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Code Guru

Code Guru

By James Seavers

Friday, 16 August 2013

ExpressionEngine Force HTTPS For Selected Sections with Htaccess

ExpressionEngine Force HTTPS For Selected Sections with Htaccess

Have you ever wanted to force a HTTPS connection for your ExpressionEngine website? If so, you may have also wanted to 'unforce' that connection for other areas of your website, either for performance issues or because maintaining both HTTP and HTTPS for the same section can be tricky. Avoid those pesky browser warnings about unsafe (non HTTPS) assets with this htaccess rewrite.

Design Ninja

Design Ninja

By David Moore

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Right click in Firefox: loads of new options but none work

Right click in Firefox: loads of new options but none work

The problem: After a Firefox update to version 20.0 I noticed that when I right clicked on a page I had a lot more options to choose from but none of them worked - they literally did nothing at all, I could not view images, I could not open links in a new tab etc.

Design Ninja

Design Ninja

By David Moore

Friday, 05 April 2013

Cross Browser Testing - how we roll!

Cross Browser Testing - how we roll!

Now for anyone who has read the Code Guru's latest blog post you will know we are not a fan of non standard compliant web browsers here at Symphony Towers. Cross browser testing for defunct browsers can be very time consuming, restrictive and extremely difficult to do.

Code Guru

Code Guru

By James Seavers

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Web Standard Compliant Users?

Web Standard Compliant Users?

The web standards project was conceived in a time of war. The dominant browsers of the time, Netscape and IE were battling it out, practically incompatible to the point where web designers had to build and test websites in both browsers to ensure they worked correctly.

Standards are well on the way to being implemented, even by serial offender Microsoft. So things must be easier for the resident web designers here at Symphony Towers?

Code Guru

Code Guru

By James Seavers

I Love it When a Plan Comes Together (80's pun intended)

I Love it When a Plan Comes Together (80's pun intended)

We're developing a web application for a client, and I just wanted to share the planning process for this particular application. By no means is this meant to be a 'that's the way to do it' kind of post, but hopefully some people may find it useful. We'd welcome some suggestions on how we can improve this process.

Code Guru

Code Guru

By James Seavers

Monday, 14 January 2013

Firefox 18 breaks Mootools

Firefox 18 breaks Mootools

The version of Mootools that Joomla 1.5 is shipped with does't work with the latest version of Firefox, FF18. For us, components such as Frontpage Slide Show broke in FF18 across some of our sites.

Design Ninja

Design Ninja

By David Moore

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Code Guru

Code Guru

By James Seavers

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Expression Engine CMS - First Impressions

Expression Engine CMS - First Impressions

It's our first time using Expression Engine on a commercial project, and two things struck me about this powerful content management system, one good, and one bad.

Design Ninja

Design Ninja

By David Moore

Monday, 12 November 2012

Logo Design for Aduro Labs

Logo Design for Aduro Labs

In the summer we were approached by a new start-up company with a request to produce a logo for them.  The company was called Aduro Labs.  Now we do not specialise in logo design but the guys at Aduro Labs were impressed with our own identity and branding and so it began.

Design Ninja

Design Ninja

By David Moore

Monday, 15 October 2012

Soldier Character Jam

Soldier Character Jam

It's all out vector warfare here at Symphony HQ, time for the second installment of the Symphony character Jam. The challenge? turn the Symphony Ninjas into Symphony Soldiers ATTENTION!

Let us know who you think won the vector battle?

Design Ninja

Design Ninja

By David Moore

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Infographic plotting the ninjas travels

Infographic plotting the ninjas travels

A fun little info graphic showing how far the ninjas have travelled since we launched our new responsive website a couple of month's ago along with the different browsers they have been living in.

Ed Scotcher

Ed Scotcher

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

How do you get what you want?

How do you get what you want?

Let’s face it, IT is a sector that has a pretty lousy track record. Projects are often late, usually over spec’d and if they do deliver, they frequently deliver the wrong thing. Good money after bad is often thrown down a big, dark, cold IT pit never to be seen again. Tempers fray, angry emails are sent.

Code Guru

Code Guru

By James Seavers

Friday, 28 September 2012

5 Things We Love About Laravel

5 Things We Love About Laravel

I love frameworks, and not just because they are extremely handy. There's a certain beauty in some of them. Probably the most beautiful of all the PHP frameworks is Laravel,  here's just 5 reasons to fall for it.

Design Ninja

Design Ninja

By David Moore

Monday, 24 September 2012

Responsive Youtube Videos

Responsive Youtube Videos

One of the stumbling blocks I happened across when jumping into the wonderful world of responsive web design was how to go about achieving responsive Youtube videos (the real conundrum was how to achieve responsive Iframes & Objects as this is how a Youtube video is embedded).  After tinkering with some code and some googling I came up with a working solution which I then implemented into our own site.

Web Padawan

Web Padawan

By Mike Jones

Friday, 21 September 2012

September's Top 5 Commercial Photoshop Brushes of the Month

September's Top 5 Commercial Photoshop Brushes of the Month

All these bad boy brushes this month have come from Webtreats, so remember to check out their site when you have finished reading here.

