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What Do You Know About Google Extensions?

Extensions pop up in all many ways, we’ve all heard of hair extensions and housing extensions, have you ever heard about Google extensions though?

Google extensions are extra features and functionality that you can easily add to Google Chrome to improve your overall user experience whilst using the browser. By adding these extensions (all of which are free), you have the ability to customise Google Chrome with features that you like, while keeping your browser free of things that you don’t use.

Basically they are Google’s version of plug-ins or add-ons and they are growing in number each day. google-chrome-extensions

Below we have identified 10 of the most popular extensions that can help to improve your experience whilst using Google Chrome to do your browsing.

  1. AdBlock – Few extensions have proven to be more popular than this one due to Adblock’s ability to remove unwanted adverts from most websites, providing a cleaner, faster browsing experience.
  2. Send from Gmail – Do you use Gmail as your primary e-mail client? This extension will Makes Gmail your default email application and provides a button to compose a Gmail message to quickly share a link via email.
  3. Google Mail Checker – The Google Mail Checker Chrome extension allows easy access to desktop notifications, read, listen, archive or delete emails without opening a Gmail tab & easily manage multiple accounts
  4. IE Tab – If you are visiting a site which has been optimised to run exclusively in Internet Explorer the IE Tab Chrome Extension creates a virtual IE browser inside the Chrome browser to ensure that you do not lose any of your browsing experience.
  5. Personal Blocklist – Personal Blocklist is a simple Chrome extension by Google that allows you to selectively block websites that pop up in your search results.
  6. Evernote – Evernote is one of the most popular note-taking tools available. Evernote is an award-winning service that turns every computer and phone you use into an extension of your brain. Use Evernote to save your ideas, experiences and inspirations, then easily access them all at anytime from anywhere.
  7. Stop Autoplay for YouTube – If you’ve ever opened a bunch of videos in the background, you’ll know how annoying it is when they all start playing automatically.With this extension, videos only start playing when you actually switch to tab which has the video in it. You’ll never have to worry about videos autoplaying in the background.
  8. Feedly – If you have bookmarked RSS feeds from Google Reader, Twitter, Delicious, YouTube or Amazon, the Feedly Chrome extension automatically imports your feeds, arranging the content into a magazine-style page.
  9. Chrome Remote Desktop – Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook.  Computers can be made available on an short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files.  All connections are fully secured.
  10. Session Manager – Session Manager lets you save sessions of your opened tabs and windows, and to quickly re-open them whenever you like. With Session Manager you can quickly save your current browser state and reload it whenever necessary.
  11. Mustachio – Who doesn’t love a good moustache!!?? All moustache enthusiast’s will appreciate this excellent extension.  Simply download the app and each time you view a website through it, it will add a thick black moustache to every photo on the website that you are viewing!!
  12. Nothing – We live in a crazy world and the internet can be the craziest place of all sometimes. Only on the internet would you be able to find an app like this. This brilliant and innovative extension does literally………. nothing!  However, despite its ability to not help you in any way it, it has still managed to receive 6483 reviews with a current 5 star rating! What can we say, only on Google!

Two For Fun!

  1. Mustachio – Who doesn’t love a good moustache!!?? All moustache enthusiast’s will appreciate this excellent extension.  Simply download the app and each time you view a website through it, it will add a thick black moustache to every photo on the website that you are viewing!!
  2. Nothing – We live in a crazy world and the internet can be the craziest place of all sometimes. Only on the internet would you be able to find an app like this. This brilliant and innovative extension does literally………. nothing!  However, despite its ability to not help you in any way it, it has still managed to receive 6483 reviews with a current 5 star rating! What can we say, only on Google!

Further Information

Footprint Web Design have been at the forefront of web design and development for nearly 20 years. If you are looking for a website that truly represents your business, or advice on how to make your site stand out, then contact us today on 01883 372 488, or via email at info@footprint.co.uk.

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By | April 14th, 2014|Google|Comments Off on What Do You Know About Google Extensions?

