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Clearing your cache

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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 ...

NetRanger File Manager Upgrade available

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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 ...

Facebook Apps and Widgets

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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” ...

Why do I get spam or blank enquiries from my website

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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

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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 ...

eMatters payment gateway shutdown

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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 ...

Top 5 secrets to selling online

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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 ...

Why is SEO so important?

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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 Long Until My Site Appears in Google?

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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 an SSL certificate is important for your website.

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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 take a screenshot

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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).

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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.  ...

How to embed links in word

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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 http://www.companyxyz.com.au/link1/blah/something.html ]. You can actually embed the link in the actual text? ...

End of Life for ASP Classic Sites

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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 ...

Why your Google keyword search Analytics are showing not provided

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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 ...

Tips and Tricks: Resizing Photos

The vast majority of websites these days have a Content Management System (or CMS) that gives website owners control over their content on their website.

One of the key things in using a CMS is resizing a photo and uploading it. This article will show you some of the ways of resizing your photos before uploading - so that your site looks professional and your photos load quickly.

Guidelines

  1. Many CMS's will give you a set size for your photos. It is essential you follow this guideline otherwise your photos may take longer to download or worse look distorted or pixelated.
  2. To resize a photo you will need software on your computer. Some common programs include
    - Photoshop / ImageReady
    - Fireworks
    - Paint
    - Serif Photo Plus

    You may also have image editing software that came with your digital camera that you can use.

Steps to resizing a photo

  1. If your image is on your digital camera, download the image from your camera onto your computer.
  2. Open your image in your favourite image editing software. You can do this by first opening your image editing software application. Then choosing "File" -> "Open".
  3. Most programs do things in a similar way. For the programs listed above we''ve provided this step by step guide:

For Photoshop / ImageReady users:

  1. Go to menu: "Image" - > "Image Size"
  2. Under "Document Size" there is a field called "Resolution". Usually this should be set to 72 pixels / inch for websites
  3. Make sure the "Constrain Proportions" option at the bottom of the dialogue box is ticked
  4. Modify the "Width" / "Height" fields to the size you need (the width field is the first field and the height field is the second field)
  5. Click OK
  6. Save the file by going to the menu "File" > "Save As". It's a good idea to save the file as a different file name to the original in case you've made a mistake and need to go back to the original.
  7. You should save the file as either a GIF or JPEG file.

For Fireworks users

  1. Go to the menu: "Modify" - > "Canvas Size" - > "Image Size"
  2. Under "Print Size" there is a field called "Resolution". Usually this should be set to 72 Pixels / Inch
  3. Make sure the "Constrain Proportions" option at the bottom of the dialogue box is ticked.
  4. Modify the "Width" / "Height" fields to the size you need (the width field is the first field and the height field is the second field)
  5. Click OK
  6. Save the file by going to the menu "File" > "Save As". It''s a good idea to save the file as a different file name to the original.
  7. You should save the file as either a GIF or JPEG file.

For Serif Photo Plus users

  1. Go to the menu: "Image" - > "Image Size"
  2. Under "Print Size" there is a field called "Resolution". Usually this should be set to 72 Pixels / Inch
  3. Make sure the "Maintain Aspect Ratio" option at the top of the dialogue box is ticked.
  4. Modify the "Width" / "Height" fields to the size you need (the width field is the first field and the height field is the second field)
  5. Click Ok
  6. Save the file by going to the menu "File" > "Save As". It''s a good idea to save the file as a different file name to the original in case you''ve made a mistake and need to go back to the original.
  7. You should save the file as either a GIF or JPEG file.

For Paint users

  1. Go to the menu: " Image" - > "Stretch Skew"
  2. Change the "Horizontal" / "Vertical" fields. You will need to do some calculations here i.e. if your original image is 400 pixels wide and you need to make it 200 pixels wide. Enter 50% in both the "Horizontal" and "Vertical "fields.
  3. Save the file by going to the menu "File" > "Save As". It''s a good idea to save the file as a different file name to the original in case you've made a mistake and need to go back to the original.
  4. You should save the file as either a GIF or JPEG file.