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I blog sometimes, whether it's a web design tutorial, development opinion or general rant about the price of my favourite drink. You'll be able to find all of what I say on this page.


WordPress 4.4 – Clifford

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Clifford Brown
Usually I’m not one to share WordPress news, mainly because it’s often widely reported before I get there. But I needed an excuse to test out the new WordPress 4.4 updates of course! You can read more about the Clifford 4.4 update below (in a handy new link style!) – (That I’m still trying to work out…) It works!

All-In-One Analytic Tool – Hotjar

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Tracking users is a massive business in the web industry, the more information you can gather about your visitors when they’re on your website, the more you can potentially increase conversion, leading to a successful website and business.

I often use a combination of different tools depending on the ultimate goal of the website, for example on my own website, search ranking and referrals are both important to me so I use Google Analytics to track referrals and SEO Edge to track ranking.

Perks of the job

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It’s important that in any field of work you’re currently in, you find positives to feel good about. Whether those positives are tucking away on the amazing BBQ Pulled Pork Burritos from the local Friska or a fantastic quote from a web design client from a previous project. The latter has influenced this particular blog post and I’d like to share it.

I’d like to say a massive thank you to David Pottrell for helping design my Social Paws website, although it was designed a while back he helps maintain it for me on a monthly cost effective price package.

Not only is it easy to navigate around but looks great too and when I want something changed I only need to ask! ~ Helen

I took on this web design project not too long ago for pet care and behaviour specialist, Helen at Social Paws. Her old website was built on a free template for WordPress which unfortunately didn’t offer the freedom and editing capabilities she needed. The website also, although rich with content, performed poorly with regards to SEO, something that definitely needed addressing.

A smarter responsive mobile navigation

It seems a lot of web developers and designers aren’t too happy with the standard hamburger style menu solution. I wish I could tell you I’ve found a better method but honest, I haven’t, sorry.

What I have done though, alongside Yoto Creative, is develop a smarter way of displaying a navigation to users. Usually you’ll find the navigation in the top-right section of your page, on tablet and mobile we also find this because the navigation becomes hidden and replaced by the hamburger icon.

This is fine, on desktop at least – but on mobile and tablet you may find you’re having to stretch your thumb to reach the navigation. So what if we moved it to be a little more accessible?

Chrome WP-Admin Bugfix

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So I’ve noticed quite a few users discussing the latest issue with Chrome and WordPress, in the particular the admin panel where it breaks every so often (in particular, not every link is visible until you interact with it).

I won’t go into a great amount of detail because it has been well documented elsewhere by Jeff Chandler. That said, if you’re interested in a more client friendly approach then carry on reading!