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Tackling Spam with Google ReCaptcha

By Ollie Reardon 25th February 2016


At the end of 2014, Google reinvented the way website developers can combat against pesky spam bots on the web. Introducing Google ReCaptcha, a simple way to prove that you are a human reading the website. If you are a frequent Internet user, you may have seen previous methods of proving you are not a spam bot like the one pictured above. These have many problems - not only is the text hard to read (resulting in having to retry multiple ti...

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Google Plus and Google Authorship Setup Guide

By Kirsty Gasston 22nd July 2014


Google+ (or Google Plus) is Google’s social media channel – their equivalent of Facebook or Twitter. Setting up your Google+ profile correctly and actively using Google+ as a social network using a Google+ company page can be a great help to your search engine optimisation. Google Authorship is how Google associates authors with articles that they write across the web. Ever seen listings in your search results on Google with a thumbnail of th...

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Best practices for writing SEO (Search Engine Optimised) content

By Peter Chiu 19th June 2014


Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is an important part of getting your website noticed by Google and other search engines. However, the landscape of SEO has changed dramatically over the past few years. Gone are the days of keyword stuffing and endless link building, the focus these days is on making sure that the website author is writing good quality and relevant content for the target audience with a large emphasis on user experience. With ...

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New Internet businesses to generate thousands of jobs according to Google

By Jordan Hall 26th September 2011


A boom in Internet businesses could open hundreds of thousands of jobs in Britain within five years, a Google chief has claimed. Philipp Schindler, the London based vice-president of Google Europe, predicted that despite the economic downturn 365,000 jobs could be on the cards by 2015 as more online firms emerge and grow. Daily Mail article Could new Internet businesses such as e-commerce websites start a new wave of employment in the UK, gene...

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Google Chrome team releases finger exercises for fast web users

By Jordan Hall 1st April 2011


Google have paid special attention today to users of Google Chrome who have difficulties keeping up with their web browser's general speed. To aid in this they have released a finger exercise program dubbed the 'Chromercise' routine. They have released a instructional video to demonstrate the required exercise structure and all relevant safety precautions requires to perform Chromercise exercises prior to the user of the Chrome web browser. Al...

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April Fools’ 2011, also Google releases new motion control system!

By Jordan Hall


It's April Fools' day today. It has come around quickly and I remember writing last year's April Fools' post regarding the crazy things large web companies has done. In other completely unrelated news, Google have released a new motion control system, akin to the Wii's controllers, Xbox connect and the PlayStation Move system. It is called 'Google Motion' and as per the majority of new Google products, it is currently considered beta. Take a l...

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Sporting Kicks website launched

By Jordan Hall 11th February 2011


Rapid Web is proud to announce to recent launch of the brand new Sporting Kicks e-commerce site. Sporting Kicks sell alternative football t-shirts and souvenirs. Although Sporting Kicks have been in business for many years, they came to Rapid Web for a fully new e-commerce website and redesign. We took their existing e-commerce solution and converted it to a completely new  and bespoke e-commerce system. To get to this solution, we offer...

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April Fools’ Day Jokes across the Internet

By Jordan Hall 1st April 2010


Firstly, happy April Fools' day to you! There have been a crazy amount of April Fools' jokes flying across the Internet today. Here are a few of the best from some of the biggest names. Google Animal Translate Google have supposedly released an ever so sneaky version of Google Translate that can translate animal noises in to English! This is a mobile application, suprisingly for the Android platform and is (not) available in the Android App Stor...

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Web Visibility – and how to increase it

By Jordan Hall 30th March 2010


Web visibility is of vital importance to any web business, be it e-commerce or otherwise. The visibility of your website is one of the key focuses of search engine optimisation.SEO will increase your web visibility through by improving the rankings of your websites in search engine results pages (or 'SERPs'). SERPs are the pages you land on, as an Internet user, when you enter search terms into an online search engine. They present a list of we...

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Google is ‘99% certain’ that they will shut down Google China

By Jordan Hall 18th March 2010


Google is highly likely to be shutting down Google Search in China, after discussions with Chinese authorities regarding censorship laws appear to have reached an impasse. Last Friday, the Chinese government challenged Google directly, stating that it refused to compromise its censorship laws to prevent Google from leaving China. Google's removal of censorship occurred after a number of 'cyber-attacks' has occurred to Google's systems from an ...

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Google Buzz Welcome Screenshot

By Jordan Hall 10th February 2010


In an update to our previous post on Google Buzz, we now have a screenshot to show of the Google Buzz interface within Gmail. The following screenshot shows the Google Buzz Welcome screen, as shown the first time you access Google Buzz. Google Buzz welcome screen...

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Google Buzz – Google’s social networking

By Jordan Hall


Google has tried social networking in the past, with ventures such as Orkut and Google Friend Connect, however neither have really become very popular. In fact, I imagine many of you reading this article may not have heard of Orkut at all. Google Friend Connect on the other hand is a API for web developers to put Google hosted social networking features directly into their websites via a iframes, JavaScript and AJAX. Anyway, I'm here to talk abo...

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