Fortnum & Mason Competition

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We are absolutely delighted to announce the launch of our brand new Fortnum & Mason competition. Running until the 31st May 2014, we are giving one of our lucky followers the chance to win £200 worth of Fortnum & Mason vouchers!!

How To Enter

It simply could not be easier to enter.  Until the closing date we will be updating Facebook and Twitter regularly and it is through these competition updates that you have your chance to enter.

To enter through Facebook: Head over to the official Footprint Facebook page, find one of our competition entry updates and then follow this 3 step guide.

  • Step 1 – Like the update & our page.
  • Step 2 – Comment on the image
  • Step 3 – Share the post on your own wall

It’s as simple as that!

To enter through Twitter: Head over to the official Footprint Twitter page and follow the 2 steps below

  • Step 1 – Follow our account
  • Step 2 – RT one of the competition entry tweets.

You can enter through both Facebook and Twitter and there is no limit on how many times you can enter, so please feel free to share or RT each message that you see!

Drawing The Winner

The winner will be drawn at random on the 2nd June 2014 from all of the entries received and the lucky winner will be notified through the Social Media channel that they submitted their entry.

No Purchase Necessary

You will not have to use any of our services in order to be eligible to enter. The prize cannot be exchanged for money, credit or any other item.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions please get in touch with us through either our Facebook or Twitter page and we will be happy to help! Only one thing left to say and that is to wish everyone good luck.

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By | April 8th, 2014|Competitions|Comments Off on Fortnum & Mason Competition

5 Ways WordPress Plugins Can Improve Your Website

Just when you thought that WordPress couldn’t get any better, we’re here to tell you that it can. If there were not already enough benefits to help separate this exceptional CMS from the pack, the constant ability of its community to keep coming up with ways to improve its experience really does elevate it to another level.

The user friendliness of the platform alone should be enough to help persuade you that WordPress is the way forward for your website but if that is not enough on its WP Logoown, there are literally tens of thousands of WordPress plug-in, themes and widgets out there, just waiting to take your website to a higher level.

To help narrow down your choices, we have worked together to come up with our current top 5 favourites.

So, in no particular order, welcome to the top 5 Footprint WordPress plug-in recommendations.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

“Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the WordPress SEO plugin by Yoast.”

There are many pretenders to the crown but the truth is that there is only one king when it comes to credible and successful SEO plug-ins.

Amazingly simple to install and use, this plug-inis as comprehensive as it gets and even better – its free!!

Akismet

“Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not and lets you review the spam it catches under your blog’s “Comments” admin screen”

One of the very few drawbacks of WordPress is the spam that can be pointed in its direction. Fortunately with the creation of Akismet, you can say goodbye to this problem as well!

Akismet is a free plug-in which offers the ability to block almost every spam comment directed to your website. Installation of this plug-inwill ensure that you never again have to waste countless hours sorting though 100s of pointless spammy comments.

Better WP Security

“The easiest, most effective way to secure WordPress. Improve the security of any WordPress site in seconds.”

Online security should be of the utmost importance for all webmaster and with the creation of the Better WP Security plug-in, you will have access to a plug-inwhich is not only easy to install and set up, it is also incredibly effective.

Offering an effective solution against all manner of attacks, this needs to be right at the top of your list.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin

“Display a list of related posts on your site based on a powerful unique algorithm. Earn money by including sponsored content!”

Bounce rate can be the scourge of many online businesses but the addition of this plug-in will give you the best possible chance of keeping your visitors on your website by displaying the perfect articles to the perfect user at the perfect time!

The ‘Yet Another Related Posts’ plug-in does a truly excellent job of doing exactly what it says on the tin and its customisation options ensure that it is very easy to fit the related posts in with the design of your site.

Digg Digg

“Your all in one share buttons plug-in. Add a floating bar with share buttons to your blog. Just like Mashable!”

Unless you have been living in outer space, the importance of social networking simply cannot have passed you by. As such it is essential that you offer you web visitors to the easiest possible way to share your content and Digg Digg is one of the best sharing button plug-ins around.

