Slow Death of the [School] Newspaper

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The last few years has seen the painful demise of com­mu­nity news­pa­pers world­wide. Sadly, most newsprint pub­lish­ers big and small strug­gled to fol­low their read­ers to the online world. This trend is seen in edu­ca­tion cir­cles too. In spite of schools and par­ents invest­ing heav­ily in iPads and IT, most schools are still rely­ing upon printed newslet­ters to dis­trib­ute infor­ma­tion. … [Read more...]

Auckland WordCamp 26th July

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We're the organisor for the annual Auckland WordCamp this year, at the AUT downtown Auckland on 26th July. It's an annual educational event where WordPress users and developers gather to learn and exchange ideas.  WordPress is the world's most popular website and online publishing application, allowing people to run and manage their own website, blog or e-newspaper.  You can signup at the … [Read more...]

Avoiding those hosting nightmares

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Yes, hosting has become a LOT more complex over the years and the above video from a US colleague sums it up well. A few years back it was quite an easy game for entrepreneurs to get into and make good money. In 2014 it has become a lot harder. The fact is that the online world has become more hostile and competitive. There's more traffic online and more nasty individuals or bots trying to hack … [Read more...]

What’s Going Horribly Wrong with Online Design

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The problem with so many online websites today is that there's too little design input. Yes, content is king, especially if you run a blog, school or community site. But for business websites, design is important too. Business are often happy to let amateurs do it all, often using templates to save time and costs. The growing use of Facebook as a business presence doesn't help. The branding is … [Read more...]

Still Offering Brochure Websites?

Those still designing (or thinking about offering) brochure-style websites today are doomed to fail. And those clients you may presently have running these types of html sites will eventually be lost to competitors. These popular 'brochure' websites, no matter how beautiful, often lack the needed business features and are usually ignored by Google, appearing less frequently in a search page … [Read more...]