Archive for November, 2007

Google Ranking Effect on Traffic

We spend a lot of time persuading people of the importance of Google and other search engines on the popularity of a page to the world. For this page on a personal blog plenty of hits were coming in, yet suddenly there was an increase in traffic for this page which persisted. Why? Because for a year, the page came… continue reading

Change wordpress dashboard RSS feed

If you ever feel like you want to change the source of the news items on the wordpress dashboard (Not wordpress.com, sorry if I got your hopes up there) here is how to do it. You can either add the code that follows to your themes functions.php or you can add the it to a plug-in. Just change the returns… continue reading

Speeding site load times with htaccess

Create an “.htaccess” file in the folder you want to be cached and add the following to it. # Cache files for a week. <IfModule mod_headers.c> <IfModule mod_expires.c> <FilesMatch “.(jpg|jpeg|png|gif|swf|css|js)$”> Header set Cache-Control “max-age=604800, public” </FilesMatch> </IfModule> </IfModule> This will have the effect of caching your site for a week. The number 604800 refers to the number of seconds in… continue reading

A Little Thing Makes All The Difference

Expensive mistakes can be avoided by just being a little bit careful. Imagine you’d spent many thousands on this marketing campaign, only to get it plastered around the web… for the wrong reasons. I bet this chap’s getting the mick taken out of him something rotten. If you can’t see it, try looking for the exhaust.

Children’s Bullying Book Scam

I’m often prone to absent-mindedness. I’ll admit that. It’s a weakness, and even comprehensive note taking doesn’t spare me from it. But I always remember promising money to people. So I was a little surprised by the following telephone conversation: Me: “Hello, Dave Coveney.” Her: “Hello, I’m calling to confirm that the anti-bullying books you’ve sponsored are now ready to be… continue reading

Spotting the iStockphoto effect

iStockphoto.com is one of those little secrets that people outside the web, design and photography worlds rarely hear about. Yet once you’re involved in this industry you learn to quickly spot pictures because frankly, they’re all over the place. But we don’t mind – it’s a cheap source of images and graphic art for clients who are working to a… continue reading

Make My Logo Bigger!

You know, they say the customer is always right. Sometimes we may feel like this, but ultimately if a customer wants it, they should have it. And these products let them have it: Make My Logo Bigger

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