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  1. Hi everyone, I've been having a bit of a back and forth with the IT team at my company recently (I work in marketing). We've been tasked with replicating our US offices new website, but said US office haven't been particularly helpful with providing the assets for the site. Both sites are built on different (bespoke) .NET CMS platforms, but will have more or less the same aesthetic. My suggestion was to bring in a contract developer for a few weeks / months to replicate what the US have built in our platform. Our IT team have suggested that we simply visit the new US site and copy and paste the HTML / CSS / JS out of their site and drop it straight into ours. Everything about this screams disaster waiting to happen to me, but I don't have enough specific knowledge to articulate why this would be a bad idea. Anyone got any advice that I can share with my boss? Or does this sound like something that would work? Cheers, Chris
  2. File Formats For Photos - EPS & BMP (?!)

    Thanks everyone! I was back working on the site this morning, looking at those JPEGs and EPSs and getting annoyed ... and then I remembered that I'd posted about it here! ;-) Just to clarify, the EPS files aren't wiring diagrams - they're actual photos. But for whatever reason they have decided to give people the option as to which format they download the photo in - BMP or EPS. Sadly it's out of my hands which format we use, so I'll just continue to shake my head in astonishment... ;-) Thanks again!
  3. Hi everyone, The company I work for is running a fairly beastly website with over 4000 products in their database. Each product has a series of attachments on the product page - technical specs, wiring diagrams, and images. The images are photos of the products isolated on a white background (not 3D renders). Many of the images are available for customers to download at high resolution, and whoever heads up the website (in the US) has chosen to provide said images in BMP and EPS format. Can anyone think of any decent reason as to why they would use the formats? I personally haven't used the BMP file format since I first started using digital cameras (which shot JPEGs) back in the late 90s, and I've only ever seen EPS used in the context of scaleable vectors.
  4. I would start off as a sole trader. It's the simplest and quickest route to getting everything setup and happening. If you get further down the track and have staff, and payroll and all of that jazz, then you can think about setting up as a company, but if it's just you to begin with, go sole trader. That's what it's their for. Hope that helps!
  5. Hi everyone, The company I work for has asked me to investigate a few leading SEO companies, with the intention of hiring one of them to work with us on an upcoming marketing campaign. I've done some Googling and come across a couple, but obviously there are a lot of (well ranking) sharks and posers in the industry, so if there are any companies that you know are highly regarded (for whatever reason) and who are genuinely achieving positive results, I'd love to hear some recommendations. They don't specifically have to be in the UK, and cost isn't really an object. Just want to hire a company who is exceptionally good. :-) Cheers, Chris
  6. WP / PHP Issues - What Am I Doing Wrong?

    Hmmm... earlier screenshot doesn't appear to have come through. Just in case it helps.
  7. WP / PHP Issues - What Am I Doing Wrong?

    Hi Mantis. Thanks again for your reply, but this still doesn't work, unfortunately. Using the example above that A posted results in that screenshot I posted earlier, where you can see the closing shortcode on the front end of the site. The example that I posted earlier this morning works perfectly. When the user is not logged in, they can't see the content, and when they are, the appropriate content is visible to them. For the time being, I'm going to remove this section from the site and hopefully revisit it at a later stage. It's taking up too much time trying to figure it out, and the client is keen to have the project completed. Thanks again everyone!
  8. WP / PHP Issues - What Am I Doing Wrong?

    Thank you both for your speedy replies, and apologies for my delay in getting back to you. I've got family visiting from Australia, and have been playing tour guide for the last couple of weeks. Think I'll need a holiday once they've gone home... ;-) I've added the code you suggested, and although it appears to work better than any previous iteration, it doesn't quite appear to have done the trick. Both the username and the log out links work, but the content is visible to all users, not just logged in ones. Also, the closing shortcode code is visible to front end users (see screenshot01.png). I'm using the following variation elsewhere on the site, and it appears to work without any issues: <?php echo do_shortcode('[level-clients] <div class="widget category_posts_widget"> <h3 class="widget-title">Your Account</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.domain.com/add-profile/">Add Your Profile</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.domain.com/profile-edit-request/">Request Profile Edit</a></li> </ul> </div> <!-- closes "member-details" --> [/level-clients]'); ?> It appears that you need to leave that 'echo do_shortcode' statement open, and the code that you want hidden / displayed in a certain area goes between the opening and closing shortcodes. The problem is I have no idea how to include the PHP statements within that code without opening and closing them first. I'm certainly no expert, but I suspect the issue is something to do with having additional PHP statements opening and closing inside the shortcode. If I use just plain HTML, then there are no problems. However as soon as I add PHP, that's when I encounter errors. Any further thoughts?
  9. WP / PHP Issues - What Am I Doing Wrong?

