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We’ve all been a customer in one form or another. So we can all understand the importance of receiving good customer service. Any bad customer service experiences that we’ve had; long waiting times, unhelpful responses, misunderstandings and so on, are the ones we warn others about.

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We’ve all been a customer in one form or another. So we can all understand the importance of receiving good customer service. Any bad customer service experiences that we’ve had; long waiting times, unhelpful responses, misunderstandings and so on, are the ones we warn others about.

How To Improve Your eCommerce Customer Service Using Gorgias

We’ve all been a customer in one form or another. So we can all understand the importance of receiving good customer service. Any bad customer service experiences that we’ve had; long waiting times, unhelpful responses, misunderstandings and so on, are the ones we warn others about.

iWeb confirm status as Most Qualified Akeneo Specialist in the World

Following a number of successful Akeneo examination passes within our iWeb team recently, we are now the world’s most qualified Akeneo Partner! A huge congratulations to all within the team who have recently passed the examinations!

Part #2: Diving Deeper To Achieve Black Friday Success

Welcome back. It looks like you were just as eager as us to find Black Friday eCommerce success – that’s great! Part two of our Black Friday guide will stretch beyond factors like mobile optimisation, customer behaviours and preferences to…

Part #1: Prepping your eCommerce Store for A Successful Black Friday

Black Friday is one of the biggest events in retail for shoppers worldwide. With it falling on 27th November 2020, it’s time to get your eCommerce site up to scratch!  We’re here with part one of our Black Friday guide to…

How Has Covid-19 Affected Ecommerce?

The retail industry as we know it has been completely shaken up by the Covid-19 pandemic. Store closures, changes in consumer behaviour, new ways of working and a need for agility and quick thinking have all had a big impact.

Alternative Payment Methods to Offer on your Ecommerce Store

Due to the current economic situation, we are currently seeing a huge increase in online shopping. People are still prioritising…

Creating Better Customer Experiences With PIM

Implementing a PIM solution into your data management process doesn’t just help to streamline your team’s workload – a PIM…

Core Web Vitals Update, What Web Owners Need To Know

Over the last few months, Google has rolled out the Core Web Vitals report into Google Search Console, effectively replacing the previous speed report. Even though the speed report has been removed, a lot of the previous metrics have been pulled through to this new report, which is being powered by its new web vitals engine.

Local Food Drops: Helping Communities Get Food During COVID-19

We’ve all seen it online, empty shelves amid panic buying, and the elderly and vulnerable left with empty shopping baskets and rationed food. We just couldn’t sit back and watch the most vulnerable of society go without during this pandemic, so we created something wonderful. We have partnered with Foodservice Online designed to help local communities get better access to food during COVID-19.

COVID-19: Business Support Guide

These are challenging times for businesses. Which is why we’ve decided to put together this guide with a round-up of the help available and the special measures put in place to help UK businesses cope with the effect of Coronavirus. This includes Co-Vid 19 Business Interruption Loans, cash grants and the latest on Employment Law. We will keep this guide up to date with the latest advice and guidance.

iWeb Shortlisted for the Northern Dev Awards

The Northern Dev Awards finalists have been announced and we’re thrilled to be shortlisted for Retail/eCommerce Website of the Year for our work with Tile Giant. Naturally, we’re honoured to be up against some of the best talent in the North.

The Most Common Magento Migration Mistakes

With dozens of successful migrations under our belts we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common Magento migration…

Getting 100% Product Completeness in Akeneo

One of the key benefits that comes with using a PIM solution is being able to ensure that all of your data is present and correct. In Akeneo, this is known as ‘completeness’, when all of your product data and attributes have been filled in.

Magento 2.3.4 Update: All You Need To Know

In the first update of the decade, Magento 2.3.4 starts rolling out from the end of January 2020 providing Magento Commerce and Magento Open Source platforms more functionality and features allowing merchants to drive growth and improve customer experience.

Akeneo Implementation Specialist exam success

We are proud to announce that Andy Smart, our Lead Akeneo Engineer, has recently passed his Akeneo implementation specialist exam after much hard work and determination. Congratulations, Andy!

2020: Our predicted web-based trends for the year ahead

The ever-changing digital landscape forces brands and agencies alike to be agile in order to stay ahead of the game. However, we’re incredibly lucky here at iWeb to have a team of forward-thinking experts who are constantly analysing industry trends and their impact to ensure that our finger is on the pulse.

iWeb 2019 Roundup: The year of awards, epic launches and growth

What a year it’s been here at iWeb. 2019 has been filled with awards, epic website launches (if we do say so ourselves) and a year of exponential growth for the company. Take a look at what we’ve achieved in the past 12 months in our iWeb 2019 roundup.

Report: Retail lessons from China 2019 brought to you by Adyen

There has never been a better time to sell to Chinese consumers in the UK – with the number of Chinese tourists, students and expats expected to increase to record numbers this year.

How to Keep Your Website Secure

International Fraud Awareness Week, celebrated annually from 17th – 23rd November, is an opportunity for businesses to promote anti-fraud awareness and educate businesses and consumers alike about how to keep your website secure in the digital age.

Akeneo Enterprise Features – Franklin Insights

Franklin Insights is a great new feature for Akeneo Enterprise Edition which allows you to easily map product data attributes from curated sources to your catalogue attributes, then create a proposal that is sent to the workflow for approval.

Magento 1 End of Life: Your Options Explained

If you’re running an ecommerce site on Magento 1, you should be aware by now that support for the long-running platform will finally be coming to an end in June 2020. Although websites on Magento 1.x will still be accessible and used by merchants, developers and customers, there will no longer be any official support offered by Magento.

What You Need to Know About the PSD2 Deadline

PSD2 is the second Payment Services Directive designed for countries in the EU and follows on from the original directive which was introduced in 2007. Coming into full effect on September 14th 2019, PSD2 will tighten regulations and requirements around the handling of payments and card data.

MDM Vs PIM: Choosing the Right Platform for Your Business

The digital universe is increasing and more than ever before we are flooded in a sea of data.

Akeneo Enterprise Features – Single Sign-On

Another key feature of the Akeneo Enterprise Edition is single-sign on which is a powerful tool for productivity. Find out more about this feature in this post.

Segmenting Your Email Lists To Improve Conversion Rates

As consumers are bombarded by sales messaging from more and more sources, email marketing still remains one of the most efficient methods for retailers to generate quality sales.

5 Types of eCommerce Personalisation to Boost Sales

Personalisation is a massive part of generating happy, loyal customers. There are lots of ways you can personalise your online content though we’re going to discuss 5 types of personalisation to boost sales, including quick wins and longer-term strategies. But first, what is eCommerce personalisation?

Product Data Quality: 5 Steps to Improving Product Data

Having high quality and accurate product data is essential in converting customers, but just because the data is there doesn’t mean that it is performing as well as it could be. Great product data is the core of customer satisfaction, so getting this right is crucial in seeing those transactions grow.

Akeneo Enterprise Features – Reference Entities

The Reference Entities feature is only available on the Akeneo Enterprise Edition and is all about delivering better product experiences.

Make The Most Of A £102bn Opportunity With Adyen Payments

We’ve been developing Magento eCommerce websites for 25+ years. We’ve helped many retailers deliver state of the art shopping experiences, particularly through the integration of external platforms like Adyen. In their 2019 retail report, they highlighted how sadly, British retailers…

Akeneo Enterprise Features – Teamwork Assistant

Teamwork Assistant is an Akeneo Enterprise Feature that lets you manage your enrichment projects directly in the PIM. This feature can be used to determine what information users have to fill in for a selection of products, and what products are ready exported.

3 Reasons to Offer a ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Payment Method

The importance of offering a range of payment methods in your ecommerce store is becoming increasingly more important to meet the needs of the ‘instant gratification generation’. Choosing and offering payment methods your customers want to use is one of the most crucial elements of the customer journey and one of the most direct ways to impact your conversion rate.

Akeneo Enterprise Features – Validation Workflow

Validation Workflow is another key feature exclusively available in the Akeneo Enterprise edition. This feature lets you review and approve changes with the validation workflow engine meaning only accurate information gets published.

9 Best Practices for eCommerce Site Search

When we take an in-depth look into eCommerce site search, we’ve found that it’s often poorly executed across the board by too many businesses, though particularly on mobile devices. Not only is it hard to find, with the site search…

Akeneo Enterprise Features – Product Asset Manager

Product Asset Manager, another Akeneo Enterprise Edition feature which makes it easier to view, manage and control images in your PIM.

How to Go Global With Your eCommerce Business

Now is a great time to take your eCommerce business global. If you’re just starting out or have a well established local eCommerce business, it can feel like a daunting task. But it has never been easier to sell your…

How to Reduce Magento 1 Contact Form Spam

Spam can be a huge headache for all websites and recently, we’ve seen an increase in Magento 1 store owners having problems with spam messages through contact forms. Our recommendation to reduce the flood of spam messages is to add…

Akeneo Enterprise Features – Rules Engine

Rules Engine is another feature of the Akeneo Enterprise Edition that makes managing your product information so much easier.

Akeneo Enterprise Features – Versioning and Publication

The Akeneo enterprise edition contains a range of advanced features to help brands and retailers deliver great product experiences – versioning and publication is one of these advanced features.

iWeb Live 2019 Event Round-Up: The Afternoon

We hope that you’ve already come across part 1 of iWeb Live 2019 and now you’re eager to learn more. The second part of the day involved lots more familiar faces from the eCommerce scene including Klarna, Akeneo, Nosto, Yotpo,…

Using Video Marketing to Increase eCommerce Sales

Video remains one of the most powerful mediums to help you get your message across and advances in technology have made this more achievable and accessible than ever. All retailers know the importance of quality product imagery, but video helps…

iWeb Live 2019 Event Round-Up: The Morning

On 5th June, we were extremely proud to host our third event: iWeb Live 2019. The day consisted of inspiring talks from some of the biggest names in eCommerce including keynote speaker Ian Leslie, PayPal, BrightPearl, Adyen, ShipStation and more….

Akeneo Enterprise Features – Advanced Rights Management

The enterprise edition of Akeneo is an upgrade from the Akeneo Community Edition which introduces an array of additional features to help streamline the management of your product information.

How Can PIM Help You Enter New Markets?

With international eCommerce sales expected to explode in the next year or so, now is a good time for your business to consider selling overseas and entering new markets. “45% of online shoppers will purchase products internationally on the web…

9 Strategies To Reduce Basket Abandonment Rate

Basket abandonment is a phrase used to describe when a visitor of a website leaves before completing an online purchase. This could be when the visitor adds an item to their basket or when a customer begins booking a hotel,…

When To Implement a PIM Solution

We’re often asked things like ‘when is the right time to implement a PIM solution?’ or ‘when should I consider PIM for my business?’, so we’re putting the answers out there to help you understand and decide if PIM is right…

Using Shoppable Instagram Posts to Boost eCommerce

One of the latest advertising features released by Instagram is ‘Shoppable Posts’ and they’re here to change the way retailers present their products through social media. Released as a pilot last year, the feature is now available in 45+ countries…

It’s Official: iWeb are Magento Enterprise Partners!

Since we achieved our Business Solution Partnership status with Magento in July 2017, we’ve had a busy few years. Our recent Magento exam success along with a number of big projects and integrations means we have earned our right to declare that iWeb are now Magento Enterprise Solution Partners.

3 Great Ecommerce Website Examples

Ecommerce websites are the new high street with more people shopping online than ever before it’s important to get your online storefront right. Here’s a selection of three refined eCommerce websites in 2019. 1. Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro If you’re…

9 Key Features of Akeneo Enterprise Edition

For ecommerce businesses looking to take advantage of a free solution for managing their product data better, Akeneo PIM Community Edition is an ideal starting point. However, for enterprise level set ups and organisations with much larger product catalogues, the…

How To Choose The Right Magento Agency

Once you’ve made the decision to go with Magento agency and not a freelancer, actually finding the agency you want to put your Magento eCommerce store in the hands of, is the next hurdle to overcome. But doing your research…

Connecting to a server using FileZilla

In its most basic terms, SFTP or SSH File Transfer Protocol is a way of transmitting information between a host server and client.  As your website files are stored on your web host’s server, you can use SFTP to access…

5 Reasons Why PIM Is Important For Your Business

PIMs have been transforming the way businesses control their data for years, so let’s delve into why it is important for your business if you’re not using one already.   What is PIM? PIM stands for Product Information Management and…

iWeb Shortlisted For 2 Magento Imagine Excellence Awards!

