Month: April 2008

Moving Home: Best Practice when moving to a new site

By Dave Haygarth   April 22, 2008  
Google Webmasters have provided a handy guide on what to do when moving or updating your web site.We always recommend these tips as best practice but good to have at hand in a concise article:Best Practices When Moving Your Site

The Power of the Global Web Marketplace

By Dave Haygarth   April 22, 2008  
Regular readers (yes, you two) may have recalled me advertising my "World's first MP3 player" for sale a few weeks ago.I jokingly said it was for sale. Well, the power of the web showed itself in full force.If you Google "Buy world's first MP3 player" you'll see my article at position 3 in the results.The world's a big place, and MP3 players are pretty popular, so I guess I should not be that surprised that it has sold for more money than it costs to buy an iPhone, to a US based buyer. Hey, thats all I asked for!Unlike the iPhone, this only stores 2 or 3 tracks, and is not also a phone!

Why recruiters should not be afraid of spiders

By Dave Haygarth   April 14, 2008  
Recruiter Magazine has recently published an interesting article about search engine optimisation for Recruitment Companies. Nothing new here as far as we are concerned, but a good industry-specific summary of why search engine optimsiation should be important to recruitment companies.If you are interested in Search Engine Optimisation for your recruitment company website then by all means feel free to discuss this further with Reverse Delta or, of course, with one of the other recruitment web design and SEO companies mentioned in the article.Article Link

The iPlayer and the bandwidth timebomb

By Dave Haygarth   April 7, 2008  
The battle royale has begun in earnest between the big content providers and the Internet Service Providers.Whilst the ISPs have been under great pressure to punish people for illegal music downloads (or is it uploads... it's still unclear), they have been happy to blame UK bandwidth problems on suppliers (or is it users?) of bandwidth-heavy services like BBCs iPlayer and Channel 4's 4OD.But the BBC's Ashley Highfield, head of future media and technology, claimed last week that ISPs should get themselves in order, saying "unlimited broadband" should mean just that, not "slowed down when you approach a limit" and that the use of "up to" should be banned in ads. He also offered to name and shame ISPs that tried to charge content providers. "If ISPs start charging content providers, the customer will not know which content will work well over their chosen ISP, and what content may have been throttled for non-payment of a levy."Read more:The bandwidth timebomb! | Community Site NewsWhy ISPs are hopping mad about the iPlayer | Guardian

Free for all

By Dave Haygarth   April 5, 2008  
Great leader in The Guardian today, essentially about how "free" things on the internet aren't gimmickery like other, offline "free" things; they really are free. Free is only the consumer's perspective: the song may be free but the singer still has to make the track, and a living. The internet helps loosen the bond between product and creator, but that distance is not always welcome to either consumer or producer. And digital storage may not be so cheap once China and India really take to the internet. In economics, as elsewhere, freedom cannot be taken for granted. Free lunches for all | The Guardian

Dummy Text For Dummies

By Dave Haygarth   April 3, 2008  
The Dummy Text Generator is a new(ish) luxury for web designers. For ages, people have had to put 'Lorem Ipsum' all over their web designs in order to ensure the client is not distracted by the text on the page. Now, there is a choice!This dummy text generator now allows us to fill text areas on draft web page layouts with things like... Kafka One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin.He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections. The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. or Pangram The quick, brown fox jumps over a lazy dog. DJs flock by when MTV ax quiz prog. Junk MTV quiz graced by fox whelps. Bawds jog, flick quartz, vex nymphs. Waltz, bad nymph, for quick jigs vex!Fox nymphs grab quick-jived waltz. Brick quiz whangs jumpy veldt fox. Bright vixens jump; dozy fowl quack. Quick wafting zephyrs vex bold Jim. Quick zephyrs blow, vexing daft Jim. The very, very last thing that any web designer or developer should ever think of putting into a draft webpage design or layout is text that may relate to the actual client. As soon as they see text that they may think is even slightly relevant to their business, their eyes are immediately diverted from the layout or design, and you've lost their attention.Other resources, and fair play to them for helping out over the years, include the Lipsum Generator