SEO Tests – Creature Wrench Cruiser/Cruzer: Update 1

A quick update on the SEO tests focused on Creature Skateboards “Creature Wrench Cruzer“ for Skate-Parts.Com.

Initial Rankings

Creature Skateboards - Not in top 100 (no change)
Creature Wrench - Not in top 100 (no change)
Creature Wrench Cruiser - 9 (previously: not in top 100)
Creature Wrench Cruiser Skateboard - 10 (previously: not in top 100)
Creature Wrench Cruzer - Not in top 100 (no change)
Creature Wrench Cruzer Skateboard - 15 (previously: not in top 100)
Neil Heddings - Not in top 100 (no change)

Changes Today

  1. Changed the name of the Creature Skateboards Cruiser product category.
  2. Add text to the top of the product category page (here).
  3. Write a blog post promoting the Creature Wrench Skateboard being on sale (here).

SEO Tests – Carver Skateboards: Update 1

Further to my previous post about the tests I’m running on Carver Skateboards, and two of their models, the C7 Swallow Tail and C7 Spaceman Pintail at Skate-Parts.Com, I have made some further changes but have not yet seen any updates to the rankings.

Rankings Today

Carver Skateboards – 15
Carver Swallow Tail – 6
Carver Spaceman Pintail – Not in top 100

Changes:

  1. 27/01/14 – Wrote a short blog post about the two new skateboards, the Carver Swallow Tail and Spaceman Pintail which is available here.
  2. 29/01/14 – Wrote a short blog post for another website about the new Carver C7 skateboards with a particular focus on the Swallow Tail model. It is accessible here.

SEO Tests – Creature Wrench Cruiser/Cruzer

Another SEO test I’m working on at the moment for Skate-Parts.Com is focused primarily on Creature Skateboards, and in particular the unique, Neil Heddings inspired “Creature Wrench Cruzer“. This is a cruiser style of skateboard in a really unique shape (a wrench). The current rankings for both this brand and keywords related to this board sit at “not in top 100″, so it will be interesting.

Initial Rankings

Creature Skateboards - Not in top 100
Creature Wrench - Not in top 100
Creature Wrench Cruiser - Not in top 100
Creature Wrench Cruiser Skateboard - Not in top 100
Creature Wrench Cruzer - Not in top 100
Creature Wrench Cruzer Skateboard - Not in top 100
Neil Heddings - Not in top 100

Changes Today

  1. Reworded content on the Creature Wrench Cruiser Skateboard product page.
  2. Reworded image alt tags to include more relevant keywords.
  3. Promoted the Creature Wrench Cruzer to the front page.

 

SEO Tests – Carver Skateboards

I’m doing some tests at the moment on a few different SEO ideas based around both a brand (Carver Skateboards), and two models (C7 Swallow Tail and C7 Spaceman Pintail) at Skate-Parts.Com and I thought since I’m keeping a record of what I do when anyway, why not blog it?

Initial Rankings

Carver Skateboards – 15
Carver Swallow Tail – 6
Carver Spaceman Pintail – Not in top 100

Changes Today

  1. Reworded content on product pages to add more differentiation from manufacturers products.
  2. Added additional relevant text to the top of the category page.
  3. Promoted products to the front page.

 

Handy Magento Upgrading Links for 1.5 to 1.6

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When upgrading Magento, it doesn’t hurt to have some handy resources. I’ve pulled up a few for doing the upgrade from 1.5 to 1.6:

Some other handy links for upgrading that aren’t specifically relevant to 1.5-1.6 upgrades:

And if you are running Magento on a Hostgator server, this may be handy for upgrading with SSH: How do I get and use SSH access - Hostgator support portal.

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Fixing Youtube iframe overlay issues

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I’ve got a website that displays iframe embedded Youtube videos and uses Lightbox to load images up, however, the images load behind the virool review Youtube video. I’ve come across this before on other websites but not on any of my own. I fiddled around with z-indexes for a bit but they didn’t do anything. Turns out, it’s actually a very easy fix. Just add ?wmode=opaque to the src address in the iframe.

For example:

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/hTCAeGIBaxw” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

Becomes:

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/hTCAeGIBaxw?wmode=opaque” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

Super easy!

