For a number of years Google has been signaling their intent to rank web sites using the https:// protocol higher than those using the http:// protocol. SEO gurus say that using HTTPS can improve the SEO rankings of your websites. Though a lightweight ranking signal at present, HTTPS will be an important ranking signal in the future. Recently the Chrome and Firefox browsers began warning users of possible 'insecure connections' whenever users filled in a form or logged into their own web site. The message in Firefox is displayed next to a lock icon with a red strike-through and says; "This connection is not secure. Logins entered here could be compromised." MyPR moved to https:// on Sunday 4 June 2017 and it appears that we are getting more traffic. We say 'appears' as the increase in traffic may just be a blip - the real proof of the pudding will be in whether that increase in traffic is sustained for the next year or so. What does it mean for the many PR Professionals who use MyPR: Most importantly - more traffic and better exposure for your articles A safer environment for you and visitors to enjoy. For those contemplating moving from the http:// protocol to the the https:// protocol we recommend that you read this article: https://blog.templatetoaster.com/redirect-http-to-https-seo-optimized/ For a quick check of your sites compliance (or not) to https:// visit: https://www.whynopadlock.com/check.php Why No Padlock will also highlight calls to other sites that may still use the http:// protocol and thus rendering your pages as 'insecure'. The generic steps to follow, if you want to redirect HTTP to HTTPS are listed below: Purchase an SSL certificate: The first requirement for HTTPS is to purchase an SSL certificate for your website. There are many types of SSL certificates available. Select one based on your business needs. Install the SSL certificate: Once purchased, the SSL certificate is to be installed on your website. . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, 2 June 2017 – Arguably South Africa’s top men’s trail athlete, Christiaan Greyling (Jeep Team SA), has won the extreme Faial Coast to Coast 47km Ultra Trail Race, which took place on Faial Island in Azores, an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic, on Saturday, the 27th May, fighting the worst weather conditions imaginable. Portugal’s Faial Coast to Coast Ultra Trail traverses some 47km, with a cumulative elevation gain of 2385 metres, from the village of Ribeirinha, near Boca da Ribeira Port on the east coast at 0m altitude, to Capelinhos on the west coast, at 2385m altitude. The Azores Trail Run takes place in Faial Natural Park, considered a European Destiny of Excellence (EDEN) by the European Commission. The race takes runners on a journey through the history of the geology of the island following the formation of the island, from east to west passing landmarks and geological features, showcasing the volcanic nature of the Azores islands. A large part of the trail takes place in the largest and most remarkable "Graben" of the archipelago, a large section of land that collapsed between two tectonic faults. The trail ends at the biggest volcano on the island, the dormant Capelinhos Volcano. Greyling, who only took the lead only in the last 6km of the race, crossed the finish line in first place in a time of 03:54:07. Second place went to island local, Dário Moitoso, in a time of 04:02:36, and third place to Nuno Silva, in a time of 04:04:00. Says Greyling on his outstanding race, “This race was significant as it marked my first race as a full-time athlete. It was amazing to run on this land mass caused by the 1957 Volcanic action in the Azores. It looked like Mars, while the rest of the course was lush green. “We started off in a group of about 5 athletes leading and holding a comfortable pace on the volcanic line of Faial. At about 9km, local trail champion, Dário Moitoso, made a break and I responded. I kept contact with him until 17km . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, 2 June 2017 – South African surfski paddlers dominated the 42nd annual ex-World Championship event, the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge, in Hawaii on Sunday, 28 May 2017. This race is the world’s oldest, longest and toughest surfski race testing paddler skill, endurance and knowledge of ocean surfing, plus an ability to manoeuvre against unpredictable weather conditions in the Kaiwi Channel. The Kaiwi Channel is an expanse of ocean between the Hawaiian Islands of Molokai and Oahu and is considered one of the roughest ocean channels in the world when the ocean is angry. The race started off the west end of Molokai near Kaluakoi, finishing 53km away in the Marina off Hawaii Kai. With paddlers competing in hot and flat conditions, the race became a real test of physical strength and endurance. With a very strong race contingent, the 2017 race was brutally tough up front with Sean Rice, Hank McGregor, Cory Hill, Jasper Mocké and Clint Robinson, all gunning for the win. Seven-time World Champion and three-time Molokai Winner, Hank McGregor, finished second in 3h46m07s. Fellow South African, Sean Rice, finished in first place in 3h43m08s, and Australian paddler, Cory Hill, taking third in 3h46m50s. Results - Maui Jim Molokai Challenge 2017 Men 1. Sean Rice (RSA) 03:43:08 2. Hank McGregor (RSA) 03:46:07 3. Cory Hill (AUS) 03:46:50 Women 1. Rachel Clarke (NZL) 04:34:43 2. Tricia Gilbert (AUS) 05:06:04 3. Sarah Davis (AUS) 05:37:50 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Registration for the prestigious annual Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) Competition will close on Monday 5 June at midnight. The Competition is managed by the Digital Education Institute (DEI), a non-profit educational organisation. The 2017 Competition gives educators an opportunity to showcase their skills in using Information Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve the educational environment in their classroom, school or community. All educators teaching at schools in South Africa, across all grades and subjects, are eligible to enter. The awards ceremony will take place in the context of iWeek (www.iweek.org.za) in Durban in September. All expenses will be paid for the 10 finalists selected. The three winning teachers will each receive Mystery Prizes. There are three categories of entry and you will find more information at http://bit.ly/2saS1Dz CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
