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Website Fix for Internet Explorer users

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

I’ve implemented a fix for our customers still using Internet Explorer, that gets rid of the purple borders around the services images in the front page. It didn’t occur in Firefox, Opera or Safari, and the fix doesn’t have any adverse effects on those browsers that the bug didn’t occur on.

And just what are the few of you doing STILL using IE? It’s non standards compliant, bloated and horrid! Support your favourite repair company, and go get Firefox, or Opera instead, they’re much friendlier and standard :)

There are still errors on our site when using Internet Explorer, but we’re working on it. Microsoft are to blame for not following standards in web browsing, it really isn’t our fault, go use another browser and see the difference if you don’t believe me :)

We now have two websites to reduce downtime!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

We now have two separate domains to reduce the risk of downtime. kitamuracomputers.com and now kitamuracomputers.net. They are both copies of each other, so that if one is down the other one is always accessible. kitamuracomputers.net is a machine in our office, so we have full control of its hardware and software, plus it makes it easier for us to update our website being sat at the main server rather than having to FTP it up to kitamuracomputers.com, which is a hosted server that we don’t have full control over.

In order for us to redesign the site like we did we needed a dedicated server we could sit at to design it, and this is a perfect solution as all we do is then mirror updated complete copies rather than bits at a time! The forum, downloads area, plus helpdesk and ticketing system are all on our kitamuracomputers.net server, and are linked to it from the .com site. This reduces the risk of having two copies of them and both becoming out of sync.

If ever the .net server is down, we’re probably working on its hardware. Normally when we do software maintenance we switch it to Maintenance mode which displays a holding page for any accessed page explaining that we’re working on its software. We will aim to never keep it fully unavailable for more than an hour, or in extreme cases of hardware failure, more than 24 hours.

Website cleanup

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

I’ve cleaned the website up a bit to make it easier to see, understand and navigate. Our front page has had all the subtext and excessive “Work Guaranteed” logos removed from the service table. All the service information is now in the service pages themselves rather than bulleted lists on the homepage table. It looks a lot cleaner!

Each service page now has colourful captions and images in the header to make it nice to look at instead of black and white text. We’ve added colourful manufacturer logo clusters to illustrate which manufacturers goods we service. The links in the sidebar are now in place, so that links to different service pages are always available no matter where you are on the site, so you don’t have to keep going back to the homepage table all the time!

The navigation bar under the site header now has fixed links to places like our Downloads area, Support forum, Terms and Conditions pages, and over to the right the day and date is always displayed! We were going to add the time but it doesn’t refresh on its own, we need to find some programming wizardry so users don’t need to keep refreshing the page!

Take a look at the refreshed site, it looks much nicer: www.kitamuracomputers.com. Tell us what you think by commenting here!