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Posted on September 6th, 2012

In this blog, we will try to give back to the community with hints and tips for web designers and WordPress users. We will cover everything from jQuery, php, HTML & CSS to WordPress theme development & creation, along with some SEO. Blogs have been invaluable to us over the past year or so covering all sorts of diverse subjects, from web design to SEO and back again and it seems right to try to give something back.



Make CSS Background Image Fit Dimensions of Div

Posted on September 4th, 2014

Using in-line styling, you can adjust the size of an image in your HTML code; but it often poses a problem for coders when they require a background image to be resized to fit the constraints of an existing div.

Why would you want to do this, you may ask? Well one example of usage would be when using an image as a send button perhaps or more likely these days – when using responsive design where your div will respond to the size of the user’s browser (desktop, iPhone, Android, Tablet, iPad etc etc).

make background image fit div with css


The Right Way to Do Social Media Marketing for Your Business

Posted on August 29th, 2014

There is a myriad of ways and means of promoting yourself, your business or your music on social media sites these days, but so many seem to get it wrong. So is there a right way of doing it?

At Fizz Web Design we spend a lot of time updating our various social media sites, and because it is so time consuming, it pays to get it right.

the right way to do social media marketing


Add dofollow Links to Twitter

Posted on August 20th, 2014

You might have noticed that the likes of Google Plus and Facebook are no longer allowing dofollow links, adding the nofollow attribute to them. This makes them all but useless SEO-wise. So what about Twitter?

I’ve already showed you how to add dofollow links on Linkedin here and now here is a couple of things you can do to ensure dofollow links on Twitter – read on..

add dofollow links on twitter


Turn off Facebook Status Notifications in Android

Posted on August 18th, 2014

You know how it is, you comment on something on a whim – like someone’s birthday – because you’re feeling generous and you end up with your phone beeping at you as a hundred other well-wishers who you don’t know decide to do the same. You’re on your Android smartphone and have no idea how to stop this and consider going to an internet cafe to log onto a desktop PC to stop the racket!

Well no need to do that now – you can turn off notifications from your phone quite easily these days – it’s just not that clear, so here’s how.

turn off facebook notifications android


Equally Spaced Divs in Your Web Design

Posted on August 1st, 2014

There are several simple ways of making sure your divs are separated and spaced equally horizontally across a page. If you use a static 960px width, then you can dimly float your (set width, say 450px) left or even left and right and add padding and margins to fine tune.

But what if you have a fully fluid web design or a semi-fluid (this site uses a maximum width of 1200px and a minimum of 960px depending on browser) or maybe simply more than 2 or 3 divs that you want to show next to each other like this?

equally spaced divs css html

Using Social Media to Enhance and Grow Your Business

Posted on July 10th, 2014

These days it’s not enough to advertise in Yellow Pages and wait for the phone to ring. We’ve all moved on. It’s not even enough to get a website and wait for that to do the work and get the business rolling in – we’ve kind of moved on a little from that too.

Today we have smart phones that can render the internet in an eye-pleasing way (remember those ‘web-specific’ pages from a few years ago that a few forward-thinking websites provided?) and the entire world is on social media – and those that aren’t can still look in the Yellow Pages.

standing out from the crowd in business


Best Dark Website Designs

Posted on June 29th, 2014

Dark website designs can look sophisticated and arty – but they’re not right for everyone or every type of business.

As a rule, we have come to associate darker websites with the art world – art and design, photography sites, music, painters and designers often use sites with a predominantly black or charcoal background as it provides a low-key, neutral frame for the showcasing of their work and doesn’t distract the viewer too much.

best dark website designs


Host Server Updates Changing htaccess File

Posted on May 29th, 2014

You may be aware that I wrote a while back about how Free Virtual Servers were affecting my .htaccess file with their own server changes – it seems that your code can be messed with without your permission or prior warning or notification. We use Mobile Detect to redirect our desktop site to a mobile version depending on what the user is using to view our site. To do this we need to parse our html site as php. You can see this in action by searching for Fizz Web Design on a Smartphone. You should be redirected to our mobile version.

I gave a solution for all those suffering a similar fate which you can read here.

Recently it’s started happening again..

htaccess file code broken by server update


How to Link to Home Page & Category Pages in WordPress Menu

Posted on May 19th, 2014

When you need a CMS database-driven site that clients can update themselves – an editable site – you have several choices out there; I prefer to use WordPress. But being able to customise a template to exact client specifications is hard ad you take a risk with the limitations of each template. So why not design your own?

Well, it’s not going to be a simple HTML/CSS standard website design of course, there are hundreds of files in a WordPress theme to deal with and problems can be a nightmare to resolve. Bit it’s worth it in the end. One of the basics to master is being able to create your own WordPress menu so that you can have full control and create your own menu. WordPress allows you to create menus of course, but it’s nice to have full control over your menu links depending on how you add your pages to your site. You can contact us at Fizz Web Design Chelmsford about us designing your own WordPress-based website too of course.

linking pages in wordpress menu


How to see Most Recent Stories/Updates on Facebook Android

Posted on May 7th, 2014

Ever get the feeling Facebook is actually playing one big joke on you? You want to see the most recent updates from your friends right? Not status updates that Facebook deem to be “Top Stories”. Unfortunately, each update for Android (it may be the same for iPhone, I don’t know) Facebook defaults to Top Stories and we all embark on a game to try to find out how to change it back to Most Recent…

I intend to try to update this page after each Facebook Android update with instructions on how to reset your Facebook to see Most Recent stories rather than Top Stories.


