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  • Our Work: Bagboard

    The Concept The Bagboard model is “an advertising platform with a social conscience” built on rewarding people and society for engaging with brands.  Bagboard is an ad platform that empowers consumers to take control of their data and time: Bagboard distributes eco-friendly…

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  • 5 Reasons Why We Love Laravel

    We often hear the question, Why use Laravel for web development? It’s the framework our backend developers use in the majority of our projects and we are known for our expertise in it. For non-developers though, it’s hard to distinguish what makes one framework better than another. T…

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  • Who we're most excited to hear at Web Summit 2018

    In our previous blog post, we discussed why we were going to Web Summit and why you should too. The undeniably impressive list of speakers is a big draw; you’ll have the opportunity to listen to some of the most influential names in tech, politics and sport, to name a few industries. With aro…

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  • Our Top 10 Tips for Web Summit

    With Web Summit 2018 only a mere week away, we've compiled together our top 10 tips for how to get the most out of your time there.   Reach out to people online beforehand. Engaging people online before you get there means you can really pinpoint who you want to meet with. It’s a go…

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  • Behind the Screens: The Discovery Team

    What is Discovery? Discovery is the name given to the second stage of our projects. Once a client has finalised our consultants' proposal, the project then passes to the Discovery team. It's here that the client's platform really starts coming to life. Our aim in Discovery is to help our clients a…

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  • Netsells at the Vuejs London Conference

    The news that London would be host to the UK's first Vue.js Conference was met with excitement by our frontend team. A Javascript framework created by ex-Google employee Evan You, Vue.js is a popular choice for frontend developing. As our framework of choice for most projects, it is a fundamental pa…

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  • Why We're Championing Women in Tech

    According to data collected by the ONS in its 2018 report, there are five times as many men in the IT and Telecommunication sector than women. There are seven times as many male programmers and software developers as there are female. Enter most software companies and you'll see this data play…

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  • Our First VR Gaming Social

    With hype for VR reaching new heights, it seemed a perfect choice for our Netsells fortnightly social - it's basically essential research. Although several of our team had already dabbled in VR gaming, many of us were completely new to the technology and eager for a chance to play.  One aftern…

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  • Joining SuperYachts in Monaco

    Getting to know our new clients and their businesses is a priority of ours. Naturally, then, we leapt at the chance to join our new client SuperYachts at the Monaco Yacht Show. Both teams were keen to kick off our upcoming collaboration with an exciting (and informative!) trip to the famous Port Her…

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  • Netsells at the Yorkshire Marathon

    As Sunday approached, our relay team of 6 was feeling that mixture of excitement and fear that usually comes with physical exercise in a public setting. Some had been busy with after work practice runs; some had not.     Pre-Marathon    After donning their official Netsells…

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  • Netsells shortlisted in York Press Awards 2018!

    We are thrilled to have made the shortlist for this year's Press Business Awards - the first year we have entered since we relocated to York 4 years ago. We will be competing for the Small Business of the Year Award, having gone from strength to strength over the past 6 years. We now employ over 50…

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  • Netsells Featured as Top UK Web Developer on Clutch

    Our team at Netsells provides cutting edge digital solutions to businesses at home in the United Kingdom and abroad. We focus on mobile and web development projects with our clients’ needs in mind. With clients in over 40 countries, we have seen numerous chart topping successes. This is why we…

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  • Netsells acquire Specfox

    Specfox, the beautifully simple platform for producing annotated PDF website development specifications, has been acquired by Netsells We're thrilled to announce that we have recently completed an acquisition of the software as a service platform Specfox.com. We are excited to be working o…

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  • The Yorkshire Marathon Corporate Relay

    Netsells took part in the corporate relay last weekend. Six runners form a team, each of whom runs their leg, then passes the GPS tracked batton to the next runner. The day was great fun and we are all dead set on taking part next year, however initially we weren’t so sure it would turn out th…

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  • Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond visits Netsells

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond visited Netsells in the run up to the snap General Election to discuss the thriving UK digital sector and what the government could do to assist.  Spending just over an hour with Netsells director Brannan Coady and a number of other local York bas…

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  • Netsells launch their new website

    Welcome to our shiny new website!  It's been in development for almost 18 months (it hasn't taken that long, we have just been too busy to finish it off!) so we are really pleased to be out with the old and in with the new.  We have finally updated our portfolio, so much of the work you…

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  • Scoped vs Unscoped Styles in Vue Components

    When working with Vue, the ideal development setup is to use vue-loader to load .vue files. If you’ve never heard of .vue files, they basically take the idea of self contained components to the next level by allowing you to contain the template, css and component logic within a singl…

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  • Introducing TIPS - The Technology Investment Preparation Service

    Netsells are about to begin an exciting new chapter! We are launching a new company with the objective of bridging the gap between ideas and investment. For many years now the Netsells team have faced the question of ‘what’s next?’ after having listening to talented and excited entrepreneurs explain…

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  • Scarborough Business Awards 2014 - The Results

