In the spirit of sharing web development tips and techniques:
This year I’d like to celebrate my partner Jenni. Besides working on her jewellery business Twinkleberry, she has steadily ramped up her involvement with SUGAR until today she is pretty much working with me full-time in delivering our web services to a growing group of clients. In this process she has had to learn to use quite a few new applications and generally increase her knowledge of the web and search engines. All I can say is that I am one very lucky guy to have her working with me and I cannot think of any other woman in my life who I’d like to celebrate more today. Thank you Jenni.
Do follow the ongoing adventures in comic form of Lovelace and Babbage published at 2D Goggles. Thanks to Sydney for reminding me to celebrate women in tech.
So for the last couple of hours I’ve been grappling with a small, thorny Google Map related problem. Since I’ve spent so much time finding an answer for this, I guess there might be others who are looking for the same solution.
When embedding a Google Map into a site you often end up with the big Info Window appearing above the place marker. This little window is useful if you’ve got the space necessary to display it, but most contact pages just don’t have the room.
On Next Communications I had limited space available for displaying a map, and thanks to a thread on Google Groups I found a quick and easy way to embed the map without the offending bubble.
Once you have your embed code copied over into your HTML, simply add the following parameter “iwloc=near” to the iframe call.
Below is an example of the complete code I used for the Next Site:
One of the discussions I find myself having with new and old clients, involves the auction system in Adwords. Its an intricate mechanism involving the advertiser, the user and Google. Concepts like Quality Score, Relevancy and the importance of Landing Pages can be difficult to explain.
Luckily the Adwords team have just released a fantastic video tackling these very topics:
Great video put together by Melih Bilgil as part of his work at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. The animation uses the icons Melih has developed as part of his effort to create a pictorial language for describing electronic communication. Really worthwhile watching:
I have a couple sites which suffer from a deluge of contact form spam. This particular type of email spam attempts to use a site’s contact form to send out unsolicited email. My Cape Holiday site has been receiving a steady stream of these emails over the last few weeks.
[Post Update] Please note that I have updated the URL’s and information below for the Peer Group Learning session in Winchester on the 26 June 2008.
During November 2007 I delivered a presentation to my local Peer Group Learning group in Fareham. My talk was an introduction to blogging and how it can benefit a small business. I’d like to thank everyone that attended, I really enjoyed the session. One of the attendees Gavin Meikle from Inter-activ has already moved his blog from a hosted account with Blogger to a WordPress Install. Well done Gavin!
I recently delivered a presentation to my local Peer Group Learning session at the Marwell Hotel. The talk was an introduction to podcasting. The sessions are run by our local Business Link team. Thank you to Wendy and the team for giving me the opportunity to talk. I hope everyone enjoyed it.