Setting sales prices in your Shopify store is a straightforward process that can help boost sales and attract customers. Follow these steps to effectively set... Continue reading "Shopify: Set sales prices"
Animated SVGs, Scalable Vector Graphics, are increasingly popular choices for adding dynamic elements to websites. Their scalability, lightweight nature, and flexibility make them attractive options... Continue reading "Animated SVGs (Scalable Vector Graphics)"
For small businesses aiming to establish a formidable online presence and drive sales, Magento emerges as a powerful e-commerce platform offering a suite of features... Continue reading "Using Magento to get small businesses online"
In today's digital age, establishing an online presence is crucial for businesses looking to promote their brand effectively. One powerful tool for achieving this is... Continue reading "Creating a brand-promoting brochure website with WordPress "
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs) have revolutionised website design, offering unparalleled flexibility, scalability, and interactivity. As versatile graphic elements, SVGs can enhance the visual appeal and... Continue reading "Using Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs)"
In an era where digital presence is paramount, charities are increasingly turning to online platforms to raise awareness and funds for their causes. WordPress, with... Continue reading "WordPress for charities and donation websites "
The database structure of Magento is designed to store and manage various aspects of an e-commerce website, including products, orders, customers, and more. Understanding the... Continue reading "Magento database structure"
In the ever-evolving landscape of web design, the balancing act between accessibility and aesthetic appeal remains a crucial consideration. As the digital realm becomes increasingly... Continue reading "Designing websites for accessibility"
In the digital age, where online shopping has become an integral part of our lives, ecommerce websites hold the key to business success. Amidst the... Continue reading "Accessibility in ecommerce websites "
Securing a WordPress website involves a combination of practices, including using secure hosting configurations, regularly updating WordPress and its plugins/themes, and implementing strong security measures.... Continue reading "How to secure WordPress in 2023? "
Speed optimisation is crucial for a Magento website as it directly impacts user experience, conversions, and search engine rankings. You should prepare your server so... Continue reading "How can I speed-up my Magento website?"
Enable Gzip compression on your server to compress your website's files before sending them to the visitor's browser. This significantly reduces the file size, resulting... Continue reading ".htaccess: Enable GZIP Compression for Magento"
Agile, Scrum, and Waterfall are three of the most popular project management methodologies used in software development. Each of these methodologies has its own advantages... Continue reading "Project Management Methodologies"
Ecommerce payment gateways are critical components of any online store, as they enable merchants to accept payments from customers securely and conveniently. There are many... Continue reading "Popular Payment Gateways"
There are a number of new image formats that have been developed in recent years to improve the performance and quality of images on websites.... Continue reading "Latest web image formats"
OpenAI is a leading artificial intelligence (AI) research organisation that has the potential to revolutionise the ecommerce industry. By leveraging OpenAI’s cutting-edge AI technologies, ecommerce... Continue reading "Using OpenAI tools in ecommerce environments"
WordPress WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) in the world, and there are several reasons why it is so widely... Continue reading "Why is WordPress still so popular? "
Web development in Northern Ireland is a thriving industry, with many talented and skilled individuals and companies offering a range of services. Northern Ireland is... Continue reading "Web development in Northern Ireland"
Magento Northern Ireland Open Source allows you to build a unique online store from the ground up. Standard Features Magento Open Source includes everything you... Continue reading "Getting Started with Magento Open Source"
An introduction to image optimisation in WordPress Northern Ireland Image Optimisation is an increasingly important step improve page speed and search engine performance of your... Continue reading "WordPress - WebP and AVIF Image Formats"
An introduction to image optimisation in Magento Northern Ireland Image Optimisation is an increasingly important step improve page speed and search engine performance of your... Continue reading "Magento - WebP Image Format Conversion"
WP-CLI is the official command line tool for interacting with and managing your WordPress Northern Ireland installation in command line. WP-CLI is the command-line interface... Continue reading "WordPress CLI Commands"
I recently had performance issues on Google Lighthouse due to the fonts used on the website. The Google Fonts I used were classified as a... Continue reading "Lighthouse and Google Fonts"
WordPress is currently used by over seventy-five million websites worldwide. This is primarily thanks to its flexible, customisable and user-centred admin panel making it the... Continue reading "Why WordPress?"
