dxw blog

What we’ve been up to

Being busy has almost become a way of life at dxw. Which is mostly in way of a mea culpa for not having blogged in the last few months. We’ve grown a huge amount in the past three months (we’ve more than doubled in size) and have been working hard on a few from-scratch projects as well […]

Two things a junior developer should have on their CV

We recently hired a couple of Ruby-on-Rails developers and we repeatedly came across some key things missing from candidate CVs. The following are critical for developers with little commercial experience, but probably apply across the board. Side projects It’s now a fact of life that in a the creative industries you have to be able […]

Getting content right

Websites, I like to think, are like cakes. They’re about cooking in proportions, they’re as many types as you have moods and I like eating cake (metaphor failing). Like a good sponge, digital products really only have a few key ingredients: Technology “Pretty” Words Technology is actually the easiest bit of the puzzle (bearing in […]

Thames Valley Housing Association

It’s been a busy week in government digital, with the Sprint Alpha presentation at the start of the week catching everybody up to how far the GDS has got in building their new raft of transactional services. These services are the order of the day; they’re the priority for GDS and for us too: we’ve […]

Why we’re hiring a sysadmin

EDIT: we’ve hired an awesome sysadmin, but we still have some other roles open. — dxw is recruiting at the moment, with several roles open, one of which is for a systems administrator. We think all these jobs are quite exciting, but the specs don’t do a terribly good job of explaining why. So, to […]

Introducing… dxw security

We build most of our sites in WordPress, which has the advantage of allowing our clients to suggest plugins for specific functionality that they want on their site. Using plugins means we can grow the site quickly and without reinventing the wheel by coding for features that already exist. This is one of the great […]

Online anthropology: audiences and analytics

It ain’t easy being an arts graduate in digital. In the increasingly distant past, I trained as a social anthropologist. Our first week as undergraduates was punctuated with talks about our future career possibilities: lots of mention of the fact that all sorts of companies like Microsoft and Intel employed anthropologists in their head offices […]

Staying ahead of the bots

In the last few months, we’ve seen increasingly complex attacks on WordPress login forms. These attacks are designed to identify and illegally access any accounts with weak passwords (rather than targeting and exhaustively attacking a single account). Because these attacks have become more clever, we’ve had to improve our approach in order to keep our […]

Passing the Public Interest Test – Government and Blogs

Writing for the web is one of those sorts of concepts that gets bandied around at seminars in Shoreditch and claustrophobic training courses. As a concept, it’s had a rough few years: it has been tarred with the SEO brush and for the longest time assumed that the most important reader was the search engine […]

An interactive tool for GCN’s Competency framework

The Government Communications Network have blogged about the interactive pages we designed to help them present their new professional competency framework. You can see the pages here, but it is interesting to look at the ways in which this sort of design work is becoming a bit more common across government digital. Portable Document Format […]