The 2019 Magento Imagine Excellence award finalists have been announced and we’re thrilled to be finalists in not one, but TWO categories! We’re finalists in the Best Magento Upgrade category for our work on the new Tile Giant website and…

How do I get an SSH Public Key on Mac?

So you have been to asked for your Public SSH Key? We are here with a quick guide into getting hold of one on your Mac! Step 1 – Open Terminal There are many options of running the SSH on…

Magento Solutions Specialist Exam Success!

A massive congratulations to our Magento specialists Chloe, Pembo, Ricki and Tom W on passing their Magento Solutions Specialist exams last week! This means iWeb are now the top UK Magento Enterprise Partners! What is a Magento Solutions Specialist? According…

5 Ways to Simplify Mobile Checkout Experience

The checkout is one of the most important parts of any eCommerce site experience, where all your hard work towards customer acquisition pays off and converts to revenue. This is particularly true on mobile devices, where cart abandonment rates are…

Magento 2.3.1 Release Date Announced

This week Magento announced that Magento 2.3.1 Open Source and Magento Commerce will be released on March 26th 2019. This release will feature Page Builder, the long awaited WYSIWYG content editor, along with performance updates and security patches. On the…

What Is PIM Software

In a nutshell, PIM (product information management) software makes it easy for merchants to manage their product data from just one central system. By using a single view of all their products, businesses have a much clearer opportunity to rectify…

How do I get an SSH Public Key On Windows?

So you have been to asked for your Public SSH Key? We are here with a quick guide into getting hold of one on your Windows PC or Laptop! Our guide is aimed for Windows 10, 8 and 7, however…

8 Ways John Lewis Achieve eCommerce Success

Picked out as a “top eCommerce store in the UK” based on revenue, John Lewis is a national powerhouse of fashion, food, home furnishings, toys, DIY products and more.  Generating £10.2bn revenue in 2018 and with 468k Instagram followers, it’s fair to say…

8 Great eCommerce Marketing Tips to Boost Sales

Marketing your business successfully in the world of eCommerce can be tough. With ever-increasing competition, reaching potential customers and compelling them to convert can certainly be a challenge. We’ve taken note from retailers, of all shapes and sizes, whose marketing strategies…

5 Best Magento SEO Extensions for 2019

Search engine optimisation (SEO) is an important factor for any website and should not be ignored. If you don’t know, SEO is the act of making certain on-page and off-page changes that will affect the visibility of your website in…

15 Must Have Features Of B2B Ecommerce Websites

For many years ecommerce has been considered a predominantly B2C experience, with businesses selling goods such as clothing, homeware and electricals to individuals. However, it’s becoming increasingly common for B2B companies to move away from pro formas and account managers to…

UK eCommerce Awards 2019 – Shortlisted

The UK eCommerce Awards celebrate the very best in eCommerce and online retailing from across the UK. That’s why we are naturally chuffed to have made the shortlist for ‘B2C eCommerce Website Of The Year’ for our work with the British Heart Foundation.

What Customers Want: Personalised Marketing Or A Better User Experience

In recent years we’ve witnessed a huge demand for personalised shopping experiences. For a successful eCommerce retailer, it requires having an easy-to-use website containing great search and filtering functionalities so that your customers can quickly browse the products they want,…

Best Practices for Boosting Product Page Conversions

Sadly for consumers, product pages often contain uninspiring imagery and a mere sentence for the product description – we’ve seen it numerous times before on too many websites. As a retailer, you must understand that potential customers visit your product…

iWeb Bag the Akeneo Gold Partners Badge

It’s official, iWeb have achieved Gold Solution Partner status with Akeneo PIM! In just 12 months since achieving Bronze status and 2 months after we received our Silver status, we are now one of the highest ranked Akeneo partners in the UK. Through Akeneo, we help…

6 Tips: SEO for eCommerce Websites

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) for your eCommerce websites is fundamental to success.  Without an SEO plan in place, more than likely you’ll be leaving it down to luck as to whether your site ranks at all, never mind ranking well….

What Is Carding, And How Can You Prevent It?

Fraud of any kind can cause headaches for both customers and merchants, with huge implications, and both their finances and reputation at stake. From large scale data breaches right down to petty card theft, retailers suffering from fraudulent transactions can…

Top Tactics to Improve Your eCommerce Email Marketing

For most online businesses, eCommerce email marketing will be an important part of their marketing strategy. It’s a highly effective way to reach and engage with their audience. Email is one of the best and most cost-effective tools to keep…

iWeb Announced As Akeneo Silver Partners

iWeb are proud to announce that we are now Akeneo Silver Partners in recognition of our efforts to promote and deploy Akeneo PIM solutions. In just 10 months since becoming Akeneo Bronze Partners, we are now the highest ranked silver partner…

Why You Need Beacon Technology In Your Marketing Strategy

A lot of us modern, smartphone-obsessed humans love to spend our times indoors, glued to an array of technical devices. For retailers, that’s made the need to go online with their products, crucial. Beacon technology can be seen to help…

Getting The Right Price on Magento v2.x

One of the most common requirements of Magento development is outputting the right price within bespoke functionality. Depending on the backend configuration, simple $product->getPrice() the expression simply might not be enough to get the job done. We’ll take a look…

Building your brand with Trustpilot

Of the many online review management platforms available to retailers and service providers, Trustpilot is one of the largest with over 500,000 new reviews posted to its network on a monthly basis. Building your brand with Trustpilot Trustpilot allows customers…

How To Improve Your On-Page SEO for Magento Commerce

The world of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is very broad and for many, full of the unknown. Search engines include Google, Bing and similar, yet these engines do not specifically tell us what its ranking factors are, so for even…

The Importance of Sales Automation for Your Magento Commerce Site

Some food for thought: have you ever lost a sale because you forgot to follow up the deal? Delayed meeting with a prospective buyer or spent hours searching for a customer review you needed? If so, you’re in need of…

How To Make The Most of Videos in Your Magento Commerce store

It’s clear that video content is becoming a large contributor to the world we know today. We see it on our TV’s, social media channels and now even in the product pages on eCommerce websites using platforms like Magento. With its ease of…

Introducing Kanuka Digital

Those of you who attended iWeb Live last month would know that we’ve been working hard in the background on something special for a little while now and we thought it’s time to officially let the rest of you in…

Part 2: iWeb Live 2018 Round-Up

Hopefully, you’ve already stumbled across part 1 of iWeb Live 2018 and now you’re eager to learn more in part 2. For those of you who don’t know, iWeb hosted an afternoon of inspiring talks from guest speakers like Amazon…

Part 1: iWeb Live 2018 Round-Up

Time to recap on another great event. However, unlike Magento Imagine this event was a lot closer to the home: iWeb Live 2018. It consisted of a day of insightful talks from big brands like Magento, Amazon and dotmailer, plus lots…

Our Partners, Klevu, Host A Lunch ‘N’ Learn Session

iWeb have recently become partners with Klevu, an intelligent search software tool that generates sales. They kindly hosted a lunch ‘n’ learn session where we got to grips with not only the basics but some of the highly technical features too. To find out what gems of knowledge we picked up, read on.

Congrats To Our Newly Certified M2 Professional Developers

iWeb’s Magento journey continues to flourish from becoming a Professional Magento Solutions Partner to now having two newly Certified M2 Professional Developers. Having successfully leapt over the numerous training hurdles, they’ve now made their mark on the Magento 2 community….

Nosto, The Perfectly Personalised Shopping Experience

When it comes to navigating the world of eCommerce, one of the biggest challenges as an online retailer can be meeting the personal demands of your audience, while still creating concrete conversions. It can be hard to know where to…

iWeb Attend The dotmailer Summit 2018

On the 19th April 2018, 3 excited marketers from the iWeb family, headed to London to attend an unmissable event: the dotmailer Summit. With keynote speakers such as Karen Brady, Wayne Hemmingway and many more, our hopes were high and it…

iWeb’s Road to Imagine 2018

With Imagine 2018 just a week away, the team share their #RoadToImagine stories and thoughts.

Animations On The Web

Make Your Animations Perform Well On the 16th of March 2018, I went along with the iWeb front-end team on a trip up north to Manchester to go to UpFront Conf where we were treated to a day of technical…

Introducing Magento Imagine’s Keynote Speaker For 2018, Jason Silva

Jason Silva is an Emmy-nominated television host, educator, filmmaker, self-proclaimed ‘futurist’ and this year’s keynote speaker for the 8th annual Magento Imagine event, taking place in Las Vegas between the 23rd-25th April. As a futurist, he’s known for speaking passionately about the destiny of human and technological coexistence, a fitting topic for the Magento community to align themselves with.

Why is Web Accessibility So Important?

Web accessibility has been around for years. In fact, the first web accessibility standards were published over 19 years ago – that’s a long time, especially on the internet. Despite being so established, there are millions of websites that simply…

What Is Pricesearcher And Why Do Retailers Need It?

Wouldn’t it be great to know you’re getting the cheapest price possible for all the products you want? As a consumer, you’ll often find the place you sourced your “bargain” from, is actually over-selling the product and you could’ve paid…

Akeneo Technical Training – March 26 > 29, 2018

A Tour of Nantes A short flight and a taxi ride later we arrived in Nantes. Neither myself or Tom had ever been so arriving a day earlier we took the opportunity to do a little exploring, perhaps find a…

Mobile-first index: Why it’s important to have a mobile-friendly website

Googles mobile-first index means it’s so important, now more than ever, to ensure your website is mobile-friendly. You’ve most likely heard the term ‘mobile-friendly’ being thrown around, but you may not have paid much attention to it. However, there’s a…

Digital Delivery: A Guide To The Best eCommerce Shipping Solutions

Shipping plays a pivotal role in eCommerce success, so investing in effective eCommerce Shipping Solutions is one of the most important things you can do to grow your business online. Online eCommerce revolves around the merchant working to facilitate personalised and…

Google Search Console Beta: What’s New?

Google has begun to roll out its new Beta Google Search Console (previously known as Webmaster Tools). This is part of a wider Google trend towards upgrading its user interfaces and rebuilding tools from the ground up. More recently Google…

Words From The Hart: Meet Tom, iWeb’s Latest Recruit

Say hello to Professor Xavier, well it certainly feels like I’ve been guided by the warm words of Patrick Stewart since starting at iWeb 6 weeks ago as well as beginning my Magento 2 training. I’m completely new to Magento 2 and joining as a Magento Developer, I knew I’d have to learn it from scratch.

What Can Retailers Do To Prepare For GDPR?

GDPR is a brand new EU regulation that comes into full effect on May 25th, of this year. As a replacement for the original Data Protection Directive, established in 1995, it’s an innovative piece of legislation in a number of…

10 Ways to Show Your Magento Site ❤ This Valentine’s Day

Stuck for what to get your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here’s 10 Magento Valentine’s Day ideas to show your website some love. Roses are red, Violets are blue, we love Magento, here’s how…

From Web Developer to Director

Under My Umbrella…ella ella It’s July 2007 – Apple has just released their first iPhone, Rihanna’s Umbrella has been on repeat on the radio for what seems like forever, Gordon Brown has just become the Prime Minister of the UK…

What We Learnt At The Akeneo PIM Summit 2018

With the Akeneo PIM Summit 2018 done and dusted, it’s time to take a moment to reflect. The event was a huge success and a great opportunity to mingle with both Akeneo customers and other Akeneo partners for 2 days of conferences,…

How iWeb Secured Success For The Caterite Expo

Following the resounding success of last year’s inaugural Caterite Expo, it’s back for 2018 and we’ve been helping the Caterite team prepare the website to make it even bigger and better. Here’s how we’ve helped make it a stand-out event for Caterite….

What is Google’s Speed Update and How Will it Affect Your Website?

