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  • 2014 Christmas opening hours

    22nd December 2014 12:00 by lisa

    It's that time of year again!

    And we're getting ready to hang our stockings and pop the turkey in the oven.

    Our offices will close at 1pm on the 24th December, and re-open again at 9am on the 5th January 2015. 

    Website up time monitoring of sites we host will continue as always,… Read more

  • Changing the zoom level on an embedded Google Map

    18th December 2014 03:00 by lisa

    I love Google products, but they change more often than I change my socks!

    Which means you constantly need to learn how to use their products to get the best out of them.

    The latest example of this was updating a Google Map embedded on a client's site. I made the map… Read more

  • New City Insights marketing site goes live

    28th November 2014 03:00 by lisa

    The new City Insights marketing site is now live!

    After the new system went live earlier this year, City Insights needed an exciting new marketing site to tell all their potential clients about what their fantastic platform can offer.

    The new site features a CMS to allow City Insights to add news… Read more

  • Farewell Chloe

    2nd October 2014 03:00 by lisa

    It's a sad week as we wave goodbye to Chloe!

    Chloe's been with us covering Lisa's maternity leave since February but next week she's off to pastures new in London. As Chloe had never been to Weston-super-Mare or ever been on a pier, we decided it was time she sampled both… Read more

  • 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