The search options panel lets you search more specifically to find the information that you’re looking for, including:
*pages that you’ve visited before
*results just from shopping or reviews websites, or blogs
*new web pages found in the last minute, hour, day or week
Google have now updated the search options panel so that you can use it to find websites in a specific location. Searching by place or location has evolved to become a key way in which we seek information. For example, if you want to eat in a new restaurant, you don’t just search for ‘Italian Restaurant’ but are more likely to look for ‘Italian Restaurant in Solihull’ (only if you live in Solihull of course!)
The new ‘nearby’ tool lets you search all locations at and around a specific area. This saves you having to list all of the specific locations you actually need. For example, if you want to search for a bicycle repair shop in central london, you might search for ‘bicycle repairs’ and then any of ‘west end’, ‘W1′, ‘Mayfair’ and so on.
This is what it looks like:
You can specify results near where you are, or near a place name.
It only works for searches on Google.com, and currently just for locations in the US . Why do we get stuff after they do?!
OK we missed one last week but its time again for another ‘website of the week’!
This time its the atmospheric ruthslater.com which has been built by Alison Cross from alisoncross4webs.co.uk. The site makes great use of image galleries, and for advanced users – notice the website search box from Atomz!
When did you build your website?
I started it for an artist client, Ruth Slater, a few months ago, but only recently persuaded the artist to let me redesign the site to better reflect her ‘brand’.
Why did you build a website?
I wanted this artist (and others that I’ve worked for) to have a window on the web. Staging exhibitions or renting gallery space is so expensive, a virtual shop-window is a much simpler and less expensive way to let people see what you can do.
What do you like best about your website?
the e-commerce pages – easy to set up. I used the option that allowed the thumbnails to be expanded – but made each gallery a 1 x 1 image. I think it’s a good way to show off artwork.
What is your best website building tip?
Don’t be afraid to explore lots of options that you have never tried before – the software is updated regularly with new templates and tools, it’s worth playing with them to see whether something that you weren’t considering might work brilliantly for you. If it doesn’t, it’s all easily changed again.
Thanks Alison. If you want to be featured as our Website of the week, and get exposure to thousands of readers of the WebEden blog, visit the forum now!
Its raining. Its pouring. And we’ve had to put the price of our domain names up.
Up to now they’ve been £8.99/ €11.99 /$12.99 including VAT. From here they will be £10.99/ €12.99/ $14.99 including VAT.
Why are they going up?
The main reason the prices are going up is because the wholesale prices are going up.
The Domain Registry that manages .COM and .NET Domain Names is called Verisign, and they’ve increased the wholesale prices for the third time in the last 4 years. This rise is 7%. But that means they’ve gone up by 22% since 2006.
Secondly, its all about the exchange rate. Wholesale domain prices are set in US Dollars, and as you probably know the UK Pound has fallen a long way against the dollar.
We try to be as upfront as possible with our pricing. In contrast to other domain providers, we always quote the price including VAT.
The other thing you get with our domain names are 5 free email boxes. Many others don’t give you any email services. Here’s some advice on how to set up your email.
Domain vouchers are even better value
As you will continue to get a free domain name voucher with the Standard and Plus accounts, and two with the Max, these represent even better value.
We don’t like price increases
It doesn’t feel very good putting your prices up. And its definitely not the way we want to go. Even though we’re constantly working to improve our website builder, we’ve not plans to put the prices up. In fact, they haven’t gone up for 5 years!
That’s it for now – please leave any feedback below.
For a couple of days the real time results were at the top of the page. Following comments that this was confusing for users they disappeared altogether. They’ve now reappeared – for some search categories like ‘brand’ keywords, about half way down the page.
Updates from Facebook
Google has now taken real time and social media integration one step further, by including updates from Facebook pages.
To start with, Google will only include updates from 3m Facebook Pages including those for businesses, brands and celebrities. It won’t include those from the 397m rest of us.
Apparently Facebook has already struck a deal with Bing (owned by Microsoft) to include real-time updates from all 400m users. Its not yet live on the site though.
A good opportunity for Website Owners
At the risk of sounding like a scratched record, this is a great opportunity if you’re a business or website owner. Sign up to Twitter; set up a Facebook page for your business. Engage and interact with your users on both. If you’re not sure what to say then read our guide on what to say on Twitter. The more positive conversation you can generate around your brand or website, the more positive comments users will see when they search for you online.