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Even though I wasn't previously familiar with the term, "Technical Debt" is something I consider for clients every day.
I've just read a very interesting article on SitePoint about technical debt, putting it in comparison to personal debt and credit cards.
Technical Debt, a phrase coined by Ward Cunningham in… Read more
Once your Open Cart shop is all set up, and the orders start flooding/trickling in you'll need to be able to manage them.
On your Admin dashboard when you first log in you'll see a list of recent orders, with an option to View next to each one. Clicking this View… Read more
I was just reading an article on how to get more out of your website and one line in particular jumped out at me.
The article said:
"A word of caution – link building isn't what it used to be. Only do it with reputable sites."
By this I assume… Read more
I wanted to put this list together as a checklist of things to remember when creating a new site, and more specifically when creating and developing our new site at 18aproductions.co.uk (coming soon...).
This is all written in very much a 'note' form as there's just so much to cover.… Read more
Some of our hosting clients may be experiencing problems with their hosting and email but we are working to get this resolved as soon as possible.
Yesterday evening our server alerts made us aware of a problem with the hosting of some of our clients' sites. We immediately investigated everything we… Read more
To develop locally there are a number of steps you need to take to get setup. I'm working on a Windows 7 PC.1. Download Wamp or Xampp
Whichever takes your fancy. Personally I work with Wamp, but I've heard good things about Xampp too.2. Download all the… Read more
I've been trying to get my head around a simple git based workflow for deploying from development to staging to live server environments. I found this post extremely useful in achieving a basic development -> live workflow, but adding in a staging step is very useful if you want to… Read more
If you use WorldPay to process your payments on your OpenCart shop you may have recently received emails from them about updates to their system.
For a client running OpenCart v. 22.214.171.124.1 I've just made the following changes to their WorldPay controller, so as to call to a different WorldPay URL.
This process caused me a couple of issues when I came to do it just now, so I hope the following notes might prove helpful to someone (or possibly me next time I come to do this and have forgotten everything I just did!).
Firstly 123-reg promise to issue their… Read more
WordPress have been hit recently by attackers targeting the "admin" user account.
The incredibly popular website software is used by millions of websites around the world and it's important to keep your installation of WordPress up to date.
The people attacking WordPress currently seem to be aiming their attack at both stand… Read more
Cloudfront is Amazon's Content Delivery Network (CDN) offering and provides web developers with an easy to use and cost effective way of letting people access content from a variety of regions around the world with the aim of speeding up website delivery.
This isn't a guide to using Cloudfront -… Read more
There are various ways you can offer discounts to your customers with OpenCart - you can do it via "Specials", "Discounts" or "Coupons" (voucher codes).Specials:
Specials let you mark an item as being reduced in price - depending on your theme, this might show the old price with a line through… Read more
We've just had a conversation about Gilbey's Gin, after a client of ours did some work for them.
So, the first thing I did was Google "Gilbey's Gin", which brought back a result showing me a photo of Sir Walter Gilbey, along with a photo of him and some info about… Read more
We've just added some social media links to Poole Trail so that people can share the great stories and media on the City Insights route.
As the design called for custom links rather than just social media icons / widgets, we discovered that the old way of doing things for Twitter… Read more