One of KwaZulu Natal’s most rapidly growing and popular show jumping events, the Nissan Winter Classic, will once again be gracing the showgrounds of the magnificent Durban Shongweni Club between 14 – 18 June 2017. A mainstay of the local equestrian calendar, the event offers a prize purse of R480 000 and features a full quota of 300 local and international riders and horses, and is the second of five elite events that comprise the South African leg of the FEI World Cup Jumping qualifiers. Many winners from last year’s event, as well as champions from earlier editions of the Nissan Winter Classic, will be looking to make the most of a world class course designed by Frenchman Michel Ismalun, a level 3* course designer, as well as top local designers Kevin Spratley (Cape Town) and Kate Launder (Gauteng). At the forefront will be rider Samantha McIntosh (Gauteng) and her horse ‘Lets Win’, winners of the first FEI World Cup Jumping qualifier held in Johannesburg earlier this year. Whilst the show jumping, competition and top-class equestrian facilities will be the main attraction at the upcoming Nissan Winter Classic, the family-oriented Durban Shongweni Club will be offering a host of additional activities during the event. Headline sponsors Nissan will be back with their perennial crowd favourite vehicle display and test drive section. Children will also be spoilt for choice, having access to a dedicated kids zone play area, as well as gymnastic and trapeze displays. One of South Africa’s most experienced and decorated show jumpers Barry Taylor (Gauteng) will also be looking at claiming top honours in the premier categories at this years event. Having competed in each of the six Nissan Winter Classics held thus far, as well as internationally for the last twenty years, Taylor has seen the growth of the event first hand, commenting that “the Nissan Winter Classic competition and show standards are equal to anywhere in the world”. Event organizer and . . .
Recycled Homes For A New Future This years ECR House and Garden Show presents a forest of new home innovations to refresh your space, inside and out, including a brand new move in the quest to go green. African Green Revolution (AGR) presents the African Green Revolution House, a sophisticated new low cost home made exclusively from recycled products. The one room structure is crafted from re-purposed plastic, including two litre plastic bottles for bricks and plastic bottle lids for flooring. The house is the cornerstone of the African Green Revolution initiative, spearheaded by Michelle Markram from MSQ Interiors. “We are focusing on providing sustainable homes to displaced families currently living in informal settlements,” said Markram. ‘We’ve used solid waste to form the house’s key building structures. In this way we have the ability to re-purpose tons of rubbish, thereby reducing the amount sent to landfills and environmental impact in general.’ With an integrated team of professional development consultants that include specialist town-planners, engineers, and environmental and legal consultants, AGR are taking the fight to waste as well as providing stylish and sustainable living solutions. While the focus is on waste reduction, there is also a thrust towards the re-generation of communities and sustainable practices going forward. The AGR House includes a re-purposed wooden pallete roof top vegetable garden, envisioned to become a long term source of food for the resident family. “Our goal is to both solve sustainable building issues and inspire new innovations,” said Markram. “The AGR House demonstrates the value and the wealth in waste, a profound new direction for society as a whole to move toward.” Date/s: 30 June to 9 July 2017 Show Times: Mon – Thurs 10am – 9pm | Fri – Sat 10am – 10pm | Sun 10am – 8pm Entrance Fees: R85 adults | R60 seniors (over 60) and students (bring student ID) | Under 12 FREE (with adult) Mid-Week . . .
For crying out loud, do we really need more mobile apps? I’ll be the first to admit that my iPhone is infiltrated with tons of apps, all categorized into neat folders. I love apps, useful apps that is, apps that serve a purpose, apps that package an experience I won’t be able to get from anything else. But does that mean everyone and anyone should be developing apps for their products, services or brand? Since launching the mobile development offering at Mashup Marketing, I have been contacted approximately 23 times from small businesses looking to develop a mobile app. I always listen attentively to their requirements and inspect their brief with a fine toothed comb but my response is always the same, “why do you want to build this app”? The response is always very similar; “because that’s what everyone’s doing right?” Here are my top reasons for scrapping your mobile app idea: Apps are expensive. Development agencies require a detailed specification document. You will need wireframes, designs, development, beta testing and not to mention budget for marketing. A mobile app for Android and iOS can cost you anything from R300k to R5 million. Unless you’re a well known retailer with an established market, you will need some serious budget for an app. Every day over 10 000 apps enter the app store. What makes yours stand out from the rest? Some games do incredibly well on the app store but if your app is to merely sell your product catalogue of 50 items then a mobile friendly eCommerce store is the way to go. If this mobile app is the primary source of sales / brand awareness then I can immediately tell you it won’t work. Apps serve value to existing customers and doubles up as a sales channel but if you are a small business without an amazing mobile friendly website, social media strategy and email strategy, an app is not going to help you. No, everyone’s not doing it. Many small businesses feel this enormous pressure to keep up with everything and . . .
