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20 Dec

Posted by Roger Martin

We are very proud to be associated with the Charitarian, a Chinese based CSR magazine and organisation that is helping companies looking to trade ethcially in China. One of the guys that runs this operation is Rob Pearson, who is incidentally the managing director of CIC in Burslem, the packaging and 3D modelling specialists, and a huge fan of digital publishing. It was while we were chatting before his recent trip to China, he has 3 offices over there, that he asked me what we could do to improve the accessiblity/availablity and awareness of the Charitarian magazine. Star Digital currently provide the Charitarian with a customised Wordpress Blog and a Page Flip 3D emagazine format, both of which have proved successful, but we hit on the idea of an iPhone and iPad app version ...

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12 Dec

Posted by Roger Martin

The team at Star Digital have recently been crazy with enquiries for iPhone and iPad app development following the successful launch of the MK Electric app and the impending Charitarian magazine app. Over a cup of tea and rare chance for all of the team to get some thinking time we discussed the forthcoming impact on web statistics now that iPhone is mainstream and decided to do a bit of digging. What we found surprised us all. For the iPhone in the last week we've seen that it represents 6.8% of all traffic to the STAR Digital website, with approx 3% of that coming via the use of search! And this on a B2B site, albeit a technically focussed one. So we got to thinking about ecommerce sites, and we looked at the Aggressive Health Shop as an example. We knew this site worked in ...

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02 Dec

Posted by Roger Martin

Today we were accepted onto the reseller programme for the excellent One Step Checkout for Magento developed to make the checkout process in Magento really simple. We first implemented it in Mike Nash's Aggressive Health Shop and we quickly found it was a key to increased conversions from checkout to sale. The abandonment rate dropped and orders flowed freely. As Cardsave and Sagepay partners we had been looking for a Magento checkout tool that would give our customers the most seamless solution, and now we've found it. We plan to implement the tool in all future Magento implementations for our clients to add value to their Magento stores. Give us a shout if you'd like to know more about this great tool!

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02 Dec

Posted by Roger Martin

Star Digital were proud to achieve the rank of Silver Partner with Rackspace, the world's no1 dedicated server hosting company, famous for their 'fanatical support'. Roger Martin, Star Digital MD said "We signed up as a partner with Rackspace after performing due diligence for Fellows & Sons Auctioneers as part of their recent website upgrade. It was a major project and we knew we needed excellent support, a fast server infrastructure with separate servers for the web application and the database. From day one when we approached Rob Dobing, we were guided through the process with the technical team to ensure we scoped the right solution to ensure that the Fellows website ran quickly with total uptime, and had scalability for future phases. We've been delighted with the result as...

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02 Dec

Posted by Roger Martin

We recently teamed up with the creative team at Quest Construction Marketing to develop a Joomla web site for our client Fire Design Solutions. The goal was to create an eye catching web site aimed at the architectural market promoting the Fire Design Solutions sister company FDS Consult, a specialist fire safety consultancy. To create the required look we had to base each page in the site on a different background image and float the content above it. The result is a very different look and feel, but with full CMS control from the Joomla back end making editing truly WYSIWYG. Other nifty tools employed in the build included Yoo Tools accordions to present more complex data in a user friendly way, and some cool AJAX controls on the meet the team page. Take a look for yourself, ...

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30 Nov

Posted by Roger Martin

We are on the verge of something of a digital publishing revolution with the advent of the iPad and the cheaper Android tablet's entering the market and creating a new channel for publishers and savvy direct marketers. It's possible that the way a fair segment of people view publications could be about to undergo a paradigm shift from paper to tablet. It won't be immediate, but fact that Rupert Murdoch is backing it heavily with the paywall initiative, and with the number of quality publications announcing plans to leverage the channel there is no doubt that this is going to be a growth sector through 2011. From our perspective, and owning the Page Flip brand, we look at these shifts with great interest. We recently completed a publishing app for the iPad and iPhone for a major US...

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30 Nov

Posted by Roger Martin

Jake, who is our Magento specialist is going to be starting his Zend certified training in the new year, and he started out with a taster from the online training specialists Logical Elements. Nick from Logical Elements was great in walking us through the interactive training process and showed much patience when the guys started to mess around with the tools, see picture below! So Jake is looking forward to getting started with the PHP training so he can get to grips with OOP and all that jazz, but most importantly so that he can take Magento customisation and integration to a new level. We'll keep you posted on his progress towards full certification!

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21 Nov

Posted by Roger Martin

We moved into our new office 'The Old Schoolhouse' in Castle Ashby back in June of 2010. One of the things that was pretty important to us as a digital marketing agency was the speed of the broadband, so we were fairly pleased when we found out that we should be getting approx 3.5mb downstream. On the allotted day the man came and fixed it up, and after an initial period of 4 days where we had virtually NO bandwidth it duly settled down at 3.5Mb. But here came the problem. every time anyone uploaded a file, however small the downstream died- period. Now I know that ADSL stands for asynchronous and that the upstream is always slower, in this case about 300K, but we've had plenty of experience of ADSL elsewhere and never seen this problem. BT's response? That's normal, but if you...

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11 Nov

Posted by Roger Martin

Nifty little Social Networking device for creatives that integrates well with Twitter, Linked In and Facebook. just need to find the time to actually put our portfolio up there!

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05 Nov

Posted by Roger Martin

We've just finished a project with our friends from CIC for the well known Caterham company, manufacturers of quality fireplaces normally, but in this case for their very high quality granite kitchen worktops business. Basically they needed a nice website to showcase the different types of granite available to their customers, so we provided a CMS solution in Joomla that uses the Yoo Tools plugin with some mods to make for a fluid user experience. But it didn't stop there. The client wanted a nifty estimating system for reps on the road and third party distributors to use. For the front end we created a login area where they can go and create full blown estimates. The layout again controlled by a modified Yoo Tools set up, this time with a neat javascript accordian so that each st...

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04 Nov

Posted by Roger Martin

Well we said we would get into app development. it's a natural progression for us as digital marketers and web developers. James Bache, who looks after the Page Flip brand over here at STAR Digital hooked up with Xerox, one of his clients to produce an app for MK Electric, part of the Honeywell group of companies. The goal, to produce an app that allowed Distributors to search and view tech spec for their quite frankly enormous product range using an iPhone or iPad. James got under the bonnet of Xcode with the developers and they produced a great looking, smooth functioning app and got it listed on the app store. Whole process start to finish, 3 months. Done. Since then we've started work on quite a few more, and the next one to launch is actually part of a Chinese initi...

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