Eleanor Yeo Website Build


Eleanor yeo website build

Each of the apprentices has been given a pilot business to work for as a way to build their skills and experience; one of the tasks includes a website. My name is Jack and I have been given the job of making the Photoshop designs of the pilot businesses come to life by typing neat sentences in the languages of HTML, CSS, and a Content Management System (CMS). Cosmic build websites using a variety of CMSs. These allow the user to take complete control of the content within the site, so they can edit all the text images and news items.

The client I’ve been working for so far is Eleanor Yeo, an independent florist. These CMSs, like most websites, are built using HTML (HyperText Markup language the main code used in building websites) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets these control the look of the site be it fonts or colours). This allows the site to be accessed across a range of devices – PC, laptop tables, and other mobile devices and complies with accessibility standards (allowing users who are blind and partially sighted to use the site, and for those who don’t use a mouse). It also allows future developments of the site to be made with ease. Div tags. I’ve probably spent most of my time experimenting with control over div tags, because they are like the bricks that websites are built from.


The main thing that I’ve learnt is that divs are an instruction that tell the browser to refer blocks of HTML code to a style sheet. Style sheets are written in CSS; this sits in a separate section of the Content Management System from the HTML. <div id=”tagname”>your content</div> (in the html) and the corresponding #tagname {your styles} (in the CSS) There have been many issues in what I do, so I need to be careful and to make sure that I keep track of what changes I’ve made with a lot of copy and pasting. Despite this effort, different browsers have different compatibilities, so I need to make sure that I use CSS sentences that do the same thing, but work for as many browsers as I can test. For example, Firefox required that Eleanor’s site required the CSS ‘border: none;’ to leave the menu icons as they are, and Google Chrome did not. What I found interesting was how my interest grew the more analogies I noticed between the languages I’ve been using and the one I use to talk with, which are all dependent on some underlying context; decided or left to explore.

I also gained a hard-earned appreciation for the importance of keeping every single thing neat and simple, so that everything else becomes as least complicated as possible i.e. browser compatibility. (CSS has motivated me to tidy my room!)  So I started off with a design; I made a draft in a text editor of the overall layout in a text editor before the CMSMS account was built; I then began to copy and paste over what I had done with all its incompatibleness and then spent the rest of the time making it fit the CMS, taking requests, and finding out, with much support, how I could have done it a lot quicker and easier! So I’m looking forward to making the next process more simple and efficient, and I hope Eleanor enjoys her new site.








Blog by Jack Laurence

On Monday myself and Kate were invited to represent the best of Devon digital business at an event in the Houses of Parliament. What a privilege it was to present Cosmic to the range of MPs and Ministers who came along including Vince Cable, Minister for Business, innovation and Skills and also Maria Miller, Minister for Culture and Media.


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Date of event: Friday 7th February 2014

dementia home in Tiverton 2

On Friday the 7th February, Cosmic visited a day centre in Tiverton, Devon, to show the attendees there how they could benefit from the use of iPad’s. For example, to help them bring up memories from their pasts. There was one client that we had a particular impact on. He had suffered with dementia for a long time and could only recall events from very early in his past. He had little memory of his family apart from his Grandfather, Lance Calkin, who was a portrait artist in the late 19th and early 20th Century. He had painted portraits of many people including George V. Read the rest of this entry »

Since we started at Cosmic, the Apprentice team have been out and about all over Devon as part of Cosmic’s Digital Inclusion project; in this blog I’m rounding up the top 5 Devon Digital Inclusion events from the past 6 months.

5. Cullompton Gadget Show

We went along to a coffee morning at Cullompton Community Centre to do some research on behalf of Devon County Council based around whether people require training and general information about tablets and mobile computing solutions. The response was really positive and already we’ve booked in five one-to- one sessions to teach people how to use a tablet they were given for Christmas or to advise them on what they might need to get online.

