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Posted on 12.08.2019
by Michal Jagielnicki

WooCommerce vs other e-commerce solutions

With e-commerce poised to dominate the world of retail in the next few years, for many business owners the question of whether they should open an online store has turned into the question of how they should do it. Luckily, there is a number of solutions out there that allow anyone, even with no coding...

Posted on 29.07.2019
by Michal Jagielnicki

How is WordPress still the most popular CMS

According to the WordPress.org website, 34% of the internet currently runs on WordPress. How did this CMS manage to stay so popular, over a decade after its release?

Posted on 15.07.2019
by Michal Jagielnicki

Custom WordPress themes vs pre-made themes

Should you create a custom WordPress theme for your business, or select one of the free or premium themes available on the market? This is the question that I intend to help you answer today.

Posted on 04.06.2019
by Krystian Kupiec

What modern web development looks like

What we need in modern frontend development is modularity, reusability, and maintainability. This is possible thanks to tools and technologies. But what should we choose when there are just too many out there?

Posted on 23.05.2019
by Krystian Kupiec

Modular WordPress with ACF Flexible Content

Create modular WordPress themes using Advanced Custom Fields. With this approach you can easily speed-up development time and make your clients happy. Modularity will take your projects to the next level.

Posted on 30.04.2019
by Piotr Monwid-Olechnowicz

Why TypeScript makes me happy

We all know software can get pretty complex and it can be tremendously hard to become productive in new codebase. If only something could help you make sense out of this mess. Fortunately, the code is not just a text...

Posted on 11.04.2019
by Michal Jagielnicki

SSL certificate: what is it, and why every site should have one?

In this post, I am using the term “SSL certificate”, even though technically today the new and more secure TSL protocol is slowly replacing older SSL. I do that because the term “SSL certificate” is still more popular, and also because writing “SSL/TSL certificates” more than a dozen times harms the reading experience a bit....

Posted on 29.03.2019
by Anna Wydra

5 hottest web design trends for 2019

A new era of free-form web development has started. Websites are finally released from the slavish adjustments to endless browser types, screen resolutions, devices or operating systems.

Posted on 29.11.2018
by Michal Jagielnicki

PWA vs. Native Apps: A Quick Overview

Are native apps invincible? Not that long ago, the way to create engaging user experiences for smartphone and tablet users was coding native apps. It was only natural - after all, native apps were designed to be used specifically on mobile and tablet devices. It seemed impossible that anything should ever replace the native app....

Posted on 08.11.2018
by Ekaterina Novoseltseva

Token Based Authentication – 6 Prime Benefits

Nowadays, we hear the word "token" a lot, but few people actually know what that is and why some companies and people choose to work with tokens. So, in this article, I would like to quickly explain what it is and how it is related to authentication and show you it’s key benefits. What is...

Posted on 31.07.2018
by Anna Wydra

Web development outsourcing – 5 reasons why it is better for your business than keeping an inhouse team

It's understandable that every manager or business owner considers the pros and cons of every employment these days. Some competencies might seem necessarily available between the company’s staff, some we can - or we should - outsource. What are the advantages of B2B contracts, when hiring coding agency? Or, should it be better to have an own web development team?

Posted on 26.07.2018
by Anna Wydra

Chop-Chop as top web developers in Poland, according to Clutch

We have some exciting news so please join us in celebrating! Chop-Chop was recently named one of the top web developers in Poland! This distinction was given to us by Clutch, a B2B ratings and reviews platform that uses data driven research and client interviews to identify outstanding firms. We have a perfect score of 5 stars, and after evaluating some of the top web development teams in Poland, Clutch ranked us 34th overall, beating out hundreds of other developers.

Posted on 16.02.2018
by Jan Lubieniecki

To WordPress or Not To WordPress?

People often assume that a WordPress site is a static 'thing', which is not true. WordPress site is "living" and getting it is not like buying a piece of furniture, but more like keeping a dog. Let's explore what it means to have a WordPress site with its pros and cons.

