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Google is Changing how they use Google Maps

September 21st, 2018, by

Your Google Maps may stop working this is due to the way Google is changing it’s API. Every time someone goes onto a page on your website with a google map it will use a API request to get the information it needs from Google. Google is going to start charging per API request.

If you are having this issue on your website you will need to create a google console account, set-up an API key for your website, Set-up Billing Information and send the API key to us so we can update your website. To do this follow the instructions below:

Setting up a google console account and setting up an API Key
  1. Go to the Google console ( https://console.developers.google.com/ ) and sign in with your google account.
  2. Click the drop-down next to the Google API logo ( top left ).
  3. A pop-up will appear, click the “New Project” link in the top right.
  4. Type in your website name as the project name. You can leave the location as “No Organisation”.
  5. Click the drop-down again, next to the Google API logo, to make sure you’re on the correct Project.
  6. Click the “Enable APIs and services” button next to the “Dashboard” title.
  7. Select the “Maps JavaScript API” box ( this should be the third box under Maps, just under the search box ).
  8. Click the blue “Enable” button.
  9. Click the “Credentials” tab.
  10. Click the blue “Create Credentials” button and select API Key.
  11. Copy the API Key and send this to us, with your domain name.
  12. You may need to follow sets 2-11 if you have multiple domains with google maps.
You need to Set-up Billing information
  1. Once logged into the Google console ( https://console.developers.google.com/ ) Click the menu button to the left of the Google API logo. ( Three lines, stacked vertically ).
  2. Select “Billing”.
  3. Click the blue “Link a billing account” button and press “Create Billing Account” on the pop-up.
  4. Enter your details.
Cost of API requests

The price for each request for the first 100,000 requests is 0.007 USD per request. Between 100,001 & 500,000 requests the price is 0.0056 USD per request. https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/usage-and-billing#pricing-for-the-maps-javascript-api

When you set-up your Billing information, you’ll get $300 free, for the first 12 months.  You also get $200 USD worth of credit each month


Moving to the new Email System

December 11th, 2017, by

Details to follow

If you are having issues with the new email system once you have been swapped over there are a couple of thing you will have to check.

Log into webmail

  • First check you can login to Webmail using the new webmail system at: https://mail.a.hostedemail.com/
  • Enter in your email and password and then click login.

(If you can’t then it’s a problem with your password which we would need to get for you.)

 

 

Problems with Sending E-mails:

  • First go to (File – Account Settings – Account Settings)

  • Double click onto your account e.g. “Tom@gtshop.co.uk”.

  • In the server information change “outgoing mail server” to: mail.a.hostedemail.com

  • Once you have made the changes to outgoing mail server, Click on More Settings.
  • Go to the advanced tab .
  • On this screen you want to make sure the incoming server (IMAP) is set to 993 or 995, it should automatically change once you have set the following encryption type to ‘SSL’. if there is no drop down box it should be a tick box and you want to tick it.
  • Outgoing server (SMTP) should be set to: 465.
  • Under that you can find the “Use the following type of encrypted connection” and in this drop down you want to pick the ‘SSL’ option.

 

  • Then click ok.
  • Then click next which will then test the settings, once completed click close on the test window.
  • Finally click the finish button.

Can’t find server settings?

If your outlook has these new icons, that means you have the updated version of outlook.

When finding the server settings on this updated outlook and just follow this:

File – Account Settings – Manage Profiles – click on <Email Accounts> – select the email account

Setup guides

(Use Cluster A: mail.a.hostedemail.com)

https://help.opensrs.com/hc/en-us/articles/204378973-Email-Configuration-Guides-for-End-Users-Apple-Mail-Android-iOS-Thunderbird-Outlook-Windows-10-Mail-

 


How to set up a Twitter account

October 23rd, 2012, by

social media management

Still not on Twitter?

Ranked by browsing behaviour analysts Alexa as the world’s 8th most influential website, Twitter is now in its 7th year of existence. What’s more, industry experts predict that social media will have an even greater influence on both the business and personal spheres in the near future.

Through dialogue with our clients and contacts, we have come to the realisation that many struggle to get started with new online platforms. With that in mind, the BF team have created a step-by-step best practice guide to the Twitter sign-up process.

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A Beginners’ Guide to Twitter Jargon

July 27th, 2012, by

social media management

Social Media juggernaut Twitter is one of the top ten most visited sites on the internet. The service boasts over 500m active users; 340m new tweets are posted, worldwide, each day; and the site also handles over 1.6bn search queries, in each 24hr period.

However, through our work at BF Internet, we still come across people and businesses that are reluctant to jump on the Twitter bandwagon. Our research suggests that one of the biggest barriers, between user and service, is the daunting jargon of the website.

In order to get the most out of Twitter, it’s important that a user is familiar with terms such as “hashtags”, “retweets” and “direct messages”. With that in mind, we have put together this helpful guide to the most important examples of Twitter terminology.

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Pre-historic SEO: The Myths and Legends

July 24th, 2012, by

There are a number of lingering myths about the mechanisms of search engines. In this blog, we deal with a few extinct and endangered concepts.
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Search Engine Users: The Basics

July 10th, 2012, by

Search Engine Optimisation is an ongoing process of trial and error.

In the online world, you have to be constantly “doing”, in order to receive feedback and to begin developing a concept. A SEO professional will be familiar with the idea of working with a living palette of colours, that is constantly changing and evolving. SEO is a reactive business that necessitates quick-wittedness and high levels of creativity.

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Content: The Basics

July 6th, 2012, by

Every piece of content that you create should be engineered with tangible visitor responses in mind.

Any good content creator will always consider the actions that they’d like their visitors to make, and then build their content around this purpose. It’s crucial for a content creator to be aware of past examples of content that have triggered similar actions. It’s also essential that the creator is able to deduce which attributes of successful past content contributed towards its success.

Generally speaking, some of the attributes which are likely, in this writer’s experience, to trigger an audience response are as follows:

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