Category Archives: Websites

New responsive Sell My Car page launches

 

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Responsive web design has now been launched on Motorhog’s Sell My Car. This allows desktop webpages to be adapted to look good on all devices. Web pages can be viewed using many different devices: desktops, tablets and phones. Your web page should look great and be easy to use regardless of the device.  Sell My Car is now optimized for mobile and tablet users and with a simplified interface, will result in great user experience no matter what device you are using.

One of the main advantages for a business to have responsive web design is that your rankings will be higher in Google. Small and big businesses can benefit from more website traffic and leads. When your site has one responsive design that scales to fit any device you don’t need another version of your website that’s built just for mobile devices. Therefore, with only one strategic URL, you strengthen your SEO. Google states that responsive web design is its recommended mobile configuration, and even refers to responsive web design as the industry best practice.

A responsive design makes it super easy and enjoyable for users to browse your site. Images will properly scale and text descriptions will be easy to read. If a user finds it difficult to browse on your website, they’ll quickly leave in frustration. 40% of all mobile users will abandon a web page if it takes more than three seconds to load. This clearly illustrates the necessity of faster loading times for mobile devices, which is something responsive web design can deliver.

If you don’t offer your users or potential customers a good experience on the device of their choice, you may lose visitors or customers. On the other hand, if you make sure that the experience they will have on the various devices is good, you are more likely to retain them as visitors and later convert them to customers.

Google announced that more searches take place on mobile devices than on desktop. This means an increasing number of your target audience will view your website on a small device. That’s why it’s crucial that your website is able to adapt and serve the needs of your users, regardless of what they use: PC, tablet or smartphone. People today expect websites to work on many devices.

The future of the web is mobile and it is estimated that by 2017 more than 5 billion people will use mobile phones, so by using responsive web design you are preparing now for the future. Having responsive web design is cost effective and allows you to stay ahead of the competition.

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Below are some examples of Motorhog’s Sell My Car responsive website. As you can see when the webpage is viewed in a smaller device the content and images also resize to make it easier for you to read.

Desktop version.

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Tablet/iPad version.

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Smartphone version.

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Have a look for yourself at http://sellmycar.motorhog.co.uk/sell-my-car/

Importance of SSL Certificates

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What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organizations details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfers and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites.

Potentially a computer in between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted with an SSL Certificate. When an SSL Certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to, helping protect is from hackers and identity thieves.

 Why do you need an SSL certificate?

SSL Certificate protects your sensitive information and keeps data secure between servers. An organisation needs to install the SSL Certificate onto its web server to initiate a secure session with browsers. Once a secure connection is established, all web traffic between the web server and the web browser will be secure.

Web browsers give visual cues, such as a lock icon or a green bar, to make sure visitors know when their connection is secured. This means that they will trust your website more when they see these cues and will be more likely to buy from you.

This is an example of a site that has an SSL Certificate.paypal

 

 

Instead of just HTTP sending data, SSL combines with HTTP to form HTTPS, which is a secure way of sending data from one computer to another. A padlock, a green bar, or https in the address bar are all indications that the site you are visiting is protected by an SSL certificate.

Google’s main job is to deliver good and accurate results when someone searches for something. Due to this, Google will soon start demoting sites without an SSL Certificate as they want everything on the web to be travelling over a secure channel.  In the future your Chrome browser will flag unencrypted websites as insecure, displaying a red “x” over a padlock in the URL bar. Chrome currently displays only an icon of a white page when the website you’re accessing is not secured with HTTPS. The change will draw even more attention to the sites that are potentially insecure.

How do I get an SSL Certificate?

It’s easy to get started with SSL. Contact DH Systems and we can guide you through the process and help you purchase the correct SSL certificate and install it on our web server for you.

Vehicle payments go live on auction sites

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Online auction payments are now available on Motorhog’s auction site when buying a Motorhog vehicle. This feature allows winners of the auction to now pay online for the vehicles that they have won. Sage Pay payment gateway is used to take your payment online and you can pay using debit or credit card. You will save time and effort by making vehicle payments online and with this new feature being available you can now complete your purchase in just 4 simple steps! Your payments can be made safely as it is secured by Sage Pay.

