Shared Web Hosting Review – Siteground

By | February 18th, 2016|Categories: hosting|Tags: , , , |

Shared Web Hosting Review - Siteground In my business, I have a lot to do with various hosting companies. Siteground, Host Gator, Host Papa, Blue Host and VentraIP to name a few. Some are great, some OK, and some are atrocious. Today I want to look at my clear favourite, Siteground. If you are not sure how to evaluate hosting, read on. Evaluation Factors Cost Location & Speed Uptime Customer Service Security User Experience Let's have a look at these one at a time. Cost Let's face it - cost is always going to be one of the most important factors with shared hosting. And it's hard to beat Siteground. Their cheapest hosting package, the StartUp, goes for only $3.95 a month!! Anything cheaper would be suspicious... This is an initial signup offer, and the price reverts to the standard $9.95 after your initial period has expired. The good [...]


By | July 4th, 2014|Categories: asides, personal|

I have a beautiful daughter named Scout. And today she turns 12! I love her to the moon and back! She is just amazing! She's so full of  fun, you can see it in her eyes. She is a girl of many faces, but always full of the joy of life. She has taught me so very much in her 12 short years. She is one of my biggest teachers in life. She lets me know when I upset her, and she lets me know when I have treated her well. She opens her soul to me and asks me to love her. She humbles me. She is smart as a whip, and as beautiful as life itself. She has the voice of a songbird, and the wit of a poet. A bit clumsy she may be, but in all the universe I could never wish for another to be my [...]

How to choose hosting and why I chose Siteground

By | March 9th, 2014|Categories: computers, web design, web sites|Tags: , , |

Hosting is the one thing that can make or break your website. Hosting is the link between your content and your readers, and it needs to be solid as a rock. Before I explain my own hosting choices, let's look at some of the most important attributes and features of a hosting company and the questions you need to ask. Cost C'mon. We all know this is important to everyone. If you're an SME, you can afford world class dedicated hosting, and this article is not for you, but individuals, solopreneurs and very small businesses are always running on a budget, and so they are looking for the best value hosting they can find. This is shared hosting of course, but it doesn't have to be rubbish at all. The range of prices you will pay for shared hosting is enormous, anywhere from $3-$50 a month. Finding that sweet spot [...]

Image size, resolution and resizing images for the web

By | December 13th, 2013|Categories: digital imaging, Photography, photography teaching, software discussion, web design|Tags: , , , , |

This is a simple yet ridiculously complex topic (yes I realise that's a contradiction, but it's nonetheless true), and one where there is an awful lot of misinformation floating around. Even from professionals (actually, a lot from professionals). But it is an area where a lot of non-imaging professionals have need of a different perspective and some foundational skills when it comes to resizing digital images for various purposes. So, this is my attempt to counteract some of the misinformation out there. Huge caveat here: My main field of knowledge is in photography. I have been fiddling with cameras my whole life, and have taught photography and digital imaging at local colleges for the last five years, and I feel like I have a  reasonably authoritative voice on the topic. I also make WordPress websites. While I can read and write HMTL and CSS, I am more a designer than [...]

my dream photography kit 2013

By | May 29th, 2013|Categories: personal, photographic equipment|Tags: , , |

I originally posted this on my other site, but thought a good old cross post wouldn't hurt at all :) Imagination is key for creatives, and I like to think I have my share. So I thought I would shed some of it working up my dream photography kit. In this particular fantasy, money is no object. The goal is simply to put together a digital slr photography kit based on my own needs and interest that would have me drooling with joy. This of course would be my dream kit, not yours. I'm not going to go into medium format or anywhere else, just 35mm digital slr.  And I'm not simply just buying the most expensive gear out there (though it's certainly not the cheapest); this would be the gear I would like to buy personally. Cameras Let's start with cameras. I'm not going to be too greedy. I am [...]

How do I get a website?

By | February 27th, 2013|Categories: computers, internet, software discussion, web design|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Photografica - Web design Sunshine Coast The Internet is a great tool for communication, freedom of speech and democracy (as well as commerce and entertainment of course). On the Internet, everyone is equal (at least in theory) and everyone can have a voice! Getting heard is another issue, but for now, let’s look at how we get our own little patch of turf on the net. What’s involved in having a website? There are three main elements in getting a web site up and running. Let's take them one by one. Domain Name Registration The first is a domain name. An example of a domain name would be The first step then, towards a website, is registering a domain name. Fortunately this is very easy. There are many Licensed Registrars that sell domain names. Hosting companies often give away free domain names when you purchase a hosting package. And [...]

High Speed Flash

By | January 30th, 2013|Categories: lighting, Photography|Tags: , , , , , |

I started to look into the various possibilities of high speed flash, and what I thought was a relatively simple area of photography quickly expanded and my investigations seemed to find no end. So I thought I should blog my findings here, as I was a bit frustrated about the lack of resources on the subject myself. So what is high speed flash? Well, it's one way to make high speed photography. I make the distinction to separate the effects of shutter speed from the effects of flash. Both can freeze motion. What I'm interested in here is the role flash plays in freezing motion, and looking at the various types of equipment that might be used in high speed flash projects. This post may well be updated along the way, as it's a pretty big topic...  (all of the shots above taken with speedlights at low power - click [...]

Scout Photo shoot

By | January 26th, 2013|Categories: personal, photoshoots|Tags: , , , , |

As a Sunshine Coast photographer, I love doing portraits, and even more so when It's one of my kids. Here are a bunch of images I took of my beautiful daughter Scout last year in natural light on our balcony. I've just been going through my back catalogue and thought they'd make a good photo essay of an awesome young girl!

The Politics of Public Photography

By | January 20th, 2013|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , |

It's a weird world. It really is. The politics of public photography moves with the times of course, but right now it's in a radical right wing phase. Over the course of the 30 years I've been putting a camera to my eye, the way people generally have responded to the act of photography has changed remarkably. In my teenage years, shooting random stuff on the streets in Sydney, people hardly blinked at me. I used to sit on a bench on a bus street and photograph whatever caught my interest. On private property I occasionally got asked to leave or stop shooting (climbing the Opera House on a Sunday afternoon does come to mind ;)), but generally I could do whatever I wanted and no one seemed to mind. They instinctively realised I was just exercising my hobby. Fast track 30 years, to the politics of public photography in this the age of Instagram. I was planning to take [...]