In the wake of Microsoft’s big announcement today that they will be acquiring Skype to the tune of $8.5 billion, I thought I would share a funny video about the difference in branding and product appeal between Apple and Microsoft. I should preface this video with the fact that I am a complete supporter of the products Microsoft puts out there. I would also be lying if I didn’t say that Apple’s marketing blows them out of the water and this shows why.Details
In an effort to improve security Google has recently released a feature that allows for two-factor login authentication. The feature can easily by turned on by your account administrator. The primary goal is to improve security to prevent malicious attacks on your email account. You have probably heard horror stories of email accounts being hacked in the past. This two-step login process does a great job of improving that issue.Details
Here at CPD, when we are doing our bug/browser testing on new sites, Internet Explorer has always been our last and least favorite web browser to test in. It has no native developer tools and very poor plugin support, which has always made debugging code in it very cumbersome. Unfortunately for us, Internet Explorer is also the most bug prone and widely used web browser on the planet. This makes the obvious solution of ignoring its existence somewhat impractical…Details
Join.me (www.join.me) is a great desktop sharing tool that allows users to share their desktop with selected participants. This free tool has proven to be great for sharing websites and other design work remotely. There is a very simple sharing procedure that involves one person sharing their desktop and providing a simple access code to other participants. It is fast and easy to understand the setup steps. We have been able to show things to very non-technical users using Join.me over the past 6 months.Details
As a San Diego based website design company, we have dealt with a lot of businesses that have come to us from previous web designers. It amazes me how many businesses don’t have control over their website files, website hosting, domain name(s), and/or email accounts. We have witnessed some messy situations with clients trying to get the information they need in regards to their existing website out of former website designers, developers, and consultants. I am hear to tell you that YOU should be in control of all this information as the primary owner.Details
Webpage load time is more important than people might think. Ever go to a website that takes a long time to load due to flash or the heavy use of images and scripts? That makes life frustrating and is also recognized by search engines. Google just released a new tool that allows users to test the load performance of your website called Page Speed. The free tool from Google Labs is easy to use on any URL. Just plugin a URL and see the load suggestions.
Try Page Speed on your website and analyzeDetails
I have had a lot of questions lately about whether submitting to online directories is still worth the effort to improve your web traffic? The buzz has certainly died down over the past couple of years about the importance of directory listings. However, having a presence in industry related directories is still worth the effort. As a member of my San Diego SEO group stated, the trend has been towards relevance. So gone are the days of submitting to a dozen random directories, instead pick niche dorectories that are relevant to your industry.
The big recognizable directories are stillDetails
Both Facebook and Twitter have recently made security improvements that allow users to take advantage of a secure connection using HTTPS. This means that you can ensure that the information you send remains private. Using HTTPS is particularly important when using WiFi connections which can never be trusted. You need to enable this security measure in both Facebook and Twitter in some very easy to follow steps outlined here. Is this important? YES.
Facebook – Setting up HTTPS
On Jan. 26, 2011 Facebook announced there release of full time HTTPS. Until then, HTTPS was only used when logging into the system. Now, users can enable it full time by following these steps:
1) Login to your account.Details