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  • Closing an OpenCart store

    23rd September 2014 03:00 by lisa

    A built in maintenance mode in OpenCart means you can effectively close your store completely at the click of a button should you need to.

    I've been asked a couple of times as to how a client can stop customers using their store, whilst they can still access it and manage… Read more

  • Corrupt looking fonts in PDF's when viewing in Mozilla Firefox

    29th August 2014 03:00 by andrew

    After Firefox version 19 was released Mozilla decided to implement a somewhat experimental PDF viewer in the browser which means users don't have to install a plugin in order to view or download PDFs. Unfortunately experimental seems to be the key word because we have come across issues with fonts… Read more

  • Microsoft drops support for all but the latest version of Internet Explorer for your Operating System

    21st August 2014 03:00 by andrew

    For many years, Microsoft has offered technical support and security updates for multiple versions of Internet Explorer. This was largely down to enterprise users where companies had difficulty in upgrading large numbers of computers to the latest version of Internet Explorer either because of the shear amount of work involved… Read more

  • Updated branding on Lords Tavener’s website

    8th July 2014 03:00 by chloe

    We have recently gone live with some changes to the Lords Taveners website.

    We first designed their website back in 2012, and we officially launched it in 2013.

    Lords Tavener’s have recently updated their brand guidelines. This meant it was time for their website to have a bit of a… Read more

  • The Facebook Experiment

    2nd July 2014 03:00 by chloe

    As the Facebook empire grows and grows, the way in which the social network handles user data has become an important debate.

    This week it was revealed that Facebook changed the content of users Facebook feed to collect data on how they responded. By manipulating users feeds to monitor their… Read more

  • A new way to read news at OilPrice.com

    23rd June 2014 03:00 by chloe

    OilPrice.com is one of the most popular energy news sites in the world, providing visitors with analysis and news from the global energy sector.

    We have worked with OilPrice for many years and have just gone live with a brand new news feed system and an updated homepage. 

    The news feed… Read more

  • Junior web developer role, based just outside Bristol

    20th June 2014 03:00 by lisa

    For those of you who don't stay glued to our jobs page(!), just a note that we're hiring.

    We're currently looking for a bright spark to join our team in a junior developer role, happy to dabble with all things front end and back. 

    You can read all about it on our… Read more

  • Spam and the benefits of using Gmail

    4th June 2014 03:00 by chloe

    Spam emails are a nuisance for anyone using email for their business. Dealing with a constant stream of unwanted mail can seem like a never-ending battle.

    We are often receiving requests from clients wanting to reduce the amount of spam filling up their inbox, and we find ourselves more and… Read more

  • Pearl Bay has gone live!

    29th May 2014 03:00 by chloe

    We are very happy to announce that the Pearl Bay website has gone live! Meet Pearl - a lovingly restored VW Camper van, available for wedding and event hire. Pearl provides a memorable way to travel on your special day, as well as adding a unique touch to other events and… Read more

  • How to view the source of an HTML email

    8th April 2014 03:00 by tom

    Creating HTML emails is a bit of an art form, although as anyone who's had the joy of creating an HTML email knows, it's a rather semantically ugly form of art.

    Making an email work across the multitude of different devices and email clients requires an awful lot of tricks and… Read more

  • New design for Facebook's newsfeed

    12th March 2014 03:00 by lisa

    Facebook are going to start rolling out a new design for their famous news feed.

    You may be most familiar with the design below:

    Or you may have spent the last year / few months looking at this:

    Personally I never got the design above - when it started appearing for Tom last… Read more

  • A lesson in usability: sometimes less is more

    10th March 2014 03:00 by lisa

    I was talking to someone the other day who isn't particularly Internet savvy and was trying to set up a Skype account.

    This person doesn't use the Internet or email too often, but when they do they generally get on OK because they read things carefully, apply common sense and aren't… Read more

  • Spam email pretending to be from Amazon

    21st February 2014 03:00 by lisa

    I've just had an email apparently from Amazon telling me that my account has been suspended.

    The email reads:

    Amazon Customer, [my email address]

    Your Amazon account has been temporarly suspended for security reasons.

    After our Security Department made a close checking of your account we discovered that on your account were present unusual… Read more

  • How to Analyse a website for speed

    14th February 2014 03:00 by tom

    How quickly a website works is vitally important to its success. There are a million reasons why a website could be running slowly, but the following suggestions might put you on the path to diagnosing the bottleneck.

    Firstly, you might find it useful to install a Chrome extension/plugin called yslow, which… Read more

  • Implementing caching to speed up a flickr API implementation

    13th February 2014 03:00 by lisa

    Western Design Architects came to us with an extremely slow site. And I mean sllooowww!

    The site gets all it's images from Flickr - a great idea meaning WDA only need to upload their photos in 1 place for exposure in 2, they can utilise Flickr apps for getting their latest… Read more