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jacko198
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601 posts since 23/10/09

19 Jan 2022 22:50
Seventyfour wrote:
jacko198 wrote: Anyone had Labyrinthitis/Vertigo before? Fuck me, I feel constantly drunk, cant stand up straight and the room won't stop spinning unless I am perfectly still.

Waking up everyday feeling like I have a hangover is not nice, especially when I haven't even had a drink!

Hoping it goes soon

I've had it before, have you got some antibiotics?

All they gave me was some travel sickness tablets!

Seems to be subsiding now after 5 days thank god.
carlos
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974 posts since 20/1/08

29 Jan 2022 20:57
Just found an old Supreme Antihero trucker hat in a box in the loft. Most of the foam on the inside has disintegrated leaving the front all floppy and misshapen. Anyone know if this kinda thing can be restored or repaired?
jvalley
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403 posts since 17/6/12

1 Feb 2022 14:33
anyone had any experience with ulcerative colitis/crohn's before and found anything that works for them in terms of staying on top on it?
joe6886
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956 posts since 16/11/08

1 Feb 2022 17:54
One of my mates suffers from colitis and has done for 10+ years now, he’s got it relatively under control now. He has to do some IV drip thing every 6-8 weeks I think it is and he’s pretty much as normal now, not sure it’s a long term option though and they did try to take him off it for a spell and it pretty much flared up again straight away.

Lad I used to work with also suffered with it and they put him on some injection thing that he does himself and again it pretty much put him back to normal straight away so there is ways to control it. If it’s you that has it then you have my sympathy, terrible thing to have and it’s affected them both in terms of getting on with life.

Can’t help you with what the treatments are called but obvs I’m sure you’ll get directed to it if you’re seeing a specialist.
swede
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10510 posts since 21/3/09

posted 1 Feb 2022 21:37, edited 1 Feb 2022 21:37
jvalley wrote: anyone had any experience with ulcerative colitis/crohn's before and found anything that works for them in terms of staying on top on it?

sorry to hear you are struggling with ibd. i'm not a gastroenterologist but i have worked in the field a while now - there are now a lot of new therapy options available vs 10 years ago, so the vast majority of sufferers can achieve remission and live perfectly normal lives. have you been referred to a gastro specialist yet? they should be able to give you the advice/prescriptions you need… if you feel like you aren't getting better you may need to push for a different treatment. different therapies work better for different people.

the IV drip that joe is referring to is probably entyvio. probably the gold standard in treatment at the moment… the self administered drug is probably humira or stelara (comes in like a diabetes type injection pen). xeljanz is a pill and also available - not sure how often it is prescribed in the UK but i have a friend in Portugal who takes it

there are a lot of resources available to patients through advocacy groups like crohns and colitis UK. you should sign up to their site etc.
-DiscoTits-
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1001 posts since 26/11/07

1 Feb 2022 22:42
Got air miles to use on a return flight for a city break to either Gothenburg, Stockholm or Copenhagen around May time. I’ve been to Stockholm and Copenhagen before and loved both cities. Is Gothenburg worth a visit instead or should I go back to either of the other two?
swiftus
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1871 posts since 1/7/09

3 Feb 2022 14:50
Anybody got experience (or know someone who has got experience) with SEO for websites? Is it still a thing? How important is it for e-commerce sites? Do you set it up once and leave it? Does it need ongoing review/refinement?

Are there quick fixes that can be made to improve a site with the performance below?



https://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.tastesmiths.com/3YNH3VSN/
Owlix
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2083 posts since 16/10/08

3 Feb 2022 15:09
swiftus wrote: Anybody got experience (or know someone who has got experience) with SEO for websites? Is it still a thing? How important is it for e-commerce sites? Do you set it up once and leave it? Does it need ongoing review/refinement?

Are there quick fixes that can be made to improve a site with the performance below?



https://gtmetrix.com/reports/www.tastesmiths.com/3YNH3VSN/
Absolutely still a thing and vital for an e-commerce site - especially for wider visibility for new audiences.

Setting it up is the main thing, but it definitely needs ongoing review and refinement.

GTMetrix is reporting on site speed - which isn't really SEO. Quick fixes for improving the grade would be reducing the size of the images. A lot of what is listed would need a developer and to be honest you're going to be paying a fair amount for minor improvements.

Feel free to PM me any questions.
swiftus
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1871 posts since 1/7/09

3 Feb 2022 15:38
We have a developer (contractor) who's good at implementing changes on the site, but he's not great when you need general improvements (e.g. the stuff above).

Understand the SEO stuff is different to website performance/speed. We have had some SEO stuff done in the past (adding meta tags to images, etc.), but not sure what more we can do and whether it is worth the investment.
LFC
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6036 posts since 14/6/11

3 Feb 2022 19:37
Who delivers Chronopost in the UK please? Item’s coming from France. It’s got a tracking number that looks like it would be Royal Mail or Parcel force but when trying it says fuck all.
MrW
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3141 posts since 1/8/11

3 Feb 2022 19:50
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Looks like DPD?
Gaz
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2672 posts since 20/10/05

3 Feb 2022 20:58
swiftus wrote: We have a developer (contractor) who's good at implementing changes on the site, but he's not great when you need general improvements (e.g. the stuff above).

