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What does your choice of colour say about your business?

Colour plays a big part in how we react to every aspect of our environment, from the space we work in to the products we buy. Taking colour into account when designing your business' branding, product packaging, promotional materials, and even your office or retail space can have a massive effect on the impact your business has on you and your customers. Choosing the right colour for your...
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Web design: Keep it simple (your visitors will thank you!)

When it comes to designing a website, experience (and a lot of research, feedback and data analysis), has taught us to stick to the "keep it simple" rule to create a site that your visitors will love. You wouldn't cram retail or office space with clutter so resist the urge to cram as much information onto your website as possible.  Less is more when it comes to most of the...
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Don’t be misled if you get an email from IGN Domains

Over the past couple of weeks we've received calls and emails from a few customers about an email they have received from a "company" called IGN Domains asking them to confirm they are the registered owner of their domain name and informing them that, in all cases, someone is trying to register the same name on "7 domain extensions".  The email also invited the...
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Tip Tuesday: Embedding fonts in Microsoft Word documents

If you're sending a Microsoft Word® document via email it might not end up appearing quite as you intended on the recipient's computer it if they don't have the fonts you used installed.   To avoid this you might want to make sure that you embed the fonts you use in the document so that it displays as intended when the recipient opens it.  We've created a...
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Fixing the Check-out failed error “The user checking out does not match the user who checked out the item” in Joomla

From time to time you may encounter a Joomla error that says “Check-out failed with the following error: The user checking out does not match the user who checked out the item." followed by "You are not permitted to use that link to directly access that page”. There is actually a really simple, albeit not that obvious, fix for this error - to edit the content to are trying to make changes to...
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Our favourite spam bot prevention modules for Drupal 7

Drupal has a number of modules designed to help websites combat comment and contact form spam generated by automated systems known as "bots", in this article we're going to focus on using a few of the best modules available to combat this ever growing annoyance. CAPTCHA It's best to think of the CAPTCHA module for Drupal as a framework or pathway to adding in different types of CAPTCHA checks -...
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Internet and phone issues in our Swindon office [resolved]

July 8th 2014, 11:19: Connectivity to our Swindon office has been restored, we're just rebooting everything to clear some errors caused by the outage but we should be up and running and able to take calls as normal within a few minutes.  Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. July 8th 2014, 11:00: We've been advised by our provider that a fault has been...
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Welcome to the new look O’Brien Media website

After sporting the same look for the past 6 or so years we felt like it was time for a change.  Web design techniques and the technologies that power websites have moved on significantly in the past few years and while our website had served us well over the years we took the opportunity to re-design the site and to restructure some of the content, and with over 400 pages that was no small...
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