Web Feet Blog

Why we think the iPad sales are going down..

Posted on January 30, 2015 by

iPad-AirWith Apple Inc posting their biggest ever sales quarter recently, it sparked a conversation in the Web-Feet office about tablets and where they fit into the mobile device space. This was as a result of iPads sales growth slowing significantly whilst smartphones sales, iPhone included, continue to rise quite sharply.

Aside from the argument of what a tablet actually does vs a PC or smartphone, we feel that smartphones and phablets, as larger smartphones are sometimes referred to, are increasingly becoming both cheap and capable. However, we feel that it’s also smart, responsive website design that’s also driving these changes in buying behaviour and phone use. A couple of years ago, many website owners were tempted into building mobile only versions of their websites, however with hi-res screens available, most users will switch to view the desktop site because the mobile sites were just too limited and not very engaging.

With a fully responsive design, a good website now optimises itself based on the users device, therefore optimising the user experience. As such the need for a ‘retina’ tablet for browsing the web isn’t necessary and users can stick to their primary device for browsing the web and still have a great user experience.

We feel that cheaper, smarter, faster phones will continue to drive their popularity and further marginalise tablets. If you know you can get a great browsing experience on your phone, your primary device, you are less likely to bother reaching for your tablet.

What this means for businesses however is twofold. Firstly, a good responsive website is a must or your users will have a poor experience and you will not be able to leverage your online presence to your best advantage, put bluntly, your users will just not visit your website. Secondly, Google now lists sites that are mobile friendly in their search pages on mobile devices and shows them as such in the search listings. This is useful information to users as they may well avoid even looking at a site that is not shown as mobile friendly. Furthermore, Google will actually penalise your site in it’s search engine rankings, or put another way, will list mobile friendly websites above those that aren’t. Eventually, non mobile friendly, non responsive sites will fall right down the search listing when carried out on a mobile device, this is a significant point bearing in mind how much traffic is now from mobile devices.


Lens Flare New Years Home Page

Posted on January 14, 2015 by

beautiful home page banner

In a concinuation of our varied home pages we came up with the concept of a New Year’s banner that reflected the practice of people getting fit as their New Year’s resolution, Jakub, our designer came up with the concept image above and we all thought it was great so we got the banner ready to go.

In keeping with all of our other home page banners we wanted some kind of interesting movement. After a bit of searching I found a link to this tutorial - http://www.script-tutorials.com/flare-lens/ which enabled me to put a nice lens flare effect on page load.


Multi-User CMS

Posted on December 18, 2014 by

Managing multiple users in a CMS is often more complicated than it should be, having to fill in field after field when most of the data is never even used or needed.

Web Feet’s CMS provided a very short and simple “Add User” function. All you need to enter in is the new users email address and then select their role ie. Admin, Editor. The system will then produce the new login details including a randomly generated secure password and have them emailed directly to the new user.

New User


Migrating from CactuShop to Magento?

Posted on December 16, 2014 by

magento site screenshot

If you’re running CactuShop to manage your online eCommerce experience, it’s probably about time you started looking at your options, not least because you’re site is probably more than 3 years old (which is in general the lifespan of any website’s design) but also because the technology behind your site is now, well it’s old and is not future proof. Which is why over the past year and a half or so we have been building new sites and converting customers with CatuShop sites to the Magento Community Edition platform. CactuShop has served Web Feet and many of our customers incredibly well over the years but it is time to move on and Magento is the most popular, extendable and feature rich eCommerce platform out there boasting excellent security, constant upgrades and hundreds of thousands of merchant users.

We can take your CatuShop products, urls and customers and, working in tandem with you can move the whole lot to Magento and you get the added bonus of a responsive web design which means that one design can size to fit any screen (mobile/tablets etc).

Phone us to arrange a meeting on 02380 270787 or contact us from the website.


Life after Magento Go, well after it goes….

