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Bing extends its Twitter listings to hastags and @usernames

Posted by Andy Devereux on 10 July 2014 | 0 Comments

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Whilst only being a small player in the search market, Bing has users. One area where it is aiming to differentiate itself from Google is on expanding how much content from Twitter is reflected in its search results.
They have recently announced that you will be able to search using a hashtag for a Twitter conversation or an @name to find a Twitter user. 
More information can be read here

Whilst only being a small player in the search market, Bing has users. One area where it is aiming to differentiate itself from Google is on expanding how much content from Twitter is reflected in its search results.

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Hidden Side Navigation

Posted by Andy Devereux on 19 June 2014 | 0 Comments

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Designers are always looking for new ways to make the most of the space available on a website. We all use different computer screen sizes and resolution as well as mobiles and tablets to access the Internet; this makes a one size fits all approach not possible. Over the last few years sites have started to use much more space on the screen and to scroll much deeper than they did in the past.
One of the longstanding challenges to designers is navigation and how it can interrupt the feel that a brochure can give.
When optimising a website for a mobile phone, the problem becomes greater as the navigation often has to go from being on a horizontal plane to a vertical one.
Many mobile websites have adapted a hidden navigation which uses a symbol like three horizontal lines. When clicked it will bring the navigation into the screen and when clicked again will hide it.
I suspect that before long this will pass over into desktop web design. The more people use it naturally and understand the purpose of the symbol the quicker it will be adopted.
Here is a site already using the navigation process. When it loads it, defaults to showing the navigation open.

Designers are always looking for new ways to make the most of the space available on a website. We all use different computer screen sizes and resolution as well as mobiles and tablets to access the Internet; this makes a one size fits all approach not possible. Over the last few years sites have started to use much more space on the screen and to scroll much deeper than they did in the past.

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Getting around eBay selling limits with Magento

Posted by Andy Devereux on 16 June 2014 | 0 Comments

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If you a new seller on eBay, you may have come across the problem of having limits imposed on you by eBay on either the number of listings or the monthly turnover. Managing your stock listings if you are using the stock integration tool of M2E pro between eBay and Magento is often a problem.

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What channels to use to sell on line

Posted by Andy Devereux on 11 June 2014 | 0 Comments

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Most new ecommerce website owners will consider using other platforms on which to sell their products. Typically these may include eBay, Amazon, not on The High Street and Etsy amongst others.
These platforms all have different rule and charges and knowing which one s work best for you can often be an expensive trial and error process.
Here is a recent article in The Guardian in which discusses the experiences of four online traders and how platforms like eBay have worked for them.
It is a useful way of getting an insight into the pros and cons from someone else, before you try it yourself.

Most ecommerce website owners will consider using other platforms on which to sell their products. Typically these may include eBay, Amazon, Not on The High Street and Etsy amongst others.

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Need to ask Google to re-index a page?

Posted by Andy Devereux on 9 June 2014 | 0 Comments

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This week I had a client who needed to get a page on his website to update urgently. When we made the changes on his site they were instant. However he needed the amended page title that was showing when his site appeared in the Google search engine results page to change with the same level or urgency.
When you make a change on a website, the changes will only become know to Google when they periodically come back to your site and re-index the pages to their servers.
I pointed him in the direction of Google Webmasters Tools and the video below from Matt Cutts which explains how to submit re-index requests:

This week I had a client who needed to get a page on his website to update urgently. When we made the changes on his site they were instant. However he needed the amended page title that was showing when his site appeared in the Google search engine results page to change with the same level or urgency.

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Help with moving from Magento Go

Posted by Andy Devereux on 3 June 2014 | 0 Comments

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In February this year Magento announced that they were not accepting any new accounts for Magento Go and that all existing accounts would be shut down by 1st February 2015.
If you are running a Magento Go ecommerce store you are running out of time to migrate the shop over to Magento Community Edition.
It may seem like 7 months is a long time, but leaving it much later may cause you to rush decisions and get things wrong. 
We have worked with Magento’s Community Edition for many years and have extensive knowledge on how to get the most from its immense potential as an online shop.
If you are stuck and not sure what is the best option, give us a call for some free, no commitment advice on 01283 565651 

In February this year Magento announced that they were not accepting any new accounts for Magento Go and that all existing accounts would be shut down by 1st February 2015.

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Smart Car website not so smart

Posted by Andy Devereux on 30 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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Even the very biggest companies make mistakes with their websites. However, it is rare nowadays to see a website for a worldwide brand product which is known for its iconic design and usability, failing so badly with its website.
Smart – the manufacturer of small cars known everywhere for their unique design and owned by the mighty Mercedes Benz have a website that fails on many levels.
Firstly, and so very importantly, it is built in Adobe Flash which means it cannot be viewed on any Apple mobile platform. No ipad or iphone user can use their site. Of the few site owners who still insist on building in Flash many will offer a non-Flash version, but Smart do not even do this.  All you will see is:
They have alienated a large number of their customers and prospective customers by simply not giving them access to information about their products on the internet.
Even if you have a desktop the design is not what you would expect from a market leader in car design. The site is confined to a small area of the page, has a nav bar which is very difficult to use (the mouse keeps losing the trace when accessing the sub navigation) and the fonts are in places small enough for even the best sighted people to have to work hard to read. 

Even the very biggest companies make mistakes with their websites. However, it is rare nowadays to see a website for a worldwide brand product which is known for its iconic design and usability, failing so badly with its website.

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The next stage in the development of the Google car

Posted by Andy Devereux on 28 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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Google's technologies are often taken for granted without much thought given to their complexities. We all use them every day; a bit like when we make a telephone call but don't think too much about how it all works. 

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Is your website trustworthy

Posted by Andy Devereux on 26 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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Some of the key differences between the bricks and mortar element of your business and its online presence are the indicators of trust. In face to face interaction with your customers you have physical indicators (your building / stock/ facilities) and emotional indicators (body language and dialogue through human interaction).

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Load speeds on web pages with no pagination

Posted by Andy Devereux on 22 May 2014 | 0 Comments

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Pagination on a website (getting to the bottom of a page and clicking next to get more content) is often getting replaced with continuous scrolling pages. Look at the home page of eBay or The Daily Mail website to see it action.
The prolific use of mobile devices for viewed web pages is one of the reasons why pagination is less popular than it used to be. It is far easier to use your finger to keep scrolling down a page than to click and then wait for a new page to load.
However, if the continuously loading page has lots of files to load and if any of those files are large, the page may be slow to load giving you a problem.
Load speeds are important on a website for 2 reasons:
Customers don’t like slow loading pages
Google doesn’t like slow loading pages
For this reason it is important that you consider very carefully where you adopt continuous scrolling or pagination on your site. 
Here is a site we recently built which has a media page:
http://www.fodensband.co.uk/media/video-gallery/ 
This page has dozens of YouTube videos embedded on it. One or two of these types of files on a page is not a problem for speed of loading, but place this larger number on a page and it will become very slow to load. The way around this is for us to write a script on the page where the page loads as you scroll, rather than loading all the files at the point the page is opened.

Pagination on a website (getting to the bottom of a page and clicking next to get more content) is often getting replaced with continuously scrolling pages. Look at the home page of eBay or The Daily Mail website to see it action.

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