The Webforward Blog

Where we write about life at Webforward, what we're up to,
new work and some geeky stuff.

Extracting a database from a large mysqldump file

Extracting a database from a large mysqldump file

Restoring a single database from a large mysql dump is pretty easy, using the mysql command line client’s –one-database option: mysql -u root -p --one-database db_to_restore < fulldump.sql But what if you don’t want to restore the database, you just want to extract it out of the dump file? Well, that happens to be easy as well, thanks to the magic of sed: sed -n '/^-- Current Database: `test`/,/^-- Current Database: `/p' fulldump.sql > test.sql You just need to change “test” to be the name of the database you want extracted.. ... read the rest »
Could you pitch your new business idea in 140 characters?

Could you pitch your new business idea in 140 characters?

The big challenge using Twitter as a marketing tool is trying to fit what you want to say into just 140 characters, but sometimes this can help you to hone your messaging and be more direct about what you want to say. But what about a business pitch, could you do this is just 140 characters?... read the rest »
What makes an effective landing page?

What makes an effective landing page?

When running an online campaign, something like PPC, social media advertising or other marketing campaign, it should send the customer to a landing page. This is a page specifically designed to capture the interest of the people who have engaged with your marketing, as they shouldn’t just link to your homepage... read the rest »
Which hosting plan is right for my website?

Which hosting plan is right for my website?

Once you’ve chosen the domain name for your website, the next step is to sort out your website’s hosting. If you’re not sure what this is, you can compare it to having a space hired to put your desks and staff in, and a sign hanging above the door on the outside... read the rest »
Get more done in 2016

Get more done in 2016

Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to procrastinate less and get more done? It is for lots of people, particularly people who have busy lives with businesses, family, friends, homes, hobbies etc. If you’re trying to fit lots in, then you also what to cut the unnecessary out... read the rest »
Get a list of installed Magento patches single SSH command

Get a list of installed Magento patches single SSH command

All Magento patches that have been installed successfully are logged into app/etc/applied.patches.list file. You can just open this file in your favourite text editor to find out all installed patches and changed files or change directory via SSH to your Magento root and run the following command: grep -F '|' app/etc/applied.patches.list|cut -f 2 -d'|'      ... read the rest »
Can not install Magento Patch 6788 due to .htaccess inconsistency

Can not install Magento Patch 6788 due to .htaccess inconsistency

This is well known issue, Magento need to patch .htaccess file as well as its sample file (.htaccess.sample). If you use a modified .htaccess file you have to run something like this:   mv .htaccess .htaccess_original wget -qO .htaccess http://svn.magentocommerce.com/source/branches/1.7/.htaccess wget -qO .htaccess.sample http://svn.magentocommerce.com/source/branches/1.7/.htaccess.sample sh PATCH_SUPEE-6788_CE_1.9.1.0_v1-2015-10-27-09-06-11.sh mv .htaccess .htaccess_patched mv .htaccess_original .htaccess Do not forget to use the correct patch filename.... read the rest »
Benefits of live chat on your website

Benefits of live chat on your website

And no, that’s not the x-rated Live Chat that might have sprung to the not-so-innocent mind. Live chat systems are instant messaging tools that lets your website browsers ‘chat’ to a customer services advisor whilst browsing your site.... read the rest »
How to turn seasonal shoppers into loyal customers

How to turn seasonal shoppers into loyal customers

With the American traditions of Black Friday and Cyber Monday’s popularity spreading through the UK, as well as Christmas countdown promotions, Boxing Day sales and January sales, this time of year is full of promotions and special offers. So how do you turn a purely seasonal (opportunistic) shopper into a loyal customer?... read the rest »
A quick quide to online marketing terminology

A quick quide to online marketing terminology

No industry is complete with some casually thrown around buzz words or three and four letter acronyms. So if you’re in the online/digital marketing world then here are some of the key words, phrases and acronyms that you should be aware of.... read the rest »
Use gift guides to boost sales this Christmas

Use gift guides to boost sales this Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, and the American import of Black Friday, you might have noticed Gift Guides popping up in marketing material – online, in newsletters, in magazines and newspapers. They’re usually a collation of gift ideas for people with specific hobbies, gender, age etc... read the rest »
Classic Design & Build website re-build from Webforward

Classic Design & Build website re-build from Webforward

The Webforward team are really excited to announce the launch of our newest build, www.classicdb.co.uk Classic Design & Build is an exhibition solutions company based in Solihull who specialise in creating exhibition displays and stands for companies worldwide such as Jaguar, Land Rover, Tyco and Scolmore. They came to us to replace their existing website with something fresh and modern to attract customers attention, as well as a portable sales tool that they could use on their iPad’s whilst travelling abroad... read the rest »
Facebook Psychology

Facebook Psychology

Yes, that’s genuinely a thing, and you need to know about it to use it to your advantage. To be honest, anything that involves human interaction will have a psychology to the way it works... read the rest »
How good is your website?

How good is your website?

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about individual components of your website such as home pages, responsive design, SEO and landing pages and we also gave you a spring clean checklist. So now that we’re heading towards the end of the year, it’s about time to evaluate how good your website really is... read the rest »
Social media: paid-for Twitter

Social media: paid-for Twitter

If you’ve been following the blog then you’ll know that we’ve talked about the difficulty of reaching your audience on social media for free. More and more businesses are using paid-for advertising on social media platforms to reach current fans, engage new fans and encourage call-to-actions... read the rest »
Top 7 online payment systems

Top 7 online payment systems

If you’re running any form of ecommerce platform, there’s a high chance that you want to take payments online. There are so many payment systems available, where do you start? Read on as we run through our top 7 (in no order of preference)... read the rest »
10 SEO mistakes you might be making

10 SEO mistakes you might be making

SEO is just one of many acronyms in the digital marketing world that you’ll come across on a regular basis. People will just band it about assuming your understand what it means and the ins and outs of it... read the rest »
Freshen up your blog

Freshen up your blog

It’s just over 6 months since the start of the Webfwd blog, so about time for taking stock and looking at what the blog does. As with any form of marketing, you should be tracking what works and what doesn’t, and whether it meets your original aims... read the rest »
Social media: paid-for Pinterest

Social media: paid-for Pinterest

Whilst social media platforms are technically a free platform, they are getting more and more savvy to the need to make money, and this is where businesses have come in with paid-for advertising. Businesses can pay to get their information to targeted audiences on the channel, or in Facebook’s case where they are showing less and less information to people, to get to the fans in general... read the rest »
7 tips for starting a successful business

7 tips for starting a successful business

Starting a new business can be scary and overwhelming, there are so many things you need to remember to do, and that’s before you even launch it. And then there’s the period after you launch, the hard work, the worry about whether it’s going to succeed... read the rest »
Social media: useful WordPress plug-ins for your website

Social media: useful WordPress plug-ins for your website

Wordpress is one of the most popular ways to create your website, many professional developers use it as an open-source platform and many people use it to self-host websites. There are lots of useful features that can come with Wordpress, but here I’m going to focus on the best plug-ins for social media for your Wordpress website.... read the rest »
Advice for your website photos

Advice for your website photos

“A picture speaks a thousand words” is a phrase you’ve probably heard a thousand times before. But it couldn’t be more true; between 65% and 85% of people class themselves as visual learners, and on social media, updates with images get 150% more engagement than those without.... read the rest »