Choosing a Content Management System

May 12, 2009

Choosing a content management system can be a harrowing task and it is tempting to just dump a bunch of capital into a static site and move onto other business. Open source or proprietary? Templates or fully customized? Which features? How do I install it? And the headaches go on. A conversation I recently had […]

SEO, SEF, SEM, SE-what?

May 8, 2009

The world of web is full of acronyms these days. SEO, SEF, SEM, SERP’s and of course LOL. If you ever get stuck in a room with one of those acronym addicts, I suggest you subtly open up www.acronymattic.com and punch in the acronym in question. You’ll get every possible meaning of that acronym. And […]

A Review of Form Components for Joomla

May 6, 2009

A few weeks ago I wanted to create a form for our free website analysis service. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of extensions available. I should qualify this review by saying that I wasn’t in need of an overly robust solution and because it was only for one page of my site, I […]

Outsourcing Web Design – Hourly vs Fixed Contracts

May 2, 2009

If you are a small to medium-sized company, you’re probably faced with the age old dilemma of how to get the best website for your buck. This is a difficult decision for many business owners because of the lack of understanding of web technology and metrics to justify the return on investment. To help you […]

Hackers – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Apr 30, 2009

March 12, 2009 – Yardstick Services’ website was hacked. Our index.php file was replaced and our administrator username and password were changed. I was stressed out and angry. But once I got through the usual emotions associated with this kind of disruption to life and business, I put my learning hat on and set my […]

Web Design Business Models – Time for a Poll

Apr 28, 2009

Recently, I have been pondering what the best business model is for web-design. I have been discussing this with some of my associates here in Vancouver and most would agree that “it depends” is the only good answer. But I am really wondering what motivates certain companies to choose say an outsourced hourly one-man band […]

Newsletters and RSS for Joomla

Apr 27, 2009

Today I made a foray into the world of newsletters and rss feeds. I have always been somewhat dismayed by Joomla’s (in)ability to perform as a blogging platform. Yes, WordPress has become the de facto standard in blogs but I really see no reason why Joomla can’t achieve some of the basic features that WordPress […]

Suggestion for Adding Comments to Joomla Blogs

Apr 25, 2009

OK, this is a jump from the discussion about domain registration tools that I mentioned in my last post, but I just wanted to save for posterity the process I went through deciding between IntenseDebate and Disqus.

Domain Pain – How to Find a Domain for Your Business

Apr 24, 2009

Since this is my first blog post as I venture out into the world of blogging, I thought I would give you (ie. the one person that is actually reading this right now – hi Mom!) an idea of what of the body of knowledge that I am going to be blogging about. I am […]