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Adding a responsive video to NetRanger

This video shows you how to add a responsive video from You Tube.

Adding an Image via NetRanger

This video steps you thru how to add an image, upload a new image (if it hasn't already been uploaded) and attach this image to a page. Watch on Youtube

Adding links via NetRanger

This video steps you thru how to add a link to an external site, an internal page or to a file you've uploaded via the File Manager. Watch on Youtube

Adding an Alt Tag to an Image in NetRanger

Alt tags are used within an HTML code to describe the appearance and function of an image on a page. Why you should always include them Visually impaired users (using a screen reader) can read an alt attribute, thus allowing them to better understand an on-page image. Alt tags will be displayed in place of an image if an image file cannot be loaded. Alt tags provide better image context/descriptions to search engine crawlers, helping them to index an image properly. Watch on YouTube

NetRanger PHP 7 Upgrade available

NetRanger (which is your Content Management System for your website), is written in a language called PHP.   If your site is a bit older, you will most likely require an upgrade on your site from PHP 5.6 to PHP 7.  (Note there was not a version called PHP 6). If your site is simple – this upgrade is very straight forward.  However, if your site is more complex, this can involve a bit more work. Will there be costs involved with this? If ...

Ways to combat credit card fraud

If you accept payment via Credit Card on your website (whether it’s a simple “pay your bill” form, or a full eCommerce “shop”), there are several things you can do to reduce credit card fraud. Firstly, lets look at what happens when a credit card is “authorised”.   When you receive a credit card authorisation, all this does is confirm The card is valid The card has enough funds. The card hasn’t been reported as stolen. This does not guarantee your payment!    Things you can do ...

SEO and spam

We all receive spam emails.  However as website owners we often get emails from (mostly) overseas companies offering to “optimise” our websites and get amazing results. Firstly what is Search Engine Optimisation? Search Engine Optimisation is the process where a website gets “optimised” to boost visibility within the Natural (also called “organic”) Search Engine Results Who you should be wary of companies offering to “optimise” your site. When you get an email from a company offering to optimise your website, it usually contains some ...

5 reasons you should refresh or rebuild your old site

Has it been more than four years since you launched your website? Is it time for a refresh or even a rebuild? The answer is a definite yes. A lot of business owners see building a website as a "once off" investment (the site is built, and it will continue into eternity servicing my business and my customers). Unfortunately this is not the case. Why do I need to refresh or even rebuild my site? Security: as your site becomes older it can ...

Modifying your website - when to contact your web developer

Having a Content Management System (CMS) installed on your website can be a really powerful and useful tool for website owners.   Specifically for content that changes frequently (such as products, news and blogs), its critical that website owners can update this without refering back to the original developer / agency. However it's important to understand that sometimes, changes to websites still need (or should) come back to the original web developer / agency (Thats why at TMD Online we use terms ...

Why an SSL certificate is important for your website.

Firstly what is an SSL certificate? An SSL certificate is a small file that is installed on a web server, that stores a companies identity via a cryptographic key.  When a user browsers a site with an SSL certificate installed, the browser will display a "padlock" (or the address may go green), indicating that any traffic between the user and the web server is encrypted. Example of a site secured by SSL Since the early days of eCommerce / accepting credit cards on your website, an SSL certificate is obviously an important ...

Two minute run down on Google Analytics

So you’ve got access to your websites Google Analytics, but if you don’t really know what Google Analytics is about, or not sure what to look at – here is Trent’s two minute overview of Google Analytics, and some areas you can take a look at.    

Setting Up Google Analytics

So your website is now built, and we have suggested that we install Google Analytics on your site. Firstly ... what is Google Analytics? Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports what users are doing on your website. What kind of data is reported? Lots - but once you've got Google Analytics installed, you will be able to view statistics on how many people visit your site, how long they are staying, what pages they look at ...

Importance of setting proper title, meta descriptions and seo urls

For years we've spoken about how important Search Engine Optimisation is for the vast majority of websites. However when looking at a page, what does Google find important? Title tag.  The title tag is what appears in the "tab" name at the top of the browser. The Heading 1 tag (this is a "h1" tag) - usually this is the first "heading" on the page you are looking at. The content of your actual page - you should try and include a couple of ...

Advertising on the internet - a beginners guide.

Our clients constantly ask us how they can make a direct revenue stream by running advertising on their website. Advertising on websites usually involves placing a link or banner at the top or side of your site. There are three different ways to charge for banner advertising on your site: CPM - Cost per 1000 impressions. Every 1000 times a banner is shown, your advertiser pays you a set fee. CPM charges usually range from $5 to $50. Note if you are ...

What to do about a bad google review.

We’ve discussed previously how important getting good Google Reviews are ... However what happens if you get a negative or a fake review. Regardless if the review is negative or fake – it’s critical to respond in a calm and professional manner. If you cannot to do this, it is better to not respond at all. If it’s a genuine negative review: Respond promptly Try to constructively address the issues raised, but whatever you don’t get into a “slanging” match.  Try to defuse the situation ...

EU General Data Protection Regulation

The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) contains new data protection requirements that will apply from 25 May 2018.  This affects all Australian business (regardless of size) if they: have an establishment (e.g. physical store) inside the EU. offer goods and services to individuals inside the EU, or monitor the behaviour of individuals in the EU. The Australian Government has a great resource about what you need to do – click here to read.  ABC News – also has a great article here. We ...

What is an API?

You may have heard the term API thrown around a lot, but exactly what is an API?  An API is basically an interface for one system to “talk” to another system. For example: if we want to pull a list of reviews from Google and display this on your website, your website will connect to a Google API to retrieve these reviews. If you have a payment page on your website, your website will connect to your payment gateways “API” to process ...

Flash is dead, long live HTML5.

One of the web’s most oldest (and surviving) plugins "Flash" is officially being retired by Adobe in 2020.  Flash has been on the way out for the past few years, as browsers (such as Chrome, IE) are disabling Flash. What was Flash used for?   Flash in it’s heyday was heavily used for Video Streaming and Animation.  As browsers adopted the new HTML5 standard (and users stopped using old browsers), Flash has become obsolete. Flash is still used across the web, but all ...

Importance of Google Reviews

It’s a given these days that consumers (or clients) turn to a search engine such as Google to find out about a product or service they are after.  However once this consumer has short listed what they want (or who they want to use) the next step is they usually turn to online reviews. In recent research : Just under 90% of consumers have been influenced by an online review when making a buying decision.   Regardless of whether you are ...

How to view updated changes

Below are video demonstration's on how to do a shift refresh open an incognito (private browsing), or clear your cache In your browser.  It is important to do at least one of these options whenever TMD sends a change live, or updates your site on our test server. Videos Please note you will need sound. Click here if you use Chrome Click here if you use  Firefox Click here if you use Internet Explorer Click here if you use Safari (MAC).