Category Archives: Website Development

35 million ‘sort of’ free images from Getty Images

Finding the right image to include in your website just became a lot easier and without the fear of infringing copyright. Getty Images, the world’s largest photographic agency has made 35 million of its images free to use (with caveats). Users will be allowed to embed images onto their site for free.

2014-03-12_163016The catch for users is that Getty Images may collect data from your website on which images are popular and push adverts to it through the viewer. The Getty Images terms of use state:

Embedded Viewer
Where enabled, you may embed Getty Images Content on a website, blog or social media platform using the embedded viewer (the “Embedded Viewer”). Not all Getty Images Content will be available for embedded use, and availability may change without notice. Getty Images reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove Getty Images Content from the Embedded Viewer. Upon request, you agree to take prompt action to stop using the Embedded Viewer and/or Getty Images Content. You may only use embedded Getty Images Content for editorial purposes (meaning relating to events that are newsworthy or of public interest). Embedded Getty Images Content may not be used: (a) for any commercial purpose (for example, in advertising, promotions or merchandising) or to suggest endorsement or sponsorship; (b) in violation of any stated restriction; (c) in a defamatory, pornographic or otherwise unlawful manner; or (d) outside of the context of the Embedded Viewer.

“Getty Images (or third parties acting on its behalf) may collect data related to use of the Embedded Viewer and embedded Getty Images Content, and reserves the right to place advertisements in the Embedded Viewer or otherwise monetise its use without any compensation to you.”

Anyway, here’s a cute rubber duck picture from Getty as an example.

Joomla jumble

In a confusing progression of version numbers, i.e 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, to 2.5, Joomla 2.5.0  GA (general availability) is set to be the next release on 24th January 2012.

Notable dates after this are:

  • 24th February 2012 – Joomla 1.7 reaches end of life and is no longer supported
  • April 2012 – Joomla 1.5 reaches end of life
  • September 2012 – Next version of Joomla is released

After a first look at the beta release this latest version looks good and offers some core improvements. These are well reported in the Joomla Community Portal so I won’t repeat here.

Touchline customers will be offered migration options from 24th January but contact me if you want more information.

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Spam

Spam, spam, spam, email and spam

Whenever you include an email address on a web page it may be vulnerable to spam attack.  This is because spammers use automated search programs (or spam spiders) to search for email addresses on the web to which they can then send their spam.

In CMS Made Simple, there’s a handy trick to encode an email address so that it displays and functions normally but cannot easily be found by an automated scanning system. This technique is sometimes referred to as ’email obfuscation.’

Instead of directly adding the email link in html as <a href=”mailto:me@example.com“>, you can use the Smarty {mailto} tag to encode the email address e.g.

  {mailto address="me@example.com" encode="javascript"}

The {mailto} tag will automatically encode the email address into Javascript, hex or other format, concealing it from spam harvesters. The above tag is encoded to:

<script>
    eval(unescape('%64%6f% ... snipped ...%61%3e%27%29%3b'))
</script>

The {mailto} tag supports parameters that allow you to specify the encoding method, text to display for the email link, email subject line, additional recipients and more. See more details on the Smarty {mailto} function at the Smarty website.