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Julie Maclean tops Google ranking

Posted by: Steven Annison

Google has recognised the additional text and images for the new Julie Maclean Interior Design website and jumped the site straight to the top of the rankings for the main key phrase "Interior Design Cambridge". Julie has seen lots of new enquiries and we are delighted to see the new blog getting lots of posts and photographs.

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Display Banner Design

Posted by: Steven Annison

We have designed some new display banners for M&N Horticulture for use at the Suffolk Show and Norfolk Show.

Combining elements of the new website design with some new images the new display should help the team stand out.

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HL7UK Server Migration

Posted by: Steven Annison

We have been working with HL7UK to migrate their server to a new provider.

Running on Classic ASP we have set up a new Windows 2003 Cloud based server and ported all the code and site data with minimum downtime.

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Online business booming

Posted by: Steven Annison

It has been great to get positive feedback from out clients in the run up to Christmas with big increases in sales from the majority of our customers using the SLA Associates eCommerce platform.

Proactive marketing combined with high organic listings in search engines has seen sales up and business expanding.

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DNS Outage at 123-REG

Posted by: Steven Annison

Many of our websites and email are currently experiencing some issues due to a Denial of Service Attack on the 123-REG domain name servers which has originated from China.

123-REG have said that “Due to the nature and size of this attack the firewall systems in place needed to be reconfigured to block the bad traffic and allow the good traffic through. Our 24/7 network team picked up on this straight away and started to make changes to bring services back online to the Internet“.

They added “Things may be a little slow over the next hour or so as we continue to configure the systems to effectively stop the attack. Thankfully, as the largest UK hosting provider, 123-reg has the data centre and team in place to combat these Internet criminals with minimal damage“.

We would hope things will return to normal throughout the afternoon.  For live updates you can also check 123-REG's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/123regfans

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Copyright Infringement

Posted by: Steven Annison

In working with Fair Trade Gifts Direct we came across two competing websites that had copied photographs we had taken during a recent photo shoot and this raised the question of how UK copyright law applies to the internet - particularly where sites could be hosted internationally.

Copyright is owned by the individual/company taking the picture or producing the artwork, writing etc. Copyright in the UK does not need to be obtained or licenced and copyright exists the moment the work is created.

Our first course of action was to politely contact the websites involved and ask them to remove our pictures. Often pictures are used by designers or graphics teams and forgotten to be replaced so we expected both companies to realise their mistake and simply remove the images. We received an immediate phone call from the first business and the images were removed.

Unfortunately the second business would not take any phone calls and sent a guarded email reply that the images were 'remarkably similar' to theirs but they had paid 'in good faith' for the photographs and would not remove them without proof of ownership. Further searches found they were also using the images on ebay and ebid. After explaining we had the original photographs, offering to show the photographs on our camera and servers and and pointing them to other photos taken in the same style from the same photo shoot we sought some excellent advice from Murgatroyd and Company of London - specialist copyright lawyers.

The course of action they outlined was to ask the company to "Cease and Desist" all use of the works and any associated use of the works with a clear deadline for agreement and removal. Failure to do so would result in all further steps being taken to stop copyright infringement.

This is followed by a legal letter and then court action with associated costs of anything from £5,000 - £15,000 (excluding the time and effort required) - which can be reclaimed if your case is proven. It is clear that there are some unscrupulous site owners who know it is time consuming and costly to pursue copyright infringement so will not remove images when asked. However, ebay has a removal process VeRO, Google adheres to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and will remove copyright materials from their searches and the hosting company is liable for any copyright infringement on their servers.

We were pleased to see the images finally removed following our formal "Cease and Desist" request, but given images can be copied and pasted with two mouse clicks, we don't think this will be the last time this happens.

With Google going on record to illustrate the importance of unique content to help achieve better search engine ranking, having unique images and content will become more important together with protecting this content.

Some useful tools to help with this:

Image Copying

http://images.google.com

Google images search. Find and hover over your image then click the link "similar".

http://www.tineye.com/

Tineye an image comparison tool which works best with large images, but in this case didn't find the sites using our photographs.

Text Plagiarism

http://www.plagiarismchecker.com/

http://www.duplichecker.com/

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New Web Server

Posted by: Steven Annison

Our new cloud based webserver has gone live offering hardware redundancy, improved processing speed and greater storage.

We have also upgraded our email server with improved spam and virus filtering and first impressions are good with a vast reduction in spam levels and few false positives.

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Demo Site Code Ported

Posted by: Steven Annison

We have completed porting all of the client development code to the new demo server.

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New Server Live

Posted by: Steven Annison

The new server is up and running and we will be porting demo websites over the next week.

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Client Demonstration Server Upgrade

Posted by: Steven Annison

The Client Demonstration Server is being upgraded over this weekend and this could result in periodic downtime of the http://www.slaassociates.co.uk website and all demonstration sites.

The upgrade should be complete by Monday and all systems will be back up and running.

The http://www.slaassociates.net and all live client sites and email provision are unaffected by this upgrade.

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Portfolio Update

Posted by: Steven Annison

It is high time we updated the work portfolio having completed 6 sites since the last batch were added.  There are several other new sites due to launch in the next month or so so other updates are planned soon. 

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Website Updates

Posted by: Steven Annison

With the start of the month being office bound due to the weather it has been a month of new designs and website updates here at SLA. 

The new design for The Victoria Public House and Restaurant, Thurston has been agreed and the Nordica UK design is in final stages.  Updates have been made to the SR Personal Training website, H R Medics online store and to the Middleton Granary booking process. 

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Portfolio Updated

Posted by: Steven Annison

We have updated the project portfolio with the sites we have completed over the last few months - there are loads of new sites currently in development so look for more updates soon.

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Happy New Year

Posted by: Steven Annison

Well as 2009 draws to a close we are gearing up to tweak our customers sites VAT details and we wish all a great News Years celebration and all the best for 2010!

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B&D Willett Project Begun

Posted by: Steven Annison

Following on from the huge success of the Albion Spirals website, SLA Associates have been commissioned to write the group company website for B&D Willett Limited.  Utilising case study and gallery management systems the team at B&D Willett will be able to add new images and content, showcasing the structural steelwork projects they have undertaken.

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SLA Associates Relaunch

Posted by: Steven Annison

Well, it has been a long time coming, but we have finally taken some time out to finish our new website.

There will be added features for clients with our WorkFLOW system soon coming online.  WorkFLOW will feature detailed project information, screen shots, and documentation together with status reports and demo links.

The main site has also been updated with loads of new content, our new Portfolio gallery is online with case studies of the sites we have designed over the last couple of years and this is the very first post in our upgraded blog system.

All this new content and functionality has all been wrapped up in a shiny new design using fully compliant code and an accessible layout… of course.

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