caught up with all your lovely orders from the weekend after a busy one at @christmasmakersmarket 🙌🏻 So thank you!
This mistletoe wrap was the favourite for sure! ☺️ Made from recycled paper using vegetable based inks! ♻️
Our First Floor Is Now Open! We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped us, and took time out of their busy lives to make this happen, I know I said this would only take us 2 weeks 🙈, which ended up taking 10! But we wanted to get it right and we’re really happy with the result 🙌, when you’re in the area next pop in and take a look of our new @joules collection for A/W 19 plus our @katieloxton shop in shop, plus our gorgeous new scarves, hope to see you all soon love Baroc x
25 1872 October, 2019
It’s probably about time I shared the exciting news of another little project I’ve been working on this year...☺️👶🏼 CLD is growing! We are already 32 weeks in so not long to go!!
This year has been crazy busy with commissions, new ranges, 2 trade shows and a growing stockist list but this has been my biggest job! The juggle is real...and I’m excited for it to get EXTRA REAL! 🙈🙌🏻💪🏻
I am busy behind the scenes prepping as much as I can before things go a little quieter on here. Lots on the pipe line including a new Christmas range, trade prep and a mega sample sale in the next couple weeks! 🙌🏻
Business owner mammas... I’m joining ya! 💪🏻😘