Keir Whitaker

Hello! I'm Keir Whitaker. I work at Shopify & co-host The Back to Front Show podcast. I write about, and share links on, ecommerce, the web industry, podcasting & travel. Learn more about me and my recent work.

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How do you Back Up?

Listen to episode 118 of the Sean Wes Podcast titled “The Fear of Losing Everything: Dealing With Stress and Catastrophic Failure” and I am sure you’ll have the same reaction as me – that is to go and check that your back ups are running. Or if you’ve not got backups running go set them up – RIGHT NOW! — Read full Article »

The Back to Front Show #030: So Entitled?

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Starting in November 2014 I'll be sending out a regular newsletter called "Byte Sized Bites". Each issue will feature a round up of blog posts and links from this site as well as exclusive newsletter only content. In addition I'll be sharing details of in-progress projects including new podcast shows and a book called "Stories from an Accidental Event Organiser".

Am I Responsive? — This has been out for a while but I stupidly never fully checked it out until recently. Once you have loaded your site be sure to click and drag the different devices around!

Cast Feed Validator

A highly useful service for podcasters which not only validates your feed but also highlights things you can do to improve them

MAMP Pro Apache Failed to Start on OS X Yosemite — Thanks to Richard Wiggins for this link. A quick renaming of the ennvars file and your MAMP install will be back to normal.

Print media queries not working? — Long story short check your media attribute if your print css isn't being applied

BizCraft Episode 43: Let’s Talk about Time — Carl Smith (@carlsmith) of nGen Works and Gene Crawford (@genecrawford) of UnmatchedStyle chat about managing your time on a life level, saying no to things and how to get things going. They also discuss some of the topics around my article on specialising

The Back to Front Show #030: So Entitled? — As we reach the ripe old age of 30 we sit back and chat about a topic we often come back to over an artisinal flat white - why do people think everything on the web "should" be free? We discuss some possible causes, the backlash against app developers charging for previously free tools and ponder if the rise of big VC has played it's part too. Oh and yes there's yet more mircophone drama. All will be explained next week. As always we do apologise for the disruption to the service.

An Afternoon with Shopify: Berlin Edition

An Afternoon with Shopify: Berlin Edition
An Afternoon with Shopify: Berlin Edition

I’ve hosted a number of “afternoons with Shopify” over the last couple of years and it’s a pleasure to be having the next one in Berlin as part of  Beyond Tellerrand. The format is informal and designed to offer attendees arriving in the city the opportunity to relax, meet new people and share experiences before heading to the conference on Tuesday. Here’s all you need to know about the afternoon: — Read full Article »

Briefly — Every project starts with a brief. But very few projects end up with exceptional results. Why? As a disruptive brand and design strategy firm that creates briefs across multiple creative disciplines including Advertising, Design, and Innovation, Tom Bassett, CEO of Bassett & Partners (and founder of MindSwarms), was curious to understand how some of the world’s most consistently exceptional creative talents thought about – and used – the brief.