Microsoft ends support for IE 8, 9 and 10

29

Feb

Beginning 12/01/16, Microsoft announced it would discontinue technical support and security updates for older versions of its web browser Internet Explorer. These changes will affect versions IE 8, IE 9 and IE 10 of the browser. Only the most current version of Internet Explorer (IE 11) and Microsoft Edge, the default browser for Windows 10 will continue to be supported. , , Old versions of the software will still be usable, however they will no longer be updated with bug fixes and security...

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Let's Act on the Worldwide Website Obesity Problem

31

Jan

Yes, Website Obesity is a real problem, and is becoming more and more common in sites all over the world wide web, and if it continues will prove to be a major issue for not only you as a company but also you as a user and consumer., It is important to understand that these days technology is not waiting for anyone. Hardware is rapidly changing in size, weight and performance, which in turn leads to constant software and browser updates which may also incorporate third-party scripts such as...

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Why website updates are so Important

17

Nov

As developers, we know our industry evolves at a very fast pace. So fast, indeed, that its often hard to keep up with all the new libraries, frameworks and new versions of the tools we use on a daily basis., At Hybis we offer our clients a monthly maintenance service package which includes periodic updates on all 3rd party Javascript Libraries used on your project., What is a 3rd party Javascript Library? , Well in simple terms it's any piece of code that we include from someone else...

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Facebook turns Emotional

19

Oct

The original Roman expression of thumbs up, more commonly known today as the ‘Like’ button on Facebook is probably the most used expression in social media and almost as soon as it became part of everyday life were users requesting an equivalent ‘Dislike’ button., Facebook has never given in to the pressure, choosing to avoid negativity in its brand, and when more businesses embraced Facebook, the ‘dislike’ button became an even more delicate matter., This...

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Using Twitter For Business

23

Jul

Its no secret - social media use is on the rise amoung businesses of all sizes. To help you feel more confident including Twitter as a platform for promoting your business I thought I would share my knowledge on the matter:, Promoting your business on Twitter is extremely cost-effective and despite its limit of only 140 characters I feel this helps to keep communication simple. Being clever or direct with your messages is the best approach, and remember to be personable. With such a...

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Setting up an Ecommerce Solution

16

Jul

In this blog post, I thought I would cover the eight most common steps you would need to follow if you’re looking to setup an e-commerce website for the first time. It’s not immediately obvious what is required to get a new online business off the drawing board and into production but hopefully this will make it a little clearer:, 1. Choose your Domain Name, To get your e-commerce website started you will need to get a domain name for your website. These can be purchased...

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Custom Made Websites vs Free Websites

22

Jun

As a web development business we're approached weekly by people who are "shopping around" for a website. As a business owner you are always looking at how to save money and make your business profitable. When it comes to creating an online presence for your business, just like your marketing materials and office’s appearance, your website needs to project a professional image. The more professional looking your business appears, the more creditable it appears., Due to large...

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Your new website just went live... now what?

15

Jun

Your fully paid up and your web developer told you the exciting news that your website is LIVE!! Your great idea and vision is out there for all to see ... lets kick back and let the website do the work for you..right? Well… the reality is your work continues....., Below are the things you need to consider and prepare for, post launch:, Unfortunately when a new website is developed you need to understand Google doesn't know it yet. Going live will not translate into appearing...

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Your Website Images - Size DOES matter!

25

May

Images help us to visualise data, add value, provide information and in general make everything look brighter, better and more engaging. But images can also be a deterant to websites - if they are pixelated and blurry or if the image loads slowly your website looks unprofessional., Patience is a virtue and in a place where speed matters, quick loading images are important and a quick loading website helps keep visitors engaged. Another concern for some may be image theft. Getting it right is...

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Benefits of Instagram for Business

14

May

As visual content becomes more popular on Social Media, it also becomes increasingly important for businesses to communicate visually with their customers., One of the most popular platforms that will enable you to leverage the power of this shift is Instagram. Instagram’s social network launched in 2010 and within only 2months it had 1 million followers, this figure keeps growing and is around 150 million users currently., Instagram is one of the best and most-used photo sharing...

