Category Archive: Tips

News, thoughts, advice & some opinions

Determine your critical CSS without Grunt or Gulp

If you are familiar with Google PageSpeed you will know that loading a CSS file blocks the rendering of your page. It will tell you to inline critical elements of your CSS in the HTML. But how do you determine what CSS is critical for above-the-fold content? Well, you can use various automated solutions involving […]

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A simple typography rule

Recently I have noticed a disturbing thing: websites with excessive line lengths (i.e. the amount of characters on a single line of text). Some websites sport line length between 90 and 190! That’s a lot of characters. To clarify: Anything from 45 to 75 characters is widely regarded as a satisfactory length of line for […]

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Setting up an online shop

I have had a few enquiries lately from people who want to set up an e-commerce website. All but one were new businesses without an existing customer list. Setting up a business that sells online might be easier than setting up a high street shop, but either way, without customers neither will be successful. So […]

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Going from Sole Trader to Limited Company

Last Friday was my first birthday as a limited company. I didn’t have much of a party, but as first years go, it has been a pretty good one. I have a very simple business plan: to run a profitable business. And this past year I did just that. If you currently are a sole […]

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How to spot a good client?

There are many ways to go about this and any of the following are good indications: They don’t haggle you down when you quote your price. They pay the first payment for the project promptly. They sign your Terms & Conditions without hesitation (although if they ask questions about it first, that could be good […]

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Having your profile image show up in Google search results

This post is out-of-date. Google no longer makes this possible. Set up a profile with Google+ It needs to be a personal Google+ profile. Business pages don’t have a Contributor section Verify your email address In your Google+ profile add your email address to your Contact Information, and then click the  Verify button. Ideally the […]

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