Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks - Strategy, Print, Web, Coding, E-Learning, E-Commerce A happy new year to everyone! I hope that you all had a good holiday and are keen to get back to work! With that purpose in mind, I'm finally about to deliver on a promise I made some time ago. I'm going to create an area on this website purely devoted to helping people get good advice on a number of topics, particularly in the area of design, development and maintenance of websites, mobile applications, e-commerce and e-learning. This will take the form of a Blog, and it'll be a [...]

Five-star review – can you trust it ?

Five-star review : Artificial Intelligence and Astroturfing. Imagine this. You're surfing the web, trying to find a particular product or service. You're reasonably well informed - you've checked out specifications, fitness for purpose and perhaps even canvassed friends for opinions. Before you part with your hard-earned cash, you'll probably check out some reviews online about the product or service. At this point you've almost come to a decision, but you want to confirm your logic. So you look at a bunch of reviews from a host of complete strangers. And make your final decision based on potentially questionable facts and star ratings. [...]

Using Web Fonts

Tips on using Web Fonts Many times I've found myself wondering what font or typeface has been used on a website, particularly in these days when the availability is not restricted to just what the end user has installed on their local computer system. Being an ex-typesetter from the days when type was set in metal, and leading (line-height) was actually a piece of lead, I've always been fascinated with type. For a long time, web browsers have disallowed the use of fonts except for the most pedestrian and over-used varieties, and as the general public we've been punished unduly [...]

Website Design & Development : WordPress Tip

Remove P tags around images in Wordpress. Here's a Wordpress tip that solves the annoyance about WordPress  in the way it adds paragraph tags around images when you put 'em on posts and pages. This can play havoc with spacing and styling and I simply can't stand having to write extra CSS just to correct the problem. So here's a simple REGEX pattern that leaves the images untouched. To employ this, you'll have to open your Theme functions.php and add the code to the end. The best practice approach is to add it to the functions.php file in a child [...]

E-Commerce checklist

Employing E-Commerce: Have something to sell: This doesn't necessarily need to be something you can put in a box, wrap in plastic, or consign with a courier. It can be a download file, like music or software. A financial transaction would be made in order for the buyer to be allowed to download the product. If you've ever bought an app for your smartphone or tablet device, or bought a song off iTunes then you already know about this. It could be a subscription or a  membership, a license or serial number. Many online retailers add value for their existing [...]

Heartbleed Security Bug

Heartbleed Security Bug - Will you be affected? There's been a flurry of news on the web over the last few days about this because clearly some of the major news services needed some front-page pull.  The vulnerability has been common knowledge for over a year, and the affected versions have been available for at least two years. Let's get a few things straight before you start running around like headless chooks changing your passwords, moving your Internet Service provider and generally making life difficult for yourself. What is Heartbleed? The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular [...]

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