This is a working guide to the EU Cookie Law and what it means to Website Owners within the UK. It is meant to document my research and understanding of the Law and hence my responsibilities as a website owner. It is not meant as legally binding advice for any other website owners although I hope it does help you draw your own conclusions. I would welcome any feedback and thoughts from other webmeisters or legal minds I am not a legal expert and cannot / will not provide such advice and you should discuss your requirements with a EU Specialist Lawyer.
The WordPress Content Management System is currently one of the most popular CMS around (Bloomberg Interview 2010), powering 12% of the web. We thought it would be worth taking a look at why WordPress is a great choice for your personal or business website and why it’s become so successful.
We have used a number of different Content Management Systems (CMS) and Frameworks to design websites for organisations in and around Bristol. Previously we favored Joomla for the simplicity of its menu systems and one page template structure; ‘old’ WordPress used to be limited by its foundation as Blogging platform.
How to add Social Media buttons into your website and track with analytics.
Off the back of reading another blog where the importance of Facebook Likes and the new Google +1 were discussed I decided it was time to implement full SEO integration on our site. We’ve been doing it for clients for an age but with the new Google Panda Algorithm it is now ignored at your peril. Now I’m expecting that some of you are thinking – its easy, I just grabbed the code from X and stuck it in. That maybe the case but as far as my understanding extends this method adds google analytics tracking functionality.
Or, ‘Why you really need to trust your Webdesigner’
Do you know what’s written on your website? Well, of course you do. You wrote most of it and no doubt your webdesigner pestered you for copy for many weeks. But if you’ve ever tried to open a MS word file in another program, you’ll know that there is a lot more ‘stuff’ in files than just the text and pictures. And in websites, there are are many places where you can put ‘hidden’ images and text.
Some of this hidden text is completely legitimate. For instance, many webdesigners put in ‘comments’ which say what a certain bit of code is doing, where it starts and ends, and other information. This is vital for making it easy to find things, for the webdesigner him or herself, or someone subsequently who works on the site.
That said, it’s not unheard of for webdesigners to vent their feelings in code comments, though this is thankfully a rare occurrence. Since anyone can read the code which renders a website, it is worth knowing what is written in your website.
In Part 1 of our guide to getting a website, we discussed what sort of website you might need. Now we can talk about the nitty gritty.
Ok, so time has certainly moved on since 2001 when Jakob Nielsen published Homepage Usability [50 Websites Deconstructed]. We now have mobile devices, super fast broadband and the flash/html5 debate, but what of the statistics he gathered a decade ago, how relevant are they today? I decided to dig out my dodgy photocopy of the middle dozen pages and decided to revisit the basics of a decade ago.
We’re doing quite a few social media set ups at the moment, and one of the things that we typically do is set up a site so that when you put a blog post on to your website, it passes that blog post on to your Facebook page and Twitter account. And sometimes, we need to send stuff in the other direction.
A Domain Name or Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is the text that appears at the top of the browser when you visit a website. It is the name of the site and is very much like signs which appear above shops. You can divide a domain name into three parts: The Domain Name; the Domain Names Extension (or Top Level Domains-TLDs); and the Domain Prefix (or MX Record).
One of the simplest things to assume when you realise that there is a huge number of social networking sites, is that they’re all the same. Twitter is just like Facebook, but shorter, right?
There are hundreds of social networking sites. I’m not going to talk about them all, because we’d be here all week.
The best way to think about a website is to think about a 24/7 corner shop.
If you wanted to open such a shop you must first find premises that people can visit whatever time of the day they like. Your own home is typically a private place and although some people may choose to open a shop in their home most of us do not. So instead business owners look to rent property for example in a shopping centre. Web Hosting is just the same.