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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.



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.

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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.

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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…

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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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