Google’s Speed Update is an important algorithm update recently announced. In July 2018, if your website is slow and sluggish to load on mobile devices when the Speed Update is rolled out, your mobile ranking search engine results position (SERPs)…

Caterite MD Comes Out On Top At The in-Cumbria Business Awards

As the managing director of Caterite, one of Cumbria’s leading food and drink companies, it’s fair to say Richard Fletcher has achieved more than most in his 33 years, but he isn’t ready to put the breaks on just yet! Adding…

iWeb Head To Paris For The Akeneo PIM Summit 2018

In just under a week, iWeb’s Creative Director Heddwyn Coombs and Managing Director Nick Pinson will be jetting off to Paris for the first time to attend the annual Akeneo PIM Summit (APS).This exclusive event for Akeneo customers and partners…

iWeb Are DotMailer Partners

After hours of video training and lots of email sending, we’ve got another certified partner badge to add to our collection – iWeb are officially dotmailer partners! As many of you will know, dotmailer is a highly advanced email marketing…

iWeb Become Akeneo Bronze Partners

It’s official, iWeb have achieved Bronze Solution Partner status with Akeneo PIM! As a leading open source software solution, the Akeneo PIM is designed to help retailers find efficient answers to their multichannel needs through a centralised and streamlined product data…

The What And Why of Magento Social Commerce

It’s true that connecting digital commerce with your social media makes for a successful combination. But why? Consumers are using social channels more than ever to engage with brands and most importantly, as a way to buy their products. Integrating…

2017: The Magento Fuelled Highlights

2017 has been a BIG year for iWeb – Magento partner status, the success of our first-ever client day in September, numerous awards shortlists for our work with the likes of British Heart Foundation and Raleigh, a new digital marketing…

Why CLV is The Only Metric You Need To Worry About 

As a retailer, you will be worried about a whole plethora of KPIs and metrics. You’ll have your merchandisers, marketing teams and agencies all driving to improve everything from conversion rate on site, to dwell time and number of product views. But…

Magento Checkout Tips To Reduce Cart Abandonment

The global average cart abandonment rate for eCommerce websites is around 77%. That’s a lot of lost revenue. So, how can you optimise your checkout on desktop and mobile, to ensure a smooth path to purchase? Read on for our…

The 7 Principles of Product Page UX for eCommerce

When it comes to building successful eCommerce sites, the design and user experience (UX) of product pages is a crucial factor in securing those all-important conversions. Understanding how your audience wants to shop and catering to those needs, not only…

7 Magento SEO Tips to Increase Your Site’s Rankings

For many eCommerce sites, understanding the in’s and out’s of SEO is something serious to consider & the same goes for websites built in Magento 1 and Magento 2.

Mage Titans 2017: An Event Round-Up

Last Saturday, on the 11th of November, the iWeb Magento team braved the frosty morning air and hopped on a train to Manchester to Mage Titans 2017. Titans Manchester is the UK’s premier developer focused Magento conference, this year boasting…

Payment Request API – The Future of Online Purchases?

The world of mobile eCommerce is expanding, but sadly for customers there remains the frustration of complicated checkout forms. Unfortunately for online retailers, customers don’t tend to be huge fans of the boring and slow, manual process of filling out…

How To Build The Best Keywords List for Your Business

Choosing the right keywords is vital to getting your business noticed on the web. The clue is in the name; your keywords are quite literally the key to opening the door to let potential customers locate your business online. Ranking high…

Why Social Proofing Your eCommerce Website Could Mean More Sales

Before you can start social proofing your eCommerce website, it’s important to understand what ‘social proofing’ actually is and how you can start social proofing your eCommerce website. Really, it’s just a fancy way of describing the sense of collectively affirmed assurance that…

4 Of The Best Magento eCommerce Search Extensions

Having amazing, must-have products doesn’t guarantee that you will get the conversions you want. Sometimes, businesses will need a helping hand to capture those sales leads. Here’s why it’s time to turn to Magento eCommerce Search Extensions. Many problems that…

BOO! 12 Frighteningly Good eCommerce Stats You Need To Know

We couldn’t let Halloween ? pass by without marking the occasion in some way. So, without further ado, here are 12 eCommerce facts and stats you should be aware of. No tricks here, just treats to help you ward off…

Optimising Your eCommerce Site For The Festive Season

As the cold weather and darker days begin to draw in, it’s time to start thinking about optimising your eCommerce site for the festive season! It’s one of the most lucrative selling periods for all eCommerce businesses, especially with Christmas…

A Graduate’s Guide to Applying for Web Development Placements

I’m Phil Wylie, a Staffordshire University graduate. I graduated in 2011 with a degree in Computing Science: Web Development. I now oversee applications as well as sit in on technical interviews. This is advice for those applying for their placement…

iWeb’s eCommerce Essentials Guide: A Sneak Peak

We’re really proud of the hard work and whole-team dedication that went into pulling off our first ever client day last month. One of our proudest achievements from the day was the eCommerce Essentials Guide we gave to all the event…

Google Remarketing Ads Take To MailChimp

Unfortunately, as many businesses will know, getting a customer to purchase a product isn’t as simple as it used to be. Instead of a potential customer hearing about a brand, heading to the website, finding what they’re looking for, and…

It’s official, iWeb are Google Partners.

Good news, we’re adding another badge to our growing collection – iWeb are now certified Google Partners. Good news for us but more importantly, great news for our clients. Read on to find out the full benefits. The path to…

One Touch Ordering Becomes Available To Magento Merchants After Amazon Patent Expires

It’s a pretty exciting time for the eCommerce community, as a few days ago, the Creatuity team, submitted a pull request to Magento to add One Touch Ordering to the core Magento codebase. This means that One Touch ordering becomes available…

The First Ever iWeb Client Day is a Rip-Roaring Success

Over 40 iWeb clients attended our first ever client day last Wednesday to watch presentations from leading industry experts, with talk topics spanning everything from email automation to digital insurance, including industry insights from big-hitters, Dotmailer and Magento. With all the hard…

Local SEO Guide #3: Website Optimisation for Local Search

Your website is one of the most important parts of your digital presence and, particularly for eCommerce sites, are the crucial communication tools from your brand to your customer. As consumer behaviour patterns change and merge more with the online…

How Brands Use Emotive Marketing to Get Us To Buy

When it comes to video marketing, it’s often the case that brands will place their advertisements into key emotive marketing categories. Whether it’s ‘uplifting’, ‘inspirational’ or even ‘shocking’, it’s a way to encourage us to buy. Getting your audience to…

Local SEO Guide #2: Best Uses For Google My Business

Hooray! The second local SEO guide is finally here to teach you how to make the most of Google My Business (GMB). If you are new to local SEO, we advise you read part #1 of our Local SEO Guide….

A Complete Round-Up From Social Media Week 2017

Social Media Week, is a leading news platform and conference taking place in London from the 11th-15th September 2017. As a platform that showcases the best ideas, innovations and insights from within social media and technology, we thought we’d delve…

Magento Named A B2B Leader in Forrester Wave Commerce Report 2017

Magento have been named a B2B leader in commerce by the ”The Forrester WaveTM: B2B Commerce Suites for Midsize Companies Report”. We all know that eCommerce is critical for growing existing customer sales, acquiring new customers, and protecting market share…

Rugs of London Make Their Stamp On The Web

With a brand new client comes a brand new website. iWeb have recently been working with Rugs of London to take their business online.  From web design to branding to content creation, Rugs of London have now established their online…

Local SEO Guide #1: How To Rank Your Local Business on Google

Local Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). What is it? With the first installment of our local SEO guide, we’re going to take you through the basics to get your local business ranking organically on Google. Great. But first, to know what…

What Are The Benefits Of Choosing An Official Magento Partnership?

  Are you looking to launch a new Magento eCommerce store? If you answered yes, then you’ll probably be looking to locate the right team to guide your business to success. Whether you’re looking to migrate an existing site over…

6 Magento Security Tips to Protect Your eCommerce Website

Being one of the world leading eCommerce platforms makes Magento an attractive prospect to hackers looking to disrupt your operations, leak financial data and expose your customer information. As security breaches remain a constant threat, it’s important for Magento users to…

A Guide to Magento 2 New Features

Magento 2 – what’s new? As Magento Partners, it’s a question we’ve become accustomed to. Sure, Magento 1 is already jam packed with a comprehensive set of functionality but with a constantly evolving tech world, Magento knew they couldn’t rest on…

HTTP to HTTPS: Make the Move or Ruin Rankings Say Google

At the start of the year, we investigated why SSL certificates for eCommerce were an absolute must when it came to online security. However, back in January SSL was still very much a subtle suggestion on Google’s part. Yet, fast-forward seven months…

It’s Time To Take CRO A Step Further With Personalisation

Do Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) is a common term within the eCommerce and digital industry and a lot of businesses claim to be implementing it, with lots of agencies claiming to be experts in it. But just what does it…

Our Latest Newbie: Life Of A Digital Marketing Assistant

Everyone remembers their first day at a new job. For lots, it tends to be a vision of unfamiliar stares, nervous sweats and you, the lost puppy in the corner. Not at iWeb. Instead of feeling like a deer in…

Making Multi-Language Translation Manageable in Magento

As a Magento eCommerce agency, we’ve built numerous sites in many different languages for a variety of customers across the globe. As a business, we’re always on the lookout for tools that can aid customers with multi-language sites, tools that can help…

Google and Magento Combine to Create Progressive Web Apps

We’re always excited to find technological innovations that are dedicated to helping improve the online customer experience. The means placing efficiency and user-optimisation at the heart of their capabilities. It seems that now more than ever, PWAs are offering the…

Disruptive Brands: What, Who and How?

If you’re a customer of a disruptive brand, you’ll no doubt feel like you’re at the centre of that brand’s universe. Why? Because to them, “the customer is always right.” It’s those brands that are transforming industries with their customer-centric…

What Are Google Image Badges and How Do They Work?

Good old Google Image Search has undergone a drastic new upgrade with the introduction of Google Image Badges, available on the Google app for Andriod and mobile web. For the first time, these badges make search more straightforward and streamlined,…

Homepages vs Landing Pages: Where to Drive Paid Traffic for Higher Conversions

The majority of paid traffic comes from users clicking on search, display and social adverts – all of which a company finances to promote their business. But how can you ensure people will convert from website viewers to customers? Ideally,…

Shortlist Success for iWeb at The eCommerce Awards for Excellence 2017

It’s great when hard work gets recognised and we couldn’t be more pleased that it has! We’re proud to announce that iWeb have been shortlisted for not one, but TWO fantastic awards at The eCommerce Awards for Excellence! Our client work for…

What are Google Posts and How Can They Help My Business?

Did you know, that 82% of people on search engines are looking for your local business information? With the new Google Posts update, business owners can use it to help website visitors find them quickly and easily, by publishing their…

Swapping Digital Marketing For a Day in The Digital Garage

On Monday, I and fellow Digital Marketing Assistant Katie hopped on the train to Birmingham, to attend a series of social media workshops at the Google Digital Garage. We seized this opportunity to escape the office for the day and…

Raleigh Ramp It Up to Achieve Checkout Success

With the new site launch just a few months ago, another celebratory milestone has arrived for our client Raleigh. To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Raleigh Burner, they commissioned 350 limited edition Team Aero Pro Burners to be remade and…

It’s Official: iWeb Are Magento Business Solution Partners.

It’s fair to say Magento has positively shaped the future of our business since we started working with the platform in 2010 – which is why we’re thrilled to announce that we are now an official Magento Business Solution Partner….

