Auckland WordCamp 2014 Review

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On the 26th July we helped host the Ak Word­Camp event at the AUT, where Word­Press users and geeks got together to learn and talk. Unlike most ear­lier Word­Camps, the focus this time was upon edu­cat­ing novices and the newer user, even dis­cussing the free Wordpress.com option which is rare at Word­Camps. We fea­tur­ed many speak­ers and talks around blog­ging, writ­ing, case stud­ies and … [Read more...]

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 own read­ers to the online world. Yeh ha... 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 … [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...]