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Have you registered a UK domain name? There's good news today if you have. Starting from today, owners of a .co.uk, .org.uk or .me.uk domain can purchase the new shorter .uk version too. As the owner of an existing UK domain you will automatically get first right to the shorter equivalent .uk.

For example, our domain is eab.co.uk and we have just registered eab.uk which is quite short!

More information can be found on the Nominet website.

EAB has been managing hundreds of internet domain names since the earliest days of the World Wide Web back in 1995. Whether or not we are managing your domains, please contact us so we can register your .uk domain now.

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With eZ Publish, EAB holds the key to a successful content management system

Tired of remembering different usernames and passwords for different websites? A growing trend over the last few years has been the 'single sign-on' approach whereby you can register on multiple websites using a single identity. Typically the identity used is your Google, Facebook or LinkedIn user account. Other social networks such as Tumblr are also possible. As you browse from one website to another you can quickly register and logging in again is achieved through a single button with no need to type anything in. Another benefit is that your avatar (photo) is automatically imported into your identity on the new website, again saving time.

EAB's website development team have added Google and LinkedIn single sign-on functionality to the eZ Publish Content Management System (CMS) to provide the Plaine du Var community in the Côte d'Azur with a quick and convenient login process. Try it out at www.laplaineduvar.fr or contact us to find out more about how to integrate social media authentication with eZ Publish CMS.

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View of La Plaine du Var, Côte d'Azur, Fance

EAB's French team at Entreprise AB have launched a new bilingual website for the beautiful Plaine du Var region just inland from the Côte d'Azur. The website serves two main purposes:

  • to promote this beautiful and historic part of the south of France
  • to promote communication and cooperation between the various communities that are spread out through the Var valley.

Our French content development specialists provided each of the 15 local communities with photo albums and slideshows of the Plaine du Var's stunning scenery, historical information, blogs and news as well as information about the government's extensive development plans for the region.

Regional and national news is provided by the Nice Matin newspaper.

Local community members can make use of the classified ads system, online chat, local directories and discussion forums – all available at both the village level and the district level.

André Bottin, EAB's managing director said:

“As a native of Saint Martin du Var I'm very pleased that our team has made this contribution to the communities of the beautiful Plaine du Var district. From the beginning EAB has always kept the corporate social responsibility (CSR) ethic central to what we do so it's been very satisfying to make use of our content development and website development skills to provide for free such a significant web-based tool to the local community where I grew up.”

The website was built using the multilingual eZ Publish content management system (CMS) with bespoke PHP and jQuery extensions providing extra functionality.

Visit the website at www.laplaineduvar.fr.

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WiltonBio is an exciting biotechnology company specialising in innovative and inexpensive environmental test assays and equipment. Knowing that their business is entering a growth phase as they introduce a range of new products they wanted a website that could grow and expand organically with them; one that would be capable of meeting their unknown future needs but also meet their immediate needs in a timely fashion. EAB was pleased to build and develop a content management system based on the latest community version of eZ Publish 5.2, with a clean modern design that allows WiltonBio to tell their story in a clear and attractive way. Our team worked closely with the client to launch the new website within three weeks from start to finish.

The website at present features product descriptions, blog and news sections with an RSS feed, and an intranet for internal documents.

Ever since the website was launched WiltonBio's editorial team have been busy adding and updating content to create a dynamic and colourful website that promotes their business and supports their growth.

Jeremy Thomas, WiltonBio's Commercial Manager, said "We have been very pleased to work with the EAB team to develop an online presence that reflects our positioning and that has the ability to grow with the business. The eZ Publish platform means that we can easily update the site to keep it fresh and current as well as integrating it with our email promotions and bookkeeping activities. EAB has proved to be highly responsive and focused on making the most effective use of our spend. They have adopted a pragmatic approach which when married with their knowledge and experience of the technology has delivered real added value. We would be very happy to recommend them."

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The web has been around for a long time now and old web pages often can't be found any more. As the poet puts it:

You step in the stream,
but the water has moved on.
This page is not here.

