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How to Stop Ghost Referral Spam In Google Analytics

What is Ghost Referral Spam? Ghost Referral spam is fake interaction with your website that can easily throw off the accuracy of your analytics data causing you frustration and wasted time. Floating Share Buttons is an example of this and their ability to spam your analytics data from multiple sources or sub-domains makes it one of the most tedious to sort through. This Ghost Spam doesn’t actually visit your website, it only uses your analytics tracking code to affect your data. Regular methods to remove the sessions, such as editing the ht-access file, won’t work and it might have you… Read Story

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WordPress 4.3: What’s new and should you update your site?

2.5 Minute Read WordPress is a growing system, full of amazing tools for developers and site administrators alike. Every now and then WordPress releases a major update that gives us some insight on where the platform is heading. This release seems to focus on three areas: WordPress’ Customizer, Incoming PHP7 support and password security. The Customizer WordPress allows theme developers to make their themes more dynamic by allowing users to input through the Customizer. Their users can often set font sizes, styles and colours. Specifically, WordPress has added the ability to modify menu items to menu locations through the Customizer…. Read Story

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SplitMango Web Design Project: Roundhouse Forest Products

2.5 Minute Read Roundhouse Forest Products is a specialty Forest Products Company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Placing an emphasis on performance, quality and integrity Roundhouse is a reliable source for premier forest products both domestically and internationally. The primary source of Roundhouse products is the Queen Charlotte Islands and Northern Vancouver Island both located off the coast of British Columbia. Goals & Functionality GOALS A modern looking website that doesn’t follow the same patterns of older web design that many other forest product companies use The website should serve as an online business card Convey a modern, innovative… Read Story

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Web Design: Where is it now and where is it heading?

Image from Giphy 3.5 Minute Read Vancouver is full of web designers and developers so it’s important to stay on top of the latest website trends. Whether or not you fall into this category, you’re exposed to web design trends everyday. Just like fashion, design trends are changing every year and exploring new territory. So what are these trends at the moment and where are they going from here? Flat Design WHAT IS IT? Flat Design isn’t a new idea, it’s been around for a while. The idea behind it is minimalist, simple design without gradients, drop shadows and other… Read Story

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Simple Tips for Google Analytics: Template & Custom Goals

4 Minute Read. In our last Google Analytics post we covered some of the key areas you can look at to help understand the data your website is providing to you. This week you will learn how to create Template or Custom Goals to track even more specific actions or activities on your website. Why do we need Goals? On a psychological level goals are rewards we give ourselves when certain criteria are met. They help us focus our efforts onto one particular action that we can easily measure and compare against previous time periods or results. Benjamin Mays said,… Read Story

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Content or Design: Which Should You Consider First?

3 minute read. A few of us at SplitMango like to attend the Vancouver Meetup group, Style & Class. It’s a group of tech and design individuals who get together to listen to talks on the latest in design, code and the tech industry in general. At the beginning of August we had the pleasure of attending Style & Class’ ‘Design & Content Panel’ at the Rio Theatre. The panel included a collection of content strategists, designers and web specialists from around North America all in Vancouver for the larger Design and Content conference. Clair Byrd, Ethan Marcott, Karen McGrane,… Read Story

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Education is broken, but learning has never been better

The way we learn is fundamentally changing. The traditional path of Highschool > University > 1 Job > Retirement, is no longer the rule in our fast moving, evolving professional world. It’s nearly a relic. And honestly who really wants it? It limits growth, ignores personal learning styles and defers the responsibility of learning to teachers and superiors. Wherever you are, the responsibility to learn and excel is on you. The institutions you are a part of are there to provide the best tools and environments to accomplish that. Let’s talk about those tools. 3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before… Read Story

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Festivals in Toronto 2015: The Toronto Food and Wine Show

The Toronto Food and Wine Show is an event over 3 delicious days comprising of mouthwatering food and beverages. The festival is just around the corner for those in Ontario between September 18th and 20th, 2015. The Food and Wine Festival showcases some of the best cuisine and beverage creators throughout the Greater Toronto Area and Canada. One of the main purposes of the event is to feature local wineries, restaurants and breweries for their gourmet food and wine dishes. Along with these local businesses come international celebrity chefs, cooking classes, and guided tastings to help your palate better comprehend… Read Story

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How to Find Jobs on LinkedIn by Improving Your Profile

Why is it important to have a LinkedIn account and keep it up to date? Having a LinkedIn profile hasn’t always been my favourite thing. I didn’t start actually using it until I went back to school for the second time. I had one professor in particular who was adamant about the importance of organizing and keeping up a professional LinkedIn account. He wanted us to be prepared and really show off our skills so we could get jobs easily after we completed school. I’ll admit I didn’t take it seriously at first, but after I edited my profile, added… Read Story

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Simple Tips for Google Analytics: Understand Your Data

The goal of Google Analytics is to collect user activity via interactions. That means Google measures each visitors activity, and compiles it into a hit or interaction, which is in turn sent to your Google Analytics data base. This is how basic data is collected from your website. Google Analytics can be a fairly complicated tool to use. Understanding how to view your data properly can save you time and help you learn more about your website. There is a lot of data available to you inside the Analytics reports and it can be hard to sort through and find… Read Story

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