6 eCommerce Sites With Outstanding Email Marketing Campaigns

Having received a copy of the 8th annual dotmailer benchmark report (my gift, brought back from this years Magento Live Conference) I decided to tackle the 250-page monster head on! Dotmailer, the company responsible for putting together the humungous report,…

A Guide to Colour Psychology in eCommerce Web Design

Colour wields enormous sway over our attitudes and emotions, which is a powerful tool when it comes to eCommerce web design. While most of us know how to pair colours in everyday life, from decorating our homes to pairing an…

New Applications of AI and Augmented Reality in Retail

Artificial intelligence and augmented reality technologies have quickly moved to the forefront of conversation for retail businesses over the past few months. To explore in more detail, we’re bringing you this guest post from Jen Collins, a business analyst at The Filter…

How to Make the Most of Instagram Ads with MailChimp

With the dust barely settled from the announcement of their Facebook Ad Campaign just a few months ago, marketing automation platform MailChimp are back once again, this time to introduce their new sister campaign, Instagram Ads! These exciting social media ad campaigns…

Magento Live UK 2017

All aboard the Magento Live UK 2017 Express, baby! In just one week, we’ll be packing our travel toothbrushes and best Hawaiian shirts and hopping aboard the fast train to London. So, having only just recovered from the excitement of…

Getting Personal with YourDesign

YourDesign have been a client at iWeb for over 13 years and it’s fair to say it’s been a fruitful partnership. However, we’re here to celebrate more than just a milestone partnership – we’re excited to announce the launch of a…

Smart Automation, The Rise of Chatbots and Artificial Intelligence

While it might well sound like a type of evil droid plucked from a Sci-Fi series, a power-hungry robot villain that wants to conquer all human life forms, in reality, and ironically the chat bot is designed to help and…

How To Write A Website Brief

We’ve been designing and developing websites at iWeb for over 20 years for clients of all shapes and sizes so when it comes to website briefs, we’ve seen it all – the good, the bad and the ugly. If you’ve…

What Are Featured Snippets And How Do They Affect SEO?

When iWeb visited IRX 2017 last month, we picked up on a wealth of exciting and upcoming trends that are predicted to emerge from the world of eCommerce in the immediate future. One speech that really stood out for us was from Nick Wilsdon,…

Magento Business Intelligence Essentials

During this year’s Imagine Live conference, which took place from the 23rd-25th April in Las Vegas, Magento, the world’s No. 1 eCommerce platform announced the launch of their Business Intelligence Essentials programme. Coined by Magento as ‘advanced analytics at an affordable price’, with…

Raleigh: Gearing Up For Change With A Magento Re-Design

When iconic biking brand Raleigh came to iWeb with a brief to re-design and re-launch their website, we were naturally thrilled and happy to help. They wanted an eCommerce website as optimised for style, speed and performance as the bikes…

MyMemory Migrate to Magento

MyMemory have been a client of ours for just over 12 years, so it’s fair to say it’s been a long and involved partnership! Now we’re here, celebrating the launch of their brand new Magento site and everything that this…

Maximise Your Social Networks With Magento Social

Roll up, Roll up! Magento Social is here – and we think it looks pretty great! Developed as a marketing tool to ‘monetize your social networks’, this brand new extension tool is available exclusively on Magento 2. But how does it…

From Undergrad To iWeb Employee

With my Unitemps internship at iWeb rapidly coming to its expected and inevitable close, it turns out it’s not all doom and gloom. Just a couple of weeks ago, iWeb offered me a full-time contract, which is the news I’d…

Say Hello To Google Customer Reviews

Following our blog about Google Certified Shops in early March, iWeb are here to tell you everything you need to know about Google Customer Reviews. As an eCommerce agency, we acknowledge the undeniable power of the online review and we’ve written about how…

How To Avoid “Slow” Google Site Speed – Benchmarking

For a long time, Google has advised the web community that site speed is taken into account as a ranking factor. The move to displaying a publicly visible “slow” label may be the push site owners need to take action….

The Complete Guide to Pinterest for eCommerce

Following on from our ‘Instagram for eCommerce’ guide, next up we’re looking at how to take full advantage of Pinterest for eCommerce. Pinterest is the world’s catalogue of ideas, a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover…

Magento Imagine 2017 Announcements Reviewed

Magento Imagine in one word? Wow. It never ceases to amaze and 2017 was certainly no different. Our MD Nick and Technical Director Neil returned to the office on Monday after their week in Vegas infecting the rest of the…

From Clicks to Bricks: A Combined Shopping Experience

On Wednesday, April 5th, iWeb had the privilege of attending the first day of IRX17, at the NEC in Birmingham. As the biggest multichannel event in the UK, 90 leading experts, speakers and exhibitors were there to showcase to over 5000 industry…

Magento Imagine 2017 – We’re Going to Vegas, Baby!

The time is nigh. After weeks (ok, months) of counting down, Magento Imagine 2017 kicks off in Vegas on Monday. If you’re anything like us, and everyone else tweeting about #MagentoImagine, you’re probably feeling giddy with excitement. Forget the proverbial kid…

The Complete Guide to Instagram for eCommerce

Instagram are leading the way when it comes to its users engaging with brands online. While Facebook can boast just 32% of its users engaging with businesses and brands, Instagram has a massive 68% of its users doing the same. Which…

Magento 2: What, When, Why & How

When Magento 2 was released in November 2015, the November 2018 cut-off date for Magento 1 support seemed a long way away. But time flies doesn’t it? We now find ourselves less than 18 months away. There’s no need to…

Why Your Customer Support Is Costing You Sales

Often it’s the case with online businesses that customer support response times are not considered a central aspect of brand identity. However, whether it’s online or face-to-face on the high street, consumers want to feel important, valued and importantly heard….

Web Analytics Jargon Buster

Getting to grips with the technical language of web analytics may seem like an impossible task. But there’s no need to panic! This Web Analytics Jargon Buster aims to simplify the basics of web analytics. It’s your digital tool that…

6 Weeks In: How Has iWeb Been For Me?

Short answer? Pretty great honestly. Since graduating from Keele University in the summer of 2015 I took a bit of time out to work out what exactly it was that I wanted to do with my newly acquired Computer Science degree….

How to Become A Google Certified Shop

We’ve all been there, about to make a purchase online when a niggling thought surfaces – can I trust this site? To soothe these fears Google introduced ‘Certified Shops’, an online service for the UK which ultimately aims to increase…

22 Principles of Mobile Website Design

While over half of all web traffic now occurring through mobile devices, it would seem more important than ever for websites to be designed and fully optimised for smartphone or tablet viewing. However, despite usage skyrocketing, mobile and tablet device conversion rates…

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Jargon Buster

Sometimes technical language can be confusing and may seem daunting. This SEO jargon buster is designed to help you distinguish between your ‘Black hat’ and your ‘White hat’ and crucially, to find light at the end of the marketing tunnel!…

2017: The Year of Emoji Domains

It’s always the ‘Year of…’ something in the Marketing & Technology industry; mobile, content marketing, augmented reality and so on. And now, we’re proclaiming 2017 as the year of emoji domains! Ok, so it’s not so new as the first,☃.com,…

How to Protect Your Business Online: Cyber Essentials

Cyber breaches affect everyone, from the small to the large business owner, globally and nationally, so you should be fully aware of how to protect your business online. With more people migrating to online platforms for buying, selling, banking etc, the…

From Undergrad to Intern: 3 Weeks In

After graduating from The University of Sheffield with a BA in English Literature in the summer of 2016, via Unitemps I managed to land on my feet by securing a three month Digital Marketing internship at iWeb. With the website…

Magento Front End Musings

Since our company was founded in 1995, we have been building fully bespoke eCommerce websites for our clients. We now work a lot with Magento. For the past 6 years we have been building websites using the platform and we…

SSL Certificates for eCommerce: Are You Ready?

With our purchasing habits more digitally oriented, whether it be as customer or business owner, an awareness of online data security is crucial. Recent rules changes now means SSL certificates for eCommerce websites are an absolute must, is your site…

eCommerce Jargon Buster

Nobody likes to be bamboozled with jargon do they? Working in an office that lives and breathes eCommerce on a daily basis, however, it’s sometimes easy to forget that not everyone knows their AOV from their PCI. Of course there…

How to Create Product Pages That Sell More

The way you present your products influences a customer’s decision to buy your product. Which is why it’s so important to provide clear and concise product information in a consistent format to attract customers to your products. The beauty is…

Magento 2: Where’s Your Head At

When Karen Baker, long-standing and respected Magento community member, published her ‘What Magento should spend some of that £250m on‘ post last week she certainly got 2017 off with a bang. We’ve since read with interest Kalen Jordan’s response and…

Christmas Comes But Once A Year

First things first, I want to take this sentence to wish you a merry, warm and most wonderful Christmas & New Year, from all of us at iWeb! “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is…

How To Keep Your WordPress Website Secure

LinkedIn, Ashley Madison, Yahoo! and Mossack Fonseca… what do these companies all have in common? Large-scale data breaches have received much coverage in the media recently, prompting a renewed interest in online privacy and security. Today, we’re going to look…

Shortlisted: Best eCommerce Website

It’s always nice to be recognised for good work. Which is why we’re very happy to be shortlisted for Best eCommerce Website at the Northern Digital Awards for our work with British Heart Foundation. Since launching their new Giftshop, using Magento (of…

How to Protect Your Website Against DDoS Cyber Attacks

In the past few months we’ve seen an increasing number of websites fall victim to DDoS cyber attacks. These attacks can be extremely costly in terms of time, resource and lost revenue. The good news is they’re also preventable. The…

A Redesign for YourDesign

We’ve been working with the team at Your Design for over 13 years. We launched their first eCommerce website way back in 2004 and we’re now in the midst of redeveloping version 4.0. Since 2003 Your Design have grown to become…

What We Learned at Mage Titans Manchester 2016

Last Saturday 12th November myself and eight of my teammates donned our iWeb hoodies, packed our rain macs and headed up the M6 / West Coast Main Line for the 3rd Mage Titans Manchester 2016 conference. We had a good…

Dear Past Self, Here Are Some Tips for Mage Titans

Following Sonja Riesterer’s post on “An open, approachable Magento Community” there have been a few posts, tweets & discussions on making the Magento community as welcoming and friendly as possible, which is so inspiring! Sonja gave some great advice on…

BrightPearl Magento Connector – The Next Generation

Brightpearl recently announced the launch of the next generation of their Magento Connector. The announcement landed in our inboxes to much excitement. Why? We’ll tell you. The Brightpearl Magento Connector As a Magento eCommerce Agency, we use Brightpearl to help…

What is Browser Support?

Often browser support is seen as a given, casually sweeping discussions under the carpet, until a customer finds a bug on a specific browser. Unfortunately, there is often a lack of understanding of what browser support is. It’s easy to…

Win Entry to #MageTitansMCR

Mage Titans Manchester is THE event for Magento developers, designed & curated by #RealMagento developers. And this is year it’s back, bigger than ever. With talks lined up from the likes of Magento Community heavyweights Vinai Kopp, Ben Marks, Fabrizio Branca, our…

Sleepbear: Taking Mattress Into Their Own Hands

I’ve been there, you’ve probably been there too; the horribly awkward bed shop try out. “Go on, give it a try, jump on it.” Fast forward 5 minutes and you’re leaving your local high street bed retailer with an expensive…

Inclusive Web Design – Why Our Websites Should Be More Accessible

The web should be a place for everyone. But is your website accessible by as many people as possible? Our goals as website owners and creators is to make an experience that is as inclusive and accessible as possible. What…

Google Penguin 4.0 update; What does it mean?

In case you missed it, Google very recently announced that Penguin is now part of their core algorithm. So, what does that actually mean for your website? What’s a Penguin? Firstly, a quick reminder of what Penguin is all about. Introduced by…

Performance Driven Web Design

Have you ever been frustrated by the speed of a website? I know I have, more times than I care to remember. Many of us are lucky enough to have internet available on our phones abroad. While on holiday in…

Super Charging Yuasa Battery Sales

Yuasa are the world’s leading battery manufacturer. We’ve been charged (sorry, last pun, I promise) with looking after their websites for the last 5 years. Our latest work has seen us carry out a revamp of their battery lookup website. The brief Make it…

Who Backs Up Your Website?

Imagine if Toy Story 2 was never made! Or rather, it was made but then accidentally deleted. That’s exactly what happened in the offices of Pixar. Pixar use Linux machines to store all their data. On Linux computers there is…

List of Websites Using Magento 2

Since it’s original release in November last year the buzz around Magento 2 has continued to grow but, understandably, many are still reluctant to make the leap. The feedback we are seeing from developers and merchants is extremely mixed, so…

Thoughts on Magento 2: Should You Upgrade?

