We’re a pretty switched on bunch here at Web Boutique, and when were not busy designing websites, and helping you engage your customers we like to spill our thoughts.
We will often share general web tips and social activities to try out with your website, or it may just be something we think is pretty cool that ought to be shared.
Young Enterprise Scheme Special Offer
As a previous Young Enterprise Scheme student, our creative director Brady Dyer wanted to provide assistance to students who are taking part in Young Enterprise. All companies, both real-world and YES, need a web presence to help sell their products & services. So we’ve put together everything a YES company could need to kickstart their web engagement. Web Boutique will supply: A domain name for 12 months (this is the address you type into the address bar such as www.youryescompany.co.nz) An email account for each student in your YES group (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org) Unlimited aliases for these email accounts (i.e. you might like anything sent to email@example.com to be sent through … read the rest
Why you should use Facebook adverts for your business
When people think of advertising, quite often it involves pouring a wad of cash into a hole. Casting out a giant net, and you might get a few bites. While you could spent thousands of dollars advertising on the radio, TV, billboards or newspaper. The problem you have is that only a small percentage of the people who view your advert are actually interested in your business. What if there was a way to only advertise to those people that you’ve identified are your target market? That’s where Facebook adverts come in. Facebook adverts allow you to specify exactly who sees your advert. You can rest assured that every person who views … read the rest
Say Goodbye to the Free Google Apps
Well it was always on the cards. 12 months ago Google changed their sign up page for Google Apps which made it a lot hard to sign up for the free version. Today they announced that new customers will no longer be able to sign up for that version anymore. For those that don’t know, Google Apps provides a suite of tools for businesses, mainly being Gmail – a web based email client. This is bad news for our new customers, as we’ve previously used Google Apps as it’s a solid platform for email delivery. From today onwards you will only be able to sign up to Google Apps for business … read the rest
Checklist of final 6 things to do before launching a website
So the designs have been finished for a while, the HTML code is in place. Everything looks the part. But there’s always a few little things that are often forgotten when it comes to finished off a website. So we’ve put together this wee checklist to ensure those last little minor things are all checked off. We figured if we wrote this list publicly all our clients could sleep knowing they’ve all been done to their websites. Checklist of final website touches Design a favicon Favicon’s are the little icons displayed next to the tab in your browser, also if the page is ever saved in your bookmarks. Add Google Analytics In … read the rest
How to migrate your old email accounts emails into your new Google Apps account
It’s a question we get asked quite a bit. We use Google Apps for our email hosting for clients, so when they’ve got their fancy new emailaddress@theirdomain the first question they ask is “What about all my old emails?” Never fear! It’s quite simple to move your old inbox over to your new. However, before we get into the specific steps it’s worth asking do you want all your old emails moved over? Some love the idea of a clean start, and if you’re using a free email account (xtra, gmail, hotmail etc) you will still be able to access your old account. Some clients like to embrace the cleanliness … read the rest
New Zealand Web Hosting vs USA Web Hosting
Why should you buy New Zealand web hosting? It’s a good question. There is quite a difference in price between hosting your website offshore, so why should you host it locally? Better Search Engine Rankings It’s no surprise that Google looks at where your web site is hosted by using IP geolocating by looking at the IP address of your server. If Google knows your website is hosted in New Zealand it will rank you higher in Google New Zealand search results. The small difference in price makes a huge difference to your ranking, and subsequently the amount of traffic to your website. It’s faster While speeds are increasing in New Zealand, … read the rest
Stop Posting The Facebook Copyright Thing
You know that bit of legal-sounding text that all your friends are sharing on Facebook? “I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details…” blah blah blah? Yeah: it’s meaningless. We’ll show you why, line by line. If you’ve been on Facebook in the last day or so, you’ve probably seen this, or one of its many garbled variations, shared as someone’s Facebook status: In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, crafts, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of … read the rest
48 Things That Will Make You Feel Old
1. 2. This is what Ferguson from “Clarissa Explains It All” looks like today. 3. She’s 30. And married. Source: people.com 4. 5. You will never be able to eat this again. It hasn’t been sold in over 6 years. 6. You will never be able to drink these again. The following 3 drinks haven’t been sold in over 11 years. 7. Pluto hasn’t been a planet for over 5 years. 8. 9. 10. 20 years ago. 11. And here’s what they look like reunited in 2011. 12. This picture of Chevy Chase was taken 31 YEARS AGO. Via: @si_vault 13. The Backstreet Boys are 19-years-old. 14. Does anyone know what a floppy disc is anymore? Via: world-shaker 15. 16. 30 years later, you … read the rest
Apple’s New iOS 6 due for release on September 19th!
So you’ve seen the release of the new iPhone 5. Needless to say we all thought they were going to drop the numbering system as per the latest iPad, which they haven’t. Do admire Apple’s ambition to always have something up their sleeves that the months of rumours didn’t account for. If you’re not upgrading to the new iPhone 5, when can you get your hands on the new iOS 6 for your current iPhone 4/S. September 19th is when you’ll have to wait. If it’s anything like previous releases, New Zealand will be ahead of the pack being at the start of the world, timezone-wise. Just like previous years however, Vodafone NZ … read the rest