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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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