Tag Archives: web development

9 Different Ways to Lose a Client

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Clients are the backbone of any creative or web design agency. A client is more than just a source of revenue — they provide referrals and ties to the business community. Treat one client well, and more will follow. Let ego or indifference get in the way, and you may lose more than just the one client. […]

Speeding Up PHP Web Apps With Xdebug and Cachegrind

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As a Web development agency we do our best to ensure applications will perform under a variety of customer conditions. But, we can never account for every scenario before launching our app out into the wild. There is a good chance the application will encounter slowness at some point. It could be a week after launch, or a […]

Five Simple PostgreSQL Optimizations for Improving Performance

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The Open Source PostgreSQL database is one of the most popular relational databases. More and more Web developers and DBAs are choosing PostgreSQL for it’s stability and reliability. The out-of-the-box install of PostgreSQL is good, but a few basic configuration changes can make it much faster while using fewer system resources. Tuning a database can be overwhelming for […]

Six Business Mistakes We Made as an Agency

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Fourteen years ago, in the late summer of 2000,  we started our Web design and development agency, Pelago. We had new and shiny computers, a decent portfolio of work cobbled together, and a handful of clients. The creative work was fun, and we were good at it. The development work was challenging, and we were […]

Why Code Copyright Should Matter to Web Developers

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Most web designers and developers are familiar with copyright law. We make sure our web designs are not infringing on other’s work.  We purchase the proper licenses for fonts and photos. And we run the copy through plagiarism checkers. But what about the code we write? Code copyright is an issue we don’t think about […]