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A first look at Safecont content quality analysis SEO tool

A first look at Safecont content quality analysis SEO tool

Review of a new tool from Data elasticity S.L in Spain that analyses the quality of your websites content Read more about A first look at Safecont content quality analysis SEO tool

How to find insecure pages in your site before Google start penalising them

How to find insecure pages in your site before Google start penalising them

Google will be highlighting all non-secure sites from July 2018 meaning that the Insecure Content Report of Screaming Frog will be in use a lot over the next few months - I will show you what to do. Read more about How to find insecure pages in your site before Google start penalising them

How I add canonicals into Perch CMS sites

How I add canonicals into Perch CMS sites

The Canonical link in a page's header lets the search engines know where the original page resides. Originally conceived for situations where articles were duplicated they would reference the original. Google tends to choose the oldest version of a page that it can find (but not the only method it uses) and any other pages with the same or very similar content are considered duplicates and will not do a well on the Search Engine Results Pages - SERPs and we want our pages to do well there for the traffic. Read more about How I add canonicals into Perch CMS sites

How to solve the Apple mail Unable to verify account name or password issue

How to solve the Apple mail Unable to verify account name or password issue

Have you been unable to verify account name or password on High Sierra, or changed your keychain password recently and then had issues with Apple mail and other services such as Linkedin, Google, Flickr, Vimeo? I have had exactly this situation and I solved it with a quick fix that will save you a lot of time. Read more about How to solve the Apple mail Unable to verify account name or password issue

Using a CDN to help migrate your sites hosting

Using a CDN to help migrate your sites hosting

Moving a site to new hosting can be fraught with issues. Here is one technique that I find useful when moving to a website to a new hosting server. Read more about Using a CDN to help migrate your sites hosting

Halle Marchandise en bois

Halle Marchandise en bois

A plaster model kit of a classic French wooden goods shed. Read more about Halle Marchandise en bois

Small Run Batch Deutz OO9 kit - part 2

Small Run Batch Deutz OO9 kit - part 2

Completion of the SRB001 Freelance DEUTZ Style 0-4-0DM chassis including the running gear and motor with the bodywork following. Read more about Small Run Batch Deutz OO9 kit - part 2

Small Run Batch Deutz OO9 kit

Small Run Batch Deutz OO9 kit

Stuart Brewer is a fellow GDNGRS member and is one of the most accomplished model makers I know - this is his first kit and my attempts at building it. Read more about Small Run Batch Deutz OO9 kit

Whitesands Quay first outing

Whitesands Quay first outing

Whitesands Quay first outing gets it out of the house and sets some deadlines for me to work to. Read more about Whitesands Quay first outing

Whitesands Quay - Row of cottages - chimney pots

Whitesands Quay - Row of cottages - chimney pots

Some finishing touches including new chimney pots Read more about Whitesands Quay - Row of cottages - chimney pots

Whitesands Quay trackwork

Whitesands Quay trackwork

I have now built two versions of the track-work. Both have issues. Read more about Whitesands Quay trackwork

La Meuse - construction

La Meuse - construction

Brass, nickel silver and white-metal kit of the Belgian La Meuse 2-6-0 narrow gauge locomotive used on the French sugar-beet lines Read more about La Meuse - construction

Whitesands Quay - row of cottages

Whitesands Quay - row of cottages

First set of buildings for Whitesands Quay is the Row of Cottages Read more about Whitesands Quay - row of cottages

Plots and scheming

Plots and scheming

We have always wanted to grow our own vegetables - not to a 'good life' extent but we both grew up in families that were in 'make do and mend' post war mode. Everyone grew a bit of food. Our previous home didn't really have the space in the Japanese style garden for any veg though we managed to squeeze in a couple of tomato plants. Read more about Plots and scheming

EU cookie consent law largely ignored

EU cookie consent law largely ignored

The EU has give the UK until May 28th 2012 to comply with the cookie consent law - how many of the organisations pinpointed by the ICO have met the deadline? Read more about EU cookie consent law largely ignored

HTML Test Page for CSS Style Guide

This content is used to test that css has been covered for all tags used in content. Read more about HTML Test Page for CSS Style Guide

Swanage Belle

Swanage Belle

I recently booked a trip on the Swanage Belle, a steam hauled special from London down to Swanage on the Dorset Coast. Read more about Swanage Belle

EEUK11 report

EEUK11 report

The UK's first ExpressionEngine conference has taken place in Manchester in August 2011. I provide a report on the event itself and the surrounding activities. Read more about EEUK11 report

Assets for ExpressionEngine

Assets for ExpressionEngine

Assets is a new file management add-on for ExpressionEngine and brings a new way of managing assets in your website. I installed it and built a simple image Gallery. Read more about Assets for ExpressionEngine

Vintage tractors

Vintage tractors

On the 11th June 2011 we attended the Shakey Super Pull run by the Midlands Tractor Pulling Club at the Shakespeare Country Raceway. Read more about Vintage tractors

Responsive web design

Responsive web design

Responsive web design has been emerging as a way forward over the past two years. Following inspiration from the way Simon Collison's crafted his personal website I have now implemented a Responsive Web Design on this, my personal website. Read more about Responsive web design

Loxley Barton Falls - part 1 - inspiration

Loxley Barton Falls - part 1 - inspiration

In 2004 I went to the Expo Narrow Gauge (ExpoNG) model railway exhibition for the first time and that single visit inspired me to pick up an old hobby that I thought I would never go back to. Read more about Loxley Barton Falls - part 1 - inspiration

WebFonts

WebFonts

With HTML5 finally emerging from the primordial soup I thought it was time to have a look at where we have got to with fonts on the web, what today's techniques are and what is new in the world of the digital hot metal. Read more about WebFonts

Star Wars day

Star Wars day

Luuuuuke, Luuuuuke, wake up it's the 4th of May - Star Wars Day... Read more about Star Wars day

Nibbler

Nibbler

Online testing suites are a very useful way of checking your website to see if it's up to scratch. I take you through Nibbler from Silktide. Read more about Nibbler

The perfect angle to staple paper

The perfect angle to staple paper

On July 2nd 2004 I posted a small article about stapling sheets of paper together. We all have these small thoughts but don't usually say them out loud - this time I did. Read more about The perfect angle to staple paper

Medmenham walk

Medmenham walk

We completed a short country walk around Medmenham in Buckinghamshire including a stretch along the banks of the Thames river. Read more about Medmenham walk

New look for 2010

New look for 2010

I have finally taken the plunge and updated the site and have switched over to ExpressionEngine. Read more about New look for 2010

White Sands Quay progress

White Sands Quay progress

Ongoing development of my third layout. Read more about White Sands Quay progress

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