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Does Google’s webmaster guidelines website follow Google webmaster guidelines?

Posted on April 13, 2016

Google’s webmaster guidelines are there to help web designers and developers create websites that get noticed by Google. But how do you find out whether or not your website actually follows the guidelines?


Go to varvy.com and enter the domain name you’d like to check. It could be yours, or one of your competitors. After around 30 seconds a report appears that details 14 areas covered by the Google webmaster guidelines. Factors of the site that comply with the guidelines have green headings, and items that need changing have yellow headings, with particular faults displayed in orange coloured text. After any highlighted issues have been fixed, your website should follow the Google guidelines.

The Varvy service is free and the site also has a very good summary of the Google guidelines.

As an experiment I put Google’s webmaster guidelines website into Varvy to find out (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Four common web development problems and how to deal with them

Posted on February 3, 2016

As a web developer, implementing a website project can be a complex process and, like any complicated project, it helps to anticipate potential problems so that you can plan the solutions.

Problem 1: The cost

One of the first questions that a client asks a web developer is what is it going to cost. Unless the client has a clear idea about what elements are needed for the website then it is difficult to quote for the total cost.

Apart from the number of pages, there are various elements that can add to the cost including forms, shopping carts, databases, videos, slide shows, interactive menus and so on, each of which takes the developer time to implement.

The solution is (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Facebook opens up origami offering

Posted on February 15, 2014

Facebook has decided to offer up something quite interesting for app designers free of charge; a piece of software called Origami.

It’s a design prototyping toolkit that can be used to (more…)

Posted by Steven

Gaining inspiration from the random

Posted on January 24, 2014

Sometimes, inspiration can come from the most unusual sources. With logic being the enemy of creativity, a website named The Thinkerbot has come up with a novel idea to help inspire.

It gathers what it (more…)

Posted by Steven

Layers: the style-agnostic framework

Posted on November 30, 2013

The use of frameworks has become ubiquitous in the web design and development community. Everyone has their favourites and most could debate their advantages and (more…)

Posted by Steven

Web development community gears up for Blue Beanie Day

Posted on November 28, 2013

Saturday will see the people across the world mark the 7th annual Blue Beanie Day, where designers and developers don blue beanies or caps to show (more…)

Posted by Steven

The advantages of migrating to Bootstrap 3.x

Posted on November 9, 2013

In a previous post, Bootstrap was mentioned as a fantastic framework for front-end developers. It gives users the ability to customise their version and its features, while (more…)

Posted by Steven

Mozilla introduces new app-making tool

Posted on October 18, 2013

At first glance, Mozilla’s new app-maker interface seems fairly simple. With its suggested list of components to add, it emulates a drag-and-drop style that most (more…)

Posted by Steven
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