september 2005 newsletter
Stop SPAM from your website!
If you're a website owner, in the last few weeks you
may have noticed quite a lot of spam email coming
from your contact forms on your website.
It is usually from a made-up address such as
firstname.lastname@example.org. These are coming
from people who think it is a bit of hoot to write
software programs that will wander around the
internet, finding the contact page on websites and
sending them bogus emails.
It's all a little annoying. So much so, that
from now on all the sites we design will have an anti-
spam facility that requires the visitor to manually
confirm a sequence of random characters. The
software spammers won't be able to guess this
sequence and therefore won't be able to send an
email via the contact form.
If you've already got a site and would like this
facility, get in touch with us to see if it's possible.
Welcome to our September edition. A little late
due to some publishing permission roadblocks........
|Site promotion - you have to do it!
We recently saw the results of a UK survey where
almost 70% of the businesses surveyed
hadn't taken any steps to get their websites
registered on search engines!
As a marketing oriented design company we're still
astonished when we hear these kind of stories. It's
naive or almost negligent to think that a web site will
be successful without some conscious
attempt to bring visitors to the site. Yet, we still
keep hearing of designers telling customers that the
search engines will just 'find them'. Not true.
Another myth is that there are 'black magic'
techniques associated with site promotion. Yes, the
pages have to be constructed properly and there are
some fundamental things that must be done on the
page but the biggest impact comes from obvious
things such as :
Get these fundamentals right and you have a fighting
- Good content
- Good page design
- Good links to your site from other sites
- Registration on the right search engines and
- Appropriate online advertising
||Our search engine services....
|Tried Firefox yet?
First there was Netscape, then Microsoft Internet
Explorer became the most popular browser
software we use to view the internet).
IE still dominates, but there's a new face around -
Firefox. Fans say it's faster, safer
and 90million people have already downloaded it. We
can see from our web server logs that a lot of people
are using it - 15-20% of visitors.
It's worth having a look at the optional
extensions - software written by the Firefox
public community. There's all
sorts of things available and you can install them for
free. Have a look at the Firefox extension page and
see things like:
There are more than 600 currently available and yes,
works on Macs (OS X) as well as PCs!
- a Google customiser
- a To-do reminder list
- news feed readers
- a bookmark handler
||Download Firefox (4.7mb)
|PC and Macintosh IT services
We are members of BNI, the most
successful business networking group in the world.
Each month we showcase member
companies that might be of interest to you.
This month we'd like to introduce you to
Solas Computer Services
Solas aims to provide an unbiased IT consultancy
and support service to small businesses in
This means finding the best
solutions to suit your IT business problems.
can offer a single point of contact for computer and
And uniquely, they do it for PC and
Macintosh! So when you need someone who
your IT needs and will provide with the best solution
possible, get in touch with Stephen at
Blot Design Ltd45 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH2 1EP0131 208 1792