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Questions for my web developer

Business Victoria has great resources on its website. If you are thinking of getting a new site or revamping an old one. There is a great article called "Questions to ask my web developer". I'll attempt to answer those questions: 1) Do I own my website? Yes. All the content is yours. We don't lock you into any particular system. Your data can be moved to wherever you like. We use open source software where possible 2) Which Content Management System will you use? That depends on your requirements. The one we use are WordPress, Drupal and OctoberCMS. They each have their pros and cons.

Posted in Tips on Feb 19, 2020

Site Revamp 2020

The site has undergone a change. The front end hasn't changed much. The changes are under the hood. We've migrated the site to a CMS called OctoberCMS. We've been looking for another CMS that we can can use for us and and for client

Posted in Thoughts on Jan 21, 2020

Will AI Kill Web Design?

Artificial intelligence has been getting a lot of attention. Attention bordering on hype. There are tools available like Tensor Flow that are available to everyone as open source software. The drop in costs of cloud hosting. Easier access to tools like GPU processors have helped push AI along. It's a relatively new technology and is being applied to all sorts of things. One example is called The Grid.

Posted in Technology on Oct 26, 2019

Accessibility Matters

A recent decision in the US Supreme Court upheld a blind man's right to have an accessible site. Guillermo Robles sued a pizza chain after he was unable to order food on Domino's website and mobile app despite using screen-reading software. There have been a number of similar cases in the US. Australia has the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, which requires equal access for people with disabilities. This applies to sites offering services, entertainment, banking, real state, telecommunications and government services. Inaccessible websites discriminates against people with disabilities by treating them “less favourably” than those without a disability. Refusing to make a “reasonable adjustment” to a website so that its content is accessible to someone with a disability is viewed as discrimination.

Posted in Design on Oct 20, 2019

The 3 Types of Web Sites

Websites divide broadly into 3 different types: brochure, commerce and application. Knowing your type of site can help with planning your current and future needs.

Posted in Thoughts on Oct 13, 2019

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