Dynamic Skateboards Contest

Wednesday 1 July 2015 by Norbert

Lipnik Vimeo


Laposa have proudly sponsored the 2015 Dynamic Skateboard Contest in Lipnik nad Becvou, Czech Republic. On Saturday 6 June, skaters of all ages came arrived compete in what has become the Lipnik's hottest event. Please see the video capturing the great day.

1. Tomas Nalevka
2. Jiri Smekal
3. Honza Spalek

Juniors under 16:

1. Honza Navratil
2. Radim Brunovsky

Best trick - Robert Myslikovjan - Bs bigspin casper flip

More info (in Czech)



What's new in Onxshop 1.6

Monday 19 August 2013 by Hugo

As you can see we've made many changes in our GitHub repository https://github.com/laposa/onxshop/commits/master.

Here is breakdown of major changes since version 1.5:

  • Multi-file drag&drop upload to media library
  • Recursive content duplication
  • Scheduler (publish and un-publish content on specific date)
  • Social login (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Customisable social share component (using API)
  • Enhanced Surveys (image poll, front-end options)
  • Responsive template
  • Store database
  • Recipe database
  • New gallery types
  • Image cropping option
  • Support for roundels in product listing and detail
  • Internal search engine optimization
  • Underlaying libraries update to latest version
  • Many bug fixes and improvements

New Features

Please note not all features are available out of the box. It is possible that enabling some of the features on your website might require configuration or small amount of development (such as creating new Facebook login button, styling issues, etc.) and proper testing.

Media Library Multi-upload

(available out of the box)

The feature enhances back office media library interface to allow bulk image uploading. The user is al- lowed to select multiple files from his hard drive using OS file-open dialogue or just by dragging a list of files from the hard drive and dropping them onto the browser window.

Recursive content duplication

(available out of the box)

When user duplicates any content on the website, all child sub-components of the duplicated content are duplicated too. That allows duplicating whole pages including all page elements with just single click.

New Scheduler

(available out of the box)

We have dramatically improved the scheduler feature. Most of the changes happened under-the-hood to make the feature much more reliable. This allowed us to update back office scheduler interface with more details and clarity. The scheduler is no longer limited to just sending gift vouchers emails, but enables publishing or unpublishing of any content on the website on specific date and time.

Social Login

(requires some customisation before using)

We have implemented a feature that allows users to connect their Onxshop user account with Facebook or Twitter. This allows to personalize the content on the website, e.g. to implement components such as 'Your friends who liked this product'. The login process is also simplified. Users are able to login by just one click if already logged into Facebook or Twitter.

Customisable social share component

(requires some customisation before using)

We have developed generic customisable components that allow easy sharing of any content on the website on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.

Enhanced Surveys

(requires some customisation before using)

We have improved surveys to allow image based polls with lot of frond-end appearance configuration options.

Responsive template

(requires customisation before using)

Onxshop front-end website template has been updated to support responsive design on devices with smaller screens such as mobile phones and tables. The new stylesheet makes building a responsive website much easier.

Store database

(available out of the box)

We have implemented back office store management database together with front-end components to represent the database with technologies such as Google Maps, Google Street View and HTML5 in- browser geolocation.

Recipe database

(available out of the box)

We have implemented back office recipe database management interface together with generic front-end components.

New gallery types

(available out of the box)
The gallery component has been updated to support new types of presentation.

Image cropping option

(requires some customisation before using)

Automatic image resizing function has been improved to allow cropping of the images with ability to specify cropping options such as content alignment and orientation.

Support for roundels in product listing and detail

(requires some customisation before using)

Product listing and products detail page may include price roundels.

Internal search engine optimization

It is now possible to customise templates for indexing, which is very useful for pages like product details, where related products are shown underneath the main product.

Underlying Libraries Update

(available out of the box)

We have updated all third-party libraries and dependencies to the latest version.

