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The World Wide Web is constantly evolving and growing – and as a webmaster it’s up to you to stay on top of all the latest and most important updates that may possibly affect you’re online presence. Here we do our best to offer a curated collection of webmaster news – touching base on SEO, Social Media, Online Marketing, & so much more.

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How Readable Is Your Websites Content?

Remember back in Elementary school when you used to compete with your friends about who’s paper/essay produced a higher reading level in Microsoft Word? No? Ok so maybe that was just my circle of friends – however modern day bloggers and webmasters should always be weary of the readability levels of their content. The Readability-Score.com website offers a phenomenal way ...

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How Far Away Is You’re Website?

Ever wondered just how far your websites data has to travel to get to you? Just how many miles exists between where you’re website is, and where you are? There’s a really cool tool out there from the folks behind IP-Address.com which calculates the exact distance between two different hosts. Now there’s a number of things you can do with ...

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New York City Finally Begins Converting Payphones to WiFi Hubs

New York City has finally started the process of converting 7500 pay phone locations into WiFi hotspots WITH free calling functionality. The new hubs will offer free gigabit WiFi for anyone within a 150-foot radius. Furthermore the hubs will include USB device charging ports, touchscreen web browsing, and two 55-inch advertising displays. The first hub is going up right now ...

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New HTTP Error Code 451 Launched

As legal take-down requests increase – the Internet Engineering Task Force has launched a brand new HTTP status code specifically designed to showcase that a page is unavailable for legal reasons. The new error code, named 451, is a tribute to Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The official draft states: This status code indicates that the server is denying access to the resource ...

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Google Confirms: Don’t Use Special Characters In Your URLs

This recent confirmation from Google is a bit common sense, but just in-case: don’t use commas, semicolons, spaces, quotes, and other special characters in your URLs. John Mueller from Google stated in a Google Webmaster Help thread: I generally recommend avoiding special characters like commas, semicolons, colons, spaces, quotes etc. in URLs, to help keep things simple. URLs like that are ...

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Facebook Officially Migrates To HTML5 Video

Flash really isn’t doing well. First YouTube gave up Flash and switched to a new HTML5 video player earlier this year, and now Facebook has ditched Flash – also switching to HTML5. The move was inspired by a slew of things – performance, safety, accessibility. From development velocity to accessibility features, HTML5 offers a lot of benefits. Moving to HTML5 ...

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Google Will Favor HTTPS Content In Search Results

It’s probably safe to say that Google has started, and led, the battle for a safer and more secure browsing experience – ever since they mentioned the first SSL ranking boost back in 2014. Ever since I’ve seen countless websites transition to HTTPS, and have gotten tons of questions from webmasters – most of whom just wanted to understand if ...

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Twitter Moments Makes It To the UK

Twitter Moments – my favorite new Twitter feature – has finally rolled out in the UK! Here in the UK, we’re proud to be the first European country to roll out the service, and we pulled together a talented curation team whose sole aim is to bring you the very best of Twitter across the biggest and most fascinating topics. ...

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Introducing The Pantone Colors of the Year for 2016

At the end of every year it has become tradition that Pantone picks out a color for the upcoming year. As you can see, its the end of the year, and as tradition calls for Pantone has chosen the Color of the Year for 2016 – or rather two colors. The colors selected, based on a slew of different factors, such ...

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Crappy Wi-Fi This Holiday Season? Blame Those Christmas Lights!

I understand this sounds like one of those ridiculous spam hoax messages that get sent out telling you that solar flares are going to disrupt you’re Windows 10 boot sequence – and yet this is 100% true. Over the years various telecom and broadband providers have compiled reports to show the effect that Christmas-related electronics have on Wi-Fi performance. The most ...

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Google Confirms: Clicks On Your Business Impact Your Local Ranking

A recent post over in the Google My Business Help Forum confirmed something we’ve long believed: clicks on you’re listing help boost your listings ranking. Search history: The number of times it has been useful historically on the basis of relevance, prominence and distance. Which basically means how many times someone has searched for a specific keyword, seen your listing, ...

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PHP 7 Is Officially Out!

PHP 7 is officially out – and just in time also. Facebook’s HHVM project has been taking off, and luckily all current benchmarks for PHP 7 show it to be on-par with the speed of HHVM – something PHP developers have yearned for. If you still haven’t updated you’re code to support PHP 7, now would be the time fellas. Luckily ...

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Facebook Brings Messages & Events To The Page Plugin

Integrating social media widgets into your website is a sure-fire way to help boost engagement from your audience, and Facebook is well aware of it. So aware that they have decided to rework the Page Plugin to allow your visitors and customers to message you’re Facebook page directly from the widget. Facebook messages provide public figures, organizations, and businesses a ...

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Infographic: How Much Shoppers Around The World Are Spending Online

With the holiday season here eCommerce is booming – and if you have ever wondered if people actually buy anything online, Expert Market put together a beautiful Infographic showcasing just who is spending what online. The results are pretty fascinating honestly – considering neither the US nor the UK took any of the top 3 positions. Instead the top online ...

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The Questionable Future of Mozilla Thunderbird

Some rather unfortunate news broke out this week. Mozilla is looking to dump Thunderbird. See Thunderbird is, in my eyes, a perfect alternative to Microsoft Outlook. In all my past experiences Thunderbird has been faster, smoother, and less resource intensive. Furthermore thanks to extensions – Thunderbird has been a-lot more flexible and customizable – because who doesn’t love theme’d email clients. ...

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Yahoo Fights Back Against Ad-Blockers

Ad-blocking is killing your favorite websites – and Yahoo is fighting back. The last few days on the Interwebs have been full of people complaining that they suddenly cannot access their Yahoo Mail due to their ad-blocking software. A rather bold move by Yahoo, which is sure to loose some users because of this, however someone needs to stand up ...

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