Our top ten blog articles for 2016

Our top ten blog articles for 2016

2016 had its moments, and while it’s easy to dwell on the negatives (we’ll miss you, Alan Thicke) there is a lot to celebrate from the year gone by. We’ve written hundreds of blog posts on the iFactory website this year, focusing on a diverse range of subjects such as digital marketing, design trends, the latest technology and what’s happening around the studio.

Here are the ones that garnered the most discussion around the global water cooler that is the internet:

1. What your logo colour says about you

What your logo colour says about you

From the hot pink that adorns everything Barbie to the specific shade of red you see on every McDonald’s billboard around the world, colour plays a critical part of a logo’s design.

2. Filemaker Pro review roundup

Filemaker Pro review roundup

Filemaker Pro has been around since the days of Day-Glo socks and is constantly evolving to remain an incredibly versatile piece of software, but finding out about the latest features is troublesome. Our review roundup sorts everything out.

3. Why SEO is more sustainable thank paid search marketing

Why SEO is more sustainable thank paid search marketing

SEO can be a lot of work but the rewards are substantial. It’s tempting to go for the easy route and use paid search for your marketing, but in this article we outline why that’s not always the best solution.

4. How many words are too many?

How many words are too many?

Some people like long sentences that, like a long coastal highway, seem to go on forever into the distance. They may contain needless distractions, perhaps about how there were no less than three spin-offs from the TV show M*A*S*H (AfterMASH, Trapper John M.D., and W*A*L*T*E*R) and none of them were any good, and instead what they should have done was a spin-off about that crazy Klinger guy, because people would have watched that.

Other people like short sentences.

5. What’s Slack and how does it work?

What’s Slack and how does it work?

We use Slack as our internal messaging system here (especially useful when passing around ideas for what to have for lunch) and have found it to be a very capable messaging system that can save a lot of time and work. Here we give a quick rundown on how it can help you.

6. Five reasons to use a full service digital agency

Five reasons to use a full service digital agency

Having trouble convincing the boss that your company needs a digital agency to manage your SEO, website or design needs? One read of this helpful article may do the trick.

7. What’s the difference between POP3 and IMAP?

What’s the difference between POP3 and IMAP?

While this question is not likely to pop up at your next trivia night, it is a vital part of setting up your new email account. In this article we break down the differences between the two systems, and which one is right for you.

8. Top 10 most sought after job skills in Australia

Top 10 most sought after job skills in Australia

Leading social media website LinkedIn has recently published research that shows the Top 10 most in-demand skills that hiring managers are looking for. Does your skill set match any on the list?  

9. Everything you wanted to know about Google Material Design (Part One)

Everything you wanted to know about Google Material Design (part one)

In this four-part series, we explore Google's material design. In this top read part one of the series, we explore some of the big questions about Google Material Design, including what it is, how it was developed, and its core design principles. Don’t forget to check out the other parts in this series.

10. 5 free WordPress plugins you need on your ecommerce site

5 free WordPress plugins you need on your ecommerce site

WordPress is quickly becoming the default “go to” CMS for many people who are attracted to its slick user interface and host of clever plugins to extend its functionality. The ecommerce capabilities of WordPress can be enriched by some of these fantastic (and free!) plugins.

And to introduce us to the New Year, here is the eleventh top article for 2016.

11. Top SEO Trends of 2017

Top SEO Trends of 2017

As we’re looking towards 2017 already we can see what the next big things for Search Engine Optimisation will be. Unfortunately we can’t predict next week’s lottery numbers, but you can’t have everything.

Stay tuned to the iFactory blog or sign up to our newsletter in 2017 for more great articles about technology and the life we build around it. 

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