Recovering from failed Projects

Here at RAW Technologies we have picked up several previously-failed projects and helped our clients turn them into successes. Projects fail for all types of reasons, key personnel may leave, specifications may change, budgets could be cut and many other stumbling blocks. It’s not unusual for a project to hit a road bump or change the scope from the original plan, however in some cases, there may be a combination of problems or launch may Read more…

Magento 1 to Magento 2 Migration

Magento 2 is the redeveloped eCommerce platform by Magento, with a new database structure and architecture. Migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2 can feel a bit daunting. Magento 1 is currently said to be supported until June 2020 after this no new patches or security updates will be released, meaning that now is the perfect time to start planning a move on from Magento 1 to Magento 2 or an alternative platform. The key Read more…

Choosing the Right Image Format

Introduction Images are an important aspect of most websites, but if you aren’t careful you could be delivering poorly optimised ones to your users which can not only negatively impact the user experience but also your search engine rankings. There are a number of different image formats to choose, so which is the best? As with most things on the web, the answer is “it depends”. The different formats available are optimised for different use Read more…

Accessibility

Introduction The Web can be accessed and experienced in many different ways; if you have content or a service that is available on the world wide web, then you have a responsibility to ensure that is as accessible to everyone. If you don’t, this could be seen as discrimination under the Equality Act 2010, in the UK at least. Web content can be consumed and interacted with in many different ways by users, for example: Read more…

Do’s and Don’ts of SEO

SEO isn’t what it used to be. Back in the early days of Google, there were lots of quick and dirty tricks to fool Google and other search engines into ranking your page highly. That doesn’t fly anymore. It’s time to make sure you’re doing the right thing to get your website to the top of Google. Do: Use Relevant Links Linking to relevant sites and articles is great for your PageRank. You’re best off Read more…

Static Designs or Prototypes?

If you’re still presenting high-fidelity, static designs of websites to clients before beginning development, you may be doing yourself and your clients a disservice. This design approach lends itself well to the traditional waterfall project lifecycle, whereby requirements are gathered and fed into the design process. In web development, this is when the mockups will be created and shown to the client, often with several rounds of feedback before sign off is achieved and the Read more…

Mobile First

When the concept of Responsive Web Design was first introduced, it was shown as a way to adapt existing desktop-centric websites into more mobile friendly layouts without needing to create a separate mobile website. This made a lot of sense given that most sites at the time were fixed-width and assumed all visitors had large monitors to view the content on. Adapting sites which had never been designed with smaller screens in mind could prove Read more…

Web Performance

How fast your website loads and performs can have a direct impact on customer engagement and can be the difference between someone sticking around to make a purchase or abandoning and looking elsewhere. Studies from major online retailers have shown the positive impact improving the loading time of your site has on conversions. Moreover, the explosion in traffic from comparatively low-powered mobile devices on unreliable cellular networks has brought into sharp focus the need to Read more…