I also came across this video by 360 Creations explaining it:

From what I read, ?wmode=transparent should work as well, but it sounds like it is a bit slower to render as it has to render transparency, opaque renders solid. It would be great if Youtube included this in the src address by default! It would make it so much easier for everyone.

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Upgrading Magento Community Edition Through Magento Connect

I’m still experimenting with Magento, and there has been a new version released. As I am going to put this experimental site into production once I’m happy with it, I figure it’s best to keep it up to date and to make sure I know how to update it.

It took me a little bit to work out the best way to do this though. With Drupal, you just download the latest files and upload them to the server, overwriting the old files (more or less anyway), WordPress now has an update button that handles it automatically. Magento I thought should have something in Magento Connect about it, but I couldn’t find anything.

After a bit of hunting around, I found Inchoo’s guide to upgrading, but the extension key he provides to use in Magento Connect simply doesn’t work. It turns out that this is because it is a Magento Connect 1.0 key. The version of Magento I have installed uses Magento Connect 2.0 though, so I needed to find that extension key. I did a little bit of hunting but ended up just modifying another extension key to:

http://connect20.magentocommerce.com/community/Mage_All_Latest

I put this in Magento Connect and off it went, happy as Larry.

For reference though if you are using Magento Connect 1.0, the extension key is:

magento-core/Mage_All_Latest

Running a remote backup of cPanel automatically

I’ve been looking for a way to automatically backup individual cPanel accounts to a remote server that don’t necessarily have root WHM access. In particular, I want the MySQL databases, but I would also like to get entire site backups if possible.

I’ve found a few posts about it that I’m going to have to have an experiment with when I get a chance and see what works. For reference though, and if anyone else is looking for this, the sites that look the most promising are:

Installing Drupal on Windows Server 2003 – Relevant Links

Recently I have needed to setup a Windows 2003 IIS server to run Drupal, the catch though is that it already runs an ASP.NET website and does not have MySQL, PHP, or even FastCGI installed. So, it must not affect the existing website at all. Working on a development server, I’ve been trying to get this to behave correctly. It is out of my area of expertise, so I’ve been doing a lot of reading up on it. The links I’ve used are mostly all below, mainly for my future reference and for anyone else that may need to do the same:

The easiest way to set Drupal up on Windows should be with Microsoft’s installer. It uses their WebMatrix with the Web Platform Installer and looks like it should automate the process and configure everything that needs to be configured. The problem with it though is that it uses IIS Express, which can’t run alongside IIS, and the installer cannot run with IIS, which means I can’t use it for this situation.

So far, I’ve tried the IIS Aid PHP installer, which seems to work for the most part, however, I’m having FastCGI errors left right and centre with it crashing constantly. Unfortunately the IIS Aid installer doesn’t seem to work when using ISAPI instead of FastCGI, so I’m not up to installing and configuring PHP manually using FastCGI, and if it’s still unstable, ISAPI.

Another option is to look at running Apache on a different port to IIS, but I would rather not go down this route if I can avoid it.

It’s a real pain. If you have any experience with this, tips or advice would be appreciated!

10 Great Creative Commons Coffee Cup Photos

I recently had to find the perfect image of a coffee cup for use on a client website, and Creative Commons images were approved for use, so I did some hunting around, both on stock photo websites and searching through Creative Commons images on Flickr.

Some of the Creative Commons images on Flickr are fantastic! Here is my top 10 (in no particular order), click on the images to check them out full size at Flickr and check the Creative Commons license:

Quality Coffee

“Quality Coffee” by sh0dan.

My coffee's design for the day at Fluid

“My coffee’s design for the day at Fluid” by ~ggvic~

Coffee

“Coffee” by Rob Qld

Used coffee mug

“Used coffee mug” by odolphie

Fresh Cup

“Fresh Cup” by mikecpeck

Tea Cup

“Tea Cup” by *saxon*

Golden Gate

“Golden Gate” by CarbonNYC

Coffee

“Coffee” by mcveja

A moon in my coffee

“A moon in my coffee” by fdecomite

Coffee...mmmm

“Coffee…mmmm” by L. Marie