Archive for December 2009

How to add a Skype button to your Website

December 29th, 2009 — 4:05pm

Last month we talked about the 10 essentials that every business website should have.

No.1 on this list was contact details – its probably the most important element to any website.

You should give your website visitors the option of interacting with you in as many ways as possible: Telephone, email address, physical address, contact form, forum, Twittter, Facebook.

Today we had a great tip from Phil Evans who runs Fractal Design. Its all about how to add a Skype button to your website, so that people can contact you by Skype.

1. Go to this page on Skype:

It looks like this:

2. Enter Your Skype Name

3. Choose a Style of button (and here are the choices):

3. Press ‘Preview your Button’

4. Copy the HTML that is generated in the box beside the ‘Preview’ button

5. Go to your WebEden control panel and place the WebEden HTML Snippet in the place on the page that you would like your Skype button to appear.

The HTML snippet can be found by going:

File Manager –> Library –> HTML Snippet

This is what it looks like:

6. Paste the code from Skype into the Snippet, and press ‘save’.

Hey presto! A Skype button on your Website! People can now contact you via Skype.

Many thanks to Phil for this tip.

Any comments about this tip, or if you have any of your own, please leave them below

The WebEden Website Builder Blog 2009: Vital Statistics

December 23rd, 2009 — 2:50pm

Its been a busy year on the WebEden blog!

I’ve just been looking through some of the blog statistics and I thought you’d be interested in a few of them.

To start with, there have been 239 posts in all, comprising of 121,233 words. We’ve added 647 links and 4,787 images.

You’ve participated quite a bit too! The blog has received 841 comments. Perhaps the most incredible statistic is the number of ‘spam’ comments we’ve had: a whopping 12,268.

We’ve also had some great guest blogs which have been some of the most popular posts.

Its been a strong year for visitors too. The blog has been visited by 18,562 people, who spent an average of 1 minute 58 seconds reading. They looked at 53,679 pages.

Here’s the graph of page views from Google Analytics:

Those spikes that you can see are from when we send a newsletter out.

The most popular categories have been video tutorials and search engine advertising.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed, either though writing, commenting, tweeting or reading.

Have a great Christmas!

Have you got your Google Goggles on?

December 22nd, 2009 — 2:05pm

We’ve always maintained that Google is a great innovator. At a Google run technology event a couple of weeks ago they again demonstrated their forward thinking. The Internet is now awash with excitement about what the worlds’ biggest Internet company is going to bring us next.

First up its Google Goggles. This is a tool that lets you search using pictures rather than words.

How does that work?

Basically you take a picture of something, and Google attempts to recognise it. Google then searches for information about it just as if you had typed the name of the object into the search field. It can also distinguish text too.

At the moment it only works for mobile phones that run the Google (Android) operating system. Users can download Goggles as an app.

Vic Gundotra, Google’s VP of engineering said that Google Goggles was made possible because Google had captured and stored and labeled images of more than a billion things. He also said that he expected this type of technology to become much more popular.

“Today marks the beginning of this journey,” he said. “It’s our goal to be able to visually identify any image.”

Shailesh Nalawadi, a product manager for Google Goggles said: “Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. For many search queries, using an image to search is easier and more useful than text alone, especially on a mobile,”

Google Translate

Google also showcased a new translation product which would translate your spoken word into a number of common languages. To make it work, users speak a phrase into their handset, and press translate. The system then analyses the words, translates them and then speaks the newly translated word back through the phone’s speaker.

It is hoped that this will be available in the first part of 2010.

Exciting stuff from Google. But the question we’re all asking here is: when will they finally invent personal jet packs?

Leave us a comment below.

Is Christmas a good time or a bad time for sales?

December 21st, 2009 — 2:13pm

Online Sales Christmas Boom

There’s been plenty of news in the press about how online sales are booming this Christmas.

Research from GSI Commerce out last week showed that despite the credit crunch online shopping was set to have another bumper year.

More specifically the research showed that, compared to last year, twice as many consumers are prepared to spend more than £1,000 when visiting an ecommerce website.

So people who run websites are rubbing their hands with glee at the moment are they?

Well it’s not quite as simple as that. At the moment the UK is focused on Christmas, on turkey, on holidays, and on presents. So if you sell turkeys, Christmas trees, or great Christmas gifts, then your sales should be booming.

But at the end of the day people only have so much time in their day, and so much money in their pocket. And if they’re spending that time and money shopping for Christmas, then they’re not doing other more ‘normal’ activity.

So whilst many online retailers have their cash tills ringing, other online businesses are getting squeezed.

Christmas for WebEden

I can show you what I mean by sharing some traffic stats for WebEden. Our website building tool is neither wholly business focused nor wholly consumer focused. Some businesses use WebEden to build a website. And many individuals build personal websites too.

But one thing that we are not is Christmas present material. We’re yet to see a WebEden website stuffed into anyone’s stocking!

So as people’s minds turn to Christmas, they turn away from building websites. Here’s a screen grab from our Google analytics.

As you can see we’ve seen a steady decline since the start of December.

This trend will continue until Christmas day, there will be a short rise in traffic the following week, and then another slump for new year.

So if like us your business has nothing to do with Christmas, you’re probably seeing a similar picture.

What happens in the New Year?

The silver lining here is that January is usually the biggest month of the year for website traffic.

Online retailers launch their sales. And business focused websites see a steep rise in traffic as people return to work in order to ‘get to grips’ with the new year.

Have you had a look at what’s happening with your website traffic? Are you seeing a pre-christmas peak or are you bumping along the bottom? Leave us a comment below.

From idea to business in 24 hours

December 17th, 2009 — 2:52pm

Here’s an inspiring story from the world of ecommerce. It just shows you what the Internet can do for YOU (imagine poster with pointing finger etc.)

Last week some people set themselves a challenge to create an online business in 24 hours.

A group of young designers had a brainstorming session, sifted through the ideas they came up with, picked a winner and at 1 minute past midnight started working on their project.

The concept they had decided on was an online shop where you could shop by colour. Runner up ideas included DeathVolt – a website that stored usernames and passwords to be passed onto next of kin in the event of death; and ‘Lists’ – a site where you could create and share your top 10 lists of anything.

Developers grabbed some open source software and modified it to recognise colours in pictures. Others organised a feed from that would aggregate products from a list of clothing retailers.

And did they manage to finish the job? You bet: They tested it by carrying out a colour search at 1 minute before midnight. The website went live just after.

The icing on the cake? The resultant website –, was then sold on Ebay for £3,100. Not bad for a days work!

A spokesman for design agency ‘Nonsense’ – who had been involved in the project – said that the idea behind the ’24-hour start up’ was to demonstrate to entrepreneurs how quickly ideas can be turned into reality online.

In actual fact, the founders were disappointed with the final sale price – they had hoped they’d get as much as £20k.

It does show what can be achieved when you have a clear idea of direction. WebEden allows you to build a website in a matter of minutes if not hours, meaning that you too take turn your ideas into virtual reality.

Have you managed to make your web project in a short timescale? Or have you laboured for months before your idea went live? Let us know about your experiences below.

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