Our Story... @melkshamfuel
By melkshamfuel | Monday, August 19, 2013, 13:43
We updated the homepage of www.melkshamfuel.com the other day to include 'Our Story...' Here it is.
Founded in January 2013 by two 'internet tycoons' Melksham Fuel sets out to display the latest and cheapest fuel prices to the local people of Melksham and surrounding areas. The initial idea was mentioned by a friend who said we should make the website as a project to do in our spare time. With both owners being heavily interested in IT and studying the Level 3 Diploma in IT the idea was debated. After much consideration the initial 'trial website' was created. Within a few hours of publishing the website, The Melksham Independent News contacted us via Twitter being intrigued about the idea and where it was going.
We ran the initial layout for a month before realising users were incredibly interested in the price range of fuel within a few miles. With little knowledge users could quickly work out the savings of their petrol and diesel purchases; with most people being able to save £1.50 per tank* plus receiving an extra litre of fuel for their hard earned cash.
After the first month we both decided the website had potential and moved on to create a 'proper website' with fancy buttons and informative features our users could use. From feedback we introduced pages such as 'Previous Fuel Prices 2006 – 2012', 'Vehicle and Fuel Discussion', 'News' and 'Save More' which displays useful tips and information on saving money and fuel.
In May 2013 we were featured in the Wiltshire Times Newspaper, this led to articles within various websites and newspapers including Wiltshire College, The Western Daily Press and This Is Bath. After this we noticed an increase in site traffic which unfortunately crashed our servers, luckily people did return despite the frustration.
Now with 224 Facebook Likes, 177 Twitter Followers and an average of 705 visits per month we're extremely pleased with how things are going. We would like to thank Maps Worldwide, Light Fantastic UK and Melksham Motor Spares for placing adverts on the website allowing us to expand and continue operations, also a big thank you to our users who regularly check the site and have followed the steps below.
*Based on a 50L unleaded fuel tank.