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ESP UK Based Hosted Backup Service

Why use hosted backup?

Backup is one of the most important elements of any IT network and ensuring that this procedure is completed regularly, reliably and securely is constantly under review.

In many situations, swapping hard drives or simply remembering to complete this process on a daily basis is not feasible, i.e. access to the comms room is not readily accessible, staff are not in on certain days etc.

Home PC repair

ESP Projects has always provided IT support for small businesses, but has never been involved in repairing home PCs and laptops. This all changed recently. We are now in a position where we can repair home PCs & laptops in our workshop via our sister company – ESP At Home Limited. If you are interested in this service, contact our sales team on 08454657229 option 1 or sales@espathome.co.uk

Web team update

The web team at ESP have again been busy over the last few months, lots of new sites have been launched and some existing ones have been updated as well as some case studies being added to our site here http://espprojects.co.uk/web-design/case-studies/ . The team have also been working on a number of CAB and ASTF websites and there are a few recent examples below – check them out!

ESP Sales Manager in 10K run for Charity

The Sales Manager at ESP Projects – Tom Aplin-Ward recently completed a 10K run out in the countryside at Dore and through Abbeydale Woods in aid of Cavendish Cancer Care. Tom worked tirelessly, running a large part of the course through thick mud, but thoroughly enjoyed the day! Tom said “it was cold, wet and muddy, but it was for a good cause and was great fun in the end!”.  If you have more challenges for Tom – don’t hesitate to get in touch with him via sales@espprojects.co.uk

Christmas Opening 2014

For the most part, ESP will operate normal services during the festive period, however, there are a few exceptions;

Christmas Eve – 9am – 2pm
Christmas Day – Closed
Boxing Day – Closed
New Years’ Eve – 9am – 2pm
New Years’ Day – Closed

If you have any specific requirements around these times, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so that we can try to accommodate you.

Editorial – December 2014

Whilst you are probably all getting ready for the festive season, here at ESP, the technical support team are busy planning the maintenance work that can be completed on customer’s servers whilst people are not using them! The sales team are busy booking in jobs for the new year and the Web design team are trying to complete their projects to clear their desks ready for the next round of new websites in January. Across ESP, we already have lots of projects booked in for January, so if you think you are likely to need us, get in touch sooner rather than later!

Help – My Computer is Running Slow – Maybe it’s the Disk!

We all know that feeling of opening your favourite most used program only to be presented with the dreaded spinning circle advising us to ‘please wait’. Even trying to open just a couple of your most needed applications only for your computer to be brought to its knees doing so.

It’s infuriating, especially when there’s no indication of anything actually happening other than said circle mocking you as it whizzes around happily. One of the main culprits for causing these symptoms is the speed of your hard disk; when you are opening programs and files, the disk has to search for and load a lot of information, older drives can only do this at a certain pace so they have to queue tasks which results in a slowdown for you.

Windows Server 2003 – End Of Life

Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003 is due to reach the end of it’s life in July 2015, meaning that Microsoft will no longer support the software with further patches or security updates. This end of life includes all versions of Windows Server 2003 and all the sub-editions of the product: the Itanium x64 editions, the Compute Cluster Edition, the Datacenter Edition, the Web Edition and the Enterprise edition.

Responsive Design

Responsive Design

Here at ESP, we are often asked about Responsive Design with regards to a website; what it is, how it works, and why it’s something that we think is crucial to the success of a new website amongst its visitors.

Traditionally websites have been viewed on a PC (or Laptop) with the aid of a mouse for navigation. But nowadays more and more people are using a variety of devices such as smartphones and tablets, and using their fingers or perhaps a stylus to navigate instead. This change means that the way the website displays its content has to be thought about from a multi-device perspective.