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Archive for May, 2009

Validation of EU VAT numbers

Monday, May 25th, 2009 by Servage
eu_flagCompanies that reside in the EU are obligated to check the validity of business customers' VAT numbers before engaging in intra-community tax-exempt transactions. For example if you are a British company providing an online service to a German company, you would need to validate the German company's VAT number in order to legally skip the VAT on the invoicing. Obvisouly it would make sense to du this programatically during your order process, which is why the European VAT Number Validation API is ideal. The API allows you to validate any given EU VAT number directly from your code by using the following GET request URL - for example in PHP ...

JavaScripting made simple

Friday, May 22nd, 2009 by Servage
jqueryFollowing up on some previous posts on how you can improve your development process, your website, add modern functionality and interactions to your site, I would like to present yet another thing that can make your life as a webmaster even nicer: jQuery "The write less, do more, JavaScript library" enables you to add tons of cool functionality to your site, with few simple steps. jQuery is basically a library that allows you to add effects and behavior to elements on your website. This could for example be making a list sortable, adding effects to DOM elements and more. What makes jQuery so popular is it's ease to use. Allow me ...

Hello Googler, Stumbler, Twitterer…

Monday, May 18th, 2009 by Servage
wp_greetingboxGreet your visitors with a customized sentence depending on their origin. Personalized websites are up for much discussion. The problem is that in order to create customized content for each user, such as relevant adds, interesting news articles and so on, the provider needs to log a lot of information about the user. Otherwise the provider, such as Google or Facebook, cannot generate the user-profile needed to support that functionality. Personally I like seeing adds that actually interest me, when I have to be exposed to adds in the first place, rather than just seeing some random ones. However, the "price" for that is for example Google storing a lot ...

Servage joins Volvo Ocean Race Game

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 by Per Strömqvist (Servage)
volvooceanrace Summer is coming to my part of the world and I felt like challenging you in a on-line sailing game. Besides being a fan of sailing, I think this application is a really good example when you use the web to bring attention to your brand. And since there are over 200,000 players participating, I wanted to add a little extra for you to race for. I will be skipper on the boat "Servage One Solution" and manager for the group "Servage Sailors". The groups fastest sailor in the next leg gets 1 year of free hosting and the next four sailors get 3 months hosting each. The competition is for ...

Analyze this

Thursday, May 7th, 2009 by Servage
analyticsWebsite statistics contain powerful knowledge that can help you understand and improve your pages to suit the demands of visitors more efficiently. It is also crucial in determining the quality and success of referrals and ad campaigns. Reviewing your websites statistics should be a routine you do on a regular basis. Daily, weekly, monthly, depending on the visitor volume of your pages. There are various tools out there to assist you with the gathering and evaluation of data, and today I would like to present one of them to you: Google Analytics. Like many other features from Google, their analytics tool is free to use, integrates nicely with any ...

Maintaining bookmarks and passwords on multiple computers

Monday, May 4th, 2009 by Servage
xmarksIn addition to the article about data synchronization last week, we would like to present a way for you to synchronize bookmarks and passwords across multiple computers. Xmarks is a browser plugin for Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari that allows you to synchronize your bookmarks and web passwords, so whatever you do on one computer is represented on the others you use as well. Not having to worry about this data makes your workflow more productive, besides the pure geek fun of seeing the magic when data flows from one place to another, seamlessly ;-) From personal experience I can say that Xmarks provides great value, absolutely ...