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Why web design and SEO are so closely linked

The acronym SEO – search engine optimization – first appeared in the 90s when it meant little more than stuffing your website pages with keywords and getting links from dodgy websites. Google was still a research project and a lot of companies wasted a lot of money on harebrained schemes to promote their websites. A […]

Google’s latest ‘Penguin’ update will affect all web designers and website owners

Google have released the latest development in their algorithm that automatically decides where a website ranks in search engine results. Called the Penguin 2.0 update, this will have a major impact on website owners, web designers and SEO (search engine optimisation) consultants. Chief Google Engineer Matt Cutts said “It’s gonna have a pretty big impact […]

Mobile and tablet PC usage doubles in a year and strengthens the case for responsive web design

Mobile and Tablet PC website usage has exploded in the last couple of years and business owners should be planning for how to deal with this trend now. The latest statistics from the Monetate Q1 2013 Ecommerce Quarterly gives an insight on smartphone vs tablet vs desktop share of audience for large e-commerce brands. This source is […]

e-commerce lifts Next out of seasonal slump

The coldest March for 50 years kept many shoppers at home, but strong online sales boosted Next’s sales by nearly 9%, leaving overall group sales up 2.2% despite poor performing shops. Shop sales slumped by 1.9% in the 14 weeks to 4 May. The company said: “It is apparent that the poor March figures were […]

Hacked Twitter account causes chaos on US financial markets

On Tuesday 23 April a tweet from Associated Press (AP) told the world that the White House had been attacked and Obama had been injured. The tweet was of course a hoax as the Twitter account had been hacked but it caused some temporary chaos. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 144 points between 10.07am […]

First email, first domain, first website and other Internet firsts

Here are 12 Internet firsts that helped shape history: 1. The first email was sent by Ray Tomlinson to himself in 1971. “The test messages were entirely forgettable. . . . Most likely the first message was QWERTYIOP or something similar,” he said. 2. The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com on March 15, […]

Why responsive web design is the best option for your website

The use of smartphones and tablet PC’s has expanded rapidly in recent years. More and more people are using these devices to view websites so you need to have a plan of action on how to cater for this type of potential customer. There are three options available: #1: Do nothing Most people using mobile […]

Beware fake emails that claim to come from PayPal and how to spot them

Criminals are using scam emails that purport to be from PayPal to steal money from unsuspecting victims. According to police reporting service Action Fraud, there has been a glut of scam PayPal emails since the 1st February 2013 which aim to lure people into passing over their details. One victim recently went public with her […]

Internet Explorer slips behind Google Chrome in the UK

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer’s market share has now slipped behind Google Chrome after years of decline. For a long time, Internet Explorer (IE) has been beset by problems with security and compatibility leading to other faster, less bloated web browsers gaining ground. This is despite IE being bundled with all versions of Windows and users having to […]

The death of the High Street and the rise of e-commerce

The start of 2013 has seen former retail giants, HMV, Jessops and Blockbuster all slide into administration with the loss of jobs and very little prospect of a return without radical restructuring of their business models and brand. The Future of the High Street report was commissioned in 2011 as pressure mounted on the Government […]