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Password Strength is Vital in Protecting Your Business and Personal Information

Guest Writer: Luke Halliday from Mercury IT In today's technologically driven business marketplace one of most often overlooked points of vulnerability to your business and personal security is the strength or weakness of the passwords that you define for usage when logging into: your computer network, email provider, online banking, accounting or payroll applications. To underestimate the importance of strong passwords is to leave the door wide open to identity theft and corporate piracy. Your passwords must be a robust combination ...

What is responsive design?

  Responsive web design is a technique that scales and adjusts your website so that it fits optimally on a device (e.g. iPhone / iPad).   This allows the user to view your site with minimal scrolling or resizing (zooming in and out). With more and more users using mobile based devices, it is becoming critical that your website is made to be “responsive”. It was noted in the “Our mobile planet: Australia – understanding the mobile consumer”report that 61% of mobile users are ...

Why your SEO Strategy needs to change.

We've spoken previously on how important Search Engine Optimisation is and why "white hat" or ethical SEO is the way to go when it comes to optimising your site for Google.  With more recent algorithm updates, Google is started to clamp down heavily on "black hat" SEO practices.  What this means, is if your site was gaining great position (thru dodgy practices), you may suddenly find yourself being penalised.    Google is also start to rely on what users are ...

Chinese Domain Name Spam

  Recently we received an email from “China Domain Name Registration Centre”, alleging that the .cn and .com.cn versions of tmdonline were being registered by another party.  Now as a seasoned internet user, I knew this smelt a bit dodge.   However what should you do if you receive an email such as this? Firstly, domain registers (such as netregistry, melbourneit, godaddy), do NOT conduct “trademark” searches, or try and contact owners of the trademark before a domain name is registered.  Be very suspicious ...

Why you shouldn't launch a website on a Friday

  You've finished your website, and now you are keen to get it online – however it’s noon on a Friday.  Unless you've got a major advertising blitz planned for the weekend (in which case your site should have been live earlier) it is recommended that you wait until Monday to send it live. Why? Sometimes we need our web hosting partner (or whatever web hosting company you choose) to action a series of changes on their servers.  These changes are not always achievable in a “couple” ...

Why you shouldn't list every country in your "country" dropdown

Most websites have a contact or signup form that allows visitors to their site to lodge their details.  Now I don’t know about you, but what frustrates me is being confronted with a massive “country” dropdown that contains every country in the world. Let’s boil this down.  You’re doing business in Australia.  If you are doing business (or getting leads) from overseas that’s also great.  Now the temptation is “I should list all countries” in my online forms.   Here is the ...

"Find and Replace" Can be a Bad Idea

  Every now and then we get a request asking for us to change all instances of text on a website from “text a” to “text b”, e.g. “can you change our phone number from (07) 2222 2222 to (07) 3333 3333”. This sounds very easy to achieve with a “find and replace”.  However doing a find and replace across a website is never a 100% accurate (and is sometimes very dangerous). Why it is not a 100% accurate: Sometimes we cannot find the ...

Clearing your cache

Most internet browsers employ caching - the process of storing files locally (i.e on your computer) so that the second or third time you request a file - the browser can access your local cache - thus making your internet browsing experience faster.  Hence clearing your cache may be a necessary task after your web developer has made changes to your website. To do this: Internet Explorer Click on the "Tools" icon. (This is the little "gear" icon on the far top right of ...

Why do I get spam or blank enquiries from my website

If you’ve got an online form (like a contact form), and your site is a bit old (or your web developer is plain slack), and you’ve been receiving “blank” or “spam” enquiries through this form continue reading ... Why do I receive blank enquiries? Most likely there is no “validation” on the form.  This means that someone can simply hit submit, without filling out anything in the form. Why would a user not want to fill out their details? The majority of these “blank” ...

Top 5 secrets to selling online

Selling products online can be an extremely profitable venture - here are the top 5 secrets so you too can get a piece of the internet pie! 1. Look at the product or service you are selling Clearly identify what your point of difference is and why people should purchase a product online from you.   Users will only buy something online if it: Is Cheaper Is More convenient Has some unique benefit So if a user can buy a product from an online store for $10 ...

