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Learning to Use WordPress for Small Business

The recent release of WordPress 3.0 has seen this humble platform jump forward leaps and bounds. Whilst in it's early days it was easy to dismiss WordPress as nothing more than a simple (but very good) blogging platform. It only took a small scratch under the surface to realise that this wasn't the case. WordPress' source of pride has always been an impressive engine under the hood. Those with a little amount of know how and elbow grease were able to produce impressive large scale web sites, with…

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Joomla Birthday Celebrations at PB Web Dev

So with all of the celebrations around the world for Joomla's 5th birthday, we thought we'd add in our pictures of our little celebration here in the Sydney web design office.

Thank you Joomla everyone in the community. We wouldn't be where we are now if it wasn't for such a great community.

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Hosting Upgrade and Migration

We've been going through the process of migrating all of our client websites over to our dedicated server where we have huge amounts of space and resources compared to that of our original environment. More RAM, more hard drive space and more CPU power!

The migration process took place over the weekend and for most people, you should have even notice it happening. There are a few accounts that are left on the old server and will be migrated over this week.
If you're having issues…

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Enhanced Joomla Search that Works

The default Joomla searching system isn't that great and if you're using it to help your users navigate around your website and find content then you may want to look at some different options.

Recently here we've been using "JXFinder" which is leagues above the default Joomla search system.

It gives accurate results, enhanced search suggestions and alternative search phrases, keyword highlighting and performs even better than the default search solution within Joomla.

It…

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We’re Looking for a Junior Web Developer

If you're doing your tertiary level education and looking at getting some paid work experience or you have just finished your studies and looking to work in a boutique web agency then email us your resumes and some examples of your work.

The lucky candidate will be working full or part time (21-28 hours a week) with us at our Potts Point office.

You'll be working on some great community non for profit projects as well as some high level…

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May Web Server Maintenance

Our hosting providers will be doing proactive and preventative maintenance in the data centre over the next few weeks to ensure the best operating environment for our customer's systems.

  • Sunday, 16th May 2010, 8am – 10am AEST
  • Sunday, 23rd May 2010, 8am – 10am AEST

AusWeb and Equinix plan to complete scheduled works in line with our maintenance program which may affect your cabinet(s).

Maintenance will involve two scheduled outages over two sequential…

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Kampyle Integrator Plugin for WordPress

NOTE: Kampyle no longer exists as it has been bought out by https://www.medallia.com/. This plugin is no longer supported.

We've just converted out Joomla version of the Kampyle Integrator in to a nice little neat WordPress version. You can now easily integrate the Kampyle feedback analytics form system on to any WordPress website without the need of modifying your website's templates or widgets.

This plug-in will help with the implementation…

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Learn about bounce rate to improve your SEO

We've been doing some work lately on optimising our site and blog to get the most out of the traffic that is on there.

  • Overall web usability
  • Accessibility changes
  • Split A/B testing
  • Page optimisation
  • and analysis of our web traffic

We've noticed a nice slow and steady increase of web traffic over the past few weeks but even better is the massive drop in bounce rate.

The Results

Before the changes and updates we were…

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Lazy Loader Plugin for Joomla to speed up the load time

This reduces bandwidth use and also server resources they are only called and downloaded when needed. Definitely a recommended plugin for large websites with long pages that are heavily image based, such as blogs or image galleries.

Installing and Configuring Lazy Loader for Joomla

Simply download the plug-in, install in the backend of Joomla, and enable it in the Plug-in Manager. The default settings should be the most compatible with most Joomla sites but further tweaking of…

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Kampyle Integrator Plug-in for Joomla

NOTE: Kampyle no longer exists as it has been bought out by https://www.medallia.com/. This plugin is no longer supported.

It give the ability for a novice to integrate this highly powerful feedback analytics software into any Joomla based website.

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