Other beerbuses are available

I wrote in praise of the 770 #beerbus but let’s not forget that other buses and beer festivals are available, such as the 14th May’s Tockwith Festival, back after a year off. You can catch the X70 or 412 service from Wetherby You can visit Tockwith’s website here Bardsey’s Beer Festival takes place on 19th March. Here’s a link to their Facebook page You can get there on the X98 and X99 buses.   Need a website? Have a look at the Beer Festival portal which offers a complete website and social media package wthout the need to pay for …

Instant Everywhere

For many, reading on the mobile web is a slow, clunky and frustrating experience – but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project is an open source initiative that embodies the vision that publishers can create mobile optimized content once and have it load instantly everywhere. This is the introduction to the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project, an open source initiative to speed up access to the Internet on mobile phones by providing stripped-down content that will load faster over a slower mobile phone signal. Not surpisingly Google is involved and it seems to …

In praise of the 770 #beerbus

Transdev operate the 770 bus service between Harrogate and Leeds on a daily basis, nicknamed the beerbus because you can travel on it to numerous beer festivals in the course of a year. These include:- Harrogate Round Table – 4th-6th February, 2016 Harrogate Town AFC – probably May, 2016 Spofforth – 11th and 12th March, 2016 Wetherby Lions – 28th May, 2016 Boston Spa – 19th and 20th February, 2016 Clifford – 25th June, 2016 Bramham – probably October, 2016 Thorner – probably April, 2016 Leeds – 8th to 11th September, 2016 You can view and download a timetable here …

Live-Code sites with Chrome dev tools

Edit HTML and CSS with Chrome Dev Tools. Following on from my two previous blogs about Child Themes for WordPress here’s news about an article published in .Net magazine’s November 2015 issue. Written by Caner Uguz, its shows you how to use Chrome Developer Tools’ CSS and HTML features to try out different layouts. In principle it’s similar to the techniques I described in my Child Theme articles but Caner suggests that it is a useful techniques to give immedite previews, especially when sitting before a customer. He even describes how you can save these changes to your actual development …

Child themes part two

One of the points that I didn’t mention in my Child Themes blog article was the fact that, if you create a child theme any alterations you make aren’t overwritten if the parent theme is updated by the author or by WordPress. This is a danger if you make any alterations solely to the parent theme.

TalkTalk hack was a SQL injection

The latest news from the BBC and their technical editor Rory Cellan-Jones:- Analysis: Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC technology editor The company first indicated that the “sustained” attack was a DDoS, a distributed denial of service attack where a website is bombarded with waves of traffic. That did not seem to explain the loss of data, and later TalkTalk indicated that there had also been what is known as an SQL injection. This is a technique where hackers gain access to a database by entering instructions in a web form. It is a well known type of attack and there are relatively …

Child themes

As you gain experience and confidence in using WordPress you may want to try new techniques such as theme design and plugin development. Theme design is probaby the one you will start with. You can learn how to create a theme from the ground up but there is a method that has a lower learning curve and provides you with a safety net along the way – that’s child themes. The way it works is that your parent theme will read the css in your style file and prepare the layout. However if it then detects a child theme it …

Mobile friendly websites

You’re aware of the April deadline by Google where they said that after the 21st their rankings would take into account whether your website was mobile friendly or not and if it wasn’t they would downgrade your site. Unfortunately there are still designers who are providing new sites that don’t pass Google’s test. Make sure yours isn’t one of them – Check here

I collect buts

Have you noticed how many sentences involving websites include the word ‘but’ somewhere near the middle of the sentence? Well, just as other people collect butterflies I collect these ‘buts’, deal with them humanely then mount them on a pin and add them to my collection. Here are a few examples:- “I like my website design BUT I think the background colour should be a bit lighter “I want to blog, Facebook and tweet BUT I just don’t have time for all three” “I like WordPress BUT I’m worried about security” “My website describes my products and services BUT I …

Free Business Advice

With every wetherbyweb website you will receive free business advice. How can I offer this? Simple! Before becoming a full-time web designer I clocked up more than four decades as an export sales and marketing manager with more than a dozen companies. I left each one with higher profits or or higher turnover (or both) than when I started. I also managed a German subsidiary company for two years, bringing it back to breakeven after a long period of lossmaking. Even if my product experience doesn’t directly relate to your activities it shows how I can adapt to the demands …

A beer festival promotions concept that works

Are you planning a new beer festival and looking for a winning formula? wetherbyweb can offer an integrated package comprising a CMS website, Facebook page and Twitter account that combine to attract sponsors prior to the event and visitors on the day. The CMS (Content Management System)  uses WordPress to provide a website that can be managed easily with little prior experience, includes an easy-to-update Blog to keep your followers up to date and feeds your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) with news and updates automatically. All for a cost of less than a £1 a day. Your domain …

Mobilegeddon

That’s the nickname given to Google’s latest update of its search algorithm whereby mobile friendliness of a website is assessed as part of its search page rankings. It has been well publicised ahead of Google’s recently passed deadline of 21st April for taking mobile friendliness (or rather lack of it) into account. The move has come about as a result of the change in people’s browsing habits and Google’s wish to provide relevant search results. Apparently more than 50% of websites are now viewed on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. If the websites have not been optimised for …