The Web Design Blog

web design blogThis is a web design blog where we publish posts, articles and tutorials about the latest web trends, techniques and new possibilities. The team at Active Webdezign is dedicated to provide useful, inspiring and innovative content that is free of charge and perhaps most importantly of all, easy to understand.

What started as an inexperienced blog became an exciting playground for sharing the passion for web design and web development with our customers and fellow web designers.

The web is changing and evolving each and every day, pushing the boundaries of how websites are built from the fundamental structure to the most delicate interaction effects. At Webdezign we want to share some of that on our web design blog. If YOU would like to talk about your ideas or a question you would like to see answered or addressed in a post, write a tutorial or simply share something that you created, please contact us.

How to migrate a WordPress website

How to migrate a WordPress website

During the stages of developing a website it is sometimes necessary to Migrate WordPress website, for example to change ...

September 1, 2016
What is an apprenticeship?

What is an apprenticeship?

Tired of being stuck in a classroom? Not sure if university is the right option for you? Not to worry! If you are age 16...

July 25, 2016

Long, Lost Logo Lookalikes

Long, Lost Logo Lookalikes

As more and more companies are becoming popular, more logos are being designed in the process. This has lead to some str...

July 13, 2016
IconBuffet – Free Icons, Stock Icons, Custom Icon Design

IconBuffet – Free Icons, Stock Icons, Custom Icon Design

I was doing some spring cleaning in my folders and stumbled upon my old sets from iconbuffet, anyone remember iconbuffet...

June 7, 2016
45 Free fonts for graphic designers

45 Free fonts for graphic designers

This is another round-up of some of our current favourite free fonts. We present you with a nice and varied selection of...

April 13, 2016
What’s it like to work within a web design team

What’s it like to work within a web design team

Webdezign is more than just a company that makes fancy webpages or complex systems. ...

April 1, 2016
London Based Web Design Company?

London Based Web Design Company?

Choose a London based web design company that knows your audience...

January 8, 2016

Websites with Free Stock Photos

Websites with Free Stock Photos

With cameras now being predominantly digital, everyone can take pictures and lots of people are happy to share those wit...

November 27, 2015
Florian Csizmazia – das Junior Developer

Florian Csizmazia – das Junior Developer

Born in Vienna I started to develop my skills in web design and development in kindergarten. Building websites for Nike,...

September 29, 2015
Using the new Google plus badges

Using the new Google plus badges

I just wanted to download the Google+ badges and update the graphic on my site, not become a developer or learn how to c...

September 8, 2015
Peter Persiel – Our guy at SAP

Peter Persiel – Our guy at SAP

I’m Peter and I have worked for Webdezign in 2012 for about a month. My hometown Luneburg is located next to the lovel...

September 7, 2015
New responsive website launched… finally!

New responsive website launched… finally!

Building your own website when you are a web design company is like the mechanic who drives about in an old and battered...

August 11, 2015
Florian Malapel – le French Resistance

Florian Malapel – le French Resistance

I’m Florian Malapel, french dude born in the North of France in 1993, I always been interested by everything which con...

July 24, 2015
SQL Joins CheatSheet

SQL Joins CheatSheet

This is one of the quickest SQL desk side notes for web developers and php programmers. ...

January 27, 2015
Top 10 reasons why your web design should be responsive (RWD)

Top 10 reasons why your web design should be responsive (RWD)

If you have heard or read about responsive websites, but don’t believe that your site needs to be updated in this mann...

January 26, 2015
Magento E-commerce For Fashion Retailers

Magento E-commerce For Fashion Retailers

Industry experts are in agreement that Magento has the ability to save time, allow you to offer a more engaging service ...

January 22, 2015
10 Mac Apps/Utility tools to help with web design and development + windows

10 Mac Apps/Utility tools to help with web design and development + windows

We all have our little gems that we use to save us time and minimise repetetive tasks in our day to day work. ...

September 30, 2014
Matthias Knoll – Website Designer to Developer

Matthias Knoll – Website Designer to Developer

To finish my course I had to do a one term internship. I always wanted to live abroad and this was my chance. I sent out...

