Designing for Search Engines

All search engines prefer well designed sites with good content, headings should relate to the content and the URL of the page should also contain your keywords used in your main body text and the page title. Just because your site looks nice built in flash you maybe be doing your self no favours and your competitors will soon bypass you in the search engine ranking wars. So here are a few tips that will give you a helping hand.

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Posts of the week – p tags to comments, the perfect landing page

OK its a bit late this week – we are blaming the snow in South Wales for this, well everyone else is! So with out further delay here are the posts that have caught our eyes this week:

Automatically Add <p> Tags to Content in WordPress

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Posts of the week – Twitter, WordPress, F Shape layout and a bit of fun!

Twitter cheat sheet

We love twitter @Forte_Ltd and this twitter cheat sheet from The Social Media Guide is now an ever present item on our desks and I’m sure it will be on yours as well!

10 WordPress Dashboard Hacks

This wonderful post is a must read for all WordPress developers. The top trump here is the ability to remove Dashboard menu options which is great if you want to roll out a restricted backend for some users

http://rajark.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/10-wordpress-dashboard-hacks/

F Shape Layout

Its long been noted that people scan a web page quickly looking for information and do so in an ‘F Shape’ and this great post shows a great design that will cater for the natural behaviors of most web surfers.

http://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/design-theory/understanding-the-f-layout-in-web-design/

WTF Posters

Last but not least is a post or should we say posts that made us chuckle some hilarious WTF posters from behance.net

http://www.behance.net/gallery/WTF/599855

http://www.behance.net/gallery/WTF-2/835721

The Trouble With Top, Right, Bottom and Left – Shorthand CSS

We have updated this post thanks to the comment made by Paul.

A few people ask me in what order do padding/margin values appear when using shorthand CSS. Many people use padding-right:10px;  padding-left:10px; eg.

#left {
padding-top:20px;
padding-left:30px;
padding-right:40px;
padding-bottom:50px;
}

Well the order for shorthand CSS is Top, Right, Bottom and Left and this can be easily remembered by using the word TRouBLe – Top-Right-ou-Bottom-Left so the CSS:

#left {
padding:20px 40px 50px 30px;
}

will give the same as the first CSS example only allot shorter! As Paul quite rightly points out remeber clockwise as well!

Posts of the week – Social Media, WordPress and SEO metatags

Essential Social Media & Tech Resources for Small Businesses

If you use social media effectively it can expand your customer base considerably. Thanks to @mashable here is 35 Essential Social Media & Tech Resources for Small Businesses

The wonderful world of SEO metatags

SEOmoz is fantastic website for those who are both starting out in the world of SEO and for those of us with a little more knowledge. This great post walks us through the good and the bad Meta Tags that are used in the sometimes murky world of SEO

A Roundup of the Best Development Tools for Windows, Mac OS X & Linux

If your like me and you use a number of different operating system then this roundup of the best development tools for Windows, Linux and OSx will be right up your street. I use a mac in work and both windows and Linux at home and some of the tools on show here I simply could not do without!

WordPress Reference

If you’re a wordpress coder then this quick guide to the wordpress codex is an excellent quick reference. This website I am sure will speed up your wordpress theme development.

Local Search – How to get started

So you have your nice website and you now want to attract customers from around your local area but how on earth do you start getting your listings to appear on Google Maps and Bing local Search?

Google Places

The first stop is to get your company listed on Google Places. You may even find that your company is already listed if this is the case then you will need to claim your listing. The quickest and easiest way to find out if your company is listed is to go to Google Maps and search for you company. If your company is listed then it is a simple process to claim your listing, if its not then login to your Google account and navigate to Google Places you will then be able to add your listing. Google will want to verify that you are the owner of the business which normally entails a automated phone call to a landline number or a text message to a mobile phone providing you with a PIN number to enter.

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