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Rescuing a Website on the Brink: A Case Study in the importance of careful WordPress website management

October 10, 2023

Introduction For one unsuspecting business owner, an impending ‘perfect storm’ of WordPress issues threatened to jeopardise their online presence and commercial success. There was a genuine risk that the website would suffer from multiple technical failures and go offline. Background The client initially sought assistance from Web Matters to address […]

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Some of the search engine optimisation results we’ve acheived for our web design clients

November 29, 2012

In this short video, I talk about search engine optimisation and some of the results I have achieved for my clients. As a web designer, I’m often asked if I ‘do SEO’. The short answer is yes. In fact, I’ve been doing SEO since before we had a name for […]

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Celebrant for You, Premium WordPress Theme set up case study

November 28, 2012

Celebrant for You is a new site for Suzanne Teague an Auckland marriage celebrant. Before contacting Web Matters, Suzanne had already decided on WordPress to run her website and had gotten as far as getting the hosting set up, WordPress installed and a WordPress theme purchased and installed. Things got […]

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Why ‘keeping it simple’ is sometimes the right decision for your website

June 27, 2012

As business owners we have to weigh up the choices we make about our marketing budgets. Getting a return on the advertising dollar is all important in these tough financial times. So as a small business, can you justify spending 8-10K on a website? Well it depends on what you […]

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Your New Year website check list – 20 essential checks you should make on your website for 2012

January 9, 2012

While you’ve been away on a break over the holiday period your website may well have hit a few snags – or you may have been so busy at the end of the year that a few things have been overlooked. The start of a New Year is an excellent time to run some quick checks of your website to make sure everything is in good working order.

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How to be prepared for an earthquake or other natural disaster

July 7, 2011

I originally wrote this blog the week following the February 22, 2011 Christchurch earthquake. It was 11 days out from ‘quake day’, and we didn’t have power, running water or sewerage. Many people can’t begin to imagine what that must be like – and I was one of them. Back […]

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Christchurch Earthquake Images (September 2010)

September 7, 2010

These are photos I took the morning of the earthquake and a couple of days later. They show the devastation to the inner city heritage buildings. It will take years for Christchurch to recover and we will very much be the worse off for losing some of our wonderful old […]

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Making the most of your email signature

March 24, 2010

Is your email signature letting you down? It would have to be one of the most overlooked marketing methods out there. Everyone knows to put contact details in their signature now, but that’s old hat.  To get your email signature really working over time for you, you need to personalise […]

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Registering an NZ Domain Name

July 30, 2008

Many web development companies will register your domain name on your behalf as part of the web service (if they do make sure you are listed as the Registrant – otherwise you won’t have any legal rights to the domain name). Alternatively, it is quite straight forward to register it […]

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Blogging for Business

July 30, 2008

Can you blog your way to new business? In my experience the answer is definitely yes.  In fact, on the strength of a company’s blog I’ve recommended them to several of my clients – and the clients have gone on to use their specialist service. If you are new to […]

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Don’t wait to register that Domain Name

July 29, 2008

Having a good domain name can help contribute considerably to the success of your website. Ideally you want something that is easy to remember, easy to type, and which will help with your rankings in the search engines. You can register multiple domain names and select one as your primary […]

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Keyword or Branded Domain Name?

July 28, 2008

Keyword ‘generic’ domain names have always been sought after. Initially they were popular because they were easy to remember and use and you could count on getting visitors just because of the domain name. Today, keyword domains are still very popular but mainly because they can help considerably with getting […]

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