Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🙂
I’ve changed hosts for this site over the last 24 hours and I’ve rejigged the posts and categories a bit. If you spot any funnies or 404 errors please leave a comment.
I think I’ll be reviewing my categories again soon as I’m not 100% happy with them. I was kind of forced into doing something with them because when you import a wordpress extract file it doesn’t keep the same category numbers …that’s a bit of a pain really.
I usually check the BBC news online a few times each day but for whatever reason I didn’t get around to it yesterday. So in the evening I asked Sarah what was in the news today and she told me that a plane had crash landed at Heathrow!
I checked the teletext …no mention of it. I watched the ten o’clock news, again no mention of it. So I went online and looked at the BBC site – again, nothing. I quizzed Sarah about where she’d seen this plane crash news and all was revealed !
If you do a google search for “bbc news” you currently get this:
…spot one of the site links to an old news story from the crash landing that happened back in January.
I was wondering how many domains are indexed that are explicity Wirral related. I say indexed because of course there could many domain names that are:
- parked (parked domains are not always indexed)
- not yet spidered by the search engines
- blocking the search engines via robots.txt
Of course, there could many sites (mine for example, or our famous golf club) that are Wirral related but have an unrelated domain name. Anyways, using the allinurl:wirral*.co.uk construct I can see that approx 81,000 domains that include Wirral in the URL before the .co.uk are currently indexed. Try it yourself using this search and see what results you get.
…that some of them aren’t too concerned where they acquire their purchased links from.
As a perfect example, an agency contacted me via my personal allotment blog informing me that my site about spuds, courgettes and onions would be…
a great fit for a telecoms client whose whose target demographic is similar to your own
Really? I don’t think so.
I’m nearing completion (I think!) on a website design project for Liverpool based sandwich shop Maxwells Sandwiches. There’ll be a few tweaks needed here and there but it’s certainly time to let the search engines spider the site. I think the site layout works well and we’ve included an embedded map and an online order form for business buffet lunches.
The client provided the base content in the form of a Microsoft Publisher project – as I couldn’t access the files with any other program (pain!) I had to download a trial copy of Publisher to get at the content.
The domain name was already registered in this instance and as we’ve agreed a simple, monthly pay-as-you-go arrangement, we simply updated the domain nameservers to point at my hosting server.
If you would like enquire about our flexible pay-as-you-go website service please feel free to get in touch.
Favicons, those little 16×16 pixel icons that appear next to your URL address in your browser. They’re often neglected (guilty M’Lord) but not it would seem by Google as they’ve got a new one:
I’ve spotted it on a few google pages including adsense and google apps so far. I think I’m right in saying that (the ace) google reader acquired a new favicon the other week (or maybe further back than that). I should really start to get and use my own favicons to assist with my sites branding.
Many thanks to Hawkins Bazaar for the very well packaged free gift that arrived in the post yesterday – a Techo Balls perpetual motion construction toy.
The compliment slip didn’t state why we’ve been lucky enough to receive the gift but as we’ve generated a few sales for them recently I’m guessing that’ll be why. It reminds me to put more effort into our little toy site too as it’s rather content light just now.
I’ll get Dad’s little helpers to put the toy together with me – it might keep them quiet for half an hour!
Thanks again to Hawkins Bazaar.
I’ve continued tinkering with the site revamp and it’s coming along fine. We’re now using a new logo and thanks must go to Amy Fairhurst at Orangutan Creative (also on The Wirral – which is handy for us!) for a great design service. Stumbled upon Orangutan purely by chance – I was reading Fused Nation where the author Scott also recommended them.
I’ve still got more work to do; I want to add more pages, fix thumbnail graphics and move things around a little, but it’s getting somewhere near now. If you spot any funnies please leave a comment or get in touch.
Hooray! It’s that time of year again when I spend four evenings glued to the television watching golf on BBC2 – The Masters is back! Notice the social networking aspects of that site; you can upload your own photos, watch live video, read blogs and play online games – some common ways to attract visitors and build site loyalty.
I don’t play golf at all myself – never have done other than to swing a few clubs inaccurately at a driving range – but I really enjoy watching The Masters. The course always looks great, even if it’s chemically enhanced, and you can usually expect to see some great golf from a certain Mr Woods and his comtemporaries.
As I live in Hoylake I got to see quite a few of leading golfers including Tiger when my hometown hosted the 2006 Open at Royal Liverpool (a mile or so up the road from my house). Admittedly the fantastic weather helped enormously but it was a great event that I hope will return in the next 5 years or so. I might have even done something with my Wirral golf site by then!