dxw blog

Ann joins the team!

Hi, I’m Ann. I’m joining dxw in June as the new Delivery Manager. I’ll be keeping a sharp eye across all of our projects, making sure things are delivered on time and to dxw’s high standard. I’ll also be working closely with clients, so a hello to you all in advance. You may already know me: I’ve […]


Hi, I’m Alex and I’m starting at dxw as the new account manager. I’ve come over from the web team in Parliament where I’ve been working on projects including open data standards for Hansard and MPs biographies and social media and online presentation for the House of Lords select committees. I’ve also previously worked as […]

dxw is hiring

It’s an exciting and very busy time for dxw, and we’re looking for more people to join the team. Over the last few months, we’ve become busier than ever before, delivering digital projects to the public sector (mostly central government). In the last year or so, we’ve also started diversifying our work: building our own […]

Winning at National Hack the Government 2013

Saturday was the Rewired State National Hack the Government Day hack day, which dxw were sponsoring. Harry and I went along to meet the attendees and join the hard working teams of hackers. There were a huge range of interesting data sets to choose from, but Harry had a promising idea about a set from […]

The inaugural #digitalwomen Tea Camp

On Tuesday it’s the first #digitalwomen Tea Camp with @thewomensroom. Harry and I will be attending, and we’ll also both be talking briefly on our own experiences surrounding the gender divide in digital. The focus of this event is not just on highlighting areas where there are still inequalities, but on what we can do […]

A new intranet for DCLG (with more big savings)

Since January we’ve been excitedly working on a new intranet for the Department of Communities and Local Government: a wholesale replacement for the previous collection of out-of-date and restrictive systems that DCLG had been using. We’re very happy to announce that the site went live to all staff members last week, and has been met […]

Rolling out bcrypt password hashing

We’ve just started rolling out a change across all of the sites we host, to improve the security of user passwords. WordPress is very widely used. Because of this, WordPress’s development team often make decisions that keep WordPress compatible with a wide range of hosting environments. Sometimes, this comes at the cost of potential security […]

Testing the Robot

Yesterday, we did some quick tests on a robot that’s part of a design for an upcoming site. (More on that later). I tweeted about about it and got 168 responses, which was surprisingly high. Since it got so much input, I thought I’d write up the results, which, happily, aligned pretty well with our […]