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Protecting your web forms from spam

Web forms can be used on websites in many different ways and can be a great tool for gathering data or allowing your customers to make contact with you.

However, including a web form on your site can open you up to receiving unwanted spam. Spam is often submitted by automated spam robots that search the internet looking for forms, and often once they find yours you will often get a large volume of spam in the first hit.

While we don’t want to deter your customers from sending you their information by making your form too difficult to submit, there are a few simple countermeasures that can be added to stop (or at least slow down) spammers.  Hopefully this article will help you decide which option will work best for you.

Hidden Fields

This option is invisible to customers but may not block some of the smarter spam robots out there. A field is added to your form that is visible to robots who read the code, but hidden from the customer using css or javascript. If a value is entered in this field, the form will not submit, thus stopping robots who cannot tell the difference.

Human-friendly Question

Another option is to add a basic text question that would be easy for a human to answer, but that a robot could not answer. This could be a simple maths problem, or something everyone would know e.g. The colour of the sky is? This is a fairly common method and should not annoy your users too much or prevent them from submitting the form.

CAPTCHA

This is probably the most secure option, however as you may have experienced, CAPTCHAs can be quite hard to read, and may annoy or deter users. We recommend only using this method for important forms, or if neither of the above methods are working and you are still receiving a large volume of spam.

There are other solutions available, so speak to us if you don’t think any of these will work for you. And just note that spammers are always finding new ways to get around your countermeasures, so any method implemented may not be a permanent fix.
 

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A guide to using your Logo correctly

Using your logo correctly on all media not only helps trigger an immediate visual association with you, but it also reinforces credibility of the items on which it appears. Consistency of usage is therefore important. Your logo should be used consistently and correctly in advertising and promotional materials, publications, web sites and software interfaces, presentations, stationery, etc. whether in print or electronic media.

Logo Quality

Your logo should never look 'pixelated' or blurry. Don't use scanned versions or photocopies of the logo. Never use a logo from a website in print media because they are low resolution and will print poorly. For printed material, supplying your logo in EPS* format is important as this ensures superior reproduction of your logo.

Logo is pixelated

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Branding Your Business

Your brand is the 'face' of your business. Everyone is familiar with iconic international brands, such as Nike and CocaCola, but who is to say that your brand won't be just as successful? Consistency and creative marketing are all it takes! Your business branding will help you stand out from the crowd and demand attention from your current and potential clients, as well as your competitors. When you are not around to speak for your business, your branding does it for you, so it needs to speak loudly and clearly about who you are and what you do! It needs to send the right messages and be recognisable in an instant.

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Design Sense in the Business Community

September was a busy month for us, as we co-hosted the Business After Hours and Women in Business events.

The KBCCI's Business After Hours was co-hosted with Goldfields Baptist College. The event was a great success with approximately 60 from the business community attending. It was a great opportunity to talk about what we do, and network with clients and colleagues. The college was a fantastic venue, and we were treated to an excerpt from GBC's upcoming musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by the students. BAH events are held monthly. See http://kalgoorliecci.asn.au/events/register/ for information on upcoming events.

Later that week, the Women in Business' Boulder street walk began at Design Sense. We met with over 15 other businesswomen to connect and share ideas and support. We then walked down Burt street, stopping at Industrial Lane and Just Add People Short stay apartments, finishing up just a few blocks away for canapes and drinks. See https://www.facebook.com/GoldWIB/ for more information about the Goldfields Women in Business.

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Will my website be found by Google? (About Search Engine Optimisation)

With so many people now searching for services online, it is important that your online presence is professional and stands up against the competition. However, just because you have a website does not guarantee that people are going to find it. There are many factors that can affect your Search Engine Results Page (SERP) Rank, and it can take time for your website to ‘climb up the ladder’.

What is my SERP Rank?

Whenever someone conducts a Google (or any other search engine) search, the result page will show a list of links to web pages that relate to the words that were entered in the search. These links are displayed in order of relevance based on a series of factors such as your website content, page description, number of pages in your site and incoming links. The higher up the list a website is displayed, the higher the SERP Rank.

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