June 5, 2014 in Web Design News

WordPress Security hole found in SEO plugin

Theres a new version of the popular WordPress All In One SEO plugin. The new plugs a security hole after a vulnerability was found.

Your at risk if you use the plugin and have subscribers, authors and non admin users logging into WP-Admin, your at risk if you have open registration.

The vulverability allows a user to affect your websites SERP ranking and worse, allow javascript code injection.

Don’t panic, but do update your All In One SEO Plugin to the new patched version 2.1.6. Check out full release details.


May 23, 2014 in Web Design News

Looking the part: why a well-designed casino website is integral for your customers

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As the world of smart phone and tablet technology continues to develop, the interest in online gambling has seen a meteoric rise. In a recent study by The Independent, it was revealed that the industry hit £2 billion last year, and as demand increases, the desire for a good quality, well designed and easily accessible website is on the rise.

The smart phone revolution

While online casinos are a relatively new industry, smart phone technology has only really come onto the radar in the last seven years, for example with the release of the first iPhone in 2007. As such, web developers have had to change their web designs to make them smart phone and tablet friendly, with many offering mobile versions of the same site designed specifically for touch screen devices. With many gamblers now choosing to place their bets while on the go, a mobile website design is a must, as sites which are difficult to navigate and don’t sit well on a smaller screen will make customers go elsewhere.

The colour of money

As with any well designed website, an eye-catching, attractive colour scheme is a must for casino websites, not only to draw the customer in but also to create a more trustworthy gambling environment. Over at Coral, for example, their vibrant colour scheme allows players to easily determine the winning number and colour on a game of roulette, with a multitude of options including a 3D game to make the game stand out and help the player to understand whether he or she is winning or losing.

Design and security

While gambling addiction is a growing concern for many UK players today, another facet of a well designed casino website is one which clearly states its licensing details and secure payment methods. Every gambling website should have a clear, bold font explaining the exact details of where the site is registered, along with easily accessible links to gambling awareness sites such as www.gambleaware.co.uk. While the focus of any good online casino is to make the player have an enjoyable experience, customers are more likely to choose a well designed website with a clear focus on legislation and an acknowledgement of the welfare of its players.


April 28, 2014 in Web Design News

Public Speaking guide by Zach Holman

Zach Holman is a seasoned conference speaker and creator of speaking.io, a website for anyone who wants to improve their public speaking skills. Speaking.io covers planning your talk, Creating the slides, Practising, Doing the deed and Reflecting on it afterwards, its a useful list of real world experiences and advice from the horses mouth.

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speaking.io opens with the tagline: Because “imagine everyone’s naked” is terrible advice.

 

Check out speaking.io


March 10, 2014 in Web Design News, Web Marketing

UK Post Code Schema Markup

Schema was set up to provide a collection of Schema’s (standardised HTML tags) to be adopted by search engines, including Google and Bing, in an effort to help search engines results grab and display important data. Here’s the Schema (Mark-up) for a UK post code:


<div itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/PostalAddress">
<span itemprop="name">Differentgood</span>
<span itemprop="streetAddress">E Factor Enterprise Village</span>
<span itemprop="streetAddress">Prince Albert Gardens</span>
<span itemprop="addressLocality">Grimsby</span>
<span itemprop="addressRegion">Lincolnshire</span>
<span itemprop="postalCode">DN31 3AG</span>
<span itemprop="addressCountry">United Kingdom</span>
</div>
<a href="https://goo.gl/maps/RFIjR" title="show Differentgood on map">(show on map)</a>

Output:

Differentgood
E Factor Enterprise Village
Prince Albert Gardens
Grimsby
Lincolnshire
DN31 3AG
United Kingdom

(show on map)


WordPress Auto Tweeting Video

Save time and make your publishing and sharing automatic by auto Tweeting your WordPress posts, this video from Kacey Traeger introduces this process in 4 easy steps, utilising the Crowd Favourite plugin:

 


February 18, 2014 in Web Design News, Wordpress News

WordPress Distraction Free Writing

Distraction free writing mode is a WordPress feature which I just love, I keep meaning to pledge my love. A blog post on WP Tavern by Sarah Gooding reminded me why I adore the feature so much, once clicked, the distraction free mode takes you away from the  WordPress admin interface to a zen like state of swimming with dolphins in a calm azure sea; a much better writing environment.

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