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  • 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

  • The responsibility of being a programmer

    8th February 2014 03:00 by lisa

    Visitors to the NHS website on Sunday evening were sent to an infected website.

    I read an article on Wednesday about how visitors to the NHS website on Sunday evening found themselves being sent to web pages hosting malware or - at best - ads which the visitors didn't intend to… Read more

  • Tips for Installing a 123-reg (GlobalSign) Domain SSL certificate on an Amazon EC2 Instance Running Apache 2.*

    6th February 2014 03:00 by tom

    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!).

    In no particular order:

    1. Once… Read more

  • Vimeo launch their new accessible player

    23rd January 2014 03:00 by lisa

    It's been 14 months in the making but Vimeo have revealed their new player which they've built from the ground up.

    Whilst they say it might look largely the same, the player has been completely rebuilt to be fully responsive and to suit as many of the vast array of devices… Read more

  • Upgrading a Server on Amazon EC2

    17th January 2014 03:00 by tom

    Changing an EC2 instance type is not as straight forward as you might think, so I'm writing this post in note form as a reference for next time I come to do it. If it can also be of help to anyone else out there trying to get to grips with… Read more

  • A new look for Muddy Boots Software

    8th January 2014 03:00 by lisa

    We built Muddy Boots' website back in 2010 and so it was time for a refresh!

    Muddy Boots' software has evolved over the years and so they have a different message to tell now. They also wanted an effective way of letting people easily enquire about certain products or request a… Read more

  • Happy 2014 from 18a!

    6th January 2014 03:00 by lisa

    Happy New Year from everyone at 18a Productions!

    We hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year break and are looking forward to the exciting opportunities 2014 has to offer.

    2013 was a big year for us - we moved to larger premises and expanded our team - and we've… Read more

  • New website for Hotrod goes live

    19th December 2013 03:00 by lisa

    We've worked with Hotrod Creations for many years, so we were thrilled when they asked us to build their new website!

    Hotrod's old site was flash based, meaning it didn't work on iPhones and iPads - not ideal for a company who do a lot of digital mobile work! So they… Read more

  • Site for luxury fashion brand Frances George

    18th November 2013 03:00 by lisa

    Frances George, the UK based luxury hand bag and accessories label, asked us to build their new website using designs by Ben Carruthers.

    We discussed various options with Sarah Edwards, the talented founder of Frances George, and settled on a bespoke CMS which can grow as the company needs it to but… Read more