    Earlier this month we were shortlisted for two awards in the inaugural Scarborough Business Awards, a brand new annual event that aims to highlight the best businesses in the region! Netsells were shortlisted in the small business of the year category, after showing substantial growth throughout th…

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  • My first month on the dev team

    So I've been working at Netsells for about a month now and I thought it would be a good time to write a post and talk about some of the more important things that I've learned from my first month. Without a doubt I've learned so much and I don't think that the amount of things I learn will be slowin…

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  • How to achieve maintainable front-end code

    Nobody likes messy HTML that makes it a nightmare to make future changes. For any project to be enjoyable to work on, you need to ensure that it’s done right. Jumping to and from old projects as I do on a daily basis, you get a much clearer view and appreciation of how your code has improved in term…

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  • Bootstrap: The Pros and the Cons

    I was discussing with a fellow developer friend of mine the other day about which development tools we use to speed up our front-end development cycle. Up until recently he has been working with pure CSS, without a framework or any form of development preprocessor tools. With this in mind I recommen…

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  • Configuring Laravel and Monolog to send stack traces to Sentry

    At Netsells, we've used a self-hosted version of Sentry to keep updated to any errors that sites we've built for quite some time now. This has usually resulted in fixing the issue and emailing the client the good news before they are even aware there was a bug! Today, we are going to configure Larav…

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  • Clockwork and Laravel

    Clockwork is an awesome extension (and server-side component) for PHP development, written by itsgoingd. Not using Laravel? Don't worry, Clockwork also supports CodeIgniter, Monolog, Slim and Swift. Consisting of a server-side component which can easily be installed from packagist using composer. S…

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  • Passing data to your Javascript in Laravel

    Today I'd like to share a library written by Jeffrey Way of Laracasts that has proven very useful in our latest client project in tidying up the DOM. For element based objects, it is usually easy to just stick values in data attributes so that you can pluck them out using JS. <div class="rat…

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  • Free Flat Banner and Ribbon PSD UI Kit - Netsells Freebie

    Ribbons and banners have always been a staple of web design, and can be an important part of the visual hierachy of a webite. However, with flat design being so hot right now, you'd be forgiven for thinking that something as skeumorphic as a ribbon or banner may have fallen out of vogue - wrong! Ne…

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  • An introduction to gulp.js

    gulp.js is the new build system on the block. In this post, I hope to give you a brief overview of gulp, and talk you through how to create a simple gulpfile to compile some LESS. I do assume that you already have npm installed on your system. Installing gulp (new gulp project) Open terminal, and…

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  • How to force Exim to listen on certain IPs (WHM)

    We have recently had the need for Exim SMTP server to only listen on a select IP. The server in question had about 7IPs - only one of them needed to act as a SMTP server. After a bit of research, this is possible via the WHM interface. First, navigate to the Exim Configuration Manger in WHM and sele…

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  • Why you should avoid using offshore developers

    When I first launched a web development company in 2005, I couldn’t code. Coming from a design background, I had never worked on the technical side of the web, and had very little understanding of the languages and process involved in taking a static design to a functioning site. Looking back,…

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  • A CloudApp Droplet for Retina Screen users!

    We use Cloudapp a silly amount on a daily basis to throw screenshots back and forth between each other over skype Hipchat. It’s always fustrated me that the screenshots taken on the retina screen are 2x that of the standard screenshot. Making the image huge for when we’re embedding into issues on bi…

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  • Remotely configure iPhone Email Accounts

    On almost a daily basis, we find ourselves sat in the Netsells office complaining that customers are yet again having problems following our PDF guide for email setup on the iPhone. We also find ourselves regularly complaining that we never have enough time to work on personal projects that we can l…

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  • Preparing WHM and cPanel for PCI

    Recently, we had to update a few essential packages for one of our production servers to become fully PCI compliant, I thought I’d share some tips I found on the way to help others having to do the same thing! Update (31/07/12): Added disabling WebDisk Update (16/09/12): Added SSL Cipher Settings Be…

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  • Sharing keychains between Macs

    We are all starting to use more and more online services, each having their own login details and it’s getting harder to remember them all – especially in an office environment when multiple people need to access a service. Other than having the same password for everything or writing the passwords…

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  • Tutorial: Custom iPhone tabbar using Appcelerator Titanium

    While working on v2 of the Endeavour iPhone app, I was faced with a need to create a custom tab bar, this seemed a much easier task when using titanium compared to Obj-C! I actually ended up writing a library that is available on the netsells github which I will show you how to use in this tutorial.…

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  • Alfred md5 Extension

    While working at Netsells, I’ve constantly found myself in need of converting a string to an md5 hash. This took too many steps to do, so I created an extension for the marvellous Alfred. Once installed, you simply launch Alfred (I use cmd+space), type in md5 with a space followed by the string you…

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  • iOS Device Stuck in Game Center Sandbox? Fix Here!

    I’ve used my iPhone and iPad for development in the past and have always been annoyed with the fact that I was stuck in sandbox mode with 1P42 stuck at the top of the registration form that is shoved in my face when I try and register. Anyway, follow these steps to get back into normal sandbox mode……

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