Tag: Google

Around the Office: WordPress Security, Patent Peeves, Encrypted Searches, More

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Roberto found out a few ways to thoroughly secure a WordPress-based site. Some tips include never using the default “admin” user name, installing the WP Security Scan plugin, and protecting the wp-config.php file. Choosing a secure password is also important, so pick something better than “guest”. Daveed is interested in the…

Around the Office: Google’s comment crawling, the business of themes, more

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Roberto found Sawyer Hollenshead’s tips on building WordPress themes as a business to be a great resource for developers who are considering getting into designing themes around the WordPress content management system and blogging platform. Among the important takeaways was to build a solid user base by prompting whoever downloaded his…

Around the Office: WordPress SEO tips, Googling images, Chrome’s arcade, more

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. We’re very happy with the current WordPress plugin Formidable Forms, but to make it even better, we suggested that the developers, Strategy 11, add a query parameter after the form has been submitted. This would help us collect data for analytics purposes. Strategy 11 helpfully obliged, telling us this feature will be added in a…

Around the Office: custom grids, proper CSS3 use, what Google knows, more

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. A post on Web design blog Six Revisions this week confirmed our notion that CSS3 sites are only as good as the experiences they create. Author Delwin Campbell explains that CSS3 hasn’t ushered in anything new in terms of fundamental design and visual presentation principles. And while cosmetic CSS3 properties work…

Search Engine Optimized: the importance of meaningful internal links

Search engines use various methods for creating titles and descriptions (or snippits), and determining if your page is relevant to each search. They crawl for content contained within a web page’s meta tags including the “title” and “description” tags, but also page content that seems most relevant or useful. This means that various page elements are evaluated, including links from other pages on your website, known as internal links. Internal links, in fact, can play a large role in how…

Around the Office: Android’s patent angst, TechCrunch’s smart design, more

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Daveed has been intrigued by a Google blog post on the apparently “hostile, organized campaign against Android” by a coalition including Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and others. But this battle is not being played out in the market, but rather in the courtroom in the form of “bogus” patent claims. Android competitors…

Around the Office: Google’s Page Speed Service, Microsoft’s “open surface”, more

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. On Thursday, Google launched a service that automatically speeds your webpage load times. This new service, known as Page Speed Service, fetches content from your servers, analyzes and rewrites your pages by applying Web performance best practices and serves them to end users using Google’s worldwide servers. Roberto thinks Google’s new…

Around the Office: Evaluating Google+, On the hunt for chocolate, more

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Daveed has been playing with Google’s latest foray into social networking, Google+. And eventhough the much-hyped social network is very similar to the incumbent Facebook, Daveed thinks he might start spending time on it because in addition to the fact that the new platform has “gee-whiz” appeal, Google already knows a…

Around the Office: Facebook loses face; airplane cell phone bans are serious

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. While he’s still among the site’s 687 million users, Daveed has been thinking about the millions of Facebook users logging off for good, especially in Canada and the US, and among younger users. It’s too soon to tell if the social network is on its way to becoming the next MySpace,…