Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pull a Few Strings with Web Beads

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pull a Few Strings with Web Beads

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Byline: By Daniel Thomson

Creating your own website may seem like an impossible task.

But one company is determined to make it easy for would-be designers by giving them the freedom to do anything they want in bite-size chunks.

Newcastle web-design business Mancala has launched a new site called, which specialises in giving people the power to manage and upgrade their website to suit their needs.

Mancala has developed a range of website modules or "web beads" which can be integrated into a website to provide the functionality you want at a price you can afford.

Web Beads is a suite of online applications that gives you control over the management, content and marketing of your website.

It has been developed so that each module or "bead" slots together like a jigsaw allowing new functions to be added easily.

From content management systems, to full e-commerce and email marketing tools, Mancala's web beads help make a website stand out from the crowd.

They also put the owner of the site in complete control, so they can ensure that it is always up-to-date and relevant to their audience.

Mancala's managing director Deryck Harlick says: "Over the past few years we have noticed an increasing trend for clients wanting to take as much control as possible of their websites. They don't want to have to ring someone every time they change an offer and then wait for their turn in the `to do' pile.

"Web Beads really allows our clients to take this control in a cost- effective manner, and as it has been developed with usability at its heart anyone who can use a word processor can keep their own website up-to-date."

Web Beads are aimed at small and medium-sized businesses, which understand that the net can be a cost-effective marketing tool when it is used to build up an ongoing dialogue with current and potential clients. …

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