Daybreak
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Daybreak runs three day centres, or clubs, in Oxfordshire providing care and support to help people live well with dementia. These are “Daybreak Rosewood” in Greater Leys, “Daybreak Lilacs” in Kidlington and “Daybreak Limes” in North Oxford. Dementia is incurable … Read More

Full Circle
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Full Circle is a charitable organisation that began working with Oxfordshire schools in 2000. They bring older and younger people together on a weekly basis, with the aim of nurturing friendship and understanding between generations. inter-generational approaches are an effective … Read More

How less content can actually mean more traffic to your website
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100% worth the read. How 3 “Normal” People Defied The Odds, Beat Up On Their Big Brand Competitors (and Got a Ton of Organic Traffic In The Process). We teach this method in the TechPixies.com course.

What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org? (and which one you should be using to grow your business)
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The photo I really wanted to use for this blog post is that orange-filled apple on the cover of Freakenomics because I think that is how most people view WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Let me start by saying they are both AWESOME, … Read More

Why your mailing list is your most powerful asset
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Believe it or not, your mailing list is your most powerful asset. I’ve yet to met a marketer yet who would argue the opposite. Vin Clancy says ‘For every month your mailing list isn’t being used, you lose 10% of … Read More

FREEBIE: How to Build a Simple WordPress Website
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Do you need to build a simple website for yourself, your social enterprise, your charity or your business? Are you self-hosting your WordPress site? (not sure what this means? read our post on the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org here). Here … Read More

It has been a BIG week for Made with Joy! 3 Awards in 7 days
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Women’s Champion Runner Up – Monday, 28th November, 2016 Thanks to a wonderful nomination from our investor and advisor, Shelley Hoffmire, Joy Foster (that’s me!) was nominated for the Women’s Champion award for Social Enterprise UK. The evening was a … Read More

Forbes Theatre Arts Oxford
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 Forbes Theatre Arts is one of Oxfordshire’s leading dance and performing arts schools offering comprehensive training in ballet, tap, jazz, singing and acting. Build confidence for life in their fun and friendly school. In Forbes dance school they offer wekkly … Read More

Logging into Your Made with Joy Website & How to Reset Your Password
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Nearly all the websites that Made with Joy builds come with the JetPack plugin. Recently, JetPack has changed the signin page and it has caused some confusion for our clients. The instructions below and the video should explain what is … Read More

37 Beckons as I Get One Year Closer to My Kona Dream
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  I’m literally one week away from turning 37 years old. It is amazing to me that it was nearly a year ago that I promised myself that I would do all I could over the next 4 years to … Read More

Key Members of Oxford’s Political, Business and Social Enterprise Community Attend Launch of New Book from Made with Joy
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The cover and layout of the book was done by the newest member of the Made With Joy team Isaac Carr, our new in-house graphic designer. We’re excited about the skill set he brings to the team, not only can Made … Read More

CAG Oxfordshire
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The Community Action Group (CAG) Project consists of over 60 groups across Oxfordshire, at the forefront of community led climate change action, organising events and projects to take action on issues including waste, transport, food, energy, biodiversity and social justice. … Read More

Sunshine Centre
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The Sunshine Centre is an amazing resource for children and families in Banbury. The Children’s Centre provides practical help and emotional support to families who need a little extra help. The Early Years programme provides a warm, nurturing, safe and … Read More

Oxfordshire Wedding Hair
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“Abi is a meticulous, talented and imaginative hair stylist, I put my bridal vision into her hands to create a unique hairstyle for me, which was everything I dreamed of and more. Not only is she fabulous at what she does, she … Read More

Jessica V Rogers
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Whether you have had a break from your career due to family commitments and you’re ready for a new challenge but you’re not sure what, you’ve started a business as a sole trader and you’re ready to grow into more … Read More

Innovation Works
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We use the design thinking process to teach the mindsets and skills needed for agile, rapid work. Our approach starts with the individual and can then be applied to a team or whole organisation. We work with companies, not-for-profit organisations, … Read More

