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Monthly Archives: September 2009

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Two years back I was at Adobe live in a lecture about the changing internet. During what was an excellent talk I was introduced to the idea of heatmaps. They are a way of showing traffic trends via mouse movement and clicks. For me they are clearly a great tool for showing hotspots.

Recently I was reading a blog on a similar subject and it reminded me of heatmaps. I have been doing some searching and found an interesting article here which talks about how times are changing with regards to how people use google, they use a heatmap very interesting have a read.

How to use them

So I thought how do I use a heatmap, they are so handy I want to use one for my blogs. Searching around I have found some solutions:-

 

http://www.clickdensity.com/

these guys work on the first 5000 clicks being free and then you pay £2.50 – £1000 depending on the quality of clicks required.

 

http://crazyegg.com/

Crazyegg offer more than just heatmaps they do full stats. They charge from $9 to $99 depending on the quality of clicks needed.

 

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4779

I found this add-on which is now out of date but maybe it will get updated.

 

http://www.feng-gui.com/

Feng-GUI creates a heatmap of your website of an image and delineates which areas get the maximum attention. You can either enter your web page address or upload an image and make a heatmap in a few seconds.

 

http://nevyan.blogspot.com/2006/12/free-website-click-heatmap-diy.html

this site has a DIY solution to heatmaps.

 

http://blog.corunet.com/english/the-definitive-heatmap

Another solution for the coders out there.

Bellow are some examples of heat maps I found on the web.

I will look to test some of the service above and repost when I can give you more info on the subject.

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So I have been using an .ai tempalte when desiging banners and buttons. It saves me time thinking about sizes and drawing out the shapes. Thought I would make it available for you to download.

So hotmail stopped popping to thunderbird the other day. The solution I found is:-

1. Ask thunderbird to create a new email account (not a web mail just a basic email account)

2. Put in your hotmail address, set the pop3 to pop3.live.com

3. In the server settings go to security settings and click the SSL box (make use the use secure auth box is NOT clicked). This will game the portto 995.

4. Restart thunderbird