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Universal Analytics to GA4 Migration
As an agency we have decided to move all of our sites over to the new Google Analytics in one hit. This post explains how and why
Perennial Blog Posting Strategy
A blogging strategy that will save you time, increase your SEO health, make that content calendar easy to deal with and help with your sanity.
The Last Show and Tell: Ade Attwood
Lead developer Ade Attwood has moved on to pastures new after 6 years with us. As has now become tradition and as it is a rare event, one last show and tell from Ade. Enjoy!
Start a new development project on the right foot
Multiple times in Web Development you will go through the process of creating a new repository for a new application or project that you are tasked to build. We think it is really important to get the order of tasks correct at the start of a new application…
Accessibility Web Design Rules – Our upgraded website for NHS
Things we learnt by creating highly accessible website designs for the NHS & university sectors. Recent pitches and web briefs have put accessibility high on their list of needs, which is a great sign. However accessibility, just like GDPR, needs to be taken in context…
PRACTICALLY A YEAR?
So here it is – 2021. A year of lockdowns, mockdowns and a really big one in terms of workload, projects and dare we say success.
The Last Show and Tell: Anna Peskova
It is our designer Anna’s last week here at Practically, and she was made to do a show and tell of her time with us. We thought it was rather cool that, firstly, she created it as a web page, and secondly the way she represented her time here. Enjoy!
Yii2 application static analysis with Psalm
Practically has developed a Psalm Yii2 plugin as a static analyser for making sure your object types are refined and defined.
Teaching Excellence Through a Year of Challenge & Change
Our very own Sam Collett presented at the University of Worcester’s Leaning and Teaching Conference 2021, whose theme this year was Maintaining Teaching Excellence Through a Year of Challenge and Change.
Practically Output – Q1 2021
Here is a non exhaustive list of what the team have been up to since the end of last summer. And my oh my we have been busy.
Service Broker Introduction
A service broker is a way of provisioning services and binding them to applications. With a service broker you can provision a database and bind it to a deployment.
Mkcert all the things
After Ade Attwood’s recent dive into TLS and creating server certificates with a root ca. This is a much simpler way with mkcert…
Future Web Design Skills
This post is a version of a recent lecture. The question is “What skills and knowledge might future designers be expected to know”.
Practically output – Our working summer 2020
It has been a busy summer for us here since March 2020. Here are just some of the design-led projects that we have completed in this time. Adapted from a show and tell presentation by Anna and Sam.
Diagrams to live your life by
As part of our Practically Academy Sam shared a whole series of diagrams that help in the strategy work that he does, and beyond.
Yii2 stream responses
In your Yii2 controller, it is quite common practice to return the stream of a file to the browser for your user to download. However, it’s not so well documented you can set any stream reference as the content of your response.
Named regex matches in php
When dealing with those pesky regular expressions trying to get our matches by their index, making your code that little less readable.
Our Practically bi-weekly quizzes. So why not get some inspiration or even borrow from us. Here are some highlights of our quiz rounds.
[meta] Network-Made Tips for SEO and Marketing in a Lockdown
There are quite a lot of posts about what to be doing, now, for your business. So here, from my network of wonderful people are the more in-depth how-tos from some amazing experts.
Up and running with Kubernetes and Microk8s
Canonical have been doing some awesome work with Microk8s. This program makes it super simple to get up and running fast with Kubernetes.
A Lazy Canoe Trip Down the River
A wonderful day canoeing and larking about on the beautiful river Wye. Photos from the day of all the team, though none of the kingfisher that we all saw…
Git Repository Clean Up
After you have been developing a project for some time your local git repo can become detached from the repository on ‘origin’. Here are a few commands you can run to clean things up a bit when you feel things are getting cluttered.
4 Playful Designs?
A student-led seminar for graphic design students on playful design. Here are our thoughts.