Oxfordshire Soup
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Grassroots funding at its finest, Oxfordshire SOUP is a live crowdfunding meets Dragons Den for small businesses. With a reduction in government funding and grants available for small businesses, Oxfordshire Soup aims to fill a gap which enables communities to disrupt the … Read More

Justice in Motion
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We are a professional Physical Theatre Company comprised of a collective of artists and collaborators that are passionate about art and social justice. Our main focus is to raise awareness about social injustice through powerful, thought-provoking and visually stunning performances and … Read More

Conference on Business and Poverty – July 5th, 2016
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What a privilege and honor to be invited to the Business and Poverty Conference in Oxford on July 4th and 5th. Made with Joy Partner, Ben Newton, attended the Monday sessions while Made with Joy Founder, Joy Foster, was able to … Read More

Restore
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Restore is an Oxfordshire-based mental health charity that supports people to take control of their recovery, develop skills and lead meaningful lives. We offer recovery groups, training and employment coaching to make this possible.

Made with Joy Social Impact Report
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I was recently asked to compile a list of stats regarding the work that Made with Joy has done since our first award was granted in November of 2014 from UnLtd. When I was going through the UnLtd fellowship, social … Read More

Cultivate Oxford
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Cultivate is all about bringing people together to create a better food system for Oxford. Better for everyone who eats food, better for everyone who grows food, and better for the planet. Cultivate believes in making change through practical action, … Read More

Mushroom Souffle
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We recently created a website for Mushroom Souffle, a social media training and management company owned by Sarah Fletcher. Sarah and her team can either do your social media for you or train you to effectively manage your own social … Read More

Oxford Gatehouse
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We recently completed a website for Gatehouse a homeless charity in Oxford. The Gatehouse is a drop-in cafe with an open door for anyone who is 25 or over.

5 months into my 4 year plan and I’m ready to lose.
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If you are just catching up with my 4 year plan – I’m trying to qualify for Kona (to the uninformed, that is that World Championships for the Ironman – yep, seriously!). 5 months down, 43 to go. February 28th … Read More

Opps in Bucks
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Opps in Bucks is a great example of a Made with Joy WordPress Platform website. Using a directory plugin called Grapevine, which we developed in house, Made with Joy was able to create a website for Opps in Bucks which … Read More

Electric Eels
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We LOVED working on this project! Electric Eels is a swim and synchro club for families with children who have Down Syndrome. When Electric Eels came to us, they had a very old website which wasn’t responsive and didn’t help them … Read More

Sara’s Gardens
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Sara Kopp is an outstanding gardener with a celebrity client list. She also has a heart for delivering social change through horticultural therapy. Sara had a website, but because it was built several years ago, it was not responsive, not ready … Read More

My 992 day goal to qualify for Kona
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Crazy? Absolutely. Impossible? Possibly. Have you ever had an idea come to you that you simply can’t avoid? Well, that is what Kona is for me. While it may just be a pipe dream, it is slowly starting to take … Read More

Why Every Business and Charity in Oxfordshire Needs a TechPixie
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In mid-November, we began a digital marketing training course for 12 women (who we are calling the TechPixies). These women have incredible degrees and many have previous experience in marketing at a very high level. However, they’ve been out of … Read More

James Brett: Changing the future of Afghanistan with Pomegranate
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James Brett’s life has been guided by 3 things: purpose, significance and insignificance. From the time he can remember, his mother fostered babies and toddlers, caring for children who came from broken homes full of abuse and hurt. His grandfather … Read More

Zappi’s Piccolo for Restore
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Given the fact that I have now decided that I want to move up to the next triathlon distance (and ultimately attack the half ironman and then the ironman), I resolved that I needed to do more distance cycling on … Read More

Setting Goals, recap of my 3rd Super Sprint Triathlon in Warwickshire
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Often people set out to do things for a reason. My new year’s resolution for 2014 was to complete a triathlon. For many reasons, including work, moving country and raising toddlers, that resolution never happened. So when 2015 rolled around, … Read More