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Below is a screenshot of Motorhog’s auction site. The screenshot shows you a vehicle that you have won on auction. It shows the vehicle details as well as the bids you have made on it. To pay for the vehicle you have won you can click on the Pay Now button.a1

 

When you click on pay now, it allows you to view the auction sale information,  showing you the price of the vehicle, the auction fees and the total cost. Below this you can see the payment options section where you can choose your payment method. You have the option of bank transfer, debit card, credit card and cash. Beside each one it shows you the additional cost added to you by using that particular payment method.a3a4

 

Once you select your payment method you are able to enter your billing information and card details and you can also edit any previously saved details here. When you are done you can click on confirm card details.a5

 

You will be taken through to a purchase authentication page where you will have to enter your password to verify your identification and to authorize your payment. Once you have entered the correct details click on submit.a6

 

Once submitted you will be presented with a Thank you page to confirm your payment has been processed. It gives you a summary of the payment details and the vehicle details. There is also a Return to My Vehicles button which allows you to  go back and view the list of your vehicles that you have won at auction.a7The button next to this vehicle should now show as Paid and the date you paid it on.a8

PartShark – used parts & breaking vehicles – launch

PartShark – Used Parts & Breaking Vehicles

DH Systems has recently launched PartShark – a new website for finding used car parts, used motorbike parts and all types of breaking vehicles from the UK’s leading vehicle recyclers. The group stock from our customers is listed on PartShark for your convenience.

Find parts by number plate

One of the best features of PartShark is the ability to enter your car registration number and immediately view the parts available for your vehicle.  If the parts are not directly available on the shelf, then it’s likely the parts are available ‘on vehicle’ on a breaking vehicle.  Breaking vehicles are cars in stock that are awaiting dismantling for parts.

Browsing makes and models

If you prefer to not enter your registration number or just want to browse the parts, you can quickly find the make and model by either entering the details into the make and model search box, or by clicking through the makes and models pages.

Free text searching for parts

At any time you can simply enter a search for a parts and PartShark will autosuggest matches for you.  Once selected, the parts list will be filtered to your search criteria, making it easy to narrow down the huge selection of parts to just the ones you are interested in.

Parts requests

If you find the part you are interested in, you can click through to enquire or purchase that particular part, or if you prefer, you can enter a parts request on PartShark that will email all members and they will come back with price and availability.

Sell your car

Is your car at the end of its life?  Need to sell it quick?  Want to make sure it’s recycled safely and correctly?  Fill in the sell your car form and get a quote to sell your car to a professional regulated and approved vehicle recycling centre.

DH Systems welcomes David Odie and Marco Laine

Say hello to Dave Odie and Marco Laine – both join the web development team.

David is originally from Shetland and came to Edinburgh to study at Heriot-Watt University where he gained a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science.

Marco is originally from Finland and has been in the UK for seven years, studied at Northumbria University and previously worked at IBM.

New Burnside Motors and Fife Motor Spares website now live

New Burnside Motors and Fife Motor Spares website now live

DH Systems has completed the updates to Burnside Motors and have recently made live a new site for Fife Motor Spares.

Both new sites make use of the registration lookup feature that allows users to enter their vehicle registration number and find matching breakers and parts.

Customers can take advantage of several other features, including listings of Salvage Vehicles for sale and an ebay wall which shows the latest items for sale on the ebay store.

SCB – Edinburgh – New website now live

SCB – Edinburgh – New website now live

SCB in Newbridge near Edinburgh revealed the new website today. Designed and powered by DH Systems.

The latest update provides a much simpler and intuitive interface to find vehicles a customer is looking for. Customers are now able to enter their vehicle registration number and the website will find matching vehicles and parts.

Salvage and repairable vehicles can be viewed with prices, detailed damage descriptions and now with an extra section where the website will find all relevant breaking vehicles so the customer can find the spare parts they need directly from the detail page.

There are three levels of matching, the first is a hand selected vehicle that will provide a majority of parts to repair the salvage vehicle. SCB’s assessors have chosen this vehicle as they believe the parts will fit and are suitable for the salvage vehicle.

