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Thinking about a WordPress site? Consider these first.

WordPress is fast becoming one of the biggest platforms that individuals and companies are using to create their websites. Unfortunately there are some downsides to this versatile platform, which may cause you problems later on down the line.

Primarily it is a blog platform, and when used for that it can be great. Our own blog uses WordPress, however it is not a CMS (Content Management System), therefore there are restrictions on what can be modified. Many fail to get the hosting and security done properly, which can hinder the sites performance and how well it can be found.

There are functionality limits. WordPress is not scalable. Given that it is a blog at its core, it is not meant to be your ultimate company website that helps you streamline your day to day operations. The plugins that are available to you will limit what you can do to your … [Read More]

Exciting new E commerce website now live

Here at the Studio 4 we are always excited when we get to work on websites which have interesting features and functionality. This meant that when a new client approached us looking for a custom phone case website we jumped at the chance to work with them to realise their dream.

The brief included several challenges that we worked through with the client to overcome. The main basis of the site was an editor, which would allow users to upload images and see them on a phone case of there choose. At this stage the client wanted the users to be able to add text, image filters and crop the images as they see fit.

We worked with Print Your Stuff to create a website that would tick all of the boxes. The final website has now been made live and orders have started to come in.

Users can either … [Read More]

Are students being misled in the computer science curriculum?

Since the launch of the internet in the early mid-1980s, web development and design have become a fundamental aspect of many company websites which have increased in popularity with a general trend in the advancement of computer science and technology. We should also take into consideration that more than 2 billion people use the internet, with 70% of users using it every day. However, schools and the government are unsupportive of the development in technology leaving children unaware of the impact that it has on society.

This includes the government miss-selling the computing curriculum which emphasises programming rather than computer science in general; which leaves web development and design unimplemented in children’s education. This is part of the government’s plan to produce the next generation of computer programmers although teachers alone do not fully understand what the curriculum entails.

In a world that revolutionised the idea of computer science and … [Read More]

Responsive design – a necessity for moving with the times

Infographic from StatCounter showing mobile web usage worldwide

According to online sources mobile phones account for 17% of global web usage and this doesn’t even include tablets. This shows the growing need for websites to adapt to the different platforms in which users are viewing their content.

Responsive design is an approach aimed at crafting sites at development stage to provide an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices. It in essence re-structures/re-sizes the information on a website dependant on the size of device. If done correctly this can produce an extremely versatile website which will be a pleasure for users no matter what device they may use.

We have now provided this service for many of our clients, one company that we have recently completed this for is the CPSA. The Concrete Pipeline Systems Association provides information to its market place through marketing materials including its website.… [Read More]