Google Apps Settings for cPanel and WHM

We though it would be a great idea to have a go using Google Apps and I must say we are very pleased with the results. You do need to do some initial setup so here is a quick guide to setting up Google Apps for cPanel and WHM Read more

Post of the week – Internet radio, Google Places

Friday is here so it must mean the Forte Web Solutions weekly favourites!

Fstream – Internet Radio for the iPhone

Coding and listening to the radio go hand in hand with me, very sad I know so thank goodness for Fstream for the iPhone. It allows me to listen to one of my favourite stations – Nation Wales  as well as others which broadcast in a variety of different formats:

  • MP3
  • OGG / Vorbis
  • WMA over MMS
  • AAC / AAC+
  • PLS
  • M3U
  • ASX

5 Ways to Win More Business with Google Places

If your a local business owner then having a prominent listing on Google Places can bring in plenty of local trade. This fantastic article gives you some great tips to get more exposure . In addition check out our own guide to local search.

Posts of the week – Google Privacy, Analytics, CSS3- HTML5 Support

Yes here we are again its Friday so that must mean the Forte Web Solutions posts of the week!

HTML 5 and CSS 3 Support

Knowing what will work in what browser has also been a problem for web designers and with HTML 5 and CSS 3 support now gaining ground we need to know what properties and selectors work in each browser. Step forward FindMeByIP.com with this fantastic HTML5 & CSS3 Support checksheet

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How to add your blog to Technorati

Its been quite a while since I added a blog to Technorati and whilst many sites ask you to upload a text file or add a Meta key to your site to verify ownership Technorati asks you to add a code to a blog post, in my case it is GQ667YBHC8JY

Adding Your Blog to Technorati

The first you will want to do is join Technorati and then go about adding your details as show below.

Editing your technorati details

Editing your technorati details

You will then want to ‘claim your blog’ by entering the URL into the field as show below.

Claim your technorati blog field

Claim your technorati blog field

You will then be sent a email verfying that you have asked for this submission so check your emails, you should see a link for you to confirm this. Once you have verified this information you will be taken back to your profile page but you will notice a ‘check claim button’ at the bottom of your profile.

Technorati Check Claim Button

Technorati Check Claim Button

Click on this and you will be taken to a screen that asks for the provided token to be added to a blog post (like I have done above)

Technorati Verify Blog Claim Token

Technorati Verify Blog Claim Token

There that is is it! It may take a while for Technorati to add your blog but the hard work is done!

Posts of the week – .htaccess tips to ski apps

Its Friday so it must be time for our favourite post of the week both serious and funny we hope you enjoy this weeks selection!

Skiing and Snowboarding: 6 Apps For Conquering the Slopes

On the slopes - snowboarding and sking mobile apps

Its not all work here at Forte Web Solutions and we do like to let our hair down now and again and especially on the annual ski trip. Thanks to mashable.com here are 6 skiing and snowboarding apps for the avid skier or snowboarder.

The iTrailMap 3D looks particularly useful its a pity though its such a long wait to get on the slopes!

17 Useful Htaccess Tricks and Tips

Earlier in the week I wrote a post on using .htaccess to redirect a sub domain to another domain or your main domain this fantastic article on queness.com lists some fantastic tricks that you can use to not only secure your web server but also set your time zone!

20 hilariously offensive domain names

Last but not least is this post from Econsultancy yes it does pay to take time with your domain name to avoid anything like this best to get someone else to look at your domain name before you click that purchase button!

Facebook to introduce email service

The rumour mill has been in overtime in recent days about Facebook introducing a full email service. Perhaps this is why Google and Facebook have recently had a cufuffle when Google changed its openness policies to exclude Facebook. If the rumours are true then eventually Facebook users will be able to grab a @facebook.com email address.

With Facebook often in the news regarding privacy perhaps the question that many people will be asking is will you be able to trust facebook with your email details? After all when logged in to your account facebook will know your age, location and plenty of other things about you to push very targeted ads at you.

What do you think? Can you trust facebook with your emails? Will it be a serious rival to Gmail let us know your thoughts.

Redirecting a sub domain with htaccess

I have not needed to redirect sub domains before but after installing wordpress 3 for a client (and activating the multiple blogs option) the client wanted one of their sub domains to always point to their home page instead of the standard Registration has been disabled text.

To do this all you need to do it edit the .htaccess file on the server (if your running apache) with the following code:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^subdomain.yourdomain.co.uk$ [NC]
RewriteRule (.*) http://www.yourdomain.co.uk/$1 [R=301,L]

Of course replace subdomain.yourdomain.co.uk with your own subdomain and main domain name.

If anyone has used any wordpress plugins to achieve this then please drop us a comment if they have worked well as its not always possible of course for people to edit their .htaccess file.

Posts of the week: 404 Error Pages – CSS Selectors

Here at Forte Web Solutions we must admit to spending quite a bit of time scouring the web for interesting and useful articles. So why not share our top favourite articles of the week with you!

35 Entertaining 404 Error Pages

Our favorite post goes to Mashable’s 35 Entertaining 404 Error Pages post that shows us all that 404 error pages can be more than just an annoyance to the user. We have also taken this on board and created our own 404 error page although hopefully you will not experience seeing it on the site! Oh go on then here is a random link for you to have a look! http://www.fortewebdesign.co.uk/our-nice-404

The 30 CSS Selectors you Must Memorize

What a fantastic post this is helping beginners and seasoned pros alike through the sometimes muddy waters off CSS coding. If your competent with CSS this is still a great reference guide that you will keep on referring to.

Google aims for speed with mod_pagespeed

Google wants to speed up the web – What does it mean for SEO?

Google yesterday launched mod_pagespeed an apache module for the worlds most widely used web server. mod_pagespeed requires the latest version of Apache (2.2) to run and should see page load times improve thanks to various optimisations.

mod_pagespeed is a module for the Apache HTTP Server called mod_pagespeed to perform many speed optimizations automatically. We’re starting with more than 15 on-the-fly optimizations that address various aspects of web performance, including optimizing caching, minimizing client-server round trips and minimizing payload size. We’ve seen mod_pagespeed reduce page load times by up to 50% (an average across a rough sample of sites we tried)Google WebMaster Central Blog

Page ranking and page load times

Google has in the past confirmed that page speed is taken into consideration when it comes to SEO but has stated that this is a small factor when combined with other SEO techniques. I am however starting to think that page speed may be more of a factor than Google likes us to believe.

Google and page load times

Google has quite a few tools to monitor and improve page speed:

  1. Page Speed plugin for Firefox – This plugin gives the user suggestions on how they can improve page loads times on their site by optimising images, CSS and other page elements.
  2. Site Performance: If you are using Google’s WebMaster tools then you will notice under Labs a site performance link which graphically illustrates your sites performance.
  3. mod_pagespeed

Optimise your site!

With Google pushing out these tools it seems that Google is putting a far larger emphasis on page speed than they seem to suggest when it comes to SEO so it is a worthwhile exercise installing some of these tools to see how your site is performing. If you are on a shared host then installing mod_pagespeed may not be an option but it is certainly worth asking your hosting provider.

Google has also posted an interesting video showing a comparison of their blog loading with mod_pagespeed installed and the site loading without.