JBay – The fourth edition of the popular celebrity crossover sports event - the Oakley X Over powered by Sharp – is heading back to JBay. The Oakley X Over is one of the highlights of the JBay Winterfest, and the high-profile sporting celebrities add much excitement to the festival. The Oakley X Over comprises three disciplines, and the athletes are put through their paces in their hunt for the coveted title. The golf tournament takes place at The Links Golf Course in St Francis, the mountain bike race heads off from the Fountains Mall in JBay, and the much-heralded surfing contest venue is the Lower Point in JBay. “As the anticipation builds for Oakley X Over 2017, we have the strongest field of supreme athletes to date, which includes debuts for AB De Villiers, Jean De Villiers and Schalk Burger,” said X Over founder and Oakley South Africa Sports Marketing and Events Manager Seth Hulley. “This is the fourth year of the event, and the athletes have become a close knit group of people. They are all friends, but the hunt for the Oakley X Over 2017 title is a serious matter amongst such competitive people.” Confirmed athletes for the Oakley X Over 2017: Dale Steyn, AB De Villiers, Ryan Sandes, Raynard Tissink, Ruan De Smidt, Garreth McLellan, Greg Minnaar, Lance Isaacs, Nick De Wit, Kerim Fitzgerald, Bob Skinstad, Butch James, John Smit, Jean De Villiers, Schalk Burger, Seabelo Senatla, Tonderai Chavhanga, Jordy Smith, Tom Whitaker (Australia) and radio and TV personality Ryan O’Connor. The Oakley X Over powered by Sharp kicks off on Thursday 20 July with the Mountain Bike event. The race starts at 12PM from the Fountains Mall and will consist of 15km route, finishing back at the mall. On Friday 21 July the day’s proceedings starts off with the fiercely-contested surf event at the Lower Point in JBay. The first heat will hit the water at 8am, and this discipline is always one of the highlights of the X Over. With Jordy Smith and Australian wildcard . . .
The Noordhoek Dive Festival broke all records and established itself as South Africa’s top Dive Festival Happening with 850 Dives Sold. 2017 will be the 21st Noordhoek Dive Festival since its inception in 1996. The strength of the Noordhoek Dive Festival is based on the extent of its history & coverage package including: Goal 900 Dives for the three days An outstanding safety record The objectives of the dive festival include building the national and International element of the festival, making it the “WINTER DIVE FESTIVAL” happening in Southern Africa. To build the National element allowing growth, as well as a cultural exchange programme. To involve the local community and businesses in attracting friends and relatives to the festival and to build community pride. To produce an exciting 3 day diving programme that will attract divers from all over the world to our City as well as give those participating an amazing experience - with the goal of 900 dives To create an opportunity for tourism to promote events in the Nelson Mandela Bay area The main Beneficiary of the Wildside Dive festival will be the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
For generations, champagne has been used to celebrate some of life’s most sparkling moments, but on Sunday, 28 May 2017, bubbly enthusiasts from all over Durban will gather to raise their glass in style and toast to the magical drink itself. This year’s Festival of Bubbles, hosted by the Durban Country Club, will be showcasing some of South Africa’s finest Cap Classiques, together with select French vintages for an effervescent experience through their champagne flutes. Live music will fill the air as attendees drink, mingle and enjoy the merriment in their white attire, which has been chosen as this year’s theme. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed, so arriving in style is the order of the day. Gourmet food will also be on sale to tantalize the taste buds; all of which will be on sale. In keeping with the element of elegance, tickets for the festival can be purchased with Zapper, the latest trend in mobile payment technology. Individuals simply download the Zapper app free from the app store on their Windows, Apple or Android phones, complete the registration and then scan the event QR Code with their smartphone to purchase their tickets. Tickets cost R200 per person which includes access to the festival, a complimentary tasting glass and 10 tasting tickets. To keep your glass topped up, additional tasting booklets can be purchased for R100. Those who have pre-booked with Zapper can collect their tickets at the Zapper desk at the festival, or tickets can be purchased on the day, either with Zapper or at the DCC reception. These are subject to availability. First-time users of Zapper will also receive R25 off their bill when they pop the cork on their first Zapper transaction. The app can also be used to pay for meals at Zapper-supported food merchants and to order wine to be delivered to your home after the event. The Festival of Bubbles commences at 12pm until 5pm. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact . . .