How to send media to your web team

Sending files to your graphic designer or getting your web team to upload content for you?  Here are a few simple tips about how to send that media and keep your design team happy. Michael Holding Send images as attachments As a designer I am grateful when a client sends me the media resources and content I need.  I know what they want to say and I can place it correctly in context.  Clients have often sent an MS Word document or a Google Doc with the images embedded into them, thinking it’s better for everything to be in one place.  Unfortunately, this does little to help. Embedded images can be a challenge to extract, often needing two or three additional steps and progams to get the images ready for resizing, colour correction, cropping and web optimization. Sending your media as an email attachment is quicker and easier and will save your designer time and save you money.  Rename your files When sending your design team the images you want to use please remember to remame them correctly.  Referencing media is much quicker when I know that the image needed is ‘estuary-grass-1’ rather than ‘IMG_0553’.  Send the highest quality you have Wheter you’re sending media for print or web applications it’s best to send the highest quality files you have.  It’s always possible to make a large file smaller, but it’s challenging to make a small file large.  Image quality suffers and the effectiveness of your product in diminished. There are many services like Google Drive, Dropbox and wetransfer.com that allow you to send much larger files and folders...

What is Google Search Console a.k.a. Google Webmaster Tools

Google Search Console is a free service offered by Google that helps you monitor and maintain your site’s presence in Google Search results. You don’t have to sign up for Search Console for your site to be included in Google’s search results, but doing so can help you understand how Google views your site and optimize its performance in search results. Google Search Console (previously Google Webmaster Tools) is a no-charge web service by Google for webmasters. It allows webmasters to check indexing status and optimize visibility of their websites. As of May 20, 2015, Google rebranded Google Webmaster Tools as Google Search Console. It has tools that let webmasters: Submit and check a sitemap. Check and set the crawl rate, and view statistics about when Googlebot accesses a particular site. Write and check a robots.txt file to help discover pages that are blocked in robots.txt accidentally. List internal and external pages that link to the site. Get a list of links which Googlebot had difficulty crawling, including the error that Googlebot received when accessing the URLs in question. See what keyword searches on Google led to the site being listed in the SERPs, and the click through rates of such listings. (Previously named ‘Search Queries’; rebranded May 20, 2015 to ‘Search Analytics’ with extended filter possibilities for devices, search types and date periods). Set a preferred domain (e.g. prefer example.com over www.example.com or vice versa), which determines how the site URL is displayed in SERPs. Highlight to Google Search elements of structured data which are used to enrich search hit entries (released in December 2012 as Google Data...

Amazon – An Ecommerce Giant (Infographic)

16best.net is a team that is dedicated to researching products that customers are looking for,  while also helping you make the right choice when making a purchase.  We encourage you to read their blog and view their infographics. Pieter Vorster Once a humble online book store, the global giant Amazon has grown dramatically over the years and is now considered a household name for many. In recent years, it has expanded into a much more general retailer, and even more recently still it has branched out into providing services. In just a short 23 years, the business has gone from a relatively obscure book business, to one of the most dominant online retailers in the world. It is well known for selling a range of its own products and services such as Amazon Kindle, Amazon movies, Alexa, Fire, Amazon TV, and much more. It is also known for its extremely fast shipping service, Amazon prime. Although this comes as an added fee, many people believe it to be beneficial to be a member as they can get products delivered to the door in as little as a day. As a buyer, Amazon is a shopper’s dream. Whatever you are thinking of, Amazon is likely to be able to provide it, be it furniture, food, toys, jewellery, clothes, audiobooks, software, electronics and so much more. And, thanks to the exhaustive and comprehensive Amazon coupon program, it’s possible to get really good deals on virtually anything you purchase from their website, if you know your way around online discounts. Currently, it has over 304 million users worldwide, and with the adoption of...

Why you should use Google Calendar

Calendars and scheduling are an unfortunate part of modern life. Thankfully, Google has made the complex much more simple with its online calendar tool. You can keep your own personal schedule and add an infinite number of other “calendars” that you can then color code to keep track of a busy life. Sharing is much easier with Google Calendar too, both giving and receiving. I’ve got calendars shared with other individuals, my entire family, and with groups like my summer kickball team. Chances are, these days, people use Google for at least email; if they’ve got that, sharing a calendar with them is a breeze. If you have a Google account, you have access to Google Calendar. You just need to go to calendar.google.com or open the Calendar app on your Android phone in order to use it.  The Google Calendar Web Interface Google Calendar’s interface is everything you’d expect from Google. It is simple, with Google’s characteristic pastel blues and yellows, but it hides a lot of powerful features. Quickly jump to different sections of your calendar by clicking on a date. On the upper right corner, there are tabs to switch between day, week, month, the next four days, and agenda views. The main area shows the current view. The top of the screen has links to other Google services you’ve registered for, so you could schedule an event and check the related spreadsheet in Google Drive or fire off a quick email from Gmail. The left side of the screen lets you manage shared calendars and contacts, and the top of the screen offers a Google search of your calendars, so you...

A Step by Step Guide to Updating Your WordPress Website

Updating a website is not an easy task: there are loads of moving parts to keep track of, especially if you manage more than one site. Even if site updates may seem daunting, keep in mind that it’s 100% worse to leave a website alone and not update anything at all. As a solution, set up a system that works for you Tired of never ending website updates? Pod Creative offers dedicated, managed hosting for $30/month.  That means you never have to worry about the next update. Read more about our hosting service In What Order Should I Run Website Updates?  The order of updates is subjective and differs from developer to developer. We recommend plugins first, themes second and WordPress core files last. While not every web developer shares the same views, these steps are highly advised when updating your website or those of your clients. Step 1: Make a Back Up of Your Website The single most important aspect of managing websites is to run regular backups. To do this, manually access the website’s server to export the SQL database from the phpMyAdmin console, and also export the site files from the File Manager. Step 2: Test the Update on a Staging Site Set up a testing/development/staging server and load an exact replica of your clients site here. Use this live staging site to test everything from trying out new plugins, testing code changes, and assessing trial runs of updates etc. Step 3: Run the Updates on the Live Site Once you’ve tested the updates and everything is in good working order, head on over to the live site and run the updates. The website...

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