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The team's blog about web design, technology and business

Bookmarklet to normalise typography

A simple bookmark that makes a site black and white and makes all typography the same size, typeface and weight so that you can evaluate what styles are actually needed.

Posted on July 27th 2014 by Andrew FairlieGet the free bookmark

Bookmarklet to normalise typography

What we found when optimising ExpressionEngine

We recently relaunched a high traffic website for a major UK music magazine. The site, powered by ExpressionEngine launched with only a few hiccups but as the festival season began the traffic increased and a few cracks started showing.

Posted on July 09th 2014 by Andrew FairlieRead the simple tweaks that boost your site's performance

What we found when optimising ExpressionEngine

Red Carrot at GeeUp Conference

The Red Carrot team will be out of the office on Friday 20th June 2014. We'll be in Leiden, Netherlands at the first GeeUp conference.

Posted on June 17th 2014 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

Red Carrot at GeeUp Conference

UK High Streets Minister Praises New Red Carrot Development with Ashford Borough Council

The Department for Communities and Local Government and MP Brandon Lewis have praised the new digital high street developed by Red Carrot for Ashford Borough Council.

Posted on May 14th 2014 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

UK High Streets Minister Praises New Red Carrot Development with Ashford Borough Council

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability and Your Site

A recent vulnerability in popular software has put millions of sites at risk. In this post we explain how your site has been affected by it.

Posted on April 09th 2014 by Red CarrotContinue reading...

Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability and Your Site

Why your website looks different on different screens

Discover how different screens, web browsers, operating systems, and users affect the way your website looks.

Posted on January 17th 2014 by Tam McDonaldFind out why

Why your website looks different on different screens

Key Shopping Dates in the UK for 2014 (The eCommerce Owner’s Calendar)

We've been going through the data for 2013 and have put together our projection of the key shopping dates in the UK.

Posted on January 01st 2014 by Andrew FairlieGet the calendar now

Key Shopping Dates in the UK for 2014 (The eCommerce Owner’s Calendar)

The website owner’s guide to getting the most out of your site this Christmas

£19.17 billion is projected to be spent on eCommerce sites this Christmas in the UK this year. Is your website ready for the busiest eCommerce period?

Posted on November 25th 2013 by Andrew FairlieFind out how to get the most out of the Christmas period

The website owner’s guide to getting the most out of your site this Christmas

Designing websites for users - “The User is Drunk”

Will Dayble, director of Australian based web agency SquareWeave shares an interesting talk about designing a website for users.... drunk users.

Posted on November 19th 2013 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

Designing websites for users - “The User is Drunk”

Automatic SQL dump on GIT Commit

An automated way to dump SQL when you commit to GIT in just a few simple steps

Posted on October 11th 2013 by Tam McDonaldLearn how

Automatic SQL dump on GIT Commit

We’re looking for an SEO Consultant

Do you know your Hummingbird from your Moz? We're looking for an SEO Consultant to join us in the office once or twice a week to work on exciting web projects

Posted on October 04th 2013 by Red CarrotContinue reading...

We’re looking for an SEO Consultant

Our office has wet itself!

Overnight our offices experienced a bit of a leak, which has pushed production behind slightly and may cause disruption to support over the next day or two...

Posted on October 02nd 2013 by David RoderFind out how this may affect you

Our office has wet itself!

How to fix “Cannot read property ‘W3C’ of undefined” in ExpressionEngine

This annoying bug that occasional pops up in ExpressionEngine. It stops the channel form from loading the JavaScript and CSS needed for the field types. Here's how to fix it...

Posted on October 01st 2013 by Andrew FairlieFind out how to fix it

How to fix “Cannot read property ‘W3C’ of undefined” in ExpressionEngine

Make your website like a Kindle

The Kindle - it's Amazon's eBook reader. It reads eBooks. That's pretty much all that it does. It's brilliant.

Posted on September 30th 2013 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

Make your website like a Kindle

Stop collecting feedback - start listening instead

With all the web tools out there today it's tempting to have some fancy feedback collection system. Don't worry about it. The best way of getting good feedback is to stop collecting it.

