The Web Matters' Blog

Helpful tips on how to get the most out of your website and online marketing.

2018 Website Design Portfolio

By Michelle Sullivan | April 24, 2019

A look back at the website design work Web Matters started (and mostly completed) in 2018. The portfolio features new clients along with several existing clients who came back for a website redesign.

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Photography tips for your website – how to choose and get your website images ready

By Michelle Sullivan | March 28, 2019

I’ve put together this guide on how to get the right photos for your website – as great photos can really make a website have the ‘wow factor’. Hope you find some of the tips helpful. If taking your own photos, use a camera rather than a cellphoneWhile smartphone cameras have come a long way, they are still not ideal for a website – so if you can, use a modern camera. Take the photos at the largest pixel setting the camera will go up to and in good light (the golden hours of photography is just after sunrise or before sunset).…

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Fun Raiser Shopify E-commerce Website Goes Live

By Michelle Sullivan | August 8, 2018

Web Matters has been working with Fun Raiser NZ to build an e-commerce website via the Shopify system. Fun Raiser NZ  sell coffee and hot chocolate to fundraisers looking to raise money for schools, sports teams and charities and so forth. View the website online at

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One Check – a business name check service from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

By Michelle Sullivan | May 24, 2018

I recently received an email from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment about their new One Check service – a quick an efficient way to find out if you can use a business name. As I deal with a lot of startups I have come across the situation where people have failed to realise that their great new business name is just too close to one that’s already in use – which means they risk the situation of confusion in the marketplace, not being able to register their domain names, and never being able to trademark the business name. It is…

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G Suite for your business email

By Michelle Sullivan | May 17, 2018

I’m often asked for advice on email service providers and after many years of happily using G Suite, this is the email service I highly recommend to my clients. It also comes with productivity tools I use every day like Google Docs and Google Sheets. What is G Suite? This is the email service provided by Google – a business version of their very popular G-Mail. G Suite is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps teams communicate, collaborate and get things done from anywhere and on any device. It’s simple to set up, use and manage, so your business can…

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GDPR Resources for New Zealand Businesses

By Michelle Sullivan | May 8, 2018

This guide is to give you a brief introduction to the GDPR and to provide you with some links that go into further details about it. This blog is not provided as legal advice, and we would strongly recommend you consult with a lawyer about your need to comply with this regulation. What is the GDPR? The GDPR or General Data Protection Regulation is a regulation developed by the EU regarding the data privacy and rights EU citizens have around the collection, storage and use of their personal information. What is the purpose of the GDPR? Its primary purpose is…

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A lesson in website usability from comedian Michael McIntrye

By Michelle Sullivan | December 22, 2017

This hilarious video from UK funny-man Michael McIntyre should be compulsory viewing for all website designers and developers – especially those working on e-commerce or online booking website. Michael (my favourite comedian) has some strong words about the frustrations we all experience trying to just book something online. Warning contains strong language and may not be suitable for work!

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How to record your screen as a video or take screenshots

By Michelle Sullivan | November 4, 2017

There are a lot of different reasons why you may want to take a screenshot or screencast of your computer screen (or screens if you have a double display). It’s a useful way to have people help diagnose issues for you, or to provide website feedback to your web developer. A screenshot is simply a snapshot image of your screen, and a screencast is a video recording of every action you make on your computer (plus you can add audio to the video as an explanation). Screencasting – Recording your Desktop If you need to teach someone how to use…

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Free online graphic design tools anyone can use

By Michelle Sullivan | November 3, 2017

It’s hard to replace a really good graphic designer – they’ve got some ‘mad’ skills that take years to learn, along with a natural ability to match colours and place content in ways that are often foreign to non-designers (such as a healthy respect for ‘white space’). If you’re lucky enough to have a graphic designer on your team, then the pain point of having to come up with attractive and engaging graphics for your blog or social media channels won’t be a problem for you. Now if you are like many small and medium-sized business or a  sole entrepreneur trying…

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Finding and researching fonts for your website or social media posts

By Michelle Sullivan | November 2, 2017

The right font can make or break a design so it pays to do a little bit of research or even a bit of online snooping to learn about the fonts that look the best on websites. Fortunately, you don’t have to be that much of a sleuth if you know a few tricks – so here are a few web designer insider tips that will turn you into a font guru overnight. Tip 1: What’s the font used on that website?  If you’ve ever fallen in love with another website’s font (hey it happens all the time) but have no…

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My first website in a day website build

By Michelle Sullivan | October 27, 2017

For the first time this year, I have offered a ‘website in a day’ build option. Today has been my first website build using this system. I was lucky enough to have an existing client excited by the prospect of working with me over a whole day to get their new website live in ONE DAY! With good planning and organisation, it’s certainly possible to achieve this with a simple website. The website has been developed to complement the No Boundaries Furniture website – as the business is also offering a more artistic furniture design and build option or art galleries…

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SSL, Google’s ‘Not Secure’ warning and your website – what you need to know about adding SSL to your website and how to do it

By Michelle Sullivan | October 6, 2017

SSL is suddenly a hot topic thanks to Google. So here’s some information to help you make an educated decision about your SSL requirements. Now, anything to do with website security can become quite a complex topic very quickly. So my goal here is to inform you about SSL (giving you some background information) while hopefully not overwhelming you with too much jargon or technical information. If you are short of time, go for the ‘in a nutshell’ for a short read. So what the heck is actually happening? Well, the image below shows the warning that will be displayed…

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Hi, welcome to the blog, I hope you find the information helpful. The blog posts are written for website owners who are looking to get the most out of their websites and online marketing. There are also many articles answering common WordPress and website issues.

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