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Forcing HTTPS onto the world for fun and profit

Introduction In January 2017 Google is planning to change how Chrome displays whether a user’s connection to a website is encrypted or not – that is to say, if the site uses HTTPS and uses it properly. It’s part of a major push by Google and other browser vendors to help make the web a more secure place for everyone. Mozilla (the folks behind Firefox) and Apple (the folks who create amazingly stylish adapters and cables) are also working towards more encryption; and US Government sites are required to use HTTPS by default by the end of this year. Google...

This blog entry was posted @ Friday, December 9, 2016 12:24 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed under Technical · Non-technical · SEO

File Size Matters

Optimising your images for uploading to your website Recently I’ve been tasked with adding images to websites so clients can see how they will look, before they go live. These are usually stock images and can be quite large. As I was working on this, it occurred to me that clients uploading their own images to their websites may not know how best to prepare them for the web. I’ve done some research, as it’s an area I’ve not dealt with that often before, and thought that I should share my findings with you using an infographic, so that your...

This blog entry was posted @ Friday, September 9, 2016 9:53 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed under Non-technical · SEO

Update your website, because Google says so.

If you’re someone who keeps a keen eye on the Analytics traffic to your site, or if you just want to make sure Google ranks you as high as possible, then there’s a couple of things going on in the world of Google right now that you might be interested in. Starting from April 21st, Google will begin ranking mobile-friendly sites higher than those without mobile support. Google already started highlighting mobile friendly sites last year (the image on the right is an example of how it appears), so the move to use this as a factor in a...

This blog entry was posted @ Monday, March 9, 2015 2:22 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed under Non-technical · SEO

Talking about working remotely

I came across a couple of links talking about working remotely. It’s something we’re big believers in here at Ignition, so I thought I’d post them here: Why We (Still) Believe in Working Remotely – I especially like point #3, as we believe it’s way more positive to look at the code that people are checking in, rather than making sure they’re sitting at their desk for a certain amount of hours per day. A (Short) Rant About Working Remotely Remote working isn’t suitable for every business, or for every person, but it works well for us.

This blog entry was posted @ Thursday, February 7, 2013 4:09 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed under Non-technical · Business · Ignition Development · Team

Facebook Advertising – How does that work?

So once you've got your brand new sparkly e-commerce website up and running you're sorted! Well, kind of. Now it's time to find some customers and just because you built it doesn't mean they'll come running. If your customers use Facebook then this could be a great place to start your advertising campaign. It is simple to use, appropriate for any budget and because it works on a cost per click (CPC) basis you'll only pay for results. What's more, all the lovely personal information people enter in their Facebook profiles allows you to target specific audiences so you can...

This blog entry was posted @ Friday, August 31, 2012 7:27 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed under Non-technical · Business