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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 ...

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 ...

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” ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 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 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.  ...

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? ...

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 ...

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 ...

Web Fonts

A lot of progress has been made in the past few years, in regards to getting fonts to display on your website.  In the past we were limited to either using “standard fonts” (e.g. Arial, Verdana) for all text, or embedding text inside a graphic or flash file (which is not good practice these days).

Because users only have a small number of fonts installed on their computers (and the type of fonts users may have vary quite a bit), it is necessary to provide a “copy” of the font that the users browser needs to “render” the font.

There are two ways of doing this:

  1. Purchase a “web licence” for the relevant font, and include this on your website (self-hosted)
  2. Stream the font from a service like “”, “Google Fonts” or “typekit” (streaming)

Issues with self-hosted fonts (not a recommended option):

Self hosted fonts tend to be the cheapest method (aside from Google Fonts which is free), however in the past TMD has experienced some problems with self-hosted fonts.  Specifically, they sometimes:

  • require extra web server setup (costs may apply to this, dependant on the hosting provider)
  • may not render properly (miss characters, have strange “glyphs” (symbols) or
  • just look terrible.

Unfortunately the only way to test if the font is working correctly is to “try it and see” (sometimes changing the size of the font can resolve issues).

Important note:  when purchasing a web font, please make sure you secure the appropriate licence for this font (some websites base their licences around how many impressions your site receives.  If you’re unsure about this at all please contact TMD).

Streaming (the recommended option)

Utilising a service such as, Google Fonts or Typekit resolves many issues surrounding “self hosted” fonts.  Specifically these services use Javascript to iron out browser issues (and in the case of and Typekit, as it is a paid subscription it is in their interest to make sure it works!).

TMD maintains paid and Typekit subscriptions which we offer free to our clients (provided their usage isn’t impacting on our subscription plan).  If clients need to setup their own account with or Typekit pricing is as follows: – starts from around $110 / year (they do have a “free” option, but you do need to display a badge on your site).
Typekit – starts from around $25 / year.

The other alternative is Google Fonts which is a free service.  Google Fonts doesn’t have as wide a selection as, however it is a free service and works very well.  If you can find a font on Google Fonts that is similar to the font you want to use (that’s on a paid service), it’s a great alternative.