13 SEO Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Content Management System (CMS)

Dec 31, 2012 by

13 SEO Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Content Management System (CMS)

Recently I was helping a couple of clients choose a content management system (CMS), giving my two cents worth from an SEO perspective.

When looking at all the aspects that are invovlved in choosing a CMS it can become quite a complex procedure. With that in mind I thought I’d share with you my list of questions that I recommended they add to their list of functional requirements:

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Moving a WordPress site from local to live

Nov 22, 2012 by

Moving a WordPress site from local to live

As a follow up to my previous post on Setting up a WordPress local development environment, the next step is Moving a WordPress site from local to live. You have your site just as you want it locally, and and would like to see exactly the same on your live server. The first step is to find yourself a WordPress host, I use names.co.uk but there are plenty to choose from here. I wanted to make sure my local site stayed exactly as it was for further development, no messing with its .config files etc so decided to work from a back up, and upload from there. Its taken me a while to develop a process I am comfortable with, and this approach now works for me, so here goes …

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Setting up a WordPress local development environment

Nov 20, 2012 by

Setting up a WordPress local development environment

Setting up a WordPress local development environment

As a web designers, developers and SEO specialists we are continually learning new skills. If you have decided to use WordPress for the design and dev of your next site, one of your first tasks will be to set yourself up a local development environ. I chose MAMP Pro as I am working on a mac and wanted to commit to a solid working environment (there is a free version available if you want to try before you buy).  To help anyone along that is heading down the local dev route here are six easy steps to get things up and running, and have you logging in to your local WordPress site.

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Get started with CSS pre-processing

Nov 13, 2012 by

Get started with CSS pre-processing

I love CSS, you love CSS, but let’s admit it does have some limitations. Have you ever noticed yourself typing the same selector again and again?

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So what is digital sound?

Jul 30, 2012 by

So what is digital sound?

After spending a weekend immersed in music at the local Truck Festival this year, music was still ringing in my ears, so I thought I’d write this post on digital sound. We find digital sound in everything from movie and music production, to podcasts, gaming sounds and the subtle interactive click of a button. The following is a condensed version of how sound travels from its original source, into the digital realm, is edited and played back again.

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Understanding your audience has never been more important

Jul 23, 2012 by

Understanding your audience has never been more important

Guest Post by Simon Lassam, Managing Director at Witney-based web design & digital marketing agency, Ridgeway. Simon has spent the majority of his 15 year career in the web industry advising clients on how to get the most from their web strategies. After a decade working for key accounts included Fujitsu Siemens, EPSON, the Subaru World Rally Team & Churchill Insurance, Simon formed Ridgeway in 2006 and the agency now boasts over 70 clients including Rotary Watches, Neff, Oxford Instruments and MIRA.

I recently gave a presentation at OxonDigital in which I analysed the evolution of the web industry during the course of my lifetime. Self-indulgent navel gazing, perhaps, but there was a serious point to it – web audiences are evolving at an ever-increasing rate and understanding this and embracing it is now more essential for our clients and for web designers and developers than ever before.

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