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Securing your WordPress website

By Tim Lees 6th July 2017


WordPress is by far and away the most popular content management system. However, due to it’s popularity it also attracts huge numbers of attacks. Thankfully, it’s popularity and versatility also means that it’s core system is always worked on in the way of regular updates. Many of these updates continually improve the security of WordPress. However, regularly updating WordPress with core updates doesn’t mean that you should ignore other ...

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Are you missing Structured Data on your website?

By Ollie Reardon 25th May 2017


To help search engines such as Google or Duckduckgo to get a better understanding of the content you have displayed on your website, you can use “Structured Data”. Structured Data is a list of details about the web page, that isn’t rendered on the actual page for users to see, but can be picked up by search engines, such as Google, to provide them a better understanding of the information displayed for the end user. What is Structured Data...

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Testing In Laravel Part 2

By Andrew McDonald 10th May 2017


In my last post, Testing In Laravel, I spoke about the importance of functionality testing during large scale projects and how we can achieve this via the tools that come packaged with Laravel. In that post I gave an example of a very simple Laravel test, where it will click a link and see if the page is redirected to a login page. In this part we will create a test for the actual submission of a form and test both an instance of a failure and ...

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Creating Custom Post Types in WordPress

By David Foley 5th May 2017


Custom post types are the same as a basic post type that are already present in WordPress. However, the beauty of custom post types is that you can tweak them to your individual needs, allowing for great customisation. Custom post types are perfect for those projects where the default post type just isn't up to the task. In this blog post, I will be going over how to create a simple custom post type in WordPress and then provide a number of ex...

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Rapid Web’s Open Source Contributions 2016 & 2017

By Jordan Hall 25th April 2017


At the beginning of last year, I posted about our open source contributions from 2015. Most of these projects focused on frontend web development. This time around, the majority of our new open sourced projects are backend code and libraries. They also include a small selection of 'Simple' libraries, designed to wrap around complex functionality and abstract it. Here's a summary of our main open source projects and contributions from 2016 & ...

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What are website wireframes?

By Kirsty Gasston 24th April 2017


The important first step in the design and development of any website is the production of a set of website wireframes. This is even more important since the introduction of responsive website design and mobile-first website design. But what exactly are website wireframes and why are they so important? What is a website wireframe? A website wireframe is a layout for a page of the site, demonstrating the structure of the page and the elements to...

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Should I secure my website with HTTPS?

By Tim Lees 31st March 2017


In this article we will look at what HTTPS means and why your website should be secured using the protocol. What is HTTPS? HTTPS stands for ‘HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure’. You may have noticed that when navigating websites you will see this protocol (https) and its non-secure variant (http) at the beginning of the website address bar in your browser window. The HTTPS version is identified (in most browsers) by a green padlock. HTTP...

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5 Ecommerce essential features every website must have

By Ollie Reardon 28th March 2017


Ever visited an online ecommerce store but left without purchasing due to getting frustrated with navigating around the website? Maybe the website is missing some essential features such as no option to pay via PayPal, Bitcoin or other favoured methods of payment? Here is a list of some of the most important must-have features to have on any ecommerce website: Mobile Friendly Design Like any other website, having a mobile friendly design is cr...

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Testing In Laravel

By Andrew McDonald 21st March 2017


The importance of functionality testing during large scale projects cannot be underestimated and is even more important while using version control. What happens if the lovely login process you have just completed suddenly stops working because another developer has inadvertently uploaded new functionality that, while not directly influencing your login process, has still caused it to break? One way to go about fixing this would be by testing al...

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Creating mail templates in WordPress and using Mailtrap to test and preview them

By David Foley 14th March 2017


If you're creating your own WordPress theme and you want to include functionality to enable users to send out emails, then you will need to set up a mail template. Before we get into creating a mail template, we need a way to test the mail functionality and a way to preview the created emails. Fortunately for us there's Mailtrap. Mailtrap is a fake SMTP server for development teams to test, view and share emails sent from the development a...

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Simple Stripe Payments Integration

By Jordan Hall 7th March 2017


To help developers easily implement the basics of Stripe into their website and quickly accept payments, we created the open source PHP library SimpleStripe. SimpleStripe SimpleStripe is a package that allows you to really quickly setup a payment form on a website and charge customers. As you probably guessed by its creative name, it makes use of the Stripe payments system. Although Stripe itself is already a very developer friendly system, ...

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What has changed in Bootstrap 4?

By Ollie Reardon 21st November 2016


As Bootstrap 4 introduced some new welcomed features, it also has made some refinements to previous Bootstrap components. Base font size change To improve readability the base font size in Bootstrap 3, ~14px, has been bumped up to ~16px. Dropped support To help reduce page bloat and to aid Bootstrap maintainers with the codebase, there have been several components that have been dropped from Bootstrap 4 LESS SASS is the pre-processor of cho...

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