What is a landing page?

A landing page is a page on your website that appears when a potential customer clicks on a link in a search engine (this can either be a sponsored or natural search listing), advertisement (e.g. a banner ad) or from a link in an email. Natural Search From a search engine optimisation perspective (this is to get your site to appear in natural search results), content on a landing page revolves around a particular keyword (or a combination of keywords) that may ...

How to take a screenshot

To take a snapshot of what is currently on your screen:   Windows Users Hit your "Print Screen" button (May also be abbreviated to PrtScn) Open up a Microsoft Word Create a new document Go to "edit" - > "paste" Save this document. Email this document to TMD Online. Mac Users Press "Command", "Shift", "3" simultaneously This will save the file to the desktop. Email this file to TMD Online.

Keeping an Eye Out with Google Alerts

Keeping an eye on what people are saying about you or your company on the internet is quite a daunting task. However our favourite search engine Google has come to the rescue with an excellent service known as Google Alerts. Google Alerts allows you to keep track of a particular topic that is featuring within Google Search results (i.e your company name or your competitors).    Whenever Google catalogues something new that matches your keyword, it will send you an email (you ...

New CMS developed by Aussie developer
(well it's us, but nothing wrong with a bit of self promotion!)

That's right, Trent Moffatt Designs has developed a new Content Management System. Sporting a new stylish interface, better usability as well as allowing independent, time delay editing capabilities, the new TMD Content Management System is a real beauty! Some of our key features include: WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editing Preview Mode: Preview edited information inside the design of the site - see what the content will really look like before you save it. Separate and independent content areas within one ...

More Australians are turning to the Internet for Information

It's no surprise that more and more Australian''s are turning to the internet for information. As tragic as Heath Ledgers death was, the Sydney Morning Herald website experienced a 250% increase in browser traffic, and a 60% increase of actual page views. Yahoo reported the term "heath ledger" experienced a massive 110,285% (that''s not a typo) increase - making it one of the search engine giants top four fastest moving search terms. The fact is that the internet is now outperforming many of ...

Kev's Plan for Broadband

Broadband is obviously very important for the development of Australia''s future, but even more so for Australian website owners as broadband opens up the end users web experience through video, animation and interaction. This is particularly important because the more interesting or exciting the experience is, the more likely it is that users will return to a particular website. Australia currently ranks 9th for average advertised speed according to research from the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), but 23rd ...

Things to Keep Track Of

Working in the electronic world of marketing it's always reassuring to know the effectiveness of your campaigns and whether they are bring in sales and referrals to your business. But what are some of the things you can (and should be tracking)?   1. How people are getting to your website. You want to know how they are getting there wether it's from: Search Engine Advertising (read the difference between Natural Search and Sponsored search below) Email Marketing A link from another website A referral from a friend ...

Getting Video Online

If a picture paints a thousand words - well then video must paint a million.  Incorporating video and audio into your website can help you sell your product more effectively, or alternatively help explain complex problems.  But how do you get video into your website? Firstly, don't use video for video's sake.  I am sure a lot of people are going to disagree with this, but I don't like it when I visit a website and a person "walks out" and ...

Who owns your domain name?

It's surprising how often companies (or individuals) are unaware of who registered their domain name and consequently who owns their domain name, which registrar is in charge of the domain name or when it is due for registration. What's the process in getting a domain name? There are a wide selection of companies who you can purchase a domain through.  The company you purchase your domain name through is called the registrar. Usually an email is sent back to whoever registered your domain ...

Website Terminology

The web is synonymous with Acronyms, IT speak and technical mumbo jumbo (that in itself is a technical term).  Here is a brief run down of some of the terms you're mostly likely to run into. FTP:  File Transfer Protocol.  Mostly used by web developers to launch websites (or changes to websites).  You can "FTP" a file to a web server using a program such as CuteFTP. FTP Details:  This usually consists of a username and password that allow your web developer ...