Understand the SEO stuff is different to website performance/speed. We have had some SEO stuff done in the past (adding meta tags to images, etc.), but not sure what more we can do and whether it is worth the investment.

Site speed and SEO do sort of go hand-in-hand. You'll be penalised in ranking for having a slow loading page/site.

First off - sign up for a free GTmetrix account which will enable you to run these tests from a London server. Right now you're testing a Canada-based connection, which isn't giving you realistic results.

Look into converting your jpgs to webp format - there are free WordPress plugins that will do this for you, but make sure you create a site backup before executing any of those… just in case.

Run GTmetrix on your catalogue and product pages too, don't just concentrate on the home page.

Other than that I'd say your site seems pretty light in terms of DOMs. Are you using any caching or CDN? If not then I suggest you look into these too - there's plenty of free/cheap solutions.

If it's still slow to load after all of that, then your hosts are shitty.

swiftus
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1871 posts since 1/7/09

4 Feb 2022 09:46
Gaz wrote:
swiftus wrote: We have a developer (contractor) who's good at implementing changes on the site, but he's not great when you need general improvements (e.g. the stuff above).

Understand the SEO stuff is different to website performance/speed. We have had some SEO stuff done in the past (adding meta tags to images, etc.), but not sure what more we can do and whether it is worth the investment.

Site speed and SEO do sort of go hand-in-hand. You'll be penalised in ranking for having a slow loading page/site.

First off - sign up for a free GTmetrix account which will enable you to run these tests from a London server. Right now you're testing a Canada-based connection, which isn't giving you realistic results.

Look into converting your jpgs to webp format - there are free WordPress plugins that will do this for you, but make sure you create a site backup before executing any of those… just in case.

Run GTmetrix on your catalogue and product pages too, don't just concentrate on the home page.

Other than that I'd say your site seems pretty light in terms of DOMs. Are you using any caching or CDN? If not then I suggest you look into these too - there's plenty of free/cheap solutions.

If it's still slow to load after all of that, then your hosts are shitty.

Thanks mate, no idea what DOMs are, but I passed this over to our developer.
Hanto
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3536 posts since 30/11/09

4 Feb 2022 10:14
If you are wondering if it is still a thing regarding SEO, look at sites like END when doing generic searches, e.g. Visvim, and you can see how they achieve what they do.

swiftus
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1871 posts since 1/7/09

4 Feb 2022 10:28
It's funny that a website like End has such a bad GTMetrix score. Don't they have an army of developers working on their site?

denimgeek
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665 posts since 5/8/08

4 Feb 2022 18:59
I would do all the above from Gaz. Some good tips there. Site speed will have an effect on rankings.

For actual SEO and copy on the site. Try to think of a few keywords or phrases that you want to target and attempt to get them early and often in the copy. What do you actually provide? A good example would maybe be "indian meal kits" for example. This or something similar isn't mentioned anywhere in your meta title or description.

Links are important too.. Try to get as many related sites to link back to you as possible.

PM me if you need to Smiling
jvalley
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403 posts since 17/6/12

posted 8 Feb 2022 11:39, edited 8 Feb 2022 11:39
swede wrote:
jvalley wrote: anyone had any experience with ulcerative colitis/crohn's before and found anything that works for them in terms of staying on top on it?

sorry to hear you are struggling with ibd. i'm not a gastroenterologist but i have worked in the field a while now - there are now a lot of new therapy options available vs 10 years ago, so the vast majority of sufferers can achieve remission and live perfectly normal lives. have you been referred to a gastro specialist yet? they should be able to give you the advice/prescriptions you need… if you feel like you aren't getting better you may need to push for a different treatment. different therapies work better for different people.

the IV drip that joe is referring to is probably entyvio. probably the gold standard in treatment at the moment… the self administered drug is probably humira or stelara (comes in like a diabetes type injection pen). xeljanz is a pill and also available - not sure how often it is prescribed in the UK but i have a friend in Portugal who takes it

there are a lot of resources available to patients through advocacy groups like crohns and colitis UK. you should sign up to their site etc.

sorry for the late reply both, but thanks super helpful - I haven't seen a specialist yet, basically my brother suffers from it and i've started to show some symptoms, but he had such a nightmare dealing with hospital/doctors for years that I wanna try avoid that and get in front of it before it gets worse. although you're right, he first got it almost 10 years ago now and they didn't have a clue what do to with him for years
swede
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10510 posts since 21/3/09

8 Feb 2022 12:48
nice. if you can get ahead of it early I would hope you would avoid the need for surgery later down the line etc.
NigelBenn
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4778 posts since 6/2/08

9 Feb 2022 11:49
Is it acceptable to complain about buying an expensive piece of clothing (200 quid) and it arrives without the tags, and zip loc bag busted?
Seems nit picky but the details matter!
Rez
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8989 posts since 5/4/09

9 Feb 2022 11:53
I would if only because I wouldn't want to be accused of being at fault for them not being there in the return