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Lorem Ipsum

14/02/2017

I often get asked about the fake Latin that appears on development versions of sites.

Why not use English? It’s there to demonstrate how the various text elements work together. That way the client can see how the paragraphs compare to the headings, how lists look etc.

Design Trends to look for in 2017

6/01/2017

2017 is here and it's time to get out the crystal ball and predict what's coming up this year. This year will be more about evolution than revolution.

Website Revamp

30/12/2016

The site has undergone some changes. The previous site was monochrome and a bit bland. I wanted to inject more colour and personality into it. I've spent a bit of time evaluating my site. There is a lot of information there. Most of it is dry and technical. For 2017, I will make it my goal to try to write some more interesting blog posts. Let's see how that goes.

Static sites with Jekyll

5/01/2016

Static sites are making a comeback. People are starting to see advantages such as speed and security. Jekyll is a simple, blog-aware, static site generator that is distributed under an open source license. Once installed and setup it means there is no need to worry about security updates for your site.

Mobilegeddon

16/04/2015

Google is about to change its search algorithm. The new algorithm will place a greater emphasis on mobile friendly sites. Sites that are not mobile friendly will drop down the list. This has been dubbed “mobilegeddon” by some.

This change will start rolling out from the 21st of April. Mobilegeddon implies some kind of browser apocalypse. Mobile unfriendly sites won’t disappear from Google but mobile friendly sites will get priority.

A Website Redesign

30/12/2014

I've been a busy behind the scenes remaking our website. The new site shouldn't look radically different from the old one. The major changes are behind the scenes. We've moved the site from being Zurb Foundation based Drupal to Codeigniter using Bourbon, Bitters and Neat.

Why does a mobile friendly website matter?

21/05/2013

The time to make your website mobile friendly is now. Hits from mobile devices are expected overtake desktop browsers within the next 3 years.

In Australia, as of May, 2013 about 13% of hits to websites came from a mobile device. This may seem like a small number. However, the real story is the growth. In May, 2010, hits from mobile devices made up 2.6% of the total. One year later, this had increased to 5.3%. A year ago, the number was 8.3%. The trend is clear. More and more people are using mobile devices to access the web. Some pundits are claiming that mobile usage is doubling approximately every 18 months.

Why Do We Choose to Use an Open Source CMS?

26/02/2013

The big advantage is control.

We could build an in-house CMS and house your site on that. That's exactly what a lot of our competitors do. The big advantage is a highly customised interface. If this is done well, the result could be huge gains for the customer.

We could spend time developing our own CMS. We did try to but it never progressed beyond the alpha testing stage. However, it would be very difficult for us to compete with a large developer community. Open source software is built by a dedicated community of programmers who have far more specialist programming skills in that area than we do.

CMS vs a Static Website

26/02/2013

Websites are an important part of your business. They operate as a virtual shopfront, a cyber window into your world. A content management system migh be exactly what you need, but there are also times when a CMS is overkill.

Wordpress - Is It Only For Blogs?

25/02/2013

Advantages of Drupal

19/11/2011

  • It is easy to use & update
  • Value for money
  • Reliable & Secure
  • Search-Engine Friendly
  • Modular and Extendible

Why Bother With Web Standards?

29/03/2010

Standards make things standard. I know it's an obvious statement but it's meant to be. The reasons for having standards should be obvious too. The web used to be designed for Netscape or Internet Explorer. You either designed to get the best for one browser or you designed a compromise to suit both. The other way around it was do two designs and set a javascript routine to sniff the browser and direct the use to the appropriate files. This is extra work and what happens if you decide to incorporate another browser into your design? Another set of files?

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