September 26, 2014
Web designers in London

Web designers in London

Our team of web designers in London who founded Active Webdezign fifteen years ago have all been able to evolve and grow...

September 22, 2014
How to access Magento core inside a custom build

How to access Magento core inside a custom build

We have recently been working on a few Magento Ecommerce sites that either incorporate wordpress or a custom build using...

September 16, 2014
WordPress Web Design & Development

WordPress Web Design & Development

Find WordPress Web Design & Development Services at Webdezign. Our WordPress designs are suitable for businesses, charit...

April 28, 2014
SSL Certificates Padlocks For Websites | London

SSL Certificates Padlocks For Websites | London

Ever noticed the padlock that appears when you're logged into your Internet banking? It shows that the connection betwee...

April 9, 2014
Why We Use: WordPress

Why We Use: WordPress

When looking for a new website, we recommend WordPress. But, I hear you ask: Why WordPress?...

April 3, 2014
How often should I redesign my website? | Revamp & Modernise For 2014

How often should I redesign my website? | Revamp & Modernise For 2014

So, what if we told you that you could do better? Have you ever heard of Responsive Design? Technology moves very quickl...

March 25, 2014
Magento eCommerce Web Design Specialists, London

Magento eCommerce Web Design Specialists, London

If you are looking for an online shopping cart solution for your website, Magento will make for an affordable customisab...

March 20, 2014
Ed The Intern doing work experience

Ed The Intern doing work experience

What happens when you have a London lad and three web designers in the office while the boss is away? We had Edward visi...

January 10, 2014
Zsolt Hari – The Hungry one

Zsolt Hari – The Hungry one

I am Zsolt from Hungary, and no I am not hungry. :) I worked in London for 6 months in 2007 as a junior programmer....

September 27, 2013
Andreas Paech – The english student, AKAI

Andreas Paech – The english student, AKAI

My name is Andreas Paech. I was born in Berlin 1993, but grew up in the area of Lüneburg. I was (unfortunately) only in...

September 26, 2013
Lebinh Ngo – Our Food Taster

Lebinh Ngo – Our Food Taster

Hi I’m Lebinh Ngo, I am a multimedia designer born and raised in London. I have always been passionate about new media...

September 23, 2013
Alex Mardapittas – Our man in China

Alex Mardapittas – Our man in China

I'm Alexis Mardapittas. I worked at Webdezign for about 1yr? I've lost a lot of my memory since then. Editors note: t...

September 20, 2013
Luke Williams – The Young Gun

Luke Williams – The Young Gun

I'm Luke Williams, a North London-er born and bred, and I first joined Active Webdezign on a two-week work experience pl...

September 13, 2013
What lies beyond Webdezign?

What lies beyond Webdezign?

I've decided to try and track down some of the web designers and web developers we have had at Webdezign over the years ...

September 12, 2013
How to Create an impressive WordPress Gallery on your site

How to Create an impressive WordPress Gallery on your site

Nowadays, there are countless websites out there ! Some websites clearly stand out and attract more and more visitors ev...

August 5, 2013
How to setup your domain’s email in Gmail

How to setup your domain’s email in Gmail

We had a client in this afternoon who was wondering how to setup her email; hosted with ourselves, in some kind of email...

July 12, 2013
Benefits of building your website in London

Benefits of building your website in London

It has been fifteen years since Active Webdezign opened its doors and modem connection to the world of the Internet. Bei...

May 29, 2013
We use WordPress

We use WordPress

Wordpress is one of the biggest and most popular content management system in the world and it's available in 53 languag...

November 16, 2012
We are utilising responsive design!

We are utilising responsive design!

Instead of creating a new website version for every different device that exists, we can work on making the information ...

November 15, 2012
Browser stats, Chrome has overtaken IE

Browser stats, Chrome has overtaken IE

Chrome has overtaken Internet explorer (5+ I assume) as the most popular browser in the world, ending Internet Explorers...

August 17, 2012
(cookies) KEEP CALM & CARRY ON

(cookies) KEEP CALM & CARRY ON

With all the historical references around the Jubilee last weekend, we were reminded of the stoicism of our parents and ...

