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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.

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Check For Stolen Website Content

Posted on November 10th, 2014

Plagiarism is rife – and most people think they can get away with it, but technology allows you to check who’s stealing your fine, eloquently written website text. This is important; it’s not just the cheek of someone stealing your work, it can actively effect your SERP ranking in search engines – Google doesn’t like copied content and just may let you know by punishing your site.

All sounds a bit extreme of course and yes there is tons of duplicated content out there, but we all want to control our written content and where it goes – and we can..

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Best Spooky Halloween Websites

Posted on October 29th, 2014

Personally, I love Halloween. I’ve always been fascinated with the beauty of sinister fairy tales and the quirky designs of classic old horror films, so this year I’ve been on a mission to search for the most entertaining, spooky, creepy and ghostly Halloween themed websites – keep reading, if you dare…!

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Add Google Plus One Button That Complies with W3C Standards

Posted on October 21st, 2014

Adding a Google Plus One button to your website that complies with W3C standards is not as easy as you might think – or if you’ve tried, you probably have run into familiar problems. Here’s a solution.

The idea that the effects of clicking a Google Plus One button actually has a positive correlation on your SERP (Search Engine Results Page) position is growing – though Google has not positively identified having a plus one button as a ranking factor – yet.

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Make Background Image Fit to Screen with CSS3

Posted on October 12th, 2014

If you are designing creative, responsive websites, then you will at some point or other want to add a background that will shrink and expand to fit to the screen size being used by the user. Fortunately, this is simpler than it sounds and involves no Javascript or jQuery. It’s all done with CSS.

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Is SEO a Complete Pointless Waste of Time?

Posted on October 5th, 2014

It’s a question most people who have spent time that they will never see again on – googling for the Holy Grail of SEO answers (whatever that might be) and not finding anything other than frustration.

The reality is that more often than not, all you will find are smug, highly paid SEO ‘experts’ that blog constantly about improving your SERP (search engine results page) position, and tell you in no uncertain terms what exactly you should do to get to number one on Google.

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Add a Custom 404 Page With a Javascript Redirect

Posted on October 4th, 2014

if you’ve spent weeks designing a great looking website, why should you put up with boring, ugly 404 pages? Answer: you don’t have to! Here’s a simple way to add a custom page to replace your standard 404 page. It will also work with all sorts of other pages too, like 401, 403 and 500 redirects.

All you need is access to your htaccess file in your root folder and the part of your brain that you use to design….

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PHP Contact Form with HTML & Simple CAPTCHA Free Download

Posted on September 25th, 2014

Finding a simple PHP contact form with a working, equally simple CAPTCHA that you can style to match your website design isn’t as easy as you might think. So I decided to offer my own solution as a free download. This contact form will allow the user to send the inputted details to a specified email address – this address can be an email address linked to your website or a stand-alone email like Gmail – it works with either.

Once installed, the webmaster has the included ability to make certain fields mandatory with a warning message to the user to go back and try again if they fail to fill our all the required fields. While the CAPTCHA is as simple as it could be and has effectively eliminated spam from bots filling out my forms 100%. Yes, that’s right – a 100% success rate. That’s because Fizz Web Design is a small company and isn’t under the same sort of scrutiny as larger companies like Tesco or Amazon.

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