A new feature in Twitter, from September 2016, is read receipts.
Just as with iPhone Messages and Facebook Messenger, you can now see who has read your Twitter Direct Messages even if they have not replied.
Now I don’t know about you, but that’s not a feature I’m jumping for joy about! So here’s how to switch it off…
If you have an embedded Google map in your website, you should be aware of a recent change to Google’s usage policy which came into force on 22nd June 2016.
Previously the Google API key was optional, but it is now mandatory.
A Facebook newbie asked us how to make sure that their Facebook Business Page didn’t give an error message when visitors followed the link from an icon on their website.
Because they hadn’t changed the default Facebook settings, visitors following the link were getting a message saying “Sorry, this content isn’t available at the moment”.
Now that’s rather like inviting visitors and then slamming the door in their face, leaving them to knock to gain entry. Anyone who is not logged in or doesn’t have a Facebook account, won’t be able to see any content to tempt them to explore further.
Seems like a quick blog post would provide the simple solution!
Many of the changes introduced in WordPress 4.6 Pepper (named after the Jazz musician, Pepper Adams) are designed to help this Content Management System run faster.
That alone has to be a great reason to install the update straight away!
If you are a new business considering your first website, here are 26 crucial things to consider before you dive in and order the site.
Rule #1 is definitely – Don’t just rush ahead and buy the first domain name you think of, with the cheapest hosting company you can find. Take advice from the experts.
Find a good web designer and they will be able to offer advice on all the aspects of planning a website to give you the best online presence to suit the needs of your company.
When taking an advert in a newspaper or magazine and giving your website address, it’s best to create a specific landing page for visitors on your site which refects the advert you’ve placed.
Creating a specific locally-branded landing page for each advert you place in local magazines is particularly effective.
Here are some great ideas for creating a landing page layout which will get vistors rushing to buy from you!
Creating videos can be very effective way to promote your business. Repeated studies have shown that websites and blogs with videos are likely to get more hits. Videos are also highly linkable and so visitors are more likely to share them. Uploading your videos to YouTube is a great idea since YouTube is also used as a very popular search engine.
It’s really simple to then embed the video onto your own website so it plays from within your page. But BEWARE! If you are not careful, when your video ends, visitors may be offered totally unrelated videos to watch next.
Are your visitors watching funny cat videos on your website?
This Infographic shows you all you need to know about creating URLS for your web pages that both the search engines and your human visitors will love.
When you create a url for a new page on your website, you should start by thinking about the length of the url, the number of keywords it contains and how easy it is for people to read.
Social media is a very visual medium. Did you know that you are 35% more likely to be re-tweeted if you include a photo? (So you may be interested in websites offering free images.) Or that tweets with hashtags get twice the engagement of those without?
Take a look at this Infographic for more ideas on how to improve your Twitter engagement for your business.
A while ago we wrote about a number of great websites which provide high-quality fee images for your website copyright-free and with no need for attribution.
Today I discovered another great site containing a large collection of public domain images. Good Free Photos specialises in photos of national parks, national landmarks, and historical sites, but also has a great selection of animal, plant, and food photos all in the public domain.
Attribution is appreciated, but not required.