When we start Directory refresh projects, we always ask: “do you actively maintain social media channels associated with this site?” We recently met with the Trafford Directory team who, it turns out, have a very active and well established process around social media. “For our FIS & SENDIASS social media channels, we tend to steer… Continue reading Social Media Management
We would like to invite our Family Information Services and Local Offer customers to join us in a virtual forum to share best practice and discuss ideas for new functionality or features to improve the reach and usability of our Local Offer websites. October 20 10:00am – 11:30am Please fill in the short registration form… Continue reading Register now for the FIS and Local Offer Focus Group
The back end administration of your Directory platform now has a new look and feel. This is a first step in modernising our directory platform, and we very much hope that you like using the re-design. The administration area has been updated to align with our latest brand guidelines. In doing so we’ve been able to… Continue reading Directory Administration Re-design is Live!
Adding alternative text (usually referred to as alt text) for images is one of the first principles of web accessibility, but it is also one of the most difficult to properly implement. Alt text serves several functions: It is read aloud by screen readers in place of images allowing the content and function of the… Continue reading Accessible alt text for images
Hosting online videos is a tricky and expensive process. Videos are resource hogs. Their files are very large compared to a page of text, and bandwidth requirements are also bigger. If a video is popular, it can grind the performance of your entire website to a halt. For this reason, we have always advised hosting… Continue reading Adding videos to your pages
This week we published the first of our Directory customer newsletters that we hope you have received by email, but you can also view it here. Read about our collaboration earlier this year with Coram Family and Childcare, updates from our Local Offer online forums, our new FIS Directory website page, and an insight into… Continue reading Inaugural Directory customer newsletter
HTTPS, the lock icon in the address bar, an encrypted website connection – it’s known as many things. The “S” in HTTPS stands for “Secure”. It’s the secure version of the standard “hypertext transfer protocol” your web browser uses when communicating with websites. HTTPS was originally intended for passwords, payments, and other sensitive data, but the… Continue reading Are you HTTPS yet?
You don’t always need a homepage message, but if you have one keep it punchy. Think of a blackboard standing outside a shop – people won’t stop walking to read it. Don’t assume ANY knowledge of the terms you’re familiar with because of your job role. Use simple terms that anyone would understand even if… Continue reading Home(page) work
As you may have noticed, the Media Manager had lost its ability to provide cut-n-past image filenames. That feature used Shockwave Flash which was discontinued by its owners Adobe, because “technologies evolve and the use of mobile devices has grown, interactive content has moved to platforms such as HTML5 Canvas and Web GL“. In line… Continue reading Media Manager bugfix
The concept of above the fold dates back to early printing presses. Newspapers were folded over on news-stands, so only the top half of the paper was visible to the passer-by. The newspaper industry quickly worked out that to sell papers, they must present attention-grabbing content in the top half of their front page. This… Continue reading What’s above the fold, affects SEO