4. Working links Torbay

We attended an event at Working Links Torbay which was a gathering of those who can offer unemployed people opportunities to training and skills to help make them more employable. This day was really rewarding as some of the people there were really interested and we’ve signed a lot of people up to attend workshops like ‘Your Online Reputation’ which looks at your personal Social Media and what a potential employer might think when they see it. Read the rest of this entry »

Authorship is still pretty new to most people, so why is getting a Google Authorship Ranking so important?


I found this link to a beta version of a piece of ranking software which tells you how good your Google Authorship ranking is. It may not be completely accurate but it does give you an indication as to what is possible to score through this new algorithm.

Below is a link which, if you enter your Google+ URL, will give you your score too. If you have no idea what this is all about, have a read of the paragraph below which should point you in the right direction and inform you why Authorship is becoming more and more important. You will need an active Google+ account to make this work, so grab yourself a Gmail e-mail address and get started (if you haven’t already).

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So what is Safe Internet Day?

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre in February of each year to promote the safe and responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for children and young people. Safer Internet Day 2014 will take place on Tuesday 11th February 2014, with the theme ‘let’s create a better internet together’. The day offers the opportunity to focus on both the creative things that children and young people are doing online, as well as the role and responsibility that all stakeholders have in helping to create a better internet.

 What does internet safety mean to me?

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PrintBlog by Jack Bukin

Event: Excellence in Business Training Awards 2014

Date of the event: Friday 24th January 2014

Attendees: Vicky, Jack B

Location: The Atlantic Hotel – Newquay

The two businesses that Cosmic were up against were BD Biosciences and Blue Flame Heat. Cosmic were invited to the Excellence in Business Training Awards 2014 ceremony at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay after being shortlisted into the top three of the Outstanding Commitment to Apprenticeships award. Over 170 business people attended the event, which Cosmic were proud to be a part of and being shortlisted to the final three for the award gave a great sense of accomplishment to the whole team.

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costa bpThe journey to Swindon started on a frosty January morning at 6am, with minimal traffic and an easy route to follow (the M4), the journey was enjoyable and the stop off in the drive-through Costa coffee was a much appreciated and exciting one.

The event was all about encouraging employers to consider disabled people in their recruitment processes, but also to create job-roles which require specific skills which certain disabilities might present such as enhanced memory and processing skills. Several business leaders who have utilised disabilities in this way spoke about their experiences and expelling the myths about disabilities.

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happy hourLast Friday Alex and I presented our first Happy Hour for Cosmic on the topic of ‘Social Media for 2014!’. It was a fantastic opportunity for us to test out the presentation skills which we’ve been working on improving since we arrived at Cosmic in September last year.

It doesn’t feel like we’ve been at Cosmic for long, but we’ve definitely learnt a lot and having done presentations in front of the Cosmic Team and for Lord Knight’s visit the previous week this was a great way to turn up the heat in front of 40 people! It was also a good opportunity for us to network and discover how our clients react during a presentation and how different bits of content received different reactions. For example, sometimes a video received a different reaction to and info-graphic.

alexIt was a really great end to the week and a rewarding session especially talking to those who stayed around at the end. We look forward to being involved in the next one. Although we felt a lot of pressure because it was our first presentation in front of so many people, it was really enjoyable and afterwards I certainly felt a huge sense of achievement after all of the hard work we’d put in during the week leading up to it. Putting together the presentation also allowed us to learn more about the tech and social media innovations coming in the current year and what sort of things, as businesses, we can do to market ourselves for free online.

If you’d like to find out more about Happy Hour, register for our enewsletter from our Homepage and keep an eye on our social media!

 Blog by James Bull


Now that Twitter has become a publicly owned company (floated on the stock exchange) you will begin to see more adverts (promoted posts & accounts) as they need to start earning some serious money for the people who have invested their hard-earned cash, hoping to see some decent returns.

However, Twitter does allow you to ‘opt-out’ of tailored advertising which will stop them from collecting data about you, so they can send relevant promoted tweets & accounts to you. This does not remove the adverts which Twitter promotes but it does stop them from targeting advertising at you.

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