Rel = author (or how to get your picture in Google search results)

I have been meaning to highlight this for ages… how to get your picture displayed in Google search results.  The image below will best describe what I mean… It’s been shown to improve click through rates (although presumably it’s somewhat dependant on the picture you have…?).  The benefit is understandable, as it makes the results stand out from the crowd a little. The good news is that this is incredibly…

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WordPress 3.5.1 released

Towards the end of last week, WordPress 3.5.1 was released – the first security/maintenance release after WordPress 3.5 came out back in December. All Hexagon clients will of course be upgraded to WordPress 3.5.1 automatically in due course (one of the perks of being a Hexagon client!).  I normally hold off updating client websites after a big WordPress release, until the first main security/maintenance patch has been released, as it…

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The multi-screen world (and what it means for you)

photo credit: adactio via photopin cc We’re multi-screeners.  Or at least North Americans are, according to a Google study from earlier this year, and I don’t think we in England are far off. The study looked at how media is used in daily life, and how consumers use multiple screens to accomplish their tasks (the study report is embedded at the bottom of this post).  These are the things that…

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The day I realised I was a geek

Note: this is a little bit off track from my usual blog content….a little bit of a retrospective one could say. Maybe you’ll find it interesting nonetheless! The other day it finally hit home: I’m a geek.  The realisation dawned as I typed the following into Google: sass rem mixin Huh?  I smiled to myself as I realised how nonsensical what I had just typed sounded.  To the vast majority…

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Inbound Marketing: what it is & why it’s a good thing

Increasingly, I have clients asking me how they can get more traffic to their website, more leads, more business.  Enter Inbound marketing. If you’re not someone who does marketing for a living, let me give you this description of Inbound vs Outbound marketing from Wikipedia: “HubSpot claims Inbound marketing is based on the concept of earning the attention of prospects, making yourself easy to be found and drawing customers to…

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Where to find (good) photos for blogging

Finding good images for blog posts can be a little bit like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Doing an image search on Google usually yields plenty of results… but using these (normally copyrighted) images on your blog is generally a big no-no unless you get the owner’s permission first.  Which is far too much hassle. Then there are stock libraries, such as iStock.  If you choose carefully,…

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Why you should get rid of your email signature

I recently read this post on the ‘Art of Designing and Marking Up Email Signatures’.  In other words, how to create a beautifully crafted, branded email signature. I used to have an email signature like that.  Then I realised that: there is no way of guaranteeing that your logo image won’t appear as an attachment (yuck) it made reading through a long email conversation with multiple replies a bit tricky…

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Has everyone forgotten about cookies?

visualpanic / Foter / CC BY It’s over five months now since the new Cookie Law came into force (in May 2012), so I thought this post on Sitepoint was worth highlighting.  The author, Craig Buckler, says the following: “I see no reason to implement confusing pop-ups or other technical solutions for a law which is ambiguous, unenforceable and mostly ignored. Until the situation is clarified, I still recommend: You…

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WordPress Update

As so many almost all of my wesbites are built on WordPress, I thought it might not be amiss to do a quick round up of a few WordPress-y things, for those interested. State of the Word 2012 Here’s a link to the 2012 ‘State of the Word’ presentation by Matt Mullenweg, WordPress Founder: http://wordpress.tv/2012/08/06/matt-mullenweg-state-of-the-word-2012/.  It gives an overview of WordPress achievements over the last year, where it’s headed, and…

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