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Moving your website from Expression Engine to WordPress

Expression Engine accounts for about 0.1% of the total CMS usage, so if you want to move your Expression Engine site over to WordPress, we can help. Like all content management systems, Expression Engine has some great features, but some people just want to move their websites over to WordPress to make them easier to […]

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10 easy ways to technically optimise your website

10 easy ways to technically optimise your website

Everyone knows that a website needs to be optimised to rank better, but where do you start? There’s little point in having a stunning website if no one ever sees it, and website optimisation (site speed) is one of the (many) ways that you can help your website rank higher in search results. If you […]

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Improve your website

10 things you can do to improve your website.

If you are working remotely, you can still improve the effectiveness of your website – all you need is an internet connection! Your website is your 24/7 marketing tool, but when we experience unprecedented events that affect all businesses, your website becomes even more important. With most staff working remotely, the nature of search terms […]

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Business as (un)usual

Business as (un)usual

During these unprecedented times, Toast is here to help you with any projects that you need to get done! As we’re a digital business, we’ve been able to get the entire team working from home and connected. We’re able to work on anything you need; from artworking to websites and you can get hold of […]

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Remote working designers.

Our remote working team of designers can help you with any project. Current lockdown and its challenges. #remoteworking The recent lockdown has meant a lot of us are experiencing working remotely from home. Setting up computers and phones to allow you to create your own workspace is one thing but getting things done is a […]

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Daves Mabs Drawlloween Club

Inktober and Mabs Drawlloween Club 2019

Inktober has become a global event in the illustrator’s calendar since it’s small start back in 2009. This year, Dave, Kati and Simon got involved in the challenge to produce one illustration each day in October, based on a series of prompts for inspiration. Kati and Simon went with the Inktober challenge, whilst Dave did […]

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Rebrand or promote what you’ve already got?

The internet is full of big-budget rebrand success stories, but is a rebrand always the best strategy? There are many reasons why you might want to consider rebranding your company; from simply updating your logo in line with more modern trends to trying to revitalise a brand and open up new markets. It seems like […]

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Digital Marketing services for Food or Drink Brands.

Whether you’re an established brand or just starting out, there’s one place your buyer can always be found; online. With all food and drink brands, the initial focus of any design and strategic work is based around the branding and packaging, but once these stages of your journey are complete, it’s digital marketing that will […]

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Work Experience 2019 – Jess Wilson

We always try to do at least one work experience placement a year at Toast – whilst it can be a challenge as we’re often very busy, it’s a worthwhile exercise to give a student the experience of working in a design agency for a week.  This year we welcomed Jess Wilson from the Warriner […]

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White space is your friend

What is white space? Sometimes when we’re working on a brochure for instance, the client notices some white space on the page and feel they need to fill it with something. In their eyes this is wasted space that could be used to insert more information. When this happens we have to explain to them […]

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How do I supply amends to my designer?

How do I supply amends to my designer? You’ve received the first draft of your new brochure from the designer and want to make a few changes. How do you go about giving them amends? Do you have a document you need updating? Talk to Toast Today  Marked up pdf Our preferred method of receiving […]

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What is the difference between a pixel and vector based graphic

What is a pixel or vector-based graphic? If you’ve ever briefed a designer to create a promotional brochure for your company they may have asked you for your logo as a vector graphic, but what is this? Firstly we need to define the 2 main formats of how images are digitally created and used in […]

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What is the difference between a logo and a brand?

What is the difference between a logo and a brand? Our clients come to us at Toast asking us to design their logo or brand but what is the difference? Logo A logo is a symbol or mark which helps identify a brand, like a human face. There are many different styles of logos, some […]

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How can I edit my brochure?

How can I edit my brochure? You brief a design agency to create your company brochure for you. You’re really happy with the results, however, later down the line you need to update some of the information and make edits. How do I edit my brochure? Option one You can go back to your designer […]

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How much should you spend on hosting?

Hosting charges are often an interesting debate. With so many hosting companies to choose from, how do you pick what’s best for your site? If you are looking to improve the performance of your website, your hosting is the first place to start. Most businesses will tell you that their website is a crucial part […]

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Improve your site speed with managed hosting

Improve your site speed with managed hosting

Site speed is one of the most important factors in getting ranked in Google. If your site is slow it will have a direct impact on your rankings. If your site isn’t as quick as you think it should be, we can improve your site speed with managed hosting. We know that trying to improve […]

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Website planning – the stages of a website project

If you are thinking about getting a new website, read on to find out how a good website planning process will make it more effective. Web design and build can be quite complicated. It’s very important to plan your site way before you get involved in any design or build – this will help to […]

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Why sketchbooks are important when applying for design jobs

If you’re a design student or currently looking for your first design job,  sketchbooks can make all the difference at an interview. As designers, we all have portfolios of what we consider to be our best work – we should also have sketchbooks full of our ideas. We know to put the best bits at […]

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What are brand guidelines?

Brand guidelines, corporate identity guidelines or a brand book? Whatever you want to call it, having a solid creative and strategic foundation for your brand is extremely important. There’s a good reason that larger companies create brand guidelines. Some larger brands even have publicly accessible brand websites. Check out Uber’s brand guidelines, Audi’s Brand Appearance, or Google’s visual […]

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Branding Tunerfish Luglocks

Branding and Packaging Tunerfish Luglocks

Tuner Fish lug locks are an essential bit of kit used by professional drummers worldwide to keep their drums in tune. Designed by drum designer Mike Bigwood and professional drummer Mark Richardson of the band Skunk Anansie. They designed and manufactured the Tuner Fish Lug Lock after Mark had tried every available lug lock on […]

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Planning your WordPress website

How you plan your new website is crucial to make it work hard and win you new business.  It’s often said that planning, designing and building a new website is only 25% of what you should be doing online. That means, even once you’ve got your shiny new website live, you still have three times […]

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Fundraising brochure design

Fundraising brochure design

Toast redesigned the layout and typography of this fundraising brochure whilst keeping a unique size of the brochure. More room was made available for images and an infographic was created to illustrate the key facts.