    Hi everyone, I've got a PHP issue that's giving me some grief. I know it's wrong, but I just can't determine exactly what the issue is. I'm using the WPMU Membership plugin, which comes with some shortcodes to protect content from various audiences. I need to display the logged in users name and a logout link that redirects them to a specific page. The shortcode ("not-level-general-public") included below stops non logged in users from seeing this section. I know my "echo do_shortcode" code works, as I'm using identical code elsewhere on the site, however there's something about the code inside my echo statement (below) that's returning errors. I think it's something to do with opening another PHP string within a PHP string, but my PHP knowledge is not strong enough to determine the problem. Can anyone tell me where I'm going wrong? Cheers, Chris <?php echo do_shortcode('[not-level-general-public] <p>Hello, <?php global $current_user; get_currentuserinfo(); echo $current_user->user_firstname; ?></p> <a href="<?php echo wp_logout_url('/aspire-login/'); ?>">Log Out</a> [/not-level-general-public]'); ?>
  10. Hoping someone might be able to help me out with a bug on the below site: http://skepticamp.co.uk/ You'll notice on the home page that there is a section immediately under the header/navigation area with the id of #showcase-wrapper. Looks fine on my laptop with the browser window at full screen, but as soon as I reduce the window and some of the image inevitably moves off screen, it disappears. If you then scroll horizontally, the background image is cut off. It's even worse on a tablet or phone. When the page loads, only part of the background image shows up (about 1/3 on an iPhone, and changes on the iPad depending on orientation at load). I encountered a similar issue several years ago, but can't for the life of me remember what the solution was. I suspect it's something to do with the viewport settings, or perhaps a missing overflow: hidden property? I spent several hours trying to fix it this afternoon, and when I had no success I rebuilt the site ... only to be confronted with the same problem. Any thoughts? Cheers, Chris
  11. Hi everyone, I'm trying to create a custom Google Analytics report that allows me to compare data from two 'secondary dimensions'. The company I work for uses Analytics to track the sources of their online quotes. Their current process for doing this is: Inside Analytics, go to Content > Site Content > Pages Click Secondary Dimension > Traffic Sources > Medium Manually go through the list (about 300 quotes each month) and make written notes as to how many pages were organic, referral or CPC Change the Secondary Dimension to 'Source' Manually go through written notes again and write the source (Google, LinkedIn) down next to each organic or referral quote Enter all of that data into Excel I'm sure there must be a way to export this data as a CSV so I can compare it in Excel/Google Docs, rather than going through it multiple times manually and then re-entering it into the computer. I tried exporting two separate CSV's, each featuring their own secondary dimension, and then pasting them next to each other in Excel, but not all of the page columns appear to match up across the two reports. Anyone have any thoughts or advice they can offer? Thanks.
  12. Although it might not feel like it, you are the one in the position of power at the moment. I would explain to them that you no longer wish to do business with them, and will not be continuing to host their site at the end of the current hosting period. Offer to provide an additional month or so of hosting free of charge to give them time to find a suitable replacement, and inform them that it is part of your company policy that they need to sign an agreement acknowledging that at the termination of your relationship their site was in full working order. The agreement they sign needs to cover the following (at a minimum)... - Notice that your company reserves the right to refuse future work with this client - The date of termination of the agreement, and the date that their site will be removed from your server - A subject to change (and massively inflated) hourly rate for any future work - Agreement that the site is in full working order at the time of change over You'd be surprised how quickly people will agree to what in fairness are quite reasonable terms when you tell them their site will be going offline. You're well within your rights to refuse to host their site for another year, and in this case you can use that as the catalyst for getting your agreement signed. BrowserBugs made a brilliant suggestion as well. Keep copies of the files as they were when the site was handed over. I've had to deal with quite a few clients like this over the past twelve months. It's scary at first, but you have to get tough with them. You'll feel much better for it. ;-)
  13. It's a really great product. Hope you find it useful. :-)
  14. Hi everyone, I've been brainstorming a bit lately about how I can go about automating a lot of the tasks I do as a freelance web designer, and thought it might make a good topic for discussion here. Here's a few of my ideas... - I've created a private form on my website (using Gravity Forms) that allows me to generate contracts quickly and easily. The majority of the text is already included in the email that will be generated once the form has been submitted, and I simply fill in the appropriate fields - client name, price, job details, etc. - I use TweetBot for everyday tweeting, but have started scheduling tweets for send out using HootSuite. If I've written a blog post or something else that I want to promote at a specific time, I compose the tweet in HootSuite, and specify the time that I want it sent. - Adopted FreshBooks for invoicing - technically not automated, but it does seem to make the process of sending invoices easier. I've already set up all of my recurring hosting invoices for 2013 - invoices that I would normally forget to send. FreshBooks will also send out reminders automatically when the client hasn't paid. Has some really great features. - Haven't signed up yet, but have been having a play around with the demo of Gather Content (https://www.gathercontent.com/). Similar interface to Gravity Forms for WP, but you create a series of pages and forms for your client to fill in with their content. You can set suggested word limits, provide tips and advice, save drafts for later and collaborate on content together, before exporting it to your site. Looks very cool. Would love to hear what kind of tips and tricks you guys use to save time in your business. I'm sure there are loads of awesome ideas floating about. Cheers, Chris PS. Merry Christmas from down under!! Hope you all have an awesome break!!
  15. Gentlemen, Brilliant stuff. Thanks so much for your advice. Works a treat, and was super easy to get up and running...particularly for someone who knows bugger all about Javascript. Thanks again.