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Understanding The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

By Tim Lees 8th August 2017


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new EU regulation that strengthens the rights of individuals regarding their personal data and unifies a single set of rules for this purpose across all EU states. Each state will have a Supervisory Authority (SA) to ensure that compliance is being met. The GDPR will come into effect on the 25th May 2018. The regulation looks to ensure that users (termed as Data Subjects) have as much informatio...

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Whitelist websites in Purify ad blocker for iOS Safari

By Ollie Reardon 5th February 2016


In order to whitelist a website in Purify, the ad blocker for iOS Safari, you need to first access a webpage on the website you want to whitelist, then press the middle "share" button at the bottom of the app window. From there, scroll right on the bottom panel and ensure that the "Purify Actions" button is present. If it isn't then tap the "More" button. A new window will now appear and you will need to check that the toggle beside "Purify...

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5 reasons Open Source Software is good for your business

By Jordan Hall 19th June 2015


In recent years, open source software has become more frequently used by businesses and individuals alike. Why is this, and what makes open source solutions so increasingly popular? Below I list five reasons why open source software can be good for your business. Security The security of software used in your business is very important. It is used to protect, process and store your company's intellectual property. By its nature open source softwa...

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Improving security warnings in web browsers

By Jordan Hall 17th December 2014


Security warnings in modern web browsers are weird. When you browse to your favourite online shopping checkout or your online bank account, you get a happy lock icon. That's great. It reminds users they are on a secure webpage, that...

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Top Projects from the Net Awards 2014

By Ollie Reardon 27th May 2014


At the start of May, I had the fantastic opportunity to attend the 2014 net awards, hosted at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London as one of my friends went to represent Sublime Text who were nominated and won an award for "App of the Year". The awards were packed full of famous faces from the web world as there were plenty of fantastic web projects up for different awards. Here's our team's top picks of the projects seen at the ...

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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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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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Understanding How Users Browse Your Website Using Click Analysis

By Kirsty Gasston 27th March 2014


It is important that you understand and review how people browse your site. Even the best website designs can fail as users don't always browse and navigate through a site in the ways that we might expect. Focus groups with customers and members of your target market are an ideal way to gain great insights and feedback on how people navigate the site, how easily they locate the information that they're seeking and any barriers to conversion. Alth...

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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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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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