The Great Migration

I’ve long been of the opinion that CSS Frameworks are the new <table> tag because they take all the content and the presentation and mix them up, muddying the waters and hurting maintainability. My hope here is to explain why I was right, and why I am wrong. Some History Back in the old days of the web (the mid-90s) before CSS was a thing, web developers had to write all of their styles inline, the color of text, the size of the fonts, everything. And we also had to write…

Mayor’s Gala for the Arts

I would like to thank the academy… Seriously, I would like to thank those that nominated us for the Mayor’s Gala for the Arts Awards. This event recognizes and celebrates artists, musicians, performers and businesses that support the arts in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. We are very excited to be nominated along with Accents Inns and GK Sound as a business that supports the arts. Having attended and performed in previous years (with the Beyond Brass Big Band) I look forward to once again celebrating…

2010 called and they want your .bc.ca domain!

Do you still own a .bc.ca domain or one of the other provincial ones like .ab.ca, .on.ca? Did you know that there is a .ca reserved for you? You can drop the provincial designation. These geographic or third level domain extensions were discontinued on October 12, 2010 but any existing ones were grandfathered and continue to be supported. But why not simplify your domain? Your visitors will thank you.

5 Holiday Shipping Tips

My wife has pointed out more than once that despite my protestations on Christmas morning, it is not the merchants fault if a gift arrives late, it is my fault for waiting too long to order. If your last shipping day for Christmas is a day earlier than your competitor then he will get the order.  Sure it might not get to the customer on time, but the fact remains that the lost sales add up.  Merchants have to rely on shipping departments and shipping…

Stay Vigilant – Don’t get caught in a phishing net

A number of clients that have domains registered with us have recently received emails that are branded with Tucows our supplier of domain names. The emails include bogus “From” and “Reply-To”email addresses. If you have your domain registered with another registrar you may have received a similarly branded notification. These fraudulent emails claim that your domain has been suspended and directs you to click a link. DON’T DO IT!

CRTC Continues to Fine Spammers: 4 tips to reduce your risk

Rogers is the latest organization to fall on the wrong side of the spam line in Canada and has agreed to pay a $200,000 fine for sending emails with non-functioning or hard to use unsubscribe functionality.  I don’t think Rogers is evil (they used to be a client) but I do think that they got caught with their spam pants down.  If you read the release from the CRTC you can get a few tips to help prevent you from running into problems. Test the…

e-Commerce Growth: Thinking Beyond Borders

I am proud to be Canadian but when it comes to being a Canadian entrepreneur, I realised a long time ago that the key to real growth was looking beyond our borders.  We launched our first multi-currency eCommerce site in 1999 and our first multi-lingual site in 2005 and international eCommerce has been a major focus of our business for more than a decade. Depending on whose statistics you use, the Canadian B2C eCommerce market is about $28 Billion dollars.  That is nothing to sniff…

The Importance of Investigation

I found this image the other day and it is a brilliant illustration of the challenge of understanding and scoping custom web development projects for our customers.  We all bring our own unique perspective to any problem.  Customers have a business view, programmers have a data view and designers have an aesthetic and usability view.  We all look at a problem differently and see different problems and different solutions.  In the illustration, imagine the solution to the problem “make a hole that fits this object”.…

Need to Accept Visa Debit Cards Online?

A long time client of ours noticed an increase in incomplete transactions in her Moneris gateway recently.  When she followed up with them she discovered that the issue was related to Visa Debit cards. In a card not-present environment (i.e. e-commerce), a Visa Debit card acts as a VISA card however the Visa Debit card plan must be accepted as a payment type in conjunction with the Visa Credit card plan. If the card plan is not added, the transaction will be declined, citing an…

Who looks after the security of your website?

If you are one of our customers, the answer is simple.  We do. A study released by Verizon this week looks at techniques used by hackers to gain access to users computers.  Phishing is a popular technique but once phished, the hackers rely on lazy end users to leave holes in their systems that the hackers can exploit. “Another troubling area singled out in this year’s report is that many existing vulnerabilities remain open, primarily because security patches that have long been available were never…