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Add Pagelist Programatically in Concrete5
15 August 2018
There are many reasons why you may want to hard-code a pagelist rather than use a block. The most common reason I find is when I want to make an ajax pagelist. I will hard-code the pagelist into a… Read more
Concrete5: Prevent Spam through your Contact Forms with a Honeypot
18 July 2018
Spam is really annoying and can cripple your inbox. Adding something called a honeypot helps prevent automated spam coming from bots before the form even gets submitted. Read more
Run a tools file in Concrete5 via Ajax
16 July 2018
In Concrete5 we can place php files in the tools directory, which we can run with ajax. This means we can load that php file without refreshing the page on page load, or when we click a link or… Read more
Add Open Graph tags to your Concrete5 site for Social Media
29 June 2018
With some simple coding, we can generate Open Graph tags automatically, so you can set it and forget it! Read more
Run Litespeed Cache with Concrete5
16 March 2018
Caching systems don't always play ball when you are editing your site because caching is all about serving up saved "snapshots" of a site, whereas editing is all about changing stuff. Litespeed's… Read more
Planning a New Website Project
21 July 2017
Planning a new website project is essential and prevents misunderstanding and disappointment for the client or web designer. Read more
5 Years On: Trends in Web Design, SEO and Social Media
19 April 2017
Google trends is a really useful tool that let's us see how searching has changed over time. In addition to monitoring gradual declines or inclines in any subject, you can really see the spikes in the… Read more
Using HTML5 Video
07 April 2017
In the old days of HTML4 / XHTML we didn't have any way of easily adding a video, apart from Flash. This opened up a lot of issues such as "does the clients browser have Flash?", and then, are they… Read more
Powerful Less Mixins
05 April 2017
Less and Sass really make writing lots of CSS much quicker and easier and one of the most important features is the "mixin". Here's... Read more
"I don't have time for social media" - Buffer to the rescue!
14 March 2017
Social media is so busy now, getting heard can be a real challenge. But posting to many different networks and scheduling lots of posts can be really hard work. Read more
Set Goals in Google Analytics to Measure Website Conversions
15 December 2016
Google analytics (GA) is a free to use online service that allows you to measure website traffic, referring pages, geographic location of visitors, real time visitors and more. It allows us to set up… Read more
Add a Customer Feedback Form to Your Website
28 November 2016
Getting feedback from your customers can point you in the direction of how to make improvements or highlight strengths and weaknesses you didn't realise you even had! Read more
5 Reasons Why You Don't Want to Buy Cheap Web Hosting
06 October 2016
I get asked why our hosting is more expensive than other, cheaper alternatives on the market. Well, not all hosting is equal and really cheap hosting could bring with it some nasty "extras" that you… Read more
Optimising Concrete5 Website Performance
24 June 2016
There are different things to look at when optimising page load times on Concrete5 websites. Let's take a look at our options... Read more
Add git Commit, Pull and Push Icons to Netbeans
08 April 2016
If, like me, you use NetBeans and git, you may get tired of right clicking and choose git > commit or git > remote > pull etc. You can add quick toolbar icons that you can click to make things quicker… Read more
5 Factors of Website Usability
15 February 2016
Here's five important usability factors when considering a new website or optimising an existing website (Infographic) Read more
5 FREE Tools to Help with SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
20 January 2016
Search Engine Optimisation is a time consuming task, where you need to compete against the efforts of your competition online. Many tools exist to take away some of the manual work to help speed up… Read more
Designing to a 12 Column Grid
19 November 2015
Bootstrap is one of many CSS frameworks that uses the 12 column grid to create responsive layouts. If we design a website to fit a 12 column grid then we can use bootstrap to build responsive columns… Read more

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