February 28th, 2008Update for The Irish Photographers' Website

We are currently in the process of evaluating a wide range of new features for The Irish Photographers' Website.

Operated by Alan Murphy, The Irish Photographers' Website was originally designed by OnSight in 2003, and has firmly established itself as one of the leading photographic resources in Ireland.

Providing up-to-the minute news and discussion for both professionals in the photographic industry and members of the public searching for photographic services, the site is about to receive a significant revamp, and we are delighted to be invited to evaluate and experiment with Alan's new and exciting ideas for the expansion of this excellent site.

The update will include a visual site makeover, incorporating the latest "Web 2.0" technologies to provide additional features and an improved visitor experience.

More information on this project will be available soon.

February 25th, 2008IPPA Orientation Day

The next IPPA Orientation Day for New Licentiates will take place on Monday, February 25th, and OnSight will once again be presenting a talk on the various approaches that you can take to avail of the opportunities that a website can offer you.

Our presentation will give you insight into achieving the best return from your investment in your website, giving you invaluable information on the importance of domain name registration, consistent branding, website design and development, website features, promotion (including details of what search engines look for), website maintenance and the importance of regular updates.

We will also cover aspects of marketing via the internet, the dos and don'ts of email-based marketing and newsletters, and offer you information on avoiding and coping with unwanted SPAM, "phishing" attempts and other intrusive behaviour.

Please note that this is not a public event; it is open to new IPPA Licentiate members only

If you are a new IPPA Licentiate, please accept our congratulations on your achievement, and we look forward to meeting you on February 25th at the IPPA Headquarters in Muirfield Drive.

If you are ineligible or unable to make it to the Orientation Day, you are welcome to download our Powerpoint presentation to ensure that you don't miss anything.

February 13th, 2008Corbett Photography is now live!

The new website for PJ Corbett of Corbett Photography, based in Askeaton, Co. Limerick, is now up-and-running.

Using the OnSight SiteShell, the site dynamically adjusts the image sizes to "best-fit" the visitor's browser and screen.

The site's home page contains a slideshow with accompanying audio, while the internal gallery pages are also animated to add interest.

[ www.corbettphotography.ie ]

February 12th, 2008New Project for Ruth Foran

We have commenced work on a new website for Ruth Foran Photography, based in Enfield, Co. Meath.

Similar to other recent projects, the site will using OnSight SiteShell to allow ease-of-update, and will automatically adjust the image and thumbnail sizes to best fit the visitor's browser and screen.

More information on this project will be available soon.

February 11th, 2008Warning re Phishing Attempts

The recent increase in phishing attempts has resulted in the practice being highlighted even in mainstream media, and is a serious concern.

Phishing is an e-mail fraud method in which the perpetrator sends out legitimate-looking email in an attempt to gather personal and financial information from recipients. Typically, the messages appear to come from well-known and trustworthy Web sites, including PayPal and well-known banks.

Key things to remember

  • NEVER click on a link in an email in order to fill-in account details; the links will take you to a fake replica site
  • ALWAYS open a new browser window and enter the correct web address for the bank or PayPal
  • Financial institutions NEVER ask you for your full name and password in an email

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February 10th, 2008New website for Ross Photography

The new website for Teddy Sugrue of Ross Photography in Kerry is now live.

The site is based on the OnSight SiteShell, and provides Teddy with an easily-updated online presence from which he can showcase his excellent landscape and environmental portrait photography.

The site also allows visitors to recommend images to their friends, maximising the exposure of the site, while the captioning facility assists the site with search engine placement.

[ www.rossphotography.ie ]

February 8th, 2008ISME Advice for Small Business Websites

Irish Examiner Article, February 8th, 2008
Keep it simple, informative and up-to-date. That's the advice for firms launching a website, writes Róisín O'Donnell.

The www sign on the invoice or on the back of the van is as important these days as the telephone number. But a website has to be more than an eye-catching accessory. It should be carefully thought out, well-designed, simple and kept up-to-date.

For an effective website:

  • Keep it simple

  • Catch the attention of the browser in the first ten seconds

  • Get as much information as possible on the first screen to avoid the need to scroll down

  • Update regularly

  • Avoid flash or gimmicks

  • Avoid jargon

  • Target the client; don't try to cover every audience

  • Focus on benefits rather than features

  • Optimise the site for all major search engines

  • Track site visitors

Source: Irish Examiner, February 8th, 2008

February 1st, 2008Anthony Dawson Website Launched

We have just launched the new website for Anthony Dawson, a professional photographer based in Callan, Co. Kilkenny.

Using the OnSight SiteShell and an innovative animated display based on jQuery, the contemporary design of the site showcases all of Anthony's photography disciplines and photo restoration services with maximum impact.

In addition, the image captioning facility assists with search engine placement, maximising the marketing exposure of the site.

[ www.adphotography.ie ]