Posts categorized: News & Reviews

  • 2016 Roundup, Contracting, WordPress Themes, a Different Kind of Project and Plans for 2017

    2016 has officially been my 6th year as a full time freelance web designer. In that time, I’ve dabbled in many different things. I’ve connected with some amazing and inspirational people and I’ve learnt so much about myself, my abilities and what I can accomplish if I put my mind to it. In this post,… Read more »

  • oo000oo I have a new website. It’s been a long time coming but we’re there!

    — The Floating Frog
  • Google takes a firm stance on mobile SEO!

    Google has taken important steps forward in the mobile SEO debate by firmly backing the use of responsive web design over other methods. In a recent SMX panel, Pierre Far, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst, announced clear guidelines and recommendations on mobile SEO. In short Google recommends serving mobile visitors with a responsive website or different… Read more »

  • Google’s Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer to top the Global Browser Share

    This week saw Google’s Chrome browser overtake Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in the global browser share. May 20th 2012 saw Chrome take 32.76% of the market, compared to IE’s 31.94%, with Firefox trailing behind on a plateaued 25.47% and Apple’s Safari browser at 7.08%. Internet Explorer has dominated the share of the browser market for years… Read more »

  • Freeagent redesign 2012

    Freeagent, the online accounting software for small businesses and freelancers, have released some previews of their upcoming interface update. At first glance we’re very impressed and as a company that uses the software day in day out we’re very much looking forward to these improvements being released. Let’s have a look at the visuals they’ve… Read more »

  • New era for The Floating Frog

    Over the coming weeks The Floating Frog is going to be rebranded and relaunched into a new site, repositioned to sell digital design and development services. Currently, and for the last 4 or so years, it has served proudly as a web design blog, bringing together the thoughts and experience of I, Gary Hartley, on… Read more »

  • 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,… Read more »

  • Tweasier, The New Twitter Tool

    Tweasier, the brand new Twitter management tool, went into open beta while I was on holiday. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this application (created by PR and social media guru Chris Norton), so I thought I’d join up see just what Tweasier offers.

  • Google release a Font API & Directory for web developers

    Today Google has released something very interesting, a Font API and directory that offers high quality open source web fonts for web developers. At first glance these fonts are extremely easy to integrate with just a few lines of code needed. The Google Font API provides a simple, cross-browser method for using any font in… Read more »

  • Google.com UNLOCKED For Transfer

    It seems the domain Google.com has been UNLOCKED for transfer. I wonder where it’s going? Maybe if nobody else wants it it can come and pay my account a visit. Hmmm, to request transfer or not to request transfer, that is the question.

  • Impact of Icelandic Volcano seen on live air traffic

    Today all of the UK’s major airports grounded flights in and out due to a volcanic ash cloud from the Icelandic erupting volcano Eyjafjallajökull. The impact of this can be seen visually on the Live Air Traffic website flightradar24.com. What would have been frenzied airway activity over England and Scotland has now been replaced my… Read more »

  • Opera Mini Web browser dominates Apple’s Free App Store

    Opera Mini Web browser for the iPhone, iPod and iPad has only just launched yesterday but has already dominated globally Apple’s App Store in the Top 10 Free apps section. Below is a screen grab of the App Store which shows the free browser at position 1 in every country Apple currently serves.

  • Cross-cultural web design

    Web design for the world The second you launch your brand new, painstakingly thought-out and designed website onto the World Wide Web, you’re instantly global – anyone in the world (with a web connection) can and may stumble upon your site. It’s worth considering, then, that 78% of the 1.8 billion current web users do… Read more »

  • The (completely made up) iPad Review

    The embargo is over and I can finally announce that I have not had an iPad to play with or review for the past week (not like that Andy Ihnatko fellow). Yes, I signed an embargo to not say that I didn’t have an iPad before the release. I’m terrible about contracts (I have 8… Read more »

  • Internet Explorer 9 will NOT support Windows XP!

    Yesterday, Microsoft made a first developer preview of Internet Explorer (IE) 9 available for download from www.IETestDrive.com. The IE 9 Platform Preview doesn’t include the IE 9 user interface; instead, it is the plumbing, specifically the new Microsoft JavaScript engine (which is codenamed “Chakra”) and the new graphics subsystem, coupled with a home page full… Read more »