+ Many bug fixes and improvements


Onxshop 1.5.3

Sunday 8 July 2012 by Norbert

Major changes between Onxshop 1.5.0 and Onxshop 1.5.3

CMS and blog

  • improved bo/posts UI and multiple containers support
  • make pagination working properly on multiple blog setup
  • add support for archive listed by year-month
  • move file list in Basic (first) tab in node edit
  • add UI for node.other_data to node edit
  • use dialog window for add new item to node list
  • change AddThis buttons in article details (node/page/news)
  • new contact form template: booking
  • add layout/tabs


  • allow sorting in backoffice products list
  • add custom payment method - free to edit in CMS
  • add on_delivery and bank_transfer payment methods and more improvements
  • enable autosubmit for PayPal
  • improve product export for zbozi.cz
  • add price multiplicator support and improve custom price list
  • refactored product other data display 


  • don't send notification email on every customer data update
  • make email address and username lowercase on registration
  • add group_id to customers export CSV
  • add thank you after newsletter subscribe 


  • improve survey management UI
  • survey system improvements


  • use comma instead of semicolons in CSV exports
  • change AJAX indicator image
  • improvements to file uploads handling
  • performance optimization - read exif only on file detail
  • further translation
  • better wording for empty comments note
  • allow backup download by default (ONXSHOP_ALLOW_BACKUP_DOWNLOAD)


  • Wordpress plugin for our customers who are using Onxshop inside Wordpress
  • make compatible with Heroku hosting for easy Facebook integration
  • new social share component

BigV Cloud

Friday 16 December 2011 by Norbert

Everybody is talking about the cloud technology, but it's very rare to see any good explanation or a practical use case. Let me try to explain my own understanding of the cloud.

I believe that cloud differentiate from any other hosting environment, when every server instance is replaceable or expandable on demand. In other words, when you can reinstall a complete system in a matter of minutes.

I have a great opportunity to test Bytemark's BigV Cloud and when I was playing with that (creating, removing, extending, replacing each virtual machine), I've realised what replaceability really means. You can dedicate whole operating system to a single application. To a single application dedicated to a certain group of customers without worrying about another group of customers.

This is what is possible when you have a real cloud computing technology available and you are not afraid to use it:


Please note, the whole cloud.onxshop.com was created only in a couple of hours as an experiment, so use it with care!

Top Google award for Laposa

Friday 21 October 2011 by Rob Parker / Vozmedia

A Belfast web development firm is celebrating after one of its websites received a top award from Google.

Laposa Ltd, based in Howard Street, created the JING Tea website, which recently won Google’s Best of British Web competition.

The website is designed and managed on the Onxshop content management and eCommerce system, which was created in-house by Laposa.

The competition was judged by a panel of experts based on several criteria, including web design, usability and content.

The company’s Czech-born lead developer Norbert Laposa said: “It is a great honour that one of our websites has been recognised by Google.

“We always aim to create sites that our clients are happy with, but for it also to be recognised by industry experts as best practice in the sector is particularly pleasing.”

Onxshop does have Northern Irish clients, but the majority of its users are based in England. The system is already in use on around 40 business websites, and other sites - including the Waitrose website - were built using Onxshop.

Norbert is hoping that the emergence of a local e-commerce platform will encourage more local businesses to expand their business online.

He added: “Northern Ireland businesses have been a bit slower to recognise the potential of selling online. With Onxshop, Northern Ireland can take the lead in e-commerce software development not only in the UK, but also worldwide.

“It is a relatively low cost way for retailers to expand their business and a great way for new businesses to enter the market.”

Onxshop’s combined CMS and e-commerce package provides one of the simplest options currently available on the web for combining traditional website content management and selling online.

Editor’s notes

Onxshop is an e-commerce content management system, which is free for web developers to download and use in their own projects and is also available in hosted packages from Laposa Ltd.

The Onxshop platform has been operating since 2002. In that time it has processed more than 50,000 e-commerce transactions worth more than £1.5 million.

Google’s Best of British Web competition was launched in May this year. A judging panel selected the UK’s best small business websites from seven industry sectors: travel, transport, professional services and B2B, health and beauty, hospitality, retail, and trade and manufacturing. JING Tea’s website won in the retail category.

Our work wins Google’s Best of British Web competition

Thursday 15 September 2011 by Norbert

JING Tea wins Google competition for best online retail business

South London online tea retailer, JING Tea, has won Google’s Best of British Web competition, which recognises small UK businesses who are making the most of the internet.

