Web Design & Development Articles
Insights and advice to help you keep up with the increasingly fast pace of change in web design, brand design and social & digital media marketing.
We built Ed Sheeran's first website - so I guess you could say we were partly responsible for his huge success :o)Great Design & E-commerce
Elements of the design we did back in 2007 are still in use today. This layout isn't actually what we ended up going live with, but it gives you some idea of where we were going. The finished site even had an e-commerce element, but I don't remember what we were selling - Cd's and mp3's I guess.
Doesn't he look young?
Drupal is an open source modular web development system, there are lots of modules out there but they are not all as good as they might seem. Over the years we have researched and tested hundreds of modules for different tasks, here are some of our favourites for Drupal 7.1. Backup and Migrate
This is probably one you already know about, but if you… Read More
It is very important to resize your images before uploading to your website, mainly to save you lots of time.
Back in the days before Content Management Systems (CMS) we used to hard code all the text and images on a web page. We had control over the quality and file size of the images we used. These days the content on most websites is managed by the business owner which can sometimes be tricky especially where images are concerned!
Photos taken with modern digital cameras can be anything up to 20MB+ depending on your camera… Read More
Our latest website launch is for M&B Surfaces, one of our long-standing clients. M&B provide garden and play surfacing products and services (and much more besides) to both the trade sector and retail customers. Earlier this year we made a new website for the retail side of the business playbark.com, an ecommerce website. The M&B website is a brochure and catalogue site to showcase their trade-only offering - so there are no online sales. Customers… Read More
When I started making web sites way back in 1996, the internet was a very different place and web sites were very different beasts. It's hard now to imagine that large sites were made of flat HTML files- but that is all there was! Since then, the technology and I have both come a long way, first databases, then CMSs, it's very hard to guess what the next step will be.My First Web Design
The first web page I ever made was reverse engineered from a page on the AOL site. It was 1996 or maybe 97, and I wanted to make… Read More
I was just going through some training materials for dentsplymea.com and came across the system that we developed for them to upload video files, get them encoded and add them to web pages. It's the kind of thing which is pretty easy to do via YouTube and embedding a code snippet, but a bit more difficult if you are determined that your company is going to keep control of it's intellectual property.
Previously we looked at setting up https across the whole site, if you want to set it up only on specific pages - drupal https mixed content - you have to jump through a couple of hoops.
The first problem is patching core - and living with this across future updates! The answer to this patching with drush make. To do this you will need a make file something like this:; Specify the version of Drupal being used. core = 7.x ; Specify the… Read More
We've just launched a new site for The Champagne Academy an august body representing the top 16 champagne houses. The Academy runs annual courses educating the very best in the hospitality industry in the specifics of elite champagne.
The Champagne Academy had a previous site built many years ago using a do-it-yourself system which in turn had generated pages using Flash - a very unsatisfactory situation!
Assets were missing and hard to source and we had to… Read More
The situation with SSL and Drupal 7 is all a bit of a mess, there is a module - Secure Pages - which allows mixed use, but it seems to be riddled with problems and needs core to be patched! So, what is the alternative? After a frustrating day, I've finally got the method, so here it is before I forget...
In settings php you need to add the following - it is NOT there in the default version:
$_SERVER['HTTPS'] = 'on';
This then works with these re-write rules which are now baked into D7 .htaccess
RewriteRule ^ - [E… Read More
For the last few e-commerce sites that Turtlereality have built we have switched our allegiance from Ubercart to the new kid on the block - Drupal Commerce. It's been a challenging process but ultimately very worthwhile and rewarding. It's a steep climb up the hill, but the view from the top is definitely worth it.Best Practice E-commerce
Drupal Commerce started life as an off-shoot of Ubercart after a bunch of programmers decided that they needed to start again from scratch… Read More
We've recently developed and launched a new site for our long-time client OUCH(UK). It uses a combination of Drupal, CiviCRM web design and CiviCRM development, which provides the foundation for them to take their organisation to the next level.What is CiviCRM web design?
So,… Read More