Posted on September 28th 2013 by Andrew FairlieRead on to find out why feedback can be poison...

Stop collecting feedback - start listening instead

Deadlines with web projects

Deadline: It was originally an actual drawn line separating civil war camps in 1864. Cross the line - you're dead. Deadline.

Posted on September 27th 2013 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

Deadlines with web projects

Just start it, already - Five tips to writing better content online

Struggling to come up with the content for your new site? Here's five simple tips to get you started.

Posted on September 22nd 2013 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

Just start it, already - Five tips to writing better content online

Stop being professional (or: how to actually connect with customers)

"We apologise for the late running of this service". No you don't. You couldn't care less. At most you care that you are going to be fined by National Rail and it makes your statistics slightly less favourable.

Posted on September 22nd 2013 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

Stop being professional (or: how to actually connect with customers)

Get rid of your stupid cookie popup

The cookie law was updated in May 2012. Now, over a year later the web is filled with annoying widgets reminding you that they set cookies and, "hey, if you want you can change the cookie setting on this site!".

Those cookie messages are worse than pointless.

Posted on September 18th 2013 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

Get rid of your stupid cookie popup

Always throw away your first pancake

It's an old saying, but a good one! You allow yourself to make a mistake so future attempts are delicious. Apply this thought to your (delicious) website.

Posted on September 15th 2013 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

Always throw away your first pancake

Red Carrot to design Ashford’s new website

Red Carrot, an Ashford based digital agency has been appointed to bring the town centre into the 21st century with a brand new website.

Posted on August 28th 2013 by Emma BrowneContinue reading...

Red Carrot to design Ashford’s new website

How to write in plain English (and increase conversions at the same time)

It's thought that the average person is shown 10,000 sales messages every day - from the can of coke in the fridge to the advert on TV. They're all trying to sell you something.

That's why it's so important that your content is clear and easy to understand. People need to 'get it' and be convinced before the next sales message grabs their attention.

Posted on August 13th 2013 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

How to write in plain English (and increase conversions at the same time)

The top 5 paid ExpressionEngine Addons

We take a look at the top addons for ExpressionEngine in June 2013 to see if we can glean any information about the trends in the community and what we can expect to happen over the next few months.

Posted on June 24th 2013 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

The top 5 paid ExpressionEngine Addons

How to make a successful website

A simple beginners guide to the parts of the web (in particular Google and other search engines) that are a mystery to most small business owners.

Posted on June 21st 2013 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

How to make a successful website

Increasing sales by learning from physical shops

Selling online is ridiculously easy. All you need to do is post a picture, throw some text together and wait for the orders to roll in... none of that is true.

Posted on June 14th 2013 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

Increasing sales by learning from physical shops

How to stop assets from crashing

There is a bug in Pixel & Tonic's popular Assets plugin that can crash ExpresssionEngine's publish screen. ExpressionEngine design agency, Red Carrot, share the simple fix...

Posted on January 19th 2012 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

How to stop assets from crashing

“The Fold” in Web Design

Does having things on one screen without scrolling make for a better website? Learn why 'The Fold' is an outdated concept that serves little purpose on a modern web.

Posted on January 07th 2012 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

“The Fold” in Web Design

Using Facebook to Sell More Products Online

Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the states. It's also the biggest shopping day of the year, both online and in retail. Research released today shows that 57% of shoppers found their deals of choice through Facebook and other social networks.

Posted on November 18th 2011 by Andrew FairlieContinue reading...

Using Facebook to Sell More Products Online

Red Carrot Always Knows Somebody to Help

A network is a complex construction of interconnected threads. The resulting mesh, like the superbly created spider’s web, is far stronger than any single component. So it is with the Business Network International. Being a member of this organisation gives businesses, large and small, the combined power and influence of every company involved.

Posted on November 11th 2011 by David RoderContinue reading...

Red Carrot Always Knows Somebody to Help