Posted on 31.01.2018
by Natalia Borowska

How I Became a Web Developer

If someone told me a few years ago that I would become a programmer, I wouldn’t believe them. My journey to become a front-end web developer began with a desire for making a change.

Posted on 03.01.2018
by Krystian Kupiec

How to get more control over ACF Flexible Content

Our WordPress development team created a solution that enables better files organisation when ACF Flexible Content is used. The code is more declarative and modular than ACF's original approach and may allow you to enhance modularity and maintainability of your projects.

Posted on 20.11.2017
by Shire Lyon

How to Design Landing Pages for Paid Search

Let’s be truthful, websites are often designed to be more beautiful than functional. That’s a hindrance for paid search ads. When a user visits a website, they may be looking for information, wanting to make a purchase or comparing you to other companies. Whereas those who visit a landing page have a different objective. The question really is, what makes these landing pages distinctive?

Posted on 14.07.2017
by Jan Lubieniecki

How to Improve Your WordPress Site Speed

WordPress site speed matters. Speed maters! Being a millennial means "I want things quickly". And I want them right now. If your website loads too slowly, I’m on your competitor's page already. That's just the way it is.

Posted on 20.06.2017
by Jan Lubieniecki

The Art of WordPress Site Backup

It's not enough to have your WordPress site secure. No matter how safe it is, there's still a high necessity of doing backups.

Posted on 06.06.2017
by Michal Jagielnicki

How to Design Email Templates, So That We Can Slice Them

Coding email templates is not as straightforward as coding a website. However, by keeping in mind these few dos and don'ts, you'll be able to design new exciting email templates.

Posted on 24.05.2017
by Ewa Hendrychowska

The Trap of Working Long Hours

Doing anything IT-related seems to be inseparably linked with working long hours. However, staying up late doesn't mean you'll become more productive. Read the article to learn more.

Posted on 27.04.2017
by Maciej Zawada

Project Brief Story: Start Point To A Perfect Website

There's more than one way to write a design brief. But if you provide a well-thought out project brief to an award-winning crew, you'll be on track to put your future site on the blockbuster list.

Posted on 07.04.2017
by Jan Lubieniecki

6 Steps to Better WordPress Site Security

Imagine somebody building their business on a WordPress e-commerce site, finding customers, paying for the SEO, adding a multitude of products to the database and not making sure that their website is secure.

Posted on 10.01.2017
by Tomasz Różalski

Dynamic User Interactions powered with AJAX

AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) has become a standard in modern web development, giving smooth and dynamic feel to user interactions. We have all seen this - most probably the most common and typical example is a “load more” button showing new content without actually reloading the page.

Posted on 19.12.2016
by Ewa Hendrychowska

Shop Like a Gamer – Gamification in Ecommerce UX

Gamification, that is applying game principles and elements in non-game contexts, has been quite a thing for some time in the web design and UX industry, and most probably it's here to stay. Even those of us who are not regular gamers can spot certain patterns and methods and use them successfully in creative projects.

Posted on 12.12.2016
by Tomasz Różalski

Differences Between 3 Types of Responsive Layouts

Nowadays a significant number of people surf the Web using tablets or smartphones. Responsive websites have become the standard, not only to provide a higher level of user comfort, but also to improve SEO.

Posted on 28.11.2016
by Maciej Zawada

We Love a Well-Briefed Design – And You Should, Too

Imagine the following scene - a sad, hunched figure is leaning by a desk. The face of this individual is dimly lit by the slightly ghastly, bluish light of a laptop's panel. This is not a happy individual...

Posted on 17.11.2016
by Cody

Introducing the Chop-Chop blog

I'm Cody and I'm here to introduce you to Chop-Chop's blog. Are you ready? Pause whatever you're doing, grab your cup of coffee, sit comfortably and... read :)