Mortgage IQ know the mortgage journey can be stressful. Their dedicated team go the extra mile to ensure your complete satisfaction, from your application to... Continue reading "Mortgage IQ"
Quick guide to using Cookie Script for GDPR and cookie tracking. Cookie Script is a tool that helps website owners comply with cookie consent requirements... Continue reading "Cookie Script and GDPR"
Quick guide for setting-up a CDN on Rackspace. CDN Set-up Log into your Rackspace MyCloud account. Click into Storage > CDN then “Create Service”. In... Continue reading "Set-up a Rackspace CDN service"
The image file formats that are most commonly used on the web are listed below. Classic Image Formats These are the classic image formats universally... Continue reading " Web Image Formats"
Aheadworks will be removing Composer keys and download access for existing customers and switching entirely to a subscription model. From February 2022 Aheadworks announced it... Continue reading "Aheadworks switch to subscription model"
ProtonMail is an encrypted email service that takes a radically different approach to email security. In 2014 the Swiss company ProtonMail became the first email... Continue reading "ProtonMail secure email"
Before you start building-out your Magento website you must first plan your store hierarchy. Magento’s hierarchy is referred to throughout your store’s configuration. Each store... Continue reading "Magento Store Hierarchy"
If you are a business in Belfast or Northern Ireland who is looking to expand your presence online, WordPress Northern Ireland is a great platform... Continue reading "WordPress Development Belfast, Northern Ireland"
How to add breadcrumbs to your Shopify Northern Ireland liquid templates Breadcrumbs are a secondary navigation aid that helps users easily understand the relation between... Continue reading "Shopify: Add Breadcrumbs to Liquid Templates"
Some (fairly) simple step-by-step instructions to ensure your Magento Belfast 2 store is running the best it can. While most of these options should only... Continue reading "Optimising Magento 2 in Easy Steps"
The Mage Open Source Community Alliance have published an open letter to the Magento community to announce a new initiative designed to focus on ensuring... Continue reading "The Future of Magento"
This PHP function accepts a public Google Sheets URL and converts it into a PHP array. You can use the array to either display the... Continue reading "Google Sheets to PHP Array"
This post documents the process of setting up a reverse proxy to load one (Origin) website in the subdirectory of another. During this process the... Continue reading "Apache VirtualHost with Reverse Proxy"
While Magento Belfast isn’t the go-to platform for blogs it can be useful for store owners to have a quick and easy way to post... Continue reading "Magento 2 Blog Extensions"
AOS is a simple CSS/JS based animation on scroll library by Michał Sajnóg. Easy to install and highly configurable. This is a basic introduction, there... Continue reading "AOS: The Animate On Scroll Library"
Over the course of 2021 eBay will be incrementally changing how it works with sellers. Changes include updates to the fee structure, how fees are... Continue reading "Upcoming changes to eBay's PayPal Payments"
Shopify Belfast is an ecommerce platform that hosts your website for selling products and services. It helps organize the layout of your store's appearance through... Continue reading "What does Shopify do? "
A run down of the most popular web browsers including Firefox, Chrome, Edge and Opera as well some alternate options if you'd like something different.... Continue reading "Choose a better browser"
Magento 1 A brief reminder of the Magento 1 folder structure: app/code followed by either /core for core files /community for third party extensions /local... Continue reading "Notes: Magento 2 Directory Structure"
The latest version of Magento Northern Ireland has been released - Magento version 2.4.2 is the usual mix of security updates, performance and some improvements... Continue reading "Magento 2.4.2"
The following post will explain how to use PHP/cURL to retrieve data in JSON or XML and process it for using in your PHP application... Continue reading "PHP cURL Requests with JSON or XML"
The roll out of 3D Secure 2 has been a long drawn-out process not helped by the COVID–19 pandemic. Part of the update has included... Continue reading "Global Payments: Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) and 3D Secure 2"
A quick guide to help set-up a discount code in a Shopify Belfast store. First login to your Shopify store admin area and click on... Continue reading "Shopify: Create a Discount Code"
Previously known as Magento Community Edition, Magento Open Source is the ecommerce platform. Adobe which acquired Magento in 2018 has confirmed the open source edition... Continue reading "What is Magento Open Source?"
