Web Feet Blog

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

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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.

 


Embedding Youtube Videos in the Web-Feet CMS

Posted on October 14, 2014 by

One question we’ve always get asked by clients is “How can I add a video to my CMS website ?”.

This can be done by copying and pasting the embed code. However this has caused many issues with clients pasting the code in the wrong section, breaking HMTL markup validity or even messing up the page layout.

I decided to look at how we could bypass the whole issue of adding HTML and I came up with a simple search system.

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Anyone using the system now just has to type the title of the video they wish to add and the system will generate the HTML in the background and insert it to the webpage. All results are generated by YouTube’s search system.

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Once the video has been found a preview will be displayed just so the user can confirm if they have selected the right video.


Magento, HREF Lang plugin

Posted on October 3, 2014 by

One of our clients approached us to build a way that they could manage hreflangs on their Magento stores where they were looking to have multiple language versions of the site with different pages on each site. I looked at a few options online and there were some that worked provided the sites would be identical in terms of content but none that would enable control of where the links would go if there wasn’t an alternative url.

… so I built a plugin that enables our client to upload their urls in a csv with the base site in the first column and then they can add as many columns after that to upload the urls for the other language sites. The plugin then retrieves any alternate urls for any other site from the data and adds them to the <head> section of the website.

If this is a solution you think you would require for your multi language Magento, then please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@web-feet.co.uk.

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Facebook down 19/06/2014

Posted on June 19, 2014 by

I went to check twitter briefly this morning and saw a few tweets saying facebook was down…. I went to check by updating the feed on my phone, and indeed nothing was updating.

On a desktop browser, this is the message that appears:

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This is pretty rare for facebook and just goes to show that any web service is vulnerable to downtime no matter how large or small the operation.

I’m sure there are many developers at facebook scratching their heads and running around desperately trying to repair whatever issue has caused the site to come down…

As much as this is a pain for millions (billions?) of people around the world it does show that you cannot guarantee uptime forever in any environment…

So for now while it is down…. enjoy the world around you… or just jump over to twitter until facebook returns…..

 

 

UPDATE: 19/06/2014 09:25 – Site came back up the moment I posted this! In total, it was down between about 09:05 and 09:25.


Applewood Joinery New Website Live!

Posted on June 16, 2014 by

The new site for Applewood Joinery is now live!

Applewood Joinery manufacture a range of high quality joinery products. They specialise in staircases, windows and conservatories and will also create bespoke joinery for other applications. Check out their website if you’re interested.

Their site is built on the new Web Feet CMS making content management simple and easy. The design is now responsive so it will scale up and down for mobile and desktop platforms respectively. Also added is a ‘case studies’ section; allowing them to update their site with recent work they have done. Multiple galleries have also been added with an ‘enlarge’ function making it easy to display their latest work. A simple contact form has also been added, allowing potential customers to get in touch.

Please tell us if you like the new Applewood Joinery site, and get in contact if you require something similar.


Online Sign Off – Coming Soon from Web Feet

Posted on May 16, 2014 by

At web feet we were looking for ways to reduce the amount of paper we used and to provide more certainty around our sales/ordering process. We also had a client who wanted something similar who we built a basic system for signing quotes for. We had a look around for other solutions but there was nothing that suited our needs…

What did we do then?

So… we built our own system to use internally that we started adding to in order to process orders and get clear sign off so that work on these orders could begin without the question of whether the order had been approved or needing to wait for post.

“We’ve doubled our approval rate from our paper based system”

So far we’ve doubled our approval rate from our paper based system to around 80% and about 15% of the rest of the orders have been invoiced straight away and then the work carried out.

So… we thought after a couple of our clients had seen this and asked about the system for themselves, lets try and provide this as a service and after a few iterations of design, tweaks and all round improvements we introduce “SignOff” or “So” for short.

What now?

Currently we are trying to gauge interest in the online sign off system and will be collecting email addresses to select some people to trial the system for us but very soon, we will launch the system fully.

If you would like to contact us for more information on So then contact us at info@web-feet.co.uk.

We’re excited about the possibilities and we hope you will be too…

The Web Feet Team…..


Apple Office New Website Live!

Posted on May 12, 2014 by

The new site for Apple Office Equipment Ltd. is now live!

Apple Office specialise in new and refurbished risograph digital printers and professional colour copiers for office usage. Offering a range of printer/copiers from Riso, Olivetti, Panasonic and Bizhub, Apple Office have the supplies to suit you needs! Check out their website if you’re interested.

The site now features the new Web Feet content management system to streamline page changes and updates. Fluid transitions between desktop and mobile devices are now apparent thanks to our responsive design template, making it easier to view from your phone or tablet.

We think the new design refresh looks great, and we hope you feel the same. Please contact us if you require something similar.


Magento Magister Millitum Site Updates Live!

Posted on March 14, 2014 by

The new Magister Militum site has been updated onto an eCommerce Magento platform!

Magister Militum specialise in war figurines from pre historic soldiers to modern aircrafts, they have it all. Check out their website if you’re interested.

The Magister Militum site features multiple customisation features and plug-ins, including a search bar and filters to narrow down the products. The site is built on the Magento eCommerce platform; great for sites with a large number of products – making it easier to add and update content. Another component we have added is the Owebia Shipping extension; allowing for more accurate shipping rates, you can set any variable such as destination, weight, price and apply different shipping methods. Also added is a customised invoice and shipment pdf generator specific to Magister Militum’s requirements. The new layered navigation feature, built in-house to replace a dysfunctional plugin, allows you to narrow down your search query quickly and without the whole page re-loading. A custom events module was also added to Magento to display upcoming tradeshows.

The Magento Magister Militum site now has many more features making the overall site experience much better. Please tell us what you think, or contact us if you require something similar.