We love cool data as much as the next geek. So when Craig Miller and the Wairakei GeoNet crew posted up some interesting seismic graphs relating to the Foo Fighters concert, we thought we ‘ought to get in on that!
The Herne Bay (HBAZ) and Eden Park (EPAZ) stations are 1.5km and 2km from Western Springs, respectively, and recorded a strong low frequency signal during the Foo Fighters concert.
There were highs and lows through-out the night, most likely showing the absolute crowd pleasers, and those that only the die-hard loyal fans knew.
We’re pleased to say that the Web Boutique crew made up some of the 100,000 ground-stomping feet pounding the earth below – what a night!
So your .co.nz or .com is taken? Should you try a .net?
A simple question. A simple answer.
But wait hold on?
Ok ok ok… So you’ve discovered that your perfect domain has already been snapped up by someone else and you’re thinking about other prefixes? We really don’t recommend using .net’s purely for the fact that internet users are stupid. They can’t be trusted, and their minds skip the end of domain names, and they will end up on someone elses website. The same way that you might dial an 0800 number when really you wanted the 0508 number. We get around 5 calls a week, from people trying to call 0508 246 888 (our awesome number is 0800 246 888, call us for a chat?).
The only time we would suggest an alternative suffix, is if you are a charity organisation – in which case .org or .org.nz’s are a good idea too. They are becoming more popular, but in the first instance we would suggest trying to get a .com or .co.nz that you’re happy with.
.co.nz or .com?
If you’re market is local and will never be global, then .co.nz’s are the way to go. They add a ‘local’ feel to your website, which kiwi’s seem to love.
If there’s a chance your brand will expand globally, then .com’s are a good base to cover. In a lot of cases we sign customers up for both the .com and .co.nz for the same domain name. This stops someone else snapping up your domain, and future proofs yourself.
Facebook Timeline was launched in New Zealand last night, with the rest of the world due to get it over the coming days.
So what is the big deal? What is Facebook Timeline?
Facebook Timeline presents a way to digitally document your entire life, from birth to present, via wall posts, photos, announcements and events. Consider it a neatly organized social scrapbook with a visually pleasing interface.
Things to do with your new timeline
So you’ve got the new timeline, but not sure what to do with it all?
Set a cover image
The biggest visual change to Facebook is the new cover image, shown at the top of profile pages (and hopefully soon, fan pages too).
The covers dimensions are 850px X 315px – which is a lot of screen real estate to fill. It can be anything you wish, such as a photo of you that you’d usually have on a profile photo. Some creative folk have taken it a bit further and here’s a couple of designs that will impress.
The new timeline menu bar
The other thing you’ll notice is you now have a new timeline menu bar which floats at the top of your screen. You can use it to add new events to your life. It also includes a quick menu to flick back to any point in your life. Go back and have a look when you were born? Or when you first got facebook?
Work & Education
Events in your life are separated into categories. The first is ‘work and education’ in which you can add any study or jobs you have gotten over the years. If you already had this filled out from the old facebook profile, it will carry over.
As well as work & education, there are ‘family & relationships’, ‘home & living’, ‘health & wellness’, and ‘travel & experiences’. Each menu item has a range of options for timeline events to add.
Any events you manually add will become ‘featured’ on your timeline. What this does is spans across two-columns on the new layout. Because you’ve taken the time to add it yourself, Facebook figures it’s important to you. You can set any automatic updates as featured by clicking the little star.
Well there you go, a few points on ways to fill your timeline, some help on what this timeline business is all about.
Consider this an early Xmas gift from the team at Web Boutique.
We want you to feel right at home. After all our home is your home. If you want the lights dimmed a bit, or another log thrown on the fire be sure to let us know. So consider this our official welcome, to you, our favorite little person in the whole wide world.
You’ve made the first step by looking for help in the right place. Good help is hard to come by these days, so we’ve put together this little guide that should aid you down the unfamiliar path of increasing your web presence.
Domain Names (i.e. www.webboutique.co.nz)
A domain name is like a phone number. It’s your identity on the internet. It’s how people find you, share you, and contact you. Domain names shouldn’t be any longer than 20 characters, should be easy to remember and should stay away form using anything other than .co.nz or .com. Your website will be reached by going to your domain name, but also your email addresses will be email@example.com.
Once you have your domain name sorted, you need to point your viewers to your website. This is a web host. It is a fancy super computer, locked in an ultra secure location that has all the files for your website stored on it. When people enter your domain name, they will be reading the files from us, the web host. There isn’t much to know about web hosting, as we take care of all the technical stuff for us, but if you do want to know more then click here to find out about our cheap web hosting.
Web Design is in effect, putting the pen to paper. It is the drawing, the planning, the coding to make your website individual and unique. We can work within your design scope if you already have existing logos and colour schemes. Or if you’re just starting, you might need us to design you a new logo and branding guidelines before we even start building the website. Whether you’re after a one-page website with the basics on your business, or after a 1,000 page shopping website – we can do it all!
So, you’ve got a website designed. We’ve got the web hosting and domain names doing their thing. But how are your customers going to find your website? How are new customers going to find out about your awesome product or service. This is where social media, and marketing techniques come in to play. There are no black & white rules on how to engage your customers, but we can discuss the best process to take to ensure that you’re in the public eye. There’s not much point in developing an expensive website to sell to new customers, if they’re not finding out about you.
Here is a list of the basics that we will go over with you:
Listing on Google Maps
Regular newsletters of specials & news
Smart signatures in your outgoing emails
Photos. Customers love looking at photos, whether it’s your new shop being built, or a behind the scenes look at how your great product gets built.
Click here to find out more details on how we can help you interact with your customers through social media.