Having a website and having a good website are hugely different things

If you live in the UK you will have definitely heard about the demise of HMV and those outside of the UK will no doubt be aware of it as well. Whilst they have so far only slipped into administration and not vanished forever it is shocking for some to see such a large long established name in such trouble, even though they aren’t the first big name to go under in the UK in recent years.

I’ve read a lot about the situation and the whole history of it* and a lot of blame, not unjustly, is sitting at the door of internet shopping – most notably Amazon. A lot of people accuse the HMV management of resting on their laurels and being too dismissive of the emergence of online shopping in the late 90s. But one comment that stood out to me amongst everything I read was the rather flippant assertion that this wasn’t the case because in 1997 HMV launched their own website selling online. It was presented as if that was enough – HMV had a website so online shopping can’t be the problem.
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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but wonder what the f**k they were thinking, often it’s down to naivety or a lack of knowledge, or even a use of old outdated coding methods but then sometimes it’s just mind boggling bizarre.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

The homepage is alive and kicking

To be honest I’ve never written an article as a response to some others I’ve read but I’ve heard recently that the homepage is dead! –

http://www.drawar.com/articles/are-homepages-dead-or-are-we-missing-the-boat/69/

http://feedusblog.com/detail.asp?c=614967

Yep your good old index.php or whatever you use isn’t any good any more, it’s been killed by social media, ad-words and deep linking dropping people right into the belly of your website.
So I doubt you’re all going to delete your homepage and leave users with nothing at the top of your website are you? I thought not, which is exactly why the homepage is alive and kicking.
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