Archive of: Web stuff

Complying with PCI DSS when using a hosted payment page

This is part two of a post about moving away from PayPal to your own merchant account and hosted payment page solution – read part one here. The advice below is for those who are using hosted payment pages on a compliant Payment Service Provider (PSP) and is [...]

How to move your online sales away from PayPal

For one reason or another you might be thinking of moving away from PayPal to your own merchant account and payment gateway. We did just that for our CMS product, Perch. However the process of getting set up with such a system is often fairly opaque to a [...]

Your WYSIWYG Editor sucks

Recently I spoke at the Highland Fling Conference in Edinburgh and, as part of my presentation on Choosing the right Content Management System, I had a bit of a rant about the use of WYSIWYG editors in Content Management Systems. I think these things are responsible for [...]

Your CMS as curator of your design and content

Today I spoke at the Highland Fling Conference, on the subject of Choosing the Right Content Management System (slides are here on Slideshare). I was really thrilled to be asked to speak on this subject as essentially developing and deploying content managed websites is what I’ve been doing [...]

Future of Web Design 2011

Rachel Andrew

On 17th May 2011 I spoke at Future of Web Design London on the subject of 10 Web Development Tips a Designer Should Know. Speaking at conferences is a fairly weird thing. While I’m happy [...]

Stop turning contact form spam into a user problem

We put contact forms on websites quite a lot, and we check that the input data is valid and sanitized of all evilness, however after a few weeks the invariable contact form spam starts to filter in to the client’s inbox.

To the client the obvious answer is a

If all you have is a hammer...

I try and avoid discussing things on Twitter given that forming a coherent argument in 140 characters or less is almost impossible, however I was engaged in a short discussion today with @TJRLZ who couldn’t understand why this site is based on WordPress when my company develops custom [...]

The Ideas of March

The oldest post on this blog is from April 16th, 2001 – has older articles going back to the 12th of February that year from my first proper blog, which ran on a very basic platform I wrote myself in Classic ASP. So I’ve been speaking my [...]

Reselling web hosting to clients

With the rise in inexpensive virtual private server (VPS) packages, the web is full of hosting companies making web designers and developers the enticing sounding offer of “becoming their own web host”. This is one of those things that sounds a really great idea until you start to unpack [...]

Understanding your medium

“The UI is not just an interface between the browser and a human, it’s an interface between a human and a database. You can’t have an interface unless you can connect to both things. If you don’t know how your interface connects to a database, what are you interfacing to? [...]

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