Digg Digg is a social sharing bar that slides gracefully down your posts providing your web visitor with the chance to share whatever they like, wherever they like!

Have We Missed Anything?

These are just a tiny percentage of the free plugins that are currently available and which represent some of our current favourites. Do you have any favourites of your own or do you feel as though something should have forced its way into our top 10? Get in touch to let us know what you think.

Further Information

Footprint Web Design have been at the forefront of web design and development for nearly 20 years. If you are looking for a website that truly represents your business, or advice on how to make your site stand out, then contact us today on 01883 372 488, or via email at info@footprint.co.uk.

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By | March 21st, 2014|Uncategorized, Wordpress|Comments Off on 5 Ways WordPress Plugins Can Improve Your Website

Good with social media? If so, we want you!

Social Media Manager

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We are always on the look-out for top class people to join our growing team.

We are now looking for another Social Media Manager to create social media content on our key client’s social media channels.
At the heart of the role is social media content writing, creating and implementing social copy-writing for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ etc.
You will be collaborating with editors, SEO Managers and the clients directly to deliver interesting editorial content on social media that resonates with their audience, and represents the client’s tone of voice. This is a good time to join as you will play a crucial part in the success of the social media content strategy for our clients. To be considered for this position, please demonstrate your relevant skills including:

*Social media content writing/copy-writing for various industries
*Understanding of agency dynamics
*Knowledge of social media campaigns for high profile clients

This position is likely freelance but possibly an employed basis.  You will have the option to work remotely too.

If you are interested and can demonstrate the above please contact ant@footprint.co.uk 

By | March 12th, 2014|recruitment, Social Media|Comments Off on Good with social media? If so, we want you!

WordPress – Introducing a Modern New Design

Just when we thought that WordPress could not become any more impressive…..

As we all know, WordPress is a constantly evolving entity and with the recently introduced WordPress 3.8 update, offers a bright and fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard with a greater emphasis on user friendliness.

Say goodbye to a subdued appearance and a dreary shades of grey colour scheme and say hello to a bigger, bolder, more colourful design to help keep your company’s website at the cutting edge of design technology!

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Modern Appearance

The newly designed WordPress dashboard offers users a fresh, uncluttered design which embraces exceptional levels of clarify whilst remaining an air of simplicity.

Updated Typography

To complement the new design a new typeface has been utilised. The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is absolutely ideal for both desktop and mobile viewing alike.

Improved Contrast

No liberties have been taken in regards to legibility to create the new WordPress design. With enhanced contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.


WordPress on every device

The days of only being able to use a desktop computer to access the internet are now long gone. Fortunately, the WordPress interface has evolved and regardless of responsivewhether you are access the internet via your smartphone, laptop, phone, tablet, notebook or desktop, WordPress will adapt and you’ll feel right at home.

High definition at high speed

Not only is WordPress now sharper than ever with new vector-based icons that scale to your screen, a change in design now ensures that the pages load significantly faster than in the past.

 

 

 


Admin colour schemes to match your personality

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The powerful new WordPress update also includes the ability to tailor the colour scheme with 8 new colours available.

Colour schemes can be easily previewed and changed through the profile page.


Twenty Fourteen, a sleek new magazine theme

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Turn your blog into a magazine

You now have the ability to create a beautiful magazine-style site with WordPress and Twenty Fourteen. Simply choose a grid or a slider to display featured content on your homepage and then customize your site with three widget areas or change your layout with two page templates.

With a striking design that does not compromise our trademark simplicity, Twenty Fourteen is WordPress’ most potent default them yet.

For more information regarding the new WordPress update please click here.

Further Information

Footprint Web Design have been at the forefront of web design and development for nearly 20 years. If you are looking for a website that truly represents your business, or advice on how to make your site stand out, then contact us today on 01883 372 488, or via email at info@footprint.co.uk.

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By | March 5th, 2014|Uncategorized, Wordpress|Comments Off on WordPress – Introducing a Modern New Design
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