0161 941 5330


Canals, bicycles and web frameworks


This week two of our developers are jetting off to an international development conference held in Amsterdam, called Laracon. The conference is spread over three days and revolves around Laravel, the open-source backend framework that First Internet has used in its new bespoke codebase. It will feature both a networking and community day with opportunities… more »

Our new Laravel codebase

Tom Parson

Back in February I told you all about our plan to rebuild our internal codebase. Briefly, a codebase is basically a set of code that acts as a foundation for developers to use to jumpstart projects and to provide a lot of useful and common CMS functionality from the outset, so we can spend more… more »

Big Data, maximise the potential for your business


Online growth and the ability to capture and manipulate data like never before has led us to coin the phrase Big Data. Big Data is the latest buzz word in the internet world and something that already impacts on just about every UK citizen. It is something anyone who uses or trades on the internet… more »

Building Community with Laravel

Laravel Users Manchester

What is LUMA? We developers at First Internet believe in building and supporting communities, in that vein we have recently decided to start a new group called Laravel Users Manchester (LUMA). In a previous blog post Tom Parson gave an account of the new codebase being developed at First Internet, using the Laravel PHP framework…. more »

A new codebase

Tom Parson

What is a codebase? All web development projects involve similar processes near the start of the project. Setting up files, creating a database with tables for content, customising configuration, creating a content-management area, and so on. After these similar processes have been completed, this is where projects differ and the bespoke needs of the project… more »

Low cost delivery – delivering sales this Christmas

Richard Blamire

With the announcement that in the New Year retailer Morrison’s intends to offer home delivery from their new online store for just a pound (compared to Tesco and Sainsbury’s, minimum £3 and £2.99 respectively), it got me thinking just how important reduced postage and packing costs are to successful online sales. The retail world has… more »

Does www Matter?

Phil Tomlinson, Head of Development

You may notice that some websites force the use of www in front of their domain names, such as Facebook, and some do not, such as Twitter. While this probably goes unnoticed for most users I always wondered if there were any benefits or pitfalls of either way. The term WWW is an abbreviation of… more »

Silly search: Google patents gurning-based CAPTCHAs

If shopping online puts a smile on your face, you could soon find that logging into your favourite websites, or even on to your computer itself, requires you to smile, frown or make some other kind of facial expression. Google have patented a method of recognising whether a login request or transaction has really been… more »

We do design for print too!

Here at First Internet we specialise in web design and online marketing, but we also provide design for print such as brochures, stationary, logos etc. Today I’m going to talk about business cards – the design process and the options available to you. Content Comes First Content is king so make sure you have all… more »

Important changes to website laws

Your website may require changes to be made in order to satisfy legal requirements. From 26 May 2012 your website must comply, by law, to The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011. This Directive relates to website users’ consent of Cookies by your website. For detailed information on the Directive please click… more »

Further funding for web development Manchester City Council reveals

The past few weeks have seen a number of major announcements that could impact on the types of web development Manchester companies carry out. We have already outlined the ten-point plan Manchester City Council has to make Manchester into a “digital city”. But you can add “superconnected city” to that label, after Manchester secured a… more »

How to spot a virus

In the first of a series of columns designed to demystify technology problems, Stephen Alexander, Managing Director of First Internet Marketing, gives the low-down on how to spot a computer virus…before it’s too late: Viruses and spam emails are the scourge of the modern business environment, costing companies of all sizes thousands of pounds a… more »