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Tools to help with your website

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Just a quick blog post about a few tools and products that are out there that would be very useful for most webmasters. Having not blogged for a while (holiday in Thailand & Bali) you may want to install or use a few of these tools or products on your website:

The first product is Codeguard. This is basically an easy method to backup your website, protects against malware and also offers version support for your website. There is a free version but the paid version is just $10 a month (£6.20 with current exchange rates). I’m definitely going to try it out! The make or break for me is if it backs up databases aswell!

Another product which I seen on Kirsty’s blog is Cloud Flare which promises to speed up the delivery of the pages of your website to your visitors and also protect against attackers. Cloud Flare works as a CDN (content delivery network) and if I can see if any problems using with a secure site (https) then I’ll definitely give it a whirl and report back on the progress.

Another important development from the search engines is that they have got together and decided to make use of a standard mark up language for rich snippets. It is called Schema and you can find out more details on the use with this article from SEOmoz.

Been using a lot of website speed analysis tools recently and really like this tool, which comes complete with optimisation checklist.

If anyone has used any of the products or tools mentioned, then comment with feedback which will help everyone else.

Written by Darrell Freeman

June 22nd, 2011 at 11:12 am

Posted in Ecommerce,Web Design

Using Templates for WordPress

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studiopress-logo-150x120Never been that big on using templates for a website. Most the templates are quite poor visually and never seemed appropiate for a professional website. Always been a fan of using a pro graphic designer.

However been introduced to Studiopress templates for the WordPress CMS and I have to say I have been very impressed by them! The great thing about Studiopress is that it comes with a framework which makes the on-page SEO super easy. Quickly knocked together an example laser eye surgery website, not bad for a template, but would probably still have to use a graphic designer for parts of the design (custom logo etc…)

Would love to see some great templates produced for Magento!

Written by Darrell Freeman

March 17th, 2011 at 11:14 am

Posted in Web Design

FREE cross browser tool

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Blog post on a Friday night! Just about to go down the local for a few scoops but quickly wanted to let you know about a new (I think its new) cross browser tool called Adobe Browser  Lab that I have just come across.

When I get a new site designed I need to know that it will look good in all commonly used browsers (IE 6, 7, 8, Firefox, Chrome and Safari).  In the past I have used the Multi IE’s but it doesn’t work on Vista and also used Browser Shots a few a times – but nowadays have to wait nearly 30 mins on Browser Shots so no good really.  There are quite a few paid services (e.g. £20 a month) but as I don’t need the service too often I’d rather not pay.

I’m really impressed with the new tool, however it doesn’t have IE 8 which is a dissapointment.  Anyway as a FREE tool it is pretty cool.  Have a play around with it and see what you think.

Written by Darrell Freeman

October 2nd, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Posted in Web Design