Ramblings of a North Walian web designer and developer

Upgrading Craft CMS to 3.4

Posted on January 30, 2020

Having tried dozens of content management systems (CMS) over the years including rolling my own, by far the best I've found has been Craft. Intuitive to use and extremely flexible from both a development and end user point of view it is a no brainer to recommend it for clients.

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Keeping your websites up to date

Posted on July 05, 2018

One thing that is often overlooked when choosing a website hosting provider is updates and upgrades. With most hosting providers the responsibility lies with the client to make sure the website is kept up to date with any security, performance or features updates.

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Moving on up

Posted on February 26, 2018

After working for nigh on 15 years from my home office it is now time to move into a dedicated office space. I have considered moving for a number of years but the right space wasn't available. Until now.

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Video "views" are the new website "hits"

Posted on November 18, 2016

Creating video content has never been easier than it is today. Even smartphones have the ability to record HD and—in the higher end models—4K video. Drones have also become easily accessible and more affordable and can produce high quality, stunning imagery.

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Apple iPad Pro 9.7" review

Posted on April 11, 2016

My iPad 3 has been showing its age recently. I think the latest version iOS is too much for it. It has become less responsive, with apps showing a very noticeable lag in performance.

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Time to review your backup strategy

Posted on July 09, 2015

First thing this morning I had a phone call from a client about a virus on their Windows PC. Virus removal is not a service I provide but I have removed a few over the years for clients who were unable to do so themselves.

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Finding spam sending scripts in Plesk

Posted on June 22, 2015

I take great care in keeping client websites up to date with the latest security updates for their content management systems and plugins. I also take measures to ensure that sites hosted by me do not send email spam.

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Great content, great website

Posted on May 22, 2015

More often than not when I am approached to design and develop a website for a client the most important aspect of the site—the content—has been largely overlooked, barely given a second thought.

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Is your website mobile friendly?

Posted on February 09, 2015

Making a website “mobile friendly" is not a new concept. Ethan Marcotte coined the term “responsive web design" back in 2010 to describe an approach to web design which provides an optimal viewing experience regardless of the screen resolution of the device you were using to view the website.

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The web is... amazing!

Posted on November 08, 2014

The 12th of March 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the invention of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. To celebrate, Craig Lockwood and his team organised The Web Is.. conference in Cardiff on 30/31st October 2014 which I had the pleasure to attend.

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Enabling TLS 1.2 on CentOS server running Plesk and Nginx

Posted on September 12, 2014

I already had SSL enabled on my linux server but according to tests it was using TLS level 1.0, not the more secure 1.2 and hence I only scored a B in the test. Here's a brief guide to how I enabled TLS 1.2 on my server and improved the grade to an A. Please note some of these steps will be specific to my server setup so they may not work for you. I will assume a basic knowledge of the terminal.

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Fast, reliable web hosting

Posted on June 16, 2014

Choosing website hosting can be a daunting task. With so many hosting companies to choose from, deciding who to go with is difficult enough, let alone which package. Windows? Linux? Beginner? Business? Basic? Unlimited? The options are endless.

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Focus on your own business

Posted on April 03, 2014

So, today I received an email from a very good client of mine after he received an unsolicited approach from a local web design company offering a “free website health check”.

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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Posted on February 17, 2014

It’s 2014 and yet it seems there are still people use “hits” believing it to be a reilable metric for the success of their website—or web design clients’ websites. Why is this a problem? Well, it’s because it is often used interchangeably with “visits” to give the impression that a website is far more successful and popular than it actually is.

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Using SpamGuard with ContactForm for Craft*

Posted on January 03, 2014

I’ve been working a lot using Craft CMS recently. It’s a relative newcomer on the CMS block but already has a lot going for it. However, the downside of being fairly new on the scene is that the plugin community isn’t as large as other platforms such as WordPress and consequently there aren’t as many options available to extend or enhance the core system.

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Register your domain name

Posted on December 27, 2012

If you’re running a business or even thinking of starting one, one of the first things you should do is to choose a domain name. Starting from as little as around £3 a year for a address or £8 for a .com address there really is no reason for you not to have one.

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