According to Google, the competition was designed to inspire small businesses to make the most of their websites and reap the business rewards of being online. According to a recent survey by IPSOS, 40% of SMBs in the UK do not have a website. Of those businesses not online, 60% do not feel having a website is necessary – many still see it as too costly or too complicated. In reality, SMBs actively use the Internet are growing four times faster than those who remain offline, said Google.

The competition, launched in May, searched nationwide for the country’s best small business websites across seven industry sectors including travel, transport, professional services and B2B, health & beauty, hospitality, retail and trade and manufacturing. Winners were selected by a panel of experts based on several criteria including web design, usability and content.

JING Tea (jingtea.com/) was launched in 2004 by Edward Eisler who wanted to create a company that could supply the best tea to the world’s finest establishments. 

After travelling around the globe and building relationships with the world’s finest tea farmers, JING Tea sources the world’s finest teas and supplies them to customers through its website.

JING Tea launched its website in 2006 and immediately saw the business grow. The company now supplies the tea to 70 countries across the globe, from Hawaii to New Zealand, as well as world renowned hotels including select Mandarin Oriental, Rocco Forte Collection and Ritz Carlton properties as well as restaurants by Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsey.

Eisler, said: “Our website has played a great role in turning JING Tea into a truly international company. It has allowed us to supply our products to all four corners of the globe, allowing thousands to experience some of our finest teas and teaware. Being crowned Best UK website by Google is a great achievement for us. 

“Google is at the forefront of internet technology and recognition from them is as high praise as we could hope for. It reflects the hard work that we have put into our online presence and convinces us that the time we have put in has paid dividends.”

Google said it is determined to help more retailers like JING Tea take advantage of the internet’s potential and help the UK economy grow by encouraging small businesses and entrepreneurs to visit www.gbbo.co.uk, where they can get access to the free and simple website builder run by Google’s partner Yola.com, and download the tips and tricks guides to boost their existing websites.

Matt Brittin, managing director Google UK, said: “We’re delighted to crown JING Tea as the retail winner of our competition to find the country’s most outstanding small business websites. JING Tea is a great example to other businesses in the industry, demonstrating how using online marketing such as AdWords really helps to expand a business’s reach. We hope their success will inspire others to make the most of the Internet.”

Source: http://retailtimes.co.uk/jing-tea-wins-google-competition-online-retail-business/

PostgreSQL vs MySQL

Saturday 30 July 2011 by Norbert

What is better, most advanced or most popular? I guess the same can be with OS X vs MS Windows.

Google result postgresql

Google result mysql

Disclaimer: We don't use MySQL and we don't use MS Windows.

Why Magento is not good for us

Wednesday 27 July 2011 by Norbert

It was looking promising back in 2007, but since it's release in 2008, we knew the promise was empty. The version released was so badly written that even trying to setup a simple product catalog was not possible without hacking the core to fix a few typo mistakes. It was obvious that the system was never used in a production environment, it that sense our own open source eCommerce system Onxshop was already running as a stable software for a couple of years. We didn't have any reason switching to Magento. Yes, it was a version 1.0 in 2008, but reading the comments below nothing has changed in the last 3 years.

Even if Magento was well written, we would still have a big problem that it can only do a product catalog, shopping cart and nothing more. Our clients need usually more than this, they need a complete website, a blog, an user forums, a CMS system. We don't want to add Wordpress for blog, than add Vanilla for user forum, etc. It's very bad for long term support to have a few isolated software packages running on one site. We need everything to interact together. Products, events, news feed, blog, newsletter subscription, user logins and the rest cannot be scattered throughout several isolated systems. E.g. using the same taxonomy system is impossible when running separate systems for one website.

Anyway, Magento future is sealed when bought by eBay. Another hype is over.

Read other people's opinion on why Magento is not what it looks like:







or just google "why not magento".

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Ten tips for eCommerce websites

Wednesday 23 February 2011 by Norbert Laposa

1. Sell only products you fully understand

World Wide Web was created mainly to share knowledge. Be an expert in your area and share your knowledge, that’s the only way how to genuinely improve your ranking in search engines and people will also trust you and buy from you.

2. Be honest

Create impression, that your customers can talk to you: always display who they are dealing with and give them a telephone number, possibly picture of your office, tell who you are, name people behind the company on About Us page, don’t try to look bigger than your are, if they want to buy from a big company, they’ll go to Amazon or Tesco.