The second level of matching uses unique data available from DVLA which matches vehicles based on many parameters such as make, model, mark, year, engine type, gearbox type and trim level. This level of match usually chooses vehicles that are all but identical. The third level of matching selects vehicles that are as close to the year and match the make and model.

With all three sets of vehicles, SCB try to give you the best information to find the spare parts you need to repair the salvage vehicle.

On the breaking vehicle page, you are now able to filter vehicles in the traditional manor by selecting the make and model, and you are now able to type in the registration number of the vehicle you require parts for, and the system will take to DVLA in the background and retrieve the vehicle details and then find as many suitable vehicles as possible. There are up to nine levels of matching, first with exact matches down to matching make and model.

SCB have updated the ebay page to present a ‘wall’ of ebay items available and provide an easy way to get straight into the relevant ebay store.

The contact page has been updated to provide better maps to find the locations of the vehicles and present more useful information such as opening times and directions.

MotorHog – now with Vehicle Registration Number lookup

MotorHog – Now with added Registration Number lookup

DH Systems has recently updated motorhog.co.uk with the new feature – vehicle registration number lookup to breaker vehicles.

The simple lookup allows customers to enter their vehicle registration number and find parts that match. This saves having to look through the lists to find a part that may be similar enough to fit.

Once the registration number is entered, the vehicle lists are filtered to show exact matches, similar matches and similar makes and models. Each vehicle in the list is marked as to how close the match will be to the registration number entered.

DH Systems will be rolling this feature out to our customers over the next few weeks and months.

Registration number lookups, SalvageMarket matching – powered by DH Systems

DH Systems – the power behind The SalvageMarket and many leading vehicle websites announces the latest features coming to our customers websites.

Matching breakers on SalvageMarket
DH Systems has added a new feature to The SalvageMarket website. When a customer views a salvage vehicle, the web page makes a call to DH Systems PartShark server which searches for, and matches breaking vehicles that match exactly or are similar to the vehicle being viewed. This enables the customer to easily find parts that will fit on the salvage vehicle – so repairs and servicing can easily take place. The end result? Sell more parts, get more bids, generate higher income.

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Entering your registration number on the website will allow you to find exact matching parts and breaking vehicles that will fit your vehicles. This takes away all the problems of finding the nearest vehicle or parts, and will allow you to find parts much more quickly than before.

With our shared database of customer data, we can match far more vehicles than anyone else, and return many more results – allowing you to find the part you need.

The next stage of the development will allow customers to sell their scrap or end of life vehicles easily, by entering the registration number and the details automatically being filled in.

Frontier desktop will be updated to allow customers to call up with only a registration number and the operator to find exact matching parts and vehicles.

PartShark – is the new website from DH Systems that allows you to search and list matching vehicles among all our customers who participate.

Silverlake Autoparts, new website – powered by DH Systems

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Silverlake Autoparts based in Southampton have joined the growing ranks of website powered by DH Systems.

The new website contains many vehicle pages – Salvage, Breakers, Parts, Auctions; with the data coming straight from their Frontier desktop system via our latest upload services.

DH Systems has developed the technology to allow the exporting of vehicles for sale, salvage vehicles, breaking vehicles, vehicle parts and auctioned vehicles to show directly on your website without any additional work by the users. The process is completely automated and integrates into your existing workflow.

Silverlake are the latest company to take advantage of this technology and present the information to their target audience via their new website.

The Silverlake website takes advantage of all the latest features, including interactive AJAX based salvage, breaking and parts pages – along with the latest in parts not available lists and matching parts and breaking vehicles.

DH Systems developed the vehicle parts shopping cart, so customers are able to buy parts directly on the website from Silverlake Autos. The front-end to back-end system, allows sales on the website to be directly imported into Frontier and remove the parts from stock, and pass on the messages to our other technology such as the Touch Screen Dismantling, which informs the dismantlers to remove the part from the vehicle (if required). The message is then passed onto the Touch Screen Packaging, so the part can be packed and dispatched in a timely manner.

Visit www.silverlake.co.uk to see our latest innovations in action.