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How fast do you think your website should load?

By Ollie Reardon 15th September 2017


They don’t call us Rapid Web for nothing. We strive to ensure that we develop websites to perform as fast as possible. Why? Because did you know that you subconsciously move away from a website if it doesn’t load within the first few seconds. That’s not the only reason. Google use site performance to help decide where a site should appear in their search rankings. Focusing on site performance is especially crucial now that we are in the ...

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Are you missing Structured Data on your website?

By Ollie Reardon 25th May 2017


To help search engines such as Google or Duckduckgo to get a better understanding of the content you have displayed on your website, you can use “Structured Data”. Structured Data is a list of details about the web page, that isn’t rendered on the actual page for users to see, but can be picked up by search engines, such as Google, to provide them a better understanding of the information displayed for the end user. What is Structured Da...

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Ecommerce Page Dark Patterns now illegal in UK

By Matt Fennell 18th September 2014


With online shopping growing, and Britons spending a combined £23.1bn in the first quarter of 2014, there has never been a better time for companies to trick us into paying for what we don’t want or need via dark patterns. Fortunately for us consumers a new EU law has just been passed (June 2014) stopping companies from pre-populating checkboxes which add undeclared subscriptions, additional downloads, shipping charges or extra items into our...

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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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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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(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 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 the clien...

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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 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 bespoke a...

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Something Geeky e-commerce website

By Jordan Hall 5th September 2011


Several of us in the Rapid Web office are into some quite geeky hobbies, myself especially. Rapid Web 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 bespoke administrat...

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Bespoke Ecommerce vs. off the shelf

By Ashley Peake 25th February 2011


With most people abandoning the high street in favour of online shopping most companies are looking for an ecommerce website. With this decision also comes the question which is the better option; a bespoke ecommerce web design or a cheaper alternative with an off-the-shelf ecommerce package? Supporters of a bespoke system will often point the advantages of having a tailor made system while the off the shelf ecommerce providers will argue that th...

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New UB40 website goes live

By Ashley Peake 13th November 2009


All of us at Rapid Web are pleased to announce the launch of the new UB40 website this week. The redeveloped web site went live this morning, after months of hard work. We’ve been working with UB40 over the last year to give them a new website that matched their stature in the music industry, we are very happy to be supporting such a successful British Band. We’ve been lucky enough to see them play live in their home city of Birmingham recen...

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