The Joy of Doodling – Doodle

ESP Projects
1st May 2008 2 Min. Read

We all know the script: you need to arrange a meeting with several people, all of whom have busy schedules. But how do you do it without sending out an ever-increasing quantity of ever-more complicated emails? It seems to be such a time consuming process for such a simple thing!

Well now there is a perfect technical solution.

It’s called Doodle, and it is a free service provided by the website http://www.doodle.ch. Doodle allows you to create a simple poll (whether it be for scheduling an event, or just a multiple-choice question) in 3 easy steps. Once the poll is created, you are emailed a link to administer the poll (e.g. change the question) and another link to send out to poll participants.
You send the second link in an email to you friends or colleagues, and they click on it to ‘vote’ on which date/time/option is good for them. Voting doesn’t require registration or signing up to anything, they simply put their name in and vote. Doodle tallys up the votes for you and you can easily see which option is best. All you need to do then is email everyone with the result! Easy!

Take Control of Your Website – CMS’s explained

ESP Projects
3rd April 2008 4 Min. Read

If you have looked at our you will have seen that we put a lot of emphasis on Content Management Systems (CMS) with names such as “Joomla” and “Plone“. If you are wondering what it is all about then this article will explain. It’s really a very simple idea.

A CMS is a tool that allows people with little or no technical expertise to manage and update their own website. It puts control of the website into the hands of people with management and marketing skills, without needing to pay a web designer every time they want to change some text on their website.

How to Get to the Top of Google

ESP Projects
7th February 2008 7 Min. Read

So you’ve got yourself a shiny new , you’ve told all your friends and colleagues about it and made sure your web address is on all your publicity material. Now, of course, you want your site to be listed at the top of Google for various search terms.

Unfortunately, there is no magic solution. If there was, everyone would use it, and everyone can’t be top at the same time. But there are lots of things you can do to improve your ranking. These can be divided up into 3 main areas:

IT Licensing Guide

ESP Projects
30th January 2008 6 Min. Read

Regular visitors may recall a recent news article raising the issue of Microsoft Licensing and how much we all know about the various schemes on the market. Since then, ESP Projects Managing Director Morgan Killick has developed an ‘in a nutshell guide’ to help you find your way around the bewildering array of products available.

First of though, all a little caveat. How many of us know that we will never ‘own’ a piece of Microsoft software? It is, of course, Microsoft that own the software, all you – the licensee – may do, is buy a licence to operate it. What’s more, under any of these schemes (except SPLA),

Ethical Principles

ESP Projects
30th January 2008 2 Min. Read

As we hope you all know by now, ESP Projects is a Social Enterprise, indeed a rather innovative one at that! But how many of you know that our company is also a proud participant in the Circuit Rider movement too?

Circuit Riders are mobile IT consultants that specialise in providing IT support for not-for-profit organisations. Their work, however, goes beyond the traditional IT sales model, and Circuit Riders amongst other things should take an interest in why a solution is needed and explain the options in a non-technical manner before proposing any solution. Circuit Riders also work with their clients to help manage change, reduce dependency and provide support over time rather than seeking to make a quick buck. Together we constitute a professional network and will consult and signpost amongst members of that network and others to help clients find the right advice.