22 Apr 2014

Why we and other developers dont support old versions of Internet Explorer

In June 2011 Google officially announced that they would no longer support Internet Explorer 7 (IE7). Older browsers like IE7, they said, just don’t have the “chops” to handle today’s modern web browsing needs. Instead, they urge people to update their browsers.
As the world moves more to the web, these new browsers are more than just a modern convenience, they are a necessity for what the future holds.
A few months later, Facebook also announced that they would no longer support IE7. In fact, Facebook’s new Timeline feature doesn’t even visually render in IE7.
As of January 2014, only 0.4% of the entire world’s Internet browsing population uses IE7. Only 9.8% use IE at all–but those that do have upgraded (for free) to newer versions of the browser As of Jaunary 2014 the most popular IE browsers are versions 8 (3.1%), 9 (2.3%), 10 (1.7%) & 11 (2.5%).
The reasons IE7 is being abandoned by the biggest names on the web is because not only is it incredibly expensive to make websites and web applications work with IE7, but it is vastly flawed, does not follow industry standards, has security flaws and does not encourage the latest web progressions. Web Developers need to make sure that their products work on a myriad of browsers and devices–Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari and mobile browsers, for example. Designing for these browsers takes time. With IE7, there are so many unique quirks to the outdated, 8-year-old browser, that it takes an enormous amount of time to make a website or application support it. Due to these problems, and the very small percentage of people who even use the browser, we chose not to support Internet Explorer 7.
The labour costs to support IE7 are so high that one online store in Australia is actually charging a tax on people who make purchases from their website using IE7.As the BBC reports, CEO of Kogan.com, Ruslan Kogan, said that he decided to charge the tax because his IT team had “become pre-occupied with making adaptations to make pages display properly on IE7″.
I was constantly on the line to my web team. The amount of work and effort involved in making our website look normal on IE7 equaled the combined time of designing for Chrome, Safari and Firefox.
Image Credit: Kogan.com

There is a very simple solution to this problem with the 8 year old IE7–update your browser. It’s free, fast and easy. Updating your browser will increase your Internet browsing speed, allow you to use the latest web apps and, most importantly, your browsing experience will be better protected from evil people who seek to do you harm, since updated browsers have updated browsing security.
On Easitill websites we have a browser detection setting enabled, which alerts people of the risks involved in using an outdated browser and gives them linkes to easily and freely update.

11 Apr 2014

Easitill branches out with multimedia services

GARDEN centres wishing to use video to help sell their plants, products and services online are now being offered a multimedia service (April, 2014).

We have branched out to help garden centres up their exposure in increasingly competitive markets.

Managing Director, Rob Gardner said: “We have seen more and more demand for this and with our background in helping garden centres achieve the best from their businesses through IT, we felt it was a good fit for us.

“Whether it is a promotional video for a website or a video to show in-store we’re now able to help.”

The new multimedia team will be headed up by Dave Everett who has studied fine art, film and media studies and production.

Rob concluded: “Video is a great tool to help with sales as it can be used to show how a product works or how to do something like re-potting a houseplant or planting a tree.

“They are a great way of extending your customer base as these days the general public is sharing more video footage than ever via social media. You can also use them to entertain your customers and if you can do this you’re halfway to selling to them, as people still buy from those they like even if they are buying online.”

Our EPoS software is created in-house specifically for garden centres and plant nurseries.

For further details, please call Easitill on 01604 882030, email support@easitill.co.uk or visit www.easitill-horticultural.co.uk.

9 Apr 2014

News hype about 'heartbleed' security bug - Easitill Sites are safe

A bug in software used by web servers could have exposed anyone visiting sites they hosted to spying and eavesdropping, say researchers.

The Bug has been named "Heartbleed"

The bug is in a software library used in servers, operating systems and email and instant messaging systems.

Called OpenSSL the software is supposed to protect sensitive data as it travels back and forth.

The bug in OpenSSL was discovered by researchers working for Google and security firm Codenomicon.

The "serious vulnerability" allowed anyone to read chunks of memory in servers supposedly protected with the flawed version of OpenSSL. Via this route, attackers could get at the secret keys used to scramble data as it passes between a server and its users.

To help people check their systems some security researchers have produced tools that help people work out if they are running vulnerable versions of OpenSSL.

How does this affect Easitill Website Customers?
Firstly Easitill Ecommerce sites do not store, transmit or collect sensitive data such as credit card details.
These are all handled directly through the payments gateways we use.
These sites are secure and encrypted and meet PCI DSS compliance themselves.

The payment gateway providers our websites use are:

We at Easitill have run the checks for vunerabilities using the available tools and can confirm that the above 5 Payment Gateway Servers are not vunerable to this flaw.