Design, Theory & Ramblings

5 Reasons Why You Need to Update Your Website

3 - 4 years is a long time in web design. In fact, it’s about enough time for new standards, practices, and technologies to emerge. So, with that in mind, if you’re sitting on a website developed pre-2012, it could be time to think about a refresh. And yes, we know, it might look just fine. But sometimes it’s the parts that you can’t see that need the most TLC.

Craft CMS 3 Beta

As you might be aware, we love Craft CMS at Shape and have been using it for many years. Over this time we’ve dabbled with the latest instalment… Craft CMS 3. For a while this was only a developer preview and not to be used on production projects. But the buzz around this release has always been high within the community.

Train Xhale Reviewed

Outside of the working life at Shape, the majority of my time is spent training for Triathlons. As we head into the New Year, I have started planning the races I am going to enter, which means I can start to get my training structured around them so that I am prepared for them come race day. 

Our favourite Craft CMS plugins

When we get a fresh smelling new project at Shape, that requires Craft to be installed, we like to have a go-to ‘build’. Over the years we’ve enhanced a basic Craft build by doing such things as adjusting the config files, adding in predefined asset upload folders and also a base folder structure in our templates so we can rapidly develop...

Inside the MadeByShape Studio Interior

You all know that we are a Creative and Digital Studio in Manchester. But have you ever visited our studio? We think it's a pretty awesome place to work, the interior is 'delicious' and the people I work with are just bloody brilliant. Here's a look inside our studio ( our home from home ).

How we built It’s A Shape Christmas

As we started to head into October, it became apparent that the 1st of December isn’t actually that far away. This made us realise two things. Number 1: It’s time to crack out the Christmas Playlists - yes Andy has been playing Bublé Christmas for about two months now and I think only me and him still aren’t bored of it yet..! And number 2: We needed to get cracking with It’s A Shape Christmas! 

Websites I’m Working On

If you’re somebody looking to choose a web design agency in manchester, a web design agency in london, a web design agency in cheshire, or a web design agency anywhere in the world - it may be worth knowing who I am, what we offer here at Shape and what I’m currently working on.

Best sites of October

As the month comes to a close, I look back at some of the sweet sweet candy that has made it’s way onto the Internet this October. And let me tell you, these ones are sweeter than honey!

5 Most Effective Pricing Strategies to Boost Conversion Rates

The way pricing is presented has a large influence on a potential customer, both on a conscious and subconscious level. The pricing techniques and strategies you decide to deploy on your site really do have the potential to make or break things in many cases.

Why we love Craft Commerce

As well as being an amazing Content Management System (CMS) - Craft also can be a powerful eCommerce platform. We’ve used many in the past such as Cart Throb (EE), Magento, Shopify etc. But we’ve found that Craft Commerce can perform better than all of these when you use it correctly.

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