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Introduction to Bootstrap

By Peter Chiu 19th February 2015

Bootstrap is arguably the daddy of all the frontend frameworks currently available on the web and with the list of features as long as a one page website and with version 3 built upon mobile first principles it’s easy to see why. In this article we’re going to cover some of the main features and components as well as some lesser known built-in classes which are extremely useful. Grid System Bootstrap offers a standard 12 column grid system wh...

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Responsive Design and the Mobile First Approach

By Peter Chiu 23rd October 2014

Responsive design is a widely accepted strategy for those looking to maximise their website’s exposure to users across multiple browsers and devices. On the surface of things this sounds great but as a technical exercise this can be challenging, especially if the design and navigation of the website was not initially designed to be viewed on mobiles. Adapting a desktop driven design to fit on mobiles can be, at times, an extremely challenging ...

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Which is the right ecommerce solution for you?

By Peter Chiu 10th September 2014

Ecommerce is the fastest growing retail market in Europe and with online sales in 2014 expected to hit £45 billion in the UK alone (16% growth from 2013), this highlights the importance of having a firm foothold in the web for any merchant. Whether you are a new merchant making your first foray into the digital world or you are an existing retailer looking to streamline your website, choosing the right solution for your needs, which also fits w...

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Best practices for writing SEO (Search Engine Optimised) content

By Peter Chiu 19th June 2014

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is an important part of getting your website noticed by Google and other search engines. However, the landscape of SEO has changed dramatically over the past few years. Gone are the days of keyword stuffing and endless link building, the focus these days is on making sure that the website author is writing good quality and relevant content for the target audience with a large emphasis on user experience. With ...

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Turbo charging your page speed

By Peter Chiu 14th May 2014

Page speed is a term which is increasingly being used across the web and this down, in part, to search engines, such as Google, who take into account page speed analyses in their page ranking algorithms. Additionally, however, research shows that website users expect pages to load quickly. In fact, 40% of users will abandon a slow page after 3 seconds. For those who are not familiar with the term, Page Speed refers to the speed at which your w...

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PayPal – choosing the right integration for your website

By Peter Chiu 20th March 2014

PayPal is one of the world’s leading and most recognisable payment gateway options in the world. With an estimated 110 million people in the world who shop with PayPal, it can be a great choice for many e-commerce websites. As standard PayPal accept all major debit and credit cards and it is an easy way to accept payment in up to 24 currencies from a total of 190 countries. Another advantage of using an established and well known provider such...

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Sage Pay Payment Gateway

By Peter Chiu 5th March 2014

When creating your ecommerce website, one of the main things you need to consider is what type of payment gateway(s) you wish to offer. There are a number of payment gateways which can be integrated in to ecommerce websites from big names such as PayPal and HSBC to lesser known gateways that use crypto currencies such as Bit Pay which utilises Bitcoin. Sage Pay is a popular option for many online businesses as it is a proven and trusted gateway ...

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Product feeds: enhancing your online e-commerce presence

By Peter Chiu 19th February 2014

As an online retailer you rely on traffic to your website to drive your sales and provide you with important statistics on how users found your website and where they came from, all of which is valuable information which enables you to plan your marketing strategies. Product feeds are structured data files which contains information relating to your products. This information can then be submitted to external organisations/websites, which can be...

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