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  • GoogleMaps and Search for NZ Schools

    You can visit the NZ School map. Finding the Schools Data I started with superbly-useful spreadsheet of schools for 2008, downloadable from the NZ Ministry of Education. This has excellent detail: keyed on School Number, with postal address, decile, some category information and a head count. Geocoding Schools Data It was a matter of moments to get this into an SQL table, and then do some normalising to split out separate tables for the local authority and regional council. (Though I think I...
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  • Wind Resource Estimates

    In the early days of UK wind-farm development, an important question was how much wind-resource existed, depending on the constraints of land-use and regulation as well as the windiness of the terrain. We developed a bespoke C and FORTRAN PC application which related several sources of geographical information onto a common basis (the OS National Grid). We also spent many hours manually converting paper map information into coordinated data as input for this app. Cross-checks at several...
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  • UK Radar Rainfall display

    The UK Met Office maintains a network of rainfall radar systems and distributes the data in a variety of formats (scales and data-depths) to water companies, the Environmental Agency and other parties. Data arrives between five and 60 minutes apart. Storm uses this data to help in the automatic detection of severe weather conditions: the user can quickly see a map or a table which is aggregated over any period to identify "hot-spots" of rainfall, or replay a sequence over the last few hours to w...
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  • North Shore Yogalates

    The site needed to be "smooth", mellow, with natural textures and symbols, to reflect the style of the teacher. "Dru" yoga is a style which emphasises calmness and avoids the more strenuous exercises of some other schools. It was also useful to publicise the class dates and locations in North Shore, Auckland, NZ. The teacher was starting from scratch and so publicity and visibility was essential. We were fortunate to secure the ideal domain name which has exactly the words required to convey th...
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  • Seismics.net Google SEO

    Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Cosmetically, the site was pretty well suited for the market - no-frills. And it was already well-ranked on google for some terms, but they were not all the terms which were required. It didn't take long for me to rummage "under the hood" to spot the usual culprits: poor page titles, no headings summaries at all, and, of less value, lack of META descriptions. Following up the rear was a sprinkle of small-beer items : a few TITLEs missing for images and better an...
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  • Incentive Solutions PHP

    ... Among the tasks were: Creation of various reports cutting and slicing data SEO for their main online shop General Store which had an impressive build of daily visitors once we got all the key components in place. We tracked this with google Analytics. google maps and google Streetview: the operators would be able to enter a member address and automatically see the Street-View of that address. It helped confirm address accuracy which is a major issue when mailing thousands of items, and in fra...
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  • Owen Arts SEO

    Owen had arranged a nice design, with three key pages for his main activities: illustration, storyboards and visuals. Each page had 16 thumbnails, and clicking on these opened a full page in a new browser with a good-sized image and no text to clutter matters. Unfortunately the site was almost unfindable on any major search engine, well down the page listings if it appeared at all. Owen had resorted to paying other directories for some listings and second-order visibility. This worked by getting...
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  • When PHP location redirect, doesn't.

    I had some files which were receiving a nice lot of hits from google, but were placed inconveniently. I wanted to move them, so adopted the regular technology which is (as you may know): <?php $host = $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST']; $uri = rtrim(dirname($_SERVER['PHP_SELF']), '/\\'); $newpage = 'index.php?tab_id=4&target=20'; header("Location: http://$host$uri/$newpage", true, 301); exit; ?>   The 310 is a reponse code saying that the page has moved permanently. If you are...
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  • Kenpo Karate NZ

    Replacing HTML with PHP and CSS The graphic design of this karate club website was quite attractive. The technology however was basic: table-driven with all HTML, and some CSS. Being HTML, any changes in general layout, such as amends to the menu, had to be done on every page. Tiresome. What a shame that the HTML4 spec doesn't allow for an "Include" statement. So my first campaign involved the gradual adoption of PHP, so that parts of the layout could be derived from a set of common functions....
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  • Draintech SEO

    The Draintech website is a small HTML site promoting a drain and pipe repair business in Auckland. It was doing fairly well on google ranking, including number 1 for some suitable phrases which might be used by potential customers. (You can usually cherry-pick a phrase or two where your site will be number 1 - but you may be deluding yourself. You have to ask yourself, "is it a phrase that the punters would use?"). The owner realised that improvements could still be made. I addressed the usual...
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