The PHP script below can be added to the WordPress Theme functions.php file. It will rename the standard “posts” section to “stories”. Replace ‘stories’/’story’ with... Continue reading "WordPress - Rename the Posts section in Admin"
While many companies have already upgraded to Magento 2 or moved on to alternative ecommerce platforms like Shopify, many smaller companies or larger companies with... Continue reading "Moving on from Magento: OpenMage and Mage One"
Some notes on transferring an existing WordPress site to Amazon Web Services and some common issues. MySQL Import Fail If the import fails on import... Continue reading "Notes on Transferring a WordPress site to AWS"
To install XAMPP on Ubuntu, you can follow these steps: Download XAMPP: Visit the official XAMPP website and download the Linux version of XAMPP. Choose... Continue reading "Install XAMPP on Ubuntu using Terminal"
Online sellers need to keep on top of the impact COVID—19 is and will continue to have on retailers. The links below are some thoughts... Continue reading "Coronavirus: Ecommerce in a Pandemic"
The UK has now entered lockdown with everyone being told to stay at home. The spread of coronavirus (COVID—19) continues to increase day by day... Continue reading "Coronavirus: Managing your Magento ecommerce store in Lockdown"
This post shows you how to add the customer address fields to the customer registration page. It uses the existing setShowAddressFields method for displaying the... Continue reading "Magento 2: Show address fields on the user registration form"
Whenever you visit a website, even if you are using a site with SSL, the DNS query that converts the web address into an IP... Continue reading "Security: DNS over HTTPS"
There are plenty of website speed tests out there, some are better than others. Pingdom is one of these tools, this post explains how to... Continue reading "Website Optimisation with Pingdom Speed Test"
If you are a business in Belfast or Northern Ireland who is looking to expand your presence online, Magento is a great platform to take... Continue reading "Choose Magento ecommerce in Belfast, Northern Ireland"
A few alternative browser options for those looking to protect themselves against analytics, tracking, surveillance, and even censorship. Mozilla Firefox Iridium Ungoogled Chrome Tor Browser... Continue reading "Best web browsers for security and privacy"
Techniques for hardening WordPress Sites running on an Nginx server to enhance security. Limit Access to Admin Panel Limit XMLRPC Access This will lock down... Continue reading "WordPress Security - Nginx Hardening"
This post is from 2019, it may be out-of-date. For up-to-date information try: How to secure WordPress This post is designed to give an overview... Continue reading "WordPress Security - Hardening Introduction and Plugins"
This is a simple EU cookie notification pop-up for legacy websites. All that’s required is jQuery. Add the following HTML, jQuery script and apply some... Continue reading "Simple jQuery Cookie Pop-up"
This walk through will allow you to set-up a website to automatically deploy on a remote server whenever updates are pushed to the GitHub repository.... Continue reading "Automatically Deploy website from Github"
The latest version of Magento has been released - Magento version 2.3.3 is all about security and performance. Security Support has been added to Magento... Continue reading "Magento 2.3.3"
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale... Continue reading "Setting up WordPress on Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2"
Choosing the right ecommerce platform is an important decision for any business looking to sell their products online. The three options below are tried-and-tested ecommerce... Continue reading "Choosing the right ecommerce platform"
Jekyll uses the Liquid templating language to process templates. This post provides a basic example to show the five latest blog posts and highlight the... Continue reading "Jekyll: Post Loop in Liquid Templates "
I’ve been experimenting with a Headless WordPress + React Starter Kit from Postlight. It’s an automated toolset to create a powerful web publishing tool. Headerless... Continue reading "[Notes] WordPress + React Docker Starter Kit"
From time to time unwanted pages can appear in Google Search Results. Could be a temporary page, old content or even a test page that’s... Continue reading "Remove outdated content from Google Search Results"
Magento 1’s expected end of life is fast approaching. Many, many merchants are still up and running on the system need to think about what... Continue reading "Magento 1: End of life"
Magento 2 allows configurable products to be imported through the CMS. Unlike Magento 1 where Magmi generally did all the hard work when it came... Continue reading "Magento 2 Configurable Product Import"
This is a stand alone script which can be called to refresh the cache in Magento 2 The script hooks into Bootstrap to generate a... Continue reading "Magento Code: Magento 2 Cache Refresh Script"
This is a stand alone script which can be called to reindex a Magento 2 Site The script will create a unique instance of the... Continue reading "Magento Code: Magento 2 Indexer Script"
While the Magento 1 platform is still active and supported there’s less urgency to switch-up to Magento 2. There are benefits to upgrading to Magento... Continue reading "Magento 1 to Magento 2 Migration Process (Part 1)"
Some thoughts on the expected demise of Magento 1. Magento 1 - Official End Date The official end date of the Magento 1 project was... Continue reading "Magento 1 Ongoing Support and End of life"