But that's not the case at EAB. People are amazed they have still got working bookmarks from our old website that was replaced in 2007. So why is it those old bookmarked URLs still work? It's all down to the power of eZ Publish, our content management system of choice, plus a little housekeeping by our website support team. Here's how:

By examining web server logs and using Google Webmaster Tools, our support team can keep track of the obsolete URLs that some people are still using and tell eZ Publish to redirect their browsers to the new pages. For example, if back in 2007 you had bookmarked http://www.eab.co.uk/internet_services/website_design.htm, eZ Publish will redirect your browser to http://www.eab.co.uk/Services/Web-Design-and-Development.

But that's not all. Once you've built an eZ Publish website it will automatically track changes in the page structure. Recently one of our clients did a large scale reorganization of their eZ Publish website, renaming major sections of the website and moving dozens of pages between different sections. eZ Publish tracked it all, so that users who had bookmarked pages in their old locations will be automatically redirected to their new locations.

The eZ Publish CMS really is a great tool to make life more convenient for users. If the website administrator takes a little time to check what users are doing, those 'Page not found' errors can be banished.

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After many months of work, we’ve launched a brand new website for Victoria Fine Art to be the best for buyers of traditional and contemporary Fine Art in the UK - possibly the whole world!

Utilising jQuery and PHP for frontend and backend technologies we developed our own bespoke extension to the eZ Publish Content Management System (CMS) that implements a 'deep zoom' technique making it possible for visitors to zoom in on pictures to explore details, textures and brushwork like never before.

Zoom into painting detail

By customising eZ Find we’ve harnessed the powerful Apache Solr search engine to make it possible for art lovers to search for pictures by artist, title and categories of subject matter, size, period and price bracket.

The powerful new content management system makes it possible to curate artworks by artist, theme, period, country of origin, style - even size!

Victoria Fine Art manager, Jonathan Roberts says:

"We can’t wait to display our fabulous collection of literally thousands of beautiful, covetable paintings - many of them never before seen on the internet."

The elegant design work was provided by Sally Davidson, and our EAB Developer team led by Andy Caiger provided the bespoke software.

We are incredibly proud of this website.

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Cat and Dog

We certainly couldn't! When PETrelief asked us to upgrade their website to a content management system (CMS) so that they regularly update photos of the cats, dogs and other small furry animals that they provide care for, we were happy to help out. There's now no stopping them from plundering their photo archives to charm the world with adorable shots of their pet-sitting, dog-walking and boarding clients (with their owners' permission of course).

Based on the world-class eZ Publish content management system (CMS), the website also features blog articles, RSS, testimonials and a noticeboard for important announcements of interest to pet owners in Hertfordshire.

EAB's content development and social media specialist was also able to help PETrelief make the most of Facebook and Twitter to keep their clients' owners up to date.

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eZ Website Toolbar

The eZ Publish Website Toolbar extension (ezwt) is easy to customize. Recently, we wanted to allow our staff to easily save PDF versions of web page content (without the surrounding headers and page navigation). We installed and configured the excellent ParadoxPDF extension which uses a Java program running behind the scenes on our Linux server to generate a PDF, but how best to make this functionality accessible to our staff? The toolbar is by definition a bar of tools so that seemed the best place to add a button for this new tool. By simply adding two lines to a settings file and writing a short template, our users got a new PDF button in the toolbar at the top of every page, allowing them to download content in clean PDF format with a single click.

Perhaps your business has bespoke needs that EAB can address? Tell us about them!

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Welcome to our new client, Games for Life!

Visit the Games for Life website

We have just completed a content transfer and upgrade for the website of this technology client.

Games for Life CIC has invested several years of research and development into its ‘Attention Training’ solution. The system uses biofeedback to help people with ADHD improve focus and attention.  

Games for Life wanted a website that made it easier for parents and professionals to understand the product and purchase it online. Using the eZ Publish Content Management System (CMS), this client can now take control of their website to publish research findings and other information to support the claims of its two key products, Play Attention and Focus Pocus. 

www.gamesforlife.co.uk

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Andre Bottin of EAB acted as consultant specifier for this progressive new NHS website which went live on 29 July 2013.

The National Health Service’s UK Genetic Testing Network (UKGTN) is an organisation advising on and promoting equity of access to high quality genetic testing across the UK. The new website hosts an improved complex database of diseases and genes for which UKGTN has approved testing, reflecting advances in genetics. The website has been well-received by patients and health professionals.

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