June 7, 2012
The stupid EU cookie law in 2½ minutes

The stupid EU cookie law in 2½ minutes

We have spoken about the new Cookie law in the past but today I stumbled upon a video by Oliver at Silktide explaining t...

April 23, 2012
Internet Explorer has stopped working

Internet Explorer has stopped working

We had one of those days here in the office! As massive fans of the 'officespace' movie we used a picture of Milton. ...

March 1, 2012
Free ecommerce template using HTML5 and CSS3 animations

Free ecommerce template using HTML5 and CSS3 animations

Christmas is over but I thought we would give away a little something even though it is mid January. I've created an eco...

January 10, 2012
Form CSS Free download

Form CSS Free download

You know how you see all these great looking sleek UIs on websites giving away free PSDs....

December 19, 2011
We are looking for a senior web developer in London

We are looking for a senior web developer in London

We are looking for a motivated developer to join our team. You will be working in a small team where you will get the op...

November 14, 2011
Round navigation with overlapping CSS3 animations

Round navigation with overlapping CSS3 animations

I had some time to kill on friday afternoon so I decided to try if I could make a navigation that overlaps the neighbour...

October 21, 2011
Steve Jobs RIP

Steve Jobs RIP

It has been a difficult year for all of us as it is, and to top it all up Steve Jobs the co-founder of Apple Macintosh c...

October 7, 2011
How to fix position:absolute disappearing in ie

How to fix position:absolute disappearing in ie

If you've experienced this problem you are probably ready to pull your hair out. It is completely random, sometimes it d...

September 2, 2011
Setting up an email account on your iPhone

Setting up an email account on your iPhone

If you have any problems to setup your email account on the iPhone or iPad, have a look at this article....

July 8, 2011
Setting up an email account on your BlackBerry

Setting up an email account on your BlackBerry

The process of setting up an email account on your Blackberry is fairly easy....

July 7, 2011
New cookie laws un-realistic within grace period

New cookie laws un-realistic within grace period

The 25th of May marks what could be a major turning point of the internet's privacy laws. This may change the way websit...

May 31, 2011
20 great free fonts, not the usual suspects

20 great free fonts, not the usual suspects

There is a myriad of great free fonts out there, we've all heard of League Gothic and Museo, but I wanted to list a few ...

December 22, 2010
Webdezign joins the Annual Design Awards

Webdezign joins the Annual Design Awards

When we were approached to join the Annual Design Awards by it's founder, we were delighted. These awards are truly a sa...

November 4, 2010
Default search in Chrome – how to setup

Default search in Chrome – how to setup

We are not quite sure how you lost them in the first place but Mike managed to do so. So we thought someone else might m...

September 16, 2010
The Internet has 234 Million websites, Dec 2009

The Internet has 234 Million websites, Dec 2009

Put simply, if you are not online: You are most definetely missing out on potential clients/customers. Here is a video s...

June 22, 2010
Google looked different this morning (testing)

Google looked different this morning (testing)

As most of you will know, Google actively A/B tests a multitude of elements and pages at any given time. So why this bl...

April 20, 2010
Payment Systems for Ecommerce

Payment Systems for Ecommerce

Millions of consumers use the Internet for banking, shopping and so forth on an everyday basis and are reliant for the...

March 30, 2010
The common fonts of the web and why we use them

The common fonts of the web and why we use them

If your computer and browser does not support Verdana it will try and use Arial, if there is no support it will try Helv...

YouTube is down – OMG

YouTube is down – OMG

It was a big shock, but somewhat of a sobering revelation to see that YouTube website was down this morning....

March 25, 2010
Free wordpress 2.9 theme – Bright lemon

Free wordpress 2.9 theme – Bright lemon

Bright Lemon is a free template to use with the open source blog WordPress....

March 5, 2010
Google to phase out support for IE6

Google to phase out support for IE6

rom the 1st of March 2010 Google are to phase out support for the Internet explorer 6, the so called week link in recent...