My second triathlon – OxfordTri 2015 Sprint Triathlon
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Results can be found here. I was 102nd overall and 29th for the women (out of 47) with a time of 1:43.35. This was a ‘training’ triathlon and a test to see whether or not I could do the sprint … Read More

My first open water swim
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My first open water swim was as thrilling as it was terrifying. I’ve never really liked swimming in the ocean or lakes for that matter. Something about not being able to see what is below or around you that freaks … Read More

Social Entrepreneurs: Do these 3 things and you’re 90% ahead of everyone else…
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My name is Joy Foster and I’m the founder of Made with Joy. Made with Joy is a social enterprise which provides digital training to young people who have never worked before and adults who have been out of work … Read More

Results of Made with Joy’s #WPCrashCourse are in… yes a total novice can build a WordPress website in a day
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Social entrepreneurs are incredibly driven and passionate people, but they aren’t web designers. Yet, many social entrepreneurs, when starting out are faced with the all important issue of needing a website in order to get their message out while lacking the skills … Read More

Joy Foster speaks about archery, the Olympics, love and social enterprise with Ali Jones on BBC Oxford
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I have loved every minute of the social enterprise journey (even the really tough ones!). There is little doubt in my mind that persistence and perseverance will prove to be my allies as I continue along this path. As part … Read More

Securing your WordPress site should be one of your top priorities – Here’s how you do it
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We’re sharing this post from Yoast because we trust them and they are without doubt industry leaders on WordPress security. https://yoast.com/articles/wordpress-security/ If this article seems too overwhelming for you, please get in touch to discuss how we can implement these security … Read More

Made with Joy work experience youth Zach Austin featured on Think Fresh blog
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Recently Jess Rogers from Think Fresh CIC caught up with our very own Zach Austin to find out about how his work experience was going. Here’s what he had to say.

My First Triathlon! Cheshire Super Sprint
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Results can be downloaded from here. I was 14th overall with a time of 1:12:20. It was an amazing experience and I was able to raise about 700 CHF for a charity in India, LET’S SHARE, run by a dear … Read More

A must read ebook from Copyblogger: How to write Magnetic Headlines
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At Made with Joy, we hate building websites that don’t get traffic… which is why, for every website we build, we also give our clients a crash course in content marketing. What is the point in building a website that no one … Read More

How to embed an iFrame into one of your Facebook tabs using Woobox
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If you want to embed an iFrame into one of your Facebook tabs, you’ll need to use an app. After doing a quick search, I found that the Woobox Custom Tab worked and was really easy to use. Follow these steps to add an … Read More

Do you know a young person with an idea? Tell them about Young UnLtd
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Made with Joy exists because UnLtd believed and invested in my dream to create a digital marketing agency for the 3rd sector. Now… youth from around the UK have the opportunity to be invested in as well. If you know … Read More

Torchbox: Beating the target by 972%
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I feel RIDICULOUSLY excited that I found this case study… it is an amazing bit of free insight into the future of video. Torchbox put together a video for SGOSS using an awesome and powerful combination of software – Rapt … Read More

Rainmaker.FM – a new digital marketing podcast from Copyblogger
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I love Copyblogger. They are good at what they do and now they’ve gone a step further and created their own podcast network. If you want to learn about digital marketing… you’d be a fool not to sign up! Find … Read More

Another great landing page thanks to East Java
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Susanne Hartkop has written an eBook about ‘Living with CFS‘. Though the book is finished, it is still going through editing rounds… but that shouldn’t stop Sus from setting up a website which can capture emails from people interested in … Read More

What makes ‘Made with Joy’ a social business?
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You might have noticed by now that the Made with Joy website ends in .org. There is a reason for that: We are a social business.

Launching a website? Start with a GREAT landing page
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East Java is one of my FAVORITE themes from CreativeMarket because it is a great way to launch a website quickly and easily – especially if you just want something up and running while you are building a bigger and more complex website in … Read More

New post on Medium: UX takeaways from GDS work on gov.uk
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I’ve spent a LOT of time at gov.uk lately. I’m an American who was living in California, who got engaged in China to a Brit who lived in Switzerland. 5 1/2 years of marriage and a couple kids later, we … Read More

Create a Quiz
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I loved reading this post from Marketo, one of my favorite marketing blogs. Read through it, put together your quiz and let me know how it goes!

