A look at Drupal 8

Sunday, 31 January 2016 by
Drupal 8 logo

Drupal 8 was released at the end of 2015.  This is a major new version of Drupal, the second most popular website CMS (Content Management System). WordPress is the most popular CMS, and is a great solution for smaller websites and blogs. I use WordPress regularly to build these types of sites.  However, for larger sites

Should your website be encrypted?

Thursday, 27 August 2015 by
Should I encrypt my website?

When Google announced in August 2014 that it is now favouring sites that are entirely encrypted in search results, websites started switching, using the secure HTTPS protocol as default. Many sites already use encryption for key pages such as login or online purchases, but the new trend is to encrypt everything. Is this something your

Navigation

As well as designing and building websites, I’m often asked to review existing sites to help improve them. One common problem I come across is poor navigation. Navigation can make or break your website. If visitors can’t find what they are looking for, they become frustrated and leave. This is especially the case for websites

What is responsive design?

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 by
Responsive design

Every website I’ve built over the last few years have been developed using a technique called ‘Responsive Design’. I’m often asked what this is and why it’s needed, so I’d thought I’d explain this approach to website design. Before the rise of devices like smartphones and tablets, almost every visit to a website was made

CloudFlare

Anyone running a website will be aware of a growing threat from malicious software, usually powered by networks of infected computers known as botnets. Vulnerabilities in software are increasingly targeted, and the numbers of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on websites are estimated to have increased tenfold since 2009. I’ve been running websites for

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Boom

We are currently seeing the biggest increase in new top level domains names since the rise of the web. Domains like .com, .net, .co.uk and .org.uk are by now are very familiar, and a few more obscure ones, such as .biz and .info, have been around for a few years. This year, ICANN and the

Every year the TUC holds an awards ceremony to recognise the achievements of affiliate unions in their communication efforts. The awards for 2014 have just been held, on Wednesday 9th July. The award categories include traditional media, like best magazine and best illustration, but I always keep an eye on the two technology categories: best

Careersmart

Monday, 02 June 2014 by
Careersmart logo

I’ve recently launched a new website on behalf of Prospect, the professionals’ union.  The website – Careersmart – provides free careers information as well as emphasising the contribution unions can make in the workplace. The site has a range of articles dealing with career issues, from help with job hunting to advice on how to

widescreen

  I recently developed a new website for UCATT, the union for construction workers. Most of their members do not work at a desktop PC – so it was vital for the website to display well on smartphones. This is increasingly required for all websites, not just union sites. The biggest single change to website

Got your web in the Cloud?

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 by
Cloud

Cloud computing is a bit of a buzzword at the moment. Simply put, the ‘cloud’ refers to a service delivered across multiple machines on the internet rather than just the one server. Long seen as a technology that will be dominant in the future, cloud computing is becoming more mainstream. I recently had to get

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