7 Vital Points for Web Designers that Affect SEO

Website Design with pencils near monitor

There are two things that you cannot separate when you are doing online business. These are web design and search engine optimization (SEO). The design of a website can affect its performance on the search engines severely. Every online entrepreneurs dream is to be on the first page of a search engine’s result lineup. It does not matter whether it is Bing or Google, having your website on the first page and especially among the first five results is very good for your site. This is evidence (not only to you but to all internet users) that your website is very reliable and is an authoritative source of information concerning the keywords searched.

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Agility CMS updated with December 2015 Release

New Agility Media and Documents feature within text editor

A few days ago, the Agility CMS Team released an update that includes new features and bug fixes. This is the first update since the "big upgrade" threee months ago when Agility introduced a significant rebuild and redesign of its content management system's interface.

Among the bug fixes, probably the most annoying one to me was a bug hat prevented users from being able to delete a linked content item from within grid view. Previously, a user was required to click on the "Edit Content" button in order to remove an item. Before the fix, the work-around was sufficient but annoying due to the changes involved in the expected workflow. Overall though, as a user of the Agility CMS, I've been pretty impressed how much Agility got right in the redesign that the waiting time for the fix was acceptable to me.

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Survey: IT Teams Expect A Nightmare Before Christmas

Over half of IT professionals report they’re worried their network will suffer a data breach at the hands of a careless celebration

London, UK, 16th December, 2015 – Dealing with potential data loss will be the number one headache confronting IT professionals in the run up to the 2015 holiday season. According to the third annual “Happy Holidays?” survey from Ipswitch*, over one-third of IT professionals in the UK (36%) confirm they have had an IT user report the loss of a device holding company data following holiday celebrations in a pub, restaurant, or at a party.

A further one-in-five (19%) go on to say they have had to manage the fallout that results from a user leaving their phone, tablet or laptop in the back of a taxi or on public transport during the holiday season.

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Deconstruction: The Freedom to Fail

Earlier this month, I talked about putting CMS Report through a very public experiment. My plan is to teardown the website and start rebuilding on a live production server. For a few months, we're dropping the professional website we had with the Agility CMS in exchange for one that returns us back to its blog-like roots in both appearance and content. This is all being done to see if we can recapture our audience's attention, but admittedly, it comes with risks.

The deconstruction process CMS Report will be undertaking not only includes our website's software and layout, but also our editorial policy, our advertising model, and whether the site should remain as a niche focused on content management. I don't know where this road leads. However, I am a strong believer that the reward is greater for those willing to accept risk.

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Searchmetrics: US Consumers Turn To Amazon And Google For Holiday Gift Ideas

Searchmetric study: Gift sources 2015

20% say their phone is the only device they’ll use for researching gifts online this holiday shopping season

San Mateo – December 15, 2015 - 62% of US consumers will have researched Christmas gifts online by looking on Amazon this holiday shopping season, with 44% performing searches on Google according to a new study. Mobile phones are expected to play a big role, with around 67% of people planning to use their smartphones for researching gifts and 20% saying their phone will be the only device they use for the task.

The findings come from Searchmetrics, the leader in search and content performance, which polled 2,000 US adults[1] about how they will be researching seasonal gifts online this year.

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Watching the Watchers: Using Big Data to Track the Government

In today’s digital world, many people have become more worried about the possibility of having government agencies track them. Considering the controversy surrounding the leak of NSA programs that target U.S. citizens, these worries are not without reason. With the explosion of big data technologies, it has become easier than ever for governments to keep track of what their citizens are doing. It’s all in the effort of protection, at least in most circumstances, but it does have the feeling of violating personal privacy. But what if the citizenry were able to turn the tables on this type of tracking and instead use big data to keep a closer eye on the government? This idea is starting to gain hold among many organizations intent on keeping government institutions as free as possible from corruption. In a sense, this new movement is keen on watching the watchers.

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Enterprise Resource Planning in the Cloud

LONDON — December 2015. A survey commissioned by Hitachi Solutions Europe has recently revealed that 31 percent of organizations have moved all or part of their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to the Cloud, or are in the process of doing so. The survey questioned 315 senior finance professionals with the aim of understanding their position and perceptions around ERP in the Cloud.

At this time 69 percent of respondents have not moved their ERP systems to the Cloud, but 44 percent said they would consider moving to the Cloud in the future. Of that 44 percent, two thirds (67 percent) said they would contemplate moving in the next two years.

Looking at the responses from larger organizations (those with over 500 employees) suggests that it is no longer just smaller organizations taking a Cloud-based approach to ERP. In fact, 27 percent of larger organizations surveyed said they have moved all or part of their ERP to the Cloud, or are in the process.

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