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Clearing your cache


Most internet browsers employ caching - the process of storing files locally (i.e on your computer) so that the second or third time you request a file - the browser can access your local cache - thus making your internet browsing experience faster.  Hence clearing your cache may be a necessary ...

Facebook Apps and Widgets


Everyone is very excited about social media, and usually the first port of call is Facebook.  So you’ve setup your Facebook page, got yourself some Fans and uploaded some photos and videos of the staff XMAS party. But you can do so much more with your Facebook page.  Like your “personal” ...

NetRanger File Manager Upgrade available


Posted: 24 August 2015. A number of clients have very recently reported receiving a "302" error when trying to upload files to their NetRanger CMS via Firefox, Safari and Internet explorer (Please note Chrome does not appear to be affected at this stage).  This is due to Recent "Cpanel" security updates installed by ...

Why do I get spam or blank enquiries from my website


If you’ve got an online form (like a contact form), and your site is a bit old (or your web developer is plain slack), and you’ve been receiving “blank” or “spam” enquiries through this form continue reading ... Why do I receive blank enquiries? Most likely there is no “validation” on the ...

Registering a certificate with Rapid SSL


What is a Secure Certificate A secure certificate allows you to accept sensitive information (such as credit card details) from users via your website.   To register a certificate with RapidSSL you need to perform the following steps. Before you proceed: Make sure you’ve got around 20 minutes to complete this process. You should check ...

Top 5 secrets to selling online


Selling products online can be an extremely profitable venture - here are the top 5 secrets so you too can get a piece of the internet pie! 1. Look at the product or service you are selling Clearly identify what your point of difference is and why people should purchase a product ...

eMatters payment gateway shutdown


The eMatters Payment Gateway is closing down on the 30th of June, and if your account is being migrated to eWay - here is a roadmap of how this will occur (please note that this Roadmap, has been sent to eWay for confirmation and approval. If at any stage, this ...

How Long Until My Site Appears in Google?


Firstly lets just define the difference between a natural search and Sponsored Search. Natural search is the process where search engines send a robot (also called a spider) to your site. A Robot is simply an automated program that catalogues content on your site and decides what your site is about. ...

Why is SEO so important?


SEO or search engine optimisation has always mystified clients.  What is it?  Why is it important?  Essentially search engine optimisation is the process of getting your site as high up on Google natural search results for a given search term (if you don’t know the difference between natural and sponsored ...

How to take a screenshot


To take a snapshot of what is currently on your screen:   Windows Users Hit your "Print Screen" button (May also be abbreviated to PrtScn)   Open up a Microsoft Word Create a new document Go to "edit" - > "paste" Save this document. Email this document to Trent Moffatt Designs. Mac Users Press "Command", "Shift", "3" simultaneously This will save the ...

When you should (and shouldn't use Wordpress).


Wordpress is an open sourced blogging platform used by a lot of sites worldwide.  However there are times when Wordpress is great, and when it is not so great. First Up ... If your site is basically a blog (or is very news oriented), Wordpress is a fantastic option to consider using.  ...

Why an SSL certificate is important for your website.


Firstly what is an SSL certificate? An SSL certificate is a small file that is installed on a web server, that stores a companies identity via a cryptographic key.  When a user browsers a site with an SSL certificate installed, the browser will display a "padlock" (or the address will go green), indicating that any ...

How to embed links in word


When you are providing copy to your web developer, using Microsoft Word is standard. But did you know that rather than providing copy such as: CompanyXYZ has experienced an increase in profit of over 500%, click here [ link to ]. You can actually embed the link in the actual text? ...

Why your Google keyword search Analytics are showing not provided


Two years ago, Google started encrypting searches for signed-in users, and many thought that Google would eventually encrypt 100% of searches even for those not signed-in. That prediction came true as Google announced it would encrypt all keyword searches for all users starting about a month ago.   Other search providers ...

End of Life for ASP Classic Sites


Websites eventually reach their natural end of life for various reasons including new and better technologies becoming available, customer preferences change, search engines algorithm updates and support for third party plugins (such as file upload components) comes to end. You can read more about why you should upgrade your website here. This ...

Google Maps

Providing directions, highlighting outlets, selling property, highlighting tourist spots / places to visit, showing coverage or service areas are some of the applications that some of our clients use Google Maps for.  One of our clients Adventurer / Explorer Anthony Malloch even uses Google Maps on his website to show his current position during his many expeditions).

But what is Google Maps?  Google Maps is a free service (provided by Google) that allows you to embed an interactive map on your website.  Google Maps also runs well on all major browsers and operating systems.

On this map you can pinpoint a number of locations using a series of markers.  You can also embed a series of controls into the map allowing visitors to your site to zoom in, zoom out, scroll left and scroll right on this map, making it a extremely valuable tool.  See a further example of Google Maps on our website here.

You can also draw / embed images on this map (i.e. if you service a given area) you could use Google Maps to highlight with a circle which areas you service.  You can even have multiple areas with different call out rates (e.g. area 1 - $50 callout, area 2 - $100 call out).

So how do you go about getting Google Maps?

  1. Talk to your web developer about implementing Google Maps (If you''re pretty technical and understand the basics behind JavaScript you can give it a go yourself)
  2. Signup for a Free Google Maps Key.
  3. Google will then provide code that needs to be embedded into your website.
  4. Customise the map to how you want (the sky is the limit!)

The only time you will need to pay for Google Maps is if the service on your website is not free to the public (i.e. if you were charging your customer a monthly fee to access an online application that included Google Maps as part of it , you would need to discuss licensing costs with Google).

Basically there are none, but if a user doesn't have JavaScript installed (or turned off) the map won't run.  Possibly the only thing that may be an issue (and it's a minor one), on all maps provided by Google - they have embedded a small logo, however for the rich functionality of this service I think they deserve a bit of credit.

Overall Google Maps is a great tool that integrates well with a variety of applications.  Also as more sites use Google Maps, users are going to become more familiar with how to use this wonderful technology.