Posted on December 8, 2014 by

Magento Go Blog post

You may have seen the news that Magento Go is being discontinued as a service as of Feb 1, 2015 (http://go.magento.co.uk/). If you are a current Magento Go customer and are looking at your options then you’ll probably be looking around to see what your options are. We at Web Feet can help, even if you would just like some consultation on the next steps, give us a call and we’ll see what we can do to help. Alternatively you may want someone to manage the entire migration of your existing Magento Go Store to Magento Community edition (presuming you want to stay using the Magento Ecosystem) and somewhere to host it.

Either way (or if you’re somewhere in between) then give us a call or contact us (http://www.web-feet.co.uk/contact) to find out how we can help give you peace of mind during this transition.


CMS File Manager

Posted on December 8, 2014 by

One of the biggest updates we’ve made to our CMS was the addition of a file manager to easily manage images an other files uploaded. We needed a responsive file manger and after some research decided to go with Responsive File Manager 9.

Not only is it responsive but it can be run from within the rich text editor which makes adding images super easy. It also provides simple drag and drop features for uploading files and moving them between folders which can be used on mobile devices.

There are different views for listing the files but they are always displayed with a thumbnail which is especially great for seeing all the images without having to preview them individually.

Responsive File Manager

 

 

 


Roughton International Case Study

Posted on December 5, 2014 by

We recently built a large CMS for leading engineering services firm Roughton International. We are very grateful in that they have written up a Case Study of our work with them and how pleased they are with what we’ve provided both in terms of  the end product and the service throughout the project.

We’re pretty pleased with the outcome, but don’t take our word for it – read for yourself how it went!


Halloween home page…

Posted on November 11, 2014 by

This year, for Halloween, we decided to amend banner on web-feet’s homepage. The orange pumpkins were an obvious choice, but because we love challenges we decided to add something extra in the form of a flickering candle

To create the candle flickering effect we took a trick from the animation industry to build a frame by frame version of the candle flame and used a  jQuery carousel auto playing on page load and looping through the images of the flame in different positions. We think it definitely added something a bit special to the overall Halloween mood of the scene.

We hope you liked it..:-)

If you missed it this halloween it’s still available to look at here


CMS Page Live Dates

Posted on November 6, 2014 by

Sometimes on a website there are pages you want only want live for a certain period of time such as a Sale or Special offers page. For this reason we have added the option to chose the date and time when you want particular pages to go live.

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datetimeThe date/time selector uses the jQuery date time plugin (left), so there’s no need to worry what date/time format to enter. Instead you will get a nice graphical interface to select the date from a calendar.

To put a page live after a between certain dates, just fill in the “Live From Date” and “Live Until Date” fields. However if you just want a page live after a certain date you can leave the “Live Until Date” blank, conversely if you wanted a page live until a date then you just leave the “Live From Date” blank.

 

 

 


Why we use WordPress, but only for blogs…

Posted on October 30, 2014 by

Wordpress Logo

I am writing this in WordPress, at the same time our website is built on our very own CMS where we edit content for the pages there. Why? You may ask. Well we believe that WordPress is brilliant for what it is, a blogging platform. Yes, you can extend it and yes you can add pages and create menus but the primary purpose of WordPress was always as a platform for bloggers. WordPress is also favoured by google in the search results as Google knows and understands the structure of WordPress sites, so it creawls them more specifically.

So we took a decision to use WordPress for blogs for that reason, it’s great for blogs and combined with the Yoast SEO plugin, our clients and ourselves can use it to target specific audiences and drive traffic to the rest of the site. This way we can let our CMS be great at what it does; clever templates, quick editing of content and pages, easy video search, simple file management and page linking and brilliant features like a comprehensive search and news articles without the additional features of a blog). Our CMS also means we can create some custom features in the admin system, like dropdowns for content specific to our clients and linking between sections and pages.

We think that WordPress is great and we think our CMS great, and we’re constantly thinking of ways to make them work better together and of how we can imporve our offering to our clients who want to edit and add content as simply as possible.