If you have come here for a quick read, I won’t beat around the bush. There are LOTS of divided opinions out there on the merits of an upgrade to Magento 2, it’s either the best thing since sliced bread or a…

What’s Hot Around The World in eCommerce & Technology

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own little bubbles of life that we miss out on awesome new things happening on this glorious planet. Wanting to burst my knowledge bubble I started looking around and reading up on…

Legal requirements for an eCommerce website

A recent report stated one quarter of small and medium businesses were in breach of website legal requirements to trade online. Regardless of whether your business is trading millions, thousands or nothing at all, your website needs to adhere to…

Upcoming changes to Google’s mobile search rankings

Last week Google announced a few upcoming changes to their algorithm for mobile search. To provide the best results possible, Google continuously tweak their search algorithm. The algorithm decides your position on results pages based on many on-page and off-page ranking…

Exploring marketplaces beyond Amazon and eBay

Do you want millions of people to see your products? Do you want to sell more online? Marketplaces could very well be the answer. For many online businesses the majority of their sales are from selling on other websites. Increasingly, the…

How to survive website downtime

Let me tell you an industry secret. No website is up 100% of the time. It’s not something we like to admit but sometimes your website will be down. Even the largest websites on the internet have their downtime. eBay, Amazon,…

Is wardrobing affecting your profits?

“But I’m only going to wear it for this one wedding…” Wardrobing is becoming more popular each year. It’s the practice of buying an item, using it and then returning it. Expensive clothing is the most popular sector we see…

Pharmacy First boosts it’s health with Magento migration

Have you ever struggled to get to your local pharmacy before it closes? Pharmacy First are a fully registered UK pharmacy. Many of us lead busy lives so gaining access to healthcare services can be difficult. Their mission is to provide the…

How price anchoring can help increase your conversions

How do you know how much something should cost? What is a reasonable price for a new computer, some tins of beans or that new iron you’ve been searching for? Every day retailers are influencing how much you think items…

Aqua Cure’s website is pure class

Aqua Cure are Europe’s largest manufacturer of in-line filters. They are the master distributor for many other major filter manufacturers. Their aim is to be a one-stop-shop for water treatment supplies by removing the challenges involved with dealing with multiple suppliers. They…

Magento Live UK 2016

MLUK16 definitely did not disappoint again this year, it brought a whole host of brilliant talks and exhibitors along with a super passionate crowd to mingle with! This year’s event was the second one I have attended with iWeb, and…

Google Trusted Stores

Feedback from online shoppers found they were often nervous when purchasing from stores they don’t know. Google wanted to help users feel more confident shopping online and improve their Google Shopping results. The outcome of this is the Google Trusted Stores program….

Code Club Volunteering

Over the last year I’ve been volunteering at Stafford Library, running a Code Club. A weekly after school coding club designed for children aged 9-11. In this post I’ll give an overview of what Code Club covers and some of my experiences since getting involved….

MyMemory integrates with Volo

MyMemory are one of iWeb’s long standing clients. We’ve been working with them for over a decade and have helped them grow their online business. Today, just selling on your own store is not enough and it has become increasingly important…

We’re all Pumped-up!

Need a one-stop-shop for your water management challenges? Whether it’s an off-the-shelf pump you’re after or a complex bespoke pumping solution, look no further than T-T Pumps. T-T came to us looking for a fresh, new responsive website – their…

A Magento Project Close To My Heart: BHF

So, today is an exciting day for me! It marks my 1 year anniversary as Project Manager here at iWeb and, not only that, it is launch day for one of my projects. One that is very close to my heart….

Magento SEO: The Homepage Duplicate Content Issue

Isn’t your Magento store homepage great? It’s the front line of your online attack and I bet you love it (if not, you should probably do something about it). But do you love it enough to have it on your site…

Are you ready for the Google Shopping GTIN deadline?

From Monday 16th May 2016, Google is implementing a requirement for all its eCommerce advertisers to include manufacturer-assigned Global Trade Item Numbers (GTIN) in the data for any product that has one. PANIC Don’t panic, just Get Those Item Numbers!…

Changes to browser support for eCommerce Merchants

What’s happening? It’s becoming less and less safe to run older versions of web browsers. Older browsers don’t support the latest TLS versions, and by Summer 2016 websites which are trying to be PCI compliant will need to disable support…

Show the WordPress editor toolbar by default

Previously known as the Kitchen Sink, but now simply as the toolbar. The toolbar contains a number of additional editor formatting controls. Unfortunately, this extra row of controls is hidden by default for new users. We’ve written the following solution…

The 2016 Digital Project Management conference – DPM:UK

The opening talk was certainly inspirational. When I first read the title “You can do well, or you can do good” I was thinking: is there really much difference? If you do something well, that’s good right? But it wasn’t…

Boost your PayPal conversions by 30%

Last year PayPal introduced One Touch, a faster method for purchasing products online. The way it works is simple, customers login once per device and then their account details are saved for the next time they shop with you. With a better…

Responsive Images: Everything You Need To Know

Images are a massive part of the internet. Traditionally adding images to a web page was simple. We would use the image element and set a source, height and width. It would then display at those sizes, regardless of the device or screen…

Seven months in, no regrets

I joined iWeb just over seven months ago for my placement year as a front-end web developer. I’m documenting my time at iWeb through a series of blog posts. Sharing my experiences as part of the iWeb team. If you haven’t…

Microsoft drops support for IE10 and below

Starting from Wednesday 13th January 2016 Microsoft will drop support for all but their latest version of Internet Explorer and they’re new browser, Edge. This means that Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 will no longer be officially supported. An…

Inspiring the next generation of programmers

Code Club draws volunteers from industry to lead after school coding clubs all across the UK. For us at iWeb, it’s another way we can get involved in the local community, an opportunity to share knowledge, encourage children to explore…

Merry Christmas everyone!

As another year draws to a close we’d like to say a huge thanks! You’ve helped make 2015 a memorable one, it’s been a special year.. iWeb turned 20! It was great to share in our celebrations with some of…

Attack Magazine launch a new sample subscription service

Attack Magazine is a leading online publication for music production specialists. Launched back in 2012, Attack Magazine has seen massive growth, with roughly 20k registered users and serving hundreds of thousands of page views a month. The site was relaunched…

Ampersand Conference 2015

Typography is probably the most important thing to get right on the internet. Text is everywhere, I challenge you to find a page on the internet where it doesn’t play a major roll in the content. Making the reading experience…

WordCamp Manchester 2015

iWeb joined over 150 attendees for WordCamp Manchester 2015. WordCamps are events held all around the world. They’re aimed at designers, developers and users of WordPress. Community is one of the greatest aspects of WordPress. A WordCamp is a great…

Browse, listen & purchase music licenses on Quantum Music Works

Based in Vancouver, Quantum Music Works license a hand curated collection of emerging composers and independent artists. They sell music licenses to their ever growing audience of filmmakers, videographers, photographer, producer, ad agency, music supervisor or other creative professional. Quantum Music…

Preparing your eCommerce store for the Christmas season

Christmas is the busiest period for most eCommerce websites. With online sales growing nearly 20% last year it’s important to plan for the season to ensure you can maximise your income. Here are some things you could consider for your…

Do social sharing widgets have a negative impact on sales?

Social sharing widgets are commonplace on the web. You’ve probably seen a row of icons with numbers either above or to the right. Common ones include Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest. Here is an example. Adding social sharing widgets…

Punk Power drills into Magento

Birchwood Price Tools’ latest brand, Punk Power, have launched their new website, on a Magento responsive web design platform. Punk has been developed to stand the toughest demands. With a range of over 400 high impact resistant products, Punk has…

Magento’s B2B capabilities deliver for Caterite

Founded in 1969 as a mobile grocery store, Caterite has grown to over 100 employees selling goods to other businesses around the Cumbria area. They supply hotels, restaurants, bars and other catering establishments with products ranging from cleaning supplies to…

20 years of iWeb

It’s amazing that iWeb have been trading for 20 years. To mark the occasion we have decided to showcase some of the wonderful projects we’ve worked on in each year. Enjoy! 1995 – Golik 1996 – Blackmail 1997 – Schott…

Three months in, am I regretting it?

I joined iWeb just over three months ago for my placement year as a front end web developer. I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned and what I’m looking forward to. Since starting at iWeb, I’ve come…

Improving Magento search results with ElasticSearch

We all understand how important search is to the internet, imagine trying to find things if you can’t use search engines such as Google or Bing. It follows that if you want people to find your store that you need…

2 more of the our team become Magento certified

Last week two of our Magento developers became certified. Congratulations to Andrew Smart and Dave Baker for passing with top scores! They join iWeb’s seven other Magento certified developers, front-end developers and solution specialists. Certified Magento developers are experienced programmers….

9 Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Website Up To Date

Launching your new website is the culmination of a lot of work put in by you, your staff and your web development partners. After months of editing content, reviewing stages of the website, populating spreadsheets with stock levels and endlessly…

Creating a Magento 2 Module

Preamble In this lesson we will learn how to register a new module with Magento 2. This will cover some of the basic folder structures and how they differ from Magento 1.x Vendor and Module Names A Vendor name is simply…

OWASP Application Security EU 2015 Day 2

We were all up sensibly early for the trek over to the conference centre. I didn’t mention it on the first day, but negotiating the route from the hotel to the conference centre meant crossing a road/tram/bike lane junction-thing where…

OWASP Application Security EU 2015

It’s been a couple of weeks since I got back from the AppSec conference in Amsterdam, so this conference report is a little overdue! Following on the success of sending (most of) the operations team and (some of) the development…

Magento Live UK 2015: Day 2

06:54 I was fashionably late to this years Magento Live and so my #MLUK15 started Tuesday on the train from Stafford to London and with, of course, a large tea and pain au chocolat to go. 09:00 Fast forward 2 hours…

Jake Cobley’s year in industry

A big welcome to Jake Cobley, who is joining us for a year on placement from Staffordshire University. Jake is studying for his BSc (Hons) Web Development degree. He joins iWeb as a Junior Front End Developer, working alongside our…

We’re now partners with SecureTrading

As a web development agency who specialises in the design, development, hosting and promotion of market-leading B2C and B2B ecommerce web sites, it’s important to partner with the best payment providers in the industry. For this reason we’ve just partnered…

Sage Pay 3.0 is coming out soon!

Sage Pay is the software on your site that allows you to take payments securely from your customers. Sage Pay have announced that from 31st July 2015, eCommerce websites that use the service must upgrade to Sage Pay Version 3….

Rebecca Troth joins iWeb

We’re really excited to introduce you to Rebecca Troth, iWeb’s latest team member. She joins us in a project management role, working closely with our clients and in-house team of designers and developers to efficiently deliver successful web projects. Rebecca…

Coping with high traffic

A critical aspect of maintaining a successful eCommerce presence is the ability to scale to meet demand. A fast website under high load is key to delivering a positive user experience. The need to scale your website is usually discovered…

Upfront Conference 2015 – Responsive web design is more than the look

Conferences allow us to look outwards, to recharge our enthusiasm for the web and to inspire us to continue making great things. Most of us are naturally inward looking, turning our heads to see what others are doing can be…

Tips & Tricks to Move Your eCommerce Site to HTTPS or SSL

In August 2014 Google announced that they would use HTTPS as one of the ranking factors used to decide a website’s position in their search engine’s results. This is part of the web giant’s goal of making the web a…

Magento Imagine Commerce 2015 Recap

On the 19th April I made the long trip from Manchester UK to Las Vegas. My destination was the Magento Imagine Commerce 2015 conference. Fortunately, I had my iPad with me for entertainment: my view to the inflight movies was a…

We are Magento Certified Solution Specialists

A Magento Certified Solution Specialist in an expert in the field of eCommerce. They draw from their past experience in business and eCommerce web design to help and advice clients on their objectives and how to achieve them. Recently Neil,…

Hunkydory crafts a new responsive website

Hunkydory are an award winning craft supplier based in Preston. A family ran business founded in 1990, they now occupy a 10,000 square ft craft superstore. Hunkydory products are stocked in retailers across the globe. They host regular craft events,…

Magento’s a perfect fit for fashion brand Vevie

Vevie are a luxury performance brand based in London. They create stylish active lifestyle clothing for women. Founded by Caroline Greenslade, a qualified fashion specialist who designs and develops Vevie’s range. They have been featured in many leading magazines and…

Google experiments with slow website warnings

Google have been factoring page speed into their search engine algorithms for the past five years. During this time Google has released a wealth of tools to help website owners speed up their sites. More recently, some have noticed Google…

Should you build a Magento store in 1.9.1 right now – or wait for 2.0?