February 3, 2010
Free download – Glossy PSD buttons

Free download – Glossy PSD buttons

We thought we would give away some free glassy buttons! They are made using Photoshop and each button is made up from 2 ...

January 28, 2010
Tomboy and how to sync two set of notes

Tomboy and how to sync two set of notes

Tomboy is a note taking application from GNOME written in C#. I first came across Tomboy notes when using the Ubuntu Liv...

January 26, 2010
Free HTML5 template

Free HTML5 template

I've been playing around with some of the new HTML5 elements and ended up with a little template that I thought I would ...

January 10, 2010
How much does a Website Cost?

How much does a Website Cost?

The answer to this question is not a single sum, nor is there a standard equation to determine the website cost. However...

December 4, 2009
Google is A/B testing image search

Google is A/B testing image search

We have mentioned google A/B testing their homepage in the past and today we noticed they are up to exciting things on t...

November 12, 2009
Do I Need A Website?

Do I Need A Website?

Let me start by stating the obvious, you need a website! In the context of a credit crunch when businesses rely upon ret...

November 11, 2009
Launch of the all new Back2 ecommerce website

Launch of the all new Back2 ecommerce website

We are proud to announce the most recent launch of the long established central London based ergonomic furniture company...

November 5, 2009
Google robots.txt defends itself on Halloween

Google robots.txt defends itself on Halloween

Google has decided to add 3 lines into their robots.txt this Halloween...

October 31, 2009
(Yahoo) You nailed it, just a few tiny changes

(Yahoo) You nailed it, just a few tiny changes

Yes we are fully aware that this is viral marketing promoting Yahoo and it's brand, but to be honest; we don't care. Thi...

October 29, 2009
Top 10 Benefits of a Website

Top 10 Benefits of a Website

We are often contacted by people who have been told that they need a website, but they are not really sure as to why the...

October 24, 2009
Google is A/B testing their homepage

Google is A/B testing their homepage

A few days ago we read about how google was experimenting with their homepage again. ...

October 7, 2009
Google Chrome Themes by famous designers

Google Chrome Themes by famous designers

The increasingly popular browser Google Chrome (3.0.195.3 and above only) has just launched a number of themes for their...

October 6, 2009
Microsoft new search engine Bing launches new visual search

Microsoft new search engine Bing launches new visual search

Software giant Microsoft has introduced "visual search" to its Bing search engine to try to further set itself apart fro...

September 18, 2009
Pro bono work for local charity

Pro bono work for local charity

Our London based web design and development team at Active Webdezign ltd. have been working hard on a charity website th...

September 3, 2009
Table Less Design is not the future it’s the past keep up!

Table Less Design is not the future it’s the past keep up!

In the world of web design, things have changed drastically since the early days of the internet when the online world w...

August 30, 2009
Team building day at the Go-Kart track

Team building day at the Go-Kart track

The summer has once again finaly arrived without any sign of a heatwave, but that can be expected in the UK, it's not un...

August 20, 2009
Cameron calls Twitts Twats, but what exactly was he implying?

Cameron calls Twitts Twats, but what exactly was he implying?

What a fiasco..>!! David Cameron made a remark, which backfired on him.... Twat! (can i say that?)...

July 30, 2009
We need this, that and the other

We need this, that and the other

All over the world, businesses deciding to launch an internet website often make the mistake of believing that their web...

Broadband speeds not up to the mark?

Broadband speeds not up to the mark?

It has finally emerged publicly that the speed at which our broadband connections actually operate at, compared with wha...

July 29, 2009
Reading Glasses Direct Launched

Reading Glasses Direct Launched

We recently embarked on an e-commerce project of our own, setting out to prove to ourselves that you can create a succes...

July 23, 2009
Logo not looking the same on screen?

Logo not looking the same on screen?

No matter how happy you are with the colours and design of your company logo, when it comes to displaying it on screen o...

July 6, 2009
Domain Registration Privacy

Domain Registration Privacy

Everyone wants to keep their information safe and secure online with various organisations constantly reminding us not t...

