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Pressing Concerns

By Max Brockbank

Filed under: Clients,LinkedIn,Scene News,Technology
Page updated 4:47 pm: July 2, 2009

We’ve been doing some work for up and coming London digital search agency Absorb, on designs for a new web site using good old WordPress, the platform on which this very site is based. Levitra venta

WordPress is now in Buy Levitra Online version 2.8 and going strong. It’s Online Pharmacy No Prescription Needed trusted by many big names including the BBC, Ford Motors, TIME magazine and even LastMinute.com, the online travel site which will forever be linked with the dot.com boom of the late 90s.

We’re also moving the Association of American Correspondents in London‘s theAACL.co.uk web site to WordPress, giving them a flexible platform to promote a more interactive community. Potenzmittel viagra The AACL’s current President, Karla Adam, a London bureau chief with The Washington Post emailed us to say: “Looks good! Much fresher, cleaner. Looking forward to going live soon.”

While WordPress is not the answer to everything, it is possible to get it up and running quickly and cheaply using one of the many blogging packages offered by reputable hosting companies such as the UK-based 34sp.com, which offers a built-in installer to minimize the effort required Levitra efectos secundarios to get started in the first place. Opinion levitra

There’s plenty more about WordPress at the Buy suprax WordPress site, and links to lots of free plug-ins, themes and ideas for blogging success.


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A blast from the past for SEO

By Max Brockbank

Filed under: JustWebContent.com,Scene News,SEO
Page updated 11:23 am: February 10, 2009

One of the casualties of the Big Buy Revia Online Pharmacy No Prescription Needed Crash just before Christmas was JustWebContent.com, a blog I ran on good content for websites. Levitra venta Opinion levitra Levitra efectos secundarios Potenzmittel viagra

JWC was set up in mid 2007 as a blatant exercise in self publicity and good generic diflucan SEO, but after other work took priority in early 2008 it fell dormant with few updates.

But JWC was more than just a blog: there were tools including keyword density counters, character converters and readability engines, Buy fempro online the latter appearing in Google’s top five for the keywords “readability analyser” Buy Viagra Super Active+ Online right up to its sudden disappearance and a few weeks beyond.

The intention is to ressurect JWC as part of the Scene on the Net blog, including the popular tools.

Watch this space


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Knowing when to keep quiet

By Max Brockbank

Filed under: Clients,Scene News,SEO,Services
Page updated 12:10 pm: February 7, 2009

We’ve just finished work on a small new site for a client who would rather not be named.

There are many reasons why a client may not wish their website to be “high profile”, from the private and personal nature of its contents to not being directly or indirectly linked to another site or even an individual.

At Scene, we have helped many clients to take the discreet route with otherwise legal, honest and ethical websites. It partly explains why our client list is not represented completely by our on-site portfolio.

We’re happy to take on other similar operations in a sensitive way and as a result we’ve developed some expertise in using SEO to promote discreet sites in the best possible way.

Even “hush, hush” sites get to appear in Google.


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Even we make mistakes

By Max Brockbank

Filed under: Clients,Hosting,Scene News
Page updated 10:43 am: February 3, 2009

Just before Christmas we received calls from several clients asking if there was a “problem” with their websites, because they could not access them. This was pretty widespread; not the usual “server down for upgrade” sort of thing.

At Scene, we don’t do hosting. Hosting is cheap and widely available. Hosting requires constant supervision and good hardware support staff, on hand, at all times. We couldn’t give the level of service required at a reasonable price, so we farm out our hosting to dedicated hosting companies. It’s a method which has worked well in the past and we have used several hosting companies to spread the load — and the risk.

But just before Christmas a gaping hole appeared in this strategy when one of these companies — PagesGarden.com — seems finally to¬† have fallen foul of the Global Credit Crunch.

Once aware of the immediate problem we were on to it quickly, and using back-ups and archived versions of websites, all our clients were back on line before the crackers were pulled on Christmas Day.

There were one or two loose ends. One client had registered with Pages Garden independently and had accepted a free domain name deal. That meant that along with his website, he also lost control of his URL. It’s taken some detective work to find the company for whom Pages Garden was a domain reseller, but on Tuesday we were finally able to reunite our client with his cherished domain. In the meantime we have arranged an alternative “.co.uk” domain to back up his “.com”.

In another case, the disappearance of their site has prompted one client to ask for a make-over of their site, which we’ll be undertaking soon.

And the whole catastrophe has given us the chance to beef up and ring-fence the back-up and archive procedures on all our clients’ sites.

We have also again considered directly hosting sites but a cost/benefit analysis shows it’s still better to farm out that side of the business. We now exclusively use UK-based hosts with a good track record and clear evidence of their stability in these straightened times.

While we cannot guarantee never to have a similar experience, we are now better placed to deal with it, if — or when — it happens again.

It all goes to prove that every cloud has a silver lining.


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