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 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 [...]


By |2016-10-22T09:42:33+10:00April 1st, 2008|Categories: internet|Tags: , , , , |

Joomla is a CMS (Content Management System) that I've known about for over a year but never really explored. Until the weekend. I downloaded the latest version (1.5) and within an hour or so had installed all the neccesary components for an offline installation and got my first web site up and running. Cool. Configuring the design seems to be the part that's not straight forward, but I'm sure I'll get my head around it in time. I love the basic idea, although coming from a guy whose first introduction to web design was hand coding a html document, this is taking things a long way from home. But productivity is king, and this collection of technologies (Joomla, MySQL, Php etc) serves up one amazing little database driven website in a hurry. AND it's open source! It's not for absolute amateurs, but for anyone with a grounding in web design, [...]

Lightbox 2

By |2016-11-29T20:16:49+10:00June 20th, 2007|Categories: internet|Tags: , , , |

I just came across this little script called Lightbox 2. It looks dead simple to use and there are clearly a few possibilities when it comes to implementation if you are a photographer looking for interesting ways to present your work on your site. Check out Brisbane's Powerhouse website for an interesting example of the script in action (click the picture, obviously). It's simple, but it looks very good, no? Look out for it in action on my site soon :)

:: Birth Connection ::

By |2016-10-22T09:42:34+10:00April 20th, 2007|Categories: internet|Tags: , , , , , , |

I have finally finished the initial site for my Doula / Childbirth Educator wife. It's Birth Connection. I really like the design, and I'm finally getting my head around CSS. Originally I had an image rollover nav bar, but the site kept growing and growing (nothing like a freeloading customer to create more work), and I realised I needed a dhtml nav bar to facilitate future growth. And if you don't like the colours, blame my wife. It took over a month of painful drafts to get her to make her mind up, and on some screens and resolutions it looks too dark, but I'm not going to change it now. If I was charging for this site, it would already be 50% over budget. :) Check it out and let me know what you think. [tags]doula, childbirth, birth attendant, pregnancy, web design, Sunshine Coast, Birth Connection[/tags]