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Website Coding 101: Web Programming

Published on: 27 Oct 2017

Welcome to the second blog in our coding 101 series, helping to define the coding languages we use in web development. There are hundreds of unique programming languages out there, and more are being created every year. Each has characteristic strengths and weaknesses, versatility, accessibility and varying levels of scalability. The choice is ultimately based […]

Website Coding 101: Introduction

Published on: 13 Oct 2017

It’s time to get a bit technical and step into the world of coding with this guide to the language of web development. We’ve stripped down to the basics to bring you simple explanations of the language behind your website – that isn’t English. There are many programming languages out there, each with different functionalities, […]

WebKit: Apple and Google’s Lovechild Rendering Engine

Published on: 6 Oct 2017

Have you ever wondered if you could have rainbow coloured text on your website without resorting to an image? Well WebKit can make this magic happen – at least for Chrome and Safari. What is WebKit? WebKit is a web browser rendering engine that powers Chrome, Safari, and soon Opera as well. It is an […]

The Importance of WordPress Maintenance

Published on: 20 Sep 2017

Websites are living digital creatures and maintenance is a crucial part of their lifecycles. The WordPress CMS continues to improve their platform experience for all users by regularly releasing updated versions that improve themes, plugins, functionalities and fix security patches. Maintenance work can be overwhelming and often neglected when you are busy with updating your […]

Hosting with Content Delivery Network (CDN)

Published on: 8 Sep 2017

How much do you know about your website hosting? why did you pick your hosting provider? was it the price? was it the first result on a Google search? or a friendly customer sales representative? While that representative may be able to persuade your choice, there are often two key factors that are neglected when […]

Introducing the Headless CMS

Published on: 23 Aug 2017

So you are happy with a static website but you are thinking of having a small news section which will be updated frequently and you want the ability to push to your mobile app, Facebook and Twitter feed with ease? A headless CMS might just be the solution.   What is Headless CMS? A headless […]

Go faster with Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

Published on: 14 Aug 2017

In our fast-paced society efficiency is essential, which explains why according to a recent Google study*, 75% of people will abandon a mobile website if it takes any longer than 5 seconds to load. It seems, like road commuters, our Internet users are becoming increasingly impatient and demanding a faster user experience. One of the […]

Web Apps vs Native Apps | The Great Debate

Published on: 22 Jun 2017

Have you ever had those moments where you’re deep in thought about how you can create an efficient solution to a problem and then the light bulb turns on – “I can build an app!” While the solution might seem like a great idea at the time, there are a few things to consider before […]

The What, Why & How of the Laravel Framework

Published on: 6 Jun 2017

You may have heard the term Laravel, you may have not, but in the developer world the term Laravel is slowly moving up the ranks (and the google search terms) as an increasingly popular PHP framework. Here at Matter Design we have become very fond of the Laravel framework for our clients who require complex […]

Responsive Web Design

Published on: 1 Oct 2013

Throughout our day, we are constantly interacting with different interfaces and devices. From browsing your mobile on the fly, to perusing on your ipad on the train, to viewing your desktop at work,  users are visiting websites from an increasing array of devices and browsers. With the continual growth of tablets and smartphones and constant availability to being […]