Random posts about developing online businesses

Here are the different website topics that we have available. They've mostly been written by our Drupal web developer, Guy Doughty. They include both technical web development and general website topics.

What is a sitemap.xml file and how do we use it for SEO?
Note: If you're a client of mine this is already done. What is a sitemap.xml file? A sitemap.xml file is a list of pages on a website that the search engines can understand. It lists every page that you wish to be shown in the search engine.  It's...
What the hell is a robots.txt file and how do we use it for SEO?
Note: If you're a client of mine this is already done. Ok, so it may sounds like I'm going a little sci-fi on you. To understand how we use a robots.txt file for SEO, we need to get clear on a couple of things. What is a robot in this context? What then...
SEO: Why is a large % of organic (free) traffic not recorded in Analytics?
Google Analytics was once fantastic at showing us detailed information about our Organic (Free) traffic. We could see how many people arrived at our website. We could see what keywords the user searched for before arriving. As well as a breakdown of other important numbers such...
Rank for different areas using Local Search Engine Optimisation
Local Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is critical for many businesses now. Basically any business who service clients in a particular geographical location.  Many people now add city and regions to their searches for local services ie "web designer eastbourne...
How mobile responsive web design helps SEO
With the adoption of smart phones and tablets forever on the increase, mobile optimised websites are becoming a must. It is also a ranking factor for determining your position in Google for mobile searchers.  It is also said that 70% of mobile surfers would be more likely...
Using LinkedIn to promote brand awareness online
Have you noticed how LinkedIn pages regularly appear in the search results now? For both companies and individuals. We certainly have! Creating the companies page on LinkedIn With LinkedIn you can create a page for your company. Like with all content that you publish, you...
Remote Offsite Plesk Backups - Microsoft OneDrive & Google Drive
Plesk now has backup extensions that allow us to connect Plesk to remote cloud storage. This is especially a must for website hosting companies. So if you've been running a separate backup server and using FTP backups, you're in for some real savings! Cloud storage...
How to resolve high CPU usage by mail server and large mail queue
First of I am using Plesk  Onyx 17.0.17 on Linux using the Postfix mailserver. So all my websites became dreadfully slow over the weekend. On signing into Plesk I could see 70% CPU usage. In the health monitor I could see that the Mailserver CPU usage in services was...
FTP stopped working on Plesk / Centos
After an update to ProFTPd package, the server (Plesk Panels 11.5.3 on CentOS 6.5) stopped allowing incoming connections. A somewhat awkward situation for active developers, even more so when hosting client websites. After checking the Xinetd logs at...
How I got CKEditor to work with Geshi in Drupal 7
This is a quick post. I've just spent hours getting Geshi to properly format special characters. Namely "<" and ">" being the most annoying.  You see when you have ckeditor installed it encodes special characters into HTML. So you end up...

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