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10 Ways to make an Insecure Website

By Jordan Hall 20th June 2014


Note: The following article is satire. We urge you not to follow its advice. So, you want to make yourself (or your client) a terribly insecure website? No worries, here is our guide to making your easily hackable dream come true. Passwords¬†- Passwords are a complete waste of time, aren't they? They inconvenience you¬...

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Slick Wallet for Bitcoin – Node Webkit in practice

By Jordan Hall 19th May 2014


As a developer, I have plenty of outside interests surrounding new technology. One of these major interests is Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency. I've written about Bitcoin several times so far on this blog, including why you should accept bitcoins on your e-commerce website and using the BitPay payment gateway to actually take payments with Bitcoin. An interesting project I'd heard about recently is Node Webkit. Node Webkit is a freely available, ope...

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Accepting Bitcoins via BitPay integration

By Jordan Hall 27th February 2014


I previously discussed the reasons why you should accept Bitcoin payments on your e-commerce website. Now, it is important to mention how to actually go about accepting bitcoins on your website. One of the concerns merchants can raise regarding bitcoins is their volatility. Due to how new the bitcoin economy is, their value can fluctuate significantly during the course of a day. Although investing in bitcoins by holding them can be quite profit...

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Using Virtual Machines in a Web Development Environment

By Jordan Hall 27th January 2014


It is commonplace in web development to make use of a development and/or testing environment where websites live before they go in front of the ever watchful public. Many web development testing platforms exist, such as: A single development server which all developers share over a network Individual installations of web and databases servers on each developer's workstation Testing environments built into developer IDEs These methods all ha...

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Why accept Bitcoin on your e-commerce website?

By Jordan Hall 12th December 2013


You might have heard of Bitcoin in the news. It's had a great deal of worldwide media attention in recent weeks. But what exactly is Bitcoin and how can it help your business and e-commerce website? Bitcoin is both a new digital currency and a payment system. It is a secure and very inexpensive method to handle payments online or in person. Bitcoin offers many advantages to businesses thinking about accepting them on their e-commerce website, s...

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New Internet businesses to generate thousands of jobs according to Google

By Jordan Hall 26th September 2011


A boom in Internet businesses could open hundreds of thousands of jobs in Britain within five years, a Google chief has claimed. Philipp Schindler, the London based vice-president of Google Europe, predicted that despite the economic downturn 365,000 jobs could be on the cards by 2015 as more online firms emerge and grow. Daily Mail article Could new Internet businesses such as e-commerce websites start a new wave of employment in the UK, gene...

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(More) Banksy T-shirts!

By Jordan Hall 20th September 2011


We recently posted about the launch of BanksyTshirts.org. If this interested you, you may also be interested in the recent launch of another Banksy t-shirts website! Rapid Web Services is happy to announce the recent launch a t-shirt website based solidly on our main and highly, flexible e-commerce system. This website offers a full e-commerce experience for both the visitors browsing the advanced front-end shopping basket/cart system, and for ...

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Grab a t-shirt for your child from the recently launched ‘Kids t-shirts’ website

By Jordan Hall 9th September 2011


Rapid Web Services is happy to announce our latest client's website launch, a brand new Kids t-shirts website! If you want a t-shirt for your child, or maybe your young one wants to pick our a t-shirt of their choice - this brand new kids t-shirts website may be the place to look. :) This websites for young t-shirt buyers, is powered by our primary e-commerce system. This e-commerce website system can be highly enhanced and modified to fit the ...

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Something Geeky e-commerce website

By Jordan Hall 5th September 2011


Several of us in the Rapid Web Services office are into some quite geeky hobbies, myself especially. Rapid Web Services is proud to announce the recent launch of Something Geeky, a brand new e-commerce website which sells geek t-shirts and other general geeky products. This e-commerce website is based on our custom in-house e-commerce system, which allows our clients to administrate their products and site options via a secure, custom and b...

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Banksy T-shirts.org – a customised e-commerce solution

By Jordan Hall 31st August 2011


We're very happy to announce to recent launch of Banky T-shirts.org, a website that sells t-shirts from the graphic artist Banksy, and donates £1 of each Banksy t-shirt to a charity of your choice! This website uses our in-house e-commerce system to power the online e-commerce shopping experience and the Wordpress blogging system to power the Banksy News section. This Banksy t-shirt website is a great example of how our in-house e-commerce sys...

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Get a mobile website and increase your audience

By Jordan Hall 2nd August 2011


So many people have smart phones now. Almost everyone in our office has one, be it an Android powered device, a Blackberry or an iPhone. With one of the biggest features of smart phones being their near anywhere web browsing, the mobile website market is every increasing. Going to a website on a phone which has not be optimised for mobile devices can be a huge pain to navigate well and could easily turn off your visitor (and potential customers)...

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Preventing namespace clashes in PHP

By Jordan Hall 26th July 2011


The PHP scope resolution operator in PHP is a useful feature when you need to access methods or variables within a static context. It can often be useful in reducing namespace conflicts. Especially when using custom code with off the shelf systems to avoid conflicting function redefinitions. There have been a few cases where previously defined function errors have cropped up when adding a pre made system to a custom developed application. This i...

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