What Web Platforms Will Grow Most In The Years Ahead?

By |2018-07-12T10:54:09+10:00January 19th, 2018|Categories: computers, internet, software discussion|

What Web Platforms Will Grow Most In The Years Ahead? Starting a successful website from scratch is almost always harder than it seems. While there are now a lot of platforms designed to help with the actual design process (even if you can’t code at all), nailing down a concept that will attract visitors and/or generate revenue is difficult. It requires regular management, savvy financial strategies, engaging content and, most of all, a good idea. Now, if we could predict the next wave of popular websites and then build them to perfection, we’d be doing quite well. Again, this is all easier said than done. But sometimes it pays to look ahead and speculate as to what types of web platforms we’ll need more of in the coming years, in the hopes it might just spark a unique idea. Apart from the continued growth of the WordPress platform, these are [...]

How to choose hosting and why I chose Siteground

By |2017-01-31T14:39:31+10:00March 9th, 2015|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 [...]

How do I get a website?

By |2016-12-14T22:18:36+10:00February 27th, 2015|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 mywebsite.com. 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 [...]

The Perfect Backup Strategy Part 3

By |2016-10-22T09:42:30+10:00November 13th, 2008|Categories: computers|Tags: , , , , |

I thought I’d update my series of posts on backup. The first one can be found here and the second part here. Of course, there is no perfect backup strategy. Just like there’s no Santa Claus (sorry to dissapoint kids). But depending on several things, like the volume of data you need to back up and the frequency you need to do it, it’s possible to design a backup strategy that comes pretty close… After several months (or is it years) of researching, thinking, trying and failing and retrying, I think I’ve come up with a strategy that works really well. I’ll nut it out here so you can see what you think. For my needs and budget, I’ve decided to forego several technologies that many would see as essential or at least very desirable to solid backup. Namely, NAS (Network Attached Storage) & online backup. The [...]

The Perfect Backup Strategy Part 2

By |2016-10-22T09:42:30+10:00July 19th, 2008|Categories: computers, digital asset management, Photography|Tags: , , , |

In an earlier post, I spoke about back-up and the need to develop a system that does what it needs to do – save your data from all potential loss, and allow you to get back up and running in the quickest possible time. Photographers have special requirements with regards backup. They generate huge volumes of data in a very short time. It would be in no way unusual that in one photo shoot, I might generate from up to 4GB of data. And this is data, that if lost, is totally irreplaceable. The sheer size of it as well precludes online backup strategies for most, as upload speeds are too slow, and adsl account limits are often 20GB or less (this is of course only an issue if your ISP includes uploads as part of your allowance). […]

The Perfect Backup Strategy

By |2016-10-22T09:42:30+10:00May 16th, 2008|Categories: computers|Tags: , , , , |

Backup man! I’ve been deliberating lately about data backup, and how to design a solid strategy for both OS and data. All on a tight budget of course… 🙂 Being a photographer and avid net user, I can fill up hard disks with the best of ’em. And having a ‘hoarder’ personality type also means that I don’t like to delete anything. So backup is a subject that has always been dear to me (see my earlier post on backup). But given that I’ve been a pc user for 15 years, I’m doing pretty well. Despite 4 hard disk deaths in that time, I’ve only ever really lost vital data once. And that just reinforced a lesson I already knew. So to me, backup means double or triple redundancy, with one set off site. But that’s in theory. In practice I have [...]

A cautionary tale about backup

By |2016-10-22T09:42:34+10:00October 10th, 2007|Categories: computers|Tags: , , , |

With computers, the bottom line is that you can’t have enough backup. I have learnt this many times over the last 14 years. But I still keep learning it… On Saturday my daughter was allowed her half hour on my computer to look at kids websites / games. She was on the Danish Radio web site when she called out to me that horrible phrase “Daddy, your screen is all blue” Upon rebooting, there was a distinct clicking noise coming from the box in the vicinity of the hard disks. “Uh oh” I thought as I tried to remember when I’d last done a thorough backup. I had a long computerless weekend as I waited until Monday for the computer shop to open. I took it in, already knowing deep down that my disk had crashed and that I’d lost whatever I hadn’t backed up. I was [...]