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Stock and Inventory

05

May

The terms stock and inventory are used interchangeably, but in actuality, the terms have two separate meanings., Inventory: includes all of the assets a business uses to produce its goods - the raw materials used to make the products, the machinery used to produce the products and the building in which the products are made. In other words, anything that goes into producing the items sold by a business. Inventory also determines the sale price for the products., Stock: is the finished product...

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Google sets Responsive Deadline - 21 April 2015

21

Apr

Google has announced that it will be starting the roll out of a major algorithm change on 21 April 2015. This mobile-friendly ranking algorithm is worldwide, page by page and done on a real time basis and will classify your site as mobile-friendly or not, and Google themselves state this will have a "significant impact" on search results, "in all languages worldwide" as it determines whether your site should rank higher in search results than others., The factors...

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Should your Business have a Facebook page?

17

Apr

Every social network has its own unique culture and target audience, which is not always a good fit for every business. At Hybis we believe every business should however look for a social network that suits their business. For example Facebook or Google+ if you have a retail business, LinkedIn if you are more Business to Business (B2B) orientated, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest if you are selling merchandise online etc., The above said there are many benefits for a business having a Facebook...

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The Importance of using SSL certificates

11

Apr

As a Web Developer I would describe SSL as the backbone for providing a secure Internet by protecting sensitive information as it travels across the world. With the growth of security awareness on the web, it’s critical to make sure your customers know their data is secure on your website., The primary benefit for why SSL is used is to keep sensitive information encrypted so that only the intended recipient can understand it. If you dont use an SSL certificate any computer inbetween you...

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Google Analytics - Reports!‏

17

Mar

Google Analytics has a lot of reports, and it's easy to get overwhelmed by the data which confronts you. To assist in breaking down the data intimidation let's start at the beginning......., Report categories are broken down on the left side menu. The most important sections are:, , Real-Time - This shows you what’s happening on your site in real time., Audience - Tells you more about who is on your site., Acquisition - Tells you how your visitors and customers found and...

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Understanding the Basic Terminology of Google Analytics

11

Mar

One of the most influential products you can use to really understand how well your website is doing is Google Analytics., Google analytics is an amazing tool which analyses different types of Metrics to measures your business' Key Performance Indicators (or KPIs). These metrics can be made up of different elements such as visits/ page views, to conversions and geographic location of visitors. They allow you to determine what is and isn’t working for your business, and the steps you need...

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What Is the Difference between Web Design and Web Development?

03

Mar

When you are looking for someone to work on your website, you need to know what you’re looking for — web design or web development. Knowing the difference is key to getting the job done cost effectively and the way you want. Many people get them confused or think they are one and the same, probably because they only have one point of reference, and that’s what they see on their screen., The differences can be summerised as follows:, Web design is the customer-facing part of the...

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Why Azure Hosting from Microsoft truly is a great product and service

18

Feb

Azure is a cloud hosting platform and infrastructure, created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed Data Centers., It is a growing collection of integrated services – compute, storage, data, networking and app.,  , It provides both PaaS and IaaS services, which for the general public means a powerful combination of managed and unmanaged services. ,  ...

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What is a Payment Gateway?

10

Feb

A Payment Gateway is the software application on an e-commerce website that allows the website to link a client's payment account with the website’s account and process transactions on behalf of a merchant., There are two major ways a payment gateway can be configured to work with your website. They are: Hosted and Shared Gateways., Hosted Payment Gateways are those that direct users away from your ecommerce website. While making payments, the customer is redirected to the real gateway...

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What is a Domain Name?

22

Jan

A domain name is a company's on-line identity which it's clients/employees use to access on-line services such as the organisation’s website or email system. It identifies and locates computers and resources connected to the Internet., Each domain name corresponds to a numeric IP (Internet Protocol) address. The Internet uses the numeric IP address to send data through a Web server associated to that domain name., Domain names, and their corresponding IP addresses, must be unique. No two...

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