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The Back to Front Show #035: That VAT Thing — This week Keir tries to speak “Somerset” and no surprises for guessing the outcome of that one. Once that’s done and dusted we take a look at the rise in Markdown based writing apps, examine a new ebook service from Liberio, try and fail to work out the implications of the new EU VAT place of supply rule for digital services and finally round it out with a chat about at a new comms tool.

The Back to Front Show #034: Hacker not Cracker — We are back once again (albeit a few days weeks late). Illness, travel and house moves put things on hold but we’ll be back in full force in the run up to the holiday season. This week we welcome in our new logo courtesy of Sean Johnson and pick out four links and topical stories we found of interest over the last few weeks.

New Smashing Magazine Ebook – How To Create Selling E-Commerce Websites II

Grab your copy of the e-book in the Smashing Shop
Grab your copy of the e-book in the Smashing Shop

Smashing Magazine have recently launched their latest ebook – How To Create Selling E-Commerce Websites, Vol 2. It includes eight long form articles including my own on reducing abandoned carts.

Here’s the outline:

  • How To Plan Your Next Mobile E-Commerce Websiteby Lawrence Howlett
  • Exploring Ten Fundamental Aspects Of M-Commerce Usabilityby Christian Holst
  • An E-Commerce Study: Guidelines For Better Navigation And Categoriesby Christian Holst
  • The Current State Of E-Commerce Searchby Christian Holst
  • Better Product Pages: Turn Visitors Into Customersby Sabina Idler
  • Designing A Better Mobile Checkout Processby Derek Nelson
  • Creating A Client-Side Shopping Cartby Gabriele Romanato
  • Reducing Abandoned Shopping Carts In E-Commerceby Keir Whitaker

Despite working for Smashing Magazine for over a year I never managed to get an article published myself. It was therefore a nice surprise to be included in the ebook too.

You can buy it for €4.49 (approx $5.50 USD) from the Smashing Magazine store.

Insites: The Xmas Special 2014

Despite closing down Viewport Industries earlier this year Elliot and I have decided to continue hosting our annual Insites: The Xmas Special. It wasn’t a hard decision.

Some background — for the last two years a bunch of us who don’t traditionally have an annual Christmas party convene to share some experiences from the year gone by. It’s a small intimate affair of normally around 25 – 30 people and is a lot of fun.

Full details of this year’s event are available on our Tito page, but here are some quick highlights:

  • Venue: Small Bar, Bristol
  • Date and time: Friday 12th December at 12.30pm
  • Price: £39 inc VAT
  • Included in the price:
    • Lunch (served at 12.30), made up of mini versions of food from Small Bar’s delicious menu
    • A welcome drink of your choice from the bar
    • 5 — yes, 5! — 1/3 pint beer tastings throughout the afternoon, with an intro to each from the knowledgable Small Bar staff
    • The company of some wonderful web folks for what has essentially become our community’s annual knees-up / self-help session!

We only have 25 spaces available, so please do act quickly if you want to come. You can grab a ticket on our Tito page.

The Magazine Diaries — A magazine about magazines!

Over three months, more than 100 magazine professionals took the time to write 100 words for the Magazine Diaries on how they felt about what they do for a living and the products they make. They wrote in support of MagAid, a charity using magazines to develop a love of reading in under privileged school children, but they also just wanted to get stuff off their chests.

The Podcast Method — Dan Benjamin's podcast equipment guide, based on experiences since 2006 as a podcaster and the founder of

How They Did It: ShopifyJonathan Cutrell gives an in-depth overview of how the new Shopify site was built

The Back to Front Show #033: Back behind the Yeti’s — Back from our travels we return behind the Yeti's to discuss everything from the hunt for the perfect email app to the sartorial elegance of modern tech CEO's. This episode also features a rather splendid retreat venue only four hours from Spokane.

Goodbye -9999px — A new alternative to a hardy perennial CSS "trick"?

The Berlin Wall “Lichtgrenze”

Berliners have been marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the city’s Wall with a 15km-long light installation which uses 8000 illuminated balloons to trace the path of where the wall once stood — a stunning reminder of a divided city.