The Magento team are hard at work readying Magento 2 for a Q4 2015 release. So if you’re planning on launching a new store in the coming months should you bide your time and wait till version 2 is out?…

10 Tips designing icons

I recently presented a short talk at WordCamp London and Staffs Web Meetup about designing icons. I thought it might be nice to delve into the topic a little further to offer some tips and tricks when designing icons. 1. Brainstorming…

Google sends warning to website owners without mobile friendly content

If you’re website isn’t mobile friendly, you can probably expect an email from Google. The email outlines pages on your website that are not mobile friendly. Google states these pages have critical mobile usability errors. Google have now implemented mobile…

Iconography talk at WordCamp London

At iWeb we’re always striving to create the best looking websites possible. For a recent project we decided to create a bespoke icon pack to help achieve this. When designing a clean and minimalist website, typography and iconography become important….

Google favours mobile friendly websites

Starting from 21st April Google are expanding their push for responsive, mobile friendly websites. Searches in all languages worldwide will be affected. Google rarely provide such detail when changing their algorithms. Nor do they use terms as strongly as “significant…

Writing a good talk title, description and bio

I was recently asked to present a short talk at this years WordCamp London. I graciously accepted. Then came the sudden realisation of creating a title, description and author bio that would attract people to come and see me. I…

Responsive battery lookup for Yuasa

Yuasa’s battery lookup has been a massive success, increasing sales and becoming an industry leader. The launch of the new Yuasa.co.uk and battery lookup widget furthers their position as an online industry leader. Their new battery lookup widget allows dealers…

New library website for Dynamic Music

Dynamic Music is a brand new website dedicated to creating cutting edge and innovative music for the film and TV industry. All tracks are free to download in MP3 format. There is also a higher quality 24-bit WAV available for free…

Top 5 Chrome extensions for a web developer

Google Chrome has become the industry leading browser for developers. The vast number of tools and extensions available for the software allow developers to inspect and debug nearly any part of code on a website. Here are our top 5 chrome extensions any…

Google loves responsive web design

Yes, you read that right! Google recently went on the record promoting responsive web design as their preferred method of building websites. There are many reasons Google is recommending using responsive web design. Faulty redirects Faulty redirects to mobile websites…

Talks from Aaron & Dave at Staffs Web Meetup

In November two of our team, Aaron & Dave, spoke at Staffs Web Meetup, a local web meetup group sponsored by iWeb. The event hosted a range of lightning talks on various sectors of our industry. Constant Terror: Security and protection on the…

Giving back to the community

The web is built by people contributing their free time to develop software and technologies that we use everyday. iWeb has built its business around open source software and as part of our commitment to giving back, we’re engaging with…

What is Responsive Web Design?

Most people now have multiple devices that have the ability to access the internet. These include computers, mobile phones, tablets, televisions, games consoles and soon wearable gadgets such as watches. Each platform creates new challenges for website designers to create optimised…

iWeb recognised as leading Magento agency

Clutch, a Washington based analyst firm, recently included iWeb into their Magento eCommerce research. We have been selected from a small group of developers to be named market leaders in the industry. We were first approached by Clutch a few…

Our eCommerce trend predictions for 2015

2014 was the most successful year for eCommerce ever. This year is set to break records again. The web is continuously changing, here are our predictions for 2015. This post is featured on Byte Start, written by our Managing Director,…

We’re searching for a talented PHP/Magento Developer

With 20 years’ experience our client is an accredited Magento solution specialist with extensive experience designing, developing and supporting scalable B2C and B2B eCommerce solutions for international multichannel retailers.

Merry Christmas

A quick message to wish everyone a Merry Christmas from all the team at iWeb! We hope you have an enjoyable holiday filled with good company, drinks, food and of course, lots of presents.

Setting up Multiple Stores with Magento

Magento out-of-the-box has many features such as the multi-store system (multiple front-ends, one back-end). This can be used to easily transform a single website into multiple versions for different purposes. We’ll look at how to set up multiple stores with…

Changes to how iWeb Hosting communicates

On 10th December 2014, our infrastructure in our Manchester data centre suffered a partial outage which affected our customers’ service in various ways and which was not communicated clearly. Our operations team did not update the status page or @iweb_updates…

Scruffs move to Magento and go responsive

Scruffs has been delivering innovative safety footwear and workwear for tradesmen since 2003. Part of Birchwood Price Tools, a leading wholesaler of power tools. iWeb has been working with Birchwood Price Tools for nearly a decade fulfilling all of their…

10 ways to achieve eCommerce success this Christmas

Christmas can be the busiest time of year for your eCommerce websites. With online sales growing by nearly 20% last December, putting together a Christmas strategy is an incredibly valuable part of your business. Christmas sales should not focus only on attracting…

10 things to consider when building a responsive website

If you’re building a new website for your business, responsive web design should be top of your priority list. Some websites now report over half of their traffic is from mobile devices. Building a website that is optimised for a…

PCI DSS and the Coming Storm

Every merchant who accepts credit cards on the Internet is required to be PCI DSS compliant. I just want to leave that up there as a fact, because there is an awful lot of misinformation on the Internet (XKCD link)…

Velocity Conference Barcelona 2014

Some of us at iWeb have been to the velocity conference in Barcelona. Velocity is a technical conference where some great ideas and procedures in the DevOps, web operations, web performance and mobile are disseminated. Some prominent companies speak on…

Welcome to our new website

It’s been a very long time in the making but here it is, the new iWeb brand and website. We hope you like it as much as we do! Our new website has been built completely from scratch. Focusing on…

DMARC and You (And Your Web Applications)

DMARC stands for “Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance”. It has a nice ring to it; sounds very militarial. It’s a proposed IETF standard for changing the way that email messages are dealt with on the Internet. The IETF (Internet…

Preparing your eCommerce store for Christmas

Earlier this week our Managing Director, Nick Pinson, was featured on My Customer for his Christmas eCommerce checklist. With Christmas being one of the most lucrative seasons for online shopping it is critical to implement the right marketing strategy. Mobile…

Deakin & Francis embrace responsive web design

Founded in 1786, Deakin & Francis are a long established manufacturer of high quality jewellery. Based in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, they specialise in handmade cufflinks, pendants and rings. Deakin & Francis approached iWeb earlier this year to redesign…

iWeb are now Magento Certified

Congratulations to Andrew and Gareth for becoming certified Magento developers. Both passed with flying colours! Andrew successfully passed the Magento Developer Certification. Gareth scored full marks for the Magento Front End Developer Certification. Magento Developers are experienced programmers. They build bespoke features…

5 Tools for writing better blog posts

Keeping a blog up-to-date is a great way of creating user engagement and improving your search engine ranking. It encourages people to visit your website on a regular basis. Our blog is the second most visited page on our website…

4 Ways Trustpilot will Boost your eCommerce ROI

Here at iWeb we are always looking for ways to help our eCommerce customers. Whether it’s sharing our knowledge, reviewing new Magento eCommerce modules or improving  return on investment. Today we are going to be looking at online review platform…

Printing company moves online with Magento

Print-Print.co.uk are a Shropshire based printing company. They offer high quality printing services with a fast turn around and great value for money. Their clients include Barclays, BBC, NHS and Subway. Their sister company, DW Design and Print have over…

Use your 404 page for charity

Every so often we have the misfortune of stumbling across a 404 pages. 404 pages appear when an incorrect web address has been entered or the page no longer exists. A lot of websites try to spice up their 404…

British clothing brand Gloverall turns to Magento eCommerce

Gloverall are a UK manufacturer of traditional duffle coats. They have been creating high quality clothing in their factory since the 1950’s. Gloverall sells through their website and in high-end high street stores. They have featured in some of best…

Google Announces SSL to be used as a Search Ranking Signal

Google have announced that use of HTTPS is going to be included as a ranking signal in search results. This means that sites using SSL or TLS by default will gain a slight boost in their search engine rankings. Google…

Migrating from Magento Go to Magento Community Edition

Magento Inc. have recently announced their hosted Magento eCommerce service, Magento Go, will be shutting down on 15th February 2015. What was Magento Go? Magento Go was a cloud based eCommerce solution geared towards supporting small business, offering a less…

Improving your dropout rates

According to SagePay 28% of Magento eCommerce transactions are abandoned on the payment page. This is mainly due to not offering the customers preferred method of payment. When choosing your payment gateway make sure to select as many payment options as…

Using video to increase conversions on your eCommerce website

For the majority of Magento eCommerce websites product information will include a textual description, maybe a specification chart and a few images but have you ever considered utilising videos? When selling a product online we must consider the different learning styles people…

Brand Outlet launches their Magento eCommerce responsive website

Brand Outlet is a successful Magento eCommerce website focusing on sourcing the very best fashion brands on the market at a fraction of the price. Brand Outlet first came to us in 2013 to build a Magento eCommerce website for their…

247 Blinds goes global and responsive

247 Blinds offer a comprehensive range of blinds to the UK market, allowing consumers to customise the size and look to create a bespoke order that fits their requirements. 247 Blinds approached us to discuss expanding their site to include…

5 tips for better eCommerce business on mobile devices

With more and more customers browsing your web site from a mobile, delivering a better user experience on these devices is essential. A responsive web site that adjusts to specific smartphone parameters is the technical minimum you should aim for….

What a distance, what a conference!

I recently embarked on a massive 8174km journey into the unknown. Ok, so the journey was by Jet, and the unknown was Magento’s Imagine eCommerce conference in Las Vegas! This is Magento’s annual flagship conference, which was held this year…

Important changes to eCommerce regulations that you need to know about

From Friday 13th June, changes made by the UK government to eCommerce regulations will come into effect. Distance selling regulations are being superseded by the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 and this could have a bearing on your eCommerce business. Here are…

Tips & tricks when using Bootstrap

We’ve been using Bootstrap on all our Magento and WordPress responsive project for the last couple of years. Before that we used bootstrap to develop our iWeb FTP interface. We’ve been through a lot of pain and learning while using bootstrap…

Smart Design – Embracing Content First

A few weeks ago I wrote a guest article on eWebDesign discussing our approach to content first website design. Here is a snippet from the article: Content first is by no means a new concept to the design community. It…

Top 5 things to take from Which Test Won TLE Conference Europe

On day 2 of Which Test Won: The Live Event 2014 conference there were dozens of takeaways but we thought we’d give you our top 5. 1. Don’t assume anything about your customers You are not your customers – never assume…

Top 10 Optimisation Tools from WhichTestWon Conference

Our success is reliant on our customers success so we try to do everything possible to ensure they have a profitable website. More recently we’ve been investing in optimisation and A/B testing. We’ve been visiting the Which Test Won website…

iWeb’s trip to the Which Test Won – The Live Event 2014 conference

Last week myself, Dave, Jaz and Rich attended the Which Test Won – The Live Event 2014 conference, held at the America Square Conference Centre in London. We were unique in being a development agency to visit the conference, as…

iWeb Solutions Guide on How to Set Up an eCommerce Website

Setting up an eCommerce website can be a daunting prospect. There is a great deal of planning and preparation to think about, as well as a hundred other things you need consider as your business enters what is a competitive…

Adaptive Design – the perfect browsing experience for every mobile, every time.

