How to embed your Twitch channel's cam into your website so that it's responsive, full-width or fullscreen

If you've got your own Twitch channel and also run your own website too, you may want to add/embed your Twitch streaming cam to your website. There are various ways of doing this but not all of them are adaptive and responsive. This can cause problems for viewers with different sized screens on desktop and mobile devices. So, here's a quick and easy guide on how to do it.

Basically, what we need to do is add some CSS to our website and then use a "container" to place an "iframe" in. If you don't know what that means, don't worry, just use the code in this article.

Are CDNs good or bad for SEO and do I need to use one?

I'll assume that some of you will already know what a CDN is if you're reading this post but, if you own your own website and DON'T know what a CDN is, read on anyway as the acronym is something that you'll probably stumble across at some point in time. Firstly, before we deal with the SEO side of things, here's a quick explanation of what a CDN (content delivery network) is.

reduce or shrink the size of your images for free

Image optimisation (spelled "optimization" in the US) is a crucial factor that every website owner should be aware of. It's a simple but effective way to drastically reduce the size of your image files (e.g. jpg and png) without reducing the quality of the image itself by compressing them to a smaller size. What this means is that if an image that is, say, 5MB in size can be reduced (or "compressed") down to a couple of hundred kilobytes (0.2MB) without the viewer noticing any difference when they look at it. That means the newly optimized image will take up 25x less space on your webserver. It's what we do, and so do all self-respecting SEO (search engine optimisation) companies. 

google local guide fake review

It seems like a great idea, right? You encourage a group of local people to leave reviews for businesses that they use in their local area. The result is that other users of Google's search engine can see at a glance which businesses rate better than others. What could possibly go wrong?

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 It can be frustrating if you want to add a simple piece of HTML code to an article in Joomla without your pesky editor of choice stripping it out when you hit the save button. So, here's a really simple way to add your HTML markup inside your Joomla article without it disappearing.

Organic search traffic increase from Webmaster Tools

We thought we'd write a very brief blog today highlighting the nuts and bolts of what we do. The picture you see above is the search results for a client we took on towards the end of last year. They'd previously been paying another SEO agency a sizeable sum of money for the previous 12 months, only to get zero results... except money down the drain. They made the decision to ditch the company and look around for another SEO agency that could get them better results.

All DIVI accordion elements collapsed and closed

DIVI's accordion feature is easy to set up and use but it does have a few limitations. One of them is the ability to have the first accordion box automatically closed/collapsed by default. The problem is, this isn't a feature that's available in the backend. With all DIVI's functionality, you'd think that this was an option that could be toggled on and off in the backend, but it isn't.

blogger blogspot spam backlinks

There's no doubt that the blogging platform, Blogger.com is a great way to easily create free blogs. If you're a budding author and want to test the water, it's an ideal platform to hop on. The trouble is, blogging "blogspot" subdomains are all too frequently used by spammers that are looking to increase the domain authority of their own (or their client's) website/domain.

divi caption image text module header


After working on a DIVI Wordpress website for a client recently, it became apparent that placing an image caption within DIVI's image module wasn't something that could be done out-of-the-box. Although DIVI has many cool features, some common things you'd expect to come as standard in the DIVI theme simply aren't there. Image captions are a case in point; If you're using the normal Wordpress WYSIWYG editor, it's pretty straightforward but with DIVI... not so much.

So, here's how you do it, and on this occasion, we don't need any CSS (as is common with DIVI customisation) to get the job done.

groyne removal cooden beach bexhill, East Sussex

Starting today (Tuesday 18th June 2019), contractors working with the Environment Agency have begun removing the groynes that run from the Cooden Beach Hotel to the fisherman's huts at the other end of Cooden Beach near Bexhill, East Sussex. We assume that this is because the groynes have reached the end of their useful life.

What is a dictionary attack?

In case you're wondering.. nope, it's not your doggy tearing your dictionary to shreds! It's actually geeky computer-speak for a method that's often used by would-be hackers who are trying to break into a computer, server or website using a type of brute-force method. The phrase dictionary attack is aptly named because the hacker will try every word contained in the dictionary plus a whole host of other words/phrases that are carelessly used as passwords.

divi buttons side by side end result

We've recently used the Wordpress theme/page builder DIVI on a few websites and by-and-large it's pretty user-friendly and you can build great looking websites much faster than coding from scratch. However, it does have some limitations and some things that you'd expect to be included as standard right out of the boxes aren't there.

hyperlink color background divi

After using the Wordpress theme DIVI on a few websites now, we've had to delve into some simple CSS to achieve certain tweaks to get things to look how we want them to. In this brief tutorial, we deal with changing the color of hyperlinks that can't easily be seen because of the background color we're using.

duplicate uppercase lowercase google wordpress joomla

If you use Google Webmaster Tools to keep an eye on your website's performance, you may have come across the problem of duplicate URLs being flagged as 'not indexed' due to Google picking up on URLs that are all lowercase when you create them, but somehow seeing some uppercase letters in there too. For example, you create a web page with the URL:

www.mydomain.com/big-ben-london

but somehow, you also see in Webmaster Tools:

www.mydomain.com/big-ben-London

Notice how Google has replaced the lowercase "l" with an "L" for London and is now reporting a problem to you.

100 percent score with Google Pagespeed Insights for mobile devices


Opening Irony Statement

If you paste our website URL into Google Pagespeed Insights, you may see results of slightly less than 100% despite the screenshots on this page showing that we can actually achieve it. The reason for this is that, from an SEO point of view, we've found (by experimentation) that we can actually rank better with a lower score, as the techniques we used to achieve the 100% scores are detrimental to other techniques that we currently employ for our website (and our clients' sites).

How to install RED5 Media Server on Ubuntu 18.04 x64 2018

The Free and Open Source Red5 Flash Media Server can be notoriously difficult to install and get up and running on any server, whether it be Ubuntu, CentOS or any other server system you care to mention. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to quickly get up and running so you can test and play around with RED5 on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

Updated November 2018 and good for 2019 too!

Online guides are often outdated and no longer work. As a case in point, our now outdated guide on how to set up Red5 on CentOS 7 will no longer work with the current command line instructions. However, as of updating this in November 2018, the guide below DOES work for RED5 & Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. 

 Red widgets, keyword stuffing and density

This post follows on from a YouTube video posted on the Google Webmasters channel way back in 2011 where Matt Cutts talks about keyword density and also tries to explain a little bit about keyword stuffing by using "Red Widgets" as an example product a company is trying to rank their website for.

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***This guide is now outdated - If you're desperate to get RED5 up and running, have a look at our "how to set up RED5 on Ubuntu 18.04 instead***

 

First of all, let's update the system:
# yum update -y

Then,  let's install openjdk 1.8.0:
# yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel -y

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