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Web Design & Development Portfolio Showreel

We've put together a short video of some of the web design and development work that has been produced from the Sydney office this year.

There are many more that we've worked and and just as many to launch this year so I'll update this video with more lovely content.

Most of the website are done with either Joomla or WordPress with all the Joomla ones using K2!

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Contributing to a Community and Giving Back!

Giving back to the community Over the years of using Joomla! I've always wanted and tried to give back in some way. There are so many ways of giving back to the community and I have to say I think I've tried them all now. From meetups, donations, coding, writing extensions and plugins all the way to just talking about and sharing my passion for the CMS.

Joomla User Groups and Meetups

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The Future of Social Media – A Historic Perspective

A fantastic presentation by Tom Standage, on The Future of Social Media, a Historic Perspective.

"In recent years the internet has enabled a flowering of easy-to-use publishing tools that have made media more social, participatory and conversational in nature. But this phenomenon is not as new as it appears. The roots of social media be traced back to Roman times." Tom presents a unique perspective of how all media was social until only recently in the last 200 years.

He definitely…

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Introduction to Web Accessibility

Understanding why it is necessary to make web accessible websites I believe is the first step of getting more designers and developers making the web a more accessible place.

Ian Hamilton, the author of the article, also goes into other aspects such as cognitive impairment and associated motor and medical conditions like RSI, hearing impairment and visual impairments. All of which can put a users web…

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Designing, Planning and Mapping Your Mind

A few months ago at the Product Mavens Meetup we were discussing prototyping and wire framing to get ideas and concepts across different members of a team. It helps with design planning, development and overall strategy of a design or concept. It is also particularly good when working with clients trying to map out their structure of their websites. Having such a plan to work with makes development and implementation…

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Best Time To Release Posts and Tweet

Understanding reader and user behaviour is the key to understanding when it is the best time to release an article from your blog and tweet it to the rest of the world.

One main factor that has become more apparent to me with other Twitter users is that we all seem to wake up and reach for the mobile device to read over their latest tweet updates and newsfeeds before getting into our day.

This morning period when users are getting up out of bed, having breakfast or starting their…

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WCAG 2.0 Mind Map

For some people who are new to accessibility and WCAG 2.0, it is somewhat daunting going through the pages and pages of documentation that is supplied for meet all of the success criteria for a website. This beautifully pieced together mind map from Stamford Interactive details all of the key areas and success criteria to meet WCAG 2.0 requirements.

If you're new to the world of accessibility it is a definite resource to add to your list.

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Security Tips for Joomla

Over the past few weeks we've seen lots of activity online and in the media from hacking groups attacking the CIA, The Sun UK, Sony and many more Government websites around the world. A particular hosting and domain provider here in Australia also became under attack and over 4,300 websites in Australia disappeared never to be recovered again.

The result being many Australian businesses loosing web traffic, revenue and potential business and in the worse case scenarios, their website completely.

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Domain Name Ownership and Transfers

So you have a website and its been running well for a good number of years and you're very happy with it. The time has come to move hosting environments or make some major website changes or improvements and you suddenly find out that the old web design/development company that did your website no longer exists or people have left and have no record of your domain name details that actually is registered to them!

To make matters worse, your domain name is going to expire in 3 days and you…

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Removing mootools-core.js and caption.js from Joomla

When I build a site I want to remove any unneeded external JavaScript files in the html to help improve the performance of the site.

So when I create a basic content page using an article layout with no modules I am surprised to see these 3 lines

<script src="/media/system/js/core.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="/media/system/js/mootools-core.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="/media/system/js/caption.js"…
                        

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