In the fast-growing mobile eCommerce marketplace, tailoring your web site for specific mobile platforms is essential. Your customers just want to browse your site without worrying about type being too small, the layout becoming jumbled or images or videos taking…

New Paypal credit buys customers more time to pay

Paypal is one of the most popular methods of making online transactions that simply credits or debits an authorised bank account. But what if your customer is keen to checkout an item but doesn’t immediately have the funds? Until now,…

eCommerce Checkouts And Consumer Psychology

eCommerce has revolutionised the business world. Entrepreneurs can now launch companies without brick-and-mortar storefronts, major investors, or even physical inventory, the Internet has in many ways democratised entrepreneurship. Yet, while online commerce certainly has many advantages, it also creates a…

New Astins web site builds on outstanding success in the construction industry

Set up in 1996, Gatwick-based company Astins has become one of the largest drywall and cladding specialist contractors in the UK. It takes on large construction projects from all sectors – whether commercial, residential or government – and employs over…

Magento eCommerce proves to be a result for sports equipment web site

For over 30 years, Stadia Sports has been supplying specialist sports, athletics and gym equipment to schools councils, universities, sports centres and clubs. Having become part of the Broxap Group five years ago, they now offer over 5000 different products…

iWeb virtuosity turns specialist music web site into a big production number

At some point, we’ve all felt the urge to belt out a musical selection from West Side Story or South Pacific. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have the entire orchestral backing from the stage show right on cue?…

The amount of code is far far less, hence its name!

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is the language used to define the layout of web pages. The language is fairly simple, you target an element using a selector and then define how it should look with the available properties. It’s an…

Web site re-design that does much more than re-arrange the furniture

The family-run Oak Furniture Superstore has been providing quality furniture at affordable prices for over 50 years. Like almost every modern retailer, it has an online store – but it needed refreshing in order to take advantage of the latest…

Launching a WordPress plugin

Last week, we launched iWeb’s first plugin to the official WordPress plugin repository. At iWeb, we manage hundreds of WordPress sites, providing backup, updates for WordPress core and plugins as well as other maintenance tasks. Background Update Notification Email Address…

How to manage several WordPress sites

When you maintain several WordPress sites as your daily job you might find it difficult to track the different versions and which sites need plugin or core updates. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the options…

Making friends with your customers

Magento is a powerful open source eCommerce platform which iWeb has spent many years mastering. Every project combines iWeb’s 18 years of experience. By taking the time to tune our Magento toolkit and workflow, we build effective, conversion optimised profitable…

Seeds of eCommerce success planted for gardening suppliers

As part of the Broxap group of companies, William James & Co of Bridport, Dorset has been supplying products to keen gardeners for 60 years. In particular, they specialise in netting, cages and tunnels to protect plants – with netting…

The iWeb team ups their game for playground site

The Hampshire-based HandMadePlaces is part of the Broxap group of companies and offers high quality, handmade playground equipment for schools and play areas. Having begun trading as just one man in a garage in 2000, it’s now a hugely successful…

Magento eCommerce pushes all the right buttons for electrical retailer

JC Campbell is a renowned and popular electrical retailer, based in Northern Ireland. Established in 1974, they operate out of two showrooms in Coalisland and Cookstown, County Tyrone and offer high quality electrical goods at very competitive prices. With a…

360 degree product spinner for magento

Any eCommerce owner should know the value of accurately including relevant product details on their site. But for site owners who are interested in going the extra mile, a level of interactivity on their site’s homepage can raise the bar…

Moving WordPress with a safe search and replace tool

Today we’ll be taking a look at one of the tools we use at iWeb. interconnect/it’s safe search and replace tool which updates hardcoded URLs in the WordPress database. This tool makes working with WordPress easier. WordPress generates and stores absolute URLs in it’s…

Responsive e-mail

If you want people to respond, your e-mails should be responsive too When you send out an e-mail to your customer database, you hope it will be read. But often the e-mail arrives in a format that’s not exactly inviting…

ModGrind – Magento Performance Profiling

ModGrind is a tool that we’ve developed internally at iWeb for profiling Magento sites. We use it to diagnose speed problems on sites and to test our assumptions about where time is being spent. It’s a wrapper around two other…

Recruitment web site adds to the impressive iWeb CV

Vantage Consulting is a specialist recruitment business that provides mid to senior level professionals to the IT, engineering and oil and gas sectors. When they needed talented professionals to transform their web site, they recruited iWeb. The experienced iWeb team…

Building supplier given a stronger foundation in the online marketplace

Building Supplies Online is a Banbury-based business who – as their name suggests – offer a wide range of products for the building and construction industry. In fact, they have over 37,000 available from their showroom or through web sales….

New eye hospital web site is about more than just the looks

The London Eye Hospital on the famous Harley Street is a dedicated ophthalmic hospital that treats the eye conditions of patients from all over the world. They needed a new web site that would reflect their prestigious profile and make…

iWeb brings a little Magento glamour to beauty product suppliers

Since 2008, the Nail & Beauty Link has been a leading wholesale distributor of nail care and beauty supplies to salons throughout the UK and Europe. With a wide and varied selection of products, the company needed a business-to-business eCommerce web…

SNI – Who, What, Why?

SNI, or Server Name Indication is an extension to the Transport Layer Security suite of Internet protocols. It’s going to be an important part of Internet infrastructure for at least the next few years, as the global pool of IPv4 addresses runs out, but only…

PHP Short tags: Are they good or bad?

Recently in the office chatroom we had a discussion regarding PHP’s short tags:   For those that don’t know what PHP Short Tags are, they are basically a shorthand for PHP’s echo or print statements: [pyg language=”php”] // Example of…

New eBay image display rules – an essential guide.

The old maxim that “a picture paints a thousand words” has never been truer when applied to e-commerce. Nobody should contemplate selling items without at least one clear image. A good, detailed shot of the product will always help you stand…

Change WordPress auto update email address

We recently posted about automatic updates which were introduced in WordPress 3.7. On by default, automatic updates currently only apply to smaller point releases which generally contain bug fixes and security enhancements. WordPress 3.7.1 followed shortly afterwards and served as a…

Solve WordPress 3.7 Background Updates “This site is not able to apply these updates automatically.”

WordPress 3.7 introduces a fantastic new feature, automatic background updates which will speed up the uptake of security patches. Keeping sites up to date is an important step towards maintaining your sites security. Automatic background updates have been tested vigorously and…

Designer brands web site is tailor-made by iWeb

Brand Outlet is an online trader that sources and buys the very best authentic international designer brands for men and women and then sells them on at prices that undercut the competition. They needed an eCommerce web site that was both attractive…

Battery search facility powered by iWeb and Magento

Yuasa car batteries are internationally renowned – manufacturing and supplying products for distributors all over the world. Among these are big names in UK motoring, like Halfords and the AA. They also supply to a network of independent garages and…

Magento flexes its muscles for specialist sportswear seller

If you’ve ever wondered why professional athletes sometimes train in skin-tight outfits, it’s all about muscle compression. They’re wearing a base layer because it greatly reduces the chance of strain and injury and improves muscle recovery time. Base-Layers.com is a…

Magento is made to measure for eCommerce curtain retailers

247 Curtains have one of the largest ranges of made to measure and ready-made curtains and curtain poles in the online marketplace. When they needed an eCommerce web site to convey that huge choice, they turned to the experts at…

Magento offers wall-to-wall customisation for home improvement retailer

Going by their name alone, The Skirting Board Shop seems rather specialist – but they actually offer a huge range of architraves, interior window sills, door casings, linings and accessories too. In fact, they have plenty of choice for home…

Google Font Weights in Internet Explorer

We’ve been having some problems with the rendering of Google Fonts in IE. Here is an article some might find useful on Smashing Magazine. Recap of the Smashing Magazine article: It basically says that you must use the font-weight specified…

Product Videos: Are you showing off your products to their potential?

Lack of attention to detail loses sales. There are several websites that specialise in finding products on auction sites that have been entered by “fat fingers” in a rush. They work on the principle that misspelled products sell for less…

Setting up Google Adwords PPC Campaign for your Magento eCommerce Store

If you’ve been running a broad match Google Adwords PPC campaign for your Magento eCommerce store, you might want to go for exact matches on all your AdWords and use more long tail phrases. Within your Google Adwords UI; If…

iWeb Magento offers a full palette of customisable options for online paint retailer

Colour & Paint is an innovative, new online paint retailer that specialises in premium paint collections. Its mission is to change the way that paint is chosen tested and bought online. Whilst being full of fresh ideas, their paint is…

iWeb proves that language is no barrier to online selling

Designing web sites for foreign markets brings a new set of challenges. Sometimes it’s not as simple as translating the words to suit the region. This proved to be the case when iWeb produced a new eCommerce web site for…

iWeb charged with major battery project for Halfords

As one of the country’s leading retailers and fitters of car parts and accessories, Halfords is a familiar name. Dealing as they do with so many different manufacturers and makes of car, it can sometimes be a challenge for staff…

Responsive Designs vs. Traditional Builds

What is Responsive Web Design Ethan Marcotte’s excellent “A List Apart” article coined the term “Responsive Web Design” all the way back in 2010. In short, it refers to how a site can react to being viewed in different contexts;…

Magento eCommerce works harder for people with senses working overtime

Sensory Direct offer a range of unique and specialised products, requiring iWeb to deliver a web site that could reach a specific market. The company makes products aimed at carers, therapists, hospitals and schools that work with people who have sensory deprivation…

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Magento for your eCommerce Business

Magento comes with many many features by default and it is impossible to choose the best ones. Here are just 5 reasons why you should choose Magento for your eCommerce business. 1. Search Engine Optimisation by default. Magento was designed…

How Magento performance affects your sales

Magento is a great solution for ecommerce: out of the box it comes with a staggering array of features built-in, with thousands of additional features available through extensions. Everything from a simple shopping cart to complex business to business discounts…

Up-sells, Cross-sells & Related Products in Magento E-commerce

At iWeb we have been building Magento eCommerce web sites for the past three years and in this time we have been asked many questions about Magento. When we are speaking to our clients about their projects a question that…

Magento CE 1.8 – What to Expect

The 3rd annual Magento Imagine eConference took place in early April where over 1500 Magento merchants, developers and industry partners met.  One of the major announcements from the event was the release of both Magento Enterprise Edition 1.13 and Magento…

iWeb’s eCommerce masterclass is coming!

In around 20 years, online shopping has gone from virtually unknown to a massive industry worth billions. Now anybody who is interested in buying any product or service will research it online first, if not purchase the item there and…

Read It or Bin it? How A/B Testing Can Make Promotional E-Mails More Effective

In an ideal world, you’d sent an e-mail to your customers, then they’d open it, click through to your eCommerce web site and it would result in another sale. But in reality, some if your e-mails are being ignored or…

When your e-mail is mobile responsive, so are your customers

Nowadays it’s generally accepted that having your eCommerce web site optimised for mobile devices is essential. Increasingly, these platforms are taking over from traditional desktops as the most popular means of browsing the web. Given this, it’s odd that  many…

For customising options, Magento puts everything else in the shade

247 Blinds has a mission to deliver “uncompromising quality at unbeatable prices”. It’s a statement that could also apply to iWeb’s Magento solution for their new eCommerce web site. Magento is an open source dedicated eCommerce platform developed by a…

For when they can’t face logging in, there’s Magento Facebook Login

We’ve all been there. You’re interested in buying an item online and are all ready to complete the transaction. Then the site demands that you register and fill in a tedious form. Not surprisingly, many impatient, potential customers click away…

Magento hits the right note for classic music specialists

Selling music recordings in the current climate is strictly a job for the specialist. There is still a market in supplying discerning listeners with high quality material – whether on CD or vinyl. But to make a success of it,…

For global e-commerce, Magento offers tools you can trust

The Ox brand of top quality tools and machinery originated in Australia in 1974 and established an unrivalled reputation for toughness and reliability. Since then, the brand has been launched in other territories too – including the UK last year….

Magento more than measures up for quality shirt retailer

Botti Shirts of London tailor make shirts for discerning gentlemen who want something different from the norm. So when they needed a tailor-made web site, iWeb proved to be the perfect fit. We delivered an eye-catching solution based on the…

Magento ticks all the right boxes for storage solutions specialist

Magento’s blend of ‘off-the-shelf’ accessibility and tailor-made customisation is a potent combination. So when storage solutions company, Shop4Shelves came to iWeb for their new web site design, the affordable, open source eCommerce platform was a natural choice. Shop4Shelves is one…

Open Source Cake!

