Web Matters Blog

Welcome to the Web Matters blog. Most of the blog posts are written for the benefit of business owners who are looking to get the most out of their websites, or who are looking for answers to common WordPress and website issues.

Tips on easy ways to record your screen or take screenshots

By Michelle | 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…

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Free online graphic design tools anyone can use

By Michelle | 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…

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Tips on finding and researching fonts for your website or social media posts

By Michelle | 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 –…

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My first website in a day website build

By Michelle | 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…

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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 | 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…

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G Suite for your email and office set up

By Michelle | September 25, 2017

I’m frequently asked for email recommendations. It’s a big topic, as there are many options available and they can differ considerably in their features, ease of use, cost and reliability. Due to all the different options available, it can become quite confusing very quickly. Email is the lifeblood of any business, so it’s important to…

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Shopify Payments launching in New Zealand

By Michelle | June 16, 2017

As of June 23, all New Zealand merchants will be able to accept credit cards directly with Shopify. This is great news for merchants wanting an easy set up – as it eliminates the need for a merchant account and a 3rd party payment gateway. With Shopify payments you are automatically set up to accept…

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Website Care Plans for WordPress Sites

By Michelle | May 4, 2017

Website technology changes very rapidly, meaning websites are no longer ‘set and forget’.  So just like your desktop software, WordPress (the software that runs your website) must be kept up to date to keep your site working optimally and to make it more secure. Just a few years ago, there was a lot less need…

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WordPress Security Notice – Update Now, WordPress site defacement warning

By Michelle | February 8, 2017

There has been a security issue with an older version of WordPress and all WordPress web sites should be immediately updated to the latest version of WordPress which is version 4.7.2. Sites that are running older versions of this software are vulnerable to being hacked with site defacement. Depending on the configuration of your website,…

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Why strong branding leads to a better website design and why it might be time for a re-think about your logo

By Michelle | January 30, 2017

Many a web designer has sat at their computer monitor in quiet despair, looking at a glowing blank screen wondering how on earth they’ll integrate their client’s logo into a website design they can live with.  A logo may seem like a small part of a website design, but it can have a large impact…

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