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Who owns your domain?

So, you’ve got yourself a fancy little website for yourself or your company and it’s all going pretty well. Until you start having some problems with your website hosting provider, or you decide to have a redesign with a different company, and you then realise that you actually don’t have any control over your domain, Read More »


October 31, 2011 | by Liam Gladdy

Storm news roundup 28-10-11

Our favourite web(ish) stories from the week… Adam: “HP have decided that they are not now going to sell their PC business (after making a loss with a firesale on a load of TouchPads). New boss Meg Whitman is picking up the pieces after Leo Apotheker’s rule of terror cost the firm 40% of it’s Read More »


October 28, 2011 | by Mike Ellis

Plugin of the week: JF3 Maintenance Redirect

When you’re building lots of WordPress sites, there’s often stuff you need to do which is relatively unsexy but nonetheless necessary. Hiding the site while it is in the process of being built is one of those things – partly because clients are understandably funny about half-built stuff going live, but also because Google’s rabid spidering can Read More »


October 28, 2011 | by Mike Ellis

Google SSL policy has had minimal impact on Analytics. So far.

Just over a couple weeks ago Google announced that they going to default to serving search results over HTTPS for logged in users. A consequence of the change is that the search query the user was performing is not passed through when the user clicks on a result. The SEO community had a bit of Read More »


October 27, 2011 | by Adam Pope

Things Storm bookmarked this week / 26-10-11

This week… Dave pointed me to the fact that Google have given their App Store a bit of a facelift. As he points out – “to say that it had a ‘hint of iTunes app store’ is possibly an understatement” – but he’s also right, it’s pretty well put together and always worth spending a Read More »


October 26, 2011 | by Mike Ellis

Storm news roundup 21-10-11

Our favourite web(ish) stories from the week… Andrew: “Further amusing news in the ongoing saga of this government’s continued attempt to become the Galactic Empire of the UK’s internet with this story from Techdirt yesterday – with news that a parliamentary committee is suggesting that websites need to reveal the identity of anonymous posters, or Read More »


October 21, 2011 | by Mike Ellis

Plugin of the week: Advanced Custom Fields

As you might have noticed, we <3 WordPress a lot here at Storm HQ. Many of our client sites are built using it: we love developing for it, and our clients love using it to edit content. If you’ve done any WordPress building at all, you’ll know that there is an extensive plugin base which Read More »


October 20, 2011 | by Mike Ellis

Things Storm bookmarked this week / 19-10-11

Things we liked this week: Adam popped me over this rather nice interview with Peter Norvig giving a run down of AI techniques employed by Google. It’s a long piece but well worth a read as it explains how some of the magic actually works.. For once, Paul didn’t focus on the fail – this Read More »


October 19, 2011 | by Mike Ellis

Storm news roundup 14-10-11

Our favourite web stories from the week… Adam: Shocking news this week as a post on the Building Windows 8 blog shows signs that somebody at Microsoft ‘Gets it’. The preview of the new task manager looks really excellent. Whilst this is a very unsexy element of the OS it shows MSFT are starting to Read More »


October 14, 2011 | by Mike Ellis

Naming stuff. Damn it’s hard!

“There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things and off-by-one errors” – Phil Karlton I’ve had several goes at coming up with a naming convention for CSS classes to be applied to buttons and message boxes in applications and I’ve never been completely satisfied with my solutions. Typically I have Read More »


October 13, 2011 | by Adam Pope