One of our Project Managers, Greg, is sadly leaving us this week after being here for five years and to celebrate his time here, Greg has brought in an amazing set of cakes in the shape of the Magento, WordPress…

Why Google Shopping needs checking out right now

Last year, Google replaced Google Product Search with a new service – Google Shopping. By July, the changeover will be complete in the UK. The most significant difference is that merchants that could previously list with Google for free will…

Magento proves to be the natural choice for Wildcare

Wildcare offer specialised products for the wildlife and ecology industry – helping to make our environment a better place for both humans and animals. When they needed a new eCommerce web site that wouldn’t cost the Earth, they trusted to…

Developing a Better SEO Content Strategy for eCommerce Web Sites

It’s no longer enough to simply rely on keyword repetition to ensure a favourable SEO performance. Times have changed and now content is king. The success of any eCommerce web site depends on search engines being attracted to the quality…

Personalised iWeb service is the badge of eCommerce success

With 20 years of experience, Simoney Badges are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of badges, personalised gifts, lanyards, stickers, and other promotional items. Its customers range from Fortune 500 companies to individuals. So when they needed a new eCommerce…

IT solution providers delighted to have iWeb in their network

When IT company, Nviron wanted their web site to stand out from the crowd, they found iWeb’s outstanding design expertise to be fully compatible. Nviron is an established provider of IT infrastructure, networking and security solutions to organisations that demand…

Motorsport specialists in pole position, thanks to iWeb

When online motorsport specialists Race-Boots.com needed a web site tailor made for their business, iWeb roared into action. For almost a decade, the company has been promoting motorsport news and events to competitors and enthusiasts alike – as well as…

Twenty Five Signs Of A Tech Savvy Business

Technological advances make it possible for all business, large and small, to compete in a growing global marketplace. It’s critical that businesses take advantage of these advances in technology and train their employees to use them productively. Is your company…

Helping Customers’ Profits Rocket in 2012

The UK economy may have more dips than Sainsbury’s delicatessen, but it’s been a fantastic year for iWeb. In the world of e-commerce, business is booming – with our clients seeing significant growth and iWeb development expertise playing a huge…

Magento sparkles for jewellery eCommerce business

Bespoke Jewellers, ShaSha know more than most about the importance of looking good to stand out from the crowd. So when they moved their Watford retail outlet online they chose iWeb to develop an eCommerce web site that was not…

Magento remains the world’s No.1 eCommerce solution

The Alexa 1 Million is a list compiled by the Amazon-owned company of the most popular web sites throughout the world. Web developer, Tom Robertshaw has conducted a survey of the platforms that each eCommerce site in the list uses…

Dig deep for the JCB NSPCC Charity auction

Following on from the success of the last JCB NSPCC charity auction we were once again asked to help provide our services to this very worthwhile cause. This time round we extended our system to cope with simultaneous auctions. So…

Unconventional classical music outfit inspires classic web design.

Graffiti Classics are a string quartet that’s anything but traditional. They perform classical music with mischievous wit to appreciative audiences all over the world. Their hilarious mixture of comedy and music is in hot demand and they wanted a web…

Smart Learning eCommerce solution puts iWeb at the top of the class

Choosing iWeb to design their eCommerce web site proved to be an intelligent choice for educational resource specialist, Smart Learning. Originally launched in 2000, Smart Learning provides teaching aid materials in book and digital formats for schools and individuals around…

Charity Run

Our Technical Director Neil, has been hard at work raising money for a local Charity – Katharine House Hospice. He managed to run the 10K in 57 minutes. Well Done Neil!

iWeb puts Irish home entertainment giant into fast forward mode

In Ireland, Xtra-vision is an iconic retailer specialising mainly in the renting and selling of films and games. It’s hugely popular brand and they needed a web site that could cope with around 200,000 unique visitors a month from all…

iWeb provides the perfect design to fits a T-shirt business

Balcony Shirts owe their success to Pete Doherty – which is not a phrase you often hear. From one popular T-shirt idea based on the wayward ex-Libertine in 2003, they’ve grown a business selling all manner of apparel displaying ironic…

iWeb Control encourages the appliance of science

In 2008, the Science Council launched Future Morph to encourage young people to pursue careers in science and mathematics. So when they needed a new web site specifically geared towards the interests of the target audience, they came to iWeb….

Use the mouse to find that house with iWeb expertise

With 200 years of experience in the property sector, The Chancellors Group is one of the country’s leading independent estate agents – with 48 networked offices in Southern England and Wales. So when the wanted a web site that was at…

iWeb Control provides the human touch for HDA

When human resources solutions provider, HDA wanted to take a more hands-on approach to their web site, they took full advantage of the versatile capabilities of iWeb Control. Nowadays, web site visitors and search engines are looking for dynamic, ever…

Tusting bags the complete eCommerce web site from iWeb

Leather goods company Tusting have relied on iWeb experience to create a Magento eCommerce web site that complements their business. Tusting is a long-established family firm with deep roots in the leather and shoe trade and a particular specialisation in…

Why you need to be alive to HTML5

Remember what the Internet looked like 15 years ago, when eCommerce web site design was in its infancy and social media consisted of dodgy chat rooms full of people with a limited vocabulary of ‘cool’, ‘rocks’, ‘rules’ and ‘sucks’? There…

iWeb proves to be the perfect selection for royalty-free music providers

When Quantum Music Works were looking for an eCommerce web developer in tune with the needs of their business, they turned to iWeb. The company provides high quality downloads of royalty free music for legal use within productions. So if…

iWeb Magento web design provides tasty solution for luxury food retailers

Belazu are providers of gourmet Mediterranean and North African food that’s available in the premium sections of the better supermarkets. Now they’ve also proven to be connoisseurs of high quality web site design – because iWeb has freshly prepared an…

Magento proves to be a brighter idea for homeware specialists

Home Colours do exactly what their name suggests – brighten up your home with colourful, matching homewares and interior accessories. The company sources products from around the globe – seeking out the most inspirational designs. That’s probably why they came…

Musician’s resource web site samples iWeb expertise

When digital samplers were first invented in the late 70s, the height of sophistication was to play ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’ on a keyboard using a sample of a sheep. Thankfully, things have progressed since then and the modern musician…

JCB NSPCC Charity Auction 2012

JCB is helping to raise vital money for NSPCC. They are working to raise £1million for a new NPSCC service centre, delivering services at the cutting edge of child protection for vulnerable children and young people across Staffordshire. JCB tasked…

iWeb pushes all the right buttons for electronic music magazine

Electronic music was once the preserve of laboratory-based boffins and Germans with ironic self-awareness. But with the advent of sophisticated audio production software packages, more and more musicians – from beginners to seasoned producers – are becoming involved in the…

No prizes for knowing why Nobel has chosen iWeb

An event to attract some of the world’s greatest thinkers has looked to iWeb for inspiration. The Nobel Week Dialogue is being held in Stockholm this December as a preview to the famous Nobel Prize ceremony and needed a web…

Upstream Commerce integrates their Retail Intelligence Suite with Magento.

Upstream Commerce have announced they are integrating their Retail Intelligence Suite with Magento. Providing Magento users with the ability to effortlessly keep track of their competitors prices and inventory in real time. At the same time product, pricing and assortment data is automatically extracted directly…

iWeb takes gold for incredibly speedy Magento performance

In a few weeks, there’ll be several speed records broken at the London Olympics. But Team iWeb has already achieved a personal best. Our highly trained and motivated eCommerce web developers have designed, built and implemented an eCommerce web site…

iWeb virtuosos enable classical music business to perform at a much faster tempo

When specialist classical music retailer, MDT wanted to take their business to the next level, they came to iWeb for expert solutions We supplied a state-of-the-art Magento eCommerce solution that’s our fastest and most powerful to date. Having evolved from…

Great Midlands Fun Run

Held every year, the great midlands fun run is an 8.5 mile all tarmac route that takes you through the heart of Sutton Coldfield including Sutton Park where you must endure what is commonly known as ‘cardiac hill’. This year…

iWeb makes web logistics easy for the transport industry

The Transport & Logistics industry is highly competitive. So it’s important to have a web site that quickly takes the user where they need to be too. At iWeb, we’ve recently delivered three brochure sites for different clients in the…

The Mad Natters

Our Technical Director Neil Boughton and Karl Moss from MyMemory set off today on an epic journey from Jersey to the South of France in the Jersey Hospice Gallery Rally. This annual event has raised over £125,000 for Jersey Hospice…

iWeb to produce made-to-measure eCommerce web site for Slide Wardrobes

Slide Wardrobes – as their name suggests – make sliding wardrobe doors to customers’ individual specifications. They’ve chosen the expertise of iWeb for a Magento eCommerce web site design that will highlight the versatility of their products. Slide Wardrobes create…

iWeb Control puts you in the driving seat

A Content Management System keeps your site fresh and up to date For some online businesses, a static web site is never going to be enough. And having to seek the help of a professional web developer every time you…

Using a custom domain with Gmail

Helpful walkthrough for setting up Gmail to send email as a custom vanity domain. It assumes that youremail at yourdomain is already pointing to your Gmail account. http://youtu.be/V6tdoRPrmFA Update – 18/09/2014 Google announced in 2012 that they would no longer…

Author! Author!

How Quality Content Will Get You Noticed With Google Author Rank You don’t have to be Stephen King to be rewarded for writing what people enjoy reading. Include quality content on your web site and you might find yourself topping…

iWeb Control Coming Soon

We have been busy here at iWeb over the past few months collecting a bank useful of WordPress plugins that we regularly use as well as a selection of our own. The purpose is to produce a feature rich content…

EU Cookie Law is changing on the 26th May 2012

This coming Friday all website owners will be forced to comply with the new EU cookie law directive. Failure to do so can result in a maximum penalty of £500,000. The new ruling requires you to clearly display your use…

iWeb serves up tasty Magento eCommerce solution for gourmet site

When they needed an eCommerce web site design, gourmet specialists Excellent Foods came to iWeb. We provided a Magento eCommerce solution with a feast of features to improve the way they do business online. Excellent Foods was established in January…

Magento provides a full palette of features for colourful fashion brand

Fashion brand, CYW by Urbanz prides itself in being the exact opposite of dull and boring. It’s stands for ‘Colour Your World’ and offers an extensive range of headphones and accessories, along with quirkily designed clothing. They came to iWeb…

Don’t pay the over-optimisation penalty

How fewer keywords might soon be the key You’ll doubtless have seen eCommerce web site design that hammers the same key words and phrases repeatedly in an attempt to attract the attention of search engines – known as Search Engine…

Magento Community 1.7 Now Available!

Over the past few weeks we have been busy benchmarking the beta releases and the release candidates optimising our iWeb plugins to the latest release standards and last night, Magento Community 1.7 was released, here at iWeb we couldn’t wait…

Export your guest customers details in Magento

Ever wanted to gather the details of those customers who haven’t registered on your Magento site when placing their orders? Well now you can! At iWeb we’ve started using a Magento plugin by BelVG called “Guests Catalog” and it serves…

Mobile is really on the move

A quarter of all your eCommerce website traffic will soon come through mobile platforms The rapid adoption of smart mobile devices, such as the iPhone and the iPad, is changing how consumers interact with search engines faster than anybody anticipated….

iWeb launches the complete web-based FTP storage solution

If your business needs to exchange large files safely and securely, look no further than the new iWeb web-based FTP Storage service. Bristling with features and completely customisable to your brand, it’s the simple, yet professional solution that knocks spots…

The Beth Johnson Foundation Supports Positive Ageing with New Website

The world’s population is ageing. Current issues hitting the headlines often relate to older members of society and the challenges they face in their lives, with tax cuts and dementia at the forefront of the news. The Beth Johnson Foundation…

Pinterest

How Pinterest could pin down more customers for your business As any professional web developer will tell you, social media integration is now an essential factor in eCommerce website design. We all know about the likes of Twitter and Facebook,…

Better eCommerce at a stroke

How the new iPad 3 can put your business in touch with more shoppers The launch of any new Apple product is always led by a media fanfare. But the third iteration of the popular iPad could mean big things…

10 ways to do better business on any eCommerce product page

The most important pages of all on any eCommerce web site are the product pages. After all, they display the goods that visitors have come for. But how do you turn more of those visitors into buyers? As a professional…

Magento 1.7 beta released

Magento 1.7 went into beta over the weekend and our resident geeks at iWeb couldn’t wait to get there hands on it. Load testing and  testing and benchmarking has already begun down in the lab and we will be porting over…