5 Steps to Choosing the Best Shopify Theme for Your eCommerce Website

Posted on Wed, June 15, 2016 in Web Design, Web Development, Business Operations, eCommerce, Shopify by Can Agaoglu

Consider the following five steps when choosing a website theme to enhance your webstore and its niche. Doing so will captivate your users, ultimately gain their trust, and thus increase conversion rates and overall sales.

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Shopify Plus vs. Shopify - What’s Right for Your Business?

Posted on Mon, June 13, 2016 in Web Design, Web Development, Business Operations, Shopify by Paul Weinert

Shopify Plus is a completely different way of managing enterprise-grade ecommerce. It has doubled down on support, scale, and stability to accommodate large-value merchants who DON’T want to think about their ecommerce store.

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QA - Your Last Line of Defense

Posted on Tue, April 05, 2016 in Web Development by Jacques Desormiere

The QA team is the last line of defense before something nefarious pierces the perimeter and starts negatively affecting everything valuable inside: usability, clients, reputation, etc.

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ExpressionEngine 3: Refreshed & Ready for Prime Time

Posted on Wed, December 02, 2015 in Web Development, ExpressionEngine by Mark Middleton

Last month, a couple of us from GRAYBOX took a flight down to San Antonio to attend the 2015 ExpressionEngine Conference. Without a major version release since late 2009, I was excited to get my hands on the latest and greatest iteration of EE. The new version contains a few major updates, but generally sticks to the core and cleans up several areas that have been neglected for far too long.

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Tuning Rails for the Real World

Posted on Tue, September 01, 2015 in Web Development by Can Agaoglu

Ruby on Rails is a robust framework with a heavy following, and with good reason, it’s incredibly agile and loaded with features. While fantastic when faced with a complicated project, it can quickly become beast-like with pages of tech specs that devours system resources and leaves your clients with hefty hosting bills. There are many schools of thought when it comes to Rails optimization but from my experience the best way to handle performance pitfalls is to anticipate them ahead of time. While each project is different there are many similarities that can be identified early, and...

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An Introduction to Visual Thinking

Posted on Tue, August 18, 2015 in Web Development, Business Operations, Digital Design by Can Agaoglu

At GRAYBOX, we work with clients, coders, designers, and thinkers of all shapes and sizes. Each of them has a unique method of thinking and communicating. The information locked in each team member's brain is extremely valuable, and it's our job to somehow extract that information and gather it into a clear, actionable project plan. So, how do we communicate complex information in a clear, coherent and efficient manner? We use a tool called 'Visual Thinking' to help facilitate the process.

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Multi-Language Websites

Posted on Thu, August 06, 2015 in Web Development by Mark Middleton

Building a complex website can be a daunting task, but when the site requires multiple languages the project can quickly swell into a world of impossibilities. Let’s break down the big pieces into the little bites.

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Web Design Trends for 2016

Posted on Wed, July 22, 2015 in Greatest Hits, Web Design, Web Development, User Experience, Digital Design by Can Agaoglu

2015 is halfway done, and we are already looking toward the future of web design. What new trends will pop up? Which ones will finally be laid to rest? One can only predict, but we have some strong tell-tale signs of what we will be seeing in the year 2016.

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The Art of (Web) Learning

Posted on Thu, June 04, 2015 in Web Development by Jon Haarstad

​When it comes to web design and its constantly changing landscape of formats, tools and procedures, the one thing that is paramount to staying in the game is to know HOW to stay in the game.

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Automating CSS Changes with ExpressionEngine

Posted on Thu, May 28, 2015 in Web Development, ExpressionEngine by Mark Middleton

With a bit of SCSS, ExpressionEngine and a color picker field type, we gave our client the ability to update CSS throughout the site.

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