Articles

A collection of articles to help inform on a range of subjects from accessibility to SEO.

As many of you reading this will know, the CiviCRM community has been developing a communications extension to make it easier for users to work towards GDPR compliancy. You can read CiviCRM's blog on...
If you are lucky enough to be one of our hosted clients, Circle is your Data Processor and so when the GDPR comes into force in May 2018 our relationship and in particular, Circle's...
As of May 2018, the Data Protection Act (DPA) will be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Being a regulation rather than a directive, this means that it becomes part of the law...
  After an account has been created, you will receive an email with access details. You can start the sharing process with uploading a document/file.   In this guide I am going to...
Responsive web design (RWD) is the design of a web page in a way that creates an uninterrupted user experience across different devices. If you access a website with responsive design, you should be...
  With the rise of social media and alternative ways of interacting with clients, it would be logical to assume that the use of email should be in decline. But recent statistics from Adobe...
WordPress is a popular, open-source platform for simple websites or blogs, offering a particularly user-friendly experience. This makes it perfect for small businesses and organisations looking to...
As creatures of habit, many people don’t like change. But sometimes major CRM database changes are necessary to keep up with business demands or increased growth.  This could be anything from...
Possibly the most important step in any major database change is the planning phase. Without effective, strategic planning, a project will often go ‘off the rails’ and end up exceeding both the...
Challenges facing the Third Sector today include increasing demands for accountability and ever increasing pressures on funding. Organisations are being asked to do more with less, so professional...
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. This is a small file on your site, known as a ‘cryptographic protocol’, that encrypts any data sent from your visitor's browser to your web server so that only...
We deliver a lot of CRM projects to Corporate and Charity clients and one thing we sometimes get asked about is the difference between the two. Some of the charities we deal with seem to have a...
As experts in implementing and hosting membership management systems for organisations, we would like to think that we know our stuff.  We use CiviCRM’s CiviMember feature which provides an...
CiviCRM is a powerful, open-source Contact Relationship Management (CRM) system.  This is essentially a tailored database that provides support to the majority of ‘front office’ business...
In this short article, we look at some of the things you can use a website for beyond simply acting as an 'online brochure' for your business, and we ask ‘could your site could be working harder for...
Drupal is an open-source Content Management System (CMS), a software tool which allows the user to quickly add, edit or remove content from their website, such as text, images, events, special offers...
The internet has transformed the level of access to information for countless people with disabilities. To continue providing access to all, we must ensure that our websites are accessible with...
At Circle Interactive, we use open source to develop seamless digital solutions. The beauty of open-source software is that it is open and available to the public, meaning anyone can inspect,...
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is a powerful marketing tool that ensures that your website is visible on search engines and gains relevant traffic.  There are three types of search engine...
This is an outline of our principles – what we consider to be good practice when we design and build websites. This document covers design, accessibility, content and linking strategies, but we also...