3. Don’t rely only on sales over your own website

Promote trade/wholesale and use your website as a catalogue, sell everywhere - sell on eBay, Amazon, but have your own shop with cheaper prices - encourage to buy directly.

4. Rent premises

There are plenty of empty premisses in Belfast and you can negotiate a good deal. The ideal situation is to have a high street shop and also sell online. You can rent a shop from £100 per week in Belfast city centre.

5. Try to sell abroad only light postage items and heavier items locally

i.e. washing machines in Belfast.

6. Use good quality photographs (large size) and use an informative description

You’ll mainly need a good light for shooting good photographs. Create description for each photograph like you would explain what’s on the photograph to a blind person, this will not only help screen readers, but also Google to display your product image in Google Images.

7. Main sites pages should be your main product categories

Your website is about your products, reflect it in your information architecture.

8. Treat returning customers

Provide discounts, loyalty scheme, high quality newsletter about your latest products or maintenance tips, not just an advertisement.

9. Secure some support package with your web designer/developer

For example monthly retainer. Always ask what will be an approximate yearly maintenance fee, you need more than just a web hosting for good quality customer experience.

10. Prepare your catalogue first

Before you go to a developer prepare your catalogue as a spreadsheet such as: product title, SKU code, category, net price.

A Web of Knowledge

Wednesday 12 January 2011 by Angela Frizzell

Original article posted at North City Business Centre

Norbert Laposa first found a passion for web design and development while studying at University. During a time of growth in the internet revolution, Norbert saw the opportunity to make extra money while studying a degree in Civil Engineering. It wasn't long before he was running his own web company.

His entrepreneurial spirit was evident from a young age and owning his own business was always an ambition. After 10 years of experience in web design and ecommerce he felt it was time to expand his operations from sole trader to a limited company. Therefore, in August last year he entered full-time self employment. While mentioning this to his copywriter, she recommended making an appointment with an advisor at North City Business Centre. Norbert was reluctant to take the step and so his colleague arranged a meeting for him and he was soon sitting in a one-to-one mentoring session. To his delight, mentoring was very beneficial as he gained all the advice and guidance he required to develop Laposa Ltd.

Norbert said, “North City Business Centre helped me create a proper business plan and guided me in how I should promote the advantages of my business. The advisors are always happy to meet with me and are interested in my business.”

Laposa Ltd offer consultancy and web design and development. They are distinctive as they offer their own unique Content management system and ecommerce system. Both systems together are very strong and so differentiate them from others in the market. This umbrella of services creates a package sought by many companies at an affordable cost. 

When setting up his business, the first idea was to operate locally. However, this was not a winning approach for Laposa Ltd. With clients in London, Prague, Hong Kong, Japan and Dubai an international portfolio demonstrates how word of mouth can spread when the work is of a very high standard.

Jing Tea, a tea and tea ware company based in London is one of Laposa Ltd’s most prestigious clients. A close relationship provides a platform for success. In the past year, their ecommerce site has doubled its earnings gaining a profit of thousands of pounds. This is partly due to the work of Norbert and his constant development of their website. He believes “an ecommerce website is never finished.”

Norbert understands his field of work extensively and even the most elaborate websites are achieved. His wide range of experience ensures he is flexible and skilled in his line of work. Achieving 4 awards from Interactive Media Awards in 2006 and 2007 demonstrate his dedication for web design and development. A recent client ToptheClass approached Norbert about designing their website and from a possible 27 options, Laposa Ltd was chosen as the company which could offer the desired result.

Norbert has constantly being progressing the business forward. With many referrals he has built lasting relationships with his clients. He aims to complete all work to the highest quality, no matter how long this may take. Self-employment suits Norbert, “I can use the technical tools I feel comfortable using and there is more freedom. Although I tend to work over and above that expected, I enjoy my work and it gives me a great sense of satisfaction.”

Laposa Ltd has big plans for the future; an ever growing client database provides the opportunity to employ people full time. Within 5 years, Norbert hopes for a total of 5-10 people working for his company. This company could become an international phenomenon.

