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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Why we love the payment gateway Stripe

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If you are looking at processing credit cards via your website, you should seriously take a look at the Stripe payment gateway. Why our clients like Stripe: Stripe is an “all in one” merchant and payment gateway. It is very fast / easy to setup (all done online). You can be operating ...

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. ...

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 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 ...

How to view updated changes

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Below are video demonstration's on how to do a shift refresh open an incognito (private browsing), or clear your cache In your browser.  It is important to do at least one of these options whenever TMD sends a change live, or updates your site on our test server. Videos Please note you will need sound. Click here ...

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? ...

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 form.  This means that someone can simply hit submit, without filling out anything in the form.

Why would a user not want to fill out their details?

The majority of these “blank” enquiries aren’t users submitting.  Rather it is an automated program visiting your site to catalogue content (some of these programs are malicious, and are “scanning” your site for vulnerabilities).

Why are some of the enquiries filled with random text?

Again this is an automated program, submitting your form with useless information, to see what content is on the next page.  This could also be an attempt to see if this form can be compromised.

The enquiries aren’t blank, but the content of the enquiries are spam.

Again these are automated programs, submitting “spam” through your form.  Poor “validation” on these forms (e.g. not checking formatting of fields) can lead to more spam being allowed through.

What do I do?

You need to install a “humanity” check (also known as a “CAPTCHA”).  A humanity check is usually a graphic containing a series of words or letters. These letters / words need to be entered before a form can be submitted. As these words and letters are often jumbled and distorted, automatic spam 'robots' cannot lodge these forms (i.e. it requires a human to decipher the text, and then enter it).

What a humanity check looks like

Read more about Humanity Checks here.