Code Guru

Code Guru

By James Seavers

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Our Introduction to Agile/Lean Project Planning

Our Introduction to Agile/Lean Project Planning

We’ve heard about Agile and Lean principles, particularly in relation to software and website design planning and implementation, it’s created a real buzz in our industry. So we counted ourselves very lucky to be asked to design and build a website with a company who are experts in training, consulting and advising companies in this area, Agility in Mind.

Design Ninja

Design Ninja

By David Moore

Friday, 14 September 2012

Pirate Character Jam

Pirate Character Jam

Oh it's on, this is the first Symphony character Jam. I challenged the Web Padawan and he stepped up to the mark.  The challenge? turn the Symphony Ninja's into Symphony Pirates ARRRRRRR! Let us know who you think won the vector showdown?

Design Ninja

Design Ninja

By David Moore

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Responsive Layout vs. Adaptive Layout, Whats the difference?

Responsive Layout vs. Adaptive Layout, Whats the difference?

There seems to be some confusion about these terms and what they mean, in fact it was my own confusion which led me to look for an answer so you are not alone.  I am going to share my own thoughts and findings with you to hopefully clear up any confusions that you may also be having - keep everything crossed, I might just make it worse.

Web Padawan

Web Padawan

By Mike Jones

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

How to import Brush Sets into Photoshop for Windows and Mac

How to import Brush Sets into Photoshop for Windows and Mac

In this post I will be explaining how you import custom Brush Sets into Adobe Photoshop for Mac OS X and Windows because that is how I roll.

Code Guru

Code Guru

By James Seavers

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Customising Magento the Right Way

Customising Magento the Right Way

If you use Magento, chances are you will need to customise the way some of the core features work. Magento is very flexible, I don't want to say too flexible, that would be silly. But there is more than one way to override the core classes, the easy way, and the right way. I'm going to show you why you should take a little more time, and do it correctly.

Design Ninja

Design Ninja

By David Moore

Friday, 17 August 2012

A Movie of Type

A Movie of Type

With a love of Typography, Design and being partial to watching the odd movie I thought I would combine all three to create some movie inspired typography graphics (as you do of an evening).  They were created using only Font characters, I have referenced the fonts and characters used at the bottom of the images.  My 7 year old son set me the challenge of doing Kung Fu Panda and all I can say is thank you oh thank you oh! Mai! Mai!

Web Padawan

Web Padawan

By Mike Jones

Tuesday, 07 August 2012

Back to School

Back to School

Science has proven that no matter who you are, or whatever you do, you are always learning and that is a fact. For me that fact has been reinforced as my first month comes to an end as an Apprentice at Symphony Online, where learning new things is part of the daily routine and anyone around the Symphony Online HQ will tell you the same.

Design Ninja

Design Ninja

By David Moore

Friday, 27 July 2012

Utilising the image ALT attribute for SEO goodness

The ALT attribute or 'Alternative text' (frequently referred to as ALT tag) is quite simply text that we add to the image properties to provide a description of the image when it is not available i.e. when the website is being viewed with a screenreader, crawled by the Googlebot or because images are turned off.  It is always a smart approach to add an alternative (alt) text for your images as this has a massive benefit from an accessibility point of view (which is great) but it can also have a positive impact for your websites SEO which is also pretty fantabulous!

Web Padawan

Web Padawan

By Mike Jones

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

A change of face

A change of face

Friday saw the release of Symphony Online's new exciting website of which the features now include a Responsive Web Design, allowing the site to adapt to the resolution of any device with finesse. This means that the site will look perfect as the layout and content will adapt to best suit the resolution of the device, whether it be a standard computer screen, or a mobile device. Read more about Responsive Web Design.

Design Ninja

Design Ninja

By David Moore

Monday, 16 July 2012

Do I need a responsive website?

Do I need a responsive website?

You may or may not have heard a whispering about responsive web design, in the web sector it has been more of a bellowing echo.  If you haven't the chances are you have seen it in action whilst browsing the web, in fact this very blog post you are reading lives within the magical world of a responsive website. To see it in action, open this blog post on a desktop browser and then make the browser window thinner, then wider, and then do the hokey cokey. You should see the layout/content gracefully (he hopes) adjusts itself to fit the new width of the browser, even if you make the page as thin as the resolution of a mobile phone.

Code Guru

Code Guru

By James Seavers

Friday, 22 June 2012

Joomla 1.5 End of Life (Sounds Terminal!)

Joomla 1.5 End of Life (Sounds Terminal!)

We have chosen Joomla for many of our projects as it's flexible, well supported, easy to use and highly scalable. It also happens to be cutting edge, and in an effort to keep it that way, an ambitious development strategy has been put into effect, click here for the details (http://developer.joomla.org/strategy.html).

As you can see from the development strategy, there are 2 types of release, Short Term Release (STR) and Long Term Release (LTR). To minimise maintenance costs, and to take advantage of more freely available extensions, we always recommend using the latest Long Term Release (LTR).

Design Ninja

Design Ninja

By David Moore

Thursday, 31 May 2012

New EU cookie law (e-Privacy Directive)

The law which applies to how you use cookies and similar technologies for storing information on a user’s equipment such as their computer or mobile device changed on 26 May 2011.

The ICO have answered some FAQs in a video, summarising how you can comply and the approach the ICO is taking to enforcement. (NB: playing YouTube videos sets a cookie)

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