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Chrome to send Flash down the pan – will your site be affected?

Posted on August 18, 2016

Chrome 53, the latest update to the Google Chrome browser, is set to be introduced next month, and it could spell trouble for sites built through Adobe Flash, or even those incorporating elements of the now outdated multimedia platform.

Google has confirmed in (more…)

Posted by John Murray

My content has negative feedback – what should I do?

Posted on August 18, 2016

When you publish a website news feed or blog, it’s common to allow users to provide feedback by adding comments to an article. This allows your readers to further discuss an issue, often providing valuable additional (more…)

Posted by Jenny C

Why you shouldn’t rely on the gig economy for web development

Posted on August 17, 2016

If you haven’t heard of the term ‘gig economy’, you probably soon will. It’s a growing trend within the United States, and refers to businesses using ‘gig workers’, or freelancers, on a project-by-project basis. Rather than employ a full-time staff member, or outsource to a company, businesses contract these gig workers until a specific project is finished.

As the owner of a small business, you may not have access to a particularly large budget for your website design. In your search for a web developer at a budget price, you may be tempted to try the gig economy rather than hire a web development company such as Engage Web. There are several reasons why this may not be the wisest course of action.

In the gig economy, people with skills join a website or network that connects people looking for (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Facebook to change its news feeds

Posted on August 16, 2016

Social networking giant Facebook has recently revealed how it will be changing its news feeds.

This latest update to the site will see news feeds become more informative to users. Furthermore, the site has announced that it will be adding a “ranking signal” to the platform that will enable the most informative content to surface to (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

UK’s most popular smartphone revealed

Posted on August 15, 2016

According to data recently published by Kantar, a research, data and insight consultancy, the most popular smartphone in the UK this year is the iPhone SE.

The device – Apple’s cheapest model to date – outsold both the iPhone 6S and the Samsung Galaxy S7 in the second quarter of 2016 (April – June). Sales of the SE accounted for (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

What is AMP and why should I care?

Posted on August 12, 2016

Web development technologies are changing on an almost daily basis. Sometimes it can be hard to keep up, let alone stay ahead of the curve. One such change, however, doesn’t take a web psychic to see is going to be huge: AMP – Accelerated Mobile Pages.

Where this particular development change differs from most others is that it isn’t some more convoluted code to learn, or some fancy gimmick to make websites ‘do more’ or become more interactive. Quite the opposite, in fact. AMP is about stripping back the web to its bare minimum so that people accessing it from mobile devices can get what they’re looking for quickly, without all of the slow loading times associated with browsing on a smartphone.

While the web has been constantly evolving over the last few decades, web designers have been more preoccupied with (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Are we tone-deaf in the text we produce?

Posted on August 11, 2016

Body language experts will often tell you that there’s a lot more to what you say than the words you use. In an often cited 1971 study, Iranian/Armenian psychologist Albert Mehrabian concluded that words themselves only account for 7% of a communicated message, with tone of voice and body language being much weightier. Analysts point out that (more…)

Posted by John Murray

A brief history of the web and what lessons it teaches us

Posted on August 10, 2016

The history of web development is one of rapid change. By reflecting on that brief history, we can learn valuable lessons about web development today, and its future.

The inventor of the web, Tim Berners Lee, created it as an open source project for the free exchange of information. No one owns the web, and it can be extended by anyone. Though this is under some threat from certain governments, it is hoped that (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson
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