25th Aug

Rank Check Your Site With Advanced Web Rankings

Advanced Web Rankings (AWR for short) is a pretty well-known tool for rank checking websites against your chosen keywords and search engines. There are four licence levels …

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25th Jul

10 Advanced jQuery Demo’s and Plugin’s

Here’s a quick catchup on some of the hottest jQuery demo’s and plugin’s at the moment. For more information about each one simply click on the image under each heading to link to the demo site. If you have any others you wish to share please do in the comments belooow.

Quicksand

Reorder and filter items with a nice shuffling animation.

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11th Jul

Check Availability of Social Usernames, Domain Names and Trademarks with one search

Here’s a really useful tool in our ‘really useful tools to share’ series of posts… you like that? Good, I’ll continue… If you’ve just finished collecting the Dr Who 2010 Merlin sticker collection and you’re frantically looking for another random collection to occupy your time then why not start a social usernames collection? Just imagine, owning your chosen username account on every social site on the web! Am I selling it to you yet? No? That’s good, you’ve passed the ‘I’ve got a life’ test. On the other hand if you have a legitimate reason for owning or checking the availability of a username on social sites, domain names and trademarks then this online tool is exactly what you’re after. Do it all in one search, type in a query and see which ones are available and which ones you can secure. They’re quite literally up for grabs.

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1st Jul

Pre-launch website checklist

Successful websites require a series of important pre-launch stages to ensure they have the best chance of succeeding. Client liason, technical specs, design briefs, accessibility, standards compliance and SEO are all important factors in the DNA of the top performing sites. Through years of commercial experience we have found the final quality assurance stage to be one of the most important. This vital stage ensures both platform stability and quality is at it’s optimum pre-launch.

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8th Mar

Affordable Secure Backup

Whether you are an IT professional or a computer novice, choosing the right backup system to use at work or home is a difficult, and frankly uninspiring use of time, and one which almost always results in making undesirable compromises. There always seem to be far too many options and the good solutions come with a price tag that almost matches the cost of the system they were designed to support. A good backup system should satisfy, at least, the following requirements:

It should be affordable.
Operation should be reasonably well automated.
It should be easy to restore to one of several points in time.
There should be some redundancy.
It should be simple to store some backups offsite.
Media should be encrypted for security.

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25th Jan

Instant Blueprint – Create a website framework in seconds!

Instant Blueprint allows you to quickly create a web project framework with valid HTML/XHTML and CSS in only a matter of seconds, allowing you to get your project up and running faster!

If you’re after saving time by setting up the generic website framework of your next project then this could save you time. Personally I’d like to see a few more options like including the options to setup a specific CSS Framework.

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15th Jan

W3schools.com Historical Browser Statistics: Visualised

Viewing historical browser market share statistics the old fashioned way is a pretty dull task. There’s nothing less inspiring than sitting staring at a table of data that visually tells you nothing. On the flip side we all like a …

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8th Jan

Grid Overlays to assist your website development

I’m a web designer by day and a web designer by night, I pretty much live and breath the web. I use many tools to assist me in my workflow, tools that both assist me in maintaining quality in my …

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17th Nov

Free Secret Santa Random Name Generator

Christmas isn’t far away now, 38 days to be precise, and if you’re even a little bit festive there’s a chance your place of work may do a Secret Santa. It’s a fun way of buying a colleague a …

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10th Oct

Satellite Above – I Watched it for a Little While

A moving light in the sky is guaranteed to catch my attention. If it is slow moving and …

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14th Sep

Smush.it for WordPress – Optimise your images for a lightening quick website

Smush.it is an image optimiser developed by Yahoo! that lets you decrease image file sizes without losing image quality. If you’re running WordPress, there is a plugin that’s optimises images on the fly when you upload them. WP Smush.it

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11th Aug

IETester: A cross browser compatibility checker

I’ve been using IETester for a few months now and find it invaluable in my day-to-day development or new and old websites. IETester is simply a browser that allows you to view your website in multiple versions of …

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6th Jul

5 Second Usability Test

Calling all web designers, you may be interested in this cool little tool we discovered that lets you test the usability of your brand spanking new website. So before you start slicing and dicing, stop! Like Grolsch Lager, “it is …

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14th Apr

iFrame Buster Script!

The following script will stop your website from being encased within an iFrame. With the recently social media toolbars that have started to pop up it has become harder and harder to launch successful linkbait campaigns through traffic streams such …

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2nd Apr

PNG Fix for IE6 – brucey says “come on down”!

We all know IE6 is a bag ‘o’ shite poo right? Well unfortunately there are still loads of people who use it. This is not necessarily a problem in …

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