The site gets a new look

Kamikaze Music old design
If you’ve made your way to the site since last night you’ll have seen the new look (a picture of the old one is above if you can’t remember it). I’m not sure if it would be classed as a redesign or realign, but it’s the biggest overhaul I’ve done in a while. I had a few new things I wanted to try out and I had some ideas that had sat around for ages, plus the site was seeming a little sluggish so I got stuck into it and decided to get it done at the weekend.
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Coding that makes you say WTF!

Every so often you pick up a project that has been coded by somebody else and encounter something and you can’t help but wonder what the f**k they were thinking, often it’s down to naivety or a lack of knowledge, or even a use of old outdated coding methods but then sometimes it’s just mind boggling bizarre.

Here’s a few examples I’ve come across recently but I’m sure there’s plenty of you with more to share. Continue reading

Why are you browser testing last?


We always seem to leave browser testing till the end, open up Internet Explorer and within about 10 seconds of page load there’s a variety of swear words and we go off to hack our CSS or put in IE only style sheets. God help you if you go crazy and open up IE6, you’re sure to find some form of mess awaiting you.

Recently though my work habits have changed and I’ve decided to stop leaving it until the end, this has been prompted by a few things such as approaching the end of a project having not checked in IE7 and sending a colleague off to show the site to a client who, you guessed it uses IE7. (Sorry Andrew!)

Coupled with that I’ve started to develop sites in Google Chrome. I was impressed with Google Chrome when it first came out and apart from a few too many crashes with flash content it was pretty slick. However the lack of developer tools left me developing in Firefox and using two different browsers seemed a bit impractical.
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Stamford Clothiers

Stamford Clothiers

Having completed a website for Wineberg the Tailors we were asked to do a site for another of the companies’ businesses Stamford Clothiers who specialise in plus two’s, plus four’s and breeks for shooting and golfing communities.

The site offers made to measure and ready to wear clothing in a variety of different cloths and also ready to wear stockings.

Built on the popular eCommerce platform TradingEye the site has been given a custom layout and various customised areas and modifications from TradingEye including modified search functionality.

Analytics tracking and JavaScript

The site has added JavaScript functionality such as accordions and mouse over menus and the Google Analytics setup includes conversion, eCommerce and search tracking.

Email marketing

Following the site launch an email marketing newsletter and offline advertising has seen the site get off the ground with a flurry of orders.