Web design

Covering a range of topics from questions you should be asking, to accessibility (including colour blindness), to meta. Some of it’s dated, but it’s a look back at history.

Distorted WordPress post, feature image for article on Jetpack bug

Jetpack took down my site

WordPress 6.1: Jetpack just killed my site It’s somewhat unsettling to log into your site following a patch (in this case WordPress 6.1) and find it’s crashed. All the other sites I checked look fine, so its not as simple as ‘this’ killed my site. Fortunately, I can go through the control panel to disable …

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Thoughts on WordPress hosting and design

Choosing the best host for your website Intro This will be a rambling viewpoint more than authoritative post, but I’ve been doing web design and hosting for well over twenty years, so it’s backed up with experience. This experience includes all sorts of companies and hosting options (shared, VPS, dedicated and cloud-based servers, managed and …

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Dummies guide to SEO – for small business owners

Dummies guide to SEO for small business owners This post attempts to explain the complexities – and traps – of Search Engine Optimisation in simple terms. It will get technical in several places; I can’t avoid that, so just ignore all the bits that go over your head and take what you can from it. …

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Web designers in St Helens, Merseyside

This post: circa 7,800 words, estimated reading time: 40 minutes Intro This posts looks at web designers in and around St Helens, Merseyside, but can apply in practice to any town. It’s pedantic and at times harsh, even snarky. Enjoy! I was and am umm’ing and arr’ing about starting a web design company locally, so …

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Web design, by Ackadia

Web design, just how you like it, Sir! Sir, or ma’am, of course. First the good news: I am considering offering to do websites again for a reasonable, possibly even near-cost price. Huzzah! See our daughter site, Ackadia.co.uk Now the bad news: I’m not a big fan of the curious idea that ‘the customer is …

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Server updates – on the move. Again.

Host change: to WP Engine Latest server update to improve the site responsiveness for viewers. Someone once said I was the most laid back person they’d ever met. Someone else said I was bat shit crazy. Both were probably right, depending on the circumstance. Some things that perhaps should upset, annoy or phase me, don’t. …

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Site updates August to September 2020

* Takes a big hammers * Short version: I am revising every single page and post on the site, checking and redoing: Every image Every external link Every instance of corrupted html (e.g. £ or a single quote rendered as a string of foreign characters) Looking for typo’s etc, occasionally improving the prose Looking for …

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