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DIY SEO: Keyword Rich Domains for Small Businesses

Sep 22, 2009

After speaking to Chet Woodside at Small Business BC and discovering that a lot of small business people like the DIY tone of the SBBC seminars, I decided to start a new series of blogs called DIY SEO that is intended to teach small business people, in bite sized chunks, ways that they can improve […]

Top 10 Things to Look For in a Vancouver Web Designer

Sep 14, 2009

Like most major cities, there is no shortage of web designers in Vancouver, BC. In fact, I would argue that there are proportionately more web developers (I use “designer” and “developer” interchangeably although technically they compose different skill sets) here because Vancouver is not a head-office city. The large number of small businesses and branch […]

Joomla and Testing in Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8

Sep 5, 2009

One of the major headaches for Joomla developers (and all web developers for that matter) is the non-conformities between Internet Explorer versions 6, 7, and 8. Almost anyone that has built a serious website will tell you about the headaches of trying to get a website to look presentable in all browsers and having to […]

Joomla in Vancouver: A Growing Community and User Group

Aug 21, 2009

OK, I was on the prowl recently to see what kind of Joomla community there was in Vancouver. To my surprise, I didn’t find a single listing on the Joomla User Groups page. Good ol’ Toronto was the only Canadian city listed. So I did some Google searches and landed on a Vancouver Joomla Day […]

Twitter Messing up Superblogger and RokTwittie

Aug 15, 2009

I just wanted to knock-off a quick blog post because I’m having some trouble with a couple Joomla extensions that are a big part of my repertoire. Today, twitter is causing some issues with both RokTwittie and SuperBlogger. RokTwittie a sweet little module published by Rockettheme (my favourite template supplier) that shows all of your […]

DIY SEO: Canonical URL’s, htaccess and Joomla

Aug 12, 2009

OK, I had to scour the internet to find bits and pieces to this question. What lines do you need to add to your .htaccess file to get canonical URL’s to resolve properly for a Joomla 1.5 site? Well after an exhaustive search of numerous blogs and chat forums, I managed to add 6 “rewrites” […]

Small Business Website Strategy: Goals and Metrics

Aug 10, 2009

Well, it’s been a few days since I’ve been able to blog. You can blame the warm weather and the hectic end to my MBA term. But I was reminded of my absence when sitting in at a focus group for Small Business BC a few days ago. A number of local small business owners […]

Securing Your Small Business Joomla Website

Jul 23, 2009

My previous blog post contained some security steps but they are a bit buried. So I thought I’d write a dedicated post about some steps that small business owners can take to securing their Joomla site. The following ten steps will help protect you from most of the low-level security risks that many small businesses […]

Don’t be Fooled by Canadian Domain Renewal Marketing

Jul 13, 2009

I have registered a large number of domains but I occasionally forget to set my whois settings to block my personal information from being displayed to the public. FYI, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go to and punch in your website address. You might be surprised to see what comes up. […]

Extra – Superblogger Introtext and Image CSS

Jul 6, 2009

OK, I have been reading through both the Joomlaworks forums and the Rockettheme forum and it appears that a number of people are having the same problem with respect to their Introtext formatting and the spacing and background color of their image files within the Refraction template. After much trial and error, I managed to […]