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I just learned how to build a Web Scraper in Python

See the course: https://www.udemy.com/course/build-a-web-scraper-with-python/

I’m so happy this happened. I just assumed I wouldn’t really get it, but having a strong basis in HTML and CSS made this course easier.

The tutor was very good in how he explained the code, he presented it in a way that was not chronological but rather experiential. As-in instead of saying you type out this line.. like this.. and so on.. he explained why you need to type the line.

Which made the course intuitive through just explaining logic. It reminded that coding is a conversation, where all questions and answers are made by the same person.

I Launched a New WordPress Support Website

Visit the site : https://wordpressboom.com

After 20 years of building websites I discovered something mind blowing…

Businesses literally wasted hours of their valuable time trying to find information for the simplest of wordpress issues.

When they eventually came to me for help they were surprised that I fixed their problem over the phone sometimes literally without even having a computer in front of me.

Who knows how much money they could have saved if they came to me first !

That’s where WordPress Boom comes in.

I already offer this service for clients I build websites for. But then I realised there must be thousands of people having the same issue but not knowing how to fix it. They’re wasting their time on something that I can fix within minutes.

I keep coming across broken websites with plugin or security issues or even User Experience issues, that I know if it was fixed, it would vastly improve their customers engagement with their business. And in turn show that their brand is something that is reliable instead of a somewhat broken / we’ll fix it later type of “vibe”..

At the time of writing I’m offering a free website report, go visit the new site to read more. https://wordpressboom.com

Free your website from Vendor Locking

Control your own Domain Name & Hosting and migrate your website to an installation that you own and control.

What is this about ?

Some Web Development companies own and control their clients website files, administration access and Domain names.

Some of these companies take advantage of that fact and can charge you whatever fee they wish to update content. Because they are holding all the cards.
These are your assets and the key to your organisations success. If you are “Locked” in this type of supplier situation you can free yourself of this relationship by :

  1. Getting Control of your Domains
  2. Owning Your own Hosting Account
  3. Migrating your site to an open source system

I can help !

I made a Infographic to explain why you need a SSL certificate

Since July 2018, Google began to prioritise website which have an “SSL” cert (Secure Socket Layer)  and to punish website without an SSL cert by adding “ NOT secure. “ to their website address.. 

You may have noticed that beside the address bar there is an info icon, and has the word “Not Secure” – if you have an SSL cert it displays a green padlock and is marked as a secure connection. 
See screen shots attached for your reference. 

An SSL cert basically encrypts the communication between the website and the browser (e.g. Chrome) so that it can protect your website visitors and stop website hacking. 
It has become industry standard protection world wide is is used by all browsers now, google has taken it one step further and now priorities results which have a valid SSL cert. 
Let me know if you would be interested in adding one to your site. 

4 Year SSL for €192

Why should I care about CRO?

Frankly, businesses can’t survive nowadays if they’re not thinking about CRO. Most digital marketers already think about it without even knowing it. Having best practices in your pocket will give you better success at what you’re already trying to instinctively do.

Often cited in sales articles, Harvey Mackay has famously said, “Everyone is in sales. To me, job titles don’t matter. Everyone has to be thinking about sales. It’s the only way any company can stay in business.”

According to statistica, the e-commerce share of total retail sales has been growing exponentially from 2013 to today, currently sitting at around 11%. Even for in-store purchases, studies show that between 70-80% of people research a company online before visiting the business or making a purchase.

You don’t need to see these stats to know we live in a digital age. Optimizing your digital assets to improve your sales is a no-brainer, and that’s exactly what CRO is. Trying to get more people to call your company? Optimizing for that phone number placement on your site is part of CRO.

Another reason to care about CRO is if you’re spending money on advertising. Why would you spend resources to bring users into your store or onto your website, but then leave them completely to their own devices? Focusing more on turning those visitors into conversions will bring you greater ROI for your marketing campaigns.

Long story short, CRO is essential, and having a structured plan for it will help.

What is a conversion rate?

To break it down into its elements, a conversion rate is simply:

The goal of CRO is to increase the numerator of that equation (number of people acting). While CRO is somewhat analytical, and looks at these numbers factually, it’s equally important to understand the psychology behind human behavior and decision making. A few of these psychological elements are discussed in the best practices section below.

Remove as many barriers as you can

To obtain more website traffic, you might use a combination of SEO, SEM, and social media marketing. However, to really turn that traffic into revenue, you need to think of not just what is offered, but how it’s offered. And that’s where CRO (conversion rate optimization) comes in.

One example of a CRO best practice is to remove as many barriers as you can while emphasizing ease and low commitment. Removing even just one field or step from a signup form can increase your conversion significantly. If you have a money-back guarantee or don’t require a credit card, be sure to mention it. Basically, highlight anything that makes the choice to convert less of a chore or risk.

What will small businesses need to bear in mind for their website on 5G?

How Will 5G Effect Web Design?

Your clients and consumers will be connecting to 5G networks now in several cities. The numbers will grow rapidly over the next few years. The speeds mean Mobile Web design can offer better video quality without delaying loading speeds. Although fast loading speed is essential for websites, 5G will play its part in supporting web design that is video rich. 5G has a lot less delay time, through its new advanced network design, and an even smoother ride for those on mobile devices. Will websites integrate and gracefully appear on the smart wearable technology market?

As the internet becomes even more accessible, businesses will need eCommerce shops working on mobiles so a deal can be snapped up while your client is on the go.

With more potential customers browsing online, mobile web design is essential. If your website doesn’t work well on a mobile device, now is the time to make amendment. It’s incredibly simple to take your current web design and brand and convert it into a very smart looking mobile version. 5G has just made that an even more profitable reason to do so.

Website / Webshop Redesign

Yet another website / webshop redesign … Sometimes Business goals change and a business needs to refocus into new areas of their market and the best way of telling people about it is change your website.

“People were calling asking about products and Services we don’t do anymore, it’s time to change our website… https://www.kinbark.ie/

I really like the old site, but it was a bit too clunky for the modern internet user who could visit and be finished with your website forever within 30 seconds, if they don’t find what they want ….

This new design, is simple and punches the visitor with their 3 main areas of expertise, while also keeping the charm of lovely landscaping shots… all be it new drone shots.

The shop too, was a bit unclear, this new interface is lovely and clear and hopefully will lead to more $ales … I will check back later on that…

AFTER

Let me know what you think. — > www.kinbark.ie

    How will wearable technology affect web design?

    If 5G is changing the way we integrate with wearable technology then it looks like 5G is going to impact design and branding. Will it be in 2020?. We will have to wait and see. Although wearable technology is common, it’s not common enough. Its still in its early stages. maybe more like 2024 is when you will see if fully used in day to day life. I recently produced an article that looks at the predictions for 2020 web design and branding and wearable’s aren’t on that list. Check it out here if you havent done so yet Branding in 2020 .

    5G has helped increase the need for using wearable technology. It’s expected that web designers and web developers will prepare for the rise of wearable technology by adapting interactivity for users of very small screens. Ease of access, ease of use and overall efficiency will be a priority.

    • Responsive layouts
    • More icons for use of a finger or thumb touch
    • Larger scalable fonts
    • Care for checking concise text and readability
    • Fashionable aesthetic designs

    Another likely change with 5G connections will be the reliance on virtual reality apps and virtual personal assistants. So Web designers will be integrating improved Chatbot’s and Artificial Intelligence in their web sites for business web sites.

    5G connections will make visiting websites on Mobile devices an even more likely experience for your client. Currently over 52% of all web traffic is on mobile phones in 2018. 5G will only push that figure up for 2019.