Info on permalinks and how to fix long post URLs in WordPress
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Permalinks If you work with WordPress.org for a period of time, one of the things you will learn about is ‘Permalinks’. Permalinks can be found unders the ‘Settings’ tab in the WordPress.com dashboard. When I built my first successful blog, … Read More

How to Remove Facebook Likes
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You might have bought Facebook Likes rather than grow your audience organically. Until recently, I would have personally agreed that buying Facebook Likes was something worth doing if you wanted to grow quickly. Having done it myself as a test … Read More

Google Analytics Resources
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I love (and in many ways prefer) WordPress Jetpack Stats – but I still need to know how to use Google Analytics – anyone in digital marketing does. Below a list of resources I have tried and tested. I’ll be … Read More

Linkedin for non-profit: Tips on impacting visibility, networking, fundraising and hiring
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As part of my involvement with Founders4Schools, I recently had the lucky privilege of attending a Linkedin for Good workshop. Held in the London office and the first of its kind, the workshop aimed to help the attendees learn how to … Read More

What if you were separated from your family? How would you cope?
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I’ve been in the US for a couple weeks now waiting for my visa so I can return to the UK. Unfortunately, the visa didn’t come through in time for me to fly back with my family and now I … Read More

Where can I get the best WordPress themes?
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There truly is only one place to get great themes on the web and that is the Creative Market. I stumbled upon it a while ago when I was looking for a theme for WordPress (.org not .com, see the … Read More

My first sermon: Trust and Obey
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Sermon? What? You thought I built websites and worked in online marketing and took care of toddlers… well I do! But I also believe in God. I had the opportunity to speak to my church (The International Church of Lucerne) … Read More

a BIG mistake that nearly everyone who has a website is making
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Does traffic to your website look a little bit like these roads? a BIG mistake that nearly everyone who has a website is making is that they have no blog OR if they do have a blog, it is hidden … Read More

What does your perfect day look like?
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One of my friends pointed out on Facebook the other day that in just 15 years she’ll be 50. What is it about being 50 that scares us mid-30 year olds so much? I think, if I had a guess, … Read More

When was the last time you spent 10,000 hours doing something?
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One of my favorite books of all time is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I’ve read it about 10 times and I’m pretty sure that anyone who is keen to succeed in life has probably done the same. One of my … Read More

The Blogging Oarsman: 2 Top Tips to Improve Your Blog
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The Blogging Oarsman is probably to date my most fun and, at the same time, most last minute blog. Martin Cross, an Olympic Gold medalist at the 1984 Olympic Games for Britain in the Coxed 4 also happens to be … Read More

6 Tips: How to make Twitter work for you
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I live in Switzerland – where Twitter is virtually non-existent. Apart from a handful of people, most of my twitter connections are not in Switzerland, rather in the UK and the US. Until recently and due to the fact that … Read More

Panicked by the new MailChimp design? Here’s a video to help with a couple basics…
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When I logged into MailChimp recently, I saw that they had changed their look and feel. I couldn’t find my Dashboard anymore and I couldn’t find my groups – an essential part of my MailChimp strategy. So… if you are … Read More

WOW. MailChimp Top Tip – How to install an app on Facebook which links to your Newsletter Signup form.
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I get giddy when I figure out how to use a new technology and it seems like my work with Living in Luzern has me exploring new ways to connect with people every single day. As Made with Joy is … Read More

How do you measure blog success?
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It seems like everyone has a blog nowadays. But how do you measure the success of your blog? One word: Stats. If you don’t know who is reading your blog, when they are reading your blog and why they are … Read More

Infographics: the new & fabulous way to share information
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Long gone are the days when people spend hours pouring over reports. Unless it is incredibly important, no one has time anymore. The solution? Infographics. The only downside? Unless you have an in-house graphics designer or are a graphics whiz, … Read More