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Tutorial: Fixing issues with Yosemite, Codekit and Bonjour

This post is for mac users who have been having issues with Yosemite and DNS resolution when using codekit. The basic issue is that when trying to resolve a local url (such as my-mac.local) the request cannot be processed.

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Measuring Success : Google Analytics and how to win

It surprises me the number of new clients that come to me that don’t have any way of measuring the success of their website. A¬†growing number of businesses seem to have a website built and then work on the assumption that simply being on the web is enough to bring people to their site. They don’t know how many visitors they get regularly, how many are returning, how long they spend on your site, where they’re visiting from and what device they’re accessing your phone from. These are all things that can be relatively quickly accessed through Google Analytics.

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Optimising your website performance

With smartphones becoming more like a 5th limb, content has never been more accessible, with information literally at the tip of your fingers.

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Custom share buttons & short urls

Share buttons are something that are pretty common place on sites these days, varying in all shapes, sizes and colours. However, over the past 6 months or so i’ve encountered more and more problems with the plugins available for these share buttons. Their cross browser support is poor, semantically a lot are incorrect (they won’t validate with W3C) and sometimes they just simply won’t work. Instead of moaning about it, I decided to develop my own super-lightweight, javascript-free share buttons. These can be found at the bottom of any blog post, including this one.

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I can get get it for free – why should I pay for a website?

An issue that a lot of web developers and designers are currently facing is the rise of the free website. It’s not a particularly new thing, with packages having been available since at least 2003, with Microsoft FrontPage being the main WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) package available to businesses that needed a quick, cheap way to get a site online.

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