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Artisan Kitchen branding and packaging

Artisan Kitchen branding and packaging

Branding and Packaging Design for a foodie startup. The Artisan Kitchen produce Award-winning Preserves, Jams and Marmalades in the heart of Gloucester. The requirement was to develop the existing logo, create a brand styling for labels and packaging. Toast developed the existing logo so it was more legible and stronger on the label. We created […]

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Creative design agency

14 ways a creative design agency can add value to your business

Do you need the help of a creative design agency? If you’ve been handling all of your marketing, design and web presence in-house so far, it can seem like a huge jump to be joining forces with another company. If you (or your financial department) still need to be persuaded to get a new creative […]

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Moving WordPress to a new theme

We quite often get asked to quote for moving WordPress to a new theme. Depending on how complicated your site build is, this can be an easy or complicated task! So you’ve been working on your website for 12 months, adding new content, optimising pages and promoting via social media. The site looks great, but […]

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WooCommerce websites that we have recently launched

Let us bring your WooCommerce website to life Here at Toast we build responsive WordPress and WooCommerce websites and have been doing so for the last 4 or 5 years. Using the flexibility that the powerful WordPress CMS offers, our experienced team of WordPress developers can deliver high-quality, bespoke e-commerce solutions for any business. We’re […]

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Making your website responsive

Making your website responsive will have a beneficial effect on how hard it works for you. If you use Google Analytics on your site, you’ll have probably seen an increase in the amount of mobile traffic coming to your site. If you’re a B2B business, visits from prospective customers don’t always arrive 9-5. Prospective new […]

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Toast is Twenty - BOO YA

Toast celebrates 20 years

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Toast design. Back in 1996, we cooked up the idea of setting up a design agency straight out of University. So in 1997, with no cash, no clients, no office and a weird company name, we decided to go for it – we figured we were skint anyhow, […]

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Happy Website

Website annual service

To keep your website in tip-top condition you need to make sure it’s up-to-date and fully optimised. To make sure your website performs at its best in 2017, we recommend an annual service in January. Safety & security Our ‘WordPress service’ will update your site to the most recent version of WordPress and update all […]

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Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing Banbury

Based in the centre of Banbury, Oxfordshire, we work with B2B companies to improve their digital marketing. Your website and digital marketing should be an ongoing process; it’s not something that you can ‘set and forget’. Marketing in the digital realm needs to be reviewed often and continually tweaked to increase performance and conversations. Before […]

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WordPress website design and build from Toast

WordPress for small businesses

WordPress for small businesses makes good sense.  While the platform is perfectly at home as a CMS for many enterprise-level businesses, it’s also a perfect starting point for any small business site – it provides a rock-solid platform, allows you to manage your own content and can be scaled up as your online marketing grows. Below […]

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Different formats for brochures

Different formats for brochures

Using different formats for brochures can really make them stand out. Just because it’s a brochure, it doesn’t mean that it has to be A4. We’ve designed 100s of brochures – below are a few of the non-standard brochure designs we’ve produced.

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Fix my WordPress site

Fix my WordPress site

If you’re looking for a UK specialist that can assist when looking to fix your WordPress website, you’ve come to the right place.  Click here to get your site fixed!   Toast are WordPress experts and we develop exclusively on the platform, so we know WordPress inside-out. From small fixes, to big problems, we’re on […]

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Graphic design support

We’re not a small agency, and that makes us perfect for larger clients that have a need for full-on graphic design support that’s quick and won’t let you down. Capacity and capability We work with many clients, such as Gatwick and Kohler, to provide fast-turnaround graphic design services for everything from artworking a business card […]

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Getting your brand strategy right from the start can pay dividends.

Some good brands have developed by chance, but the great brands haven’t. Behind every great brand is an even greater brand strategy, carefully guiding and constantly adapting to the world around it. Here at Toast, we don’t want to create good brands we want to help create great brands that reflect more than just the […]

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Pizza website design

Websites for Food Businesses

If you’re starting a small food-related business or developing an existing one, you’ll already know about the importance of having a website that works. We work will many start-up firms to help make sure that websites for food businesses do something. We often find websites that look nice but don’t perform, or there might be […]

Foodie websites
Brand Strategy

WordPress User Training Workshop

Learning to use any new application, let alone a global phenomenon like WordPress can be quite a challenge. The choices, in terms of how you learn, are however fantastic these days.  You can download countless e-books and PDF manuals; you can watch YouTube self-help videos til the early hours of the morning – or you […]

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Content planning

Content planning

It’s very easy to get all excited about the prospect of a new website, but content planning comes first. There’s no point in having a website if no one can find it. Getting found is now far more involved than adding a few generic keywords to your site and proper meta descriptions. Content is king, […]

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WordPress website design and build from Toast

Get more from my WordPress website

We have had a recent rush of companies coming to us and asking “how do I get more from my WordPress website?”.  Push a bit and the bottom line is that the website is not bringing in anything like the business that they expected. So if that is you, then you are not alone by […]

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Search engine optimisation

SEO Tips…

Two of the top questions we get asked by companies we meet is “How much should I spend on SEO?” and “What should I be getting from my SEO budget?”. In this blog, I am going to look at the second question and I am going to base my answer on a recent conversation. Identities […]

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