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Reconciliation Week and the website redesign

Posted on 13th June 2013 by Ben Schultz


The Reconciliation Week breakfast and website launch at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

As part of Australia’s Reconciliation Week beginning on May 27th we were excited and privileged to attend the annual Reconciliation Week Breakfast held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, with special guests including three of the original Sapphires, Lois, Beverly and Laurel (you might have seen the movie based on their story: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1673697/).

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An introduction to Social Media for Business

Posted on 9th June 2013 by Ben Schultz


This is a guest post from Angie, our Adelaide web design agency's Admin Assistant, as she takes her first steps towards using social media for business. Keep an eye out for her online yoga store, opening soon!

Social media is fast becoming one of the most effective ways of promoting your brand and gaining leads. Depending on the nature of your business, it isn't always as straightforward as it would seem to gain likes and followers. When I first started promoting my social media... Read More

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Mobile Web Design

Posted on 15th May 2013 by Ben Schultz


Web design is an industry that is in constant flux.

Ever since the inception of the World Wide Web, the methods, technologies and design principles used to create websites has constantly evolved. Web designers, at least those at the top of their game, are always striving to create better experiences for their clients’ websites, to employ the latest techniques and trends to deliver a product that works as best it can.

Sometimes web developers feel compelled to adapt to design trends such as the now cliché web 2.0, but we’re also challenged to keep abreast of the technologies that make up the web in addition to the browsers and devices used to view it.

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How to Identify Ecommerce Fraud

Posted on 4th August 2012 by Ben Schultz


Don't be a victim. Learn to identify and prevent Ecommerce fraud.

It's a sad truth that merchants have had to combat predation by thieves and fraudsters back to the beginning of commerce itself, and as the introduction of ecommerce offers retailers a new forum to sell their wares, so too does it offer thieves alternatives to achieve their ill-gotten gains.

As an online merchant, it falls to you to ensure that you identify and prevent fraudulent transactions. When you're a victim of fraud and your bank issues a chargeback on an order, you lose the goods, the funds and cop a penalty from your bank to boot.

To help you fight the good fight, we've put together a list of ways to help identify potentially fraudulent orders.

Identify big spenders.

Large orders, or orders with expensive items are at a higher risk of being fraudulent. It's not their money after all! Similarly, thieves will often elect to have their bogus order shipped by an expensive expedited shipping option since they don't have to fork out for the bill.

Identify unusual order patterns.

Is the customer ordering late at night? Are there many orders placed from a single customer in quick succession? These are signs that the order may be suspect, the latter being due to the use of bots to automatically place the order, and the former because all thieves are murky individuals that skulk about at night. Or, perhaps I've watched too many movies... 

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We're Certified.

Posted on 12th July 2012 by Ben Schultz


No, put away the strait jacket, we're not that kind of certified.

We've been working with Appcelerator's Titanium for almost a year now to rapidly build native iOS and Android applications using their javascript SDK.

There certainly have been challenges on the way. We're fluent with javascript, we use it with every project to perform ajax requests and to develop great user interface experiences. The biggest challenge wasn't developing with javascript or the Titanium SDK, but in building some kind of structure around our codebase.

When we develop server side web applications, Cloud and Code gravitates towards the CodeIgniter framework which uses the popular MVC design paradigm and allows separation of program, data and presentation logic. It allows a web developer to write neat, logical and re-usable code.

Jumping into Titanium however, after the basic tutorials such as adding elements to a window, installing and interacting with a database and so on, the structure of your application is largely up to you. In fact, you are officially referred to Titanium's own Kitchen Sink demo application for further source material and herein lies a big problem.

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