What is different with Onxshop hosting

Wednesday 4 August 2010 by Norbert Laposa

One of my recent converts to Onxshop experienced a devastating server disaster last year and thought it would be a good idea to share what we learned.

The whole ecommerce industry has really only existed for about 10 years. It is constantly changing and evolving in response to technological developments. Many websites are built without any kind of a support contract with the web design company (the builder) and they are doing things for you as they occur. Most web design companies, even those which are highly reputatable, are not aware of the potential for disaster. You cannot blame them, they have genuinely believed this cannot happen with a sophisticated web hosting infrastructure, i.e. Bytemark VPS. when all data are in RAID. What they should do is tell you that need long term support for the web server itself.

When this disaster happened, the builder helped to reinstall the operating system on a new machine provided by Bytemark. They immediately restored the site from the latest available backup, which was unfortunately one year old. Then they worked intensively with Bytemark on the latest data recovery from corrupted RAID and put a fully functional website back, two weeks after the disaster occured. Basically, there was a server disaster and the web design studio (the builder) fixed everything in two weeks at a cost of £600.

The client realised that to prevent a similar situation happening again, some additional protection would be required. This is exactly what the Onxshop service delivers. 

Please read my comparison, which should help you to understand why choosing Onxshop is the best option. 

Common web design studio (the builder)

Server hosting

A web design studio has no legal obligation to keep your website up and running, because the contract is between you and web hosting company (not the web design studio). You usually pay server hosting.

Server maintenance

Most maintenance contracts will cost on average £300 per month and will cover for this three essential ongoing tasks:

1. send you a backup file every week
2. run every week a security upgrade for the operation system
3. do an operating system upgrade each couple of years.

Server disaster recovery

A web design studio would be able to do a recovery and charge for it on an hourly basis, probably about £50 per hour. Recovery could take 8 hours.

Bytemark (hardware provider)

Server hosting

An average contract for server hosting with Bytemark will cost £27 per month.

Server maintenance

Bytemark offers a full management service for £80 per hour, so the estimated cost for a standard type website would be £160 per month. Bytemark guarantee that backup is working properly and the latest version is immediately available.

Server disaster recovery

Bytemark will charge for recovery on an hourly basis, just the same as any web design studio.

Laposa Onxshop (fully managed service)

Server hosting

Server hosting is included in the Onxshop package.

Server maintenance

Server maintenance is included in the Onxshop package.

Server disaster recovery

Recovery is completely FREE. It's secured by disaster recovery plan and completed within 24 hours.

TCO Onxshop vs Wordpress

Wednesday 28 July 2010 by Norbert Laposa

Wordpress - The cost

Initial setup: 

  • web design consultancy £500
  • first year hosting £120
  • installation cost £100
  • templates and modules £500 

Running cost

  • web hosting £120/year
  • Wordpress CMS support (1 hour a month) £480/year

RUNNING COST:  £600/year

Onxshop - The cost

Initial setup:

  • web design consultancy £500
  • first year of complete Onxshop service £240
  • installation cost £0.00
  • templates and modules £0.00

Running cost

  • complete Onxshop service (hosting, unlimited support, security updates) £240/year

RUNNING COST: £240/year 


* costing based on a typical 10 page custom branded website with a blog

Typical web design process

Wednesday 14 July 2010 by Norbert Laposa

This article describes our ideal process during web site development.

Setup goals

Describe the bits of information you want to include. 

Create functional specification

This is the technical bit, you will need to get this done from a web design company, i.e. using our consultancy service. Here you should define page structure - information architecture.

Write your content

This is the creative bit. After your functional specification is finished and you know what page titles will be, then you can start to write text and compile some images and photographs.

Define brand and buy domain name

This is the artistic bit, especially choosing your brand colour and drawing logo. Buying domain name is not really an art, but choosing the right brand name / domain name is.

Create wireframes/prototype directly in CMS

This is the construction bit. This will produce browsable pages with logical layout focusing on usability. Best practise is to complete this directly in your favourite CMS i.e. Typo3 or Onxshop. You should use actual content, not just lorem ipsum.

Apply branding

This a the graphics designer bit. The challenge here is to format the wireframes/prototype in an aesthetically pleasing way. 

Provide CMS training

This is final bit. Completing this will give you the necessary skills to control your website content.



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