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The Real Purpose of Favicon or Favorite Icon

A favicon (short for favorite icon), also known as a shortcut icon, website icon, tab icon, URL icon, or bookmark icon, is a file containing one or more small icons, associated with a particular website or web page. Wikipedia Favicon is no longer just a single favicon.ico dropped in the middle of your site. Nowadays, with so many different platforms and devices, you need a bunch of pictures to get the job done and favicons are usually PNG image files. With RealFaviconGenerator, you can generate all the icons you need for desktop browsers, iPhone/iPad, Android devices, Windows 8 devices, and…

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Why it is Important to Keep XML Sitemaps Up-to-Date

What are XML Sitemaps? Your XML Sitemap is a file that sits in the route of your site. Its purpose is to list all the pages within your site that you want Google and other search engines to be aware of, crawl and index. What to bear in mind when creating this file When using a tool to generate this file you may find that the default setting is to include every single page included in your site within the sitemap. If you include pages you have blocked in your Robots.txt file for example, this will cause a conflict and…

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Free & Self-Hosted Web Fonts

In order for fonts on websites to display properly on a visitors browser, the font needs to be either INSTALLED on their computer or mobile device (we call these web safe fonts), OR it needs to be HOSTED on a web server (either the websites’ own hosting server or a 3rd party server like Google Fonts offer). Web Safe Fonts Web-safe fonts are fonts that are pre-installed on the majority of computer operating systems and mobile devices. There is a limited choice of Sans-Serif, Serif, and other fonts, although Sans-Serif fonts are by far the most popular with Arial being…

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How to Plan Website Structure (Sitemaps)

Most websites consist of a hierarchical navigation structure which is tree-like in its nature. The homepage is at the top and then underneath it splits into categories which can be further broken into different sub-categories and pages. These are called sitemaps and there are some great sitemap design tools to helping you design one for your website. NOTE These visual hierarchical sitemaps are not to be confused with XML sitemaps. Hierarchically structured websites can be many levels deep but 2-4 levels are most common. Other websites, often smaller sites that use a sales funnel, take on a linear structure where the user can only…

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How to Buy Best Domain Name & Web Hosting for Website

Buying Web Hosting & Domain Names There are thousands of website hosting companies across the world, so how do you know which one to choose? Our extended web team have tried many hosting companies and even run their own, and here are our top recommendations. WordPress Website Hosting HostGator Our #1 recommended value host for small websites. HostGator is ideal for hosting small WordPress websites that don’t get much traffic. It’s not the fastest WordPress hosting company (see other recommendations below), but it’s cheap and excellent value. GoDaddy Our #1 recommendation for buying and managing domain names. GoDaddy also offers web…

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How to Choose Right CMS to Best Suit Your Niche

CMS Options for Websites – How to Choose Our Top Recommendations Once you have decided on whether self-hosted or hosted is best for you (see the previous lesson), you can then decide on which Content Management System (CMS) is the best option for you. The team behind Ukandoo Academy recommend the following: For eCommerce Websites: #1 Shopify – Best, and easiest, overall hosted e-commerce solution #2 EKM – Best UK hosted e-commerce solution #3 WooCommerce for WordPress – Best overall self-hosted e-commerce website solution #4 Magento – Best self-hosted option for larger enterprise level e-commerce websites #5 BigCommerce – Good hosted e-commerce website solution #6 PrestaShop – Good self-hosted…

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Website Basics & Difference Between Self-Hosted vs Hosted Websites

What are Websites Many people would probably roll their eyes after reading the title of this lesson, but I bet if you ask someone “what is a website?”, they would probably give you some convoluted around the bush explanation without actually hitting the nail on the head. I can tell you my definition of a website; and after reading it, you may start looking at websites in a different light. A website is your identity and personal or business brand online, for anyone to see, judge and engage with if they want to. It defines who you are, what you represent, and what…