June 30, 2009
Top 10 Tips  The Set Up Of An Ecommerce Site

Top 10 Tips The Set Up Of An Ecommerce Site

Any business that has yet to develop an online presence is missing out on the strong growth in online spend in the UK, e...

June 20, 2009
Should I change my browser from Internet Explorer IE 6?

Should I change my browser from Internet Explorer IE 6?

Internet Explorer IE is one of the oldest and best known web browsers in the world. This is largely thanks to the popula...

June 13, 2009
Maintaining a Website

Maintaining a Website

There is little doubt that creating a website opens up doors for any forward-thinking business, whether it be for e-comm...

June 9, 2009
I want to be number 1 on google

I want to be number 1 on google

I want to be number 1 on Google is probably the most common request we get from potential customers. In response my ques...

UK Ecommerce Market Size

UK Ecommerce Market Size

UK Ecommerce is an abbreviation of electronic commerce and embraces the buying and selling of products or services throu...

June 8, 2009
sIFR and What it Is

sIFR and What it Is

Update: sIFR is a thing of the past, see @sifr for more info. As broadband continues to improve, the internet is becomin...

June 1, 2009
What hosting is

What hosting is

The term ‘hosting‘, in a website context, refers to the storage, processing power, connectivity and other in...

May 15, 2009
Website Cost

Website Cost

As the world wide web grows bigger and wider ever day, it should come as no surprise that we all find ourselves losing p...

May 14, 2009
Website Security

Website Security

For any company conducting business over the internet, the impact of a website security breach can have far-reaching eff...

May 13, 2009
Team building extravanganza – crocodile burger BBQ and poker

Team building extravanganza – crocodile burger BBQ and poker

This Friday we gathered the troops of webzign and invited some of our friends over for a barbeque and poker evening at t...

May 11, 2009
How do I optimise images for Google?

How do I optimise images for Google?

“How do I optimise images” you ask. For companies with an online presence, attracting site visitors is large...

May 2, 2009
Safe Typography on the Web

Safe Typography on the Web

Lets have a a talk about Typography on the Web. We have all seen websites that look as though they were created by someo...

April 30, 2009
Website hosting in London

Website hosting in London

The Webdezign policy on hosting for our clients websites has always been to achieve the highest standard available in th...

March 14, 2009
Spam spam spam and more spam, where does it come from?

Spam spam spam and more spam, where does it come from?

Spam Spam Spam and Spam... the only encounter I had of that phrase in past years was the famous Monty Python sketch (I h...

March 12, 2009
So you got a creative brief, now what

So you got a creative brief, now what

We know it can seem a bit daunting with some of the questions but this process should be fun, and if you do it correctly...

March 3, 2009
Arbras Gallery new ecommerce development project

Arbras Gallery new ecommerce development project

Webdezign are proud to have been chosen to take on the new ecommerce and web design project for one of our oldest return...

February 26, 2009
Domain Privacy Protection

Domain Privacy Protection

Some people who own a domain name may already be aware that their personal details are openly available via the who-is d...

January 29, 2009
Webdezign launches website 2.0.1

Webdezign launches website 2.0.1

The team at Webdezign have been very busy building new websites for our clients during 2008. It was only down to the det...

January 9, 2009
I’m not number 1 in Google

I’m not number 1 in Google

This article has been written in response to a member of the public responding to the ‘i want to be number 1 in Go...

January 1, 2009
How big is the Pie?

How big is the Pie?

Online retail sales to reach £25.5 Billion Pounds in 2009 With a recession looming the general consensus of opinion ...

December 23, 2008
BetterJPEG Tutorial

BetterJPEG Tutorial

Welcome to our series of tutorials on using the BetterJPEG software. Here you'll learn how to resize, crop and watermark...

November 4, 2008
Outlook Express: Setting up your email client on a PC

Outlook Express: Setting up your email client on a PC

Follow the step by step guide on how to set up Outlook Express to use an existing email address:...

October 16, 2008
Setting up a POP3 account in Outlook 2007 on Windows XP

Setting up a POP3 account in Outlook 2007 on Windows XP

Our quick guide shows you how you can use the Outlook Express application to access an existing email address. This mean...

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