Web Design News

Is your SSL certificate as safe as you thought?

This is not a new story (Google announced it's plans September 2017), but many people are still unaware that Google Chrome and Firefox will be blocking websites that use SSL certificates issued by Symantec (yes, THAT Symantec) as of April this year. You many think "Well, my SSL certificate was issued by GeoTrust/RapidSSL/Thawte, not Symantec", but the reality is that...

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What is your new website designed for anyway?

If we get approached by a customer who wants a new website design (or even a rebuild of their existing website) the first question we ask is "what is the purpose of your site". Hopefully this isn't too cryptic, but by that we really mean "what is this website meant to do" and "who will be using your new website"?

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The dangers of budget website hosting...

We were recently contacted by someone who had encountered an issue with their website. They were using a low cost hosting provider which had worked for a couple of years without to many issues, but out of the blue their site had fallen over and the support desk had made some attempts to fix it, but with little success. As...

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You spin me right round - A Guide to Carousels on home pages

There have been some interesting findings published recently about how users interact with a carousel (or slider) on a website home page.

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How to compress and transfer files in one command

This is something we do pretty much every week so I felt it was worth mentioning here.

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Silverstripe - Best Technology Solution for the Public Sector

It is nice to see Silverstripe, the platform we use for all our development, getting rewarded for it's excellent work.  A global company, based in Wellington, New Zealand, Silverstripe recently won the 2016 NZ Technology award for 'Best Technology Solution for the Public Sector'.  Silverstripe is an extremely versatile,  stable platform which can be used for any project.  We use it...

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Check your web hosting

Having had an interesting week working with other peoples web hosting, I thought I would share a few things that are worth bearing in mind when hosting your website.

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Infobuzz site live

Infobuzz is a charity based in Gloucester who support the most vulnerable groups and individuals. Under the project headings of Infobuzz Direct (schools and the arts), Castle Gate (Criminal Justice) and Head Space (therapeutic and training) they provide effective support and interventions to professionals and clients alike.

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It is nice to be appreciated

Customer support and service are important to us and we always endeavour to do the best we can for our clients, whether it is being on hand out of hours, or doing that little bit extra or just giving advice.  We do it because we like to help.

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Setting up a new CentOS VPS (with nginx, php and mysql)

We quite regularly setup new VPS instances for our clients and there is always a long check list of stuff that has to be done. All these items can very often be a pain to remember but thankfully Digital Ocean have two REALLY helpful tutorials on their blog that make the process a lot less of a hassle.

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