Category: Web Development

Reasons to use virtual machines for programming workshops, hackathons etc

I’ve been learning some new development skills recently and going to hackathons, meetups etc to try new things out. There have been some great talks and some interesting new technologies. There’s an increasing call for everyone to learn at least the basics of programming, which is awesome. However a frustrating and repeated experience is trying […]

Lazy loading sliders and Google PageSpeed render blocking issue

Love them or hate them, sliders appear on many websites. Many clients ask for them so we use them a lot on the WordPress sites we build. Using the Advanced Custom Fields Repeater field, we can make the banners editable for clients too. All good, aside from the file size of using multiple large images. […]

Installing Facebook pixel to WHMCS 7

I’ve just been banging my head against the desk trying to install the Facebook Pixel code to WHMCS 7 manually. I want to track hosting order completion to see how well Facebook ads convert. The problem Adding the Facebook pixel code to header.tpl hosed the WHMCS front end template. The fix WHMCS templates need the […]

PHP development – Systems vs custom made

We’ve used a variety of PHP content management and ecommerce systems over the years and have gone in the direction of using existing systems rather than creating custom made systems for clients. We chose this route as using a ready made starting point reduces development costs and theoretically makes life easier when it comes to […]

WP Super Cache on Heart Internet

We’ve recently started getting WordPress sites to pass the Google Pagespeed Insights test to help with SEO. As part of this they are looking for the server response time to be as low as possible. One way to get this down is to serve HTML cached versions of the WordPress pages rather than doing a […]

Google Pagespeed tweaks for WordPress

Site speed is now an important signal of site quality to Google and our SEO guy has started running sites through the Google Pagespeed tool when assessing sites for clients. This usually throws up the same issues with WordPress sites and I’ve made some notes on how to fix these. With our own server we […]