Personal blogging by Steph Gray, former digital agency founder and erstwhile bureaucrat


24tips round up: days 9-16

December 16, 2010

Gulp – we’re two thirds of the way to Christmas! Here’s a reminder of the second 8 days’ worth of tips, in case you’ve missed them: Day 9, we looked at how to use free website thumbnails to liven up site listings Day 10, we found a nice intro to bounce rate in web analytics…

24tips: share code snippets

December 16, 2010

16 Dec: even if you’re not a professional developer, chances are you need to share snippets of code now and again – maybe emailing a colleague that Google Analytics tracking code snippet, or the template for a special CMS page, or maybe a how-to article on your intranet for content managers. But the tools on…

24tips: the pre-launch website checklist

December 15, 2010

15 Dec: There’s more to putting a new website live than just having the (internal) client’s approval that the design looks nice. There’s remembering to make sure it looks OK in different browsers, checking you’ve added the website analytics tracking code, and emptying out the embarrassing test content, for starters. For the last few years,…

24tips: instant team webchat

December 13, 2010

13 Dec: you’re a webby, but still having boring meetings people have to go to? So last century, dude! Assuming you don’t have a super fancy video conferencing suite or unfettered access to Skype or Google Talk from your workstation, check out Anologue (and a sorry in advance: this doesn’t work in IE6). Anologue gives…

24tips: how to make yours smaller

December 12, 2010

12 Dec: Size matters. And small is most definitely beautiful online. Here’s a tiny collection of tools to help you shrink things. Yahoo’s takes an image file and applies various compression techniques to it, and lets you download a ‘smushed’ version, often quite a bit smaller. A good way to shrink commonly used graphics…

24tips: infinite email addresses

December 11, 2010

11 Dec: Got a bona fide reason to sign up for multiple accounts with a service like Twitter or Tumblr, but they force you use a different email address each time? Gah. Pretty soon, the stuff heading off to Hotmail, Gmail and corporate mailboxes can get pretty confusing, not to mention the problem of retrieving…

24tips: understanding bounce rate

December 10, 2010

10 Dec: so people talk about ‘bounce rate’, and most of us have a vague sense that high bounce rates are bad, suggesting people are coming to a site in error, or not sticking around very long to enjoy our awesome content. There’s a great little explanation of bounce rate, and some benchmarks for different…

24tips: website thumbnails

December 9, 2010

9 Dec: If you’re building a web app or site listing a series of URLs and you want to jazz up the listing a bit, you could do worse than add some little thumbnails of the site in question. I’ve used Open Thumbshots to power website previews over at Digitalgovuk, a listing of government social…

24tips round-up: days 1-8

December 8, 2010

Just a quick one to alert you to the first 8 days of tips, in case you’ve missed them: Day 1, we looked at how QR codes can be used in 26 interesting ways Day 2, we presented the wonderful Morguefile, and some bookmarklets for quick and easy licence-free or CC-licensed images Day 3, we…