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Case Study – The Royal Society of Edinburgh

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is one of the city’s most venerable institutions, and has hosted some of Scotland’s most prominent thinkers of the past, present, and future. We were delighted to be asked to redesign their website last year.

Top 10 seriously easy ways to turbo boost your SEO

So you’ve got a brand spanking new website and oodles of smoking hot content, but here’s the real head-scratcher: how do you make sure people find it, and most importantly, engage with it? It all comes down to three simple little letters – SEO

Top 10 tips to set your social media on fire

How do you get your brand noticed in a sea of selfies, hashtags and smiley face emojis? We asked our social media strategist for her top 10 bite-sized nuggets of knowledge to set your social media on fire.

How To: Visual Composer’s Grid Custom Query

Visual Composer: Page Builder for WordPress by WPBakery is an incredible tool. We use it on almost every project now to give the client a massive amount of control over their content without adding any complexity. Recently VC received an upgrade which included Grid Elements, in this post I will cover how to use the custom query box to throw out post from different custom post types and taxonomies.

Should you buy a .scot domain extension

We are currently working with a client who provides very localised business services. As always, the issue of which domain name to have  (either the .com, the .co.uk, all of them, or something else entirely) came up. Now, the .scot domain extension was released to the public on the 23rd of September 2014 and apart from its outrageous price tag of £30.00 a pop, per year. Not a lot of money I know, but in the context of a .com or .co.uk it is well over three times the cost. I wanted to know if it had any significant benefits for our clients business.

Moving to Mac from Windows

So, this week I did the unthinkable. I switched my main office machine, the one I use day to day for all Photoshop, Illustrator and all web design related tasks, from Windows to Mac OS X. (Thanks to John from UK-CNS who loaned the hardware!)

It has been an interesting week.

Web Design and Internet Explorer

Developing websites for different browsers can often get complicated. I recently had an issue when trying to make a really visual site, which looked great in the most bleeding edge version of chrome, but looked awful in Internet Explorer.

WordPress Child Themes – Updated!

Over the years – we must have created hundreds (well – ok, maybe not hundreds) of child themes for use on WordPress sites we’ve made for clients and customers. They have been a vital component of our day to day work with WordPress and they are important – however, recently the guidelines for using them have changed, but, what are Child Themes and why should you be using them?!

Kids And Technology

The current generation of children have more technology integrated with their daily routines than ever before.  Primary kids are receiving computer based homework at almost every level and if you were to give a nursery child a smartphone or tablet I bet they’d know how to unlock that sucker, fire up a game and spend £500 on gold coins.  So with this recent trend away from wooden blocks and towards digital entertainment how do we as parents make sure our kids are safe and getting enough of the other things they need in their daily routine?  I can only share my experience.

Easter Egg Hunt!

Easter eggs are hidden features, often put there by mischievous coders, in websites, dvds, apps and other forms of digital media.  Internet mythology states that these hidden ‘jokes’ were introduced by Atari, in the game ‘Adventure’.  Once the player completed certain tasks in a certain order, the name of the game’s programmer, Warren Robinett, appears on screen.  Atari were unaware that this ‘Easter Egg’ had been included in the source code!