Breaking Bad Now On Amazon Instant – a Netflix v Lovefilm Review

Posted on March 5th, 2014

So, just a month after I upgraded my Sony Smart Blu-Ray player to enable me to get Netflix on my TV so that I could watch Breaking Bad, Lovefilm – now Amazon Instant – finally pulled their finger out and got Breaking Bad – all five series – available to stream.  But it’s not Lovefilm Instant anymore is it, we’re now talking about Amazon Instant. And while you may cheer at the news that you can catch up with the series that everyone that has Netflix has seen, leaving those with Lovefilm feeling like the poor second cousins, all is not good with the takeover…

amazon instant buy now


Design & Technology National Curriculum to Include Website Coding

Posted on February 28th, 2014

From September 2014 coding will be included in the National Curriculum Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has announced. This has been wholeheartedly welcomed by The Design Council who have been campaigning for an update to the curriculum that would include various art & design models.

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Social media marketing – best times to post on Facebook

Posted on September 11th, 2013

Getting your marketing right on the various social media platforms is not as simple as you might think. Get it wrong and your posts and updates become no better than the junk mail you shovel up from your hallway each morning to recycle.

best times to post on facebook


Speed up your tasks – how to create Photoshop actions

Posted on July 16th, 2013

If it feels like you’re sometimes either juggling or plate spinning while working in Photoshop then maybe you need to set up some Photoshop actions. Actions are a group of well, actions, that happen more or less with a click of a button. So for example, you can change an images’ ‘Mode’ from 16 bits to 8 bits (to enable the image to be saved as a jpeg for example) and rotated by 180 degrees in addition to any number of other desirable things without having to go through each task’s individual processes to complete.

The idea here is that you save time on mundane tasks that you have to repeat a fair bit. Here’s how.

managing photoshop can sometimes feel like plate spinning..


Stop Skype Changing Numbers On Your Website Design

Posted on April 30th, 2013

We all know as web designers that we have to do two things when we design a website; make it look nice of course, then try to make it still look nice if the user is using Internet Explorer, and to make it worse, it can change depending on what version the user is using – IE6, IE7, IE8 IE9 or IE10. Microsoft do things “their way” often ignoring convention or the rules universally adopted by others.

And so we come to the annoying problem of Skype rendering the perfectly placed phone number on the site you have just designed in a completely different way to how it was intended to look. Skype (owned by Microsoft) will add its own small Skype button into the mix as well as changing the colour of the telephone number to bright blue. Not good.

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Set up a gmail email signature that works well when replying

Posted on January 14th, 2013

If, like me your responses from your various online web contact forms are forwarded to your gmail account for convenience, you may also have set up a gmail account for business as well.

Here’s a simple guide to setting up an email signature for your gmail account that works nicely for sending emails – as well as being in the right place when replying to emails. I’ll also show you how to remove the little line that gmail automatically adds before the signature too.

gmail signature


Unfollow a Facebook Post or Status Update

Posted on October 12th, 2012

Updated March 2014: Have you ever complimented a friend on a great achievement only to then be notified when all 200 of their other friends decide to do the same thing? Well now you don’t have to read another 200 Facebook comments saying “congratulations!” – though in the typical Facebook way that we’ve all become used to, you might not know the option to unfollow a Facebook post (or unfollow a Facebook status update) even exists…

unfollow a facebook status update


Photoshop – Graduated Blur Gradient Effect

Posted on October 11th, 2012

Here at Fizz we recently got asked to add a gradient blur to a photo for a website. It’s a simple task once you know how to do it. In this Photoshop tutorial I will show you how we did it stage by stage. This is the donor image we are going to use as it has natural depth and foreground interest.

The plan will be to keep the cyclists in pink sharp, but create a natural blurred gradient that starts on the far right, but then ends before it gets to the cyclists we want to remain sharp.

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Export Database To New WordPress Host

Posted on September 25th, 2012

You may have come across this error message when trying to import your recently exported wordpress database when moving your WordPress blog to a new hosting provider…

“import #1044 – Access denied for user error”

Disheartening it might be after overcoming the worry of losing all your files, comments and blog posts by managing to update the wp_config file correctly. But this should be relatively simple to overcome.

database export


WordPress Hacked – Tighten Up WordPress Security

Posted on September 16th, 2012

There is a spate of hacking going on right now that affects sites built on a WordPress platform or a Joomla platform. This can be especially devastating for web design companies who we may rely on for SEO & security advice. While I can’t give too much specific advice on Joomla, I can give you some basic advice on tightening up WordPress security.

WordPress security binary


Javascript / jQuery Menu Button Fade Effect

Posted on September 6th, 2012

Many tutorials for fading buttons with Javascript can be quite long-winded, and when you’re on a bit of a deadline, 3 pages of instruction can be quite daunting! Not to mention the Photoshop tutorials & (often outdated) CSS methods explaining how the fade-in effect buttons are created too. If you like the fading buttons on this site, here’s how we did it..